The New Yorkers are hacking. Rep the Silicon Alley.
"We recently received a negative review on the app store from a more senior professional. She said, ‘The sole glitch is that the app caters to a young professional generation.’ We’re trying to be a young professional app, so we were happy to hear we’re doing a good job. We want Coffee to be the platform for young people to get comfortable being professionals by networking with other young professionals & discovering jobs they can be passionate about."
CoffeeTheApp aims to connect the next generation of professionals through a mobile networking platform as a casual way to build your network.

"We recently received a negative review on the app store from a more senior professional. She said, ‘The sole glitch is that the app caters to a young professional generation.’ We’re trying to be a young professional app, so we were happy to hear we’re doing a good job. We want Coffee to be the platform for young people to get comfortable being professionals by networking with other young professionals & discovering jobs they can be passionate about."

CoffeeTheApp aims to connect the next generation of professionals through a mobile networking platform as a casual way to build your network.

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“You don’t need an MBA to be some guy or girl who started a big company. If you’re really interested in building a big business, you have to really go all in. You can’t really do it half-way. There are a lot of people who try to keep their job while trying to go and do it at the same time. The level of commitment is not going to be there. When you go all in just make sure you have a really good plan and make sure your idea is really really rock solid, the best way to test your idea and to figure out how good / bad it is, ask someone who really hates your guts…if they can’t come up with a good reason to release that anger, then you are in a good place.” 
When Amit isn’t in school, he’s leading 25 developers at AIT Consulting to work with companies that range from technology startups and Fortune 500 companies. 

“You don’t need an MBA to be some guy or girl who started a big company. If you’re really interested in building a big business, you have to really go all in. You can’t really do it half-way. There are a lot of people who try to keep their job while trying to go and do it at the same time. The level of commitment is not going to be there. When you go all in just make sure you have a really good plan and make sure your idea is really really rock solid, the best way to test your idea and to figure out how good / bad it is, ask someone who really hates your guts…if they can’t come up with a good reason to release that anger, then you are in a good place.” 

When Amit isn’t in school, he’s leading 25 developers at AIT Consulting to work with companies that range from technology startups and Fortune 500 companies. 

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"There’s something, I think, called the Designer’s Crisis. At some point, you wonder where you’re going in this field and why you’re doing what you’re doing — Is it important? Is it relevant? I think in design, there’s a lot of pressure to change the world from ambitious programs that give you these amazing opportunities and methodologies in which you can fix huge complex problems. There’s a lot of pressure to go out and do that but often that’s very difficult to do. You get caught up in the industry or working for somebody else and you don’t quite feel like you’re meeting those expectations, that perhaps you set for yourself. It’s hard not knowing if what you’re doing is valuable or valued."
Richard is a designer who recently graduated from the Products of Design Masters program at SVA and created The Cloud, an interactive lamp and speaker system that mimics a thundercloud.  

"There’s something, I think, called the Designer’s Crisis. At some point, you wonder where you’re going in this field and why you’re doing what you’re doing — Is it important? Is it relevant? I think in design, there’s a lot of pressure to change the world from ambitious programs that give you these amazing opportunities and methodologies in which you can fix huge complex problems. There’s a lot of pressure to go out and do that but often that’s very difficult to do. You get caught up in the industry or working for somebody else and you don’t quite feel like you’re meeting those expectations, that perhaps you set for yourself. It’s hard not knowing if what you’re doing is valuable or valued."

Richard is a designer who recently graduated from the Products of Design Masters program at SVA and created The Cloud, an interactive lamp and speaker system that mimics a thundercloud.  

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"With people changing jobs every two years and over 70% of the population disengaged work as we know it isn’t working. People are after far more than a paycheck and job title: they’re seeking the ability to self actualize, deepen their relationships online and offline and achieve something greater than themselves at work. People are seeking purpose. Existing professional platforms are designed by the old guard and falling short of meeting these needs - we’re in need of a refresh. We’re creating Imperative to become that new professional platform to achieve purpose at work so that what you do is an extension of who you are, not the other way around."
Blue and Arthur lead Imperative, a new professional platform that uses personal development tools to personalize the way you build your professional identity, forge deeper relationships and manage a portfolio of aligned work opportunities. 

