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Episode 84: Falling Down Beer Company, Rhino Coders, Startup Weekend Pontiac and More

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Duran Duran.  The NeverEnding Story.  Transformers.

1984 was a good year, and so it’s of little surprise that episode 84 of our weekly live broadcast was a blast.

With our guests from Falling Down Beer Company, RhinoCoders and Startup Weekend Pontiac in-studio with us, we had a wide variety of topics to handle…to the point where it even took us into a fifth segment to get through it all…

ITintheDnewspaper03232015bWe kicked off this episode with another retrospective intro, and then dove into our usual round of guest introductions, followed by the stories that have caught our eye this past week.

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The end of Internet Explorer.  Sending money via Facebook Messenger.  The Nain Rouge events downtown over the weekend.  Slow Roll wanting people to buy memberships.  The amazing number of apps in the Apple store that haven’t had a single download.  Our new favorite gag gift to send to people.

rhinocoders-logoAfter a break, we dove in with Matt and Jon from RhinoCoders.  RhinoCoders immerses the young people of Metropolitan Detroit into the world of interactive architecture by providing them with a digital foundation from which to grow, through a series of fun and interactive tracks taught by web developers from SapientNitro Detroit. Students discover the latest cutting-edge technologies, learn how to code efficiently, develop stunning websites and create engaging apps.  Students build a clean, professional-looking website based off their favorite animal, utilizing the latest web standards and best practices in the HTML, CSS, JavaScript coding languages.  Their classes are only three weeks long, and they’ve got another round starting soon.  Check them out at http://www.rhinocoders.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rhinocoders

10959363_1540258472903948_1708346639961145668_nAnother flashback of some tunes from 1984 later, and segment three was all about Startup Weekend: Pontiac.  We chatted with the organizers, Crystal and Amos, about their event this weekend.  Over the span of 54 hours, you’ll get immersed in what it takes to get to a minimum viable product, and you can come at it from just about any angle you want.  Are you a business person with an idea…but no tech skills or design capabilities?  They need you.  Can you sling code, and want to help get something off the ground?  They need you.  Got some design skills that can help make something look slick and clean? They need you.  Get on over to check them out at https://www.facebook.com/startupweekendpontiac and dive in!

logo_shield_onlyFor segment four, we chatted with one of our favorite people…and not just because we get beer from him…Mark from Falling Down Beer Company.  Their second anniversary event is this weekend, and you should absolutely plan on attending.  From 9am to 11am, they’ve got a reservations-only brunch going on that, knowing their kitchen, is going to knock your socks off.  Starting at 11am, the doors open to the public, and they’ll have 14 taps running with a wide variety of brews available, food, entertainment, they’ll be raffling off gift cards, growler fills, and a bunch of other stuff.  Plan on being there.  Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/fallingdownbeer

11082541_537248106417700_1957136779550644707_nAnd as mentioned up in the intro, we had to keep things rolling into a fifth segment because we had so much to cover.  We hadn’t even talked about our Pink Slip Party last week at The Majestic, or that we’re doubling down on events starting in April with an event on Wednesday, April 1st over at Firebird Tavern downtown.

So listen to this week’s episode, and we’ll see you next week.

audiable-free-book1RhinoCoders can be found at http://www.rhinocoders.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/rhinocoders

Startup Weekend Pontiac can be found at https://www.facebook.com/startupweekendpontiac

Falling Down Beer Company can be found at https://www.facebook.com/fallingdownbeer

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