Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper

With over 30 years’ experience in technology consulting, Steve Cooper has founded three successful companies whose clients include Fortune 100 companies, leading federal agencies, and world-class non-profit organizations. Starting his career as one of the first relational database experts, Steve’s focus is helping individuals achieve exceptional careers, and helping leaders build organizations around them. He founded NextUp Solutions to focus on transformative learning for teams and individuals. Steve is a vocal leader in the effort to invite more diverse and abundant participants to the technology workplace through internships and experiential learning.

More From Steve Cooper

What Every Employer Keeps Doing Wrong

Jun 29, 2022 | Our Mission

Businesses spend lots of money upgrading technology, streamlining their operations, and making the workplace great. Over decades, these investments have radically improved these areas to the point they’re unrecognizable from the...

Exelaration’s Big Changes, Explained by CEO Steve Cooper

Jun 14, 2022 | Our Mission

What if your favorite restaurant changed their menu? We’re not a restaurant, but we recently struck fear into our stakeholders’ hearts because of some changes we’re making to our award-winning Exelaration...

Why Your Developers Are Leaving

Sep 09, 2021 | Our Mission

“Big Chief’s gotta move on.” This is a family saying in our house, and we don’t really know why. When it’s time to leave or switch activities, we use this phrase...

Why Forward-Thinking Startups Are Outsourcing Their Tech Projects

Jun 17, 2021 | Software Solutions

Exelaration partners with lots of companies, but recently we have noticed an undeniable shift in our client base. A new type of client has emerged – the startup – and it’s...

The ELITE Grant’s Impact on Region 2 Employers

Jun 10, 2021 | Our Mission

The Experiential Learning in Tech Employment (ELITE) Grant has launched as Virginia’s first ever work-based learning grant for mentored software developers. These two inaugural projects engage student engineers from Virginia Tech...

Does Your Team Have a Ban on Learning?

Feb 17, 2021 | Our Mission

The quote landed with a thud. “On our project, we don’t want anyone learning on the job.” Someone said this to me in a meeting, and I couldn’t get it out...

Bogus or Real? Top Reasons Companies Say They Don’t Have a Thriving Internship Program

Nov 16, 2020 | Our Mission

Debunking fake news is everyone’s favorite 2020 hobby. Today’s fake news? The top three reasons we hear from companies for why they don’t have a thriving, year-round IT internship program: 1)...

Code is NOT the Most Important Output of Your Software Development Team… Here’s Why

Oct 26, 2020 | Our Mission

The job title “software developer” could not be more straightforward. The output is software, or code, and, if this is your job title, you probably have the impression that you’re measured...

A Most Opportune Moment: Whose Careers Are Damaged Most by Remote Work?

Jul 23, 2020 | Our Mission

I was 22 years old and my stomach churned as I approached the Arthur Andersen Consulting headquarters in Washington, DC, on a steamy June morning. I was reporting for work on...

The Biggest Problem with the Tech Talent Pipeline (and How to Fix It)

Feb 19, 2020 | Our Mission

The biggest crisis in the tech world today has been well-documented, and it’s even larger than you think. The tech talent shortage is growing exponentially as the demand for experienced technologists...

Seven Tips for Getting Hired in the Tech Industry

Jan 22, 2020 | Our Mission

Technology is always changing, and will always be booming. That’s because it represents whatever’s new. Across all tech areas and geographies, the world needs more tech workers, so it’s a great...

Seven Things Every Internship Program Must Have

Jan 02, 2020 | Our Mission

An internship can transform an entry-level professional or student into a job-ready professional. Graduating with a diploma is great, but graduating with a diploma and a resume featuring accomplishments from a...