Pirate’s Booty

Like a good crew developers like what we do.  A happy ship means we work for a Captain who’s mission we believe in, or at least benefits us.  We like to be productive and feel like we are making a difference, so we gravitate to leaders that push us.  We want the Captain we follow to be successful.  That’s good job security.

Good Captains realize that rest and play are important and there are things in life other than work.  That’s why they give us time to carouse in port and healthy rations of grog. Good development managers give us a say in the choice of architectures and tools. They recognize that we need to continually learn new technology and give us the leeway to do so.

Good tech recruiters tell us a bit about what we’re going to build, what technology decisions have already been made, and what decisions we will have a hand in.

Good HR managers do well to keep us happy and healthy, and resolve conflicts with management.

But remember – the company’s responsibility is profitability.  It has to be, else it won’t be a company for long. In fact, the company is responsible to us to maintain profitability.  It may have loftier goals, but if it doesn’t manage profitability, everyone suffers.

Human (and Non-Human) Resources is the one area where we are always at odds with our Captains.  We want our share of the booty, and the Captain wants to fund more ships to plunder merchantmen loaded with wealth.

This tension is good, and although recruiters want to create a better supply of able talent, which we know that be a downward force on wages, we recognize that a growing ecosystem is good for job security, and may, in fact, create a “rising tide”.

To do our part, we’ve created an exclusive event to help bring together willing crews and able Captains.  I beseech you to register for HackerWhy, lest you regret your short-sighted denial or willful ignorance of these truths.



Strange creatures abound in the metro area as of late, especially in Marion Square, where you see people gathering around an augmented reality rapidly scraping the smooth gorilla glass of their smartphones.

And its no wonder Charleston now ranks fourth in the nation for high-tech GDP growth.  There is lots of energy here, and in particular there is a healthy ecosystem of trainers bringing their cards to the table to catch, train, and evolve local companies and startups.

pokemon-6Given all the activity, we thought it appropriate to index some of the many resources available to startups in Charleston. Firstly so that intrepid entrepreneurs can review their options and secondly because it seems to be a burgeoning sector in its own right.  It does raise the question of whether there is more money to be made training Pokémon or selling Pokéballs.

pokemon-1The venerable CharlestonTechnology.com was created by members of the tech community as a central place to introduce the characters of Silicon Harbor.  It is an open source effort that allows the community to contribute as they see fit. We decided to go ahead and list the resources we are aware of, along with their websites, twitter accounts, habitats, and known abilities and weaknesses.

Our proposed edits take the form of a pull request which has yet to be accepted. Please take a moment to view the request and indicate your support.  Once this new work is accepted, the individual resources will be able to update their own information and new resources will be able to add themselves.


 Marion Square image By AudeVivere (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons.