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Meet Jim McKelvey of Square

  • Oct 24, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Jim McKelvey will be in town to share his new business, launch-code.net, with hackers, entrepreneurs, local businesses, and university teachers and admin.

Plan to be at Hackton at 6:30 PM.  Keep an eye on this space.  If the event becomes to big we may have to move it.

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  • Albert E.

    This was a pretty great meetup, I'm glad I went. There definitely are problems with the current setup for recruiting talent and I think Launch Code is a great idea to start bridging that gap.

    I think the big issue is that there is a large divide between knowing how to program and knowing how to actually build something. A lot of the times schools over-cover the academic aspects over building things. Less time on using saws and levels; more time on how to build a house schools.

    October 25, 2013

  • Bruce A.

    McKelvey has a good point about how totally dysfunctional the system has become. I see it happening all the time at the Java Users Group: Recruiters complaining they can't find enough people to fill their positions, new people who can't break in because they don't have the three to five years of experience in the narrow keywords the resume scanning programs are searching for, HR departments that filter out qualified candidates, recruiters who keep hitting up the same group of people who are already happily employed at their current positions, Computer Science curricula that doesn't match what employers are looking for, and job interviewers asking candidates isolated facts the candidate doesn't know just so they can feel superior. Then I read about Google asking candidates stupid interview questions like, "Why are manhole covers round?" or "How many golf-balls will fit in a school bus?" I hope what he is doing can make a difference.

    1 · October 25, 2013

  • Guerry S.

    The presentation about launchcodestl.com was exciting. The need McKelvey and team are addressing is real, and I personally hope support for it snowballs and makes a difference.

    2 · October 24, 2013

  • James C.

    So it looks like this eventbrite event is the "official" page to register on: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8936079053/es2/?rank=1&sid=3183d07d3b3811e3b31422000a9f38e9

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • Albert Engelbrecht changed the time from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Greetings All! Just pointing out the change in time to 6:30. The press wanted to have a little time with Jim before the event. Make sure to point this out to your contacts.

    October 21, 2013

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