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Who’s funding Oakland start-ups? 15 VCs to watch

Who’s got the back of Oakland startups when it comes to funding? Well, a number of investors, from seed-stage angel investors to venture capitalists to social impact investors, have their eyes out for...
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Mayvenn: 500 startups backed company growing 40% a month in Oakland

Oakland native Diishan Imira noticed that the tiny hair salons and barber shops doing business in African-American communities do not tend to carry the styling gels and hair extensions that many of their...
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Oakland School District superintendent search in home stretch

The choice of a new superintendent for the Oakland Unified School District might be decided by the end of April, if all goes according to plan. The OUSD board of education is meeting with finalist candidates...
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Oaktech: Education app development booming in Oakland

Ever since KhanAcademy.org burst virally into the high school scene as salvation for students stuck with lousy calculus teachers, education has been an increasingly attractive market for Web based...
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Oaktech: Why Oakland’s a tech start-up game changer

Oakland-based Mindblown Labs put gaming into education and garnered the largest Kickstarter campaign for any mobile game ever. E-commerce site Mayvenn found an unserved market and is growing 40 to 60...
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President’s “My Brother’s Keeper” aide visits Oakland’s AAMA program for ideas

A top official with the Obama Administration’s new initiative to help African American and Latino boys came to Oakland on Tuesday to get some ideas from the school district's African American Male...
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MetWest student journalists break out YoungOakland.com

They have stories to tell, these youth, about their lives in Oakland, their lives before Oakland, about being young, about not knowing what’s ahead, about being absolutely sure what’s ahead, about what...
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Parents, students give their say in school budgeting

The first test of Oakland Unified School District’s ability to include parents and students in making budget decisions -- something now required by state law -- happened Wednesday night when about 100 people...
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Oakland’s Startup Weekend Education offers solutions for education problems

Technology is coming to some of the most intractable problems of education. Teacher Nina Portugal, who teaches English to foreign-born English language learners, had just about despaired over finding a way...
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Oakland School District considering new parcel tax

Oakland’s school board is considering putting a parcel tax on the November ballot to fund improvement in its high schools. Although it's made progress lowering the high school drop out rate and adding...