Shelley Iocona

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22 Nov 2019

Beating Imposter Syndrome

Earlier this year I had the great opportunity to speak about my professional background with a group of talented students at a reputable code school. The purpose of the talk was to share how the hard skills they were learning in a demanding 12-week boot camp were just one element of truly succeeding in today’s job market. Developing soft skills — communication, strategic thinking, self-management, teamwork, and leadership — is critically important to landing a job, keeping a job, and growing a career. As my talk came to a close and the Q&A session began, a student in one of the front rows asked a question, “There is a lot of talk about Imposter Syndrome, especially for aspiring web developers. As someone who started her career as a web developer and has grown her career to running a company, have you ever felt like an imposter?” Yikes! Can the audience see the big YES…

12 Nov 2019

How Startups Can Apply Lean Methodology to Their Finances

New companies don't necessarily have millions of dollars in the bank or the backing of a large investor to ensure that it has the money needed to operate at a loss. In many cases, startups are funded with little more than what their owners have in the bank. Therefore, it is important that you understand what lean methodology is and how it can help your business survive long enough to eventually turn a profit. Identify Waste There are many different ways in which a company could be wasting money such as paying employees too much or hiring employees instead of freelancers. Chamberland Business Accounting says it may also be a bad idea for startups to lease an office building or otherwise pay for space that they don't need at the moment. Consolidating or otherwise refinancing corporate debt could save an organization hundreds of dollars per month or more. Eliminating waste…

20 Jun 2019

3 Ways To Invest In Local Tech Talent and Why It Matters

The shortage of technical talent is all around us. According to recent research by Korn Ferry, the labor-skills shortage in the tech sector is expected to reach 4.3 million workers by 2030. Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported the IT unemployment rate at a 20-year low. Demand is soaring for jobs in data analytics, AI, and other advanced skills. If you find these statistics compelling and agree the future of work is upon us, here are three steps you can take to empower the workforce we rely on for innovation. Engage in the local tech scene Gone are the days where there was merit to the idea that top technology talent only wants to live in Silicon Valley. While many cities all over the world are re-positioning themselves as “tech hubs,” here in Orange County, California, we are engaged in a number of initiatives to retain the talent we…