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New Orleans Startup Industry Clusters: Life Sciences

Posted by Alec Cole on February 16, 2017

We’ve recently spent a lot of time on the blog examining 2016 in Southern startups – both highlights and some deeper dives into emerging ecosystems. However, we’re several weeks into 2017, and it’s time to talk about what the future holds for Southeastern tech.

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The Best Money Can't Buy: Venture for America in New Orleans

Posted by Ashley Meeks on January 12, 2017

“If Wall Street is the best money can buy, we’re the best money can’t buy.” – Jason Wu, 2015 Venture for America Fellow

Gather 'round and let's talk talent.

Growing a team is simultaneously very difficult and very important. Hiring the right employees can chart a company’s course to future success or doom it to early implosion. Complicating this factor is the fact that very few entrepreneurs have an extensive background in human resources. The result: panicked absorption of industry wisdom, endless coffee-shop interviews, and probably a decent amount of cold sweat. 

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Female Fish in a Big Pond: Swimming Upstream as Women in Tech

Posted by Elizabeth Bates on October 6, 2016

As a young girl, Ada Lovelace dreamt of flying.

While her physical ailments at the time kept her largely indoors, her agile mind gave her the freedom to go “about the project methodically, thoughtfully, with imagination and passion.” She proceeded to put together plans for a steam-powered flying machine fifteen years before one would be patented. Already an innovator at age twelve, Ada Lovelace would go on to become widely recognized as the world's first computer programmer.

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The Ada Lovelace Woman of the Year in GNO Tech Awards: Our 2016 Nominees

Posted by Jillian Firnhaber on September 29, 2016

It is our pleasure to present this year’s dazzling set of dames nominated for the Woman of the Year in GNO Tech.

These women have met criteria across three categories: leadership, inspiration, and innovation. We defined leadership as the role of guiding a team at some capacity or launching a tech-enabled business, inspiration as giving back to the community and teaching the younger generation about technology, and innovation as engineering or designing technical products. Lastly, if a nominee did not reside in the GNO area, they needed to play a pivotal role at a company headquartered here.

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Why Tech Transplants Come to New Orleans - and Why They Stay - PART 2

Posted by Jillian Firnhaber on June 16, 2016

We'll never again have to "know what it means to miss New Orleans"...because we decided to never leave. LookFar is interviewing transplants in tech and entrepreneurship on why they chose to call the Crescent City home. Share your story by emailing jillianf@lookfar.com

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Why Tech Transplants Come to New Orleans - and Why They Stay

Posted by Jillian Firnhaber on April 26, 2016

We'll never again have to "know what it means to miss New Orleans"...because we decided to never leave. LookFar is interviewing transplants in tech and entrepreneurship on why they chose to call the Crescent City home. Share your story by emailing jillianf@lookfar.com

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Three Clear Signs of Growth in the New Orleans Startup Scene

Posted by Molly Hegarty on December 3, 2015

“The problem is not that most towns kill startups. It's that death is the default for startups, and most towns don't save them. “

- Paul Graham

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Lessons from New Orleans Startup Weekend

Posted by Alec Cole on November 5, 2015

Takeaways for Early-Stage Founders

I went to a Google Startup Weekend a couple weeks ago. Ran into a great team, ideated, validated, and even built a teeny website.

Early admission: we didn’t win.

Still, I had a great chance to watch the people who did win, and I’ve had plenty of time to agonize about how we could have toppled them. Startup Weekend didn’t shower me in cash or equivalent services, but I'll be damned if it didn’t teach me a few lessons on how to spin an early-stage startup. If you’re about to tackle your first weekend or – much more likely – you’re prepping for an early-stage pitch of any kind, here are some things to keep in mind.

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Code and Career Lessons from All-Women Workshops

Posted by Chloe Frank on September 18, 2015

Programming Comfort Zones and Steps Beyond

One year ago, my coworker Lindsay and I signed up for a NOLA Women in Technology-sponsored event at iSeatz to learn the basics of coding through an introduction to Ruby on Rails. I enrolled for two reasons: to better understand what the hell the software developers were talking about in meetings, and because Lindsay made me go.

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Why New Orleans?

Posted by Ashley Meeks on August 27, 2015

Staying Home as a Venture For America Fellow

“Wow, New Orleans must be quite the city!”

I heard it often from other Venture for America Fellows over the five weeks of extensive training camp as I explained my destination for my two year fellowship. Of the one hundred and twenty-two 2015 Fellows, I am the only one to return to the city of not only my Alma Mater, but—as a Northshore native—my childhood.

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