"With people changing jobs every two years and over 70% of the population disengaged work as we know it isn’t working. People are after far more than a paycheck and job title: they’re seeking the ability to self actualize, deepen their relationships online and offline and achieve something greater than themselves at work. People are seeking purpose. Existing professional platforms are designed by the old guard and falling short of meeting these needs - we’re in need of a refresh. We’re creating Imperative to become that new professional platform to achieve purpose at work so that what you do is an extension of who you are, not the other way around."

Blue and Arthur lead Imperative, a new professional platform that uses personal development tools to personalize the way you build your professional identity, forge deeper relationships and manage a portfolio of aligned work opportunities. 

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​“Humans and their relationships is such an interesting topic, especially how the phone plays into the nuances of those interactions. With Humin we’re finding that by re-imagining your contacts app, you can actually strengthen your real-world ties. It doesn’t shove people into alphabetical lists, it puts people into the context of your own network. When I land in a new city, Humin tells me who lives there. When people are visiting, Humin brings up their information and I reach out. It creates those serendipitous moments and makes people feel really special.
We’re working on a problem users want us to solve. When you’re doing something, like data entry for example, you’d never think before your first CS class that you’d need to automate it because it’s so awful. But then after, it just changes they way you think about what can be automated, what tedium you shouldn’t have to deal with. You create apps and plugins and extensions to solve those little problems.
At Claremont McKenna I studied both computer science and philosophy. I was interested in what implications of agency had to do with artificial intelligence. As artificially intelligent beings become more of a reality, there comes the question, is there a moral code for machines?”
Arielle Zuckerberg | Humin

​“Humans and their relationships is such an interesting topic, especially how the phone plays into the nuances of those interactions. With Humin we’re finding that by re-imagining your contacts app, you can actually strengthen your real-world ties. It doesn’t shove people into alphabetical lists, it puts people into the context of your own network. When I land in a new city, Humin tells me who lives there. When people are visiting, Humin brings up their information and I reach out. It creates those serendipitous moments and makes people feel really special.

We’re working on a problem users want us to solve. When you’re doing something, like data entry for example, you’d never think before your first CS class that you’d need to automate it because it’s so awful. But then after, it just changes they way you think about what can be automated, what tedium you shouldn’t have to deal with. You create apps and plugins and extensions to solve those little problems.

At Claremont McKenna I studied both computer science and philosophy. I was interested in what implications of agency had to do with artificial intelligence. As artificially intelligent beings become more of a reality, there comes the question, is there a moral code for machines?”

Arielle Zuckerberg | Humin

“A lot of programmers have kids but they don’t always talk about it so a lot of times you’ll work with people and you might not even know they have a kid. Startups kinda builds this environment where you expect most people to not have kids. So the challenge is finding these people and sharing how to have time with your kid after work and also finding time to program. It’s hard to find time for family and coding, and that’s not the traditional view of most hackers.”
Stefan Hayden is a front end developer working with one of many small teams at Shutterstock. During his off time, he builds twitterbots like @InternetHugs.

“A lot of programmers have kids but they don’t always talk about it so a lot of times you’ll work with people and you might not even know they have a kid. Startups kinda builds this environment where you expect most people to not have kids. So the challenge is finding these people and sharing how to have time with your kid after work and also finding time to program. It’s hard to find time for family and coding, and that’s not the traditional view of most hackers.”

Stefan Hayden is a front end developer working with one of many small teams at Shutterstock. During his off time, he builds twitterbots like @InternetHugs.

