First Annual Los Angeles Timmy Awards Recognizes Region’s Best Tech Employers and Managers

Los Angeles, CA (March 25, 2016) Tech in Motion officially announced the winners of its first annual Los Angeles Timmy Awards, honored at a ceremony held March 24 at Cross Campus in Santa Monica. Tech in Motion recognized “Silicon Beach’s” top employers for technology professionals during the award event, which also featured product demos from the “best of the best” in the Los Angeles tech community. Winners of LA’s Best Technology Work Culture, Best Technology Managers, and Best Tech Startups – listed below – were all crowned. Overall, there were more than 200 nominations submitted and a total of 9,156 votes counted from local Tech in Motion community members.

The 30 LA Timmy Award Finalists That You Need To Know.

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The First Annual 2016 Los Angeles Timmy Award Winners are:

  • Best Tech Startup – Dollar Shave Club (pictured above)
  • Best Technology Work Culture – Cater2.me (below left)
  • Best Technology Manager – Jen-Ban Ho, CTO of TicketManager (below right with First Runner Up Demetrius Harris, President at DragonFire Digital Media)

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“The Los Angeles tech community has grown tremendously over the past few years, and the timing was perfect to honor those who are building great places for technology professionals to work,” said Phill Perkins, Regional Director of Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates. “With so many innovative companies, last night’s competition was intense. We look forward to building on the momentum and excitement by continuing to honor the best technology employers in Los Angeles for many years to come.”

See more photos of the LA Timmy Awards ceremony and winners here.

The Timmys are presented throughout the year in tech hub cities across North America, including New York, San Francisco and Toronto. Previous winners have included innovators such as Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper, and Instacart. The next Timmy Awards ceremony will be held in Boston at Education First’s Headquarters on April 14. Please visit techinmotionevents.com/awards for more information.

RSVP to attend the 2nd Annual Boston Timmy Awards on April 14th.

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LA Timmy Awards Hosts CJ Johnson and Ambar Januel of Januel + Johnson (above). 

About Tech in Motion Events

Tech in Motion is an international events series that brings local tech community professionals together to connect, learn, and innovate. What started as a collaborative project between IT recruiting firms Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates (pictured below at the event) in 2011, grew into an organization of over 61,000 members across 11 chapters in North America including Boston, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County and Toronto. Please visit www.techinmotionevents.com for more information about our notable speakers, sponsors and events.

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Transportation Startups Talk UI/UX and Core Design

Last month, Tech in Motion San Francisco members got an exclusive insight into the world of UI/UX design from the perspective of transportation startups.

The discussion featured up and coming companies such as Metromile, Scoop and HONK. Metromile generously opened its doors for the night and welcomed more than one hundred attendees into their new spacious and trendy office. The transportation industry, coupled with technology, is a hot topic and among the top most disruptive in the world, according to Tech Crunch.

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The panel of design experts consisted of Matt Stein, Director of Design at Metromile, Cassy Rowe, Head of Design and User Experience at Scoop, and Jake Honig, Vice President of Product Marketing at HONK. Shira Abel, who is the CEO and Lead Strategist at Hunter and Bard, asked the group of panelists to discuss what their core design principles were for their respective companies.

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Stein, representing the pay-per-mile insurance startup Metromile said, “We focus on making things ‘glanceable’, very clear, and the last would be an acronym we refer to as D.E.A.F. – delightful, engaging and fun.” Read more about these 3 UI/UX principles you need to know at a startup here.

For startup Scoop – an automated carpooling service – their main principles revolved around safety, user feedback regarding experiences using the service, and context, according to Rowe.

See more photos of the UI/UX event on Tech in Motion’s Facebook page.

HONK, the towing and roadside service company, focuses on delivery. Honig explained that HONK’s goal is ensuring that the process for its users will be fast, easy and deliverable since customers using their services are typically facing crises.

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Kam Wong of Hong Kong, China was attending his first ever Tech in Motion event that night and said it was definitely “worth the drive.”

