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Not Everyone wants to Work for Equity

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Amidst all the hoopla about iOS9’s content blocking feature and how mobile ad-blocking will ruin journalism forever, I discovered an old article by Marc Andreessen on his optimistic future of news. I was struck by …

Overcoming the STEM Stereotype

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In other contrarian news… I came across this article today that purports that liberal arts majors are needed at today’s hottest tech startups, even moreso than engineers and other technical folk. As it turns out, …

Working Harder is not a Good Career Strategy

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Remember when a prominent and arrogant venture capitalist called out startup employees to basically stop whining and work harder? He was almost immediately rebuked by one of the subjects of his anecdote as hypocritical, that …

Building on Experience in an Engineering Career

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The current Citi logo was first created and presented as a sketch on a napkin. In this case, instead being being just a Know Where Man parable, it was a true story from the design …

The Abundance and Half-Life of Code

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We live in the age of Code Abundance. It’s never been easier to write, run, and subsequently share a piece of code. The whole Github + software eating the world phenomenon of the past 5 …

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Feelin’ Good about Equity

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Sometimes it takes some good hard numbers to demystify a feel-good situation. I’d hope that most people who work in startups understand how the numbers work, particularly the expected value of equity grants. If not, …

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Review: The Startup of You

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The Startup of You is all about mapping the strategies and tactics that make startups – in theory – successful, and apply them to careers. The central tenets revolve around taking moderate amounts of risk, …

Go to College

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There is a curious rebellion against higher education. I get the sense that it’s an overreaction, a correction to the unquestioned emphasis placed onto college over the past few decades. The millennial generation is no …