Getting into Cloud (ft. Forrest Brazeal)


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This week we have another guest interview with the multi-talented Forrest Brazeal (site, twitter, newsletter) who is one of the most passionate cloud advocates in the world. Definitely check out A Cloud Guru's Cloud Resume Challenge if you or someone you know is interested in getting into the cloud, and stay for his hot takes on mid-century children's literature!
0:00 - Intro & Background
1:55 - Cloud Resume Challenge
- a child of the pandemic
5:57 - Success Stories
- Hall of fame
- Pay-as-you-go cloud made this much more affordable
9:17 - Community & Cohorts
- Join the Discord
10:09 - Employers
- Most people don't even need Forrest's network
- You learn real knowledge going through the projects
- Being able to grow inhouse talent is a competitive advantage
- We need more internships and rotations in the industry
14:23 - Cloud Specializations
- Monthly challenges are themed
- Kesha Williams Machine Learning Challenge
15:20 - Career Advice
- Be careful about general advice - we all start from different places
- What DOES work is sharing your network and privilege
16:58 - The Value of Networks
- Don't play Resume Roulette - spray & pray
- Networking is not beneath you
- This is you evaluating the industry as much as the other way around
- Giving the gift of your network and referrals does way more than advice
19:15 - The Right Way to Get Referrals
- always see if you can get a referral when applying
- "How do you know this person" - Cold DMs for referrals don't work
- engage in the community, write blogposts, try stuff out, tag the creator
- Pick Up What They Put Down
22:16 - Why Own Your Content
- Its fine to start on or Medium
- But eventually it's important to own your domain/mailing list
23:45 - Specialization vs Megatrends
- Didn't choose the Serverless life, Severless chose me
- Can't forecast 10 yrs ahead - just listen to megatrends
- Generational trends - Lindy effect
- Hypergrowth trends - capturing big % of population every year
- Text Editor wars -> VS Code
26:41 - Mid-century Children's Literature
- Perceptions of reality
- Virginia writing alternate history of the Civil War
- Japanese WW2 equivalent
- Subjective vs Objective Reality
29:05 - The Read-Aloud Cloud
- explain Cloud to non-technical people
- people don't have an intuitive model for why Cloud exists
- helps them ask the right questions
Speaker Links
- Forrest Brazeal (@forrestbrazeal): Site, Twitter, Newsletter, The Read Aloud Cloud
- Randall (@randallkanna): The Standout Developer
- Swyx (@swyx): The Coding Career Handbook
- Discuss this episode on Circle

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