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Reflecting on HACK UCSC

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For many students, HACK UCSC was their first contact with local tech companies, which is why Santa Cruz Works helped organize and support the hackathon. At last year’s hackathon, students told me they had no idea companies like NextSpace, Armada or Cruzio were in their backyard. In their minds, if they wanted to work in the tech sector they would have to relocate to San Jose or San Francisco. Those of us who go to Techraising and Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup know that these aren’t the only options.

Local Tech Company Finding Local Tech Talent

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Santa Cruz Works is an initiative to connect local tech talent with local tech jobs and has proved to be effective for Looker, one of Santa Cruz’s fasted growing tech companies. At the time of this post they have 14 open positions in their current expansion phase.  Carolyn Hughes, VP of Talent & Culture at Looker, reports they have received 10 applications directly from their participation in the Santa Cruz Works program.

Instead of Resolutions, Conduct an Annual Review for the New Year

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So how are those New Year's resolutions going? Many people have already succumbed to the familiar routine of old habits. It's not a matter of weak will power. It's that typical New Year's resolutions are perfectly designed to ensure failure.

Imagine New Year's resolutions as business projects for a moment. They would be the nightmare projects you'd be dodging. Huge sweeping ill defined changes, driven by reactionary responses, set out on a vague time line with no strategy for achieving this outcome or clear identification of what successful completion would look like.