What it's Like To Be a Developer at Company X

by Matt Decuir, Joseph Szczesniak, Jaim Zuber, Nicole Liang, and Travis Meyer | at MinneBar 14 | 1:00 – 1:45 in Minnetonka | View Schedule

The goal of this session is to give perspective on both what it's like to be a software engineer at different types of companies, while also showcasing a few different local companies.

There will be engineers from 4 different local organizations who will each be interviewed in front of the audience for 6-8 minutes, about what it's like to work at their company.

Think of it like a reverse interview, where you get to sit in the audience and observe, without any of the stress of actually interviewing.

Here are the companies and people that will be representing them:

  • Foodsby, Joseph Szczesniak. A funded startup focused on food delivery for office workers.
  • Foundry, Travis Meyer. A design and development agency based in downtown Minneapolis.
  • Target, Nicole Liang. An enterprise-sized retailer headquartered in Minneapolis.
  • Sharp Five Software, Jaim Zuber. A solo consulting shop specializing in software development.
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Matt Decuir

Matt (he/him) is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and Minnestar board member. Past projects include Invisible Network, Mpls Jr Devs, and OMG Transit.

Joseph Szczesniak

Joseph started as a web developer in High School making sites for his community and local organizations. After attending college at the University of Minnesota and graduating with a degree in Math and Computer Science he took his love of web farther by becoming a full stack developer. With nearly 20 years of experience with the web, Joseph has seen everything from the rise of jQuery to the more modern flood of JavaScript frameworks and Isomorphic JavaScript.

He is an active contributor to the open source community, and produces the Aurelius Podcast, where industry experts discuss design and product strategy. He also helped create the groundbreaking curriculum of a new approach for software development education at Prime Digital Academy. Since then he was a freelance architect helping to envision and build prototypes and apps for multiple local companies including Target, Best Buy and Ameriprise Financial. He's also started his own business Aurelius, and has been brought on as an architect and software engineering manager at the local Lunch Delivery start-up Foodsby.

Jaim Zuber

Jaim is an iOS Developer/Consultant and Fractional Technology Leader. You can find his written thoughts preserved at his blog.

Jaim is back in the indie life after recently leaving a job as a Director of Software Engineering at a Digital Bank.

He likes baseball, BBQ, and making noise with a modest array of instruments… sometimes in public.

Nicole Liang

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Travis Meyer

Travis is a self-taught developer and a transplant from Portland, Or. He's currently a developer at Foundry, where he builds web and native apps using Rails, React and Java Spring.