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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.


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…


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…


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…

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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