“It was interesting,” said Tiago Varandas from Amsterdam. “I liked when they explored the area of automated vehicles.”

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Overall, the tech talk was educational and insightful, and our Tech in Motion members certainly did not leave empty handed thanks to Metromile! Upon arrival, each attendee received a Metromile ‘swag bag’ filled with amazing and useful branded trinkets, including a Tech in Motion card holder for phones.

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5 Women Who Changed The Tech Game

If you couldn’t live a day without relying on Wi-Fi or your GPS, you’re not alone. Some of technology’s coolest and sometimes taken-for-granted inventions have women to thank for its creation. Celebrate Women’s History Month by taking a look back at some of the revolutionary women technologists who weren’t afraid to break boundaries in the tech scene and help pave the way for our future generations.

Are you a woman in or looking to get into the tech industry? Check out these technology jobs from our job board. 

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1. Hedy Lamarr: Hedy created a secret communications system during WWII which eventually laid the foundation for Wi-Fi to GPS. She also just so happens to be a world famous actress.

 

 

2. Dr. Grace Murray Hopper: Dr. Grace Hopper created the system that translates English commands into computer codes. She is also known as the “Mother of Computers”.

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3. Chieko Asakawa: Being blind since the age of 14, Chieko developed a voice-recognition web browser, which opened up the doors to the Internet for the blind.

 

 

4. Radia Perman: Much of modern day Internet would be different if it weren’t for Radia Perman. Begrudgingly answering to the title “Mother of the Internet,” Perman invented the “Spanning Tree Protocol” that lead to the creation of large networks.

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5. Susan Kare: If you’ve followed Apple’s journey from Steve Jobs’ garage to one of the most prominent companies in the world, you’ve come across the designs of Susan Kare. One of Apple’s original user interface designers responsible for many of its early desktop icons, she will always have a page in Apple’s history books.

 

The next time you go to pull up your email on-the-go, be sure to extend your gratitude to the women technologists who broke the mold of this male-dominated industry.

Meet some amazing women and tech, plus other IT professionals and industry game-changers, at a Tech in Motion event near you. 

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The 30 LA Timmy Awards Finalists You Need To Meet

On March 24th, Tech in Motion: LA is proud to present their first annual Timmy Awards, which will be held at Cross Campus (929 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, C.A.) The “Timmys” are hosted by Tech in Motion in tech hubs across North America, with the goal of acknowledging the local companies and individuals that strive to create the best places for technology professionals to work in. The winners are announced at a ceremony crowning the best (1) tech startups, (2) technology managers, and (3) technology work cultures. Here are LA’s 30 impressive local finalists (RSVP now to see them at the event):

LA’s Best Tech Startup

BrightenBrighten, founded in 2014, is a social app that lets you send compliments to your friends. It is the first social app to be based completely on positivity!

 

Shave ClubDollar Shave Club, founded in 2012, is a men’s grooming brand dedicated to helping men live smarter, more successful lives through high-quality personal care products, content and technology.

 

envi detailing on demandEnvi-Detailing on Demand, founded in 2015, is working to become the largest employer of deaf people in the USA and has created a patent pending process whereby employees clean and wax cars without using a drop of water.

 

Gum GumGum Gum, founded in 2007, is an advertising agency which delivers highly visible campaigns and rich insight to marketers by unlocking the value of connected images.

 

Hello SocietyHello Society, founded in 2012, utilizes Pinterest and social media influencers for seamlessly balanced, unique and compelling marketing campaigns.

Want to work for a startup? Check out these technology jobs from our job board.

naritivNaritiv, founded in 2014, is a creative advertising company that works with top influential ‘Snapchatters’, and then measures and tracks results in a custom-built dashboard.

 

RadPadRadPad, founded in 2013, is a rental marketplace that enables renters to find an apartment, apply and pay their rent entirely online.

 

RipMediaRipMedia, founded in 2007, has taken video production to the next level by developing interactive action within commercials and animations.

