According to the federal government, there are more than 500,000 unfilled jobs in information technology across all sectors of the economy. By 2020, there will be more than a million unfilled technology jobs, paying more than $75,000 to start.
The Karen Hunter Show has launched the #weOWNtech initiative to get our family ready for these jobs. People from the Global Majority currently represent just 2% of the workforce in the technology field—from Google to Apple, Facebook to Twitter. We are committed to seeing that percentage change dramatically for the better.
We have put together resources for you to get prepared, elevate your skills and stay informed.
View some real pitch decks from some of the biggest companies in the world. This is how they were able to raise millions. Study and learn from this collection of real fundraising decks from real startups. In total, these decks have raised over $400 million.
42 Silicon Valley (Coding School)
42 Silicon Valley is an innovative engineering college in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the leading college for software engineering, coding, and programming, we’re disrupting engineering education and tech talent pipelines in the Bay. Think tech is just for nerds? Think again.
Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.
Axiologue is a crowd-sourced project to encourage ethical consumption by giving people complete ethical information on products and companies. Our vision is to create a single community-driven, comprehensive source to track the ethics of our purchases, including factors such as sustainability, fair labor practices, political contributions, and more. We believe that by empowering consumers to shop in line with their beliefs, we can ultimately create a world in which corporations are held accountable to more than their bottom lines.
Ballotpedia is an online encyclopedia about American politics and elections. Their goal is to connect people to politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at the local, state and federal levels. This is perfect for #KarenRebels to get up-to-date information about candidates running both locally and nationally
Betaworks is an internet start-up studio based in New York. We make essential products that thoughtfully combine art and science, building products for the social web since 2007. Their 2013 “Hackers in Residence” helped expand into mobile gaming with Dots and communication platforms with Giphy. Previous successes include Bitly, Chartbeat, and Tweetdeck. In 2012 they acquired and relaunched Digg and Instapaper.
Creating the next wave of builders and creators, Black Girls CODE is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching girls ages 7-17 about computer programming and digital technology. #KarenRebels looking to cultivate youth to ensure they flourish in tech would greatly benefit from getting involved in this nonprofit.
Blue label labs is a NYC-based company that helps design the tablet and watch apps for both Microsoft and the Android company. They also work with entrepreneurs trying to get an app up and running. This is great for #KarenRebels looking to find a company to help with their app designs.
Cewebity.com (Social Media)
CEWEBITY is a New York based start-up. It is a publishing platform for social media stars and digital entrepreneurs aiming to turn their craft into cash. CEWEBITY is a FREE paid platform – the new-age lemonade stand.
Code Crew is a community of learners that are passionate about learning and teaching others how to code. Through our classes, workshops, courses, tech talks and outreach programs we aim to make computer science education both fun and affordable.
CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, between 7 and 17, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology. Within the CoderDojo Movement there is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self led learning, with an emphasis on showing how coding is a force for change in the world.
Easily create and sell your own e-course with CourseCraft.net. CourseCraft allows bloggers to create their blogs into a full-fledge business. Bloggers would create their own e-course and other bloggers or people wanting to learn a trade could then make enroll into the class. #KarenRebels bloggers can monetize their content.
Dash’s tiny sensor connects to any car model made in 1996 or after — it plugs in just underneath your steering wheel. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and Dash provides useful driving information: What your check engine light means, how you’re driving, and how much gas you’re using. It’ll even tell you where the cheapest gas is and how much you should pay for repairs.
DepositAGift.com (Crowd Funding)
Deposit a Gift is a crowdfunding platform that allows anyone to easily create an online fundraising campaign for organizational, school or personal needs. People choose Deposit a Gift for its customization tools, ticket sales functionality, lower fees and hands-on customer service. Perfect for #KarenRebels looking to raise money for anything that matters to them!
The Design for Hackers video course will make you see the world like a design pro in just 15 minutes a day. DesignForHackers.com features Design Pitfalls, a free course, delivered via email, that teaches you how to avoid the most common mistakes beginning designers make. Each Monday & Wednesday, for 3 weeks, you’ll learn about a new pitfall, and how to avoid it. The course is specifically geared for the minds of developers. This 15-minute video will help #KarenRebels learn how to become a web designer in short time.
