Experience Extraordinary Stories in Virtual Reality from WITHIN

Experience Extraordinary Stories in Virtual Reality from WITHIN

A DVD player is worthless if you can’t find DVDs to play and movie studios didn’t make them. The same goes for augmented and virtual reality gear—those nifty headsets are mere curiosities with no content to experience. But then there’s WITHIN, and you can get plenty of fantastic AR and VR content to satisfy you.

You’ll be relieved to know that whatever VR headset you have, it’ll be supported. They support just about every well-known headset in the market today, so go ahead and buy one that fits your particular preferences. With.in can handle the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Google Daydream, Sony PlayStation VR, and the HTC Vive. You just need to download the WITHIN app, and you’re good to go.

They offer a wide range of content from the best VR creators in the world, so you know you’re in for a treat. You can get to the nitty-gritty of current events and history with insightful documentaries or you can indulge in flights of fancy with immersive tales of fantastical universes. Like your typical broadcast channel, they offer different genres so you won’t feel left out. Whatever type of VR content you’re in the mood for, you won’t be disappointed.

The VR effect is used effectively with certain types of content. With The Terror, for example, you explore the doomed ship and get inside the headspace of a confused, isolated crew. If you have kids, they’ll most likely enjoy Asteroids, the animated feature from the director of Madagascar featuring space bugs with careening asteroids all around. If you want more actual science in your space adventures, you can go with Fistful of Stars, which uses the view from the Hubble telescope to give you a ringside view of the birth, life, and even death of a star.

If you wish to visit the White House without having to actually go to DC, you can take a tour of The People’s House. The Obamas guide you through the White House, and you get to see a VR view of the Private and Executive residences, and even the famed West Wing and the Oval Office.

So if you have a VR set, head on out to With.in. You can’t ever complain that there’s nothing to watch!

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PledgeLA to Boost Diversity and Inclusion in The Los Angeles Tech Community

PledgeLA to Boost Diversity and Inclusion in The Los Angeles Tech Community

As the tech sector in LA grows due to the saturation of the tech industry in the San Francisco area, the same problems in Silicon Valley are now coming up. There’s a growing tension between the upstarts of the tech industry and the regular folks in the community surrounding this IT boom.

According to critics, what will follow in LA will be what happened in San Francisco if there’s nothing done about it. Regular people and longtime residents will feel alienated and looked down upon. They will feel like they’re being forced out by the higher rents and costs of homes as well as the prices of regular consumer goods.

That’s why more than 80 entrepreneurs and tech investors are joining Mayor Eric Garcetti and the non-profit Annenberg Foundation to launch PledgeLA. This is the LA tech community initiative that seeks to avoid what happened in San Francisco and to the people there who felt disenfranchised by the growing tech boom.

PledgeLA Features

Features of the initiative include the following:

  • More opportunities will be provided for everyone, regardless of race, background, or gender. So even non-white women who grew up poor should have the same opportunities as the white guys who grew up rich.
  • Those who signed to the PledgeLA agreement will track civic participation and diversity data each year. That data will be made public so that people will know if a tech company is made up of exclusively white males from the Ivy Leagues and other top schools.
  • Startups and funds will report on the composition of their workforce noting various factors. This won’t be just noting age, gender, and race. It will also note socioeconomic origin, educational attainment, and even sexual orientation to see if there’s bias against hiring members of the LGBT community. Other factors will include the status in regards to disabilities, immigration, and military service veteran. Even the tenure at a firm will be noted.
  • The signatories also will come up with a proper code of conduct centered on diversity and inclusion, and diversity will be practiced in corporate hiring.

Good Business Sense

While many who signed PledgeLA did so out of a sense of moral and ethical rightness, it also makes good business sense to emphasize diversity on corporate hiring practices. A Diverse workgroup brings different points of views when it comes to making decisions. It helps with networking for sources of talent, and the diverse work group can help build a diverse consumer base as well.

LA has now become one of the top 5 US destinations for technology investment and it’s now one of the top tech hubs in the country. The top 100 tech companies in LA and Orange County has reported a 24% increase in employment within the last year.

There are a still a few notable holdouts to PledgeLA, however. Tesla and SpaceX have not yet signed on, and nor has Snap. But LA is an inherently diverse area, and such a diversity must be maintained in the tech workplace as well.

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Karlie Kloss Teaching Code to Teenage Girls

Karlie Kloss Teaching Code to Teenage Girls

If you’ve followed fashion over the last decade, then you’re familiar with the Karlie Kloss name. She’s the gorgeous model who’s actually been around for the last 11 years or so. She’s BFFs with the likes of Taylor Swift and Serena Williams. Her boyfriend is Joshua Kushner, who happens to be the younger brother of Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner.

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So how can a fashion model suddenly teach doing to teens? Actually, it’s all because of the people she met while working in fashion.

