Friends in tech: Jon Penland

Company Kinsta Industry Hosting Time in this Industry 5-7 Years Origin Story Early in my career, I went to work for a company that manufactured custom-engineered mechanical equipment. While I enjoyed the role and learned quite a bit, the industry was well-established and slow-moving, and I worried that opportunities for advancement would be few and …

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Friends in tech: Tony Perez

Company NOC.org Industry Networking Services Time in this Industry 11+ Years Origin Story Oh gosh, where to even begin.. the most relevant to this industry probably starts around 2009. Prior to that I was in tech, but I was a Defense contractor working on government projects and systems.  It was in 2009 that I was …

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Friends in tech: Austin Ginder

Company Anchor Hosting Industry Hosting Time in this Industry 11+ Years Origin Story It all started back in 2008. While working a full-time job as an IT consultant, I began building WordPress sites during nights and weekends for something fun to do. The first few sites were for folks who already knew me through my …

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Friends in tech: Angela Bowman

Company Ask WP Girl, LLC Industry WordPress Time in this Industry 11+ Years Origin Story It’s a long story, but I was building websites in HTML tables back in the day. I took a class in CSS one night, and at the end, the instructor mentioned WordPress. I went home that night and tried the …

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Friends in tech: Topher DeRosia

Company Camber Creative Industry Website and Mobile Development Time in this Industry 11+ Years Origin Story I fell in love with the Internet when it came to my college in 1994. We got access to email, then Gopher, then Telnet, and in 1995 a web browser called Lynx. Everything was on dumb terminals connected to …

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