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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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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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Relationship-building counts as work

“Relationship-building counts as work.”  That’s a great quote from in the latest article from First Round Capital Review: 23 Tools to Make Feedback Meaningful.  As Phin Barnes writes: A lot of people skimp on the time they spend in one-on-ones … Continue reading

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Revealed: The 4 Reasons Amazon Web Services Got Approved

In the summer of 2003 Amazon was a fast-growing online bookstore.  Nine years old, it had pioneered many innovative components of e-commerce that we take for granted today: customer reviews, a personalized shopping experience, relevant product recommendations, and frictionless buying. … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: The Log, what every software engineer should know

Today I found this absolutely superb article on distributed systems and the central role of the log:  The Log: What every software engineer should know about real-time data’s unifying abstraction It’s a technical-but-readable exploration of the role of the humble log … Continue reading

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JavaScript in the Data Center?

First I saw that PayPal was using Node.js for production services.  Then Airbnb.  What the hell is going on? Well, a pattern is emerging: A new product or service team starts operating in lean-startup-style. This means rapid-prototyping so you can … Continue reading

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Can I explore your API in a browser address bar?

I like this best practices guide to designing APIs by Vinay Sahni. In it he offers some excellent advice, but one particular design principle is worth heeding and has lots of implications, namely the API should be “explorable via a … Continue reading

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