 

TisprTispr, founded in 2014, is the mobile marketplace for the freelance workforce. Tispr’s mission is to create a sustainable, reliable and safe ecosystem to instantly connect, collaborate and work.

 

Tuition.IOTuition.io, founded in 2012, has created the technology to enable global employers to offer student loan payments as an employee benefit.

Vote now for one of these Tech Startups to win a Timmy!

LA’s Best Technology Manager

Aaron Stibel, CTO at Dun & BradstreetAaron Stibel

“A Culture of Growth.”

Aaron is proud of the fact that one of his very first engineering hires was recently promoted to Engineering Director. In fact, all of their top positions (engineers, DevOps, PMO, Data, BI, and Infrastructure) have been promoted from within.

Dun & Bradstreet provides commercial data to businesses on credit history, business-to-business sales and marketing, counterparty risk exposure, supply chain management, lead scoring and social identity matching.

David EphraimDavid Ephraim, CEO at ATAK Interactive

“Let’s grow together.”

David sets aside half of his mornings to meet with his employees to learn and keep up with current digital trends in order to better offer the latest tech updates to their clients.

ATAK Interactive develops web-based tools for their customers utilizing open source code software, creating custom permissions and integrating independent pieces of software together where necessary.

Demetrius D HarrisDemitrius D. Harris, President at DragonFire Digital Media

“No idea is off the table.”

Demetrius empowers employees of DragonFire to be truly involved in shaping the company culture from the ground up, thanks to an active and open communication management style.

DragonFire takes pride in helping businesses optimize its mobile devices, social media and search engine presence.

Jen-BanJen-Ban Ho, CTO at TicketManager

“Learn and own your project.”

Jen-Ban Ho believes in collaboration and gives team members of all levels the opportunity to stretch and contribute at a higher level on their projects.

TicketManager is available on any connected device and enables companies to manage their sports, entertainment and special events tickets, and measure the impact on their business.

Lukas SilwkaLukas Sliwka, CTO at Grindr

“Cross-team pollination.”

Lukas promotes great engineering processes and giving everyone the chance to advance their careers either through specialization or cross-team pollination. The guild-meetings that he helped set up also do wonders helping team members get exposed to new areas and technology.

Grindr is the world’s leading mobile social network app exclusively for gay, bi and curious men.

Michael GeyerMichael Geyer, Director of Evangelism and Emerging Technology at Autodesk

“Hands on.”

Michael believes in getting his team the hands-on experience they need. His ritual team building task of choice: escape room challenges.

Autodesk Fusion 360 is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It connects the entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC.

Niall McSheffreyNiall McSheffrey, Managing Partner and Founder at Elementz Interactive

“Good to Great.”

Niall believes having the right people on the bus is more important than hiring for a specific job. If the person has a great skillset but doesn’t fit the position, they will encourage and help them to move into the right position.

Elementz Interactive is a Full Service Software Solutions Company Specializing in the Design and Development of Web, Cloud, Mobile and ERP Systems.

Phillippe LewickiPhillippe Lewicki, Captain at HTML Fusion

“Holocracy.”

Phillippe has instituted a system of government called Holacracy, which grants employees authority over their roles within the company. This provides flexibility to propose changes and suggestions to improve and grow.

HTML Fusion uses innovation and Virtual Reality to enhance the way people interact with machines to work, learn, play and socialize.

Ross McCrayRoss McCray, CEO at VideoAmp

“Integrity, Passion and Mastery.”

Ross started a program called InnoVamp that sponsors a two-week trip for high-performing employees to travel anywhere in the world with some colleagues to work on an innovative idea and then return and demo for the team. He has also put aside an educational budget for every employee towards learning and developing new skills and perspectives.

VideoAmp is the first company to be solely focused on enabling advertisers and content owners to transact across all screens seamlessly in a total video/advance TV market.

Shawn BullockShawn Bullock, Lead Technical Mentor at MakerSquare

“Sharing knowledge.”

