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Why and how does Open Source software

March 15, 2019

Is WordPress Development a Form of Web Development?

Here comes a harsh opinion coming from a WordPress Core contributor and WordPress agency owner who’s been programming since 1999. First off, you can’t say “building websites from scratch using WordPress”. The fact that you can pretty much set up a website in a matter of minutes with WordPress is nowhere near starting with an

Mentorship

March 12, 2019

Mentorship Is Overrated In Early IT Days

Mentorship is overrated, especially during the first years of one’s technical career. But Why Is Mentorship Overrated? Not because mentors lack the skills or experience to help out. There’s simply too much emphasis on the need for mentorship for one’s successful career. Great mentors are highly experienced, somewhat successful, and extremely busy. This effectively reduces

Remote Teams

March 5, 2019

Is Intellectual Property Endangered By Remote Developers In Startups?

Successful open source businesses depend on factors outside of their codebase, such as: Brand positioning and PR Customer base Portfolio Talented engineers and business professionals able to scale Strategic partnerships Investments If Facebook’s codebase gets stolen and replicated as NewFacebook.com, who cares? Even Technological Companies Don’t Revolve Entirely Around Their Codebase Sure, high-quality product is a

Management Consultants as Startup Founders

March 2, 2019

Can Management Consultants Be Good Startup Founders?

Traditional management consultants (and advisors) are MBAs who have spent a decade or more in the corporate space. I’ve studied 500+ of them and over 80% fell in this category. Funnily enough, this is mainly dictated by the background of “management consulting”. This isn’t a popular title in the startup ecosystem and most founders haven’t gone through

February 15, 2019

How To Gain Experience As A Junior Developer

Let’s review that from an employer’s perspective. The First Week Or Two Someone with no practical skills and proven experience joins your team. You greet them, show them around, introduce them to the team, let them settle on their desk. You share the access to your VPN, add them on Dropbox or Drive, give them

Does every programmer type fast?

Does Every Great Programmer Type Fast?

I believe that fast typing is not a prerequisite but it helps you with several things: Some programming languages are fairly verbose (such as Java). The same goes for front-end development (generating markup, scaffolding projects, building new templates). Fast-typists can do better, although most intelligent IDEs can do most of the heavy lifting. You don’t want your typing

Difference between Freelancers and Office Workers

February 11, 2019

What Is The Difference Between Freelancers And Office Workers?

Freelancers Are Usually Project-Based Employees  The common belief is that freelancers are usually project-based employees who often work independently on a specific project with a deadline. This may vary given ongoing agreements (a certain number of hours a month) and collaboration with other people. Due to the irregular work schedule and a limited number of hours,

How to Reject Sales Proposal

February 10, 2019

How To Reject Sales Proposals While Keeping Your Door Open

Generally, most of the cold emails and calls we receive (dozens every month) are automated and provide no value for us whatsoever. Some of the remaining exceptions are just not a good fit for us. And every 3–4 months we receive an interesting one that may be worth pursuing. Whenever we want to politely put a

February 8, 2019

On Working As a Developer Only For a Paycheck

Why is it that when it comes to computer programming, everyone completely warns against doing it for the money? What Is Software Engineering Anyway? Software development has been continuously hyped, praised, promoted by media for various reasons – high salaries and increasing demand being the primary ones. Some of the most valued companies out there are in

Freelancers

February 4, 2019

Upwork’s IPO Impact On Freelancers Who Use Their Platform

As a former freelancer, I’d generated over $60K back in the day. As a company owner, we’ve already invested 6 figures through Upwork. Increase The Profit Margins While the long-term strategy of Upwork may shift, going public will mean stricter compliance reported to investors and finding opportunities to increase the profit margins (and profit as a whole). The