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As part of Facebook’s pledge to train one million people by 2020, its Community Boost program landed at its Menlo Park headquarters this week. It’s part of a 50-city tour across the U.S. to train small businesses and entrepreneurs in digital skills needed to compete in today’s economy.

Participating as a panelist on Monday was Joshua Kozak (second from right), founder and owner of HASfit, a free service providing workouts at home through workout videos. Joshua and his wife started the business because they saw a gap between people’s desires to have a personal trainer and the financial means to pay for one-on-one sessions.

They film the videos in their Menlo Park.  In seven years, they have achieved great results with clients domestically and internationally, built an app for their videos,  and host a group on Facebook with more than 7,000 members.

We spoke with Joshua in advance of the event, and he talked a bit about how the business has evolved:

“When we first started, we did instructional video. But then we started doing longer form videos because people wanted to exercise along with us

Our Facebook group has given us a boost, because it makes it possible for two-way conversations to occur. People want to talk about their health and fitness and connect with other individuals who are doing the same thing.

“That’s one of the things I want to communicate, how successful you can be when you engage back with your following.”

At the event, Facebook made two relevant announcements. The social media company is forming new partnerships with Foothill Community College and Cañada College to develop a Digital Marketing Certificate to better equip graduates to participate in the digital workforce.

In addition, it’s breaking ground on a new Community Hub in Menlo Park that will be a space for use by local non-profits focused on internship and workforce training; coding and technology courses; and community development.

Pictured with Joshua (left to right) is Andrew Unger (Kepler’s Books), Indrani Stangl (Pound Puppy Rescue) and Facebook moderator Michelle Klein

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4th annual Congressional App Challenge is underway

Earlier this week, Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) announced  the launch of the fourth annual Congressional App Challenge for the 18th Congressional District. Established by Congresswoman Eshoo and Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), this competition is a nationwide event that invites high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software […]

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TechWomen comes to the Menlo Park Library on October 2

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Women working in STEM from five different African and Middle East countries, joined by their professional mentor from Symantec, will share their experiences and talk about the program — TechWomen — that brought them all together in a presentation at the Menlo Park Library on October 2 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. TechWomen is an initiative […]

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Steve Westly focuses on clean technology while continuing to eye another run for elective office

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If you want to know what Atherton resident Steve Westly thinks about various issues of the day, his thoughts are easy to find online — both through his Menlo Park-based venture capital firm, which focuses on clean technology, and elsewhere. You can even hear him in person this coming Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 pm […]

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Sonia Arrison explores the impact of radical human longevity – and its intersection with technology

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Reading Sonia Arrison’s bio on her website, we were a bit stumped. So, when we stopped by her office on Sand Hill Road, we immediately asked: “What is it that you do?” “I have trouble describing myself,” she acknowledged. “So sometimes it’s easiest to say I’m an author.” That she is, and her most recent book, 100 […]

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Atherton Fiber works to establish town-wide connectivity for residents and organizations

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In mid-2014, the Atherton City Council created the Technology Subcommittee led by Council Members Rick DeGolia and Bill Widmer. The make-up of the Committee also includes numerous interested residents and local school representatives. In late 2014, the Subcommittee released a Request for Information (RFI) to potential local service providers, including Google, AT&T and Comcast. The […]

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Learn about the hidden figures of computing — women — on August 2

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Women have been part of computing since the earliest electronic computers were built in the 1940s.On August 2 at 7:00 pm at the Menlo Park Library (800 Alma St.) hear how women in computing have: Been responsible for the first compiler Built code that saved the Apollo 11 Developed a design for large-scale integrated circuits […]

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Eshoo kicks off third annual Congressional App Challenge

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo announced the launch of the third annual Congressional App Challenge for the 18th Congressional District. Established by Eshoo and Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) in 2013, this competition invites high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer […]

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Street Code Academy hosts IM|Possible StreetCode Showcase at Facebook

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Stanford grad Olatunde Sobomehin co-founded StreetCode Academy in East Palo Alto in response to a “lack of access to high-tech training for youth and young adults in communities of color, and consequently, a diversity deficit in the technology industry” with the mission of equipping them with “the skills to hack, hustle, and design the future.” What […]

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Menlo Park Fire District partners with local company to develop drone capabilities during emergencies

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Menlo Park Fire District  Chief Harold Schapelhouman recently received authorization from the Fire Board to officially partner with Matternet, Inc. to collaboratively explore drone options for delivery during emergencies. The Menlo Park-based company develops autonomous drone logistics systems. The Fire District officially started its drone program in 2014 and was one of the first emergency response agencies […]

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Encinal School students get involved with engineering at a Build It Festival

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Students in grades second through fifth  at Encinal School in Atherton had an engineering event on Monday, with a Build It Festival from the Lawrence Hall of Sciences and an animation studio. Students constructed towers, bridges, and support structures, using their creativity, design skills, and spacial reasoning to build in both two and three dimensions. Students worked in […]

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