Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

Over the past 10 years, I’ve been working to make the change from high-performing individual contributor to a manager. If you’re in the same boat, you may be wondering when you’re going to be trained on how to make this transition. …


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Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

There’s a concept in the medical community of bedside manner, which is a doctor’s attitude or approach towards a patient. As COVID becomes a preventable disease, health care professionals are reporting on their frustration as hospitals see a rise in patients with unnecessary cases.

I can imagine how…


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An Administrative Note

I may sometimes break with the IT theme, this is one of those times.The content here will only sometimes align with my career👍 If non-IT topics interest you, please consider joining my weekly newsletter on Substack — https://davebour.substack.com/.

I hadn’t counted my tattoos until our startup was doing a round robin of Intersting Tidbits as an icebreaker.

It turns out, I had 55 and was just as surprised as everyone else. …


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Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

Why Incorporate Strategic Planning?

Regardless of scale, a well executed strategic plan can be beautiful. You may be assembling 10+ large scale IT initatives over the course of 2 years or deploying a massive single sign-on initiative within 3 months. When things come together and it “just works” or you’ve successfully anticipated…


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Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

By necessity, we’re all alchemists — our lives are a series of transmutation. Food into body (you are what you eat), potential energy into action, paper mache and all kinds of arts and crafts.

A large part of life — working —…


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Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

For 13 years, people have been selling me problems between the hours of 9:00a and 5:00p. …


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Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

In the past year, the US housed more startups than any other country. Abundant wealth and accumulation of resources has made the prospect of funding new ventures quite attractive, but we’ve increasingly utilized it as leverage to offset the cost of inefficiency.

When your capital is no longer…


When I interview for a new role, I expect to explain my varied work history in detail and to every person with whom I speak. While it certainly deserves some scrutiny, moving around in the startup industry has yielded unique insights into culture, mission, and what drives success.

What I’ve found is that dysfunctional trends are not always the result of intentional behavior or poor group dynamics. Rather, when influential parties are neutral or passive, the lack of positive leadership and good business practices leads to the same destination. …


Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

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.

We’re going to tackle this in the same format as a…


Hello! I build IT teams and design IT Systems for startups and nonprofits. I consistently encounter the same problems, so I set out to create a series of guides to help others navigate the IT Ecosystem. You can learn more about my philosphies via my website dave-bour.com or via my weekly newsletter.

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…

Dave Bour

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

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