Learning the Language

As a model, her work often had her meeting various Silicon Valley entrepreneurs at parties. It didn’t take her long to realize that these were the people whose technology was suddenly changing how society worked.

Karlie wanted to learn what they knew, so she learned. She went to a 2-week class at the Flatiron School, which is a renowned coding boot camp in lower Manhattan. That’s where she learned how to use the Ruby program to build web apps. It’s wasn’t all that hard for her, because prior to her modeling career she excelled as a student in subjects like math and science.

A year after that, she began her own coding scholarship program at the Flatiron School. This program grew to 50 camps in up to 25 cities. This summer, a thousand girls in those camps can learn various coding skills such as basic HTML/CSS, Ruby, and JavaScript. They can get into virtual reality programs, gaming platforms, and even artificial intelligence.

Networking and Connections

Part of her professional life as a model was meeting people from many other industries in various parts of the world. It just so happens that Karlie Kloss also met Kevin Systrom, who founded Instagram. Kloss was fascinated by how such a platform can touch the lives of hundreds of millions of people, and she wanted to understand that skill set and language. It was this meeting that gave her the nudge to go to the Flatiron School.

Her friendship with Serena Williams also includes sitting together on the board of Oath. This is the Verizon subsidiary that owns AOL, Yahoo, and other digital content brands.

Her beau’s career is also separate from the political industry in which Jared Kushner is a part of. Joshua is a venture capitalist, and he also helped found the health insurance start-up Oscar Health.

Kode with Klossy

Karlie Kloss isn’t just a model. She also runs Klossy, which is a philanthropic organization also involved with both fashion and multimedia. She runs this group out of her home in Lafayette Street in SoHo.

In 2015, she started Koding with Klossy as a coding camp for teenage girls. It’s to counterbalance the fact that most coding camps are predominantly peopled by boys and men. In such an all-girls environment, teenage girls tend to feel safer and more comfortable.

The results have been very encouraging. One camper had been accepted to Princeton University, where she will major in computer science. Another had completed a computer science internship at Microsoft, while another girl had just finished an internship at Viacom and will now pursue her activist goals with the help of coding.

In the end, it’s not farfetched to realize that pretty models and girls can learn how to code. The fact that some people judge due to gender is actually one of the first misconceptions that must be put to rest, sooner or later. Karlie Kloss is doing just that.

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New Girlboss Platform to Challenge LinkedIn

New Girlboss Platform to Challenge LinkedIn

LinkedIn is perhaps the most widely acknowledged social networking platform for professionals. It has trounced its many rivals, but now it has to face the coming of Sophia Amoruso’s new Girlboss professional social-networking platform. Called the Girlboss Collective, it’s set to launch in January of 2019.

Leading Up to Girlboss Collective

Girlboss founder Sophia Amoruso previously established the online retailer Nasty Gal, before founding Girlboss as a career site customized for millennial women. It has recently received an additional $3.5 million cash investment during the latest funding round. This was started by Initialized Capital, which is the venture capital group led by Alexis Ohanian (who co-founded Reddit).

Based on the latest funding round in 2017, Girlboss is now worth $13.1 million. The idea of a professional Girlboss social network was borne from a closed Facebook group called “Girlboss Gang,” which has more than 5,600 members.

Why Target LinkedIn?

It’s somewhat hard to understand how a new social platform can dare to challenge an established colossus in the industry such as LinkedIn. This is widely considered as the social platform for professionals. Nothing else comes close.

But according to Sophia Amoruso, LinkedIn isn’t as current as it ought to be anymore. Amoruso views LinkedIn as a platform for a bygone traditional era which no longer exists. Supposedly, LinkedIn focuses too much on where people previously worked and went to school, while it overlooks the importance of showing more about a person’s character.

Girlboss Collective Features

The plan is to launch the Girlboss Collective as a paid professional social-networking platform. This platform will be established as a networking hub to serve primarily women, though it is open to serve the professional networking needs of both men and women.

It’s especially geared towards women, however, who may have careers that may not be considered particularly traditional. These women may work as freelancers instead of as employees for a single company. They may also have significant gaps in their work history, or they may be working several part-time jobs at once.

It is still in its testing phase, and at this time it is only for US users. Getting on it is by invitation only, and so far more than 15,000 users are on the Girlboss Collective waiting list.

Once you become a Girlboss Collective member, you can view up to 50 hours of Girlboss Rallies. These are the networking events that Girlboss hold in LA and NYC with various panels and keynote speakers on a wide variety of relevant topics. Subjects that have been covered include how you can create a viable business out of your part-time jobs and you can navigate the Boys Club (which can be difficult if you’re a woman).

The next Girlboss Rally is on November in NYC. The speakers scheduled to appear to include Zola founder and CEO Shan-Lyn Ma and Marah Lidey who is the co-founder and co-CEO of Shine. Other speakers include Arianna Huffington and Jennifer Hyman, who co-founded Rent the Runway.

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