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Things You Should Have Learned In School

on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 02:17

I gave a quick talk this afternoon about things college students will want to know as they graduate. This might be the 'I wish I'd known this when I graduated' talk.

One of the things that came up was a conversation about how your involvement in open source will lead to employment. I know that for me, being involved in the community led towards finding new projects and new things to work on. On the other hand, I knew it was already there. 

Step one: Go to OSCON, start interviewing for 'projects I wanted to know more about. Step 2: Choose your project, jump in.


Webactions, information overload and art

on Thu, 04/19/2012 - 16:59

Catching up on some of the things that have been codefied as 'theory' in web development. 

Starting off with the concept of Web Actions - the things that a website would like you to do with their content. This seems so simple but it speaks to this idea that content is meant to be used and shared - in a commercial setting. Which is to say, we create websites and content to make something happen. I can't decide if that's 'making money' or 'sharing ideas' or 'making money and sharing ideas'. 

At the same time, I'm also thinking about information overload.

Heads In The Boat

on Fri, 12/02/2011 - 17:14

Something I don't often talk about but does drive my philosophy about project management is crew. I was on a team through part of college and I'm now on a local competitive master's team. I drove over the Steel Bridge yesterday evening and saw 3 fours (four-person boats) out on the water underneath the Broadway Bridge. It was about 6pm and 30 degrees and the 1st of December - that's called dedication. You can't be out there just messing around, you are generally quite serious when you're out there.

I'm the 9th seat. I'm the coxswain on the team.

Why I wanted to like Everlane: A cautionary tale on product marketing

on Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:44

A dear friend (@sisoma) on twitter put out something for a new (what looks to be a flash sale) site. I was intrigued, like any good bait for a flash sale site, and clicked over.

Here's what I got, and I'll paraphrase for comic effect here: "Hullo sucker! We'd totes love to give you access into our new exclusive overpriced (but aren't you worth it?) things! However, in order to get your eyes on our page, you'll need to invite a number of friends! Invite 50 friends and we give you free shipping for life! Adorbs, isn't it!"

For the record, here's their UI for showing how many 'friends'

Welcome to Startup Life

on Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:24

Also, welcome to Forbes readers who wander by periodically thanks to a post on Dating While Startup'd.