Shawn’s dedication to the student experience at MakerSquare, coupled with his deep industry knowledge, allows him to put people directly in a position to gain an accelerated start in the tech industry.

MakerSquare is a three-month full-time career accelerator for software engineering. By teaching computer science fundamentals and modern web languages, it prepares students to join top flight engineering teams.

Vote for the Best Technology Manager here now!

LA’s Best Technology Work Culture

Anders Innovations

“Learning with the Community.”

Anders is dedicated to the craft of developing with Open Source technologies. To help the Open Source community learn together, the company holds many different events and meetups. The team at Anders Innovations regularly hosts and sponsors meetups and events around the world in many Open Source subjects including Python, Django and machine learning, and invite people of all technical backgrounds to come out and learn with them.

Anders Innovations is an enterprise web and app development company taking their customer e-desires and turning them into reality.

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Cater2.me

“Employee Beta Testing.”

Cater2.me hosts internal ‘lunch and learns’, does employee beta testing, and organizes tech updates biweekly, where the employees are able to see and learn firsthand updates that the company is putting forth. Additionally, all tech team members have open-door policies and make a point of letting the team know that they are there to help and teach as much as needed.

Cater2.me is an online catering platform that allows teams to customize their meals for one-off events or recurring calendar plans.

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ChowNow

“Strong Mentor System.”

ChowNow offers a mentorship program, where outside industry leaders are invited in to help mentor high-performing employees. In response, these industry mentors get some equity in the company to help keep them motivated and involved with ChowNow employees.

ChowNow is an online ordering platform that specializes in branded mobile apps and a suite of marketing services for restaurants.

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Cornerstone OnDemand

“A day dedicated to learning.”

Cornerstone OnDemand hosts Development Days every other month, in which all their employees take a day to learn and teach about anything they are interested in. They host sessions on a wide range of topics (things that are relevant to Cornerstone, and some that aren’t) and are available throughout the day. These can be technical (how to code in Python, Unit Testing, etc.), business related (how to understand earnings calls, competitor Intel, etc.), or fun (beer tasting, crafts, etc.).

Cornerstone OnDemand is the largest Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) enterprise learning company providing talent and performance management solutions.

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Cross Campus

“Multiple Work Zones.”

Cross Campus promotes technical creativity. Creativity and productivity require our brains to work in various modes of attention (focus work, multi-tasking work, mental rest, etc.). Any well-designed space needs to have multiple work zones that support these various modes.

Cross Campus is a collaborative workspace, meeting space, and large scale event space located in the heart of Santa Monica and Pasadena.

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Deloitte Digital

“Chasing Passion Projects.”

20% of billable time is given to teams to spend on a ‘Passion Project’. The teams collaborate in the studio to push ideas into innovation.

Deloitte Digital is a technical consultancy creating new and innovative experiences from Virtual Reality to Zero UI.

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Fishermen Labs

“Solving Problems.”

Fishermen Labs practices agile development. This process promotes technical creativity because it empowers engineers and designers to creatively solve the complex problems they face while building products and learn the best solutions to challenges as they build the product, and in the process enhance their ability to make the best decisions possible.

Fishermen Labs is a web & application development agency building cutting edge websites, mobile products, and e-commerce solutions.

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IRIS TV

“Empowering Creativity.”

IRIS.TV empowers its engineers to introduce and implement new features of their own design. Fostering this creativity and initiative has allowed the company to grow by leaps and bounds in 2015 with even more growth already taking place in 2016.

IRIS.TV develops web and mobile videos on its personalized programming platform that are adaptive and make recommendations backed by analytics.

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KeyInfo

“Creating the conversation.”

One of the most interesting aspects of KeyInfo’s technical learning development is its blog and content creation process. Everyone is a guest writer for the blog, and everyone (spanning multiple departments) contributes. Encouraging people from all different technical backgrounds to pick a relevant industry/company topic and give their unbiased two-cents creates a very colorful pallet of relevant content KeyInfo shares via online channels.

