SXSW Interactive 2014: Nas and Ben Horowitz Discuss Entrepreneurship and Surviving Tech's School of Hard Knocks Image via The Washington Post BY JASON PARHAM Via Complex.com “Do you think Nas benefits more from this relationship?” asked my seat mate. The question came midway through one of SXSW Interactive’s featured sessions earlier today. Nas, one of hip-hop’s elite rappers, and Ben Horowitz, the rap-loving co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, were together on stage discussing the parallels of being a rapper and being an entrepreneur. It was a curious sight, but not completely unlikely given the tech world's and hip-hop's recent obsession with other. Because even in Silicon Valley, street cred carries weight. Horowitz spoke at length about being CEO of Loudcloud, a managed services provider that offered hosting services for Internet companies during the dot-com era, and one of the first companies to popularize the idea of cloud computing. Horowitz, who recently released a book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, has been working with Marc Andreessen for over 19 years, and together the two have molded their VC firm into a king-making tech goliath. But, Horowitz admitted, his relationship with Andreessen is not what you’d expect. “We don’t get along at all,” he said. “[Marc will] say things that make me feel some type of way.” To which the crowd laughed, acknowledging his play on Rich Homie Quan’s recent hit. Horowitz, who recently released a book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, has been working with Marc Andreessen for over 19 years, and together the two have molded their VC firm into a king-making tech goliath. “Nobody knows how to be a CEO. It’s something you have to learn,” Horowitz said, adding: “It’s a very lonely job.” Many up-in-coming CEOs have dreams of [...]
Via National Geographic It’s your turn to change the world, and the 2014 Google Science Fair (GSF) is your next chance to get started. Once again, National Geographic is helping to make this worldwide search for the next generation of great scientists a thrilling and enlightening reality. In year’s past these future explorers have tackled some of the world’s greatest challenges, like an anti-flu medicine, an exoskeletal glove, a battery-free flashlight, banana bioplastics and more efficient ways of farming. The Grand Prize includes an National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos. Brittany Wenger, winner of the 2012 Google Science Fair, documented her trip with National Geographic to the Galapagos last year. Other prizes come from GSF partner’s Scientific American, Lego, and Virgin Galactic. Finalists will be narrowed down to 90 regional finalists in June. Then, in August,15 Global Finalists will join us at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA for the finalist event where all the finalists will exhibit their projects and the Grand Prize winner will be named. For more information go to their website below. https://www.googlesciencefair.com http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/12/its-your-turn-to-change-the-world-google-science-fair-2014/
Now Facebook Has a Drone Plan By VINDU GOELVia NY Times With all his talk of better data compression and more efficient phone chips, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has had a bit of trouble getting people excited about Internet.org, his ambitious plan to get everyone in the world onto the Internet. Not anymore. The web was abuzz on Tuesday after a report in TechCrunch that Facebook was in negotiations to buy a manufacturer of drones, Titan Aerospace, for about $60 million. If a deal is completed, it will give Mr. Zuckerberg an intriguing new technology to further the cause of Internet.org. Titan’s drones, which resemble solar-powered airplanes, are designed to fly as high as 65,000 feet and stay aloft for as long as five years — essentially functioning like cheap satellites. They could blanket large areas with wireless Internet signals, although the signals would be slower and unable to handle as much data as land-based Internet connections. For remote places like rural Africa, they would be enough to provide at least rudimentary access to the Internet through mobile phones. Facebook would have to overcome lots of technical and legal problems before a global Facenet would be a reality. But the idea would allow the social network to one-up its rival, Google, which has its own far-fetched plan to extend the Internet to far-flung places via a network of balloons. And it is a lot closer to reality than Amazon’s idea of drones that will deliver packages. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/now-facebook-has-a-drone-plan/
Yesterday, February 27th, President Obama launched "My Brothers Keeper" a much needed initiative aimed at empowering boys and young men of color, a segment of our society that too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success.
