The Missing LINK: Connecting Students to Careers

Link is a tool developed by Your Future Is Our Business (YFIOB), a Santa Cruz County non-profit that provides students with work based learning experiences and career exploration. YFIOB developed LINK to provide educators with access to a network of committed community members who are offering to help youth. To learn more about Your Future Is Our Business and the experiences we provide, please go to YFIOB.org.

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Doug Erickson
5 Tips for Becoming a Successful Remote Worker

In 2019, TalentLMS surveyed 450 employees to figure out how remote employees work and train best for their at-home roles. Take a look at some of their answers to figure out how you and your company can become more successful at offering and conducting remote work.

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Doug Erickson
Power to the Business Division! Crowd Machine takes the developers out of app development.

One of the fastest moving companies in the “no-code” app development space is Crowd Machine, a Santa Cruz Works Tier Partner. COO James Hanley talks about distributed computing and plate spinning; Content Manager Kimberley Whitfield talks about Santa Cruz’s exploding tech community; Application Engineer Rami Alrwais explains how the platform functions in the cloud; and Marketing Manager Sarah Pierce promises an interpretive dance. Rami, Sarah and Kimberly will demo their product Crowd Machine GO next Wednesday noon at an event they’re calling “Digital Evolution of the Enterprise. Click on in for details.

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ERIC JOHNSON
30 Years of Cruzio Internet: Our Interview with Peggy Dolgenos

Thirty years ago, Cruzio Internet launched in Santa Cruz. The pioneering company, which is one of the largest independent internet service providers in California, has since helped countless businesses and people connect with others, both locally and globally. Recently, Cruzio made a significant investment in downtown Santa Cruz: an all-fiber gigabit network.

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UCSC’s Genomics Institute settles into new Delaware Avenue headquarters

Almost 20 years after UC Santa Cruz researchers made history by assembling the first human genome sequence, the campus has formally established the UCSC Genomics Institute as an Organized Research Unit (ORU) providing support for interdisciplinary and collaborative research in genomics across multiple departments and divisions.

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Mystery, Business, and Rock ’n’ Roll: Meet Douglas Harr

After 35 years in tech, where he served as CIO, VP for Apps and developer for various firms including Splunk, Doug Harr is now focused on business applications, business intelligence, cloud and big data. And—he as written a big, beautiful book about rock ’n’ roll, moved to Santa Cruz, and renovated the Westside’s weirdest landmark. 

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ERIC JOHNSON
Island Conservation brings CRISPR to its fight against invasive species

In 1994, two UC Santa Cruz professors, Dr. Bernie Tershey and Dr. Don Croll, founded tIsland Conservation, a global conservation NGO whose sole mission was to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. Over the past 25 years, the organization, headquartered on Santa Cruz’s Westside, has cleared 63 islands of invasive species, protecting 1,173 populations of threatened animals.

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ERIC JOHNSON
Can Startup Sandbox Make Santa Cruz a Biotech Hub?

Two years after opening its doors, biotech incubator Startup Sandbox is demonstrating that it’s ready to play in the big leagues. Five of the 20 biotech companies that have spent time at the incubator have proven their product ideas and grown large enough to move into their own offices. Nearly all of those companies have chosen to stay and hire in Santa Cruz.

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Matthew Swinnerton