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Boston coworking with random candy deliveries

05 Nov 2019 Miha Fabjan

Boston coworking with random candy deliveries

(This is part of a series of interviews with SmartNinja location partners.) Oficio is a Boston coworking in historic Back Bay neighborhood. We decided to ask the Team a couple of questions so that our students and anyone else interested in joining a coworking space can learn more about the place. 1. Hi! Please briefly describe your coworking space. Where is it located and what are the best ways to reach it? We are a boutique coworking and shared office space with two locations, both in Bosto...

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Serendipitous encounters at this Indiana coworking

04 Nov 2019 Smart Ninja

Serendipitous encounters at this Indiana coworking

(This is part of a series of interviews with SmartNinja location partners.) Switchboard is one of the most popular coworking spaces in Indiana. We decided to ask the Switchboard Team a couple of questions so that our students and anyone else interested in joining a coworking space can learn more about the place. 1. Hi! Please briefly describe your coworking space. Where is it located and what are the best ways to reach it? Switchboard is located in the heart of Fountain Square, Indianapolis’ ...

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Meet the Hive - A coworking space that’s perfect for ghost busters! :)

04 Nov 2019 Smart Ninja

Meet the Hive - A coworking space that’s perfect for ghost busters! :)

(This is part of a series of interviews with SmartNinja location partners.) The Hive is a warm and cozy coworking space with two locations in downtown Milwaukee. The coworking space is operated by Mo Crosby, Michael Sampson, and Kelsey Lawson. We decided to ask them a couple of questions so that our students, who will take coding courses at that location, can get to know them better. 1. Hi! Please briefly describe your coworking space. Where is it located and what are the best ways to reach i...

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Why every project manager should learn how to code

16 Oct 2019 Miha Fabjan

Why every project manager should learn how to code

If you are working in a team of programmers you should speak “their language”. Here are the 5 reasons why every project manager should learn how to code. Or at least understand the coding basics. 1. Avoid assigning the wrong people for the job Every project starts with setting up a team of people and assigning roles. It's important to understand who you need to get the job done. Project managers without understanding what programmers do make many wrong decisions in this process due to the lac...

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Remote Work Is Coming - What Is It Bringing?

03 Oct 2019 Matej Ramuta

Remote Work Is Coming - What Is It Bringing?

You’ve might have seen plenty of articles lately talking about remote work. More and more companies are embracing this type of work, many are thinking about how to do it and some have started out as a fully-remote company from day one. One of them is SmartNinja. Are you thinking about working remotely? Let’s go through some advantages and disadvantages of remote work. Advantages Avoiding high rents in big cities Rents in cities like Boston, New York, San Francisco, etc. are huge and that’s w...

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Luka: A degree is not worth as much as I thought it was

29 Sep 2019 Smart Ninja

Luka: A degree is not worth as much as I thought it was

Meet Luka Brinar, a SmartNinja student from Europe who completed two of our courses: Web Development 1 and Web Development 2. Hi Luka, let us know how your usual day looks like? Hi guys! Usually, I wake up around 5am, drink a cup of strong coffee and head to my workplace in a town that's a 45 minutes drive away from me. But before I get to the office, I visit a nearby fitness for a routine morning exercise. After that, I get to the office and do my programming tasks for the day. During weeke...

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6 Things SmartNinja Believes In

06 Sep 2019 Smart Ninja

6 Things SmartNinja Believes In

At SmartNinja, we see ourselves as a mission-driven and socially-conscious company. With our work, we want to affect society in a positive way. Here are six important aspects of our mission. 1. Gender balance in tech In the 60s software development was considered to be a "female" field, but then it shifted heavily towards being dominated by men starting in the 70s and 80s with the PC revolution. One of SmartNinja's goals is to bring gender balance back to the IT field. 2. Giving anyone a c...

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Am I too old to start coding?

05 Sep 2019 Matej Ramuta

Am I too old to start coding?

I hear this question quite often. My answer: you’re not too old. It’s never too old. And I have proof to back this up. But first, how did we even end up thinking like that? In the past, a life-long career was standard practice. The usual path was to go to school and learn an occupation, such as a car mechanic, electrical engineer, nurse, pilot, lawyer, doctor, etc. Whatever you’ve learned in school you were supposed to do for the rest of your life. The amount of knowledge that you had to ...

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How Learning To Code Can Help America

30 Aug 2019 Smart Ninja

How Learning To Code Can Help America

America has been a world tech leader for a pretty long time. From an escalator and a vacuum cleaner in the 19th century to more modern inventions such as a personal computer and the internet. All these inventions, that also resulted in strong U.S. companies, needed a very important ingredient: skilled people, either formal- or self-educated. But lately, U.S. companies are struggling to get high-skilled employees, especially coders. On the other hand, the rising world powers India and China are...

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