New this fall: We’ve joined the mentorship team at Driven Accelerator

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Earlier this year, Toronto saw a new startup accelerator emerge on the tech landscape: Driven Accelerator. Putting a unique spin on things, Driven focuses exclusively on providing training, support and resources to under-represented minorities in digital technology.

We’re proud to announce that our Managing Director, Bruce Dorland, and myself have joined the Driven community. We’ve been invited on as Mentors to help guide Driven’s first cohort of startups. We’ll help them define their talent needs, understand the tech talent landscape in Toronto, gain insight into building a recruitment marketing strategy, and provide practical advice on assessing and negotiating with candidates.  We kick off our partnership by hosting a workshop in October.

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Three tips to help anyone transition smoothly into an agile environment

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

Companies are extending agile processes beyond software development. Many candidates we speak to are interested in working in this type of dynamic, iterative teamwork-driven environment. This could be a startup that uses agile software development or even the marketing department of a media company that runs a highly iterative workflow as an agile business.

Why are these types of organizations so attractive? Well, research suggests teams using agile methods increase innovation and productivity. For example, some research suggests agile teams get projects done 66% faster.

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Throne of JS: Toronto dev conference hosts world’s top JavaScript pioneers

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On Friday, July 20th, Toronto played host to Throne of JS, a two-day conference focused on discussing and debating JavaScript frameworks. As a sponsor, we had the chance to attend the opening night event on Friday night at the Extension Room in the Distillery District.

The conference brought together the creators of every important client-side JS framework to try to answer the question that vexes many developers: “Which framework do I use and when?” This question seems especially timely, given today’s announcement of $11.2 Million of  funding for the continued development of open source JS framework Meteor.

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Looking to get hired by a startup? Here are 10 ways to stand out

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This post first appeared in StartupNorth on July 19, 2012.

Occasionally I interview a developer that really impresses me with their ability to make their profile come to life beyond their resume.

Want to know what makes these developers stand out? Here are my top ten tips for making a big impression. Many of these tips work for both a resume and, once that stellar resume gets you in the door, a job interview.

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