Today I chance you ran into an aol veteran of 13 yrs. We were standing in line at the Wendys in Tysons Corner. He had just recently left AOL. He stressed the importance of doing more then simply being a good developer, you’ve got to look at things that are important to those above you and work on them, like developing projects and thinking about things like market penetration, revenue, growth, etc. be an entrepreneur (think business not just tech). also work on connections and look out for yourself, put yourself in positions to move, rather then just be conformable.