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Founder at Exceptionly. Software talent problem solver https://exceptionly.com

We broke the global software talent industry. According to various sources, the global IT outsourcing market value reached over 400 billion dollars in 2020. Highly skilled software engineers from all around the world are the key actors in this market. Yet, they can only get 60 billion dollars/year (approximately 15% of the talent capital).

Global pandemic changed the way we work and put all of us into a forced remote work situation, this may sound insignificant, but its butterfly effect is highly disruptive. Here’s how:

Problem #1 — Outsourcing and the middle-men


“More technology companies die of Software Engineer indigestion than starvation”

You just read my version of the famous quote from Bill Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett Packard. “Technology” and “Software Engineer” words belong to me.

Unlike most managers say, I don’t believe there is a software engineering talent shortage in the world, and I can prove it! I’ve hands-on tested over 2 million software engineers in the last seven years and hired slightly above 4 thousand. We need to change the way we manage, measure performance and attract talent.

Employee turnover is one of the main problems of the tech industry…


Once you decide to go remote, you open your virtual company doors to 8 billion people worldwide. The volume of remote job seekers is massive, and this is why you need to be extremely careful. Your first alarming signal is your candidate-to-hire ratio. If you are hiring over 1% of remote software engineers coming through your open positions, you are doing something wrong. An extremely high-quality bar is how enterprise companies hedge their bets and protect their software engineering budgets.

Know What You Want


The ultimate underdog figure. Mohammad Ali, before greatness — then known as Cassius Marcellus Clay

This post was written before I build Exceptionly for revolutionizing the software talent industry through objective hands-on testing for both employers and engineers.

Your company will prefer working with highly skilled underdogs from around the world simply because underdogs fight harder and have less to lose.

Remote work is serving as a globalization accelerator for over a decade now. With the arrival of high-speed and affordable internet around the globe, it is transforming the way we work faster than ever these days. My personal trick for monitoring trends is looking at software investment being made around that specific topic. …


This post was written before I build Exceptionly for revolutionizing the software talent industry through objective hands-on testing for both employers and engineers around the world.

At Crossover (my former company), Andy Tryba (CEO) is running monthly book club meetings. People from all around the world are virtually getting together for a casual 30 mins meeting where we discuss the book of the month. It’s always fascinating to see how people learn and remember different things from the same book.

In this post, I’m going to share quotes from the book named Radical Candor authored by Kim Scott as my…


This post was written before I build Exceptionly for revolutionizing the software talent industry through objective hands-on testing for both employers and engineers.

In the past week, I’ve been watching a National Geographic documentary on Netflix. The one named One Strange Rock. The 10-episode series is interesting not only because it’s telling a unique story of our blue marble through a group of astronauts who have spent 1000 days in space but also giving great insights into how going to space changed the way they look at the world and life. …


This post was written before I build Exceptionly for revolutionizing the software talent industry through objective hands-on testing for both employers and engineers.

We all have that colleague at work, the guy who tends to build very long sentences — over 20 words — , using strange terminology to deliver his messages not once or twice, almost every single time. The easiest path is either tagging him with ‘genius’ or ‘weirdo’ but I believe we can do better than that.

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You may have not realized but you likely suffer from the same curse if you’ve spent over 10,000 hours on…


If you have management experience of over five years, you probably already have an idea of what I’m talking about. In the majority of teams and workgroups around the world, there are Superstar and Rockstar types of people inside. We’re not going to talk about below-average people in this post.

After years of executive work for global software companies, I built Exceptionly for revolutionizing the software talent industry through objective hands-on testing for both employers and engineers.

I liked the way Radical Candor covering this topic because it’s real and it resonated in my business memories. Leaving below-average people and…


For years I worked in a hybrid model, a model where I had to go to the office but also manage remote subordinates. Since 2015, I’m working in a 100% remote environment. After years of executive work for global software companies, I built Exceptionly for revolutionizing the software talent industry through objective hands-on testing for both employers and engineers. In this post, I’m going to unveil what tools you need in order to be successful in a remote work environment.

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Some quick learnings:

  1. There’s no room for unproductive meetings and company gossips in a remote work environment
  2. Remote work can only succeed if…


This post was written before I build Exceptionly for revolutionizing the software talent industry through objective hands-on testing.

I’ve visited Tel Aviv, Israel on June 17–18 to meet with some important business contacts. It was a typical business trip, but we were able to use the occasion to generate value beyond just the in-person meetings.

In this post, I will explain how we turned Andy’s visit into a lead generation machine. Here are the aspects we’ll cover in this post:

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  1. Planning
  2. Target Audience, Data work
  3. Organizing Meetup
  4. Promotion
  5. PR
  6. Content Production
  7. Results

1- Planning

We started planning Andy’s schedule in Israel after…

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