DigitalUndivided is a social enterprise that develops programs that increase the active participation of urban communities, especially women, in the digital space. #KarenRebels would benefit from skill training events, exercises and the forward thinking initiatives offered by this organization, which is aimed to bridge the digital divide.
DreamFunded is a new type of angel capital platform allowing accredited investors to become equity holders in Dream Funded managed venture funds. DreamFunded’s mission is to provide investors with a platform that enables simple, fast and smart investing opportunities. #KarenRebels can use this website to find investment opportunities in a quick and efficient manner.
Elance allows both clients and applicants to post jobs and resumes for future employment in Mobile Developing. The eLance community brings together more than 3 million freelancers from more than 170 countries with a variety of expertise – from IT and programming to graphic design, sales and marketing, writing, finance, admin, legal and other areas. #KarenRebels could use this to find work as a mobile developer of find a mobile developer to help out with their website.
Foresight makes financial projections for entrepreneurs better, faster and easier. The Standard Model is a fully functioning financial model for Excel and any spreadsheet program to create cash flow and income statement as well as create funding estimates and capitalization table to estimate ownership structure. Pre-Seed and Seed Stage entrepreneurs, estimate your business in minutes with this template startup financial model. #KarenRebels could join more than 15,000+ entrepreneurs learning about financial models in five free lessons.
GetACoder makes outsourcing to any part of the world an easy task. With GetACoder it’s simple to outsource any business request, gain access to global talent and manage jobs online. Visit www.GetACoder.com and post your project for free! Start receiving bids within minutes. This website allows coders to see which companies are looking for coders. A great resource for coding #KarenRebels to land gigs.
HackReactor.com is a website that allows users to learn how to become stronger at coding in the field of computers. A 12-week program, Hack Reactor will teach you how to not only build a code, but also think like a software engineer. This is perfect for #KarenRebels looking to get into the field of computer coding and programing.
Holberton School (Education)
Holberton School offers a two-year higher-education program to become a full-stack software engineer. Through project-based and peer learning, Holberton students unleash their creativity and naturally learn how to work as a team to solve practical challenges. The school aims to disrupt Education via Technology and Community. The school has no formal teachers or courses, and a flexible curriculum. Students are assigned programming challenges that become increasingly difficult and are only given minimal direction on how to find the solution. With the guidance of mentors from different areas of expertise, students have a network of successful software engineering professionals at their fingertips.
JobCV is an online resume builder, allowing users to create, edit and share resumes over the internet, or print as a pdf file. JobCV helps anyone create the proper resume as well as sends the resume out to companies in their respected fields. Jobcv also allows the customer to upload their own resume and see what mistakes they have made. It’s perfect for #KarenRebels looking to either make or update an old resume.
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Their math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. #KarenRebels can literally learn anything for free, forever.
Lander is a powerful online tool to create Landing Pages. Build pages for Pay Per Click, Social Media and Email Marketing Campaigns. #KarenRebels can showcase their product and build their email database.
LaunchKit is a collection of web-based tools aiming to empower mobile developers to launch better apps. They’ve made it simple for developers to create websites, build marketing assets, monitor reviews, and track sales. Launchkit is a website that helps the everyday Joe design their own app. It helps the customer with designing and making the APP appropriate and fully functional. #KarenRebels would find this useful if ever they wanted to design an app in the near future.
With LauchRock, create a viral “Launching Soon” landing page in minutes. Collect interest, increase sharing, build your audience, and get your first customers. LaunchRock is out to change the way we come up with ideas by creating a platform that enables people to get over the hump and start. LaunchRock also does hands-on service with customers in order to make their idea a reality. #KarenRebels can use this site to help get their hidden ideas off the ground and running for a cheap price.
Full Stack Web Course allows our listeners to learn the proper tools of designing a website. Sharing and creating the best resources, articles, and inspiration for designers and developers. Not only that but it also allows customers to see how other websites have designed their products. Perfect for #KarenRebels wanting to learn the process of designing a website.
