How to get a job by failing

Getting a job can be a tough, nerve wracking, stressful, ulcer inducing experience. Some professions have a naturally easier time than others, so for all of you folks out there that have no trouble getting a job, this is not the article for you. If, however, you’ve been searching for a job for a while …

How to stick to something when all you want to do is stop

Perhaps the single hardest thing to do is to stick to doing something for some period of time. Especially if it’s good for you! Doing detrimental things over long periods is much easier by comparison. Maybe it’s a health food thing, an exercise regimen or a debt-reduction plan. They’re hard to stick to. Maybe you’re …

How Venture Capitalists ruin Innovation

My apologies Fred Wilson, Paul Graham, Mark Andreessen, Peter Thiel and the rest. I respect and admire you all, and your colleagues. You have all built, guided, exited and mentored great companies. If not for you, we probably wouldn’t have half of the services and products that we all love and use everyday. So thank …

How to hire your next developer

First, realize what you’re trying to do. For better or worse, developers are a highly sought after resource — at least the good ones. But you don’t want the bad ones anyway, so let’s not worry about them. There’s a whole other mindset when hiring newly trained developers, but again, we shan’t focus on that here. So …

Bitcoin: The 6 innovations that changed the world

As the world was seemingly on the brink of financial ruin, a whitepaper was posted to a cryptography mailing list titled, “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.” That sparked a discussion on that mailing list about the virtues and pitfalls of such a currency system, but the originator, Satoshi Nakamoto, forged on ahead and on …

Why developers never finish their projects

Every developer starts about 100 projects that never end up going anywhere. So many good ideas, so few executed ideas. Just about every software developer that I know has a folder structure that resembles the one shown. More than a handful of incomplete projects that seemed like a great idea once upon a time. Like …

Screw you Big pharma

If Dante’s version of hell is an accurate one, then a tenth circle should be added for the suits at pharmaceutical companies. In concert with many of the other malicious actors with your supposed best interest at heart, they continue to nurse your dependence on them while simultaneously robbing you blind. How, exactly, are they …

Google made me Dumb

I used to be smart. I swear it. Ask my friends and they’ll tell you that I used to be a fountain of knowledge and entertaining ideas. My thoughts would go beyond simple jumps and enter the realm of non-linear connections that would provide new insights to things that we all take for granted. Conversations with me used …

Why your previous developer was terrible

You hired a new developer for a project you’re working on and she seems to have solved all of your problems. She’s been on the job for 3 days and she’s already suggested upgrades for 5 of your libraries and re-organized your JIRA issues. At every turn, she seems to validate your choice in hiring …

Why I have to live forever

Immortality has been a goal for humans for as long as time has existed. The first known instance of this is the Epic of Gilgamesh dating back to the 22nd century BC. It had never been a goal of mine — until recently. What changed to make it such an important thing to shoot for? I became a father. …

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