Meetup.com co-founder explains how a little website idea made it big

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In April, the gdR team attended SproutUp, Sprouter’s monthly social event for entrepreneurs, startups and Sprouter fans.

What I was most curious to see at the event was guest speaker Matt Meeker, who co-founded Meetup.com in 2002. Meeker’s tale of success was not without a few bumps in the road: blowing their first $15M of funding without much to show for it (!), stubbornly refusing investors (until eBay founder Pierre Omidyar asked if he could invest enough times that they finally accepted), and taking lots of flak from users when they moved from a free to a fee-based model.

Two things stuck out for me from his story.

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DevOps: Cloud catalyst and Sys Admin game-changer

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This post appears as part of our Leaders Series, conversations with tech and media leaders about influential trends and topics in their field. 

Andrew Trossman is a veteran of cloud computing. Currently Distinguished Engineer, Common Cloud Stack at IBM, he co-founded and was Director of R&D at Think Dynamics, a Toronto-based maker of automated server provisioning software, acquired by IBM in May 2003.

We picked Andrew’s brain about the cloud and its impact on the professional landscape. If there’s one clear lesson from our conversation, it’s that DevOps and Continuous Delivery is a crucial part of yielding maximum benefits from the cloud. But DevOps also reshapes certain professional roles central to the software development and deployment life cycle, especially today’s System Administrators.

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Five trends with big impact on digital jobs: Interview with Duke McKenzie

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This post appears as part of our Leaders Series, conversations with tech and media leaders about influential trends and topics in their field.

What is driving change in the media industry today and how can professionals anticipate these changes?

We had this question in mind when we recently sat down with digital media expert Duke McKenzie. Duke is SVP of Mediative, one of Canada’s leading digital marketing agencies. In 2011, he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for his role in shaping the landscape of internet advertising.

Here are some of the top takeaways from our discussion.

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Bringing you insights from thousands of professionals, execs & experts in tech and digital media

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As recruiters, we’re right in the thick of the tech and digital media industries.

We interview an average of 10,000 tech and media professionals every year and we’ve worked with dozens of innovative and award-winning companies – including Braham Top 300 Tech Companies, Deloitte Fast 50 winners and Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies.

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