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Discussion on: Can you become a successful software developer without a CS degree? My opinion

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Dony Nuransyah

based on my experience if we're not have any degree in Computer science then we will stuck in senior dev or tech leader level but won't gonna be VP or C level except we own the company , so just built our own company and we can be anything we wantπŸ˜…

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Natalia Venditto Author

Hi! Unfortunate that this is your experience. I am at Director level already at a very large company. And know people at C-level without a CS degree, too. We all have 2 decades or more of experience, of course.

To name a few notorious VPs of Engineering without a CS, you got David Brunelle, VP of Eng at Starbucks and Sarah Drasner VP of Eng at Netlify.

So, no. It is not so.

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Chris Sederqvist

Personally, I've never met an owner of a company or a VP that had anything to do with application development what so ever.
Usually they're from business schools and have the primary goal of increasing revenue, not produce, let alone create good software.

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