Surviving downturns, remaining relevant and figuring out what's important in your career

The tech industry is undergoing a change not seen since the turn of the century - tech companies of all kinds are laying people off, hiring freezes are more frequent, the era of blitzscaling is over, and it’s becoming harder for startups to raise funding. All of this against a backdrop of economic uncertainty. However, in the words of Douglas Adams, don’t panic. Opportunity is everywhere in the technology industry, but following your passion is terrible advice for developing your career, as it turns out. This session talks about experiences and some lessons learned the hard way over a 24 year career in the industry, through downturns and upswings.