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Our productive time is capped, so let’s get better at saying “No” more often

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(Guest post by Matthew Paulson) I simply tried to do too many things at once. I thought I was helping people by saying “Yes” to everybody, but I was really doing them a disservice because I wasn’t doing anything well. I was doing a lot of things poorly. I had no margin in my life and areas of my life that should be important were taking a backseat to less important things.  read more

Contributors: From the Archives 2

Checking the pulse of the Midwest’s entrepreneurial future

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(Guest post by Robert Hatta) It’s 11:30 p.m. on a Friday and 1,200 computer science and engineering students surround me. They have come from across the country to the University of Michigan’s north campus to participate in MHacks, a career fair mashed up with a weekend-long tech orgy where sleep-deprived geeks try to build the next big app. On stage is a senior engineer from a big tech company, offering a $500 AR drone, $1000 cash and (presumably) a job to each member of the team that wins their sponsored challenge.  read more

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Interface Web School bucking trend for women in tech with fall enrollment

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( Guest post by Shonna Dorsey) OMAHA—On a national level, women enroll in college at a rate of 68 percent versus 63 percent of men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, women only make up 26 percent of the U.S. tech workforce. Plenty of attention has been given to this topic with various groups around country shedding light and inciting change including Black Girls Code, National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) among others. Even Miss USA is leading a charge to inspire girls and young women to learn to code.  read more

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Ben McDougal: Watching my first Techstars Demo Day in Boulder

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(Guest post by Ben McDougal) Fresh off the Rise of the Rest event in Des Moines, my alarm clock buzzed at 4:05 a.m. and it was time to go. With a single backpack and the clothes on my back, I arrived in Colorado as the sunrise splashed against the mountains. After a short ride, plenty of #TSDemoDay activity on Twitter, and a stop by a hot coffee shop for local entrepreneurs called Ozo Coffee, I found my way to where the Bawte team had been living during the three-month Techstars program.  read more

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John Jackovin: A time to reflect

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(Guest post by John Jackovin) Less than a week before this Techstars experience comes to an end. This was the post I was most excited to write when I began the Techstars program. The post right before Demo Day. The post before I can get back to “normal” life. The post before I get to see my wife and kids for more than a few days per month.  read more

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John Jackovin: I should be memorizing right now

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(Guest post by John Jackovin) With less than two weeks until demo day I have to do something I am pretty bad at…memorization. My brain works a certain way, I guess all brains work a certain way, duh. Better put, my brain works in a way that makes it difficult for me to memorize words that I see and read.  read more

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