We sat down with our guest Ryan Erwin who is one of the organizers for Word Camp Chicago. Ryan joins us to talk about the upcoming Word Camp event in Chicago that is happening on April 29 and 30. We discuss what an attendee can expect to gain out of the event and how it is a great place to network with others in the WordPress community.

2017 Event Details – https://2017.chicago.wordcamp.org/

2017 Ticket Information – https://2017.chicago.wordcamp.org/tickets/

WHEN
April 29 – 30th, 2017

WHERE
Chicago-Kent Law School
565 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60661

In Episode 12, I take a dive into the mailbox and do some Q&A from questions that we have received. We look at advice around beginning a podcast and also how to build a career in software.


Patrick Farrar
Twitter – @pfarrar1


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Episode 11 looks at the topics of mentorship and building out a work like balance that you can be excited for. My guest is Zack Gilbert (https://twitter.com/zackgilbert) a freelance software engineer who specializes in early stage product development. Zack has built his career into a mix of being able to work with new and exiting technologies while also maintaining a life where he travels the world experiencing new and exciting areas across the world.

We sat down to discuss the various varieties of mentorship we’ve experienced and practical approaches to building a freelancer career that has a promising work life balance. Zack’s background developing communities and career are a perfect treat for this topic and discussion.


Zack Gilbert
Twitter – @zackgilbert

Patrick Farrar
Twitter – @pfarrar1


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Maggie Norris joins us to talk about the upcoming Startup Weekend Chicago Maker event. We talk about the important details regarding the upcoming event.

Friday, March 10 – 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

mHUB
965 W. Chicago Ave
chicago, il 60642

Full Details – http://www.up.co/communities/usa/chicago/startup-weekend/9727
Tickets – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-chicago-maker-edition-tickets-29827646293

Follow On Social Media for updates
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/StartupWeekendChicago/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/swchicago

We talk with Adam Haun and dive deep into the topic of community building. We explore what it looks like to build community and how to get the most benefit out developing a thriving community.


Adam Haun
Twitter – @adam_haun

Patrick Farrar
Twitter – @pfarrar1


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In the episode Finding the Right Development Talent, Building Highly Functional Development Teams, we look at what it takes to grow, build and retain a development team and how software developers identify product opportunities in the marketplace. Our guest Andy Abbott is technology entrepreneur in Chicago who has co-founded multiple startups including BookedOut, which was acquired this past fall the Chicago based firm Shiftgig. Andy is also the founder of the Chicago .NET Developers group (http://www.chicagodev.net).

Andy talks about his latest project Heretik (heretik.io) and how him and his team were able to identify opportunity in the marketplace and also shares his experiences of building out software teams for startups and enterprise firms.


Andy Abbott
Twitter – @asabbott

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Twitter – @pfarrar1


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Our discussion this week features a lively discussion with Craig McCaw about how to find the right office space for your company. Craig is a seasoned corporate real estate executive who has worked with some the fastest growing firms in Chicago. We talk about how to get a space, what to look for when picking a space, how an office space can play a factor in developing and fostering company culture.


Craig McCaw
Twitter – @CraigMcCaw

Patrick Farrar
Twitter – @pfarrar1


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In Episode 6 – Discovering Passion and Turning It Into Action, we explore what it means to find passion in life and how to turn that passion into action. My discussion with Nirav Amin (@ndamin) explores the ways and paths that we took to discover our true passions in life and what we do daily to keep living those dreams in action. We investigate some of the paths that we went down that may have been detrimental to experiencing full joy in our personal and professional lives.

We also highlights the topic of community and how developing a strong community will always help through difficult times. Nirav highlights some great efforts made by people in the Chicago startup community and other startup communities around the country who have turned passion into action.

We also talk about how to get involved in a local community. Inaction is the main excuse from joining a community and beginning to live a passion filled life.

It is also so fitting that Gary Vaynerchuk talks about a very similar topic in his DAILYVEE show.

Thank you again for listening and supporting the show. If you have any follow up questions feel free to reach out and we will do our best to help and connect.


Nirav Amin
Twitter – @ndamin

Patrick Farrar
Twitter – @pfarrar1


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Brief rundown of odds for the 2017 $12 Million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park.

Details for the race – https://www.pegasusworldcup.com/

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