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Creating Culture

A few weeks ago, I joined some of my Toads at the first TechTown Change Agents, an event put on by Portland Development Commission to talk about how we can bring diversity, inclusion, and equity to our workplaces. One of the most interesting conversations revolved around the topic of culture. What makes up a company’s culture? How can a company show their culture?
By Angela Riggs, QA Engineer / FunOps
April 13, 2016

A YAGNI ReactJS Architecture: Part 1

The Why React is awesome. 11/10. In my opinion, the best UI library currently in the ecosystem. It streamlines UI componentization, reusability, UI state, and a ton of other client side headaches devs have been mitigating for years. React's greatest flaw, in my opinion, isn't even really a React flaw as much as a "new stuff hype" flaw, where the infrastructure surrounding React changes almost hourly and can be extremely difficult to keep up with. What libraries are required, which ones will…
By Alex Banks, Senior Developer
April 12, 2016
Lunch meeting

Allies in the Crusade to Create More Entry-Level Software Jobs

It's always great to meet with kindred spirits, and today was a great connection. My lunch today with Toto Vo, Dan Blaisdell and Jason Bakke gives me great hope that we are moving forward with our promise of creating more entry-level opportunity in the tech spec.
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
April 8, 2016
The Story of Hayli Hay, Our Director of Project Management

Process Maps, Timelines, & Clients

As Metal Toad’s Director of Project Management, Hayli Hay’s got her hands full.
By Michelle Udem, Project Manager
March 30, 2016
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Anyone Can Program

Anyone with a child under the age of 19 knows that "anyone can cook."  Thanks to Ratatouille and the folks at Pixar, a whole generation of chefs has been inspired and emboldened.  As someone working in the software industry, I have a similar vision and it is this: anyone can program.
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
March 28, 2016
Revisiting First Mover (Dis)Advantage

Revisiting First Mover (Dis)Advantage

In 2001, the Harvard Business Review published “First Mover Disadvantage” by William Boulding and Markus Christen. They made the case against what was traditionally seen as one of the greatest aspects of competitive advantage….and I loved it.
By Nate Rupert, Marketing Manager
March 28, 2016
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Why I Love T-Shirt Sizing

My husband and I are involved in a never-ending construction project that takes us to wonderful Portland businesses solely in search of odd things. A few months ago, we went to the stone yard. At one end of the stone yard were the boulders. They were big. Big enough that it was hard for me to conceive of anybody buying a boulder, because where would they put it? Other stones were arranged in progressively smaller sizes, from boulder down to dust. Which got me thinking about sizing, and about…
By Victoria Blake, Director of Product Management
March 22, 2016
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Growing the Software Community

There is a saying that is growing in popularity in business: "every company is a software company".  If salaries and job opportunities are a good gauge for the truth of this statement, then it is indeed true.
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
March 21, 2016
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My First Year of Intentional Diversity

When I decided to create my company's Advisory Board in 2014, I took the task very seriously.  I went through my LinkedIn network and scoured my contacts for strong leaders that I felt would bring a diverse set of experience (finance, marketing, etc.) and years of wisdom.  When I had finished, and received acceptance letters from particpants I was very proud of the people I had been able to get onboard.  There was only one problem: all four of them were men, and 3 out of 4 of them, white men.
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
March 15, 2016

How a Toad Writes a Blog Post

“Don't procrastinate. If you want to blog, then blog.”     - Fritz Chery Why Do the Toads Blog? Blogging is a cornerstone of Metal Toad culture. Historically, our blog has driven a huge amount of our overall web traffic and has given Toads the opportunity to engage both international development/project management and our local community.
By Nate Rupert, Marketing Manager
March 11, 2016