Corporate Training helps Charleston company move to automation

The company name lives up to the incredibly hot industry.

BoomTown, an online real estate marketing platform, is a tool agents use to manage leads and marketing for buying and selling homes. BoomTown started as a small start-up but has grown to around 250 employees. Business is, excuse the pun, booming.

Brian Baumgartner leads the quality assurance team at BoomTown. The team is responsible for testing all new features in the BoomTown platform, guaranteeing the product is the best it can be before going into market. In the early days of being a nimble start-up, all quality testing was manual with the QA team scrambling to get the products in market quickly. The company grew from the scrappiness of start-up culture to a more mature company and began to look at ways to streamline their processes.

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Go west: Rachel’s story

An internship at a Charleston, S.C. marketing firm was the first step in Rachel Almeida ending up at The Iron Yard, but her path from an intern maintaining WordPress site for a marketing agency to Web Developer at MomentFeed had an unusual catalyst.

“It was actually my boss at the marketing firm who told me about The Iron Yard,” said Rachel. After working on WordPress during the internship, Rachel started investigating code schools, and made up her mind to attend a code school in New York. “My boss came up to me and said ‘I know you want to leave, but you don’t have to go all the way to New York. There’s a coding school here.’”

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From U.N. intern in Nepal to Java Engineer at Fidelity: Nathan’s story

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in development economics and a master’s degree in political economy of late development, Canada-born Nathan Martin landed an internship with the Canadian branch of the United Nations in Kathmandu, Nepal. He spent most of his time researching and writing for the U.N., which led him to become a full-time writer after the internship was over. He wrote business blog posts and magazine articles for a variety of clients, which allowed him the freedom to continue traveling while he worked. Read More

From finance to software engineering: Ryan’s story

When Ryan Huber moved with his new wife to Charleston, S.C. from Charlotte, N.C. last year, he thought transitioning from a job he loved as a financial representative in a small credit union to a different job in a large bank wouldn’t be a big deal. It didn’t take long for him to realize that banking wasn’t for him, and he started searching for a new direction. Today, Ryan and his wife live in Greenville, S.C. and he is happily employed as an Interaction Engineer.

We recently sat down for a chat with Ryan to find out how and why he decided to make the leap into software engineering. Here’s his story.  Read More