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Marketer ignores risk, branches out with deal for web development firm

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Sometimes a crisis can be an ideal time to speed up strategic moves, not put them on hold.

That’s the case for Big Sea, a St. Petersburg marketing firm that boasts a deep roster of clients that includes HSN, bowling alley chain Pin Chasers and nonprofit institutions like Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and Stetson University College of Law. 

In late November, Big Sea founder and CEO Andi Graham spoke with Donny Minchillo, CEO of St. Pete-based web development firm Pineapple Development, about how the two companies might work together. Pineapple had developed e-commerce platforms for companies such as pool supply chain Pinch-A-Penny and was looking for a way to expand its capabilities.

“He just said, ‘Hey, here’s what we’re doing,’” says Graham, 43. “‘We’ve got legs here, but I’m not a marketer; I’m a developer.’” 

‘We’re signing clients all over the country, not just St. Pete. We’ve got clients in California, in New York, and we’ve done demos already in almost every state.’ Andi Graham, CEO of Big Sea, a St. Petersburg marketing firm

Minchillo, Graham says, also wanted to divest himself of a residential cleaning business he and his wife, Jackie — who has …

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Pivot and Persist: This bootcamp startup went online to survive the pandemic; records Rs 10L revenue in 3 months

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Despite the economic slowdown, one sector that has truly emerged victorious in the current pandemic situation is the edtech sector. In fact, a recent report published by RedSeer and Omidyar Network revealed edtech users – on the K12 and the post K-12 segment – have doubled from 45 million to 90 million, since 2019. However, it is important to note that even in the education sector, only the players operating online have benefitted during the pandemic. Jaipur-based Forsk Coding School has hit with this reality when its flagship programme, ‘Summer School 2020’, was completely washed out due to the pandemic. Founded in 2015 by Sylvester Fernandes and Yogendra Singh, it is a bootcamp startup that equips graduates with industry-level skill sets. The startup focusses on teaching in a ‘project-based learning approach’. Core team at Forsk Coding School Challenging timesEarlier, Forsk offered bootcamps for a duration of 45 days to six months, in both offline and online models. The startup usually partnered with universities or tied up with educational groups in Rajasthan to conduct the bootcamps.  Its flagship bootcamp programme — Summer School, which focusses on classroom teaching, generated Rs 40 lakh revenue last year. However, this year, the programme did not see the light of the day, …

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ASRC Federal Supports USDA Rural Development with Web-based App | WashingtonExec

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Jennifer Felix, ASRC Federal
The ASRC Federal team supporting the Agriculture Department in St. Louis, Missouri, announced it has delivered a new Salesforce platform-based application in support of USDA’s Rural Development Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, or HBIIP.
HBIIP aims to increase the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. The program will help rural communities build robust and sustainable economies.
The ASRC Federal team has been supporting challenging USDA missions for over a decade, said Jennifer Felix, ASRC Federal president and CEO.
“Through collaborative efforts with Rural Development stakeholders and our Salesforce implementation experts – we delivered a technology solution that will help farmers and rural communities while strengthening our country’s energy independence,” she said.
The application allows rural businesses to quickly and easily apply for federal grant set asides as part of the HBIIP. It’s also a way for USDA leadership to track grant data and other program requirements and streamlines previous, paper-based management of HBIPP grants supporting the agency’s digital modernization efforts.

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Germany seizes server hosting U.S. police files stolen in Houston breach

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BOSTON — At the behest of the U.S. government, German authorities have seized a computer server that hosted a huge cache of files from scores of U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies obtained in a Houston data breach last month.

The server was being used by a WikiLeaks-like data transparency collective called Distributed Denial of Secrets to share documents — many tagged “For Official Use Only” — that shed light on U.S. police practices.

The data, dating back to 1996, include emails, audio and video files and police and FBI intelligence reports. DDoSecrets founder Emma Best said the data, dubbed “BlueLeaks,” comes from more than 200 agencies. It has been stripped of references to sexual assault cases and references to children, but names, phone numbers and emails of police officers were not redacted, said Best, who uses they/their pronouns.

Best said that DDoSecrets obtained the data from an outside individual who sympathized with nationwide protests against police killings of unarmed Black people. Some of the files offer insights into the police response to those protests, they said.

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Virginia Tech launches online coding, cybersecurity bootcamps | EdScoop

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Virginia Tech announced this week it will offer online coding and cybersecurity bootcamps to prepare students and experienced professionals for new jobs in the tech industry.
In partnership with Fullstack Academy, a software engineering and coding education company, the 26-week bootcamps are designed to teach participants technical skills to prepare them for emerging coding and cybersecurity jobs in Virginia’s workforce.
“The demand for professional education is becoming increasingly more important as individuals upskill, reskill, or seek workforce training that will lead to an expeditious transition into employment,” Shelly Jobst, director of continuing and professional education at Virginia Tech, said in a press release. “The need for continuous learning is higher than ever, and growth of CPE’s program portfolio in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area will result in targeted new program opportunities to serve the tech-talent pipeline.”
The new online bootcamps will teach students how to monitor and secure systems, networks, and applications, as well as deploy tactics to appropriately respond to breaches. Students will also learn full stack JavaScript platforms, offering a foundation in both front-end and back-end web development and programming skills.
The cybersecurity industry in the Virginia and Washington, D.C., area is one …

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My Favorite Free Courses to Become a Blockchain Developer in 2020 | Hacker Noon

