Choosing a data center and network design is one of the biggest factors in a startup’s ability to grow in the future. Yet networking is one of the most overlooked areas of a company.

Until something goes wrong of course. Then suddenly everyone’s aware of it.

So how do you build a data center that allows for future growth, while also keeping security in mind?

Should you build it yourself, or is it better to go with AWS or Google?

Or perhaps you want to opt for a hybrid option?

We went to Michael Starr, the Director and Product Owner…

The first signs of spring and the increasing good news of more vaccine availability to a growing number of Americans offer a glimmer of hope that we are finally leaving 2020 behind and stepping into a brighter future.

But it is a future filled with questions: What will change with people’s comfort level around an in-office culture? For startups and the tech sector, how will these workplace changes impact the future of the workforce and company growth plans?

These key components to our pre-pandemic business operations mindset have certainly changed in the past year, but is that change something permanent…

The first signs of spring and the increasing good news of more vaccine availability to a growing number of Americans offer a glimmer of hope that we are finally leaving 2020 behind and stepping into a brighter future.

But it is a future filled with questions: What will change with people’s comfort level around an in-office culture? For startups and the tech sector, how will these workplace changes impact the future of the workforce and company growth plans?

These key components to our pre-pandemic business operations mindset have certainly changed in the past year, but is that change something permanent…

Debugging is one of those tedious, but necessary aspects of any software engineering team’s work.

Before sending a product to market, you want to make sure it’s error-free.

Granted, there’s a balance to strike between writing clean code and delivery. Perfect can quickly become the enemy of shipped (for more on that, check out this article about avoiding unnecessary performance optimization).

But to create a quality product, debugging will have to be part of the process.

We sat down with Mitch Pirtle, VP of Engineering at Morning Consult, to delve into the significance of debugging. …

Unit testing. It’s one of those situations that every engineer faces.

If you’re dealing with a downstream dependency, you’ll want to keep your unit test fast, self-contained, and reliable.

It can be daunting when you’re new to a language or framework.

We talked with Kyle Yost, a Software Engineer at CB Insights, who’s been working with Go throughout his career. His team emphasizes testing so they can have confidence in the code they ship. Along the way, Kyle found that Go provides all the tools they need to achieve mocking and accomplish their unit tests.

While third-party solutions were an…

The cloud is everywhere, and it’s continuing to grow.

According to a 2019 Cloud Report by Flexera, 90 percent of companies practice cloud computing.

As efficient and cost-effective as the cloud may be, managing cloud spending and cloud governance is proving to be a challenge across companies and workloads. Cloud costs are slowly exceeding original set budgets and cloud compliance is harder to achieve as companies look to scale or increase in complexity.

As easy as it may be to underestimate these issues, a local startup in Fulton, Maryland, cloudtamer.io, …

Product companies and engineers are making their way into the DMV tech arena. We spoke with VP of Software Engineering at VBrick to get some insight on what it really means to work at a product company, with a focus on the security realm.

VBrick is a cloud-based enterprise video management software product company. As a startup, they stay up to date with cutting edge technology like machine learning, AI, and serverless.

We interviewed Shailesh Lohiya, VP of Software Engineering, to hear about his experience working in a product company. …

They have different responsibilities and workflows, but focus on one common stakeholder: the customer.

To learn more about the best strategies for collaboration between Product and Engineering, we spoke with Brock Wilcox (VP of Engineering) and Catherine Colwell (Senior Director, Product) from Framebridge.

The conversation below has been edited for length and clarity.

What is Framebridge?

Catherine: Framebridge makes custom framing easy and affordable. We have an online experience as well as retail stores.

Every frame we deliver is unique in some way and each one is hand built in our factory in Kentucky. …

Daniel McGrath is the Director of Engineering at Truebill, the DC-based fin-tech startup famous for canceling unwanted subscriptions. In this three-part series, we interview him about how he balances technical debt and product development while building a popular consumer tech product with a growing user-base.

  • In Part I, we talked about what technical debt is and how you can tackle it (or better yet — avoid it). Daniel provides tips for tech teams to pay off technical debt without getting bogged down by it.
  • In this part, we talk about how tech teams can avoid wasting time on premature optimization…

Engineers around the globe are utilizing their tech skills to solve new problems brought about by COVID-19. We spoke with a local engineer at Upside Business Travel to get a pulse on how their team has adapted.

The Coronavirus pandemic is causing mass disruption for individuals and businesses alike. In the tech world, teams are using their coding expertise to solve previously nonexistent problems.

For example, one local DC startup that works in the travel industry, Upside Business Travel, has been impacted by the decrease in business related travel.

Their team quickly sought new revenue generating projects and pivoted to…

Tim Winkler

Entrepreneur. Startup founder. Global traveler. #DC #DCTech Community-Builder, Meetup Organizer #Startups #DMV

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