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Karl Hughes
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Lives in Chicago, IL
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One Week with the Fitbit Surge

#Fitbit   #tracker   #Surge   #running  
I’ve been keeping my eye on Fitbit’s new semi-smart watch, the Surge. Fitbit is arguably the most well known fitness tracking brand out there, but those little step-tracking watches have never been...
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Nice! If my trusty Force ever bites the dust, I would definitely consider the Surge. 
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Some of the things I've learned to watch out for when applying to engineering jobs. What would you add to my list?
What to Avoid in Engineering Jobs - The Muse: Don't walk—run away from jobs like this.
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I'm dying right now.
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127,000,000 people in America just set a goal that they will ultimately fail.
It's time for New Year's Resolutions, which means it's time for at least 127000000 of people in America to set a goal that they will ultimately fail. Only 8% of New Year's Resolutions succeed, and there are plenty of reasons for that, but I'm not going to go into most of them here.
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Looking for a new job this year? What goals do you have?

I love new years because they feel like a clean slate. Everything I did that wasn’t great last year is the past and the coming 365 days are full of possibilities. Anything feels possible!

Do you have any big goals for 2015?
As 2014 draws to a close and we enter a new year, it's time to think about what we hope to accomplish again. I love new years because they feel like a clean slate. Everything I did that wasn't great last year is the past and the coming 365 days are full of possibilities. Anything feels possible!
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There's a true #Pastafarian in our midsts.
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I'm taking on a bigger role with #Packback's Engineering Team in 2015. If you want an update, here you go.
As I enter my second full year of working with Packback, I can say that it's already been an exciting and challenging experience. When I came in on my first day, there were five offshore developers dragging files onto two servers with absolutely no discernable workflow, coding standards, ...
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+Trello as a Reading List

I got into Trello about 6 months ago when a coworker introduced me to it. Since then, I've started using it for just about everything, including helping me to read more.

Here's how I use Trello to keep track of the books I'm reading and what I want to read next.
I hated reading in high school and “never had time,” in college. I kind of regret that, but I guess there's a time in your life when you want to spend all your free time socializing and a time in your life when you want a little peace and quiet with a good book.
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Learning to code could be a great new skill to pick up in 2015!
The tools you need to hone web development skills are right at your fingertips.
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There's also solving problems by buying recommended programming basics books, and coding what you need to code to solve your problem. 

joining a maker community puts you in these seats constantly. it's actually quite incredible to develop code for unique situations on a regular basis. good practice
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New Year's Eve wedding with my girlfriend, Laura. Neither of us get dressed up very often, so we had to capture the moment.
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nice picture :)
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Those soft skills really do matter when it's a small company

Okay, soft skill probably matter all the time, but I've found them to be especially important at a startup where you really don't want people in the mix who don't have the right attitude. For engineers, showing startup employers that you'll be a good fit matters.

Here are my thoughts, and it's also my first article on +The Muse.
How to Get a Startup Job as a Developer - The Muse: Because sometimes knowing how to code isn't eno...
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Internet junkie, web developer, startup fanatic, bootstrapper, and continual student
  • Packback Books
    Lead Software Engineer, 2013 - present
  • Uloop - Student News & Classifieds
    Director of Student News, 2012 - 2013
  • JobBrander
    Founder/CEO, 2013 - 2013
  • MyUdaily
    Founder & CEO, 2011 - 2012
  • Shakeup Media - Web development and community management
    Founder and Owner, 2011 - 2012
  • Siemens Healthcare
    Technical Writing Intern, 2011 - 2011
  • GE Consumer and Industrial
    Mechanical Engineering Intern, 2007 - 2008
  • CleanAir Engineering
    Engineering Intern, 2009 - 2009
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Technology Entrepreneur in Digital Media & Software Development, currently based in Chicago, IL
What I do right now:
I am the Director of Student News at +Uloop, where I recruit, train, and manage hundreds of college writers at campuses across the country.  I do a lot of web development, and help with Uloop's social media strategy. I love code, and I love people.

My qualifications:
I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tennessee (c/o 2012), but after two years of internships with some of the biggest firms in the world, I realized that startups were way more fun.  I founded a web-development company (+Shakeup Media) and started a news blog on my college campus.

After pitching my college news platform at business competitions for months, I was getting very little traction.  Uloop found out what I was doing, and eventually brought me on to their team to create Uloop News.  It's now the fastest growing college news blog in the United States with a presence at 50 campuses and over 400 writers contributing.

My Philosophy
Follow me for a week and you'll see that I'm controversial, fun-loving, and a deeply-rooted minimalist. My goal online is to start intelligent dialogues, not further the amount of trash out there to be discarded tomorrow. I live in a 300 square foot apartment with one chair and a mat on the floor, and I am as happy as Bill Gates.

For Fun:
I love meeting people, writing (in both code and prose), playing guitar, traveling, and cooking.  While I enjoy my work and the flexibility it provides, I also do a lot of geeky things on the side. Lately, it's been playing with my Raspberry Pi and learning Python.

