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5 Signs You Need Better DevOps

Imagine this scenario: you want to build a new house, so you hire two people: an architect to design the structure and all the plumbing and wiring and the like, and an interior designer to come up…
By Victoria Blake, Vice President of Product
March 14, 2019

Automotive Aftermarket and IoT

We all know cars are getting smarter, and car manufacturers are competing more and more not just based on reliability but increasingly based on technology.  At Metal Toad, we had some fun hacking…
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
March 13, 2019

Thumb Zone

I’m used to thinking of ergonomics in terms of chairs, desks, physical plant, tennis rackets, etc., but this week our expert UX designer, Cami, blew my mind when she shared a “natural thumb extension…
By Victoria Blake, Vice President of Product
March 8, 2019

The Agile PM Onboard

Hiring and starting a new job - two sides of the same coin, yet with similar risks and rewards. Can a new employee onboard a new job with a minimum of wasted time, effort, and stress? Can the new…
By Brent Logan, Agile Project Manager
January 31, 2019

How to Run a Great Hackathon (and Why You Should Do It)

Working at Metal Toad is all about innovation. It’s why I was drawn to this place—a place that celebrates the unusual, gets excited about new ideas, and constantly seeks out the latest emerging tech…
By Dylan Tack, Principal Engineer
January 30, 2019

Web-based AR: Hunting for Treasure with A-Frame

When Metal Toad announced the theme of the winter Hackathon would be Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), those of us who have focused our careers on building websites faced a conundrum:…
By Kalina Wilson, Software Engineer
January 19, 2019

Hackathon Team Whack-A-Toad: An Exploration of Daydream…

Going into the latest hackathon, I knew there were several options for building a virtual reality (VR) app for Android devices. Google currently has two platforms for VR available: Cardboard and…
By James Simshaw, Senior Software Engineer
January 18, 2019

Team Knock-Knock Answers the “Who’s There?” Question With AR

Metal Toad’s winter 2018 hackathon was all about Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR and AR). At its most basic, AR is taking a camera and adding extra information to it, like PokemonGo or AR…
By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
January 15, 2019

The Giving Toad: Living Our Values During the Holidays

One of my favorite parts of working at Metal Toad is the spirit of generosity here. Everyone is always eager to help others—whether responding to a fellow Toad’s question in our Slack #help channel,…
By Lauren Shey, HR Generalist
January 15, 2019

Imposter Syndrome is Like Bad Janet

Imposter syndrome is kind of the worst. You know it when you ‘see’ it, or in this case, feel it. It’s that voice in your head that speaks in a very convincing, relentless way, telling you that you…
By Cat Janowitz, Jr Software Engineer
January 3, 2019

Winter Hackathon 2018: Hacking History

A few years ago, I had the good fortune to travel to London to visit some friends. But before I talk about my trip, there is something you must know about me. I grew up surrounded by British…
By Morgan Senkal, Software Architect
December 28, 2018

Silos in Tech

What is siloing?   In order to better discuss how engineers and teams become siloed, as well as the positive and negative effects it can have on a team, I should define what I mean when I refer to…
By James Simshaw, Senior Software Engineer
October 29, 2018

When to Refactor: A Case for Quality

Software, like all things in life, decays, mutates, and grows old. Much like the barnacles that sprout across the belly of a ship, the slow creep of destructive rust on a tractor, the corrosion of…
By Matt Thogerson, Product Manager
October 8, 2018

Three Lessons Learned from Working in IoT

Prior to coming to Metal Toad, I worked as a .NET engineer at an Internet of Things (IoT) startup. My job was to stabilize and expand an existing cloud-based infrastructure that served as a central…
By Kalina Wilson, Software Engineer
October 2, 2018

Missing a Development Tool? Make Your Own!

Do you ever wish you had a certain tool, but you don’t have the budget for it, or it doesn’t even exist? I’m here to tell you: you can build it! And as I discovered, the build can give you more than…
By Robin Law, Senior Software Engineer
September 28, 2018

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