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Effective Hiring Tips (For Startups And Growing Teams)

There are fast-paced startups where execution is mission-critical. Then, there are the startups relying on an ongoing and regular business model – think of manufacturing or an ongoing type of activity that could easily take 60–80 hours a week. In other instances, freelancing may be a great model for a lean startup. The beginning phases of…

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How to Build a Marketing Team In a Startup?

Let’s start with several questions first: How large is the organization to date – 5 people, 50, 500, 5000? Is it a bootstrapped startup, a SMB, an established organization? Do you sell locally, on traditional media (newspapers and radio), internationally? Do you aim for B2B or B2C clients? Are paid ads a better starting point…

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Career Advice Software Developers Must Consider

A friend of mine approached me as they were sitting two tables from me. He introduced me to the guy who has spent a few months reading about PHP, Java, system administration and relevant fields, being clueless as to what’s the best career path for him. The conversation revolved around several major points which I have…

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Recruitment Challenges in the IT Industry

Common Recruitment Challenges in the IT Industry

My position in my LinkedIn profile is a CEO of a team of 25 for several years now (nowadays 45), and yet I still do receive about a dozen emails every week through LinkedIn inviting me to apply as a junior developer somewhere or take on a senior position for an industry that I hadn’t even heard of. Additionally,…

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Non-technical Co-founders

How Can Non-Technical Founders Make a Technical Business Work

Are you a non-technical person working on an IT start-up idea, or other technical business ventures, with a bunch of software techies? Best-case scenario, find a technical co-founder and you are good to go. While some non-technical managers and founders are capable of working well with developers, there may be different problems that would jeopardize the growth…

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How To Prepare For A Software Engineering Job

Getting ready for your first software engineering job can be daunting. Developers are in demand, but gaining the minimum skill set for becoming competitive usually takes 2-3 years. The first job or two as an engineer could be quite challenging to land. The two most important things you need to understand first are: Your job…

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Sales Tips For Bootstrapping a Development Startup

Software developers often think about starting a business of their own. There are freelance and remote working opportunities, the job requires understanding business models, and the pay is great. Of course, the tricky question is – how to land repetitive customers? 4 Strategies For Bootstrapping Without A Sales Background Sales skills are paramount for founders….

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Strategies In Managing A Software Development Team

I’ve jumped between the role of a senior developer and a manager multiple times – including leading and managing a software development team role. My first stunt in management was nearly a decade ago. We were building a Java-based distributed software for a telecom group operating in multiple countries. I spent a year and a half…

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