1. Hack Reactor Hosts 54-Hour Startup Weekend for Alumni

    Hack Reactor’s alumni program, HRX, held its first ever Startup Weekend, where participants pitched ideas, formed teams, built out business ideas, validated them in the market, and presented them to industry leaders in one action-packed weekend. Alumni of every local Hack Reactor Core partner school and our online program were invited to participate, as were members of the Australia-based project Startup Catalyst, which coordinates an annual trip of 20 tech entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley. In all, 75 people participated, over 25 ideas were pitched and 10 teams formed to create the most impressive products they could in 54 hours. The weekend was sponsored by frogVentures, Kohler Law Group, Peerspace and Startup Catalyst.

  2. Hack Reactor’s Commitment to Students Showcased in Silicon Valley Documentary

    A new documentary from the socially minded organization Ympact explores the inner workings of Silicon Valley and features an interview with Hack Reactor Cofounder and CEO Tony Phillips. The film, Welcome to Silicon Valley, examines this unique part of the world through various exemplary people, including investors, emerging startup founders and serial entrepreneurs, that have helped make Silicon Valley what it isPhillips describes the commitment he and the other founders have to our students.

  3. Grad Teams with Detroit Startup to Prepare for Entrepreneurial Future

    Rather than proceeding with a conventional job search, soon-to be graduate Mark Bennett will instead work as a developer for a startup in Detroit while learning entrepreneurial skills through the organization Venture for America (VFA). VFA seeks to address two problems simultaneously: the first is that areas looking to establish a startup community often have trouble drawing top talent away from Silicon Valley. The other is that people who want to launch their own startup generally don’t have any real training in entrepreneurship. Venture for America provides training to people interested in entrepreneurship, then pairs them with startups in cities outside of the major economic hubs.

  4. Founder of Investment Firm Studies at Hack Reactor and Shares Business Tips

    We tend to think of the job interview process as a test to pass, but really it’s a two-way street: the applicant sussing out the company is just as important as the company evaluating the applicant. But how do we evaluate a company, especially if we want to go beyond the culture and assess if it is financially viable? While this might be confusing for many Software Engineers, student Mario Ponticello has an investment background, and he knows about obtaining this crucial information.