Saeed Gatson

Software Developer

The Tech Scene In Eugene Oregon Has A Media Problem

For the short time that I’ve been living in Eugene, Oregon there’s one problem I can’t escape.

It echoes through slack channels and even over casual beers. The issue appears during high-brow parties, and at local meetups.

I’ve spoken to a Wall Street Journal reporter and city level organization directors about it. The problem attacks local business owners, University of Oregon professors, and fellow software developers.

The problem appear in the form of a question. How do we get local students to know about opportunities in Eugene? How do we hold on to our skilled talent? How can we keep up with all the great things happening in town?

These all seem to be questions around awareness. I think the tech scene in Eugene, Oregon has a media problem. We can help change that.

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Building A Side Project Meat Grinder

If you’re anything like me you have a lot of ideas. So much so that it can be hard to figure out what to execute on next. That’s when you need an idea meat grinder.
 
You use an idea meat grinder to find good ideas by filtering out all your bad ones. Take every idea and ask yourself some predefined questions about the concept. If the idea fails one question it’s filtered out and you should move on to the next one. The end resolute should be a nice pile of ideas to start executing on.

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Top Post from 2016

If a blog post gets a lot of views then I’m happy and if it doesn’t then I’m happy. Why? Because I write for myself pageviews haven’t been the goal.

Part of me is intrigued by traffic patterns. Understanding reading behavior and data is helpful. I can understand the mindset behind basing goals on pageviews. Right now that just hasn’t been a focus for me. If I was more strategic I would actually do something with a lot of this data.

Anyways, if you were still interested I wanted to share the Top 5 Most Viewed Posts of 2016.

And, if it makes sense, I’ll provide a bit of context and perhaps an explanation for the views.

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Why Every Developer Needs To Learn How To Sell

Is there anything more frustrating than trying to accomplish a big goal and not being able to get others to buy into your vision?

As a software developer, it might seem strange to dedicate time to improving sales skills. Recently, though, I’ve noticed that the most successful software developers are great at selling at least one thing. They’re great at selling ideas.

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10 lessons from 30 days of daily blogging

My experiment to publish a blog every day for a month is officially over today.

As my last post here are 10 things I’ve learned from Daily December.

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My reading year, 2016

10 books I loved this year, in no particular order:

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