A.J. Feather

Journalist, Developer

I'm a Missouri native currently seeking a dual masters in computer science and journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Every week I also host an awesome podcast called "Integrate" with my friend Mikah, which you can find at Integrate.FM.

Before moving to New York, I obtained undergraduate degrees in journalism and economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In Columbia, I hosted a weekly show called "Talking Politics" for KBIA, the local NPR member station and produced, wrote and anchored video for Newsy.com way too early in the morning.

There has never been a political column I did not enjoy reading or an Apple product I did not enjoy using.

Weekend Coding & Startup Culture

I’m working on a story about Code Day Kansas City for the Missouri Business Alert this week. These 24-hour coding sessions seem to be springing up everywhere.

That's because the success pioneers like Y Combinator have captured imaginations. The Mountainview, Calif., accelerator has so far groomed and funded more than 550 start-ups, including Reddit and Dropbox.”

Code Day is a 24-hour development session for high school and college students. Participants come in with a pitch, form teams, and build a program in 24 hours.

There are a few of these weekend coding programs that have sprouted up. Startup Weekend popped onto the scene in 2007. The idea is that teams get together and build a whole company in about 54 hours. The group touts its over 1,000 events and the fact that over 36% of their startups were still functioning after 3 months.

Startup culture has even made its way into the midwest by way of tech accelerators.

Next week I’ll be working on a story about SixThirty, a group in St. Louis, who provides financing to tech startups with $100,000 in funding.They take in classes every few months. Their first class graduated in early February.

Alumni include:

The group’s founding team included Jim McKelvey, a co-founder of square. His participation has increased the group’s exposure substantially.  The next class is due to begin in April.  Like the first class, the new group of startups will be provided $100,000 in funding and connection to top financial services companies.