Weeknote of September 05, 2018

In the past, I’ve talked with my good friend Vaibhav Krishna about how important it is to recognize your mental reserves and drives as an exhaustible resource. Writing and dissecting software, you will often feel the tug of an idea. Just as often, you will be set upon a problem and find no interest grow as you dig fingers into the solution.

Cleaning Up For a New Hire

I’m hiring a new full-stack engineer for the OfficeLuv team, and there’s nothing quite like a new hire to kick your team into shape. I’ve written about how new hires are a valuable resource in the past, and each time I focus on drawing more and more value. This current cycle I’ve already noticed a change in my behavior in these past few weeks: I’m cleaning up in anticipation of guests.

After Reading "Lab Girl"

I was generously gifted Lab Girl by Hope Jahren through Jane Kim in her last week at OfficeLuv. I finished it today, after about a month.

Weeknote of 2018-08-21, Making and Breaking Patterns

On repeat: Joe Goddard - Electric Lines

Weeknote of 2018-08-05, Second-order Effects

On repeat on these hot nights: ultralight beam

Weeknote of 2018-07-30

On repeat: youtube.com/watch?v=cgULtrAfISw

I just ended a text message to my girlfriend with a semicolon and I think I should be done for the day.

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Getting things straightened out with this micropub stuff.

A Recommendation of Nevzat Cubukcu

A Recommendation of Nevzat Cubukcu

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.

A Recommendation of Jack Kent

A Recommendation of Jack Kent

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.

A Recommendation of Lauren Polkow

A Recommendation of Lauren Polkow

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.

Handy Kue Maintenance CLI Scripts

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.

After Reading "Life in Code"

After reading her excerpts from the last few months, I picked up Ellen Ullman’s Life in Code. I finished the collection of essays yesterday.

Timestamp - Chicago Startup Tech Dinner

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.

On Adding React Native to Existing iOS and Android Apps

I write in defense of the beliefs I fear are least defensible. Everything else feels like homework.
- Sarah Manguso, 300 Arguments

Migrating a MongoDB App Datastore to PostgreSQL

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!

On Narro Joining Stripe Atlas Beta

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.

After Reading The Undoing Project

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.

To Revisit When Starting a New Job

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.

Recruitment Searching on GitHub

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.