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Ryan Landau

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Advice from a VP of Engineering Part 2: Becoming a Leader

If you’ve got career ambitions of becoming a leader in your organization, this blog post is for you. Last week we introduced you to Jamie Hamilton, the Vice President of Engineering for one of the nation’s top mortgage lending firms. He told us a humbling story about listening to feedback and the role it continues to play in his career today. Meet [...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

Advice from an Engineering VP Part 1: The Value of Feedback

Feedback. It’s one little word, but it can make or break a great product, a growing business, or a thriving career. The latter was the case for Jamie Hamilton, the Vice President of Engineering at United Shore. When we initially sat down to interview Hamilton, we were eager to learn about leadership development. Afterall, Jamie’s in the midst of a [...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

Uncovering Company Culture: 6 Types of Questions to Ask in Your Next Interview

We hope you’ve heard this advice before, and taken it to heart: during a job interview, remember that you’re interviewing the company just as much as they’re interviewing you. One important aspect to uncover during the interview process is company culture.  A company’s culture is made up of the values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors shared by a [...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

How One Software Engineer Found Her Dream Job

What are the best jobs for software engineers? And how do you really know what it’s like to work at a company before you actually work there? This question is top of mind when you’re looking for a new job. It certainly was for Breanna Vertkin during her job search earlier this year. btw, this is Breanna... She knew what she was looking for ― a comp[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

4 Tips to Become a Successful Entrepreneur (From a Venture Capitalist)

Nowadays, it seems like everyone has advice or tips to become a successful entrepreneur. There's a lot of noise, but not much signal. Who's advice can you really trust? Well, investors know a lot about starting a business. Think about how many pitches they’ve heard over the years. How many ideas they’ve watched successful entrepreneurs turn into in[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

Detroit: The City Where Startups Come True

To join or build a successful startup company (i.e., startups with plenty of dollars to grow and some of the best talent in the industry), you’ve got to be on the coast. It’s one of the biggest myths we encounter at re:purpose. Good thing we like busting myths. In reality, the Midwest is the fifth largest economy in the world (—which is impressive,[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

Behind the Scenes: Duo Security & Ashley Vartyak

Many startup companies launch with the intent of creating the perfect mix of culture and financial autonomy. Although inspiration and pure grit are necessary tools for startup success, they can't be the sole basis for a solid business plan. So, what does it take for a startup to go from an idea to one of the fastest growing software-as-a-service (S[...]