Rate-of-learning: the most valuable startup compensation The frothiness of today’s environment in Silicon Valley makes it easy to get sucked into a warped sense of reality. Valuations are high, capital is cheap, housing prices are skyrocketing, and RSUs are flowing like wine. Talk of another “bubble” is rebuffed, even by those who were scarred by the Dot-com collapse of 2000. Undoubtedly, changes in technology over the last 15 years have been breathtaking. One risk of living in this Gilded Age of Tech is the temptation to view your own career and compensation through a disproportionately financial lens—much as a growing company would. Companies are built on 5 to 10 year time horizons, so navigating the feast-or-famine fundraising environment and tracking jaw-dropping economic headlines across the globe are functions of survival. Since the time horizon for your career is long, the most valuable startup compensation you can acquire isn’t a competitive salary, a chunk of stock or a Yoga-laiden benefits package. Compounding interest on learning.
Don’t build. Compose. — on startups I was driving over the Bay Bridge recently while thinking about the product our company is developing, and trying yet again to somehow map the wild and woolly world of developing software to what feels to me to be the dominant paradigm people use in their mental model of it: civil engineering. It's everywhere in the language: we study software engineering, we do nightly builds, we think about our product architecture. The only problem is that it doesn't match with anyone's experience. You don't usually feel like you're “building” a product at all. There are no blueprints. So, here's the insight I'm currently tossing around in my head: The problem is that software isn't built; it’s written. Engineers are the authors. Product managers are the editors. Perhaps most importantly, the authors and editors need to work together to determine when the novel is finished. Product development is an art, and not a science. P.S.
10 websites to learn PHP for free or cheap : SGE Do you use WordPress? Then you will know what a powerful tool it is for businesses. Part of its attractiveness lies in widgets, which are created with PHP. That makes it a pretty important programming language to learn (On a side note, companies like Facebook and Zynga are built on PHP too). With that in mind, here are 10 sites where you can learn PHP for free or cheap. These resources won’t make you a super programmer overnight of course, but they are enough to get you started on a simple web app or widget. The ten websites: 1. 2 and 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Learning online is fine but… When I was learning how to code myself, I used free resources extensively. Stackoverflow is a great Q&A platform, but I faced another challenge when I tried to ask questions there – I had no idea how to adequately express my problem. I ended up hiring a programmer to tutor me. On the other hand, if you prefer to learn other programming languages, check out my article Ten free sites to learn Ruby on Rails.
Peter Thiel's CS183: Startup - Class 1 Notes Essay Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup - Class 1 Notes Essay Here is an essay version of my class notes from Class 1 of CS183: Startup. Errors and omissions are my own. Credit for good stuff is Peter’s entirely. CS183: Startup—Notes Essay—The Challenge of the Future Purpose and Preamble We might describe our world as having retail sanity, but wholesale madness. Humanities majors may well learn a great deal about the world. I. For most of recent human history—from the invention of the steam engine in the late 17th century through about the late 1960’s or so— technological progress has been tremendous, perhaps even relentless. The importance of this shift is hard to overstate. The zenith of optimism about the future of technology might have been the 1960’s. But with the exception of the computer industry, it wasn’t. II. Computers have been the happy exception to recent tech deceleration. III. A. Progress comes in two flavors: horizontal/extensive and vertical/intensive. B. C. D. E. IV. V. A. B. C.
What is a Center of Excellence | Agile Elements Continuing a series of posts addressing some of the lessons and take aways from recent experience in establishing Centers of Excellence. I’ve never really liked the term. Sounds so haughty. I prefer ‘Competency or Capability Center’ or pick any another term you like. But, ‘Center of Excellence’ seems to be what has stuck in the business world, so we’ll go with it here. Definition: Whatever you call them, a Center of Excellence (CoE) should, at a most basic level consist of: A team of people that promote collaboration and using best practices around a specific focus area to drive business or customer-valued results. Responsibilities: In my experience, CoEs should serve five basic needs: Support: For their area of focus, CoE’s should offer support to the business lines. Types: One organization I worked with defined 13 centers within just their IT department. Six Sigma – Perhaps six sigma is the most mature of the CoEs that some organizations have embraced. Like this: Like Loading...
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