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“My personal Freeflow series is all about doing things that are creative — it contains no problem solving, or design thinking, it is a way to escape that realm and be free to create. The only restriction is that it has to be quick, so about a half hour to an hour each day. I try to not get too emotionally involved in each piece because then I tend to focus too much on detail and never finish them. I usually spend a few days on my larger pieces and I get really attached to them and sometimes I can never look at them again because I’ll see an issue with it that nobody else sees. The Freeflow series is a just simple way to get away from that stuff and just bring color back into my life and start doing things that are not necessarily trying to solve a design problem but instead to have FUN.”
“Currently I give away a free wallpaper size of my Freeflows. I’m currently procuring a printer to print and distribute small quantities of them and my next step for this series is to give away the PSDs as well, to allow anyone a chance to remix and have fun with my work.”
Bryan Berger is a Lead UI Designer at IAC and created a daily art series to keep his creative juices flowing. | freeflow.me

“My personal Freeflow series is all about doing things that are creative — it contains no problem solving, or design thinking, it is a way to escape that realm and be free to create. The only restriction is that it has to be quick, so about a half hour to an hour each day. I try to not get too emotionally involved in each piece because then I tend to focus too much on detail and never finish them. I usually spend a few days on my larger pieces and I get really attached to them and sometimes I can never look at them again because I’ll see an issue with it that nobody else sees. The Freeflow series is a just simple way to get away from that stuff and just bring color back into my life and start doing things that are not necessarily trying to solve a design problem but instead to have FUN.”

“Currently I give away a free wallpaper size of my Freeflows. I’m currently procuring a printer to print and distribute small quantities of them and my next step for this series is to give away the PSDs as well, to allow anyone a chance to remix and have fun with my work.”

Bryan Berger is a Lead UI Designer at IAC and created a daily art series to keep his creative juices flowing. | freeflow.me

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"There’s this analogy I use a lot when talking about code to beginners: web applications are just like restaurants. You have the front of the restaurant and you have the kitchen, so that’s like the front-end and the back-end. Data and databases — you can think of that as the fridge or your pantry. So what happens when someone orders food is they make a request, it goes to the kitchen, they get the food from the pantry, it goes through the kitchen again, and back out to the front. That may not be the most efficient thing to do if you just want water. You’re not going to want it in the pantry, you’re going to want it near the front where everyone is. That’s similar to what cacheing is when you’re talking about web applications. Instead of going all the way to the database through the back-end, what you end up doing is you have things sitting very close to the front." 
Jon Chan is a web developer at Stack Exchange and founder of Bento, a guided tour through the best free web development tutorials, including videos, interactive classes, and reading material. He’s also a quasi-celebrity in Poland. 

"There’s this analogy I use a lot when talking about code to beginners: web applications are just like restaurants. You have the front of the restaurant and you have the kitchen, so that’s like the front-end and the back-end. Data and databases — you can think of that as the fridge or your pantry. So what happens when someone orders food is they make a request, it goes to the kitchen, they get the food from the pantry, it goes through the kitchen again, and back out to the front. That may not be the most efficient thing to do if you just want water. You’re not going to want it in the pantry, you’re going to want it near the front where everyone is. That’s similar to what cacheing is when you’re talking about web applications. Instead of going all the way to the database through the back-end, what you end up doing is you have things sitting very close to the front." 

Jon Chan is a web developer at Stack Exchange and founder of Bento, a guided tour through the best free web development tutorials, including videos, interactive classes, and reading material. He’s also a quasi-celebrity in Poland. 

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"A fun piece of my job is to be a fresh set of eyes everyday to think through, ‘What is the entrepreneur’s experience? What’s awkward or hard? Where can we be better?’ Then there’s Rock College, and our goal is to transform the person who goes through college. If you can work with people on frameworks for personal development, and understand how to help figure out what they want, help them understand how to work towards it… and once they get it how to use it, you completely transform the workforce, who that person is, how they spend their time, and how they use their education."
By day, Samantha Smith is an Operations Manager at First Round. By night, she is working on Rock College, which provides personal development frameworks and teaches soft skills to high school seniors and freshmen in college. 