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@javinpaulJavin PaulI am Java programmer, blogger on http://javarevisited.blogspot.com and http://java67.comHello guys, if you are thinking about how to become a Blockchain Developer in 2020 and looking for some online courses to startwith then you have come to the right palce. In this article, I am going to share some of the free resources you can take to become a professional Blockchain developer. Blockchain is one of most talked about technology at the moment and considered to be the next big thing after the invention of the Internet as they provide a way to attain digital trust on the Internet.Though, I must say that crazy rally of cryptocurrencies has a huge role to play in making Blockchain popular. I know about Bitcoin for a long time but never invested in it and the same goes for Blockchain.Even though I knew about it I never thought to learn Blockchain development and writing tutorials about it, until I realize this may be the time to learn Blockchain.There is so much emphasis on Blockchain development as companies from finance, real estate, healthcare, and other sectors are very keen to learn about Blockchains and adopt them.Venture capitalists …

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Full-Service Marketing Agency Roger West Celebrates 13th Anniversary

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TAMPA, Fla., July 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Roger West, a full-service digital marketing agency, has reached a milestone as the company celebrates 13 years of delivering creative and innovative services to clients across the country. Roger West Creative & Code blends a full suite of creative services with marketing fundamentals to deliver web design, paid media advertising, brand development, creative services, digital marketing, and more to a rapidly growing stable of clients in multiple industries, from hospitality to healthcare. The ability to bring creative production and web development together under one roof was the motivation and founding principle of Roger West when CEO Michael Westafer founded the agency 13 years ago.  Roger West is celebrating additional milestones this year. The agency was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Tampa by the Tampa Bay Business Journal for the second consecutive year in a row and was honored by DesignRush as a Top Digital Marketing Agency in Florida.  The agency experienced more than 135 percent revenue growth in 2019 and recently moved into a new office on West Linebaugh Avenue in Tampa to accommodate its growing team. Roger West also nearly doubled its employee base over the last 12 months, including the addition of  Jennie …

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WordPress University Was Always Online

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Did anybody listen to Peter Thiel? In 2011, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, dubbed “contrarian investor” by the New York Times, created the Thiel Fellowship. A collection of 24 youngsters under the age of 20 were awarded $100,000 in exchange for dropping out of college to start tech companies.

Thiel said:

I believe you have a bubble whenever you have something that’s overvalued and intensely believed. In education, you have this clear price escalation without incredible improvement in the product. At the same time you have this incredible intensity of belief that this is what people have to do…It seems very similar in some ways to the housing bubble and the tech bubble.

Thiel had struck a raw cultural nerve. For years, as the world reeled and slowly recovered from a financial crisis, the quality of higher education was rapidly degrading while tuition costs were steadily increasing.

As more colleges make the switch to online only in the response to the pandemic, and the “college experience” becomes a relic of a bygone era, one wonders what the future of the university might look like.

Peter Thiel and Elon Musk, founders of PayPal. Typical underachievers.

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The Top Software Development Companies, According to DesignRush

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Software development companies build custom software solutions, mobile apps, CRM integrations, operating systems and more. DesignRush determined the leading software developers who deliver high quality programs and platforms to brands for increased efficiency.NEW YORK, July 9, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Software development companies build custom software solutions, mobile apps, CRM integrations, operating systems and more.DesignRush, a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies, identified the best software developers that help businesses create platforms and programs that increase efficiency.The top software development companies are:1. IntelliasIntellias was founded in 2002 in Lviv and is now a 1,300+ people strong supplier of software development services. Intellias provides custom software engineering services and has a strong industry focus on Automotive, FinTech and Location Based Services, Retail, IoT and Energy.intellias.com2. Kanda SoftwareKanda Software is a full-service technology partner helping companies to meet regulatory and development challenges efficiently and effectively. They have industry-relevant experience and knowledge in the areas required to build high-quality solutions tailored to business needs of their clients.kandasoft.com3. m7m7 is comprised of strategists, designers, developers and technology teams that work together to form campaigns that elevate brands. They work with big companies and small businesses. Their team embraces technology, mobile, …

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The Top 5 Free Inventory Management Software Systems, According to DesignRush

the top 5 free inventory management software systems, according to designrush

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The inventory management software market is expected to reach $3.2 billion by 2025. DesignRush outlined the top software developers in the growing industry for inventory management that help organizations of all sizes manage their supply effectively and efficiently.NEW YORK, July 9, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The inventory management software market is expected to reach $3.2 billion by 2025.DesignRush, a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies, identified the leading software developers in this growing industry that provide high quality inventory management software to businesses for more efficient and effective supply management.The top free inventory management software systems are:1. Zoho Inventory 2. Odoo 3. inFlow On-Premise 4. OpenBoxes 5. BoxstormThe top inventory management software developers are:1. Bluebash Consulting Private Limited – bluebash.co Expertise: Website Development, Mobile App Design, UX Design and more2. JetSoftPRO – jetsoftpro.com Expertise: Mobile App Design, Website Development, Software Development and more3. Kunsh Technologies – kunshtech.com Expertise: Mobile App Design, Website Development, Web Design and more4. Kyanon Digital – kyanon.digital Expertise: Software Development, Website Development, Internet of Things and more5. Lava X Technologies Sdn Bhd – lavax.co Expertise: Software Development, Website Development, UX Design and more6. Phelix Info Solution – phelixinfosolutions.com Expertise: Web Development, Mobile App Development, Digital Marketing and more7. Sirin Software – sirinsoftware.com Expertise: …

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