NOTE: This was written and published on December 3, 2020. I’ve since started and posted about my next adventure, along with a little on how I chose it, here.

Today is my last day with The Home Depot.

Those are words I never thought I’d write. One, because I never…

My favorite books for exploring home cooking while waiting out COVID-19

It’s a new world, and in addition to Zooming and Webexing and watching way too much Netflix, a lot of people I know are experimenting with cooking at home for the first time during the Coronavirus-induced stay at home situation. …

Adapted from Reading Between The Wines by Terry Theise. All quotes from this source.

The Nine Aspects Of Flavor That Matter

according to Terry Theise, wine importer and writer


“For me it is the first of first principles. Flavor should be clear.”

For me this is the most profound of the nine aspects. It’s the simplest thing…

Many larger public companies have formal intern programs. This post is primarily aimed at my fellow technology leaders working at a growing startup or tech org, or to a branch of a larger org that doesn’t have a program.

Note: If you’re here because you’re looking for an internship yourself…

Five thoughts on interviewing for a software engineering internship as a Computer Science student or recent code academy graduate, from the perspective of an Engineering Manager who’s just wrapped up hiring a 2019 internship class.

1. This might be the toughest tech job to land in your career

The funnel is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom for a software…

Note: this post in its present state is a placeholder for a later transcription of my talk at the 2018 ML4All machine learning conference in Portland, OR. It contains references to material, code and image credits related to my talk. …

“So my friend tells me you do programming…could you build a site like YouTube?”

This is the big opportunity that my friend told me about, the phone call that I needed to drop everything for and take.


I get this call once or twice a year. Or it’s an…

Visualizing startup deals in the Portland OR Metro Area to understand how investment in the area is changing and how we compare to the rest of the PNW.

Of note: CrunchBase was our primary data source for this study. At some point we’d love to incorporate data from AngelList and…

Jon Oropeza

Software engineer and team leader by experience, startup and business nerd by nature. PDX.

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