How to find consulting clients?

via GIPHY I get asked this question by people a lot. Whenever I attend conferences, meetups, or social events. How do you *do* consulting? I’d love to be doing that, how do I get there? Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. From what I can tell, the most important factor is …

Why would I help a customer that’s not paying? The reason might surprise you

via GIPHY I just received an email. It was from a woman building a website, and wanted help with AWS. She wondered if I might be able to provide any assistance. Join 37,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Having a popular publicly facing blog, I get a lot of leads that seem …

What events are good for tech & startup networking in New York City?

I’ve worked in the NYC startup scene since the mid-nineties. It seems to keep growing every year, and there are so many events it’s hard to keep track. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Here’s where to look for the best stuff. 1. Gary’s Guide Gary Sharma hosts an authoritative guide …

Don't Miss Percona Live 2013

The biggest event on the MySQL calendar is the yearly Percona Live and it’s just around the corner. This year you’ll be able to pick from a whopping 110 technical sessions by 90 different speakers from companies like Facebook, Amazon, Google and Linkedin. Learn what’s happening at the cutting edge of open source database deployments. …

Hacking Job Search – Three Meaty Ideas

Also find the author on twitter @hullsean. Demand for talented engineers has never been higher. It is in fact the dirty little secret of the startup industry, that there are simply not enough qualified folks to fill the positions. What this means for you is that you have a lot of options. What it means …

Why do people leave consulting?

Join 12,100 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. As a long time freelancer, it’s a question that’s intrigued me for some time. I do have some theories… First, definitions… I’m not talking about working for a large consulting firm. Although this role may be called “consultant”, my meaning is consultant as sole proprietor, …

Book review – Trust Agents by Chris Brogan & Julien Smith

Stumbling onto 800-CEO-Read, and their top books feature, I found Brogan and Smith’s work.  Brogan’s blog intrigued me enough so I walked down to the Strand here in NYC to pick up a copy. What I found was an excellent introduction to the nebulous world of social media marketing, where you find all sorts of …

Dummy's Guide to Linux firewalls

Security experts will probably tell you it’s not a good idea to be a dummy and also in charge of your own firewall. They’re probably right, but it’s a catchy title. In this article, I’ll quickly go over some common firewall rules for iptables under linux. First things first. If you don’t have the right …