Innovation

Iron Yard Coding School: A 'Game Changer' for Arkansas Tech Startup Scene

Iron Yard Coding School: A 'Game Changer' for Arkansas Tech Startup Scene
Jordan Carlisle leads a session of Barcamp Little Rock 2014 at UALR. Barcamp is one of many tech resources now available in central Arkansas that is helping to boost the state's tech profile.

The Iron Yard coding school will launch in Little Rock this May, and it's being hailed as a “game changer” for the state in the evolution of its budding tech startup ecosystem.
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Book Excerpt: Charles Morgan on Jeff Ubben, Acxiom's Battle With ValueAct

An excerpt from Charles Morgan's book, "Matters of Life and Data: A Memoir," about his dealings with investor Jeff Ubben and Ubben's company, ValueAct Capital Partners.
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No Thanks! Companies Reject 'Shark Tank' Deals, Still Thrive

With the cameras rolling, Daniel and Stephanie Rensing accepted an offer from a "Shark Tank" investor. But after they had time to think about it, they changed their minds.
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