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20 Questions To Ask Before Joining A Startup
When I first joined a startup in 2012 I did my best to ask the right questions when interviewing. My engineering background prepared me for engineering tasks and helped me write a resume, but it didn’t prepare me well for how to evaluate a startup offer. While this might be obvious to some, this is what I wish I knew when trying to break into the startup scene.
career  entrepreneurship  jobs  startup  startups  interview 
13 days ago by danesparza
Battling Entropy: Making Order of the Chaos in Our Lives
Now think of this example in relation to your organization. You’re applying energy to get something done. The higher the entropy in the system, the less efficient the energy you apply will be. The same person applying 20 units of energy in a big bureaucracy is going to see less impact than someone applying the same 20 units in a small startup. You can think about this idea in a competitive sense, too. If you’re starting a business and you’re competing against very effective and efficient people, a lot of effort will get absorbed. It’s not going to be very efficient. If, on the other hand, you compete against less efficient and effective people, the same amount of energy will be more efficient in its conversion.
article  energy  ideas  startup  career  advice 
14 days ago by danesparza
Steve Blank How to Keep Your Job As Your Company Grows
If you’re an early employee at a startup, one day you will wake up to find that what you worked on 24/7 for the last year is no longer the most important thing – you’re no longer the most important employee, and process, meetings, paperwork and managers and bosses have shown up. Most painfully, you’ll learn that your role in the company has to change.
advice  career  management  startup  business 
28 days ago by danesparza
What I say to people who are looking for a job — Greg Kamradt
After I got my new role, I did a video explaining my process on how to get a job. Today, a lot of people have questions about their journey as they try and navigate a new career for themselves. Most questions follow the same format. Here are my responses to the most common:
career  jobs  help  search 
4 weeks ago by danesparza
The open-plan office is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea
Not because there aren’t people who actually enjoy working in an open office, there are. Quite a few, actually. But they’re in the distinct minority. The vast majority of people either dislike the open office or downright hate it. So how is that going to work, exactly?
career  productivity  programming  opinion  office  space  article 
july 2018 by danesparza
Writing performance reviews with positive constructive feedback - Julia Evans
Positive constructive feedback obviously isn’t the only kind of feedback but I find it’s the easiest starting point for me. For a broader view (which also talks about negative feedback) the radical candor blog has some good posts. Here are 3 strategies for giving useful positive feedback! I obviously didn’t invent any of this – lots of people I work with give feedback in this style.
career  management  programming  reviews  best_practice 
february 2018 by danesparza
How do I find a remote job? Part 1 — Deekit
At Deekit all of our team can work remotely if they want, and we love it! It puts them in control of where they will be most productive. You find all types of people in this roles and although remote work has certain challenges, the pros outweigh the cons for most. The positions are out there, if you know where to look. So here’s our top tips for finding the remote job of your dreams!
career  jobs  remote 
august 2017 by danesparza
Mastering Programming
Here are ways effective programmers get the most out of their precious 3e9 seconds on the planet.
advice  facebook  career  programming 
july 2017 by danesparza
How do you make programmers work 60-80 hours per week?
I’m going to tell you a secret, so please listen closely. No programmers really work 60-80 hours a week, especially in a 5 day span. That is a 12-16 hour day, 5 days a week.
career  productivity  programming  advice  best_practice  development  management 
april 2017 by danesparza
“What’s your current salary?” is a trap interview question—How to answer it | Fearless Salary Negotiation
What should you say when asked for your current salary or expected salary in a job interview? This will usually come up in the “pre-interview” or “pre-screen”, which is right at the beginning of the interview process. That’s why it’s such a sneaky question! It’s a salary negotiation tactic disguised as a gatekeeper-type interview question.
career  jobs  salary  interview 
february 2017 by danesparza
The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work - Zapier
Working remotely and running a remote team seem like black magic to many. Yet at Zapier, we've been working remotely since our founding in October of 2011. This book shares everything we've learned about running a remote team—our successes and our failures.
career  management  remote 
november 2016 by danesparza
Firing People
So here's my story, and everything I've learned from it.
business  career  github 
march 2016 by danesparza
The 100-Hour Rule · Coding VC
the 100-Hour Rule: For most disciplines, it only takes one hundred hours of active learning to become much more competent than an absolute beginner.
career  learning  advice  article  best_practice  startup 
december 2015 by danesparza
8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M. — Medium
This article is intended to challenge you to rethink your entire approach to life. The purpose is to help you simplify and get back to the fundamentals.
