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Red Hat CTO: Success Comes to the ‘Brave’

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Brian Stevens joined Red Hat’s senior management team in 2001. As the company’s Executive Vice President and CTO, he oversees an engineering team that focuses on Linux, virtualization, middleware and cloud computing. Most recently, he’s been touting the all-in-one Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Edition that bundles platform and cloud together. Stevens began his career at Digital Equipment Corp., where he was a developer on the first commercial release of the X Window System. He spent 14 years there. He… continue…

What Does a Project Manager Do, Anyway?

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A few months ago, we looked at what a developer does all day. This month: What on earth is the project manager up to? Project managers don’t actually make anything. They don’t write code. They don’t make graphics. They don’t sell the software. Yet a good project manager can be the glue that holds a project together. So how does that actually happen? What does a project manager do all day? Meet Jeff Jeff is the sole project manager at… continue…

Code.Org Founder Applies Startup Lessons to CS Education

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Startup founder and investor Hadi Partovi knows about leverage. The founding team member of iLike and Tellme Networks is putting his startup experience to work on building the high-profile computer science education non-profit Code.org. Since its 2012 launch, the non-profit has displayed many of the same traits as hot startups: It was kicked off on a shoestring budget, is mission-driven and has gotten plenty of buzz. Code.org, which aims to get computer science classes into every K-12 school in the… continue…

Startup Trains Autistic Workers for QA Jobs

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Semperical, a San Jose, Calif.-based startup non-profit, has completed a pilot program that coaches and trains adults with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome to conduct software testing and QA services. Adults with these conditions tend to have excellent visual skills, attention to detail, are highly focused and show great perseverance, says Jennifer Sullivan, a consultant with the Morgan Autism Center in San Jose. Semperical plans to leverage those skills for its testing and QA business. Founder and CEO Steve Perricone… continue…

New Programs Encourage Girls to Pursue STEM

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Last month, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World ­Ultimate Mentor Adventure announced the 10 winners of its program to give girls in grades 9-12 an opportunity to explore STEM careers. From the news release: Through the collaborative efforts of Marvel, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Dolby Laboratories, National Academy of Science, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Discovery Science Center, girls had the chance to go out into the real world and ask successful women in STEM fields about what they do, how… continue…

What Does an IT Architect Do?

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What does an IT architect do? It’s an interesting question not only for those thinking about a career as an IT architect, but also for anyone working in IT, because there isn’t a consistent definition of the job within the industry. Architects who do more or less the same things with the same skills may be referred to as enterprise architects, solution architects, project architects, IT architects, technical architects, data architects, application architects, business architects, cloud or SOA architects, and… continue…

Does Tech Advocate Code.org Go Far Enough?

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Code.org’s Computer Science Education Week kicks off Dec. 9 to encourage young people to get into STEM careers. But as the hype around the event builds, some question whether the efforts to get computer science classes into every U.S. school — with the help of volunteers such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and VC powerhouse John Doerr — are using up financial resources that would be better spent elsewhere. Though they say there’s real value to the program,… continue…

Working at Google May Not Be That Great After All

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Working at Google, widely considered Silicon Valley’s most prestigious employer, may not be all its cracked up to be. For example, consider a recent Quora thread on the subject: “The worst part of working at Google, for many people, is that they’re overqualified for their job,” wrote a former employee. “There are students from top 10 colleges who are providing tech support for Google’s ads products, or manually taking down flagged content from YouTube, or writing basic code to A|B… continue…

Scott Adams: Goals are for Losers

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“Goals are for Losers” and “Passion Is Bullshit” are among the messages Dilbert creator Scott Adams shares in his new book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. And yes, this is a book about Success. Adams is probably one of the most unlikely failures that you’ve ever heard of. And again, yes, we’re talking about Scott Adams. In his book, Adams takes a very personal approach to show how he failed his way to success, but… continue…

Developing Countries’ Women Learn Tech Entrepreneurship

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When you hear the phrases “technology entrepreneur” and “third world women,” chances are you conjure up very different mental images with very little overlap. A project in Silicon Valley is trying to change that. In its third year, TechWomen is a State Department program launched by former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as a means to advance women’s rights and foster cross-cultural awareness between the U.S. and the Middle East. It provides women already in science, technology, engineering and mathematics… continue…