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Immigration, Politics, and Technology: an Interview with Maria Salamanca

Below is an interview with Maria Salamanca the Community and Marketing Manager for Unshackled, a new angel fund focused on immigrant entrepreneurs. She's previously worked with some of the top names in technology and politics including the Chief of Staff for FWD.us - Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates' immigration advocacy platform -- and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. In this interview, Maria explores her motivations for her work, stories from Silicon Valley, and practical tips for recent grads and alumni.  (Transcribed by Zac Gunther) --------  Q: What do you say when asked what do you do? A: Well there are two sides of me...

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Chris Ponzi On How to Cultivate Your Creativity

Author, Artist, Activist, and Entrepreneur starts our interview listing reasons for why every individual is creative. I believe we are all creatives and we have a fundamental drive to create. It manifests in different mediums. Creating something from nothing to create a vision, the outpouring of a creative impulse. It’s a part of human nature. It drives the soul.   Some people think they aren’t creative, but it’s a false belief. This belief that some people are creative and some people aren’t is insidious and can undermine your creativity.   We are all byproducts of people we spend the most time...

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How to Be a Monster of Business and Still Keep Your Heart

How to Be a Monster of Business and Still Keep Your Heart -- the Business and Life Lessons I Learned from Miguel Hernandez By Ester Ciurana When I first came to Canada and emailed Miguel Hernández (Grumo Media founder and CEO) after being a student in one of his online courses (guaranteed LOL in each video, I swear!), I couldn’t imagine how that would change my life. He don’t just answered but agreed to meet, became a mentor, giving me lots of ideas and answering all my questions. And if that’s not more than enough, he recommended me to participate in...

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How Daniel became CTO without going to school

Daniel Crompton is the CTO of Oplerno and completely self taught  Getting started in tech - I got my first computer when I was 5 and I continued messing around with it & playing with it for the next decade. I knew I loved technology immediately, and haven’t looked back since On the first business-   My first business was repairing computers. I was 17 years old, and me & my friend got together and decided to start a company. Back then, everyone was running Windows and nobody knew how to really use it. There weren’t as many manuals, troubleshooting...

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A Look at How to Write, Direct, and Fund Film for Beginners - Ben Walton

I recently had the privilege of talking with Ben Walton as part of a GiveGetWin deal.  Ben was a law student who, coming to his senses, dropped out to pursue film. Recently a semi-finalist in the New Zealand Film Commission's Fresh Shorts funding competition.  Perhaps most impressively to aspiring screenwriters, he was able to 100% fund his current project -- Zinzan -- on Indiegogo. He'll share with you how he did it, and what your steps should be next Saturday in a live class for $10. Only 8 spots, get one here: http://givegetwin.com/collections/all/products/how-to-write-and-direct-film-for-beginners-by-ben-walton  In his words - "I was in Law School when I...

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How to Survive the Future with Nikola Danaylov

Nikola Danaylov– also known as “Socrates” (for his love of learning and acknowledgement of the vast unknown)– is the creator of the most widely recognized blog, podcast, and symposium about the impact of technology, exponential growth, and artificial intelligence. Nikola has been features in many documentaries, blogs, podcasts, and magazine. His Singularity 1-on-1 interviews have had over 2.4 million views on iTunes and Youtube, and have been featured on international TV, as well as on some of the biggest blogs in the world such as BBC and ArteTV. In this interview he shares his thoughts on how we can prepare...

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An honest take on pursuing the dream of working in the animation industry?

As a veteran of the animation industry, Hoa Bui has had the opportunity to walk the halls of Lucas Arts, Pixar Canada, and more recently Riot Games. In this snippet of my interview with Hoa, he shares why he chose the animation industry and how his perspective on the industry has changed over the years. Why did you choose the San Francisco Academy of Arts when you got into schools like UCLA? “I chose them because I always wanted to work in video games. It seemed like the right thing to do and the right choice. I was just following...

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A Young Entrepreneur In and On The Sharing Economy.

By: Daniel Dubois; Edited by: Russell Silver   Q: When did you first start experimenting with entrepreneurship? A: It all started when I was 5. I began by picking moss across the street from my house and selling it door to door for $5 a bag. Kind of a ridiculous way of getting into it, but it was my way. I eventually had my friends sell moss for me, and that escalated to Kool Aid. People were unhappy about whatever price I set, but when I installed a “pay what you want” model, I made a lot more money! From there...

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Inside Becoming A Freelancer - With Will Gibbons

By: Will Gibbons Edited by: Russell Silver To his webinar [August 29th]: http://givegetwin.com/collections/all/products/how-to-become-a-freelancer-happy-independent-with-will-gibbons   Q: What led to you pursuing a full time career as a freelancer? A: I began freelancing on the side in order to get back to my roots as a designer, and have a little more freedom than my 9-5 offered. Although it was tough to juggle both, I always knew in the back of my head that I would be able to make a lot more progress as a freelancer. At my day job, it was tough to not think about the freelance work because...

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An Insider Look at the Job Search Process for Programmers with Stepan Parunashvili

I recently got to interview Stepan Parunashvili as part of a GiveGetWin deal. He doesn't have a classical computer science background, in fact he didn't even go to university, but is now one of the youngest programmers at Facebook. How did he do it? He shares some insights on how he leveled up and got the job he wanted.  Sign up for his 5 person, hands-on class to learn how to have a great Github profile, work in open source, and have the right kind of hustle and attitude to get you hired: http://givegetwin.com/collections/all/products/learn-technical-self-marketing-skills-from-one-of-the-yougest-programmers-at-facebook-stepan-parunashvili In his own words - “I think the biggest realization comes...

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