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Monday, April 14th, 2014

Oaktech: Nicole Lazzaro: Pioneer game designer based in Oakland

Nicole Lazzaro, founder of Oakland-based XEODesign, opened the curtains of a picture window behind her desk overlooking College Avenue, to reveal a super-sized “Clyde” Pac Man ghost, made of 1.5-inch orange Post-It notes. Clyde is the mascot of the hour, but for more than twenty years, XEOdesign has been thinking outside the maze. Lazzaro will speak

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Oaktech: The Immunity Project tackles HIV and AIDS — from right here in Oakland

Oaklander Naveen Jain may have stumbled on a groundbreaking idea: Anyone can be a superhero. Because instead of super-speed or impossible strength, these heroes can beat the deadliest virus on planet Earth. HIV controllers, the 1 in 300 people...

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Oaktech: Oakland mobile start-up Clef ends need for passwords

I sat down with CEO Brennen Byrne of CLEF to talk about his start-up, life in Oakland, and tech diversity. Clef is a three person start-up based in Jack London Square that solves the frustration of having to memorize...

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Vator Splash conference coming to Oakland May 2014

from our friends at Vator: With local and national startups competing to win meetings with top VCs, an array of prominent speakers and sponsorship by major companies as well as the City of Oakland, the 2-day Vator...

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Solnit and the #Googlebus “Aliens” (Community Voices)

By Shoshone Odness Formally, even under the modest, craftswoman-like term “writer,” Rebecca Solnit is a holistic architecture critic. HerLondon Review of Books Diary of 7 February is aesthetically deep and illuminating in its criticism of the urban planning...

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Oakland’s 20-somethings: Innovating super-cool businesses right here in the Town

Nick Sareceni started at Google straight out of college. Two years later, when they offered him a staggering — but, no, staggering — amount of money plus benefits to stick around, he declined. Why? Because he had...

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Solnit and the #Googlebus “Aliens” (Community Voices)

Formally, even under the modest, craftswoman-like term “writer,” Rebecca Solnit is a holistic architecture critic. Her London Review of Books Diary of 7 February is aesthetically deep and illuminating in its criticism of the urban planning of...

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

#Googlebus protest– What does it say about Oakland’s future?

“You guys live fat as hogs with your free 24/7 buffets” On Friday, a group of protestors in West Oakland blocked a Google bus carrying workers that had stopped to pick up people at the West Oakland BART...

Monday, December 9th, 2013

December 14 Brothers Code event will expose young men of color to tech in Oakland

If you know young African-American men who would benefit from learning about tech careers and writing code–as in PHP, Python, compiler language, Ruby on Rails, and all the many other languages deployed in well-paying tech careers, an...

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Foodie start-up SpoonRocket offers Oaklanders mobile gourmet meals

Anson Tsui and Steven Hsiao embarked on their first entrepreneurial venture while they were undergrads at UC Berkeley. As college students themselves, they had an insider’s track into the storied economy of college students’ late-night junk food...

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