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    I have… opinions about the community college program I attended, but I will say one of the positives was the focus and reminding of using technology to accomplish goals beyond the sake of technology, and the focus on working/communicating as a team to accomplish those goals.

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      I think the author is conflating the problems of the startup model (that should be taken and set on fire), with the industry at large. Most of the IT is not startups and what he described is valid only in the startup niche. That said, in the article are very good ways to explain technical people why the startup model is not able and is not aiming to improve technology. It’s all theater and we, as engineers, are the paying public. Also the stage is on fire and what is burning are the resources the startup monster needs to fuel itself.

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        Excellent article. This bit, toward the end, resonated with me:

        If the startup fails, there’s no harm done. If the startup gets traction, the engineers can apply their newfound wisdom. This means startups don’t adopt new technologies despite their immaturity, they adopt them because of that immaturity. This drives a constant churn of novelty and obsolescence, which amplifies the importance of a technologist’s skillset, which drives startups to adopt new technologies.

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          I am, at heart, a technologist.

          I feel similarly. Like the author, I also think that most start ups need mostly something else and that scares me sometimes.