Karl Hughes

Technology team builder and startup enthusiast
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There’s not going to be a bailout for the next financial crisis because the federal government already owns the bad debt. 40% of federal student loans are given to parents

Building complex software projects is almost always an iterative process. We rarely get to spend months designing and writing a complete project before releasing something to our users. This process

A few months ago I was looking into an easy way to set up recurring payments without building all the infrastructure on top of a payment processor like Stripe, Braintree,

When you're gainfully employed, it's easier to be a clear judge of a bad job than when you're desperate for your next paycheck. Fortunately for those of us in technical

Back in December Ryan Rhoten got in touch with me about being a guest on his podcast. Ryan's show features business professionals who offer advice, tell stories, and answer Ryan's

If you've made a resolution this year to learn a new skill, why not start with one of the most in-demand career wise? You may assume that to understand something

Last week I got my first article published in the Daily Muse. Here's a sample, but be sure to check out the link below for more: It’s hard for an

December 10, 2014

A while back I used the Government Jobs API for a sample project at a class I was teaching at Startup Institute. That was in Ruby, and they already included

Last week, Packback was invited to pitch at the Challenge Cup event hosted by 1776 and held at 1871. After the first round of one-minute pitches, we were invited back

On Friday, March 14th I'll be giving this presentation to the developers-in-training at StartupInstitute here in Chicago. In this presentation I'll be covering the basic terminology of object oriented programming,

I was invited to speak at the College Media Association's 2013 conference in New Orleans, so I wanted to publicly post my presentations for anyone who is interested. Feel free

College costs continue to rise and the income disparity between college and non-college educated people is at an all-time high.

I started working with The Graide Network in July, and since day one, we've had a seemingly endless list of tasks to tackle. That's a good thing for a startup

We’re in the middle of an unsustainable and growing bubble in the market for software engineering talent. History has given us a template for this kind of out-sized demand before,

Everyone wants to be more productice, but it can be hard to try something new if you’re not even sure where to start. I’ve found Kanban to be helpful for

Not all PHP applications are created equal. An 18-year-old legacy PHP3 application is likely unusable in a modern server environment, and even applications built using PHP 7 aren’t all going

I don't know if this format is right for every application. Here are my justifications for implementing a passwordless login system on JobsToMail, but I look forward to hearing your

While there are a ton of great styleguides from large companies out there, I figured it might be helpful to hear what we learned while creating our first styleguide as

Last summer I inherited a codebase that had been worked on by a couple different contractors over the past year. Like many offshored projects, it was a mess: there was

If you’ve recently started your career as an entry-level engineer somewhere, you’re probably wondering what steps you’ll need to take to climb the ladder. Is it simply a matter of