Kent C. Dodds


wife, 4 kids, & a dog

PayPal, Inc.

Zero to 60

in software development

How to jumpstart your career

Please Stand...

if you are able ❤️ ♿️

What this talk is

  • My personal experiences
  • Things I messed up
  • Things I got right
  • Hopefully inspirational!

What this talk is not

  • A bullet-proof method for a "get rich quick scheme"
  • How to climb the corporate ladder
  • Your mileage may vary...


Brief History






Consume Curated Content

link to these slides:

Learn from others

  • Water-cooler chats
  • Instant Messaging (Discord/Slack/Gitter/etc.)
  • Stack Overflow
  • Co-working spaces
  • Meetups
  • Conferences

Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.

- George Evans


to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.

-Stephen R. Covey


Filtered List

Why is "x" so...

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.

-Grace Hopper

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

-Thomas A. Edison

Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. 

- Coco Chanel


Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.


Teaching is nature's way of letting you know how sloppy your understanding is.

-Ashley G. Williams

Intro to AngularJS

How I got into Egghead

While persistence offers no guarantees, it does give 'luck' a chance to operate.

- Tom Shippey


No cool quotes... Just

  • Open Source
  • Blog
  • Screencast
  • Record your talks
  • Answer StackOverflow
  • Help people on Discord/Slack
  • Help in issues on a repo

Don't be afraid to try

You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

- Wayne Gretzky

Smart    Hard Worker

Hard Worker    Nice



- John Jesse


Thank you!