Let me know if I you'd ever like to chat:
(901) 827-9637
Bragging rights
"Be interesting, be enthusiastic... and don't talk too much."
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Hireology: A Giant Family That “Drinks Its Own Kool-Aid” | JobBrander

Unlimited time off, full benefits, ping-pong and a fridge fully stocked with beer and Red Bull: welcome to Hireology. Based in Chicago, Illi

How to Learn to Code Without Going Back to School

The tools you need to hone web development skills are right at your fingertips.

Communication is Key: Beth Coley’s Tips for Young Professionals | JobBra...

There are a few skills that are necessary to success no matter what career path you take. Of these, many career professionals will point to

7 Reasons that Waiting Tables is Worth It | JobBrander

A common misconception is that part-time jobs are a waste of time. People think that making a cup of coffee, waiting tables, ringing up clot

Taking on More than the Minimum | JobBrander

Higher education is great for many things, but many new graduates quickly realize that they won't get everything handed to them quite as sim

Networking and Interning: There’s a Reason You Keep Hearing These Words ...

When I was in college the first thing my career adviser told me was to start looking for internships. I was only a freshman at the time, but

15 Things Job Seekers Have to Quit Doing | JobBrander

15 Things Job Seekers Have to Quit Doing. By Megan Weyrauch | November 3, 2014 | Job Search · Tweet · Pin It. You've been searching for a jo

Should You Open Up About Your Salary? | JobBrander

In many countries – the United States included – it is generally considered impolite or inappropriate to talk about your salary. In part, th

Inviting Innovation in Small Organizations — Karl L. Hughes | Technology...

When I joined Packback a year ago pretty much all we did was innovate. There were only four of us then, and we had very little in the way of

The Down Side to “Hiring for Fit” | JobBrander

The phrase, “We're looking for someone who's the right fit,” gets thrown around a lot in hiring these days. Everybody from startups to large

How Recruiters Take Advantage of Employee Dissatisfaction | JobBrander

If you've ever worked with a talent recruiter, you know that they can be a bit relentless. Not every recruiter is pushy or annoying, but tho

12 Secrets to Master College Career Fairs | JobBrander

As the weather (at least in parts of the country) gets cooler and students head back to classrooms everywhere, that can mean only one thing:

Why the Textbook Industry is Ripe for a Technological Revolution — Karl ...

I'll admit that I'm a bit biased in writing this, but my interest in publishing started long before I joined a company that's setting out to

5 Apps to Maximize Your Networking Potential | JobBrander

Getting hired is much more about who you know that what you know. Whether you like it or not, your professional network will likely be a big

The Myths You’ll Hear About Working as an Engineer at a Startup | GeekTime

Many of the early employees at Google and Apple and Facebook had written books and blog posts galore, but what about the thousands of less l

How to Stay in Shape During Your Job Search | JobBrander

There are a ton of advantages to working out, especially when you're in the middle of job hunting. If you're without a job or you hate the o

The Risk in Sending Your Startup’s Technology Offshore — Karl L. Hughes ...

To the non-technical startup founder, offshore outsourcing seems like a godsend. For pennies on the dollar, you can get programmers in India

10 Tips for Fresh Grads on Using LinkedIn | JobBrander

You did the college thing, you earned the degree and you accumulated the experience. Now, you just need the job. LinkedIn is a great network

New Year, New Job, New Waistline: How Getting in Shape Could Help You Ge...

There are a lot of things you can do to help improve your chances of finding a job in marketing, but you probably never thought that your we

The Myths You’ll Hear About Working as an Engineer at a Startup — Karl L...

When I first graduated from college and went looking for a job with a startup I had no idea what to expect. I knew what I didn't want – I ha

Dollar for dollar, I haven't found any better Chinese food in this part of Uptown. It's cheap, greasy, and if you look inside the place you won't be impressed, but the food is excellent and the staff is friendly.
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They did a great job with my nose piercing. Their piercer was professional and very thorough when it came to explaining care instructions. He even told me to come in anytime for a follow up or new gauge if I felt uncomfortable with the one I got. This place might not be the cheapest, but if you're doing body modification, your health is worth more than saving a few bucks.
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The pizza is excellent, they have a great beer selection, and there are live bands almost every night. The crowd is what you'd expect in the Old City, a mix of young and old. During the day, a great spot for your family or large groups to meet, but it does get a bit loud at night.
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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This place is amazing. Friendly staff, great food (whether you're vegan or not), and a wide variety of options. First time in today, and I can promise I'll be back.
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Thursday and Saturday night are their big days. Never had the food, but the beer is cheap, the music is loud, and the people are always fun. It's one of the most progressive dance crowds in the city, and stays hopping till 2 or 3 am.
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
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Sunday brunch is a must. Their breakfast burritos are amazing, and you have to spring for the Benton's bacon because it's just awesome.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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