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After building IT systems and departments at national and international startups, I recognized the same trend would repeatedly occur. I set out to build a series of guides to help navigate the many IT decisions a leader will make before hiring an IT team. Any vendor, service, or product that I endorse is purely the result of their ability to serve your business — I have no stake in any of them. If this article is helpful and you’d like to explore consulting engagements, please message me or visit my website — www.dave-bour.com for more information.

The Way We Think

I would argue transitioning from a hands-on, technical role into a manager, director, or any strategic position will be most challenging task for those in technical fields (IT/Engineering/Product). While a good individual contributor (IC) will already possess cross-functional and interdepartmental soft skills, letting go of performing the work, respecting alternative approaches to a solution, and learning how to bring out the best in another human begins as an unnatural process. There are three obstacles any IC will need to overcome to be a successful manager. …


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After building IT systems and departments at national and international startups, I recognized the same trend would repeatedly occur. I set out to build a series of guides to help navigate the many IT decisions a leader will make before hiring an IT team. Any vendor, service, or product that I endorse is purely the result of their ability to serve your business — I have no stake in any of them. If this article is helpful and you’d like to explore consulting engagements, please message me or visit my website — www.dave-bour.com for more information.

Often considered the least sexy of all IT endeavors, Security Trainings can sit on the ‘to-do’ list for a very long time. A barrier to checking this one off is simply figuring out what it should cover. …


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After building IT systems and departments at national and international startups, I recognized the same trend would repeatedly occur. I set out to build a series of guides to help navigate the many IT decisions a leader will make before hiring an IT team. Any vendor, service, or product that I endorse is purely the result of their ability to serve your business — I have no stake in any of them. If this article is helpful and you’d like to explore consulting engagements, please message me or visit my website — www.dave-bour.com for more information.

A day will come when you say “I can’t do this anymore” and you’ll be referring to setting up a constant string of new computers, making menial decisions between mice and monitors — this one costs $300 more but the screen refresh rate is higher and there’s a blue tint, is it worth it? You’ll transfer the responsibilities to an administrator or someone in HR and an engineer will help with the networking until they, too, say “I can’t do this anymore”. …


After building IT systems and departments at national and international startups, I recognized the same trends occuring repeatedly. I set out to build a series of guides to navigate the many IT decisions a founder will make before hiring an IT team. Any vendor, service, or product that I endorse is purely the result of their ability to serve you and your business — I have no stake in any of them. If this article is helpful and you’d like to explore consulting engagements, please message me or visit my website — dave-bour.com for more information.

Considerations

In IT, hardware can be defined as laptops (Mac/Windows), network equipment (firewall, router, switch, wireless access point), and peripherals (mouse, keyboard, monitor, printers). …


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With 10+ years in Information Technology in regulated and unregulated industries, these are the steps I’ve ingrained in myself and my team before we issue a new computer laptop. Most of these tools are free and available to any company of any size. Let’s get started.

Rule № 1: Turn on Full Disk Encryption

Cost: Free using built-in tools

Apple calls their tool Filevault while Microsoft Windows refers to theirs as Bitlocker. Apple’s is available on all devices while Windows Home does not offer Bitlocker — you must be using Business or Pro.

How To Do It

While taking 30 seconds to turn on, encryption will occur in the background over the course of several hours. You can follow Apple’s instructions or Microsoft’s instructions based on the device you’re issuing. …


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Each startup I’ve joined has had clear opportunities to address gaps in technical security. Let’s evaluate some of the quick wins to increase your startup’s security posture.

Data Security

A key task when hardening company laptops is enabling full disk encryption (FDE). It’s free using tools built into the operating system and is now considered a basic security measure that all companies should have enabled. Filevault for Mac and Bitlocker for Windows can be enabled with ease — just make sure to save the key where the device user and yourself can access it.


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Implementing these three things is often the first thing I do when I join a startup.

While these are my top three IT recommendations to any business over 50 employees, some view these as ‘nice to haves’ as companies of this size are laser-focused on growth, product/service, and strategy. However, delaying these measures is a form of technical debt that will be paid for at a later date.

These IT functions are foundational so consider this — for every SaaS service or employee added, someone will have to retroactively change all their work habits and your companies work culture to use the tools below. …


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After 12 years in IT, I have reviewed countless applications across many industries for roles on my team. This post is intended to provide insight from a hiring manager’s perspective to help job seekers understand the other side.

I was lucky to join Medly Pharmacy during a high growth phase prior to COVID-19. My opinions presented here do not reflect those of my employer but if they resonate with you, I encourage you to reach out to me or check out our job board for open roles.

How to Identify a Startup

By definition, Startups are immature businesses and can be characterized by the following three traits. …


Namaste!

This post is intended to supplement the fantastic information provided by HippeInHeels and BrokeBackpacker. I used their sites to familiarize myself with India before backpacking through it for several months. I generally cover packing, handling money, transportation, using the post office, getting a SIM card, and offer miscellaneous tips based on my experiences.

About Me

My experience is influenced by who I am. This section provides context to understand my decisions as some of mine may not be appropriate for you.

I am a tatooed American white male with long hair from New York City. I work in IT and do some remote freelancing. I turned 36 while in India and was in the Army Reserves for a few years when I was 18. I am a certified Yoga and Indoor Cycling Instructor. When given options, I usually choose the more difficult of them. …

About

Dave Bour

Building IT infrastructure and teams where there was none before. Fitness, wellness, and adventure enthusiast. Consulting + more at www.dave-bour.com

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