We here at Urban Youth have spent the past six years with our WHAT IT TAKES SYMPOSIUMS & E-MENTORING Lessons Learned Guide for mentoring black men and boys. We are extremely excited that the President is taking action and launching MY BROTHERS KEEPER. Read on to find out more about this initiative. The announcement will be streamed live on the links below at 3:25 PM EST. http://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper whitehouse.gov/live VIA The White House “There are a lot of kids out there who need help, who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?” – President Obama, July 19, 2013 UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM The data proves it: Boys and young men of color — regardless of where they come from — are disproportionately at risk from their youngest years through college and the early stages of their professional lives. By the time they hit fourth grade, 86 percent of African American boys and 82 percent Hispanic boys are reading below proficiency levels — compared to 54 percent of white fourth graders reading below proficiency levels. African American and Hispanic young men are more than six times as likely to be victims of murder than their white peers — and account for almost half of the country's murder victims each year. HOW THE PRESIDENT IS TAKING ACTION He's announced a new initiative with leading foundations and businesses that will take a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to build ladders of opportunity and unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color — and they're getting to work immediately. He signed a [...]
DEFINITION OF A BLACK MAN In the past 6 years of doing our What It Takes mentoring program with African American Men and boys this is one of the most profound videos that we have seen to address the media image and portrayal of black men. We agree with Tilmon Keaton & Ryan Carson, the producers of this project, when they stated " Some videos are produced that can dramatically impact the lives of millions. This is one of them. No matter who you are, there is a lot to be taken from this video. Pay attention. Listen to the words and allow them to really speak to you." Watch this video and please share. It may help another young black man feel he is worth stepping out of the portrayed media spot light and step into a life with promise, purpose and hope. For more on Tilmon Keaton, his new book "Change Your L.I.F.E" and his motivational series visit his website www.tilmonkeaton.com.
February 11, 2014 | 2:46 Via The White House The First Lady is working to rally the country around the President's "North Star" goal -- that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Reaching that goal begins with each of us doing our part as parents, students, educators, and citizens. There is something that each and every one of us can do in our communities to help make sure more our kids realize their potential and make their way into higher education.
Via The White House Girls in STEM, featuring young women scientists and engineers who wowed the President and the nation at the White House Science Fair in February, shines a spotlight on these extraordinary young role models and their exciting projects -- ranging from a machine that detects buried landmines, to a prosthetic hand device, to a lunchbox that uses UV light to kill bacteria on food. http://www.whitehouse.gov/stem
Via The White House Energy Secretary Steven Chu and business leaders discuss how, with an understanding of Science and Math, individuals are shaping the world we live in.
Students complete Naval Engines Design Program at NSWCCD-SSES By Joseph Battista, NSWCCD-SSES Public Affairs, NAVSEA Thirty middle and high school students received certificates of completion at the final class of the six-week Naval Engines Design Program at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division – Ship Systems Engineering Station (NSWCCD-SSES) Dec. 14. The unique course provided students from underrepresented segments of the population hands-on training, combined with classroom instruction, on various types of naval engines. Mike Zekas, Propulsion and Power Systems Division head, organized the program in partnership with the Urban Youth Racing School, and funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), to provide an organized approach to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. “I’m always impressed by the enthusiasm of these students,” said Zekas. “Their eyes widen when they first see the size of the engines the Navy uses. It’s a great thing to experience each year.” This is the third year of the program where engineers volunteer their time to teach students about diesel, gas turbine and steam engines, as well as fuel injection, combustion analysis, maintenance, shock testing, borescope inspections, alternate fuels, lubricating oils, and 3-D modeling. Students received classroom instruction from professional engineers, did oral presentations, and were assigned homework each week. The final class included turning in a group paper of 10-15 pages and a 10-15 minute presentation where they determined which type of Navy ship to use based on a real-world situation. Some students even designed their own vessel, which utilized one of the three propulsion systems found on Navy ships. The highlight of the program was week three when students received hands-on instruction with gas turbines. They used a flexible borescope (a small camera [...]