Key Information Systems (KeyInfo) is an IT system integrator utilizing a team of experienced and knowledgeable IT architects who implement and secure technology solutions that make their clients more competitive.

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Twenty20

“Let’s Experiment.”

Twenty20 allows anyone with a mobile phone to showcase and sell their photos. Every day they run multiple photo challenges as sparks of inspiration to go out and create. The end result is aspiring photographers out capturing life as it happens and being rewarded for that creativity both in social currency and real cash earnings.

Twenty20 is stock photography for the mobile age. They connect photographers, most of which shoot on their phones, with brands and agencies interested in licensing authentic, real-life photos for their own creative projects.

Vote now for the company you think has created the best workplace.

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The Timmy Awards ceremony will celebrate the local technology community and also recognize not only the winners, but the entire LA community for creating a business environment to thrive in. The event itself will be a great opportunity to network with finalists and other members of the tech community. RSVP to attend the Timmys in LA, and see how you can get involved with the event and Tech in Motion Los Angeles in general. 

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First Female Winner of “Best Technology Manager” at Inaugural Chicago Timmy Awards

First Annual Chicago Timmy Awards Recognizes The Region’s Best Technology Employers and Managers

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At the First Annual Timmy Awards in Chicago, Tech in Motion acknowledged the region’s top employers for technology professionals with a ceremony crowning the best work culture, technology managers, and startup leaders from a field of 30 impressive local finalists. Local community members submitted more than 200 nominations, and the finalists racked up 11,000 votes altogether. The winners included the first female “Best Technology Manager” in Timmy Awards history: Litha Ramirez, Director of Experience Strategy and Design at Breakthrough Technologies.

Read about the finalists for the upcoming LA Timmy Awards and vote!

“I want places and people to be the best they can. That’s my job. It’s also my job to provide my team with vision and goals to help the business drive forward, while making it fun,” said Litha, in an article published on PRNewsire. “I work with an awesome group of people. When you work in the right environment, it makes a huge difference…”

The Timmy Awards strive to highlight IT managers, great work places and tech startups that contribute to the community in a meaningful way like Litha does. The hope is to continue to grow the community and help create a robust environment for technology companies (and professionals) to move, expand and choose to stay in Chicago.

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“These awards play a vital role in showcasing Chicago to graduates from top local schools like University of Chicago, Northwestern, or University of Illinois, who for so long would have moved to Boston, New York or the West Coast for technology jobs,” said Mandy Walker, Senior Marketing Manager of Tech in Motion. “We have amazing opportunities in Chicago, and these awards are so important because they recognize that. To build a great community, we have to keep our community.”

The 2015 Chicago Timmy Award Winners:

  • Chicago’s Best Technology Manager: Litha Ramirez, Director of Experience Strategy and Design at Breakthrough Technologies.
  • Chicago’s Best Technology Work Culture: InContext Solutions
  • Chicago’s Best Tech Startup: ShipBob

In addition to the aforementioned winners, many noteworthy finalists were recognized, including cars.com, Sprout Social, eSpark Learning and the Sun Times, to name a few. Produced by IT recruiting firms Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners, Tech in Motion aims to honor the best technology employers in Chicago on an annual basis at the Timmy Awards.

“We’re delighted to host the first annual Timmy Awards honoring Chicago’s best technology employers and managers of some of the most locally renowned companies,” said David Belsky, Chicago Regional Director of Tech in Motion producers Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates. “It is an honor to be involved in the first ever community event that honors the most attractive workplaces for technology professionals.”

The Timmy Awards first debuted in Boston in February 2015 and are being presented in tech hub cities across North America, including New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Winners have include innovators such as Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper, and Instacart. Please visit techinmotionevents.com/awards for more information.

Looking for a job in the tech industry? Find the perfect position for you by checking out our job board. 

