On repeat: Joe Goddard - Electric Lines
I just ended a text message to my girlfriend with a semicolon and I think I should be done for the day.
We hired Nevzat as our third engineer and Android device expert. How can you not be impressed when he came to the interview with projects to demonstrate complex matrix manipulations of on-device images that he built to teach himself the Android SDK? He, of course, continued to teach himself while on our team. He also pulled us to place customer delight in the front of our minds while also tirelessly improving out product.
Working with Jack is extremely rewarding, because I know he will always guide us to the best interface for the customer. His research into the mind and environment of the user is unparalleled and he has a fantastic ability to lead a group through fruitful design sprints. I learned a great deal from his practice of honing a user interface to intuitive, evolving components.
When I sat down with Lauren for the first time, I knew immediately that it was the chance of a lifetime to work with her. Such a spark of energy, intelligence, and enthusiasm for the customer walked into the room that it was impossible to resist the opportunity to learn. She is one of the best guides I have found, and the best product leader that I have known.
Building systems at my last few companies, it has been enormously useful to have a robust queueing platform. I’ve tried Amazon’s SQS, NATS, and a couple others but Automattic’s Kue has been the best combination of performance and introspection.
I am invited to a dinner with other team leaders from other tech startup companies in the city. We meet at a comfortable restaurant and order cocktails. Out of our nine members, two are women. Eight are white. Two business founders, three engineers, two product managers, two marketers.
I write in defense of the beliefs I fear are least defensible. Everything else feels like homework.
- Sarah Manguso, 300 Arguments
A couple weeks ago, Narro had a nice uptick in usage from Pro users that resulted in a large increase in data stored by the application. That is always pleasant but this time, I had a corresponding uptick in price for the data storage. Time for a change!
In June, I applied for Narro’s entry into the Stripe Atlas beta program. Since building Narro incrementally, the worry of financial separation crept up on me a bit. Between the end of one job and the start of another, I had a perfect time to formalize the structure of Narro into a real entity. I thought I could provide a review of Stripe Atlas for anyone considering the program.
My brother’s gift to me this Christmas was The Undoing Project, a novel by Michael Lewis on the work done by researchers Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. I read it from December 27 through January 1.
After starting at and helping to start companies multiple times, I’ve noticed a few writings and lectures that I tend to revisit each time. Even when not moving to a new group, I tend to watch or read these every few months. The beginning of this list came out of a question from the wonderful Jane Kim.
We’re currently looking for Senior Mobile (iOS / Android) and Senior Fullstack Engineers at OfficeLuv. Finding great developers is…difficult. I will occasionally search for individuals on GitHub, where I can find a scrap of contact information and reach out.
I wrote a while ago about a methodology for daily code reviews, one which we implemented originally at ThreadMeUp. Now that I’m building a new team at OfficeLuv, I’ve been excited to start them again. Recently, I was talking to a very good friend of mine and found myself reasoning through the importance of team code reviews. I think it boils down to four main skills for individual team members.
Vasyl is an eager and diligent QA Lead. While we were working together, a member of our team remarked that they had met no other QA leader more interested in the actual technology, and I would agree. He is a splendid team leader, and defined our testing processes for the group. I would trust him to test my applications again in a heartbeat.
Working with Eric is, I imagine, akin to preparing dinner with a sushi master chef. He is one of the most confident developers, and rightly so. I have learned more from him in the last year than any other on our team. Eric’s not content with his current abilities, though - he is constantly seeking new challenges and paradigms to test.