"A fun piece of my job is to be a fresh set of eyes everyday to think through, ‘What is the entrepreneur’s experience? What’s awkward or hard? Where can we be better?’ Then there’s Rock College, and our goal is to transform the person who goes through college. If you can work with people on frameworks for personal development, and understand how to help figure out what they want, help them understand how to work towards it… and once they get it how to use it, you completely transform the workforce, who that person is, how they spend their time, and how they use their education."

By day, Samantha Smith is an Operations Manager at First Round. By night, she is working on Rock College, which provides personal development frameworks and teaches soft skills to high school seniors and freshmen in college. 

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“What would you tell your freshmen selves?”I realized halfway through my freshmen year that I was really interested in digital art and new media. I had this affinity for coding and digital software to create visuals. For some reason I didn’t allow myself to act on that realization until the following summer, and I just kinda went HAM with it. I started to redefine my perceptions of myself and my skills. Be true with yourself and go HAM with what you love freshmen selves.
Nice & Good Design Co. is a design consulting agency started by Emily & Ieva. 

“What would you tell your freshmen selves?”

I realized halfway through my freshmen year that I was really interested in digital art and new media. I had this affinity for coding and digital software to create visuals. For some reason I didn’t allow myself to act on that realization until the following summer, and I just kinda went HAM with it. I started to redefine my perceptions of myself and my skills. Be true with yourself and go HAM with what you love freshmen selves.

Nice & Good Design Co. is a design consulting agency started by Emily & Ieva. 

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Learning to code is super intimidating and I don’t wanna do it, but I’ll try anyway. And then once I took a couple classes and started getting into it, [I realized] this is kinda one of my favorite things ever. I looked at this huge tower and thought, “Nope. Not even gonna bother, because I’m terrified.”  And now that I see it as what it is, it’s just something that you need to approach slowly. It’s just words and numbers and you put them together, and they make really cool stuff. 
Kitten Coding Club is a free workshop teaching HTML/CSS in a friendly and approachable way. 

Learning to code is super intimidating and I don’t wanna do it, but I’ll try anyway. And then once I took a couple classes and started getting into it, [I realized] this is kinda one of my favorite things ever. I looked at this huge tower and thought, “Nope. Not even gonna bother, because I’m terrified.”  And now that I see it as what it is, it’s just something that you need to approach slowly. It’s just words and numbers and you put them together, and they make really cool stuff. 

Kitten Coding Club is a free workshop teaching HTML/CSS in a friendly and approachable way. 

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“The definition of ‘hack’ has recently morphed and I’m really happy about that. The the term is no longer like back in my dad’s day – four dudes in a dark basement, like in that cheesy movie Hackers. David Lee of SV Angel actually wanted us to change [Tech@NYU’s] name to Hack@NYU - he was like, you need to change what that word means to society. To hack means to be resourceful, to take a look at a problem and be creative in your approach. I’ve never been a hacker in the traditional sense. I’m the world’s most inefficient developer, but what I think I’ve been doing these past couple of years is hacking ‘community’ and hacking how people relate to one another. A lot of my side projects have been about scaling human experience and sharing.”

Kim Pham just graduated from NYU with a degree in Marketing, Information Systems, and Computer Science. During her time there, she was president of NYC’s largest student designer & developer organization, Tech@NYU, and founding partner at Dorm Room Fund. She is now taking her love of the Internet and supporting talented creators overseas to Europe, where she is joining the Frontline Ventures team as Head of Platform.

“The definition of ‘hack’ has recently morphed and I’m really happy about that. The the term is no longer like back in my dad’s day – four dudes in a dark basement, like in that cheesy movie Hackers. David Lee of SV Angel actually wanted us to change [Tech@NYU’s] name to Hack@NYU - he was like, you need to change what that word means to society. To hack means to be resourceful, to take a look at a problem and be creative in your approach. I’ve never been a hacker in the traditional sense. I’m the world’s most inefficient developer, but what I think I’ve been doing these past couple of years is hacking ‘community’ and hacking how people relate to one another. A lot of my side projects have been about scaling human experience and sharing.”

