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Booting Up

Booting Up

By Rod Danan
The live show where we talk to Bootcamp Grads & self-taught techies working at the best companies. You'll learn about how to get your first job and how to stand out once you get there. Every episode is filmed live on our YouTube channel where you can ask guests questions yourself. For more career resources, join our community of bootcamp grads at prentus.co/bootcamp-grads. Podcast hosted by Rod Danan, Founder and CEO of Prentus.
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Overcoming adversity, recovering from injury, and secrets to getting offers with Charity Garcia
The most inspirational episode of the season with Charity Garcia who is a Software Engineer at The New York Times and graduated from Fullstack Academy in 2017.   1:32​ What her plan was before diving into tech  8:43​ The fateful car crash that set her back  14:02​ How to learn with a weakened memory  18:50​ 4 hour commutes to Fullstack every day  21:20​ Why giving up was not an option  23:23​ Starting her job search with a kid in hand  27:53​ The secret that got her 10 job offers  31:55​ Finding the mentor that propelled her career  35:33​ Biggest surprise of the first year on the job  38:14​ Leaving Toast to start her second job  41:56​ What she works on at The New York Times  45:45​ Informing POC about opportunities in tech  49:18​ Final questions   Follow Charity on Twitter and Instagram at @charinreellife or find her on LinkedIn! She's always happy to help.  ________   RSVP to this event to get a reminder and please SUBSCRIBE to the channel!  To listen to the podcast after, go here:  https://BootingUpPodcast.com​​Follow us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/boo...​Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BootingUpPod​​ Looking for a community of 100s of bootcamp grads? Join our Discord at https://prentus.co/community​​
54:05
April 8, 2021
11: Bootcamp to Engineering Manager in 3 Years with Vivek Tumrukota of UserLeap
Vivek is a Senior Software Engineer at UserLeap. He first spent 3 years in Technical Sales at Texas Instruments before joining Hack Reactor. Then, he joined the startup WorkSpan and became a manager in just 3 years. Listen in to gain some secrets to level up your career. 6:08 Selling to startups in Silicon Valley (environment is key!)  12:04 Surrounding yourself with people that will lift you up  18:28 Bootcampers are always extra motivated  21:07 The process of landing a first job  27:14 Startups the perfect fit for career transitioners?  35:56 How an old relationship led to his first job  41:29 The BIGGEST factors in getting promoted to manager so quickly  46:28 What he looked for when hiring junior engineers  51:56 Why he left management to code again  54:50 Final Questions Find Vivek on Twitter or LinkedIn if you want to hear more from him!  ________   RSVP to this event to get a reminder and please SUBSCRIBE to the channel! To listen to the podcast after, go here: https://BootingUpPodcast.com​ Follow us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/bootingup Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BootingUpPod​ Looking for a community of 100s of bootcamp grads? Join our Discord at https://prentus.co/community​
01:00:47
March 26, 2021
10: iOS vs. Web Dev, keys to the job search, & fixing Slack bugs for Twitter CEO with Laura Weaver
Laura Weaver started at Hack Reactor and has worked at Yelp & Slack. Her latest venture is at an exciting new startup called WhatNot. Some of the things we dived into include: 8:24 Why she chose the bootcamp route to get into tech 11:56 Freaking out coming out of bootcamp 13:40 iOS is harder than web development? 18:26 Searching for iOS jobs vs. Web Dev jobs 22:46 Why companies actually hire junior devs 25:32 The key to gaming the job search 27:16 Joining an unstructured startup within Yelp 33:41 Leaving Yelp because of it’s stock 37:03 Interview process for second job at Slack 44:25 Dealing with bug reports from the CEO of Twitter 45:38 Returning to startup world at WhatNot 51:07 Unique tactic for dealing with impostor syndrome Follow Laura on Twitter to stay updated on her latest work. PLEASE throw us a REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE if you learned something new!                                                                                                          ------------------ Follow us on LinkedIn for all our events & tips: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/booting-up Or Twitter works too: https://twitter.com/BootingUpPod Join our community of bootcamp grads on Discord at: https://prentus.co/community
58:21
March 19, 2021
9: Company sponsored career switching, Google interviews, & remote life with Danielle Katz
