It’s all about working for a company that’s worth more than the entire GDP of Switzerland

I was originally going to include this in the my but I ultimately decided against it as that article was getting quite long and, as you’ll find out from this article, there really is no secret sauce to breaking into Big Tech. However, there are some aspects that make the process of getting into these companies unique, so let’s cover them.

The #1 Way To Make It In: Patience

I pride myself on being honest and not mincing words when I give advice, so here’s a cold, hard truth: If you’re a junior developer, getting into Big Tech is near…

Let’s get you out of this hole

With the my friend Rahul Pandey and I have started, we are now helping thousands of developers get a software engineer job, with many of these developers looking for their first one. Job searching is a laborious marathon of a process with tons of different levers you can pull, so it just made sense to create a single, comprehensive resource on how to successfully navigate yourself through it.

This guide is split up into sections for the 2 different “phases” of job searching, with each section explaining the levers you have access to within that phase…

As Rahul Pandey and I have built (TCG), we have spent hundreds of hours crafting in-depth, thoughtful, honest, high-quality resources to help everyone advance their career in tech, regardless of background and all for free. I often find myself digging through my history and old links to point folks towards the proper resource when they ask me questions, so this article acts as a single-source-of-truth “directory” of all the resources we’ve created to make life easier for everyone. We hope this helps!

Job Searching

Finding a job as a junior engineer nowadays is hard, very hard. As I have talked about before, junior engineers are almost always prone to the vicious cycle of “I want work experience, but employers aren’t willing to give me a chance to get that initial work experience without having prior work experience already.” I work with thousands of junior engineers building with my friend Rahul Pandey, and I have now seen first-hand there is a lot of confusion around how to best approach job seeking as a junior engineer. …

Intro & Context

Welcome to Part 2 of my article series about how Rahul Pandey and I evolved our live, educational, tech sessions from accommodating 15 people to the ~750 people we get now. You can find Part 1 .

Anyways, after ~1.5 months, we were able to grow from the 15–30 person range to the 30–75 person range, mainly through a series of logistical improvements. This is when we first really started realizing that the dynamics of the session rapidly change as the attendee pool grows.

The Initial Format

As a refresher, here is the session format we started off with coming into this new…

This is your brain during interviews when you have the proper mindset.

After over a year, it’s time to reboot this article series with another entry, which I’m honestly surprised I haven’t written about until now. Anyways, interviewing as a developer is one of the most mentally taxing processes you have to go through, so it’s crucial that you stay mentally healthy every step of the way. This article will break down how you can set up a sturdy, robust mental and emotional framework to keep you going through the interview slog. Let’s get right into it!

Keep Your Eyes On The (Amazing) Prize

Interviewing as a software engineer is one of the highest return on investments (ROI) any…

Imagine this, but digital

Intro & Context

For those of you who don’t know, my friend Rahul Pandey and I have been growing a completely free over the past ~5 months. Our goal is to take the vast learnings we have accumulated across our combined ~15 years in the Silicon Valley, polish them into an easily digestible format, and give it all away for free. The main way we do this is by hosting bi-weekly-ish live sessions where we break down a complex, important tech topic for anyone who wants to come. After going through some prepared content for ~1 hour, we then…

Learn to focus on what matters

Across the ~4 months Rahul Pandey and I have been building our , we have directly interacted with hundreds of junior developers. Something I deeply believe in and have shared several times with the community is that time is the only resource that truly matters. In today’s extremely chaotic landscape, the world is filled to the brim with distractions and ineffective time sinks. Unfortunately, I see a lot of developers fall into these traps, especially junior ones both inside and outside of our community. …

Nowadays, there is absolutely no shortage of inspirational content on the Internet. I cannot browse my LinkedIn feed for more than 30 seconds before seeing some post about how amazing it was that Mark Zuckerberg built Facebook as just a college student or that Steve Jobs dropped out of college to start Apple from a garage. Yes, there is value in this kind of positive, “go get ‘em” content, but when it’s so omnipresent (I’m looking at you LinkedIn), it leads to people overestimating their abilities and throwing pragmatism out the window. …

Not-so-humblebrag: This is what happens when you understand video performance

Let’s get straight to the point: This article’s purpose is to help you understand why your video is getting the amount of views that it is, whether it’s not as much as you want or way more than expected. If you’re reading this article, the 1st scenario is probably more applicable to you, but the 2nd is also crucial as you naturally want to figure out how to replicate success when you do come across it. Anyways, understanding your video’s performance can be broken down across 3 key metrics:

  1. Click-through rate (CTR)
  2. Watch time
  3. Number of impressions

Click-through Rate (CTR)

In layman’s terms…

Alex Chiou

Android developer @ Robinhood who builds apps with 2 million+ downloads on Google Play and runs a YouTube channel with 133k+ subscribers in his spare time

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