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Who was I in my freshman year? What was driving me from meeting to meeting, class to class? From what I remember, after the disaster that was my final year of high school, I wanted to get my life together and regain some sense of control, which I haven’t found until now. Today, as a junior moving into tech and venture capital, I realize why it took so long for me to get arrive at a place of balance. I lacked intentionality. Intentionality is not only beneficial to daily life, but also life as Venture Capitalist.

I have learned that…


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Venture capital (VC) is more than a buzzword in tech and business. Venture capital is an impactful way to finance a company. While only a small percentage of companies raise venture capital, influential and entrepreneurial tech companies such as Google, Microsoft, Airbnb, and Uber have raised venture capital in their development. With that said, here are some tips for founders seeking capital.

1. Ask yourself, do you really need VC?

Receiving venture capital has some great advantages when done so from the right VC firm. For example, not only do you receive the capital you need to handle operational costs, prototype development, and other costs, a good VC…


This article was written by Darren Butler, part of Students of LinkedIn’s Article Team.

With the academic year coming to an end, most of us feel like Baymax here:

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We feel you, Baymax. We feel you…

However, we have come too far, completed too many assignments, and consumed too many cups of Starbucks to give up. With that said, let’s talk about how you can finish strong this semester.

Save your brain cells. Ask for help.

Sometimes, we don’t ask for help because we’re too proud or too afraid of wasting someone’s time. However, you have to be strong enough to admit when you’re overwhelmed and believe that your academic goals are important enough…


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Alexa, what is the sine of fifty? Saying this in a dorm room at the University of Saint Louis in Missouri would prompt an answer from one of the 2,300 Echo Dot smart speakers that have been enabled since 2018 (Stoneman). This is an example of AI and cognitive technology impacting education. AI and cognitive technology can be defined as “the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence,” and “products of the field of artificial intelligence…able to perform tasks that only humans used to be able to do” (Demystifying Artificial Intelligence). Social…


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There is an accurate illustration of the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on employment where most people would not expect: Tim Burton’s adaptation of Ronald Dahl’s classic story, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” In the film, Charlie’s father loses his job screwing caps on tubes of toothpaste to a robot but is ultimately rehired to repair the same robot that had replaced him (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Though a work of fiction, this portrays the essence of the AI and automation’s impact on employment, which leaders in business and economics have termed, “The Future of Work.” According to…


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Picture the Bahamian economy as a person. In my mind, I see a life support patient with an IV oozing enormous doses of treatment, but not a cure. My diagnosis for the Bahamian economy is a critical case of brain drain. The IV is full of the tourism industry. You may think that these two topics are unrelated; however, we have, for years, been depending on the tourism industry, to cure the deficiencies caused by brain drain. The Bahamas has lost many university graduates, especially those in STEM fields. …


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I’m writing this article because I’ve realized the importance of balancing the time put into schoolwork and extracurricular activities with self-care. Trust me, you don’t want to put so much time and energy into getting a 4.0 or extracurricular activities that you burn out. Simultaneously, you don’t want to be so complacent that you don’t achieve greatness like the superstar you are. I’ll share a brief story.

In grades eleven and twelve, it seemed like I was doing well, but in reality, I felt utterly lost. I was unsure of the meaningfulness of my recent successes. I wasn’t satisfied with…


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“Writing this was a formative experience. I believe that everyone, regardless of age or occupation, should write something to reflect on their journey. Without further delay, here is my story of self discovery and expression, my Literacy Narrative.” — Darren

I barely have any memories of my reading and writing experiences. In fact, I hated writing until the fall of last year, because before then, I didn’t know how to write whatever the hell I want. Let’s rewind a few years back before my grand epiphany of knowing that I have a right to share my thoughts on paper.

I…

Darren Butler

Technologist navigating a student life and a career in tech research and consulting. 👨🏾‍💻

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