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The Internship Manifesto

  About </>Edit LLC and This Document Edit LLC is a software company in Fresno, CA. It was begun in 2012 by two starry-eyed kids and a pistachio grower. None of us had any real idea what it was like to run a software company, but two of us knew how to build software and one of us sometimes knew how to use it. How could we fail? After two years of building, we finally launched our first product in 2014 (Buildicus, a website builder for small businesses) while chipping away at our dream to help small businesses with their big data problems.  Over the years, the team grew in fits and starts. Along the way we lost an employee or two to bad management, bad software and/or bad decisions, and gained a couple of great ones. This document contains … Continue reading

And The Overfund Goes To…

DANIELLE MAYER to bring a Mini Maker Faire to Fresno. I hope that the total raised, $2,325, will go a long, long way to making that happen. And Danielle, I can tell you that there are a lot of people interested in seeing this happen. If you’re looking for volunteers, you won’t have any trouble finding them! I think Fresno would do well with an event like this, and the people who donated were largely in favor of seeing you awarded with this money. If there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know. Good luck, and we’ll be following your progress!   What Comes Next? For the Overfund, this may become a regular thing. In fact, I’ve got something in the works for it. Watch this space for more info on that in the near future. For Danielle? We’ll find out! … Continue reading

Overfund Finalists

This is the second scholarship we’ve put out into the world. Some quick stats for you: The fund started with $1,000 dollars. The post was collectively shared more than 200 times. The fund is now at $2,275 dollars. The average donation was $81.25 dollars. And the most important stat of all? More people pitched in to the fund, than applied for it. (there’s still time to donate)   Whenever you start to question what kind of world this is, just read that line over again. I was BLOWN AWAY. I still am. Again, as much as I’d like to fund them all, I’ve chosen just five finalists. The winner will be announced on Friday (June 29th). Your input is always welcome. In no particular order, these are the 5 finalists: Pablo Orozco …was executive director of an environmental non-profit (calexico new river … Continue reading

Let’s Overfund Someone’s Dream

A little over six months ago, something amazing happened. I offered up $1,ooo to someone who could take advantage of a gift like that and do something awesome. The response was so cool. People started chipping in. $1,000 turned into $2,100 — more than TWICE the amount the winner had hoped to gain. What winner you ask? Oh, that was Sabrina. She runs Anzula and with the money they were able to buy new equipment, which eliminated inefficiencies in the business, which enabled them to hire employees. She now has FOUR FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES as a result of this money. So all in all, the scholarship has been one of the best things to happen to us. –Sabrina Famellos Schmidt Let’s Do That Again   Join me by throwing in some dollars. Every penny goes to the selected winner, exactly none of it … Continue reading

Congratulations, Scholarship Winner

This post is scheduled to publish on Thursday, but I’m writing it much earlier than that. In fact, if you’re reading this on Thursday the 3rd (or even Friday), there’s a good chance I’m still sedated from the surgery I had that morning, so let’s hope the “Scheduled Post” feature is working properly. As you all know, this was a difficult decision. All the finalists and lots of the other applicants deserve this money, but I had to choose just one. To do that, I really had to examine the reasons WHY I wanted to do this in the first place. Talk about some uncomfortable moments for ol’ irms. After a bit of denial, I came to the conclusion that I decided to give away this money for two reasons, both selfish: I want to be the catalyst of someone’s good … Continue reading

Top 5 Scholarship Finalists

About a month ago, I announced that I would be giving a thousand dollars to someone who could demonstrate that money would make the difference between doing something awesome, and not doing it. I thought, it would be a neat & fun way to give back, and to encourage those that are out there trying to do stuff, when often, it’s so hard to do stuff. It was a small gesture. An idea. Much to my surprise, people started pitching in and that thousand dollars soon became $2,100. One of these applications is about to get much more than they bargained for. $1,100 dollars more, in fact. Applicants were spread throughout the world (the power of the Retweet strikes again), which was another surprise to me. AND even better, not one of the applicants blamed a poor economy for not being … Continue reading

Update 6: A Thousand Dollar Scholarship For A Doer

UPDATE 6: Another generous and anonymous donation! This is now the “Two-Thousand One-Hundred Dollar Scholarship For A Doer”. UPDATE 5: Even though the deadline for applications has passed, people have not stopped being generous. Thanks to another anonymous donation, this is now the “Two-Thousand Dollar Scholarship For A Doer”. Now, that’s awesome! UPDATE 4: “I just want to be a part of changing a life in a simple way.” — Anonymous. We are now the “One-Thousand EIGHT-Hundred Dollar Scholarship For A Doer” UPDATE 3: We are now the “One-Thousand Seven-Hundred Dollar Scholarship For A Doer”, thanks to a strictly anonymous giver! UPDATE 2: Stephanie Tinsley Schopp is throwing in another $100. It’s now the “One-Thousand Six-Hundred Dollar Scholarship For A Doer”. Thanks, Stephanie! UPDATE: Since announcing this initiative, two different people have come forward and would like to add to the pot. Therefore, the “Thousand Dollar Scholarship For … Continue reading

Ten Things I Learned At MicroConf 2011

Firstly, how about a big fat round of applause for the likes of Rob Walling and Mike Taber? They put on one rockin’ conference for self-funded startups. If you didn’t go, that was a bad decision. Don’t make that mistake next year. For, like, the amount you spend on bottled water each year, you could have listened to and learned from ONE-JILLION smart people talking about startups and what to do/not do with them. How’s that for value? (Seriously: 11 speakers, and 105 interesting attendees. Andrew Warner, Hiten Shah, Ramit Sethi, and Patrick McKenzie among them.) Here’s some stuff I learned that you would have learned if you had gone to Vegas instead of playing with Instagram filters at work: Test your stuff, but don’t waste your time testing. Email is not dead. Don’t let TechCrunch fool you. Investment, booooo. Bootstap, yay! Tomato juice … Continue reading

Geekwise Academy

The Big, Fat Idea [ 16-26 year-olds, please take the survey. ] There are some of us in the Valley that think we can do tech education, specifically for web development, better.  We think we need more geeks — good ones — to help push our region in the right direction. You see, there’s about to be a big gap in the industry.  We can already see the beginning of it.  People who are not developers are having ideas (some of them are good!) and want to build the next big thing.  Instead of hiring out to software firms, or potentially spending tens of thousands of dollars to have their idea built, the smart first step is to get a rapid prototype out there and see if the idea floats. The Problem We’ve seen a lot of this happen:  Entrepreneurs — … Continue reading

The 59DaysOfCode Web & Mobile Apps Competition

So my friends and I are putting together this little ditty that, really, is going to be quite the big ditty. We are holding a Web & Mobile Apps competition that is designed to highlight the programming/nerdy talent in the area. It’s open to everyone and the prizes are pretty major. We are doing two categories: Zero Code, and In-Progress. Zero Code is a timed category. You have 59 Days to build your app once the clock starts. In-Progress is for those who might already have something started but still want to compete. The way that it works is this: Apply, Early March > Party + Kickoff, April 23 > Get your App Ready > Showcase + Awards, June 22. We’re putting together around $40K in prizes with one of the winners landing a chunk of cash. (More details about … Continue reading