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As Slack Hits 1M Daily Users And 900K Integration Installs, It Hires April Underwood As Head Of Platform

Workplace collaboration platform Slack has been a runaway success since opening for business just over a year ago: the company co-founded and led by Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield now has 1.1 million daily active users, with 300,000 of them paying for premium tiers of the service bringing in …

Startups

Dubai's A Strange Place But It's The Middle East's Startup Hub

Dubai looks like what would happen if Donald Trump played Minecraft: ever more ridiculous towers bursting forth from the sand, steel and glass everywhere. At night, it feels like the city from ‘Bladerunner’ blessed with better weather.<p>What Dubai doesn’t feel like at first glance is a startup hub. …

Obama: Everybody's Got to Learn How to Code

Colors, letters and coding? President Obama has new homework for America’s students.<p>Schools need to do a better job helping U.S. students excel in technical fields if the country wants to continue to lead the world in technological innovation, President Obama said Friday during an interview with</b> …

Tech Industry

Facebook picks up partners behind 12-year-old design firm that worked on Medium, Prismatic

Facebook just snapped up the partners behind a company that was founded before the social network even existed.<p>Three partners from Teehan+Lax, a …

San Francisco

The Real Reason Why Everyone Should Learn to Code

Lots of people get into programming because they love the challenge, are excited by computers and want to build a career creating websites, mobile …

Software

Codecademy: From Zero Experience To A Tech Job In Three Months

Codecademy, a venture-backed company, offers free online training for tech workers. Since it opened in 2011, more than 25 million people have taken those courses, according to CEO Zach Sims.<p>Courses include how to build websites and e-commerce apps, which, said Sims, “use modern languages like Ruby …

When the digital classroom meets the parents

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Education Technology

There aren't enough teachers with coding skills

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Education

Should You Learn To Code?

The release of a new programming language at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this week highlighted one of the most marketable skills in the digital world: the ability to code. How necessary is it, really? And is that even the right question?<p>Once again, the haves and have-nots of the digital …

iOS Apps

Teaching Kids to Code Will Change The Way We Program

<i>Raj Sidhu is a designer, Web developer, and creator of Code Monkey Island, a board game that introduces kids to programming fundamentals.</i><p>I felt pretty jealous as I walked into the computer room of the elementary school I was visiting. The hulking PCs of my youth – with their giant floppy disk …

Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Communication

Google is tackling the persistent need in education for better software with Classroom, a new tool launching in beta preview to help teachers make, collect and track student assignments, and to help them better communicate with their classes.<p>The Classroom app is part of Google’s Apps for Education …

Acompli: a Perfect iOS Email App but We Wish it Wasn't Free

I <i>hate</i> email. The team at The Next Web can attest to just how often I complain about email. Email is slow, cumbersome, often overwhelming and hard to deal with. There’s just so much of it. I’ve always been bad at email and despite great solutions like Mailbox existing, I’ve never found the perfect …

Why Google doesn’t care about college degrees, in 5 quotes

Google isn’t big on college degrees, although the search giant is inundated with applicants touting perfect GPAs from Ivy League schools.<p>Google’s chairman and head of hiring, Laszlo Bock, has given a few insights in the <i>New York Times</i> on how he sorts through a multitude of bright applicants.<p>The …

The Beginner's Guide to Ratchet: A Mobile Web App Framework

Ratchet is a front-end framework for building mobile web apps in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Ratchet 2.0 was recently released, so it’s a good time to …

30 Vivid Dashboard UI Designs for Your Inspiration

We live in a world of data of different types. While mining the data a person might face with lots of troubles. The biggest one is poorly designed, …

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder | Inc.com

Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, as evidenced by the …

Time Management

India’s Homeshop18 Files For $75M Nasdaq IPO, Ahead Of Bigger E-Commerce Rivals

Homeshop18, an Indian TV shopping and online retail company owned by media conglomerate Network18 Media, has filed for $75 million IPO on Nasdaq, ahead of much-awaited listings of bigger e-commerce rivals in the country such as Flipkart and Snapdeal.<p>In October last year, Homeshop18 had raised $14 …

How Zalando founder Robert Gentz built a €1.8B company in 6 years

The story of the rise of the business economist from Düsseldorf Robert Gentz to becoming the boss of the e-commerce success Zalando starts on a beach in Guatemala. Gentz was vacationing there at the beginning of 2007 and read in a newspaper that StudiVZ was sold to Holtzbrinck Publishers for a …