The double-edged sword of “diversity hiring” might damage true equality in the long run.

Women climbing a corporate ladder
Women climbing a corporate ladder
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Diversity. Inclusion. Equal-opportunity hiring. In the past decade, practically every industry has made a conscious effort to hire employees from more diverse backgrounds.

However, diversity hiring is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s great. It gets people — who in the past would have never been given a second glance — in the door. But it also puts individuals in a place that they feel like they’re fighting heaven and earth for it to not slam right back into their face.

As a girl in software engineering, a girl who is a varsity athlete, a girl…. period, I am constantly surrounded by people who — to some extent — believe that I have succeeded not because of my skills, but instead because I am a girl. …

By considering the stories of these über-successful companies, we can find valuable lessons for anyone considering their own business pivot

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Angie Wang

Stewart Butterfield may not be a household name in the way Gates, Jobs, or Zuckenberg are. However, almost everyone in the tech industry has heard of Slack and Flikr. One is a messaging app. The other is a photo-sharing app.

One thing that they have in common—besides being co-founded by Butterfield—is that these multi-million to billion-dollar companies broke open a market that did not exist prior to their existence.

They were also the product of the ultimate company pivots. More specifically, they were born from failed video game ventures.

Lessons from Slack and Flickr

Switching courses is rarely easy. But by considering the paths of successful companies like Slack and Flickr, we can find valuable lessons for anyone considering their own business pivot. …

Fake inspirational stories and forced advice do not impress anyone

Social media icons on a screen.
Social media icons on a screen.
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Influencers are not a new concept in our social-media-centered world. Whether on Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube, that little blue verified checkmark makes everyone’s heart flutter a little.

So I guess it shouldn’t be shocking that LinkedIn is hopping on the trend.

I mean, you would think that individuals frequenting a professional networking site would be immune to the superficiality of being an internet sensation just for the sake of… being an internet sensation.

But I guess by that same logic, when you have a group of highly ambitious individuals who want to have some claim to fame, they’ll find a way. …

If you support Donald Trump, what else are you supporting?

Masked protestors holding signs that say “VOTERS DECIDE” and “I VOTED.”
Masked protestors holding signs that say “VOTERS DECIDE” and “I VOTED.”
Protestors walk along Court Street to the county services building in downtown Reading, PA on November 6, 2020 where people marched and protested in opposition to the possibility that some of the votes from the election would not be counted. Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle/Getty Images

Elections are supposed to be an opportunity to vote for your political beliefs. They are a partisan battle to turn states blue or red. A right-side versus left-side standoff. But let’s not kid ourselves by saying that this is the case for the 2020 presidential election.

This time around, this isn’t a fight between the two major political parties. You’re not voting on a Democratic or Republican leader. You’re voting on whether or not you want the president of the United States to have basic human decency.

We can agree to disagree. That’s the beautiful thing about our world. We have the right to have our own political beliefs, our own priorities, our own personal opinions. Part of a free country is being free to express your uniqueness. We can disagree politically. We can be friends and have different political beliefs. …

Tip #1: Communicate the problem as if it has nothing to do with Programming

Carton of eggs with one cracked egg
Carton of eggs with one cracked egg
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Teaching basic algorithms can be one of the most challenging parts of introducing someone to Computer Science. Between the hypothetical problems and abstract thinking, it can feel overwhelming.

But it doesn't have to be.

Unpopular opinion: Any strong thinker can develop a strong solution to a basic algorithmic question if you frame the question properly.

Don’t believe me? Try this out on a friend. I bet that by the end of it, they will develop an algorithm for Binary Search, and understand the concept, even if they have no technical background.

The Binary Search Problem… In the Conventional Sense

Here is the definition of Binary Search given on Geeks for Geeks:
“Given a sorted array arr[] of n elements, write a function to search a given element x in arr[].”

Writing is creative expression… and you cannot truly express yourself if you’re trying to cater to someone else

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When I started writing four months ago, it was because I wanted a break from the world of tech. I’m opinionated. I like arguing. And I was tired of only using my keyboard to write lines of code.

In high school, I loved creative writing. But when I started studying software engineering, and the extreme pressure to do side projects, leetcode, and code all the time, got to me.

Writing was my escape from software development. But recently, my worlds of storytelling and tech have been colliding… I can see it clear as day in my stories.

And I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. …

But I think I want the good ol’ days back

Boy wearing VR glasses
Boy wearing VR glasses
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Let’s not lie to ourselves here. Whether you like it or not (and I’m definitely on the “not” side), the Western World has been heading towards a technological-centered landscape for the past few years.

I mean, five-year-olds have iPads. Photo albums and scrapbooks have turned into social media feeds. ‘Written papers’ are no longer actually being written on paper… instead, they are typed and emailed. Boxes and boxes of files have been consolidated into digital databases. Videoconferencing is replacing frequent business travels.

There is no question that many parts of our lives revolve around technology. (If you don’t believe me, wait ‘til you’re stuck in a power outage with a dead phone and laptop, and let me know how comfortable you feel.) …

Don’t apologize if you don’t think you have done anything wrong

Two people hugging in forgiveness
Two people hugging in forgiveness
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The word “Sorry” rolls off our tongues like the ultimate jerk reaction. Believe me, I know. I am perpetrator number one.

Yesterday someone hit me with a door on the way out of a store. Obviously, I apologized. A few hours later, I said “sorry” to the people waiting in line when I walked out of the Tim Hortons public washroom.

As a proud Canadian, I am well aware that we are notorious for apologizing for EVERYTHING. Just like how pleases and thank yous roll off our tongue in everyday conversation, apologies do too. I call it the Canadian Sorry.

You bump into someone? Sorry. Trying to get through a crowd? Pardon me, Sorry. Someone opens a door and hits you in the face? Sorry. Maybe it kind of dilutes the meaning of a sorry, but it’s a common courtesy. …

From getting paid for making connections to finding a plu(h)g for any situation, Pluhg is the social networking app you never knew you needed

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We live in a world where “who you know” is ever-increasingly more valuable than simply “what you know.” It’s a bit of a weird concept, but it is very much so our reality today. Because of that, we are all increasingly aware of the value of a strong network.

However, what we rarely consider is monetizing the value of being the one that kickstarts a great business/social connection.

Are you the go-to whenever anyone is looking to make that right connection? Hoping to leverage your huge professional (or social) network you’ve built?

Or maybe you’re looking for someone to help you kickstart a business, but you don’t have the right connection in your network? Maybe you just need a plug but have no clue where to look? …

The Apple Tax doesn’t apply to everyone and the exceptions may not be who you expect

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Apple’s 30% commission, often called the “Apple Tax,” has existed for app store apps since forever. However, until recently, when the Apple vs Epic/Minecraft legal battle hit the mainstream media, only app developers had heard of it.

Recently, tech giants such as Microsoft and Spotify have been among the many developers and companies that have backed Epic in their (epic) legal battle against Apple. This is not shocking, considering the fact that all app costs, subscription fees, and in-app purchases give Apple a 30% cut.

While Epic’s attempt to bypass Apple’s payment system triggered one of the most intense corporate tech showdowns in recent history, Apple actually does allow some companies to avoid paying the 30% commission fee.


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