Very happy to be listed in the top 10 Paypal Wall of Fame – first quarter 2013. I think Paypal is the best bug bounty program and I am glad I participated in it from the first days of its launching.
I thought of writing a post on Czech Republic, but for people that work in IT, related to “xenophobia”. Don’t want to overuse these cliche words, but want to point an idea.
Overall I think Czech Republic is an awesome place where you can have a comfortable life (in most cases).
But like everywhere, there are some downsizes to it. And one is the dislike that a lot of Czechs have for foreigners.
In IT it works like this (my experience and what I saw in other places):
So these are a few things to say about the subject. It’s quite serious, as a non Czech in IT will not be easy, no matter the skill. If you have darker skin you will get more negative stuff too.
In general I can find many other opportunities and that part doesn’t really bother me, because I am white (I look like a Czech) and most of the time I enjoy it here.
But if you don’t want to loose time and life with fake hopes, I think you should consider what I wrote. Because you can get a lot of bullshit “No certification” , “You need to learn Czech” , “You did a mistake there” and what actually happens is that a big majority of Czechs will not want you there or they want to split the promotions between themselves. It’s better to see the things as they are faster so you can can move on to another place, job etc.
I think in the same time an working environment everywhere in the world has similar issues, maybe not “xenophobia”, but other crappy reasons. All people have egos and managing that egos will be always an issue.
And although its possible with all these issues to be better than you opportunities in your native place, not complaining at all is not good, because the issue could become too acceptable.
I am experimenting with tutorials (online and live) for a couple of reasons. One is because I think is useful and the content is much helpful than other tutorials I saw at testing conferences for example. Another reason it helps me improve my “didactical” skills.
But another type of reasons is that I receive a lot of questions related to bug bounties and don’t have time to answer. Also is because sharing too much for free is not beneficial for me in this area as you can understand.
So I am trying to do for now an online tutorial on 18-20 April. Based on the responses and the registered and interested users, I will plan more for the future. Check out the announcement page
I attached my presentation at CzechTest 2013 in Prague.
It’s intended to convince testers to have a look at bug bounties. As a tester that wasn’t always happy with the job, I experimented a lot and I think bug bounties are something worthwhile.
Wanted to avoid all the theoretical stuff that scare people into thinking they need 6 month training and some certifications. Or that they have to be super hackers to participate in the bounties.