Did you know? Silicon Valley was founded by a dark, tyrannical man.

Fun fact: the Nobel-prize-holder man who laid the first foundations of the Silicon Valley, and chose its San Francisco Bay Area location, had business values exactly opposed to what became Silicon Valley culture. And that’s no coincidence.

William Shockley was a genius in the 1950s fields that became electronics, having invented the transistor, which pioneered the field; and for some reason, he wouldn’t listen to investors who pressured him to start his R&D business on the East Coast, where the rest of the industry was. For some reason, he had chosen the tiny village of Mountain View, CA, and convinced a number of brilliant PhD holders to join him there. Continue reading Did you know? Silicon Valley was founded by a dark, tyrannical man.

San Francisco Engineer Moved To Chicago – Differences Between The Two Tech Scenes

This post is part of a three-parter:

  1. How The Job Search Went
  2. What Helped The Job Search Work So Well
  3. Differences Between The Two Tech Scenes (you’re reading it!)

Well, this has been a deep and time-shrunk dive into the Chicago tech scene. Here’s some stuff I learned, that can help you a good idea of it. Continue reading San Francisco Engineer Moved To Chicago – Differences Between The Two Tech Scenes

San Francisco Engineer Moved To Chicago – What Helped The Job Search Work So Well

This post is part of a three-parter:

  1. How The Job Search Went (you should read it first)
  2. What Helped The Job Search Work So Well (you’re reading it!)
  3. Differences Between The Two Tech Scenes

Here are some of the things I did that I believe made a difference, or stuff that I realized I could have done better. Continue reading San Francisco Engineer Moved To Chicago – What Helped The Job Search Work So Well

San Francisco Engineer Moved To Chicago – How The Job Search Went

This post is part of a three-parter:

  1. How The Job Search Went (you’re reading it!)
  2. What Helped The Job Search Work So Well
  3. Differences Between The Two Tech Scenes

I’ve met quite a number of people who were interested in the move along the way, driven out of the Bay Area by the beyond-excessive cost of life, and I thought I’d share what I learned going through it, in case it could turn useful to someone else. In a nutshell, the job search went insanely better than I would have thought, so I hope you can reuse some of this for yourself. Continue reading San Francisco Engineer Moved To Chicago – How The Job Search Went

require-from-twitter: Help, I don’t get the joke!

A Holberton School student showed me this Gist which is trending right now, and told me he didn’t get the joke.

I looked at it, and I was lucky enough to know the backstory, and get how amazingly brilliant at many levels that joke was! But then explaining the backstory took some time, and while we had a good laugh, I feel more people should know of it and join our joint laughing in appreciation of the author’s witty sense of humor! I also feel that for newcomers to tech culture (like Holberton School’s students), this joke gives an accurate understanding of some key pieces of that culture.

Have a look at it and read through the comments a bit. Still don’t get it? Ok, here’s some backstory you’re probably missing… Continue reading require-from-twitter: Help, I don’t get the joke!