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Level Up - Issue #19

With just over a week until the end of the year (and the decade 🤯) I recommend you find some time to

Level Up

December 22 · Issue #19 · View online
Level Up delivers a curated newsletter for leaders in tech. A project by Ideal for busy people such as Tech Leads, Engineering Managers, VPs of Engineering, CTOs and more.

With just over a week until the end of the year (and the decade 🤯) I recommend you find some time to reflect on your year, celebrate how you’ve grown, the experiences you made, the connections you’ve made or deepened and how that might shape next year for you.
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback.

YearCompass - The booklet that helps you make your life better.
The one-on-one meeting template for your end of the year review
From “Hello World” to VP Eng - The Compiler
Tech Lead Expectations for Engineering Projects
Managing eBay Vast Service Architecture Using Knowledge Graphs
Only 15% of the Basecamp operations budget is spent on Ruby
Metadata: My Distributed Systems Seminar's reading list for Spring 2020
Organisation & Processes
The #1 bug predictor is not technical, it's organizational complexity
BeyondProd: A new approach to cloud-native security
Survey Shows How Developers and Their Employers Measure Good Open Source Citizenship
The Paradox of Scale
First Round State of Startups 2019
Interesting tweets
I ❤️ JetBrains and their focus on building tools that make developers’ lives easier. Their tools are totally worth the money too.
Chetan Puttagunta
JetBrains, a Prague based developer tools company behind IntelliJ, in 2018:

$270M revenue/ 33% growth
$100M net income/ $134M free cash flow

6M users/ 405k customers
$0 raised since founding in 2000

The developer tools market is enormous and can enable impressive businesses.
🤔 This resonates with me a lot
Every time an employer told me "we're struggling to hire good people", if I managed to persuade them to pay a bit more, to provide better learning opps, and to emphasise a fun & non-toxic environment with better work-life balance, the shortage mysteriously evaporated. Funny that.
This is so very true. Recruiting is about both sides getting to know each other. Never view it as a one-way street.
Liz Ryan
Recruiting is selling.

Many recruiters, HR folks and department managers are confused about this.

They think recruiting is about sifting and sorting through candidates to see which one is most worthy.
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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