Our Better Programming publication just launched a job board, which is what made me think of this story.
In 2005 or so, I’d led the launch of a small social network for programmers. We were focused on building reputation and helping people get better jobs. I’d seeded it with the community that surrounded O’Reilly Media: authors, conference speakers, open source contributors, and the people who came to O’Reilly to learn. O’Reilly was a big dog in the tech community at that point.
And somehow, Reid Hoffman showed up at an O’Reilly event, saw this thing, joined it, figured out I was in charge of it, found me, pulled me aside. …
The idea is to have a group of people that easily form projects together without too much haggling. It’s called Upside, because that’s the thing that makes it work — everything we do together has to have upside for all participants.
My idea for this is pretty extreme — what if the entire company was formed and built through shared upside of individual components?
This idea is nascent, but not theoretical. It’s how Better Programming, Better Marketing, the Better Programming Job Board, Moneyball and Habit Coach Certification were built, launched and are currently run. …
It seems obvious to me that there is a pretty big world of books that are going to get published to Medium in serialized form, either to increase reach or earnings or both.
I’m helping get some books republished onto Medium and so I wanted to run a quick little experiment myself.
Here’s Frankenstein converted to feel Medium native. Does it work?
Right after the 2016 election, Sarah and I went to a meeting of Stand Up for Racial Justice. It’s a good group that, as I understand it, is about amplifying the work of other groups. That makes sense to me as a goal.
But what I really took away from that meeting was a phrase from one of the speakers, “Pick a lane and fill it.”
If you start to pay attention to politics in your country you’ll quickly realize that there is a lot that’s in need of fixing. …
I spent the morning writing and then deleting Facebook posts about the implications of the election.
One reason I didn’t post is out of respect. My life was going to be good either way this election turned out. I’m in the chosen crowd and there was, as of recently, no backlash against white guys like me. So I wanted to try to pause and listen and hear the people who might actually face severe repercussions from the outcome of a US election or who might know personally the type of Cuban American in Florida who voted Republican, etc. …
I’m a bit more excited to meet a celebrity than your average person, like maybe a 6.5 on a scale of 10.
Unless that celebrity is in tech, because then I’m not excited even a little bit.
My friends in NYC like to introduce me as Jack Dorsey’s last boss. (That’s the name of a tech celebrity if you don’t know). And that’s true-ish, but it’s a ridiculous non-accomplishment in my book. The truth of it is that I used to be a middle manager and Jack used to be an individual contributor. So what?
But my dad is maybe one of the least excitable people I’ve ever run across when it comes to celebrity. …
With great power comes great responsibility.
Most people know this phrase but as a culture we don’t exactly push it as a norm. But it always seems relevant to me as the guiding principle to sift through cancel culture in particular.
(I’m pro the actual culture that cancel culture is a pejorative for. It’s just standards and consequences, and it’s very rare that the consequence is actual cancelation. But back to my point about Spiderman.)
Somewhere in the Hackernews community there was some reaction to a move to ‘cancel’ Richard Stallman. He’s an MIT guy and tech luminary and I can’t, honestly even remember what he said that got people riled up. …
Of course I am down with this because Sarah Milstein and I have played our own similar game called “Two Good Things” every night since 2006-ish. (With the exception of one epic adventure at a Bachelor party in Las Vegas where I was “feeling ill” and couldn’t call home)
Awhile back there was a post on HackerNews about a service to help founders pool and share equity with each other. It got mixed reviews. But it elicited a comment from me which I’d also shared with my entrepreneur’s support group (Scotchrepreneur we call ourselves).
As you get older without an exit, you start to freak out a bit about your retirement. At least that was true for me.
I’m 1000x better as an entrepreneur at age 42 than I was at age 27. But I’m also 100x more worried about some basic financial things like whether I will be able to retire, maintain a mortgage, keep up financially with my spouse’s career and her changing life expectations. …