Bravery is Relative

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This presentation was given to DevBootCamp Chicago in March of 2014. The thesis is that being brave is based on the information you have at the time. Unfortunately, there are concerns keeping you from having all the information you need.

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Bravery is Relative

  1. 1. BRAVERY IS RELATIVE OR THE INFORMATION YOU LACK IS THE INFORMATION YOU NEED
  2. 2. SILENT EVIDENCE ! WHAT KIND OF TECH WORK TO DO ! EMH ! OPPORTUNITIES Things to come
  3. 3. STEPHEN RYLANDER MORNINGSTAR ! ! • Experience = Full stack web • In = Entertainment, agencies, commerce, finance • Now = API’s • Occasionally write something • Helping others get in on a great career. ! • stephen.rylander@morningstar.com
  4. 4. BEING BRAVE VS WALKING AWAY
  5. 5. FAIL ! CHANDLER
  6. 6. MORNINGSTAR + ME ! PORTFOLIO AGGREGATION • 2 years • 4-7 developers; designers, etc • Market moving past us
  7. 7. SUCCESS ! WINDOWS NT
  8. 8. PROBLEM OF: SILENT EVIDENCE DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
  9. 9. PEOPLE DON’T WRITE LABORIOUS TIME CONSUMING BLOGS ABOUT JOBS THEY HATE
  10. 10. VARIETY OF WORK
  11. 11. FULL STACK DEV (JAVA, C#, RUBY, PYTHON…) WEB FRONT END DB DATA SCIENCE (?) M2M MOBILE CORE ENGINEERING
  12. 12. BIG SHOP OR SMALL SHOP ! ! SHOW OF HANDS
  13. 13. PREJUDICES DON’T LEAD TO BRAVE DECISIONS Small Shop Bigots Big Company Fools
  14. 14. I AM JACK’S TOTAL LACK OF INFORMATION
  15. 15. EMH EFFICIENT MARKET HYPOTHESIS YOU CAN’T BE THE MARKETS
  16. 16. price time (information and news) ticker: foo
  17. 17. YOU AND YOUR JOB ARE NOT FAIRLY VALUED. ! NOT ALL INFORMATION IS KNOWN.
  18. 18. > INFO FOR A PROJECT ! > INFO WHEN TAKING A JOB
  19. 19. PUT YOUR MONEY/TIME WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS …
  20. 20. John Resig What am I famous for?
  21. 21. WHO CARES OPPORTUNITY COST Friedrich von Wieser
  22. 22. THE LOSS OF POTENTIAL GAIN FROM OTHER ALTERNATIVES WHEN ONE ALTERNATIVE IS CHOSEN You chose door 1, so don’t get to enjoy door 2. You chose to work there, so you don’t get to work here.
  23. 23. NOT A MATTER OF COURAGE. ! IT’S ALL UTILITY. ! CHOICES -> NEEDS ! A = UTILITY * 2 B = UTILITY *5
  24. 24. WRAPPING UP
  25. 25. BEING BRAVE IS JUST AN OPINION. ! NAIVETY WON’T HURT YOU. ! BEING BRAVE IS RELATIVE.
  26. 26. THANKS interesting books: - The Black Swan - The Fall of the Alphas - Dreaming in Code - Showstopper! http://www.linkedin.com/company/morningstar/careers careers.morningstar.com

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