“Using Unix Cron to Run Automated Tests” by Reynold Miguel

Reynold Miguel is a QA engineering leader with a strong focus on bringing automation to organizations. His deep technical knowledge and understanding of technology enables him to discuss more complex concepts, like using cron to setup automation, while maintaining a focus on the value and broader organizational importance of the technique.  Using Unix Cron to Run...
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“Is Feature Branching Evil?” by Jay Dorman, Director of Technology at Edgecast

Jay is a technology executive who runs application development and operations for a large team at Edgecast, a widely used and fast growing content delivery network based in LA. With broad responsibilities ranging from strategic decision making to hands-on management, Jay provides technical leadership and direction for his team. Jay shares his perspective on how...
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“The Innovation Sandwich” by Jim Connolly

Ensuring a culture of innovation as companies grow has become an increasingly important focus for executives. Jim Connolly, SVP of Technology at Zynx Health, provides insight into the unique challenge of building a company structure that breeds creativity and ideas. "The Innovation Sandwich", by Jim Connolly In many organizations there are processes in place to corral and...
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“Recap of 2013, What’s in Store for 2014?” by TeamQ

The entire Q team hopes that everybody’s year has started off with the same excitement as ours has! We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with so many passionate partners who have an incredible devotion to helping the tech community in LA thrive. Our team at Q is commonly asked about trends...
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“Accelerating the Growth of the SoCal Technology Eco-System” by John Shiple

John Shiple provides CTO level expertise to many LA based startups. We asked him to discuss some of the issues surrounding employee development, team building and talent in general. As discussed below, John is a strong proponent of training as a way to build high-functioning teams while also significantly strengthening the technology community...

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“Success Through Stupidity” by Ron Cohen

You're stupid. Admit it and you'll be smarter.

You've always been pretty sharp: Interesting career, created things, led teams, built systems, solved problems, closed deals, etc. You know a lot.

Why can't everyone else be as smart as you? Why does your system administrator nitpick instead of just configuring the firewall the way you said?...

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“Making Engineers Happier and Smarter at the Same Time!” By Chris Hanson

When Chris Hanson told us about the Perpetual Learning program at HauteLook – which institutionalizes the concept that engineers will be happier if they stay on the cutting edge by continuously adding to their skills and understanding – we thought it would be fantastic to share his insights with the community at large....

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JQuery Meetup at Q

Great to have all of the JQuery folks at our office for the meetup last week! jQuery

Thanks to Troy Miles (@therockncoder) for his presentation: Responsive Design and jQuery Mobile and to Natalie Maclees (@nataliemac) - who also happens to be the fantastic organizer of the group...

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“Big Data is Huge (No Pun Intended)!” By Rizwan Ali

Rizwan Ali is a Senior Data Warehouse Architect with deep experience in database design and big data. As data collection and analysis have become increasingly important to most technology organizations, we asked Rizwan to share some of his expertise. Below he discusses managing and customizing Cloudera Manager, in addition to providing a few tips...
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Q’TIP of the Month

Unless there is an emergency, do not bring out or use a mobile phone during an interview!

“Break through the noise in the marketplace” – Tips from Ori Neidich

We asked Ori Neidich  - consultant to CEOs of technology companies, studios, agencies, and international governments - to fill us in on some of his tried and true techniques to break through in crowded marketplaces. With nearly 20 years of technology experience, including a decade at Hollywood studios such as DreamWorks Animation and Digital Domain,...
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Interview with David Subar, CTO of Break Media

One of the most important components in developing great technology products is building a strong team. Finding, keeping and empowering great talent can be one of the most difficult challenges a tech leader confronts. We asked David Subar, CTO of Break Media, to provide his thoughts on team building. He is a seasoned and experienced...
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