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Passion Projects - The Secret to Successful Careers in Tech

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Starting a career in tech can be a daunting challenge, but it doesn't have to be. We all have personal interests and passions in life that can be harnessed to launch a successful career without the awkward "networking" or resume shotgun approach.

In this talk Ian Webster will share how his passion project, Asterank ended up getting acquired and helping him launch a strong technical career without much experience.

Ian Webster is a software engineer at Google and created Asterank (acquired by Planetary Resources in 2013) and was an early engineer and tech lead at Room 77, which was acquired by Google in 2014. Learn more about his passion projects at