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Freelance, ho!

As luck would have it, I’d scored my first freelance gig by doing nothing and then having a five minute conversation. But here’s the twist: this industry was completely new to me, and the nature of the project and subject

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What’s Your Problem? A talk by Larry Smith.

“If the machines are doing the routine work, then humans must do the non-routine work. To be an innovator, you need to talk about unsolved, important problems.” – University of Waterloo Professor, Larry Smith Last night I joined two former colleagues,

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One Month In

On December 15th, 2017, I finished a long chapter; that day marked the end of a thirteen-year spell at Sandvine. In my time with the company, we’d gone from scrappy little startup with next to no revenue to the global

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Exit, Stage Right

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra On December 21st, 2004, I joined Sandvine, a Canadian tech company headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario. Today, almost thirteen years – and many, many, many good times

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What not to do in the workplace – a handy-dandy top 10 list

“Whether it’s your first co-op work term or you’ve been earning a paycheque for decades, there are certain common mistakes that should be avoided at all costs.” The Fall 2016 edition of the University of Waterloo Magazine included a feature

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Hiring: how I evaluate candidates

Frankly, I pictured Sam getting bored or frustrated as time passed. As a result, I didn’t invite Sam back for a second round of interviews. I was in touch with Sam afterwards and provided a complete explanation of my reasoning; it turned out

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Looking Past Failure

“You know what? If an applicant has a strong enough application, then one blotch shouldn’t automatically eliminate him or her from consideration. There might well have been extenuating circumstances … and, in any case, it gives you something to talk about

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