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Apr 03

“If you don’t have a strong VP Engineering who can manage estimates, task completion, assignments and kill scope creep you’re dead.” — How to Deliver More Software Projects On Time

Mar 31

“It used to be that the physical hardware was orders of magnitude more expensive than engineers but this hasn’t been true for decades now - it’s perfectly reasonable to look for ways to reduce yours costs especially if it can be done quickly but obsessing over hardware costs, especially while you’re still growing, is a red herring. Building large systems is tough and the fewer things you have to worry about the better - using AWS reduces the chance that you will run into a scenario where you’re just not able to do something without changing your host and rewriting your architecture.” — AWS is about infrastructure optionality

Mar 25

“A great office helps with recruiting. It helps with productivity and output. It helps with employee retention. A great office helps with the intangibles of “well being” that are psychologically hidden in the lower levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. A good office / work environment is the foundation of establishing a strong company culture and team spirit. It’s not everything – but it helps.” — When Does Establishing a Good Startup Culture Outweigh Being Cheap?

“When I joined, it was it was a culture shock,” said Frankovsky. “Being a hardware guy at such a fast-moving software company. It was like if you’ve ever jumped out of a fast-moving boat, you get the wind knocked out of you when you hit the water. That’s what it felt like to be a slow-moving hardware guy with all of these software people who were used to iterating every few weeks. That’s why we started Open Compute so we could speed up the development of hardware.” — Facebook’s Open Compute guru Frank Frankovsky leaves to build optical storage startup — Tech News and Analysis

Mar 24

(via Ageism – AVC)

(via Ageism – AVC)

App Academy is an immersive web development and job placement program in San Francisco and New York City.

You only pay us if you find a job as a developer after the program.

98% of our graduates have offers or are working in tech jobs. In SF, graduates receive an average salary of $100,000; in NY, graduates receive an average salary of $84,000.

” — App Academy Become a software developer

Mar 20

“Coffee, like almost everything else these days, is a sport. Everyone has a favorite team (or coffee making method or political affiliation or design style or TV drama or rapper or comic book), discusses techniques and relives great moments with other likeminded fans, and argues with fans of other teams. The proliferation and diversification of media over the past 35 years created thousands of new sports and billions of new teams.” — The scourge of coffee

Mar 18

The shoe master -

jkottke:

Hitoshi Mimura

That is a bespoke running shoe made by a small company started by Hitoshi Mimura, who is considered one of the top shoe designers in the world. Mimura had great success at Asics, outfitting Olympic gold medal runners with shoes lighter, grippier, and more breathable than those worn by…

Mar 17

“Imagine a cloud in which servers were automatically decommissioned after a week of use. In a sort of DevOps anti-SLA, any VM running for more than 168 hours would be (gracefully) terminated. This would force a constant churn of resources within the infrastructure that enables true cattle-like management. This cloud would be able to very gracefully rebalance load and handle disruptive management operations because the workloads are designed for the churn.” — Mayflies and Dinosaurs (extending Puppies and Cattle) | Rob Hirschfeld

When you show me a business plan, a wireframe, a features list… whatever you’re building, it’s not enough to talk about what’s there.

Tell us what’s not there.

Tell us what you’re choosing not to do, what you’re not supporting, who you’re not interested in working with.

If the there + the not there doesn’t add up to the universe of choices, you’ve missed something.

” — Seth’s Blog: What’s not here?