Becoming a Tech Lead: How I've Balanced Coding with Coaching

In an engineering organization with many small teams, it’s important to develop technical leaders who can be both successful engineers and effective mentors. Depending on the company, team, or person, there’s a lot of variation in what that looks like in practice. At HubSpot, our definition of a tech lead (TL) clearly states: They should spend most of their time on the product, not on people.

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What the Best Product Manager Candidates Say During an Interview

Whether you’re trying to break into the world of product management or have been part of it for years, interviewing for a product manager role is hard. There’s no one right answer to any question because there’s no one right way to do product management. The skills and perspectives that would make you a great PM at one organization might not translate at others. But there’s one thing that is true across the board and that’s that preparation can make or break an interview.

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Crushing Code...and Expectations of Women in Tech

"There is a profound joy in surprising those who underestimated you." Our co-founder tweeted that last week and like any Justin Bieber song, it's been stuck in my head ever since. I couldn't figure out why it struck such a chord at first. Then it hit me: Surprising people who underestimate me is my favorite thing about being a woman in tech.

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The 5 Whys Of Feature Bloat

It seems that just about everyone knows that a product that is a large heap of stinkin’ features is a Not Great Thing. There are hundreds of articles written on the topic of good product management and why it’s so important to fight the good fight against feature bloat. 

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Celebrating 2015, a Blockbuster Year for People and Products

It isn’t hard for product people at HubSpot to agree on what the most important milestone of 2015 was. We spent months anticipating it, hours preparing for it, and days reflecting on the highs and the lows after it was over. That’s right, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a defining highlight. But like many engineers, designers, and product leaders around the world, our development team has a lot to celebrate from the past year beyond the destruction of a third, even larger Death Star.

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Modern Java at HubSpot

HubSpot’s core technology stack has been through a lot of change and iteration. What started as a simple content system based off a C# framework has evolved into a broad application platform. Today, our tech stack is made up of hundreds of services and dozens of full-fledged products. We’ve experimented with a lot of languages and frameworks along the way: We’ve built services in Go, Scala, node.js, and Ruby, and launched major product initiatives in Python and Java.

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