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The Cruel Startup Job Market

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It starts innocently enough with a Ben Thompson tweet: Hiring is probably the single largest arbitrage opportunity available. Letting degrees/admissions committees make choices for you is dumb. https://t.co/Xis3JWGqH7 — Ben Thompson (@benthompson) July 21, 2017 …

Not Everything has to be Minimalistic

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CES is wrapped up this past week, and as usual there’s plenty of computer hardware manufacturers showing off their latest gadgets and computers and new hardware. Most will gradually make it to full-fledged production, but …

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The Company Guessing Game

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever received mysterious emails or LinkedIn messages that resemble this: We’re looking for awesome [engineers / designers / product managers] to join our totally awesome team in [major tech hub]! …

The Physical, Real World Production Environment

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I was visiting a friend of mine who leads a software team at Tesla. He casually mentioned that, in their industry, manual QA is one of the most important roles they have, seeing that the …

Too Many Loaded Terms; Did Not Read

Posted in Rant, Reading

Early in the year, I decided that not everything that looked interesting was actually worth reading. Instead of stubbornly sticking with an article or a book or a story to its miserable conclusion, I figured …

Skimming More and Reading Less

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I’m used to reading a fair amount. Back in grade school, I carried these giant fantasy novels around the house, and re-read the series on a regular basis. When my family got AOL, I was …

Solving Human vs. Natural Problems

Posted in Rant, Technology

Sam Altman wrote a short post which questions a premise: Why aren’t today’s startups more innovative? He notes that society has benefited from the consumer-centric technological focus in the last decade; starting with the smartphone …