What is it really like to work at that hot startup? Three must-ask questions

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There are a ton of tech community events that give you access to the work spaces and teams of startups, like Startup Open House or one of the many Meetups hosted in startup offices. Maybe you’ve imagined what its like to work there and the HR manager’s pitch about their cool brick and beam office with video games, catered meals and a friendly office dog is compelling.

But can you really learn what it’s like to work at a company in such a brief interaction? How do you know if it’s the right move for you? Foosball tables and beer fridges are fun, but they can’t tell you whether you’d enjoy the culture of a company or the technical challenges you’d be faced with.

If you’re prepared to ask the right questions, however, you can get a better picture about life at that cool startup. Here are a few questions we think you should ask.

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How we helped the tech & startup community grow in 2015

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Looking back on 2015, we’re in awe of how much growth we’ve witnessed in the Toronto tech ecosystem. Since we help companies grow their teams, we’ve seen first-hand the rise in demand for great technical talent, the influx of funding (both local & international) helping power the expansion of some fantastic startups, and what the startup community can do when it comes together to give back. Following up our 2014 recap, here are some of the favourite events and initiatives our team has taken part in this year:

Launching gdR Grow Lunches: Adding to our gdR Grow series of events, in June we initiated Grow Lunches because we saw a missed opportunity for Toronto tech folks to share knowledge in a small, face-to-face setting, cutting across tech team silos. Our first lunch, a mix of developers and product managers, explored how developers and product can be true co-creators.

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Dan Makoski: Why I’ll make more impact in banking than at Google

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Last week at the Design Exchange, Dan Makoski spoke on “deeply human design” and how it “can transform technology and business in profound new directions.” What everyone in the audience actually wanted to know was why he left Google to join a financial services company, Capital One, as its VP of Design. Not the typical move for an irreverent, out-of-the-box creative mind. But the banking sector is catching up quickly with the creation of innovation labs inside their organizations in an attempt to move its reputation from old school to mobile- and convenience-oriented customer experiences.

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Web performance impacts every metric that businesses care about

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At this year’s FITC Web Unleashed, Tammy Everts of San Francisco-based performance consultancy SOASTA spoke about web performance to a captive audience of developers. There’s no wonder the room was packed. Everts is a compelling speaker and doesn’t mince words when explaining why developers should care about web performance: it impacts every metric that businesses care about.

Here’s are some key points from her talk, or else check out Tammy’s slides on SlideShare.

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