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Iron Yard Coders Impress at Demo Day

Reciperocity is a response to creator Erin Brown’s (pictured right) love of cooking and potlucks. It has a two-fold mission, to help people more easily and seamlessly organize potluck events and to find, store and share recipes. Inter-I isn’t live, but it’s worth mentioning because it’s so dang cool. Its founder Josh Tarkington exported 40 gigabytes of Wikipedia data (that’s about 40 percent of the entire site!) and created a way to search an idea and pull up topics that relate. The site will eventually help people find things based on context. Minter’s response to that project? “Black magic.”...

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Inside Durham’s Iron Yard Academy

The community has rallied around the program. An Employer Advisory Board meets regularly to advise The Iron Yard on the skill sets they need and the jobs they hope to fill. Members of that board are executives at companies like Cactus Consulting, Bronto, Red Hat and Smashing Boxes. It’s their need for Python developers that’s prompting the January class, Mitsch says. Developers and executives at Fugitive Labs, Shoeboxed, School Dude, Validic and other Triangle companies have provided guest lectures. The students went on field trips to Bronto and Spoonflower, and the Ruby students attended the Ruby for Good conference...

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Have a Green Technology? Here’s a Reason to Build it in Asheville.

Green and granola might be common ways to describe residents of Asheville. But reality is that sustainability and the natural environment actually drive the economy in North Carolina’s largest mountain town. And that’s why a team of entrepreneurs, educators and investors believe it’s the best place for the nation’s premiere green tech accelerator. Launching late this year or early next is a new three-month startup accelerator program sponsored by the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) and the Greenville, S.C. The Iron Yard (which is also opening a code school with Smashing Boxes in Durham). Organizers hope that entrepreneurs from...

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