EP008: Small Goat Farm to Massive Server Farms with Storied Developer, Author, Blogger, and Speaker Strata Chalup.
Today on this episode of Angle Free IT I got together with Strata Chalup, who is a Developer, Author, Blogger, and Speaker from many conferences, including the LISA conference. Strata has been an influential person in my career because of her framework on troubleshooting. I got it from a friend who saw her speech at LISA and have gone over it many times with people. If you’re interested, I have a link to it below the show notes. We touch on Interview Strategies, Solopreneuring, and Strata’s dynamic career pivots.
01:00: Intro with Strata.
04:30: When to go solo consulting versus employee.
06:00: How to skill build by learning frameworks.
07:45: Strata’s how to troubleshoot presentation and what impact it had on Preston’s career. Logic vs knowledge.
10:30: Diversity and inclusion – today versus yesterday – and what still needs to change. Talk about Pillar 1 as well.
16:30: Imposter sydrome and battling it.
19:45: Joining IT when you’re not fresh out of school.
21:00: ‘Just’ is not just a phrase. It’s a nightmare.
23:00: Conduit – the race to the bottom price and how it affects Tech. Your job is to find out what is going “to be tires” in a few years and stay away from that.
24:30: Mentorship discussions, talk about Pillar 6.
27:00: Building a brand via values.
29:00: Things to avoid when looking to interview – ‘You should be able to explain a technical answer on a subway if you have one stop’.
31:00: Thoughts on pivots, and how Strata has accomplished pivots. PM-ing vs hands on.
34:30: Guest turnover – things Strata Loves: Arduino, and Adafruit. Also – super cool book Vehicles
You can find the latest book Strata Co-Authored Here.
Later on, we talked about Arduino programming – and I found a great starter set for people interested here. For small Arduino parts, I love the Colorado company Spark Fun, which can be found at http://www.sparkfun.com.
As well, we touched on a cool robotics book from MIT that Strata was talking about can be found here.