this is about a change that you’re making in your life for yourself not a change that you’re making to satisfy someone else’s perception of your work. The same goes for any form of dieting or exercise: if you don’t care about improving yourself then you’ll never actually succeed.
since the investors own preferred shares (which means they get paid first) and the employees own common stock (which means they only get paid if there’s anything left over), the people who actually did the work can walk away from a multi-million dollar acquisition with nothing to show for it but sadder and wiser hearts.
VCs aren’t unintelligent. Nor are VCs evil (not all of them anyway). They’re not even necessarily misaligned with you. What they are doing is optimizing for a very specific outcome. Share that alignment, or don’t take their money.
The pathology of Silicon Valley is that the winners have so much ego invested in pretending that it isn’t. It’s hard for people who pride themselves on their exceptional smartness to acknowledge the fact that they are much luckier than they are smart.
If you work intensely every day, you’ll find that the work doesn’t follow you home. Not only are you deliberately stopping yourself from working after-hours, but your mind will actually allow you to stop working after-hours.
Maybe we’d get some of the Keurig fans to use our methods if we weren’t so pretentious, wasteful, expensive, and inaccessible ourselves.
TDD is designed to make us think about our code before writing it, using automated tests as a vehicle
Focusing on the symmetry between a good test name and the code under tests is a subtle design technique. It is definitely not the only design influence that our tests can have on our code, but it can be an important one. So, next time you are flying through your tdd cycle, take a moment to make sure that you are actually testing what you say you are testing.
Most hard problems in software development are communication problems, and this is no exception. You should explain how the walking skeleton will reduce unexpected delays at the end of the project.
I knew I had to leave Sporting Goods Inc. when I realized I was turning into the sort-of overeager employee who is way too emotionally invested in a crappy menial job that does its best to devalue him.
The FCC’s stunning lack of presence and leadership during these watershed moments in communications history is an extraordinary failure for an agency that is officially tasked with protecting the consumer interest.
you can’t depend on the market to do anything when the market doesn’t exist.
You don’t do things “on the internet,” you just do things. The network is interwoven into every moment of our lives, and we should treat it that way.
Internet access isn’t a luxury or a choice if you live and participate in the modern economy, it’s a requirement.
In a perfect storm of corporate greed and broken government, the internet has gone from vibrant center of the new economy to burgeoning tool of economic control.