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Inside Amazon.com, what’s the culture really like these days?

I’m inclined to agree that the recent New York Times article on Amazon “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace” appears pretty slanted and seems written to match a pre-conceived narrative. I’ve never worked at Amazon, but I … Continue reading

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First 24 hours with the Apple Watch

It’s a pain in the ass to pull a phone out of your pocket when you’re sitting down -especially in jeans. I pull my phone out of my pocket 30 times/day just to interact with it for 5 seconds: when … Continue reading

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Hey Geek, Attracted to Buddhism? You should check out Stoicism.

I have always been attracted to the Buddhism.  Although I don’t necessarily believe that we are part of a cycle of rebirth, I do believe that attachment leads to suffering, and I believe that the Noble Eightfold Path (chose carefully your words, your actions, … Continue reading

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Do More Faster, Part 1 – Idea and Vision

How can you accelerate your startup or new product?  Ship it, share it and get feedback.  “Many entrepreneurs are hesitant to share too much about what they’re doing and, even when they do, they hold back some of their thoughts … Continue reading

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The Original iPhone was a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

In 2007 Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone.  I wasn’t a big fan of Apple at the time and didn’t notice the iPhone until iPhone 3 was released (I was using Palm phones at that time).  But yesterday I happened to come … Continue reading

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How To Become An Engineer With People Skills

My mother told me when I was young that people get hired for their technical skills, and fired for their people skills (specifically a lack thereof).  And I’ve seen this play out in the real world repeatedly.  Assessing whether someone … Continue reading

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A Hardware Startup in the Dorm Room Next Door

We’re crossing a new threshold. Individuals can make real hardware products and bring them to market. Thanks to open and accessible hardware platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and even ARM processors, Frankenstein prototypes can be hacked together in short time … Continue reading

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