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Why do we fall build? No matter what profession you’re in, the act of building something is important. In college, you don’t really learn how to build something that can be used in the real world, and you certainly can’t be taught to have a passion for it. If people didn’t have that innate need to learn and do amazing things, we might still be stuck in a world with flip-phones and no apps… Luckily, Uncubed Edge has come along to help you learn how startups succeed. Whether you’re a tech geek, master of business, or designer who will change the way we see the world, Uncubed Edge will take your skills to the next level, giving you a competitive edge out there, especially when talking with recruiters you can actually meet at Uncubed’s conferences, and the classes are all free! Unlike stupid college… Check it out! Go beyond your textbooks and lectures and really build something unique, whatever that may end up becoming.

Batman Origins, by Joseph Bieselin and Joshua Bermudez

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Because you demanded it…

(well, some of you anyway…)

… an interview with myself.

1. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Krishna M. Sadasivam and I wear many hats. I teach courses full-time in the Media Arts and Animation department at the Art Institute of Tampa. When I’m not teaching, I work as a freelance illustrator, making comics for companies like Other World Computing, Mashable, and Typemock - among others. And when I’m not teaching or drawing, I’m usually hanging out with my wife and my little girl.

I have been making comics online since the dawn of the term “web comic”. (That makes me old, I suppose.) PC Weenies and UNcubed are the places where you can see and read the stuff that I do. You can also check out my portal page which takes you to everything I do online. (You’ve been warned.)

2. What’s your hardware setup?

My computing gear is 5 years old (ancient in terms of tech). I have a Macbook Pro (early 2008 model) with 4GB of RAM (2) that drives a Dell 24" 2412 display (1). I use my laptop primarily for preparing lecture notes, assignments, projects, and some heavy-duty web surfing. It’s super convenient when I’m testing code that I write on my other computer…

And speaking of which, my main drawing rig is an early 2008 Mac Pro with 14GB of RAM (6), which simultaneously drives a Yiynova MSP19U tablet monitor (4) and HP 24" ZR24W display (3). Both Dell and HP displays are VESA mounted to an ergonomic arm, which frees up some much-needed desk space.

I also have a 2nd generation iPad and an iPhone5. The iPad is used for pulling up references and reading my RSS feeds (via the Flipboard app). The iPhone is basically my ball and chain to the Internet. I simultaneously love and hate it at the same time.

3. What’s your workspace look like?

In my studio space, I have an animation desk, a comic book spinner rack (9), a stuffed version of Bob Weiner (7), a stack of CDs (8) and a 25th anniversary Optimus Prime (10). It is here where I pretend to get my work done.

On my walls are various things I’ve drawn over the years as well as a few of my favorite comic books, mounted using a cheap (but effective) IKEA hack.

4. What tools do you use to make your cartoons?

These days I use Manga Studio 5EX and Photoshop CS6. I work mostly in the digital realm. My main arsenal is the Yiynova tablet monitor (which I have reviewed), which is connected to my Mac Pro. I also have an Intuos5 tablet which I occasionally use when I’m on the road.

I’m still waiting for a tablet device that supports 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and runs Photoshop and Manga Studio. This would be the ideal device. From time to time, I use tools like Sketchbook Pro and Google Sketchup. Both have their place in my workflow, during those rare times I need to use them.

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Hi there! Are you tired of lame job fairs that give you nervous breakdowns? Well, you’re in luck! The conferences from Uncubed connect you to the most exciting companies; our job fairs are among the hugest hiring conferences in the world, featuring over 300 companies, such as BuzzFeed, Mashable, NastyGal, Spotify, Tinder, Tumblr, WeWork, and Yelp, just to name a few. Conferences are held twice a year in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. From three-person startups to billion-dollar corporations, many companies attend, looking for people to fill a range of positions across all departments and skill levels. From interns to sales to vice presidents, there’s a job for everyone. Why are Uncubed fairs more fair than others? They’re fun! Companies here kick their booths up a notch by offering interactive games and activities; some past examples include Mad Libs, CEO dunk tank, beer pong, and puppies! But before you jump into the world of jobs, Uncubed has an online learning platform, Uncubed Edge, that brings you free online courses taught by talented employees who deliver cutting-edge skills used to obtain success in business. Also, there are so many startups available that you may end up working for (fingers crossed)! Sign up today; you will not regret it.

Last shot for today. On top of The Rock overlooking Central Park! Now time to paint with @willpay and other awesome artists at the #Uncubed event. 1300+ people expected and 80+ companies ahh! (at Metropolitan Pavilion)

NYC Uncubed: Friday, May 17

Attention talented tech job seekers! Come meet NYCEDC and 50+ hiring startups at NYC Uncubed next Friday, May 17 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. From early-stage ventures and Take the H.E.L.M. winning business Booker to more established tech companies like Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter, Uncubed features the most successful startups in New York City in a fun, high energy atmosphere. Startups are hiring for software development, web design, sales, marketing, and other positions. Uncubed is also offering classes for the first time, from intro to advanced topics across skill sets. Get your tickets here! Come say hi to us at the NYCEDC booth and learn how to get involved in NYC’s startup scene.

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Learn how to build new features for over 1 million users with Product Manager Matt Norris for Uncubed Edge. 

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You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over. That’s what Uncubed does. Sometimes, we may fall, but we always get back up. Particularly, college students are eager to learn by doing, even if universities don’t always offer the opportunity. That’s why Uncubed bands different students together so that they may learn by trying, working, struggling, and enduring. You, too, are able to know all the essentials of obtaining a job in this landscape, especially if it’s NYC (ugh); just sign up for Uncubed Edge (quick and painless!) to see real professionals teaching legitimate techniques not found on YouTube, and, of course, make sure to follow our guys via Twitter and Instagram. Thanks!

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Here is the video resume I am taking to #uncubed today. If you’d like to talk, message me and let’s connect. 

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“How to Choose A Product Feature” with Grindr Product Manager, Quan Duong for Uncubed Edge.