9:21 How to get support from manager on transitioning into tech 14:40 What the QA role is like 19:05 Lessons of the first year as a Software Developer 23:49 Interview process after a cold DM from Google recruiter 26:37 How she prepared for the technical interview 31:24 Life at Google vs. working at a startup 36:35 Learning new languages on the job 39:30 How work changes when you go remote 43:17 Game plan to get hired out of a bootcamp today 44:52 What to do in your first year as an engineer Follow Danielle on Twitter to stay updated on her latest work. PLEASE throw us a REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE if you learned something new!                                                                                                          ------------------ Follow us on LinkedIn for all our events & tips: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/booting-upOr Twitter works too: https://twitter.com/BootingUpPodJoin our community of bootcamp grads on Discord at: https://prentus.co/community
47:58
March 12, 2021
8: Self-teaching Product Design, pro-bono projects, and life at Netflix with Jessica Gaddis of Twitter
Jessica Gaddis is a Product Designer at Twitter that taught her way into the field. She worked at Netflix and did some pro-bono work too. Listen in on her secrets to learning: 6:30 How she discovered product design and started learning 13:38 Why she didn’t go to a bootcamp (but still used one) 19:28 Getting experience without a job 22:38 Product design is impossible without collaboration 23:56 Real-life design is different from those listicles 29:45 Process for kicking off her job search 33:14 The structure of tech company’s like Netflix teams 38:16 Finding peer mentors to make the first year easier 45:50 Difference between designing internally vs. for clients 52:40 What she would do if she was trying to break into product design today 54:35 What designers need to do in their first year of their career Follow Jessica on Twitter to stay updated on her latest work. PLEASE throw us a REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE if you learned something new!                                                                                                          ------------------ Follow us on LinkedIn for all our events & tips: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/booting-upOr Twitter works too: https://twitter.com/BootingUpPodJoin our community of bootcamp grads on Discord at: https://prentus.co/community
57:46
March 5, 2021
7: Networking to get hired, being a woman in tech, & starting with freelancing with Skye Free
Skye Free went from sociology and sales to tech. It wasn't easy but she did some freelancing with a heavy lean on her network. Listen in for how she did it: 11:04 - Starting off her career as a freelancer  22:21 - What were her multiple roles in her first company 26:12 - How is it to be a women in an engineering position 30:46 - Biggest factor in staying in a company for a long time 37:40 - Difference between working in a small or a big company  43:41 - How important networking is and taking care of your mental and physical health.  Follow Skye on Twitter to stay updated on her latest work. PLEASE throw us a REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE if you learned something new!                                                                                                          ------------------  Follow us on LinkedIn for all our events & tips: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/booting-upOr Twitter works too: https://twitter.com/BootingUpPodJoin our community of bootcamp grads on Discord at: https://prentus.co/community
59:00
February 26, 2021
6: Going from startup founder, developer, or designer to Product Manager with Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones founded a startup called Pixbi in 2015 and realized that tech was the way. He enrolled in Hack Reactor engineering program and then worked his way into a Product Manager role. Learn how you can wiggle your way into Product Management – no matter what bootcamp program you did. 4:57 Getting pushed down the “safe” finance path 10:36 How his startup came to start 18:08 The decision to shut down the startup 20:48 Why he chose Hack Reactor as his first post-startup step 24:49 Start a company vs. bootcamp to break into Product Management 32:54 The interview process for PM roles 38:52 What he looks for when hiring PMs on his team 43:00 How developers and designers can make their PM’s life easier 48:17 How he would land a job if graduating from a bootcamp today Connect with Ryan on LinkedIn to stay updated on his latest work. PLEASE throw us a REVIEW and SUBSCRIBE if you learned something new! ------------------ Follow us on LinkedIn for all our events & tips: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/booting-up Or Twitter works too: https://twitter.com/BootingUpPod Join our community of bootcamp grads on Discord at: https://prentus.co/community
53:20
February 19, 2021
5: Design thinking and misconceptions of a UX bootcamp with Abhi Bhattacharya from Facebook
