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Can Silicon Valley Evolve?

Can Silicon Valley Evolve?

Ross Beyeler

In a recent article on Quartz, we detailed a handful of Silicon Valley reactions to Carlos Bueno's takedown of the tech industry myth of meritocracy. His article was a call to action for the famously immature subculture to widen its vision and allow for exceptions - learning opportunities - to flourish. When Silicon Valley began, it upended old fashioned notions about business culture, yet has calcified in its own "brogrammer" culture as deeply as the ones it toppled.Ingrid Sanders of popexpert, Dan Pickett of Launch Academy, Iman Jalali of TrainSignal, Jake Jolis of Verbling, and myself all weigh in with thoughts on the pitfalls of "mirrortocracy," the difficulty...

Skill-Based Career Development

Skill-Based Career Development

Ross Beyeler

I recently wrote an article for Talent Zoo about the shifting face of careers, hiring, and even employee development - and how skills are the new currency of employability. Because most people (and honestly, most companies) are not expecting the old standard of a long career with the same business, the modern landscape is much more focused on what skills and employee can bring to the table, and for the employee, how they can develop skills on the job to advance their personal value.In exploring this concept for my own business, I’ve come up with a method of evaluating tasks...

Gain Skills Over Jobs

Gain Skills Over Jobs

Ross Beyeler

In an article of mine, recently featured on the Brazen Careerist blog, I bring up a point that occupies a lot of my (and other people in the tech world’s) attention - that is, the changing dynamic of the job market and the all but total dissolution of the one-company career. People nowadays, especially in the tech sector, aren’t looking for long term employment. They’re looking for stepping stones that allow them to leverage their current skills and build new ones. Employers are doing the same: looking for skillsets as needed, not necessarily cultivating career employees. To help companies and...