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Everyone wants to be employed. No one wants to be an employee.

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It is time companies and leaders stop referring to their team members as employees. I saw an announcement on LinkedIn recently in which the person was being named the President of a company he has been working at for a while apparently. In his remarks he referenced how much he respected and was continuing to support the company’s employees. It made me cringe.

The definition of employee is, a person employed for wages or salary, especially at non-executive level. No wonder seeing companies and company leaders refer to…


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A software developer’s preferred terminal in which to run command-line commands and scripts is a matter of personal preference. Longtime users of MS-DOS will remember (maybe not fondly) the “command.com” command shell. Due to its limitations, alternatives like 4DOS were developed. Unix/Linux users are used to the power and composability of shells such as ksh, bash, or zsh. In the course of a typical week, a software developer working in Windows 10 may find herself/himself running commands in cmd.exe, Windows PowerShell, git bash, the Azure Cloud shell, or a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) shell.

To provide a more modern…


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Founders hear and can read a lot about bootstrapping their company versus raising investment. The fact is that most Founders bootstrap their company because they don’t have a choice.

There are strategic and operational differences in running a bootstrapped company versus venture backed. Most of the differences are driven by less capital to deploy, which makes sense, but some of the differences are also a result of a mindset and culture that goes beyond how much cash is in the bank.

Here are some strategic and operational differences I’ve identified over time between the two company funding approaches:

  1. Team —…

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In the past few years, we have a seen a dramatic shift in software development cycles within the IT industry. Most organizations have moved from the traditional Waterfall approach to the Agile approach or choose to have a hybrid model suiting their development and delivery needs. This shift has helped organizations to embrace an iterative approach, have continuous development, and keep testing in each phase to build a more robust product. Instead of the old exemplar, where the testers goal involves finding defects at the end of a lengthy waterfall cycle, the new goals include continuously preventing defects and helping…


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Looking for a new podcast? We have gathered some of our favorite podcasts for Entrepreneurs, Founders, and startups. Whether you’re just starting out or already on a path to success, these podcasts are full of great advice and tips. Here are our top 5:

1.The Side Hustle Show — Nick Loper created this podcast to offer actionable strategies and advice to part-time entrepreneurs. Nick is passionate about helping people turn their passion projects and side hustle into growing businesses. Thinking about becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business? Check out their current episode:

Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/36XMx4W

Spotify: http://spoti.fi/3jwTpvt

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Professional jealousy is powerful. We want the title, money, power and perceived respect that go along with those things. People climb ladders and play corporate politics to advance ahead of others. Some companies foster a super competitive environment that endorses, tacitly or not, team members vying for coveted positions and recognition. Does it work and is it good for the company and the team members? I don’t think it is, but many company leaders do.

The fact is, it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Most companies are structured as pyramids with far fewer positions of recognition, power, control, and large…


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One of the biggest changes faced during this pandemic was switching from physical services to digital services, be it buying essentials, online education, entertainment, and even doctor visits. Users have learned that pretty much any industry they can think of that once needed a physical presence, can now be accessed using an app or website. This shift resulted in the need for more robust applications/websites, and subsequently requires software development teams make sure the software is built with care and tested thoroughly.

I recently came across this article by Cigniti that lists the Top Software Failures and another by Design…


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There are a lot of feel good clichés about teamwork. Most have little impact on team members and organizations because they remain clichés and never materialize into anything real and tangible. They also don’t account for the challenging times when teamwork is essential, but erodes because of the pressures and circumstances of a situation. Real teamwork is being able to stay together when forces are trying to pull the team apart.

I’ve been thinking more about how teams connect and the importance of teams connecting in a meaningful way for desirable outcomes.

I was chatting with a friend recently who’s…


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There are plenty of articles out there describing REST as a philosophy, or describing one particular library or another for consuming REST APIs, but I wanted to take some time to talk about implementation patterns I’ve seen and have used when building REST services using ASP.Net. Before we begin though, let’s take at least a few moments to define the basic terminology of REST services.

What is REST again?

REST stands for “Representational State Transfer”. The phrase was coined way back in the year 2000 by Roy Fielding and while the name may not communicate much on its own, the idea is actually pretty…


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Becoming a Founder and an Entrepreneur is lonely. End of story. Every Founder I know has spoken to the loneliness they have felt building their company. As a Founder, you’re often spending more time building your company than you’re spending with friends and family, and as the leader of your company, the pressure is on you to perform and be successful. In this environment, it’s difficult to find someone you can bounce ideas off of or someone willing to poke holes in your business plan or product. …

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