Abhi Bhattacharya went from graduating CareerFoundry’s UX Design program to Product Designer at Facebook. Along the way, he made stops at CARFAX, Capital One, and other companies which gave him unique insight into how different design teams work. If you want to know what UX Designers do, listen in. 7:57 Getting his feet wet in UX 18:30 What is Design Thinking? 26:11 How the UX role works at different types of companies 30:44 Breaking down UX designer interviews 36:42 Design systems mean you don’t need as much UI skills 41:00 Giving back as a mentor at CareerFoundry Connect with Abhi on LinkedIn to stay updated on his latest work. PLEASE RATE the episode and SUBSCRIBE if you learned something new! ------------------ Follow us on LinkedIn for all our events & tips: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/booting-up Or Twitter works too: https://twitter.com/BootingUpPod Join our community of bootcamp grads on Discord at: https://prentus.co/community
50:21
February 12, 2021
4: Career paths for bootcamp grads & being your real self with Chloe Condon from Microsoft
Chloe Condon is a Senior Developer Advocate at Microsoft and graduated from Hackbright in 2017. She got pushed into tech by accident but has now helped to touch so many lives. Hear her story and lessons in this fun episode. 8:08 How a random talk pushed her into tech 18:20 Why diversity of opinions matter in building products 21:20 Authenticity helped make her Twitter famous 31:53 Applying bootcamp learning to multiple things 34:31 The lows (& highs) of searching for her first job 41:40 Don’t settle when choosing your first job 44:34 What does a Developer Advocate do every day? 47:42 How streaming has democratized information sharing Follow Chloe on Twitter (@ChloeCondon) to stay updated on all the stuff she does for untraditional techies. PLEASE RATE the episode and SUBSCRIBE if you learned something new! ------------------ Follow us on LinkedIn for all our events & tips: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/booting-up Or Twitter works too: https://twitter.com/BootingUpPod Join our community of bootcamp grads on Discord at: https://prentus.co/community
57:08
February 5, 2021
3: Pros & Cons of Bootcamps, Making Yourself an Attractive Candidate, & more with Raymond Gan
Raymond is currently a Senior Software Engineer at Tubi. He started at Flatiron School and moved his way through working with Will.I.Am, working for $300 a month in Ecuador, and a host of other gigs. We dive into a ton of interesting topics around bootcamps and learning like: 11:00 - Switching to a new career path  17:20 - Starting a bootcamp  19:44 - A better way to teach  28:15 - What it means to be a great student 37:46 - The downside of bootcamps 49:45 - Difference between being a junior or a senior level 54:19 - Best way to present yourself in an interview Feel free to connect with Raymond on LinkedIn or Twitter (@rgan0).  PLEASE RATE the episode and SUBSCRIBE if you learned something new! ________ Follow us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/booting-up Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BootingUpPod Looking for a community of bootcamp grads? Join our Discord at https://prentus.co/community
01:16:30
January 29, 2021
2: Going from Pro Sports to Engineer at Twitter with Sam Gould
Despite getting a Bachelors's in Biology from Stanford, Samuel never went into that field. Instead, he played squash professionally until 2017 when he decided to enroll at Thinkful. He leveraged his network to get a shot at a Twitter job and snagged a position with his hard work. Listen in on what happened during the first years and lessons you can learn from him.   7:02 Why he chose Thinkful to learn software engineering  12:35 Starting at Thinkful  16:23 Mindset of being a bootcamp grad  19:04 Landing an interview with Twitter  23:06 First year in a new job  27:50 Going from solo projects to giant teams  33:15 It's ok to ask for help  35:40 Biggest difference between Year 1 & Year 2 of being a dev PLEASE RATE the episode and SUBSCRIBE if you learned something new! ________ Follow us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/booting-up Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BootingUpPod Looking for a community of bootcamp grads? Join our Discord at https://prentus.co/community
51:46
January 22, 2021
1: What is Product Management and How to Break Into It with Clement Kao
Clement Kao is a Product Manager at Blend and Co-Founder at Product Manager HQ. He's one of the smartest people in the Product Management field. Some topics we go over in this episode include: What is Product Management?  How he accidentally became a Product Manager  How to level up once you get your first job The inspiration behind launching & growing Product Manager HQ What Product Managers WISH developers and designers knew His gameplan if he were job searching today  Overcoming impostor syndrome to publish 3 books   Feel free to connect with Clement on LinkedIn or Twitter (@ClementKao1). For more product management tips, check out www.productmanagerhq.com where his articles are posted.   PLEASE RATE the episode and SUBSCRIBE if you learned something new!  ________   Follow us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/booting-up Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BootingUpPod  Looking for a community of bootcamp grads? Join our Discord at https://prentus.co/community
01:03:03
January 18, 2021