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OakTech, People, Tech Start-ups, Workspaces

West Oakland’s Zoo Labs wants to revolutionize how musicians “make it”

Vinitha Watson says she and her co-founders David Watson and Anna Acquistapace were motivated to create Zoo Labs mostly by a “sense of sadness.” (But wait, this is a happy story.) They stood by helplessly as the music business “hit market failure” and the

People, Workspaces

Talking Entrepreneurship with Impact Hub Oakland’s Ashara Ekundayo

As the face of the recently opened Impact Hub Oakland co-working and event space, Ashara Ekundayo wears many hats. A budding creative and serial community builder, Ashara’s work has been impactful yet varied. A co-founder of GrowHaus, an interactive aquaponic farm in Denver, CO,

Michal Migurski
Civic, People

Code For America’s Michal Migurski: How civic data will save Oakland

Code For America’s CTO Michal Migurski is helping cities use data to unlock some of  the biggest questions. A U.C. Berkeley grad, majoring in cognitive science with some computer programming thrown in, he got his start running code for Stamen Design back in 2002. Along with founder

Business, Commerce, ecommerce, Economic Development, How-to

Marketing Insights: Target Ruthlessly to Succeed

By Dan Cohen, Founder and Principal of Full Court Press Communications  It seems so counterintuitive, but to succeed as a marketer of ideas, products or services, I would argue that you have to decide first of all the people you DON’T want to reach. You are

Business, Investment, OakTech

Use your Winter Break to Retool your Pitch

By Isaac “Yitz” Applbaum and Dan Cohen We are often in meetings with talented entrepreneurs who have great ideas but also have a hard time communicating them. This isn’t uncommon. Founders often have great vision, but are so deep in the weeds of solutions and