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Company culture matters — here’s what employees expect of you

Thought Leadership presented by Sequoia Holdings. By Richard Stroupe Jr., CEO, Sequoia Holdings Inc. In the middle of the recent economic headwinds we have all read about (e.g. tax cliff, sequester, debt ceiling, rising healthcare costs, etc.), businesses both large and small have resorted to layoffs, cut-backs and compensation reductions to protect historical margins. It’s a concerning trend that has unfortunately created stress and anxiety for
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What LEGOs taught me about software development

Thought Leadership presented by Sequoia Holdings. Many hours of my childhood was spent playing with LEGOs. I would build model after model, only to tear them apart and rebuild something new. My family had two large tubs filled to the brim with them. Some of them were inherited from as far back as my dad's childhood, while others had been slowly accumulated from years of buying,
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Blindly following best practices: Not a best practice

Thought Leadership presented by Sequoia Holdings. I believe that as a software developer it is my calling to write good software. Not just software. Good software. In the same way that the medical profession's calling is to promote their patient's health, and the law profession's calling is to defend the interests of their client, so I think should the programmer's calling require a high standard of
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Sequoia Holdings LogoAbout Sequoia Holdings: Founded in 2012, Sequoia is determined to become a leading provider of technological innovation and leadership across analytic, enterprise and cyber security initiatives for our US Government and Commercial Clients. We’re committed to delivering tangible value to our customers and employees by providing high end IT and engineering services centered on improving the analytic, collection, collaboration and sharing of data. As a trusted, long-term partner, Sequoia works side by side with our clients, offering expert, objective software and systems development lifecycle advice and solutions to help solve their most important and complex problems. Our unique approach to developing innovative technology consulting solutions combines deep domain expertise with strong capabilities in strategy, analytics, technology and operations. Our development practices involve more than just working with the latest technologies. We also advocate and follow many industry best practices and partner with leading innovative commercial providers. We leverage proven agile methods and open source technologies to build stable, scalable, extensible software for our clients. Our employees are passionate about developing innovative software solutions and Sequoia is committed to helping them stay in front of the technology curve.

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T. Richard Stroupe is a highly accomplished, entrepreneurial leader with extensive experience in business startup/growth, board governance, system/software development, education, and technical consulting. Mr. Stroupe is a competitive visionary with an innate ability to advise organizations in today’s challenging economy utilizing an objective approach to conceptualize and implement effective strategies and solutions. He offers exceptional experience building, selling, and assisting new/existing startups and small businesses to become profitable growth organizations.

From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Stroupe founded and grew TRS Consulting, Inc. from a concept to a $14M company prior to acquisition. He established the strategic vision and led operations, finance, business development, and the design/delivery of agile based standards around open source solutions. Mr. Stroupe effectively established TRS as an advocate for innovation/change and proven leader within the US Intelligence Community. TRS was recognized as one of the fastest growth companies in the Washington, DC area in 2008 and 2009. It was also named the #1 “Best Place to Work” in the midsize category by the Washington Business Journal in 2009.  TRS was acquired by NCI Information Systems in 2009 and Mr. Stroupe served as Sr. Vice President and General Manager for NCI until 2011.

In April 2011, Mr. Stroupe founded Crimson Holdings, LLC and Crimson Consulting Group, LLC and currently serves as Managing Principal for both entities partnering with entrepreneurs and advising startups. He manages a balance angel investment fund and assists clients in making decisions regarding leadership, strategy, operations, mergers/acquisitions, technology, corporate governance, organizational structures, and negotiations. Mr. Stroupe is also an Investing Member within Blu Venture Investors, a venture capital investment company based in Vienna VA supporting early stage entrepreneurs.

In June 2012, Mr. Stroupe co-founded Sequoia Holdings, Inc and currently serves as President and CEO offering high-end software development and engineering services for the US Intelligence Community centered on improving intelligence collection, collaboration, and information sharing. Sequoia provides engineering and analytic solutions to the national security sector, including the US Intelligence, defense and homeland security communities. Sequoia has established itself as a leader in assisting the national security sector with strategy, architecture, migration and development solutions in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud for the Intelligence community or C2S Cloud.

Mr. Stroupe also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University teaching Launching Technical Ventures for the School of Engineering and Applied Science and previously served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Georgetown University assisting the Director of Entrepreneurship as a mentor and advisor to students targeting entrepreneurial careers.

Mr. Stroupe received his Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from The George Washington University, Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Appalachian State University and is a graduate of the Owner/President Management Program (OPM) from Harvard Business School.

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