Applying lessons learned from running a small consulting company to working in a large corporation. We don't all work for small, sexy startups. The majority of us work for large, sometimes soulless corporations that operate on a totally different set of politics and goals. In this session, Russell Sinclair and Ryan McMinn will talk about their experience running a software consulting company and how we have applied that experience to working in a large corporation. Come learn tips, tricks and lessons on how to make your job easier and more fun while still climbing your way up the corporate ladder.
Yes, you are an expert. Yes, you can make money doing your own thing. No, you don’t have to work for the next hot start-up or within the confines of Corporate America to do it. Michelle Ward of When I Grow Up and Molly Mahar of Stratejoy are young, profitable, and passion-fueled full-time entrepreneurs. In this core conversation, we'll all be talking about how we can do we love without living in our parent's basement. Yup - it *is* possible to create a passionate business that actually pays the bills. The job market can suck it. Not to be missed by beginner solopreneurs, recent grads, the laid off (and appreciative!), side hustlers, and those who are currently employed but looking to break free of the golden handcuffs. Come ready to share your wins, struggles and stories in this interactive conversation!
by Christina Hamlin and Robert Hughes
The work of the future will be atomized, with many workers doing pieces of what is today a single job. The hyperspecialization of workers may be inevitable given the quality, speed and cost advantages it offers- and the power it gives individuals to devote flexible hours to tasks of their choice. Just like craft workers of the past, knowledge workers, or hyperspecialists, will engage in peripheral activities that could be done better or more cheaply by others. Using real world business examples the panel will explore directed innovation through hyperspecialization.
by Erin Bush and Gi-Gi Downs
Do you share your number?
You know the classic assumption: they all want to be the first. They might understand if one or two didn't work out, but they're scared if you've had a lot of those. But some people know the secret-–that a variety of experiences makes you a better…
No, we're not talking about the closely-guarded number of your past lovers; but how many jobs you’ve had.
The brutal reality is that if you’ve spent any time in the tech industry, it’s likely you’ve hopped around companies in your local tech corridor. Had multiple titles. Multiple bosses. And, the old theory says, this doesn't look good on your resume.
Unless, that is, you learn to carry it well.
Shifting priorities and re-org roulette may have left you with an embarrassingly high number, but is your reputation really shot? Armed with a little knowledge, you can beat the stereotype. And it might even keep you off the unemployment line.
9th–13th March 2012