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At Metal Toad we believe in being an active part of our community.  We've documented our engagement over the years.

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    Blacks in Tech:Initial Thoughts/Review

    Blacks in Tech is a group that helps cultivate a community amongst African Americans within the Tech space as well bring about important conversations on diversity and inclusivity in the Tech industry.

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    kaAIDG Monthly Meeting- Initial Thoughts and Review

    KaAIDG (Kick A** AI Developers Group) is a group for AI enthusiasts and practitioners. Once every month on Friday KaAIDG hosts an open discussion and topic on AI.

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    Null Space Labs Tuesday Open Meeting & Game Night

    Null Space Labs hosts an open meeting and game night every Tuesday. Participants are given the opportunity to use equipment, collaborate on projects and network with fellow members and participants.

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    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, offering clients an idea for optimizing their business, or volunteering in the community.

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    Joining Women In Tech

    It is with great pride that I have recently accepted a Board position with the non-profit organization Women In Tech (WIT), Portland.

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    Saying No & Behaving No

    My kid is a year and a half old. She is accumulating language at a startling rate. A few weeks ago, she started saying “no.” No has quickly become her favorite word.

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    A Vocational Track to Tech Jobs

    I recently read an article written on the craft of software development and that got me thinking about how we as a society prepare our citizens for their careers.

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    When There is a Skills Gap, Industry Needs to Fix It

    A number of industries are going through a skills gap crisis - or are looking down the barrel of one.  In manufacturing, an aging workforce means that in the next 10 years retirement will free up 3.5 million jobs - and because of the skills gap, 2 million of them will likely go unfilled.

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    Jobs in the Software Industry Aren't Just for Programmers

    As anyone who has read a blog post from me over the past two years knows, I am passionate about creating jobs in the software industry.

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    A Time for Movements

    We've written in the past about how to select an ethical software vendor, and our commitment to our customers.  Every good vendor should have a code of ethics that center around customer success.

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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 ca

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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.

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    Metal Toad Opens Its Doors to Women Who Code

    Metal Toad demonstrates its commitment to diversity in many ways. Around Portland, the Toads support causes and organizations that strive to trim in the disparate gap between minorities and the tech personnel landscape.

  • The Context Behind Our Nomination for the 2016 DREAM BIG Award

    Metal Toad Dreams Big

    Metal Toad's nomination for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's DREAM BIG award has been a rush of blood to our collective head. 

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    The Open Source Apprenticeship Model

    The software industry is facing a workforce shortage of unprecedented proportions.  

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    Giving Back

    We recently announced our first charitable partner at Metal Toad. The Toads had been asking... How can we get involved? How can we help our community? Metal Toad has been very blessed with success as a company, and now, it’s time to give back.

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    Portland Should Welcome Growth, Not Run From It

    Metal Toad recently shared an infographic on Facebook that illustrated the influx of people to Portland split by geography:

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    We've just selected our volunteer project for 2011. What's yours?

    Every year we try to give back to the community in a real and tangible way. The website building business is lucrative and has a huge ROI for most business, but not all businesses can afford the services of a full-fledged development shop or even a contractor.

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    The Survey For People Who Make Websites, 2010

    The annual Survey for People Who Make Websites from our friends at A List Apart has gone up, and I encourage you to take ten minutes to participate.

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