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Dogtown Media: How to Build & Manage a Successful Team

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A few of our General Assembly web development, UX Design, and analyst alumni have been hired at Dogtown Media. Join us and Dogtown Media for a panel discussion on career transformations. Hear what inspired our panelists to change careers and how they successfully made the transition.

Founder & CEO of Dogtown Media will also be talking alongside these career changers to give his tips and experiences in leading this team to success.


Why It Matters?
What happens when you’ve realized it’s time for a change? For many of us, it can be as simple as a new look, a new restaurant, or a trip out of town. But what about when it’s your career and livelihood that needs to be revamped?

We have been conditioned since a very young age to pick a path and stick with it. Many of us are raised to think we should know what we want to do with the rest of our lives before entering college. At GA we are working hard to empower people with the skills they need to feel free to change their minds and pivot into new careers at any age.

Managing a team and listening to feedback can make you a better leader. Dogtown Media’s Founder & CEO, Marc Fischer, will give his perspective on how he manages his team and how it helps them in their success.


What You Will Take Away
Hear how our speakers made bold changes in their professional lives. Whether you’re eyeing positions in tech, looking to increase your digital know-how, or just gain the confidence to make the transition, we will help you find your starting point.

Managing tips and ways to successfully keep your team happy and productive.


About the Speakers


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Justin Hall
Senior iOS Engineer
Dogtown Media

Justin Hall is an self-taught software engineer launching over 6 mobile, AR and VR apps. He’s worked with clients across multiple industries including finance, sports and entertainment, social media, and robotics. He began his coding journey over 3 years ago after leaving his Wall Street job to teach himself how to make mobile apps. Justin is currently working at one of Inc 500s fastest growing companies, Dogtown Media, a digital agency located in the heart of Venice Beach. He also is a former iOS Instructor at General Assembly. Justin is a tech enthusiast and enjoys teaching students with similar passion for cutting-edge technology.


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Kim Calderone
User Experience + Interface Designer
Dogtown Media

Kim Calderone is a User Experience and Interface Designer with a passion for creating digital and tangible experiences that are both seamlessly functional and beautiful. Always super artistic throughout my youth, she majored in Digital Media, which taught her almost every digital creative software from Maya to Final Cut Pro and of course the Adobe Creative Suite. While in college, she worked at a small publishing company and volunteered for a student-run graphic design organization. Post-college, Kim worked briefly as a marketing assistant before landing a job as a Graphic Designer for Fossil. She enrolled in the UX Immersive class at GA Santa Monica in 2016 and joined the team at Dogtown Media shortly thereafter. Research, testing, and clean design are her tools of choice for creating thoughtful solutions that balance both user needs and business goals.


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Marc Fischer
CEO & Founder
Dogtown Media

Marc Fischer is the CEO and co-founder of Dogtown Media, a mobile technology studio based in Venice, California, named by INC Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America. He has over a decade of experience designing, developing, and launching digital products for tech startups and Fortune 500’s; including Lexus, Google, CitiBank, and the United Nations. Marc studied International Business and Finance at Richmond International University of London. His career spanned multiple industries such as corporate finance, film production, and digital marketing before transitioning into the high-technology space. He was formerly a professor at Santa Monica College, teaching Mobile App Design to computer science and graphic design students. Marc is actively engaged in the community as a youth mentor with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship as well as a board member of Beauty Earth, a non-profit focused on revitalizing urban areas thru local art initiatives.

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Dogtown Media

Dogtown Media is an award-winning mobile technology studio founded by a team of passionate dreamers, designers, and software engineers. We partner with startup founders and global organizations like Google, CitiBank, and the United Nations to create purpose-driven digital products, enabling companies to innovate, grow, and rapidly bring new ideas to market. We’ve been recognized as one of the Top Mobile App Developers globally (Clutch Research) and ranked #271 on the INC 500 list of Fastest Growing Companies in America. Apps we've developed have gone on to receive millions of downloads, been featured on international television programs, and transformed the relationship millions of people have with the brands they trust.

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