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Atlanta Company, ConnexPay Connects Travel Buyers to Travel Sellers

June 28, 2019 Posted by Technology 0 thoughts on “Atlanta Company, ConnexPay Connects Travel Buyers to Travel Sellers”

Financial technology is the bleeding heart of the Atlanta metro area. So much so that Atlanta is sometimes dubbed “Transaction Alley” for the number of payment processors and FinTech companies choosing to call Atlanta home. As a result,  over 70 percent of payments are processed in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. According to the Atlanta Metro Chamber, many of these FinTech companies are global giants, but the fast paced growth of the FinTech scene also leaves room for entrepreneurs to stake their claim on a piece of Transaction Alley’s real estate. One of these fledgling startups goes by the name of ConnexPay.

The payments company was founded by Bob Kaufman, a former U.S. Bank employee. The idea for the company came about when Kaufman observed  problems in the travel industry. Banks, he realized, do not like lending money to travel companies due to the future delivery risks. To compensate, banks charge enormous fees. This puts travel agencies under a credit crunch since they don’t receive money immediately after a sale.

To solve these problems, ConnexPay combines the role of the acquirer and the issuer of credit so that once funds are acquired from the customer, the app can then immediately issue a payment to the travel agency with no delays.  The app goes beyond tending to the needs of travel companies and has extended to e-commerce intermediaries, event tickets brokerage, and bill payments, just to name a few. The idea is that the app solves the universal conundrums of the man-in-the-middle or, as Kaufman calls it, “the intermediaries.”

Interestingly enough, to expand the company, Kaufman has been willing to partner with a major credit company like Visa. This is the company that he once called an 800 pound gorilla worth disrupting in a statement. Now he says in a more recent press statement that “[c]ollaborating with Visa to help expand issuance of Visa virtual cards provides a substantial boost to ConnexPay.”

ConnexPay recently closed a $7 million series A funding led by BIP capital. With this funding Kaufman, plans to use a majority of it to hire new tech talent. The talent may be found in Atlanta since, according to a statement Kaufman gave to Hypepotamus, Atalanta is full of payments talent.

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Bird Purchases Scoot To Gain Market Share in San Francisco

June 12, 2019 Posted by Technology 0 thoughts on “Bird Purchases Scoot To Gain Market Share in San Francisco”

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency banned Bird from the byways of San Francisco last year. Since then, the heavily funded microtransit company has been searching for ways to circumvent the ruling. A few months ago, Bird found a way to trickle scooters into the SF market by renting out their scooters. Rather than having their scooters line sidewalks, they would be stored in homes, which allowed Bird to squeeze through a loophole in City Hall’s sidewalk ban.

Now, Bird has bought out Scooter, one of the only two scooters permitted to operate in SF. The acquisition is veiled as a partnership by all involved. According to Bird’s press release, “Scoot will continue to operate as Scoot, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bird.”

Michael Keating, Scoot’s founder, echoed this sentiment in a tweet.


It will be interesting to see how other major microtransit companies like Lime react to Bird’s divide and conquer tactic. Companies of Bird’s ilk were kicked out of the SF market, in part, due to aggressive mobilization tactics that didn’t place safety at a high priority. An acquisition strategy may develop wherein small home-grown startups that take the risk of employing workers as opposed to contractors are then snapped up by V.C. backed microtransit companies.

The positive or negative outcome of Bird’s plan to integrate Scoot may or may not lead to the acquisition of Skip. The key would be to assure that the acquired company maintain a level of autonomy so as not to offend city officials. The question then would be, how well will Bird be able to divorce its methods from that of Scoot? If Scoot starts to resemble Bird more and more as the years go by, Scoot may be in trouble in SF.

In any case, Scoot seems to be reveling in the opportunities it has been afforded to expand.


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Atlanta First City to Receive Charging Stations For E-Scooters

June 6, 2019 Posted by Technology 0 thoughts on “Atlanta First City to Receive Charging Stations For E-Scooters”

In a previous article, we called Atlanta the “mecca of micro-mobility.”  Andrew Fox, CEO of New York-based GetCharged Inc., a micro-mobility company, seems to concur; Atlanta is set to receive the first ever e-scooter and bicycle charging stations in North America. That’s thanks to a deal that GetCharged Inc. or “Charge” made with Atlanta’s parking operators and commercial real estate owners.

