Dean S Notes Pre Deirdre

Note Taker: Dean Iacianci
Date and Time: 2-7-2106, 2:00PM
People Present: Dominic DiMuzio, Mberry Seck, Peter Short, Dr. Palmer, myself

1. Chris Post-Mortem
- makes Pong when trying to learn new language in order to map out the language's syntax

Good Advice
- startups are good: offer a good technical track, looks good on resume, get to travel, access to new technology that big enterprises can't affor for each employee
- do what interests you: learn what you want, not what you think companies want

- noted how he learns by being "thrown into the fire"
- stressed the importance of having an internship and side projects before walking into an interview
- find the right company for YOU; don't force your way into a company's culture
- CoverMyMeds has board games and a laid back culture
- Chris has worked with teammates in different countries that speak different languages
- uses tools to correspond and produce with people from far away (VIM, Skype)

2. Bioenterprise
- business incubator for biomedical companies
- Deirdre will have more of an interviewer's standpoint to offer rather than an interviewee like our previous speakers
- looking more at the healthcare side of technology
- we as a group noted that the healthcare field is more focused on your engagement and interest to help people in the company and its clients
- Bioenterprise gives advice to startups and promotes the advancement of IT in Northeast Ohio
- they commercialize research by Case Western, Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals
- Deirdre Gannon
- VP of Healthcare Talent

3. Side Projects
- We discussed what option is better: showing up to an interview with no side projects or side projects that are halfway done
- It can be bad to show it because it can reveal your flaws and what qualities you lack
- Why it's good to show it: you can explain mistakes in your code; if it's messy, say why; show the advancement of commits to see the progress you have made

- Group made a side note that referred back to Chris Rees who advised us to write code for 20 minutes, then throw it away, then write it over again
- repetition helps to map out how things work in the code and to memorize what works well

4. The Dance After Receiving an Offer
- dance in an ethical manner
- don't accept the offer and then decline the offer for something better unless it's an offer you can't refuse (ex. dream job)
- these days, accepting an offer does not write in blood that you have to stay with a company for at least a year
- sometimes different situations cause us to change our minds

4.5 Negotiating Salaries
- it is accepted that the best time to negotiate is between the time you get an offer and when you accept because you have the most leverage then
- if you don't negotiating during this time frame, you could be wasting your best opportunity to negotiate
- don't push the company as hard as you can
- say "I had a salary of X more in mind and here are the reasons why…"
- if they decline an offer that is your bottom line, then don't take the job
- don't give them an ultimatum in terms of negotiating salary
- you don't always have to negotiate