fitness  health  productivity  inspiration  goals  startup  startups  career  family 
june 2015 by danesparza
On Managing Developers | TechCrunch
I’ve been a software engineer, a novelist, a journalist, and a manager–and managing developers is easily the trickiest thing I’ve ever done. (Not the hardest. But the trickiest.) I don’t pretend to be an expert, or a great manager. But I can assure you I am someone who screwed up a lot along the road to being better. Here are some mistakes from which I have learned
career  leadership  management  programming  development  learning 
june 2015 by danesparza
My Resume Is Fiction — Chris Baglieri
And in it's perfect state, wrought with lies, I think about what steps I can take in the coming year to make it less fiction and more non-fiction.
resume  jobs  career  advice 
january 2015 by danesparza
This is why you never end up hiring good developers - Quartz
You are bad at giving technical interviews. Yes, you. You’re looking for the wrong skills, hiring the wrong people, and actively screwing yourself and your company. Without changing anything about your applicant pool, you can hire different people and your company will do better and you will enjoy your job more.
career  hiring  interview  management  development  programming  engineering  jobs 
september 2014 by danesparza
Working from home - Matt Gemmell
It’s not just as straightforward as pulling out a laptop in the living room, though. Working from home has a number of difficulties and challenges. In many ways, it’s a battle for mastery of yourself. I’d like to talk about a few of the issues I’ve faced, and how I handle them.
career  office  productivity  home 
may 2014 by danesparza
Bored People Quit – Rands in Repose
They’ve quit, and when someone quits they are effectively saying, “I no longer believe in this company”. What’s worse is that what they were originally thinking was, “I’m bored”. Boredom is easier to fix than an absence of belief.
business  career  management  engineering  development 
april 2014 by danesparza
Coding is priority number five - bitquabit
Part of our despair was personal, but a lot of it was professional. Here’s the thing: you may not know what your team lead does, but if they’re awesome the way Ben was, a huge number of problems get solved without you ever hearing about them, which frees you to work on actually shipping amazing products.
career  development  programming  code 
april 2012 by danesparza
Gartner Says the World of Work Will Witness 10 Changes During the Next 10 Years
Organizations will need to determine which of the 10 key changes in the nature of work will affect them, and consider whether radically different technology governance models will be required.
business  career  jobs  management  employment  organization  reference  article  lists 
august 2010 by danesparza
10 Kick Ass Presentation Techniques | Carsonified
If you’re trying to get a project green lit, pitch your idea to investors, relay your experience to a group of bright eyed young developers, or rally your employees, keep the following few tips in mind.
article  blog  business  career  communication  howto  inspiration  marketing  presentation  reference  tips 
may 2010 by danesparza
Opinion: The unspoken truth about managing geeks
I can sum up every article, book and column written by notable management experts about managing IT in two sentences: "Geeks are smart and creative, but they are also egocentric, antisocial, managerially and business-challenged, victim-prone, bullheaded and credit-whoring. To overcome these intractable behavioral deficits you must do X, Y and Z."
development  programming  article  business  computers  management  entrepreneurship  psychology  geek  career  communication 
september 2009 by danesparza
Hacking a Google Interview
Mastering Programming Interview Questions
programming  employment  mit  google  hack  jobs  interview  career  tips 
august 2009 by danesparza
Getting Things Done When You're Only a Grunt - Joel on Software
It can be frustrating when you're working in an organization that scores low on The Joel Test. No matter how good your code is, your coworkers write such bad code that you're embarassed to be associated with the project. Or management is making bad decisions about what code to write, so you're forced to waste your talent debugging the AS/400 version of a retirement-planning game for kids.
development  programming  reference  web  software  design  article  blog  business  blogs  tips  project  management  organization  inspiration  productivity  useful  career  jobs 
may 2009 by danesparza
ProgrammerMeetDesigner - where web developers find web designers
You have found Programmer Meet Designer! This is a site for
programmers
,
web developers
,
designers
,
entrepreneurs
and
writers
to find each other and work together to create websites that look and function great.
webdesign  startups  startup  jobs  exchange  entrepreneurship  career 
october 2008 by danesparza
The Biggest Resume Mistake You Can Make
How can a resume betray a job seeker? It's not just typos or poor formatting. According to Lauren Milligan, founder of ResuMAYDAY, a resume-writing and career coaching firm based near Chicago, "The biggest flaw for a resume is when it fails to showcase a
jobs  career  writing  tips  analysis 
august 2008 by danesparza
Google Code University - Google Code
This website provides tutorials and sample course content so CS students and educators can learn more about current computing technologies and paradigms. In particular, this content is Creative Commons licensed which makes it easy for CS educators to use
ajax  programming  google  education  tutorial  code  tutorials  development  business  career 
july 2008 by danesparza
Glassdoor.com - Company Ratings, Reviews, and Salaries
An inside look at companies from those who know them best.
See company ratings, reviews, and salaries. Membership is free.
business  jobs  reference  service  search  career  employment  salary 
june 2008 by danesparza

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