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

by Matt Decuir, Joseph Szczesniak, Jaim Zuber, Nicole Liang, and Travis Meyer | 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 is a self-taught Software Engineer, Founder of The Invisible Network and Co-Founder of Mpls Jr Devs. He's a Seattle transplant, pizza enthusiast, and has experienced both the pain of the job search and also how hard it can be to hire software engineers.

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 does iOS development. He's a host of the iPhreaks Podcast. You can find his written thoughts preserved on twitter and his blog.

He likes baseball, BBQ, biking 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.


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