Posts by Karl L. Hughes

Want to Stay Employed? Be Indispensable

Most people who get fired deserve it. They almost never think that they do, but it’s true and here’s why: they didn’t make themselvesĀ indispensable. Employers don’t have an obligation to keep employees on the books. In fact, I believe that good companies cut waste regularly – including personnel. When an employee isn’t delivering your company […]

Why I’ve Decided to Give Up Alcohol…For a While at Least

Three years ago I started to change my relationship with physical things. Up until that point, I think my aspirations were pretty typical of a middle class college student: graduate, get a decent job with a big company, save money, buy a house, retire at 65, etc., etc. But for some reason, I began to […]

The Myth of the Hero

A lot of people assume that when you want great talent, you need a hero; someone who will rush in, destroy every barrier, and magically carry his team to victory. Unfortunately, heros like this are mostly mythical beings. Here’s why heros are an unrealistic myth I play for a couple casual beach volleyball teams here […]

Presentation: Intro to Object Oriented Code Design

On Friday, March 14th I’ll be giving this presentation to the developers-in-training at StartupInstitute here in Chicago. In this presentation I’ll be covering the basic terminology of object oriented programming, examples of how they work in Ruby, and a coding challenge. The presentation slides are available here: If you have any questions or you’d like […]

On Leaving Uloop for Packback Books

This month marked the end of my first startup experience and the beginning of my next one. I decided to leave Uloop after two years as their director of news, and take a position with Packback Books as their fourth full time team member and lead software engineer. Parting ways with my friends and colleagues […]

Database of Accredited Colleges in the United States

I spent way too much time yesterday looking for a list (or SQL file) of all the colleges in the US along with their addresses, cities, and states. I finally found this, which was okay, but it wasn’t formatted well enough for me to plop into a database, so I did a little Excel magic […]

My College Media Presentations: NOLA 2013

I was invited to speak at the College Media Association’s 2013 conference in New Orleans, so I wanted to publicly post my presentations for anyone who is interested. Feel free to let me know if you have questions, comments, feedback, or whatever. Sponsored Content in College Media Gamification of the College Newsroom

A Personal Update for Those Who are Interested

I’ve been in Chicago just over a year now, and it’s crazy to think about how much I’ve learned and lived since I moved up here after graduation. This is just a personal update on my past year, so if that doesn’t interest you, feel free to read something else. Go ahead, I won’t be […]

The Key to Networking: Keeping in Touch

I’m a huge fan of social media, and I don’t think there’s any secret about that. That said, social media isn’t the best way to keep up with everybody. I have dozens of contacts that I’ve met throughout my entrepreneurial career thus far, and making sure I keep up with the ones who really matter […]

Why I’ve Decided to Go Vegetarian

There was a time not too long ago when swearing off meat put you in a very strange, die-hard, animal-praising class of people. In 1970, only 1% of Americans self-identified as vegetarians. Since awareness of the health and environmental issues surrounding modern meat production has increased though, the number of vegetarians has risen dramatically (somewhere […]