31 Mar 2015 Written by esyra17star

The “Red Flags” Rule for Small Businesses: Are You in Compliance?


Nearly 10 million Americans are victims of identity theft every year, and the numbers are rising. Often, identity theft stems from the theft or misuse of data collected by businesses.

10 Mar 2015 Written by ChicCEO

Week 8 - Ruby On The Beach Bootcamp

Done and Done! Ruby on the Beach is officially over and I’ve officially created: 


- a dice game that uses two players 

- an app that randomly chooses an image in response to a question you type in

- an app that allows meeting planners to create lunch orders

- an app that tracks your daily actions towards a goal

- a bot that searches hashtags in Twitter and then follows/tweets them back

- a bot that searches hashtags in Instagram that likes photos



03 Mar 2015 Written by ChicCEO

Week 7 - Ruby On The Beach Bootcamp

Week 7 was a really fun week, but we are all exhausted!!
We all worked on our own personal projects this week. The instructors were available to help us as we navigated through our own ideas rather than assignments - a definite push in momentum and our brains were stretched. 
In addition to our personal projects, we were tasked (if we wanted to tackle it) creating a Twitter bot that used Twitter’s API to look up certain hashtags in order to follow, or message people who used it. There are so many things you can do with their API that allow you to speak to their platform and users. We also did the same for Instagram. 
I really cannot believe that on day 1, I had zero knowledge of coding in any sense of the word - and now I’m able to build a little bot that can talk to Twitter. How did that happen?!? 
23 Feb 2015 Written by ChicCEO

Week 6 - Ruby On The Beach Bootcamp

What a week. I saw a building collapse (that I was in), a monkey chased me, I led a team in creating a banquet app. 


Now that we are fully immersed in project work, the whole class is working overtime to get these apps pumped out in record time. The collective energy of the group is: TIRED. Even so, everyone is in great spirits and is happily beat. The energy is low, but we all still have smiles on our faces. 


18 Feb 2015 Written by ChicCEO

Always Say Yes...

Someone once told me that they live by the motto "Always say yes." She said that when she was younger, she wouldn't jump on opportunities because she didn't feel prepared or was too shy. She overcame this and started living by this motto and the most magical things started appearing in her life. 


It's also a motto I've taken to heart in life and in business. This doesn't mean that you should say yes to ridiculous or dangerous things, but it does mean that you should say yes to things that might be difficult, thrilling, challenging or intimidating. 


17 Feb 2015 Written by ChicCEO

Week 5 - Ruby On The Beach Bootcamp

So after a week off, we got back into the swing of things here at Ruby On The Beach and it’s a whole new ball game! 


Instead of class work like we did in the first 4 weeks, we’ve started project work. This means we have split into groups and actually working like a coding team. Our team was tasked with creating an auction site, which we lovingly called Fbay - the premier site for all things F. We sold items like FlameThrowers, Ferraris, Ferrets, Fedoras and more. It was a lot of fun and extremely challenging. 


31 Jan 2015 Written by ChicCEO

Week 4 - Ruby On The Beach Bootcamp

We just finished up our retrospective and our whole group can’t believe it’s already been a month since we started. The amount of knowledge we’ve packed in to our heads is absolutely staggering. One of our instructors, Trip, commented that this is the fastest he’s seen anyone learn these programs in his whole career. That’s a great feeling because we are all feeling a sense of urgency to get as much out of our short time together as possible.
28 Jan 2015 Written by ChicCEO

Make Working at Home Work for You

By Connie Certusi


Connie Certusi is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Small Business Solutions at Sage North America.


Technology has been a boon for thousands of business women who now telecommute with seamless connectivity. In the past decade, the advances have been incredible, and more women are working from home than ever before. Teleworking can be a blessing or a curse, depending on how it is managed. Below are some tips for optimizing efficiency while working from home.


26 Jan 2015 Written by ChicCEO
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Solution Lookin' For A Problem

This weekend as we were riding to go White Water Rafting, my 3 Ruby On The Beach instructors, Bret, Trip and Daniel, got to talking as we sat in our van winding through the rice paddies of Bali. All impressive vets of the coding world, I like to listen as they chat because of their differing perspectives and brilliant banter. 


25 Jan 2015 Written by ChicCEO

Week 3 - Ruby On The Beach Bootcamp

Week 3 of Ruby On The Beach is officially over! 


WOW. I can’t believe it’s already the end of week 3 and we are headed into Week 4. The class is structured so that we have 4 weeks of Intro and then 4 weeks of Pro with a week off in between. We started working in Rails last week and this upcoming week will have us digging in even deeper so we are ready to start project work in the next section. 


I can’t believe we’ll be working on projects now! 



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