What Really Kills Most Startups
The other day I started digging through startup post mortems, and I came across a few founders courageous enough to feel their own bruises.
The Productivity Tip No One Wants to Hear
No modern productivity guru would dare suggest it, but minimalist painter Agnes Martin got into creative flow by stare at the wall for a few hours.
Fear is a muscle that you can release
I had learned to push through the fear. As a startup founder, every day I faced situations where I had to push through it. But pushing wore me out.
The Hidden Bets of Agile
The future is unknown, so we bet on which abstractions will make sense. We codify the bets.
Managing Technical Debt
Many linear feet of books have been written about the complexity of software development, estimation, cost control, QA, and so on.
The Rocket Doesn’t Come With a Moral Compass
We all know the Zuckerbergian myth of dropping out of college, hungrily and foolishly, for glory, risk, and the promise of scalable impact and a big payout...
How to Pair Program
Drop the rockstar ego. Pairing is a duet, and you are an accompanist.
Death By A Thousand Great Ideas
At first, my co-founder and I felt like we could do anything. We hadn’t set out with an idea — it was just, “Let’s start a company!”