The Long Tail of Technological Solutionism

Posted in Startups, Technology

They are driven by a pervasive and dangerous ideology that I call “solutionism”: an intellectual pathology that recognizes problems as problems based on just one criterion: whether they are “solvable” with a nice and clean …

Are Startup Engineers Untalented?

Posted in Engineering, Startups

It’s cool to do a technology startup. Conventional wisdom has been that employees from big companies get tired of the lack of impact, the bureaucracy and the middle management, and the ones who have smarts …

Social Gaming is About Business

Posted in Games, Rant, Startups

It’s now cliché to claim that gamification permeate all aspects of life; the talk of 2010 and 2011 was that everything seemed to be heading towards cheap, immediate-reward schemes with the subtlety of slot machines. If it …

Don’t Build for a Bubble

Posted in Startups, Thoughts

I heard we’re in a tech bubble. People have been calling our industry a bubble ever since angels and VCs started putting in a few extra bucks when that entire housing thing turned sour. Well, …

Y U No Join Startup?

Posted in Startups

Opportunities! Learning new things! Massive impact! Changing the world! T-Shirts and foosball tables! Beer and parties! Code ninjaing! There is seemingly an endless number of reasons to join a startup, especially now that so many …

Blind Hindsight

Posted in Startups, Thoughts

How many times have you heard about stories like Excite having a chance to buy Google, back in 1999, for $1 million? Or, if only someone not named Bill Gates got the rights to distribute …

Startups are about Passion

Posted in Startups, Work

It’s been an exhausting week. My first week as a software engineer at Square has me collapsing on the couch nightly. Though the first few days are always stressful and daunting – startups especially so …

Stop Trying to Hire Just “A” Players

Posted in Hiring, Startups

Interviewing and hiring sure has become a hot topic recently in the tech. space, from startups to big companies. From problems with technical interviews to major companies acqu-hiring startups for their engineers to analyzing talent …