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College 2.0: Lessons from my return to Academia

After co-founding a social media consulting company and learning the ropes in the business world, I decided to return to college this fall so I could devote 16 months to earning a Programming for Web Development certificate.

Many times during my social media marketing at the Puget Sound Blood Center, and while helping local businesses revamp their Facebook Pages, I realized how useful it would be to have Web development skills such as XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript; and app development skills such as Java, C#, and C++. With them, I would have developed QR Code apps, Blood donation apps, and mobile pages without relying upon expensive developers or limited WordPress plugins. Now I have that chance.

For those seeking to revitalize their careers in academia, here are helpful lessons I’ve learned by my return to college:

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Movies gone interactive: My interview with Hypershow

This is my second interview for Northwest Startup DEMO — Spring 2011. This was with Tim Harader, CEO of Hypershow, which allows television studios and filmmakers to tag their videos with metadata such as info on actors, props, trivia, and behind-the-scenes details. Harader explained that Hypershow lets producers turn their movies into interactive applications, a feature bound to go mainstream in the age of

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“Starship Troopers” meets injury rehab: An interview with Cadence Biomedical

As the Social Media Chair of MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest, I had the recent privilege of interviewing the staff of Cadence Biomedical (previously named Empowering Engineering Technologies), which will be one of six companies demoing on Thursday, May 12, at Northwest Startup DEMO — Spring 2011, in Seattle. This will be its first time publicly demonstrating the ExoWalk(TM), a device that will appeal to fans of powered exoskeletons and injury rehabilitation alike.

Brian Glaister, the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of Cadence Biomedical, and his team explained the ExoWalk(TM) and gave an inside look at

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Startup interview: BrandGlue.com applies Facebook News Feed Karate

By Sean DeButts

BrandGlue.com is one of the most accomplished Facebook consulting startups to hit the limelight in the past two years.

Founded by 2008 Western Washington University graduate Jeff Widman, it has gained 9,600 Facebook followers in one year and boasts among its clients Microsoft, YouTube, Intel, Paul Allen, Seth Godin, Washington Redskins, Kiva.org and Mint.com. BrandGlue.com still is building its Website and never has promoted itself through any advertising but its Facebook Page; it has gained its clients entirely by its reputation for focusing on successful newsfeed optimization. This focus is purposeful; Jeff Widman’s research revealed that 99.5 percent of the comments left on a Facebook Page are made on

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Eastside homelessness and hunger on the Rise

Renewal Food Bank Sign

The National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the Great Recession ended in June 2009, but as unemployment in Washington state at almost nine percent, that is scant comfort to many local families.

According to the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, as of January 2010, almost 573 people were homeless on the east side of Lake Washington

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