Matt Miller is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of CareerBliss.com – an online career community that helps everyone find happiness in the workplace. Matt is also the Chief Technology Officer of CyberCoders, a leading recruiting firm that places top talent in every job type and industry.
Prior to co-founding CareerBliss, Matt worked in the defense industry for the National Security Agency and Lockheed Martin Corporation focusing on security, automation and large data systems, helping people do their jobs more efficiently.
Matt holds a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Computer Science from Penn State University.
What are you working on right now?
Continuing to build amazing features for CareerBliss! Where you work and how happy you are at that job really impacts your overall happiness in life. CareerBliss strives to provide transparency regarding what it’s like inside a company you’re interested in, so the stress and guessing game of ‘is joining this company the right decision for me?’ question a little easier to answer. With respect to that we are continuously building new and interesting features for our users.
3 trends that excite you?
Openness. Strong acceptance of open source systems and data sharing through APIs (such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc)
Personalization. The vastness of the web becoming much more personalized to each users’ preferences and social networks.
Mobility. It seems like each I’m able to access more and more from my mobile devices rather than my desktop/laptop.
How do you bring ideas to life?
One of the great things about software development is it’s easy to pop open an IDE and start hacking away at an idea! Also, having an amazing team to work with has helped bring make many of our ideas a reality. Having a group of people around that share your intensity, dedication, and passion for a great product make a huge difference in getting a project off the ground.
What inspires you?
Individuals that know what they want and work hard to achieve their goals!
What is one mistake you’ve made, and what did you learn from it?
Not hiring fast enough. If a stellar person crosses your path hire them! They’ll more than pay for themselves.
What is one book and one tool (i.e., piece of software) that helps you bring ideas to life?
“Founders at Work” is a great book on how successful startups went from small to large, and the pains they went through. Very insightful and full of great tips!
Who would you love to see interviewed on IdeaMensch?
Joel Spolsky of FogCreek Software and StackOverflow.com