Not only does Andrew Fox believe that the city’s market is ideal for releasing 250 charging and docking stations, he also believes that his product will alleviate the concerns residents have with the ever-present scooters, concerns that have spawned initiatives like the “Clear the Clutter” app and Scoot Smart. In a press release the CEO said, “Atlanta represents an ideal and timely market for Charge’s first city installations, as the local micromobility movement is flourishing with more than 10,000 shared e-scooters permitted on the City’s streets. The city of Atlanta recognizes the issues with dockless systems and is starting to crack down on e-scooter companies, having recently issued more than $100K in fines and impound fees, and it is time for the community to have a workable solution that solves these issues and empowers the micromobility industry.”

Admittedly, it’s Atlanta’s love/hate relationship with micromobility(and the fact that New York has outright banned e-scooters) rather than its buzzing scooter ecosystem that truly makes the city a viable location for the roll out of Charge’s charging stations. Public Safety Committee chair Andrea Boone practically cried out for a solution when saying, “…these innovative transportation solutions[e-scooters], while fantastic for so many reasons, have cluttered our city streets and sidewalks. We would welcome a solution that addresses the safety and aesthetic issues caused by these devices.”

Solving one the city’s biggest pain points concerning e-scooters and e-bikes can be a terrific proof of concept for a company that launched its business mid April of 2019. “We intend to work with both the city of Atlanta and e-scooter operators to help ensure a flawless and smooth integration, and ultimately establish the model for other cities nationwide to drive the adoption of our revolutionary micromobility infrastructure solution,” Fox later said in the same press release.

Compatibility with e-scooters is the biggest question that must be answered. The company’s press release mentioned that the indoor and outdoor charging stations would be compatible with “most” scooters. One can safely assume that all of the big brands are covered, but would a new e-bike brand like Wheels be able to reliably dock using the chargers? That remains to be seen. The slow roll out may be used to test the effectiveness of these stations; for the next couple of months, expect to see 25 charging stations dotting Atlanta.


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Sealed Rust Announced to Challenge C++ in Critical Systems Development

June 5, 2019 Posted by Technology 0 thoughts on “Sealed Rust Announced to Challenge C++ in Critical Systems Development”

Ferrous Systems, a technical consultant agency, recently announced in a blog post that they plan to qualify the Rust language and compiler for use in safety critical software domains. These include the automotive, industrial, robotics, medical, and avionics industries. The company calls their project Sealed Rust. Because the aforementioned industries require strict safety standards, Rust’s current build cannot compete with the likes of C, Ada, and C++. These three languages have already gone through the necessary specifications, paper work, and certifications required to be recognized as a viable language for critical systems development. The thrust of the team’s pitch for Rust as a critical systems language is not directly written in their blog post, rather you’ll find it in Rust’s ethos.

What Rust proposes, based on an article we wrote on the topic, is:

 C++ control without all of the safety issues like segfaults, null pointers, buffer overflows, and many other security nightmares that C++ developers have to wrestle with. Its unique selling point is the checking system that yells out error messages on compilation time, which the aging C++ language does not do. Errors seem like a minor enhancement from the viewpoint of web developers, but for low-level programmers, being warned about improper memory allocation can mean the difference between broken code and production-ready code.

Allowing Rust to gain exposure in fields that have been predominantly known for C/C++ , would allow it to validate what the language sets out to do. Rust was first announced in 2010 as an alternative to C, but 9 years later it’s not gained much traction. Based on recent stats, Go has long supplanted Rust as the most popular C++ alternative. The slow adoption caused the Rust community to reflect about the state of Rust in 2019, and a slogan of “slow and steady progress” began to emerge.

Ferrous Systems seems to have taken on this mantle with gusto because the team outlined a plan that they readily admit will take years to come to fruition. The team stated:

We believe that this is a process that will take a significant amount of time and effort to see realized, but something we choose to do for the long term value we believe this will provide to both the Rust Programming Language, as well as industries developing safety critical software. We also see this process not only as a theoretical possibility, but a task that can be realized in the scale of the next few years.

One can also look at this pitch from a cynical standpoint. Ferrous Systems is a for-profit Rust consultant company that may boost their revenues if they gain clients in industries that will require their expertise. But there’s nothing wrong with proving a language’s commercial viability and making a few bucks on the side. Success in gaining the proper safety compliance can put Rust ahead of Go and cement Rust as a language concerned about safety in a world where safety is constantly in jeopardy.

