Working at a startup is an endless cycle of finding solutions for problems that arise.
It is often easy to fix problems when they are isolated. But how do you solve problems in a complex system where there are multiple actors influencing the issue?
That’s where systems thinking comes in.
We spoke with Mehmet Bolak, Head of Engineering at Territory Foods, to explain the principles of systems thinking. Mehmet has studied systems thinking and used it to bring light to complexities and even determine user intent for the products at Territory Foods.
This conversation has been edited for clarity and…
LinkedIn. We all seem to have a love/hate relationship with the site. We can quickly update our resumes, connect and form relationships with others in our field, read interesting articles and even find potential future co-workers. While there are many positive uses for the site, we also have many negatives including staffing firms that spam you with canned messages (apologies — I love puns), connection requests from strangers, and a layout that may not be ideal for presenting engineering skills.
Large organizations are seen as the slow and complex Goliaths to the nimble and swift startup.
But thousands of mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships each year mean that innovative startups are often brought into the corporate environment.
How can startups and organizations best learn and benefit from each other?
To learn more, we spoke with Adam Attinello, VP of Engineering at Laerdal Labs D.C. (formerly B-Line Medical), about his experience during B-Line’s acquisition by Laerdal Medical.
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Inspections are the front-line defense against disasters like the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
After seeing that crisis, the team at ARInspect began working on an augmented robotic process automation (RPA) platform for Environmental Health and Safety programs.
Their platform includes smart scheduling and dispatch, dynamic inspection checklists, automated workflows, and more. The team is using next-generation technologies (like wearables) and data insights from the platform to make inspections more frequent and insightful.
We spoke with CTO Sonia Sanghavi to learn how they’re building their platform.
In this article, Sonia shares why she joined the company, how she is implementing…
If you are not sure exactly what recruitment process outsourcing is, before you keep reading check out our previous article on how RPO has revolutionized hiring for startups.
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The future of work policies run from a full return to in-office, to a hybrid approach of work from home and in-office, to a fully remote, fully distributed team in perpetuity. But the ongoing discussion on what the future will look like held in socially distant board-rooms and on Zoom meetings all across America has complicated the dynamics of an already white-hot talent market.
Companies are now forced…
Code Like a Girl was a Medium publication that was started in 2016 to amplify the voices of women in tech.
On October 1, 2020, Code Like a Girl became Empowered By Code.
Standardizing a tech stack for a startup team is a critical and complex decision.
Engineers come with unique backgrounds and preferences on how to build a product.
You can’t try them all and see which one works best.
Or can you?
Ian Lotinksy, VP of Product Engineering and Design at Weld North Education, believes that experimentation and research should be expected from engineers. When his team was faced with a forced migration, they decided to test various frameworks until they found something that met their needs.
In this article, Ian explains the process his team used to choose a framework…
Our interview with Geoff Harcourt, CTO of CommonLit, about creating a culture where coding bootcamp grads don’t have to fear mistakes.
When I first heard Geoff’s voice over Zoom, I wasn’t expecting the wealth of coding knowledge he was about to share. He’d started his career as a product manager, and only learned to code later on. But, we quickly learned that Geoff’s late introduction to coding is part of what makes him a great CTO.
Geoff knows what it’s like to jump into a new software product as a new developer. During our call, he called it “parachuting.” Consumer-facing…
The role of Product Manager has been quite fluid ever since its inception.
Unlike career tracks like computer science or marketing, there hasn’t been a formal education path for the role. There’s no list of all the things that a product manager should do.
Ian Lotinsky, VP of Product Engineering and Design at Weld North Education, believes that’s because the role is shifting. Over the course of his career as an engineer and CTO, he has seen the evolution of various roles in the software field.
In this article, Ian shares his beliefs that there are distinct roles that product…
Have you ever approached a set of recycling and trash bins, stood in confusion for a few moments, then just guessed where to throw your item away?
You’re not alone.
Only 9% of global plastic is recycled. And less than 20% of recyclable material in the United States actually gets recycled.
But knowing what to recycle and what to toss is not intuitive.
That’s what CleanRobotics is trying to change.
Based in Pittsburgh and Colorado, this startup is developing a smart trashcan that decides whether the item you placed in their receptacle should be recycled, go to the landfill, or…
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