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I just got an email from LinkedIN saying they were removing the GitHub app. I'm amazed they waited this long, because Github is going to eat LinkedIn's lunch when it comes to recruiting geeks.

❝ These days, there's a new game in town -- GitHub, a place where hiring managers and recruiters alike are increasingly turning to find not just the potential employees who look best on paper, but the ones that actively (and publicly) demonstrate their capabilities. ❞

Not "going to". Already is.

Most developers aren't on LinkedIn because they got tired of recruiters.

They've already been on GitHub for years.

 And yet, I know a lot of good developers who don't now and have no plans to use GitHub. 

Folks looking for silver bullets are likely to be disappointed. 

Here's what I don't get what folks haven't figured out; if DevBootcamp or AppAcademy can train a new junior web developer in 8-12 weeks why doesn't a smart, mid-sized (100+) startup company start their own internal academy/bootcamp for Design, Coding, and Product/Biz Dev. 

Take the best design students, students with degrees in STEM, and/or folks with business aptitude and train them. 

GE, J&J and other fortune 500s spend 2 years on "leadership development" tracks, which are now preferable to MBA.

How have tech companies not figured this out? I'm befuddled at how all these smart people cannot come up with their own solution -- and yet constantly complain that "education is broken." 

> internal academy/bootcamp for Design, Coding, and Product/Biz Dev. 

You seem to be describing a D-school.http://dschool.stanford.edu

 I agree, this is the future.

> How have tech companies not figured this out?

Um, because most "tech people" hate having to deal with human beings? :-)

 It is easy to get tech companies to invest time, effort, and money on technology development.  It is almost impossible to get them to invest anything in developing human beings.

I'm disappointed that the D School is not actually a school:

Sure, we’re called the d.school. But we’re not actually one of Stanford’s seven schools, and we don’t grant degrees. Instead, our students are all enrolled in other degree-granting programs on campus—everything from computer science PhDs to education master’s students to MD programs.

Think that will ever change -- that the d.school actually gets accredited and starts offering degrees?

If there's enough demand for it; it's an economics game. My sense is no. They charge tuition-like rates for "design bootcamps" that are just a few days! Imagine paying tuition-level fees for a couple days of class.

e.g. Executive MBA 

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