Kim Pham just graduated from NYU with a degree in Marketing, Information Systems, and Computer Science. During her time there, she was president of NYC’s largest student designer & developer organization, Tech@NYU, and founding partner at Dorm Room Fund. She is now taking her love of the Internet and supporting talented creators overseas to Europe, where she is joining the Frontline Ventures team as Head of Platform.

“When you see you Mosa Mack used in the classroom, the response is incredible. After the episode, students will jump right in to solve the mystery. You see excitement, collaboration and true scientific discussions take place, all within the framework of the Mosa Mack plot. I remember the first time we showed the episode in a classroom setting, one student said, “Insulin! I’ve heard that word before.” Another student responded, “My uncle uses insulin.” They decided as a group that the insulin in the episode was ineffective. When we saw sixth-graders excited to engage in high-level problem solving, we know we achieved our goal and that’s the kind of classroom success that we want to build upon.”
The hack: Making science learning fun again.
Lissa Johnson | Mosa Mack

“When you see you Mosa Mack used in the classroom, the response is incredible. After the episode, students will jump right in to solve the mystery. You see excitement, collaboration and true scientific discussions take place, all within the framework of the Mosa Mack plot. I remember the first time we showed the episode in a classroom setting, one student said, “Insulin! I’ve heard that word before.” Another student responded, “My uncle uses insulin.” They decided as a group that the insulin in the episode was ineffective. When we saw sixth-graders excited to engage in high-level problem solving, we know we achieved our goal and that’s the kind of classroom success that we want to build upon.”

The hack: Making science learning fun again.

Lissa Johnson | Mosa Mack

“It took me awhile to realize how creative programming is. Until you gain fluency with the syntax of any language, you don’t know how to use it. If you’re new to painting, your first painting totally sucks, right? But then you start to understand color, perspective, the impact of different brushstrokes, textures — and only then can you truly unlock the creative side. So until you overcome the syntactic hurdle, it’s hard to realize how creative something like programming can be.”
The hack: Make money even after your purchase | Hounder.io Waine Tam

“It took me awhile to realize how creative programming is. Until you gain fluency with the syntax of any language, you don’t know how to use it. If you’re new to painting, your first painting totally sucks, right? But then you start to understand color, perspective, the impact of different brushstrokes, textures — and only then can you truly unlock the creative side. So until you overcome the syntactic hurdle, it’s hard to realize how creative something like programming can be.”

The hack: Make money even after your purchase | Hounder.io 

Waine Tam

"I have a strong team. My husband is a co-founder and he’s really creative. He went to the School of Visual Arts and he’s completely right brained, and then I have my CTO who’s completely left brained, and it’s me in the middle. I’m definitely the kind of person who finds the middle ground and figures out what needs to be done. That’s another piece of advice I’d give — use as much information as you can. You’re not going to learn it in school, you learn it by reading, you learn it by studying people who’ve done it before. Just absorb and read, but also don’t get your head too stuck in reading because then you’ll end up never doing anything. There’s a middle ground."

The hack: video annotation for effective feedbac. | GetFeedbac

"I have a strong team. My husband is a co-founder and he’s really creative. He went to the School of Visual Arts and he’s completely right brained, and then I have my CTO who’s completely left brained, and it’s me in the middle. I’m definitely the kind of person who finds the middle ground and figures out what needs to be done. That’s another piece of advice I’d give — use as much information as you can. You’re not going to learn it in school, you learn it by reading, you learn it by studying people who’ve done it before. Just absorb and read, but also don’t get your head too stuck in reading because then you’ll end up never doing anything. There’s a middle ground."

The hack: video annotation for effective feedbac. | GetFeedbac

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