Techstars, current projects and more…

A new chapter has began for me in 2017. I’ve joined a great company and program: Techstars. I’ve also re-evaluated some of my goals and have began working on them. This blog post is dedicated to exploring my current activities and making some of my goals more transparent!

Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars

As some of you already know, I’ve joined the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator program this year as a technical associate. For those who are not familiar, Techstars is an accelerator for early stage stage start-ups (among other things). Through its global programs, Techstars is able to select, validate and invest into 8-12 companies each cohort. These programs are offered in most major cities across the world and Techstars just keeps adding to their repertoire on a regular basis.

Cedars-Sinai is a 958-bed hospital in the Los Angeles area which has partnered with Techstars in order to bring the companies in “my” program up to speed and potentially partner with them in the future.

This particular program has selected 8 companies for this particular group and my goal as an associate is to aid the program as well as the companies in their mission to grow and improve over the 3 months. More information about the companies can be found here: Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars.

As we progress through the program, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of impactful mentors which will be working closely with the companies. These people include medical staff from the hospital, CTOs, Founders, Engineering Managers and much more.

Goals for the next few months

As I hope to take full advantage of the Techstars program, my goals are still to land a solid position at the end of my contract (end of April). To do so, I’m maximizing my networking opportunities, learning new technologies and getting ready for certification tests.

Business Acumen

I’ve always had a drive for technology, but also a thirst for learning. As I work closely with the companies at Techstart, my goal is to learn to they operate, how they make business decisions, how they build relationships, how they position their products and more. In other words, I’m looking to combine my technical expertise with business learnings.

On the same note, I’m doing some research in my spare time on how the above decisions are made, why they are made and what sort of impact they have on the organization.

CCNA Certification again…

As I’ve deviated from this goal numerous times in the past, I’d like to once more dedicate time to learning this technology and passing the exam once and for all. I’ve got deadlines set and the book for the first exam is about 40% complete.

I’m also looking into potentially working on the AWS Associate certification, but I won’t commit until CCNA is complete.

Software & Programming

Keeping up with my Java, C/C++ & programming knowledge is still a priority. I’ve committed to going through the Cracking The Coding Interview Book and solving every single problem in there.

I’ve also been practicing on CodeFights which is a site with many programming challenges. Make sure to click the link and join me on it!

Conclusion

Goals are set, objectives will be met.

Cheers,
Vlad