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YOW! 2012: Kurt Schrader - Modern Developers, CTO School, Finding and Keeping Talent

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Kurt Schrader,  CTO, Intent Media, and Co-Founder of CTO School, was a team lead at Thoughtworks and helped build engineering teams at several start-ups, including Collaborative Drug Discovery, Triggit, and Ten Ton Labs, where he was a co-founder. He has more than 15 years of experience building scalable distributed systems and high-performance engineering teams. Kurt holds a BSE from the University of Michigan.

Here, we discuss what it means to be a modern developer and what companies like Kurt's value in an engineer. What are the traits of a great software developer? How do you keep great software developers from getting bored? What makes a great CTO? Tune in.

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      Tahir Raza

      Awesome Guy!

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      radioman

      switching between languages makes you expert in nothing, it is that really good, doubtful ;}

      ..i don't wanna ruby/phyton/javascript 'expert' to drill crappy holes in my wall, i wanna professional driller!

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      Bernasconi

      I think the most important part of the question about experts is what an expert really is?

      Is it a person with about 5 years daily experience in the same language? Why should he not be able to learn other languages at least at a 'okay' level and also be an expert in his primary one?

      Or would you like an expert aged 35 to 40 which has about 20 years of Java experience and has never thought about other techniques?

      Would be nice to hear some definitions of an expert here.

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