Whether or not the company will ever make money from this endeavor is a moot point if they don’t have any to start with in the first place. The company plans to fund this project through public funding grants, investments, and loans. This will not be a self funded project, as one of the founders claimed in a Hacker News comment, “…people doing the organizational legwork (such as running the company, keeping the office tidy, making sure there’s enough coffee) need to be paid. Standards documents need to be paid. This isn’t something we as a 6-people company can self-fund…”

The biggest question, aside from funding, is if Rust will ever be in demand once the Sealed Rust operation is completed. Is the investment in learning a new language worth the benefits that Rust offers? In the same Hacker News comment, one of the founders of Ferrous Systems both assuaged this concern and echoed the Rust community’s current slow-and-steady ethos:

On the other side, we’ve been at embedded conferences (even before ferrous as a company was a thing), talking to people in the automobile, robotics and aerospace sector and the question of “is this certified/certifiable” has come up quite a few times. There’s definite interest in finding a replacement for C in that space, and that’s where rust could shine. It’s certainly early, but this is not a project that will come to fruition in the short run. It’s something that rust could profit from in a decade.


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Millions of Instagram Accounts Exposed in Foreign Database

May 21, 2019 Posted by Technology 0 thoughts on “Millions of Instagram Accounts Exposed in Foreign Database”

Safeguarding databases seems to be the biggest security problem of the 21st century seeing that companies have grown an insatiable appetite for collecting our data for various purposes. Chief among those purposes is the widespread use of learning algorithms that feed on data like the walking dead. There are articles on this site that have cataloged the woes of previous leaks. This one is a bit different.

This case of bad security looks more like a whodunit. Here’s the nuts and bolts: a company that TechCrunch identified as ChtrBox, a social media marketing platform based in Mumbai, stored the phone numbers, email addresses, location, etc. of millions of Instagram users in an exposed AWS database. It was Anurag Sen who discovered the leak and notified TechCrunch. It turns out the company didn’t consider it worthwhile to protect the database with any sort of password.

Though the company pays “influencers” to market products(a crime in itself some may say), there were accounts in the database that, when contacted by TechCrunch, claimed to have never worked with the company. How did ChtrBox come by such information? The TechCrunch article appears to imply that since  hackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in Instagram’s API years ago and steal millions of account information, the data, having been auctioned off, is readily accessible to anyone who wants to start a social media marketing company.

Wink, wink.

TechCrunch also received a statement from FaceBook concerning the possibly unethical data collection that read,

“We’re looking into the issue to understand if the data described – including email and phone numbers – was from Instagram or from other sources. We’re also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available.”


The moral of this story is that if you’re going to collect private information ethically or unethically, at least slightly harden your database with a good password. Though your users would duly appreciate a more rigorous approach. This article gives you the steps to follow in order to secure your database.

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Attackers can Hack Airplane Landing Instruments, According to Researchers

May 16, 2019 Posted by Technology 0 thoughts on “Attackers can Hack Airplane Landing Instruments, According to Researchers”

Now that wireless devices are so widespread, hackers have the ability to impact almost every sector imaginable. The aviation industry in particular has been on high alert for almost two decades now, looking out for immediate threats. However, according to a paper written by researchers at Northeastern University, the modern threat to planes can come from a spoofed wireless signal; hackers can attack an aircraft’s instrument landing systems with wireless attacks, they warn.

The problem, like the problem with PLCs in the industrial sector, is that these wireless communications are not secured. Crucial instruments like Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance Systems(TCAS) and Instrument-Landing Systems(ILS) rely on wireless communication that affect the safety of a flight. The paper cites instances where other researchers were able to compromise some of these instruments:

“…researchers [21] injected non-existing aircraft in the sky by merely spoofing ADS-B messages. Some other attacks [36] modified the route of an airplane by jamming and replacing the ADS-B signals of specific victim aircraft. ACARS, the data link communications system between aircraft and ground stations was found to leak a significant amount of private data [49], e.g., passenger information, medical data and sometimes even credit card details were transferred. GPS, one of the essential navigation aids is also vulnerable to signal spoofing attacks [30]. Furthermore, an attacker can spoof TCAS messages [41] creating false resolution advisories and forcing the pilot to initiate avoidance maneuvers.”

In the case of an ILS, the researchers found that you can spoof radio signals by using commercially available SDRs, which can result in last minute flight abortions and missed landing zones in poor weather. The potential wireless attacks are of two kinds: an overshadow attack and single-tone attack.