The 3 Tech Startup Lessons You Need to Learn (From A Mark Cuban-backed CEO)

Written by Jesse Stauffer, Co-Founder and CEO of XpireSee Jesse and Xpire at the first Tech in Motion Dallas event on March 9th. 

Lots of people have ideas. Mention you’re an app developer and you’ll be instantly bombarded with tons of far-fetched visions for apps. The problem is that most people don’t have the passion to actually turn their idea into a product. Being a developer, I have always been able to think of a cool idea, sketch it out, and then build a beta version of the app in anywhere from three days to six months. This allows me to jump on ideas quickly and get a working version into the hands of my family, friends, and co-workers.

Obviously, not everyone has the technical chops to code an app. I’ve spent over six years learning programming — sometimes coding for up to 18 hours a day. You don’t have to be a code guru to be in tech. Many of the greatest tech innovators of our day were not technical guys. Instead, they were visionaries who knew exactly what they wanted their product to be and how to get there. The key to running a startup is to be scrappy. If you really truly want an idea to see the light of day, then you will do whatever it takes. You’ll wake up early and go to bed late and you’ll meet the right people. You’ll sacrifice time and energy and effort and money. Do one thing every day that pushes your idea to the next level and closer to the starting line, and these three tips will help guide your tech startup to success.

Not a tech person but need one for your startup? Contact your city rep to help you find a developer.

1.     Fail Quickly

The only way to know if your product has any hope of being successful is by getting it into the hands of consumers. Many companies spend years developing software and testing it exhaustively, often delaying their launch further and further. You don’t have to get it right on the first try.

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Of course you don’t want to develop an app that constantly crashes, but you also don’t want to build every feature you can think of in version 1. Stay focused on 1–3 key features for your app and make them minimal. The goal here is to create a working version of your app that demonstrates the general purpose of your app. This is very helpful when sharing the app idea with investors or future business partners. By showing a working version of the app you are showing that you are invested in the idea and really mean business.

Also, don’t take months to update your app. Listen to user feedback, build it, launch it, and repeat it.

 

2.     Success Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Many people read articles about startups that seem to take the world by storm overnight and don’t see why they can’t do the same. While there are a few that have done this, the majority of companies take years and years to build. When I launched my first app, I woke up the next day disappointed after seeing the small amount of downloads that I had received. I was under the assumption that as long as you grind through the tough development work, after that you were golden.

I was wrong. Because of the large amount of apps on the market, it’s hard work to get downloads. Because people have short attention spans, it’s even harder to retain users. While app growth takes time, it also takes work. Some people think that if they just wait a year then they will check back in and magically have millions of organic users.

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This is not the case. Because the majority of people have never even heard of your app, your job is to locate your target customers and sell them on your product. You have to continue to grind. Never stop selling.

 

3.     Keep on Keeping On

Though running a startup is hard work, it is highly rewarding – but not in the way you may think. Lots of people start their own company because they are money hungry. They want to drive cool cars and set their own hours — who wouldn’t?

Want a job where you can set your own hours? Here are some open tech jobs with flex hours.

It takes true passion and dedication to what you are doing. You won’t be able to last through the bumps on the road if you are not motivated by your product making the world a better place. It sounds cliché, but in the end that’s why most products and inventions are created. The human race tends to look at the results without looking at the work put in. People will be sure to notice the good things, but will easily overlook the late nights you spent in front of the computer screen in your parent’s basement banging your head against the keyboard because of an unknown bug.

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Even if you’re in a dip, continue pressing on and building what you believe in and what people find useful.

Jesse will be showing off what Xpire has been up to at the Tech in Motion “New to Dallas Demos & Drinks” event on March 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center. RSVP and see all the companies here.

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jesse xpire headshotAbout the Author:

Jesse Stauffer is the CEO of Mark Cuban-backed Xpire, where he builds mobile tools that make social networking quicker, easier, and less permanent. Prior to Xpire, he worked as a white hat hacker, discovering and patching vulnerabilities in websites. Jesse is a recent graduate from the University of North Texas, where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science.