Maria Keenan

Breaking into Coding from a Non-Traditional Background

The notion of the “traditional” career path is dead. If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that my beginnings were as a telemarketer. But, even before that, while working as a cashier, I once tried to charge an elderly woman for 184 turnips of which she only wanted one.

And I’m not alone in that. At least not in metaphor.

Chloe Condon (pictured below) is a “Developer Evangelist” and assures me that doesn’t mean she’s in a cult. She shared with me how she went from re-writing and performing the lyrics to a Frozen song, to being a programmer for Sentry. In other words, how she got into the tech industry with no experience.

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Maria Keenan

The Gift of Giving - An Event Round Up

Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It's a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play. - Maya Angelou

My family sees the festive season as a time to do whatever small amount of work we can for others. Mum knits those tiny hats you see on Innocent smoothie bottles (the proceeds of which go towards aiding the elderly in the winter), my sister sells books for women's shelters, and I collect food for families in need.

With that in mind (and heart) on the 1st of December, I wanted to share some of the customers we work with at Tito. Each of these groups helps communities and under-represented people by uplifting them to a point where they can represent themselves on a greater scale for the greater good:

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Annie Lowney

Tactics You Need To Use When Planning A Career Fair

Colleen Casey of Devex, a global development community, shares her tips.

There is a lot of expectation from attendees when they sign up for a career fair. They put hope and trust in you as an organiser. Job hunting is as tough as the steak that my mother “cooks” and, unfortunately, there are umpteen career fairs out there that don't make it much easier.

Attendees are packed into a stuffy venue. They queue for too long to get a leaflet from a recruiter that's too busy to talk to them but says, “here’s a free keyring.” Why should an attendee have to print out their resumé if they already paid to attend the fair? Isn’t it a tad cheeky to expect them to fork out more to do that, especially if they are unemployed? Wouldn’t it be refreshing to create a careers fair that puts its attendees needs first? 

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Paul Campbell

On Our Recent Downtime

On my recent post about our current job openings, I linked to our status page which showed our near-100% uptime for the past 6 months. We had just weathered a bit of downtime due to a big sale.

The universe sent us another tricky situation this week, causing about an hour of spotty performance during a surge sale that, as it turned out, we should have been able to handle.

I’d like to talk a little bit about these recent downtime events, what caused them, and what we’re doing to prevent this kind of thing in the future.

A Bit of Background

The vast majority of the time, Tito isn’t an inordinately busy application. We serve several thousand organisers who sell a few thousand tickets every day. The problems occur when an event goes on sale at a given time, and lots of people hit the site at once.

This makes it hard to manage: unless we’re in direct contact with the organiser, we can’t anticipate one of these “spikes”, so we have to plan that they could happen at any given time.

Way back in the early days, we hadn’t done any load-testing, and there were a number of significant failures to handle what we would now consider moderate load. We knew we needed to do something, so we took the following steps:

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Maria Keenan

A Highly Creative Event Round-Up

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. - Scott Adams

This week on Tito, I wanted to dig into some of the events that our customers curate that focus on showcasing creativity in different forms.

By definition, entrepreneurs have to do something new every time and, to show how those efforts manifest, here are three shining examples:

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