According to the researchers, in an overshadow attack, the attacker “transmits pre-crafted ILS signals of higher signal strength; thus overpowering the legitimate ILS signals.” And in a single tone attack, attackers only need to “transmit a single frequency tone signal at a specific signal strength (lower than the legitimate ILS signal strength) to interfere and control the deflections of the course deviation indicator needle.”

When you dig further into the experiment, you’ll find that when the researchers “hijacked” ILS with an overshadow attack, there was an imperceptible change in the flight instruments, which means pilots would not be able to sense that their instruments have been taken over. In the flight simulations the researchers performed, their planes landed as far as 800 meters beyond the safe landing zone. Here’s a video demonstrating the effects of the overshadow attack:


credit: youtube

The single tone attack wasn’t as undetectable as the overshadow attack, but the advantage gained by a single tone attack is in the minimal power required to achieve some sort of result. A worst case scenario for an attacker is a denial of service variation that may force the pilot to abort the landing.

These attacks are feasible, in one sense, because technical information about ILS is open to the public and radio platforms are relatively cheap. This means that a lone actor can achieve the same results. However, based on the researchers experiment, the hack requires the attacker to be present. The researchers mark the ideal location of an attacker to be: “at a point along the centerline of the runway that falls within the receiving lobe of the onboard antennas.”  They don’t rule out the possibility of an onboard attacker either, though the experiment didn’t account for the attacker’s location. Still, the amount of equipment needed to pull off the attack before being spotted greatly mitigates the risk.

But that was the same attitude that birthed Stuxnet, when the feasibility of hacking PLCs were debated, leading to little to no countermeasures. We don’t know what the future will hold, if new innovations will allow attackers to remotely maneuver small drones that can spoof signals.

The researchers also propose a couple of countermeasures:

  • Implementation of cryptographic solutions in some cases: ADS-B, ACARS, and TCAS
  • Implementation of a “wide-area secure localization system based on distance bounding [19] and secure proximity verification techniques.”


In the end, they concluded that, “an attacker can precisely control the approach path of an aircraft without alerting the pilots, especially during low-visibility conditions.”

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Gary Lopater

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Infographic: Atlanta Tech Facts You Should Know

May 13, 2019 Posted by Technology 0 thoughts on “Infographic: Atlanta Tech Facts You Should Know”

Atlanta is quickly becoming one of the largest startup centers in the United States. Accelerators, incubators, and work spaces dot this mid-tier city, creating a feverish tech environment. As various cities vie to recreate the magic of Silicon Valley, Atlanta has continuously proved itself to be the Silicon Valley of the south. We’ve gathered some facts to show you how a city that is known more for its pop culture has made an impact on tech culture.

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Atlanta Outpaces Nation in Tech Talent Growth

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UI Designers Versus UX Designers: Whats The Difference?

April 25, 2019 Posted by Technology 0 thoughts on “UI Designers Versus UX Designers: Whats The Difference?”

Usually, The question is a very boring one considering the fact that the name already separates and tells who and what they are, people still need some sort of in depth explanation as to what the two meant and how they work together but to simplify this, I’ll take it one by one.

Every great and good looking websites usually go through different processes. These processes are in stages. Each stages are handled different people or experts.

Now before a website is designed, a UX Designer usually have to create an architectural rendering of the solution which will be debated upon. Do note that the UX Design processes is an open room meeting because while the UX designer proposes his solution (usually in designs based on the researches he had done), there might be objections, suggestions and additions all which he can add up right into his proposed solution.

The agreed solution is then translated to a graphical layout which can be used to develop the solution. UI/UX designers or engineers works in different companies and in different industries all around the world because they basically create a solution that is visible and people can interact with.

Their jobs demands some skills and tools to achieve while beginning this might not be as tough as being a software developer which demands going through a hardcore number 0f source codes and hours of learning, UI/UX Designers usually train themselves through creativity and researches. Okay let’s break them down one after the other.

Who is a UI Designer?

Simply put, A UI (User Interface) designer is someone that creates a graphical representation of a software solution. This means that he envisions how the software should look and so create the graphical representation of that software or solution which will then be handed over for further development by the core software team.

While the User Interface designer’s job might seams to look like that of a graphic designer, they’re two different things entirely. While majority of Graphic designers aren’t necessarily working to create a layout of a software or solution, a UI designer usually work close with the software or architectural team.

The role of a UI Designer is very important in a company especially in an IT/Software company because they stand in between the raw idea and the realization of that idea.