MapR.com – Hadoop Training (Education)
MapR is a great resource for learning about the big data industry. Sign up and become a big data expert with free, comprehensive Hadoop online training courses. Learn about MapR’s platform and production of Apache Hadoop, an open-source software framework written in Java for distributed storage. With these courses #KarenRebels will take the path of becoming a certified Hadoop professional.
Medium is a community of readers and writers offering unique perspectives on ideas large and small. Medium is a different kind of place to read and write on the internet. A place where the measure of success isn’t views, but viewpoints. Where the quality of the idea matters, not the author’s qualifications. A place where conversation pushes ideas forward and words still matter.
Tons of free and legal, fully layered, easily customizable photo realistic Photoshop Documents! Ready to use in your projects, app showcases and presentations! Mockup World is a brand new online service that offers designers and web developer’s free access to hundreds of ready to use mockups. #KarenRebels could find a mockup design for their business. It’s perfectly used for showcasing their apps or presentations for work.
New York On Tech is a 501c3 nonprofit organization on a mission to prepare the next generation of technology leaders emerging from New York City. We are committed to developing, mentoring and providing support to low-opportunity students in the field of technology.
PitchEnvy is a gallery of startup pitch decks. PitchEnvy showcases startup pitches from all around the world & resources for pitching and fundraising. #KarenRebels can use this site to learn presentation techniques for their startup to impress potential investors.
Qeyno Labs’ mission is to transform children’s lives and give them the power to transform their worlds through social innovation, education and technology. Qeyno Labs is the leading school provider of youth hackathons for inclusive innovation. In 2014, Qeyno launched Hackathon Academy, a new type of schooling to meet the demands of a new tomorrow. They teach the future. Hackathon Academy prepares high potential youth in low opportunity settings to become next generation developers, designers, and innovators in STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art Design, and Mathematics).
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.
The Startup Launch List is a website that allows readers who are thinking of working in a startup company see how others created their companies. Articles you need to read before launching a startup. Click on a link and the website will take you to articles writer by former writers, designers and investors who have worked in a startup company already. #KarenRebels can use this site for all information of what it truly takes to create a startup company.
TechCrunch.com (News & Reviews)
TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news. Founded in June 2005, TechCrunch and its network of websites now reach over 12 million unique visitors and draw more than 37 million page views per month. The TechCrunch community includes more than 2 million friends and followers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and other social media
The Phat Startup is an integrated media company that produces premium content for all levels of entrepreneurs. Startup companies from across the globe can post their stories in a hip-hop culture. This website would allow our #KarenRebels to read stories of young startups in urban areas
Top Startup Books is a website created with the intent of collecting must-read books for startup founders and everyone else interested in startups. Books are all written by authors or investors who have been through the trials of making their own startup company. #KarenRebels will be inspired to see how other people have started their companies up and made a success by doing so.
Tynker is a creative computing platform where millions of kids have learned to program and built games, apps and more. Tynker offers self-paced online courses for children to learn coding at home, as well as an engaging programming curriculum for schools.
Udacity provides online courses and credentials built by AT&T, Google, etc., to teach skills that industry employers need today. Udacity’s mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world. #KarenRebels can increase their digital skillset.
Ummo (Speech Coaching App)
Ummo lives on your smartphone. It listens to you talk and gives real-time feedback to help you improve your communication skills. The creators see it being used by individuals day-to-day to prepare for interviews and presentations, as well as by enterprises, professional speech coaches, and educators to train clients, employees, and students in effective communication.
Unbounce is a self-serve hosted marketing tool that allows marketers to build, publish and A/B test landing pages without IT. Unbounce’s mission is to give marketers indispensable tools and resources to easily create high-converting landing pages for every campaign. #KarenRebels could use this to properly add in hyperlinks to their own websites.
Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute.
Create your own free app with zinnApp, no coding required. Unlike native apps that must be downloaded from an app store, can only be viewed on specific devices, and are only discoverable in app stores, zinnApps live in the cloud. zinnApp is a simple, yet powerful, content platform that lets both consumers and brands easily create and distribute highly social and easily monetized content to the widest possible audience across all digital channels. #KarenRebels could create their own open source app in minutes.