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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Early Oakland: Local techies build new website to help pre-school parents

For Oakland parents looking for nearby pre-school options, it was often a long effort and a required a lot of phone calls. Now a solution is at hand in the form of a map-driven website, EarlyOakland.org. Across all of Oakland, there are more than 5000 seats for Head Start and other preschool programs, but many

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Win 2 tickets to Vator Splash Oakland Competition

Innovation is alive in Oakland! Enter into the running for a free pair of tickets to Vator Splash Oakland — just leave us a comment here with your favorite Oakland startup by April 27th. We have three...

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...

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Ninh Tran’s Trucksome: Oakland app tracks food trucks

By Alyssa Tomfohrde Ninh Tran, CEO and founder of Trucksome.com, is a twenty-four-year-old, self-proclaimed foodie who recalls his relatives in Vietnam “pushing food carts to make their rice money and feed the family.” These childhood recollections grew...

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Ayori Selassie: Helping startups succeed in Oakland and around the Bay

Having been born and raised in West Oakland, it is safe to say that Ayori Se has developed a deep connection to her native city. Growing up as one of eight children, Ayori’s childhood taught her the...

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...

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Oaktech: Talking entrepreneurship with Impact Hub Oakland’s Ashara Ekundayo

As the face of the recently opened Impact Hub Oakland co-working and event space, Ashara Ekundayo wears many hats. A budding creative and serial community builder, Ashara’s work has been impactful yet varied. A co-founder of GrowHaus,...

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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 customers want. Instead, salons...

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Oaktech: Erin Kilmer Neel and Oakland Grown: Strengthening local economy

Erin Kilmer-Neel believes that we can repair our culture of disconnectedness by strengthening our localized economy. “Money drives so much of what makes the world go ’round that if we are thoughtful about where we spend and...

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Oakland’s Naveen Jain and The Immunity Project: going after HIV

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...

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