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One of the perks of getting any form of success with your own company is that sometimes you get invited to events that you normally would not find yourself in. Typically people see your products webpage, read an article or two online about you, check out your business profile and then slide into your DM’s.

I’m your typical mid-30’s Los Angeles native who just so happens to have spent 20 years writing software and working and founding his own startup. I’m not fancy. I wear Vans and I don’t cut my hair. …


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There’s alot that goes into nailing an interview and walking away feeling like a champ. And there’s equally as many things that will make an interview go south fast and leave you feeling like you need a career change.

Regardless of the roles or years of experience that you may have, there are certain things that will put you out of the running and fast.

Maybe you aren’t doing any of these on purpose. They could be just habits that you pick up in your day to day lives. I know I’ve done these myself in the past. …


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If you are familiar with the term “social credit system”, then odds are it is likely in regards to the many news articles that we read about China here in the US. More specifically, how China gauges the quality of its denizens through a digital points system that determines just how much one can do in their city.

This includes things such as taking out loans, gaining employment and even the ability to travel by plane. …


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When I hit the magic age of 30 all of the stereotypes about turning 30 happened all at once. I grew tired of my job (and my managers), I got tired of my morning commute, and the evening commute as well. So I decided to quit my job without a safety net and to just wing it in life. I lived off of my savings for some time as I wondered where to go next.

I started to freelance my web development skills, I created a web consulting agency and I co-founded a tech startup. …


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It might look exciting and futuristic on the various television shows that portray startup life. There’s talk about cloud architecture and machine learning and ROI’s and CPM’s and many other acronyms. But there’s alot more. Much more.

There are things that are broken, and things that don’t make sense. There are elevated emotions (sometimes) and to top it all off, there isn’t that much money left in the companies business account, so your job may be on the line within the next 6 months.

There are many reasons to want to work for a startup, there are. But we can’t get into the good without going over the bad first. So here are my top 3 reasons why you might want to reconsider that next job offer from your local early stage company that claims to be the next unicorn. …


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I’ve said it before and it is worth repeating, startups are hard. If you truly want a successful business model that can scale well and that large numbers of people actually want to use, it’s going to be hard.

I ran a startup for 3 years, almost to the date, and many things went right in the process, but equally as many things went wrong.

If you are in the early stages of your startup, or considering going all in on your business venture, here are a few lessons that I personally learned during that process that might help you out on yours. …


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We are only as good as the tools that we use to get the job done. At least, that was what I used to think as I sat in front of my $1400 laptop writing emails and jumping on video calls. But maybe I’ve changed my mind a bit during the past few weeks.

Listen, I’m a senior programmer and a fan of gadgets. I appreciate a good lightweight and powerful laptop that can churn out compiled code, serve a hi-res Zoom call and edit a podcast without blinking an eye. …


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For the past few weeks the YouTube algorithm has been busy curating my interests and future preoccupations. So when I saw “Civil War!” trending on my feed, I begrudgingly clicked on a few videos feeding that engine my attention.

I’m a programmer. I get. You want high retention rate and increased ad impressions. I’m not mad.

The videos were entertaining for sure. Typically heavily militarized gentlemen going over various news articles building up a case for societal collapse and eventual civil unrest soon. They made good points. …


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If you ask any of the most profound thinkers of the 20th century what their secret weapon to creativity is, you will more often than not hear that it is their ability to focus on a task for more than 5 minutes without interruption.

It sounds easy and most of us think that we are expert 5-minute focusers. But I think deep down we are everything but that.

Because focus is hard. And I mean real-focus. The kind of focus that Tony Hawk had before attempting the 30th “900" for the night. …


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Not long ago I got an email from a job recruiter that I had built up a good relationship with asking me if I was on the market. She was well connected and typically came to me with interviews from big tech companies and giant media outlets. It’s good to know people that are well connected.

One of those companies just so happened to be SpaceX.

“I can you get the interview this week!”

She spouted, much like a 1920’s boxing couch. At this point I had just left my job and was taking some much needed time to not work and to figure out what my next big phase in life should be. I was working towards consulting and on various side-projects, so going to work for SpaceX as a software engineer was definitely not on the timeline. …

About

Walter Guevara

Sr. Programmer. Coding blogger. Former startup CTO. Los Angeles native. Future sci-fi author. www.thatsoftwaredude.com

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