A Career Switcher’s Story

Chris had been a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling her children in their small, rural hometown. She was looking for an effective way to break into the technical world of software development, but living far from the tech centers of San Francisco, New York, and Boston, Chris knew it would be difficult to find a career with…

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How a Non-technical Founder Launched his Startup

Thomas had raised over $2 million from investors for his previous company, building it to 10 employees with operations in 5 states. However, as he set out on his next venture, he knew firsthand the limitations he would face as a non-technical founder trying to launch a business. Thomas’s idea bloomed out of the operations…

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Getting Paid: Freelance Web Development

You have the skills, the know-how, the excitement, the drive… but without a project to pour your energy into or an idea you want to see come to life, what can you do? (Or maybe you just want to start getting paid.) Here’s the good news: people want you. Your capabilities are high in demand,…

Ken Mazaika

Forget Your Portfolio Website

There is a massive confusion that up-and-coming developers have about what it takes to get a job as a developer. People believe that a professional portfolio site will help them land a job as a web developer – and this belief couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, while aspiring developers are spending countless…

Ken Mazaika

Behind Closed Doors: How You Can Be an In-Demand Developer

In-demand software developers are highly sought after, and employers compete for talent with attractive compensation packages (they pay a lot!) and exciting work environments with flexible work schedules. As you’re vying to be at-bat for a hot tech company, “tricking your way” into a job offer might sound like a good idea, but it’s one…

Ken Mazaika

The Firehose Project Alumni Panel

There are a number of different steps that bridge the gap between being able to code, and signing your first job offer. The natural progression is: Learning to code Applying to positions Getting an interview Getting an offer Accepting the offer Working as a developer Getting your next job Navigating the transition between each stage…

Ken Mazaika