Be opinionated about what makes a tool great, but be pragmatic about how to achieve greatness.
- Vesting: A Founder’s Need to Earn Equity. Sweat equity.
- Developer Tea podcast series. I’ve been looking for good technology podcasts, and this has been great so far.
- Hacker News Who’s Hiring September 2015
- Pocket’s story illustrates how small teams can handle a large user base. Some highlights:
Smaller, nimble teams. The more people you add, the easier it is to keep doing what’s not critically important. With a smaller team, it’s very hard not to stay focused. You constantly need to avoid doing what you want to do in the future for that which has to be done now.
Platform integration as self-help. Pocket’s platform mentality has been a huge part of its growth. Allowing companies to build on its platform easily has been the first step, but scale happens when they can do so independently.
Woo big partners tenaciously with your platform, then keep them with transparency. Simple platform integration and self-service doesn’t mean that startups should go on autopilot. Pocket stays on the radar of strategic companies that it believes will benefit from its product. Remember: getting an app or company on your platform marks the end of a deal, but the beginning of an official working relationship. For Pocket, channeling “generous transparency” is the way it retains its partners and continues to improve its product with such a small team.
The takeaway for lean startups is to construct a platform that can enable external parties to operate as extensions of your team: sales, engineering and business intelligence. In the case of Pocket, its platform is simple to integrate, built for self-service and brings with it an increasingly rich set of data, that when aggregated, benefits all its partnering companies.
- Writing Microservices in Go. My interest in Go microservices have been sparked by a recent talk.
- API Lifecycle: An Agile Process For Managing the Life of an API. A very thorough read on building and maintaining commercial APIs.
- Programming Myths
- Enabling Microservices at Orbitz (DevOpsDays 2015)
- Carnegie 30-Day Chart
- SG Startup ecosystem toolbox
- SoundCloud: How we ended up with microservices. Fascinating read. I’ve always felt that microservices were more about improving development agility than application performance.
- The Path Forward.
- Actor Model
- Architecture of Open Source Applications, specifically Scalable Web Architecture and Distributed Systems
- Launching a product in just 3652 days
Talk to people. Talk to your potential customers and people around you.
Marketing is important. It doesn’t help to build a cool product if people don’t know about it.
Don’t be afraid of sales. Your product is solving a problem, it’s only fair that your customers pay money for it.
- Interview with Ben Horowitz
- Why Founders Fail: The Product CEO Paradox
- Reasons to bootstrap your startup
- How Mashape Manages Over 15,000 APIs & Microservices
- Ask HN: Those with intense focus, how do you do it?
- How a two-day sprint moved an agency twenty years forward
- KPCB’s Internet Trends
- JS Jabber, Changelog, Ruby Rogues.
- Aria OST
- Yokohama Kadashi Kikou OST.
- Undertale OST by Toby Fox. Great chiptune soundtrack. My highlights include: Home, Dummy!, Hotel, Spider Dance, and Asgore.
- Homestuck OST. Also by Toby. My highlights include Moonsetter.
- The Specter’s Flute
- Keybase, 20n, Civis Analytics, Planet Labs, Smyte, Spokeo, Flexport, Remix, Connectifier, Opendoor, Translation Exchange, and CrowdFlower have really interesting problems to work on. A pattern here is technology being applied in a relatively greenfield domain.
- Samsung Accelerator is an interesting example of how giant enterprises can get into the entrepreneurship space.
- Microservices Microservices Microservices Microservices and even more Microservices.
- Went to an interesting Go/Microservices talk by the VP of engineering at Grabtaxi. Though not the focus of the talk, there was a brief mention of the familar shift from a monolithic Rails application used largely in the validation phase to a distributed, microservices Architecture with Node.js and now Go. Is there a right way to build software? We’ve seen this pattern in other companies too, such as Songkick, Soundcloud, and many others. It’s actually ok to use Rails to validate your MVP! Optimizing early by starting with microservices from the start is likely optimizing for the wrong thing.
- Performance is the last reason people do microservices. It’s more about organizational-level work distribution and being able to develop services in parallel across multiple teams.
- Monolithic approaches on the other hand, allow sweeping, organization-level changes more easily. See discussion about Google’s 2B LOC monolith here.
- What if scheduling office cleanings, arranging a handyman to fix sinks, catering, hiring photographers, and other service transactions can be made via a single API call?
- I hope to one day be as prolific in open source as maxogden and tj!
- I played Undertale recetly and found it very charming. A strong cast of characters, great art and soundtrack, and solid writing makes a it fantastic experience. Recommended.
- Hong Kong uses AI to schedule subway repairs and approve visa applications.
- Magic, Operator, DudeGenie, FavorDelivery and many other services are popping up. They follow the intersection of the current biggest trends: messaging, mobile, and on-demand services.
- There are some similarities between BotSquad and morph. It’s interesting how they used Heroku’s buildpack system to handle multiple languages and library dependencies!
- In the middle of arranging “Home” from the Undertale OST.
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