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The Big, Slow Company Stereotype

Posted in Startups, Thoughts

The playbook for “startup disruption” has remained the same for a while: the small startup moves faster than its much larger competitor, hustling out new features, products and markets at a much higher clip. Raw …

The Hardest Problems

Posted in Technology, Thoughts

Recently my friend and colleague Jack Danger tweeted this question: We engineers say we want to work on “hard problems.” Know what’s the hardest problem, though? Building a product that’s worth a damn. — Jack …

Flowers for Algernon

Posted in Reading, Thoughts

I just finished reading Flowers for Algernon, a sci-fi novel written in the 60s about a mentally retarded man who undergoes a surgical procedure to become a genius. I never got the chance to read …

Rediscovering the Joy of Reading

Posted in Reading, Thoughts

My love of reading comes in phases. Like most knowledge workers, a big chunk of it in the day comes in the form of email and wikis and tweets and looking for things online; at …

Reflecting on the Absence of Privilege

Posted in Technology, Thoughts

I had written about privilege previously, but this article by Philip Guo on his experience in college really tells of how powerful silent privilege can be and how utterly unnoticeable and indeed unremarkable its recipients …

Building a Friendlier Moving Train

Posted in Technology, Thoughts

I’ve been reading Tyler Cowen’s Average is Over, in which he argues that as computing takes on more and more aspects of modern society, those who use technology to complement human intuition and skill will …

Refactor the World

Posted in Engineering, Thoughts

Ever look at a piece of code and think, “Hey, waitaminute, I’ve seen this before. It was cargo-culted from this module…” “And the way this class inherits from this other class, well, that doesn’t make …

Privilege

Posted in Thoughts

As an ex-Googler myself, I started reading this piece on another Googler’s decision to leave with an eye towards its current problems and how a company renown for its freeform engineering culture is balancing that …

Outsized Credit to Undersized Effort

Posted in Thoughts

It’s easy to derive patterns and conjure connections from the tidbits of news that we consume daily. Whether it’s drawing a line between the strategy underlining all of Microsoft’s products, to placing all the various …

Outdated Vehicular Technologies

Posted in Technology, Thoughts

I sold my car last month. It was my first; something I bought with the starting bonus of my first job out of school, a beautiful coupe that I’ve kept for almost nine years. Being …

The Future of Games as a Service

Posted in Games, Thoughts

Now that the crying from Simcity’s server issues have mostly died down[1], it gives a bit of space to reflect on what happened. Maxis’s always-online design decisions aside, the controversy would not have been as …