The job also include having an indepth knowledge of process flows of the solution being proposed so as to be able to create a lasting solution that will appeal to the end user or client when the solution is being developed by the development team after his own rendering is completed.

According to Mark Stanley, a professional UI designer who had worked for big companies during his career, said the job role of the UI Designer is usually very challenging because the UI Designer usually translate the proposed solution to what the company’s bosses (Management) and even stake holders would expect from the development team. This means that he needs to create something that not only meet up with the standards of the company, but also something that will be appealing to the end user when launched to the general public.

Mr Mark also acknowledged the fact that the tedious part of the design processes is also having to research and being updated on the latest design trends especially those being used by the competitors.

Companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook invests a lot to create appealing visual solutions and applications to their end users. The designs are what users interacts with and no matter how awesome the server side solution is, the front end has to be at it’s best so users can use it as often as possible.

Who is a UX Designer?

User Experience designer is that person who creates a solution based on how users/clients feels about the product. While that might sound similar to the UI designer, the UX designer’s job is less graphical but more illustrative because whatever the UX designer creates doesn’t get to the end developers but ends with the UI designer who then translates this into the graphical layout that is then translated to the working application which users interacts with.

Now, as a User Experience designer, the role is very wide and the discipline is highly demanding. Just like an architect, the UX Designer creates the process flow and how the solution will work. He creates the skeleton of the project which can be easily explained and narrated to the board of members involved in the project.

Also, a UX Designer go about making researches about the solution. He collates how user interacted with the previous or the competitors’ product (If any exists). He asks questions about from end users based on how they’d prefer to interact with a particular solution etc. While all these are being penned down, he creates a better solution in a mock-up rendering which he proposes to the team involved.

Upon approval, the solution is then sent to the UI Designer who creates the graphical rendering that is used for the end product. In most cases, a single person could be the UI and the UX designer. It all depends on the company’s standard and processes.

In major companies, the process flow goes as Business development team gets the proposals then it’s sent over to the Project Manager who proposes a solution to the client based on many reasons. The proposal is sent over to the UX Designer who conduct researches and creates Personae for the project. His solution is then translated to a graphical Interface rendering which is then developed.

Why they matter

Like I’ve said earlier, the roles of the UI/UX designers (Engineers) is very crucial especially in an IT or Software company. In most cases, developers are supposed to be working on the project realizations by writing codes and compiling those codes to meet up with deadlines.

The absence of the UI/UX designers in such settings will draw back the developmental processes because the software developers and engineers won’t have an easy process flow or graphical rendering to work with which would’ve sped up their jobs.

This is why their roles are very crucial. The experience needed to becoming a great UI/UX designer can vary but all depends on the willingness and creative capabilities of the individual in question.

While the average annual salary of a beginning UI/UX designer in the US can be around $59K  and way up to $186K, you can see the importance of these people as being of valuable importance in wherever they are.



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Three Ways To Advance Your Career As An International Software Developer

April 17, 2019 Posted by Programming, Recruiting, Startups, Technology 0 thoughts on “Three Ways To Advance Your Career As An International Software Developer”

Here are the 3 best practices we teach to young developers in our network as they begin their journeys as international software engineers.

1. Think About Time

Do you work with a lot of 45-year-old software developers at your current company? According to a 2015 survey on Stack Overflow (via InfoWorld), the average software developer is 28.9 years old. (Data USA puts the average at 39.7.)

While there are many reasons for this, the bottom line for many developers is that the window to fully develop your professional network may be limited compared to other industries such as the legal profession, where the average age for U.S. judicial workers (including lawyers) is 46.3. 

Sure, it’s tempting to take your excellent pay to go on every available holiday and let your friends know you’re living the good life on Instagram, but it also pays to take some risks early in your career. So take risks.

Risk joining a startup, risk starting your own project or company, or risk asking someone you’d like to emulate to mentor you. As the old adage goes, “Fortune favors the brave.”

While press headlines may focus on the Zuckerbergs of the world, I know plenty of developers who were early employees at technology companies you’ve never heard of that were acquired, and who have leveraged such experiences to leapfrog their careers.

So surround yourself with people who embrace risk. You can easily spot these people and organizations because they’re the ones who are constantly investing in new experiments.

Believe me, not many developers want to join the ranks of those who thought joining my first startup was “too risky.” That company is now worth over $3 billion on the NASDAQ stock market.

I believe the greatest risk for young developers is not taking any.

