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Vator Splash 2015: where new and old tech worlds collide

A lot of discussion has been made about two Americas — the America which has a clear path to success and other America whose path is paved with struggle — but there are also two tech scenes. The...
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24 blacks in tech you need to know

Oakland's first Summit on Blacks in Tech is taking place May 2nd at Impact Hub Oakland. With the technological renaissance happening in none other than The Town, there's no better place to hold the...
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Tech diversity a big topic at Oakland’s Vator Splash

On April 22-23, Oakland will again host Vator Splash at the Kaiser Center and The Port Workspaces by Lake Merritt. During the two-day event, venture capitalists and active angels will educate startups and...
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Oakland-based Yozio helps apps become the next big thing

Who actually has money to pay for big advertisements nowadays? A better question: do you even look at advertisements when they pop up as you browse, or do you ignore them? Yozio, an "organic growth service"...
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Oakland’s business landscape is evolving faster than we think

If you haven’t heard yet, Oakland is gradually moving into the spotlight as a notable hub for tech companies. The state of Oakland’s business landscape is constantly in flux, and has been for the past...
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Civicorps works to help remake West Oakland

By Doniphan Blair Civicorps may have a prosaic name, which it adopted seven years ago from an even more modest appellation—East Bay Conservation Corps—but don’t let that fool you. Indeed, CC has...
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Catherine Bracy, Code for America and Oakland’s tech ecosystem

By Catherine Pickavet Compare the tech community on the East Coast, particularly in New York and Boston, to that of the West Coast, particularly the Bay Area/Silicon Valley, and the differences might not...
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Keeping up with the techies: 2015 tech startup guide

We may live across the bay from the official Silicon Valley, but tech startups are moving into Oakland faster than Mark Zuckerberg amassed his first billion dollars. Thinking about investing in a tech startup,...
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Sprinkle Lab is quirky, but lucid

In the Queens D. Light music video for Love Pistol (below), the hip hop griot hunts nubile Adonises with a bow and arrow. She accepts worship from stone male statues in her chain link garden sanctuary and she...
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Echa Schneider: Oakland’s pinball-playing blog goddess is a secret library nerd

Echa Schneider, a web developer at the Oakland Public Library, used to hang out in Reed College’s rec room dropping quarters into a pinball machine. It was Medieval Madness, she remembers, and the object...