influencing through education or entertainment

March 25, 2019

Influencing Through Education Or Entertainment

Here’s why followers and engagement don’t necessarily translate to business opportunities. Personal branding online usually covers one of the following three areas: Real life celebrities Entertainers (tabloids, fun videos, memes, life tips and inspirational advice) Educators Most of my consulting calls revolve around lead generation and branding for B2B businesses. While I’m not a leadgen

how to apply for a job

March 24, 2019

Job Descriptions Are Fake – Here’s How to Apply For a Job

The hiring process is broken – and we know that. ❕72% of hiring managers believe they are giving candidates clear job descriptions ❕36% of candidates say that is what they experience ❕55% of candidates report frustration with the recruitment process ❕71% of employers have discovered misstatements in resumes ❕40% of them even found a required

social networks

March 17, 2019

What Is Wrong With Social “Networks”?

I still recall the forum days, IRC, ICQ/MSN, MySpace and a lot more. Social media is supposed to be about social networking and keeping in touch with people. Over the past couple of years, I don’t see that happening. Most interactions are monologues, people maintain accounts without really using them, touching base with folks is

How to maintain clientele

February 4, 2019

How To Maintain Your Clientele

Instead of doubling down on marketing and sales, never neglect your existing customer base. A happy customer is your best investment to date. After successfully closing a deal, the best you can do is discovering ongoing opportunities to grow their business. That’s what helped us grow to 45 folks at DevriX and generate 95% of

open source

January 28, 2019

Why And How Does Open Source Software Exist?

Why does open source software exist and how should I pick between free and premium software? I made a brief overview of how WordPress works and keeps growing with contributors, what motivates people to keep releasing free plugins, the market economics of Open Source software and more. If you ever wonder about the value of

successful web developer

January 4, 2019

Becoming A Successful Web Delevoper Even Without A Team

Having trained thousands of people, I’ve read hundreds of online complaints from remote hobbyists who live far away and “can’t attend”. I’m always baffled by kids who only imagine a training in Google (or another large corp) with a personal mentor on-site, a well-defined training program tailored to their taste, a team of other hobbyists

manager and developers

December 12, 2018

Project Managers vs Software Engineers?

Try to attend a geek conference and check the heartbeat of developers in the breaks. You’ll inevitably hear at least a few battle stories from projects gone wrong due to mismanagement or interpersonal conflicts within a project. 👊 At least the engineering’s perspective. Then again, what does it take to manage a team of engineers?

secure source code

December 5, 2018

Are Distributed Companies’ Source Code At Risk With Their Employees?

You hired a random freelance developer and can’t sleep at night since they can steal your source code. I hear this all the freaking time. Heck, we have 15 devs or so here, some remote, and I’m fairly content with code permissions (aside from our critical hiring process, of course). But here’s the thing. Source

junior and senior software developers

December 2, 2018

The Difference Between A Junior and A Senior Software Developer

It’s a slippery slope, especially with small agencies giving away titles due to their smaller scale. Niels Bohr once said that, “An expert is a man who has made all of the possible mistakes that could be made in a very narrow field”. And this sums up seniority in most areas out there. – The

startup considerations

November 28, 2018

Startup Considerations While Doubling Your Headcount

Growing rapidly sounds exciting – but is it really? I was recently asked, “What happens when your business doubles?” 💯 We’ve managed to pull a 2x growth a couple of years in a row, and aiming to grow by about 60% or so this year alone. And I’ve always viewed recruitment as a strategic endeavor