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Startup advice from mixpanel guy
The best way to control your own destiny as a company is often to make just enough revenue that you can always dial down expenses fast enough (<= 6 mo) to be break even if you get shitty terms or get into bad circumstances.
startup  advice  business 
11 weeks ago by tobym
Corporate life
models are for engineers, summaries are for managers, and recommendations are for executives
management  planning  advice  from notes
june 2018 by tobym
engineering leadership
the “good, fast, cheap…pick 2” for engineering leadership

* lead strategy
* manage teams
* write code
(pick 2)
engineering  leadership  management  advice  from notes
june 2018 by tobym
Always start with a stupid model, no exceptions. – Insight Data
Linear Regression. A solid first approach for predicting continuous values (prices, age, …) from a set of features.

Logistic Regression. When trying to classify structured data or natural language, logistic regressions will usually give you quick, solid results.

Gradient Boosted Trees. A Kaggle classic! For time series predictions and general structured data, it is hard to beat Gradient Boosted Trees. While slightly harder to interpret than other baselines, they usually perform very well.

Simple Convolutional Architecture. Fine tuning VGG or re-training some variant of a U-net is usually a great start for most image classification, detection, or segmentation problems.
ai  ml  advice 
march 2018 by tobym
How the Godfather of Cyberpunk would write software | Lobsters
This reminds me a bit of a technique Joe Armstrong mentioned, maybe in an in-person conversation at a conference or maybe more publically, I forget. He said that he will throw away code that takes him more than one day to write, and either start over the next day or do something more important. His justification was that if it takes longer, the approach is probably shit. At the time, I thought it was a pretty extreme approach, and just made a mental note of it and moved on.

After spending the last year+ making a reasonably well tested database, I’ve caught myself having taken on this approach myself, arriving at it after an endless series of devastatingly complicated bugs that have deeply humbled me. It was quite a surprise when I realized it was exactly what Joe had mentioned, that I didn’t really believe was an effective strategy at the time.

Why do this? For me, it keeps the complexity manageable. If I can’t keep the whole thing in my head when I’m creating it in one shot, there’s very little chance I’ll be able to debug an issue in it in under one or two days. I will create far more bugs when I can’t wield the model of it easily in my mind.

How long do you want to spend debugging an issue in a system? Combine this approach with bwk’s “debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place” rule of thumb and throw the whole thing away when you get to 1/2 of your desired debugging budget!
programming  tips  advice 
march 2018 by tobym
10 Rules for Students, Teachers, and Life by John Cage and Sister Corita Kent – Brain Pickings
RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student — pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher — pull everything out of your students.

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE FIVE: Be self-disciplined — this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

RULE TEN: “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” (John Cage)

HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything — it might come in handy later.
life  advice  inspiration  learning 
february 2018 by tobym
Google's Eric Schmidt says these are the most important traits for job candidates | World Economic Forum
ultimately two simple things matter more than anything in a job candidate, and they're the same for a startup or a massive corporation.

They are persistence and curiosity.
google  advice  leadership  hiring 
july 2017 by tobym
The Pragmatic Bookshelf | List of Tips
Obvious good dev tips, but good reference.
programming  coding  dev  tips  advice 
august 2016 by tobym
Apprenticeship Patterns
Apprenticeship Patterns

Guidance for the Aspiring Software Craftsman
learning  programming  book  education  advice  philosophy 
may 2016 by tobym
What Makes an Effective Executive
Reprint: R0406C
An effective executive does not need to be a leader in the typical sense of the word. Peter Drucker, the author of more than two dozen HBR…
leadership  advice  management  from instapaper
december 2015 by tobym
Core job descriptions for system administrators. Useful for determining the level of responsibility for juniors to directors to CIOs.
hiring  management  advice 
november 2015 by tobym
How to Charge for your Open Source
Nice, simple model. AGPL license by default with MIT commercial license available for purchase. Sell via Plasso/FastSpring/Wufoo, charge hourly rate for small projects or whatever is appropriate for larger projects. Subscription or one time per version is up to you, but prefer subscription because usually the work is on-going.
opensource  business  advice 
november 2015 by tobym
How to Design a Better Pitch Deck · The Macro
Good general presentation tips, not specific to pitch decks.
business  presentation  advice  startups 
november 2015 by tobym
scalac compiler options
Good set of conservative options for scalac.
scala  advice 
january 2015 by tobym

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