2. Use IT Outsourcing As A Stepping Stone, Not A Career Destination

In emerging economies, working for an IT outsourcer can be a great place to learn basic skills and get exposure to live commercial projects, but you may not want to think of this as a long-term career prospect. That’s because IT outsourcer culture can be one of employment arbitrage and not innovation, and learning to think like an innovator can widen your career opportunities greatly.

A 2016 Deloitte survey (via The Wall Street Journal) indicated that only 21% of enterprise outsourcing contracts had any “proactive innovation” built into their service contracts, although Deloitte found that number had risen to 43% in 2018 (download required). 

Obviously many innovations come from startups, so working on a startup project could be great exposure to innovation culture and give you the opportunity to put your own unique ideas into production code.

As well, I’ve found that IT outsourcers (especially large ones) tend to work on legacy projects and in legacy languages like J2EE. This can severely limit the types of jobs you can get in the future and rob you of the experience to learn new technologies or frameworks.

A common mistake I see young developers make is thinking it’s OK to work in the “safety” of a large outsourcing company because they and a friend are working weekends on their brilliant app idea. It rarely works.

A 2012 study by Harvard Senior Lecturer Shikar Ghosh (via Silicon Valley Business Journal) found that 75% of venture-backed startups fail, although other estimates vary. Think about that for a second — if founders who are dedicating their lives to their projects with VC money fail three out of four times, what are the chances that your unfunded side project will be successful?

For those that aren’t born innovators, developers can nurture an innovation mentality by working for a company whose culture rewards “outside the box” ideas and fosters risk-taking. That can be a fast-moving corporation, a VC-funded startup, or a bootstrapped group of hungry founders.

3. Find A Great Mentor

If you don’t have a senior coder that can take you under their wing and mentor you, please go ahead and work for someone that can. This is by far the single biggest difference I see between developers who simply survive from paycheck to paycheck and those that continue to increase their opportunities until they decide to retire.

Another common mistake I see young developers make is that they think $500 per month more in the short term is more valuable than working for a good mentor in the long run. In my opinion, they are wrong — good mentors are as valuable as a top university education. 

Look for mentors who are living the life you want and who espouse the values you hold dear. Just because someone made millions and drives a Ferrari doesn’t mean they’re a good mentor for you. And a good mentor doesn’t have to be someone that makes you feel good about yourself.

Think about your best professor or teacher from your school years. Was the person you learned the most from the nicest teacher? Did they challenge you and at times make you feel uncomfortable, or did they sing your praises on a regular basis?

Mentors come in all shapes, sizes and temperaments. You want to choose those that can most accelerate your career and help you train for your “career black belt.”

As Marc Andreessen once said (paywall), “Software is eating the world.” Just make sure you get your slice of the pie while your career still has teeth. Source

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Coders name Elon Musk the Most influential person in tech for 2019

April 12, 2019 Posted by News, Programming, Technology 0 thoughts on “Coders name Elon Musk the Most influential person in tech for 2019”

Elon Musk will have the most influence in the world of technology this year, according to an exhaustive survey of programmers.

In the Stack Overflow Developer Survey, 30.2% of respondents said they thought the SpaceX and Tesla CEO would have the most influence in the field in 2019.

In second was Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, with just 7.2%. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella came in third with 4.4% of the vote.

The survey saw almost 90,000 programmers respond from around the world, making it the largest of its kind across the globe.

Elon Musk influence remains despite rocky few months

The survey indicates that the near cultish status surrounding Musk has not waned, despite a number of incidents that risked denting his publish image.

At the end of 2018 Musk was accused of fraud by The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over what the organisation deemed “false and misleading tweets” regarding taking Tesla private.

In the fallout from the incident, Musk was forced to step down as chair of Tesla, although maintained his position as CEO.

In February Musk fell afoul of the SEC again on Twitter, when he reported Tesla production figures over the social media platform in apparent contravention of his previous settlement.

Meanwhile, Tesla has faced a somewhat fraught time, with the company having to shed almost a tenth of its workforce in 2018 over a botched automation attempt.

However, Musk has also had numerous public image wins that have maintained his positon as a highly liked figure within the world of technology.

SpaceX, in particular, has had a successful time, with the Crew Dragon completing its first unmanned test mission ahead of transporting humans to the International Space Station.

Of course, whether Elon Musk can retain his position of widespread adoration in the tech world remains to be seen, but with little competition from other big personalities he is unlikely to be unseated anytime soon.

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