Sam Lightstone

Making it Big in Software
48 minutes, 22.1mb, recorded 2010-06-10
Sam Lightstone

Sam Lightstone, author of the the book, Making it Big in Software, discusses the process of moving up from initial education through eventual job success. He talks about the importance of the mentoring process for apprentice software engineers, as well as how crucial innovation is to success.

Sam Lightstone is the creator of as well as Program Director and Senior Technical Staff Member with IBM’s Software Group, where he works on product strategy and R&D for one of the world’s largest software engineering teams. Sam is a sought-after public speaker, author, and prolific inventor who still spends a good part of his professional time recruiting and mentoring software engineers. Sam has presented to dozens of Fortune 500 companies, industrial and scientific conferences, and major universities on topics related to careers, technology trends, and emerging research needs. Sam has been quoted in eWeek, InformationWeek, InfoWorld, and the MIT Technology Review. His management career has spanned from small high-performance applied research teams up to large-scale projects with more than 200 staff across multiple geographies.

Sam is the founder of the IEEE Data Engineering Workgroup on Self Managing Database Systems and a member of the International Advisory Committee of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Autono­mous and Autonomic Computing Systems. Sam is inventor and co-inventor of more than 30 patents and patents pending and author of several books and scientific papers. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Master of Computer Science & Software Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Sam is a former national class competitive foil fencer and enjoys spending time with his ­family, cycling, and playing guitar.


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