Week in Review: December 16, 2013

The Silicon Bayou has been buzzing with tech and entrepreneurial news. Here are the most popular stories published on Silicon Bayou News in the past seven days:

The 2013 Silicon Bayou 100: Alphabetical

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the Silicon Bayou 100, the third annual list of the 100 most influential and active people in tech and entrepreneurship in Louisiana! Last Thursday at Eiffel Society, we released the list of the 2013 names. For the full list, click here. And a big thanks to our sponsors: 365 Connect, New Orleans Startup Fund, Launch Pad, Ron Bienvenu, Eiffel Society and The Idea Village.

The Freelancer’s Paradise: New Orleans’ Vibrant Coworking Scene

The freelance economy continues to grow in prominence, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating that, by 2025, roughly 40 percent of America’s workers will self-identify as freelancers or contractors. With such a rapidly growing population, the traditional coffee shop workplace may no longer be enough to meet professionals’ needs. Co-working serves as the ultimate win-win solution for those tired of the nomadic workplace and yearning for personal connection. New Orleans’s top workplaces offer the perfect example of what an ideal co-working environment could look like. Click here to find out about the local coworking spaces.

Financial Fridays: Why You Should Shop Locally This Holiday Season

Hibernia Bank recaps the best reasons to shop local this holiday season, including: local businesses depend on it, shopping locally increases the tax base, local business offer unique gift selections, and shopping locally encourages community growth.

How Can New Orleans Citizens Fight Against Web Forgery?

Contributor Justin Kemp writes, “Regardless of the amount of time you spend online, you may be putting yourself at risk for attacks and threats.” His most recent most explains everything from understanding web forgery to how to protect yourself against it. Additionally, Kemp writes that phishing and web forgery often go hand in hand. More information is available here.

Entrepreneur Showcase Features 2014 IDEAxcelerator Cohort

Last week, The Idea Village’s IDEAxcelerator cohort reached half time during the entrepreneur season. The 13 high growth ventures presented on the progress they have made during the intensive, 11-week program as well as what’s in store and the entrepreneur season continues. “All these folks have started a company, raised money, hired people,” said Tim Williamson, Co-founder and CEO at The Idea Village. “They’re in a position to mentor.” The goal is to help make the companies more investable.