Bijan Sabet — Jeff Bezos: Regret Minimization Framework
I went to my boss and said to him, “You know, I’m going to go do this crazy thing and I’m going to start this company selling books online.” This was something that I had already been talking to him about in a sort of more general context, but then he said, “Let’s go on a walk.” And, we went on a two hour walk in Central Park in New York City and the conclusion of that was this. He said, “You know, this actually sounds like a really good idea to me, but it sounds like it would be a better idea for somebody who didn’t already have a good job.” He convinced me to think about it for 48 hours before making a final decision.

So, I went away and was trying to find the right framework in which to make that kind of big decision. I had already talked to my wife about this, and she was very supportive and said, “Look, you know you can count me in 100 percent, whatever you want to do.” It’s true she had married this fairly stable guy in a stable career path, and now he wanted to go do this crazy thing, but she was 100 percent supportive. So, it really was a decision that I had to make for myself, and the framework I found which made the decision incredibly easy was what I called – which only a nerd would call – a “regret minimization framework.”

So, I wanted to project myself forward to age 80 and say, “Okay, now I’m looking back on my life. I want to have minimized the number of regrets I have.” I knew that when I was 80 I was not going to regret having tried this. I was not going to regret trying to participate in this thing called the Internet that I thought was going to be a really big deal. I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not ever having tried. I knew that that would haunt me every day, and so, when I thought about it that way it was an incredibly easy decision. And, I think that’s very good. If you can project yourself out to age 80 and sort of think, “What will I think at that time?” it gets you away from some of the daily pieces of confusion. You know, I left this Wall Street firm in the middle of the year. When you do that, you walk away from your annual bonus. That’s the kind of thing that in the short-term can confuse you, but if you think about the long-term then you can really make good life decisions that you won’t regret later.
jeffbezos  entrepreneurship 
12 weeks ago
Veteran CTO (with Multiple Successful Exits) Answers Your Top Startup-Building Questions | First Round Review
Interesting thoughts about hiring, levels, and engineering culture/practice from a veteran CTO
engineering  cto 
12 weeks ago
SQLite, Node, and foreign keys
12 weeks ago
Storybook - React development environment
React Storybook is a UI development environment for your React components. With it, you can visualize different states of your UI components and develop them interactively.

React Storybook runs outside of your app. So you can develop UI components in isolation without worrying about app specific dependencies and requirements.
august 2017
v3-utility-library/infobox at master · googlemaps/v3-utility-library
Infobox - deprecated in recent gmaps API, but more powerful version of infoWindow
july 2017
1998 vs 2017 getting into cars
1998: don't get into strangers cars, dont meet people from the internet

2017: literally summon strangers from the internet to get into their car
july 2017
Hack This Site!
Similar to the trello FE job challenge but a site of them
programming  security 
june 2017
Trello coding puzzle stackoverflow
How to apply…

Taco (our mascot) is pretty terrible at writing code, but his recommendation still carries a lot of weight. He's put together a page that we can use to get his latest recommendations:


To apply, please email jobs@trello.com with "recommended" as the first word in the subject line, and include a link to Taco's recommendation page in the body (hopefully a link that leads to a page where you are the one being recommended!)

To be clear, solving this puzzle involves finding a way to trick Taco's buggy code into recommending you. The body of your email should look something like this:

Taco recommends me! For proof, see:


… the rest of your cover letter …
In addition to including the link, use the body of the email to explain why you would be a good fit for this job. You should also include a link to your current resume, or attach a version in Plain Text or PDF format.
puzzles  programming  trello 
june 2017
Why Startups Should Train Their People – Andreessen Horowitz
Enforce functional training by withholding new employee requisitions – As Andy Grove writes, there are only two ways for a manager to improve the output of an employee: motivation and training. Therefore, training should be the most basic requirement for all managers in your organization. An effective way to enforce this requirement is by withholding new employee requisitions from managers until they’ve developed a training program for the TBH.

Enforce management training by teaching it yourself – Managing the company is the CEO’s job. While you won’t have time to teach all of the management courses yourself, you should teach the course on management expectations, because they are, after all, your expectations. Make it an honor by selecting the best managers on your team to teach the other courses. And make that mandatory too.

Ironically, the biggest inhibitor to putting a training program in place is the perception that it will take too much time. Keep in mind, that there is no investment that you can make that will do more to improve productivity in your company. Therefore, being too busy to train is the moral equivalent of being too hungry to eat. Furthermore, it’s not that hard to create basic training courses. I include Good Product Manager/Bad Product Manager to illustrate. Enjoy.
june 2017
Notes on Leadership – Andreessen Horowitz
So, are great leaders born or made?

Let’s look at this one attribute at a time:

Articulation of the vision—There is no question that some people are much better story tellers than others. However, it is also true that anybody can greatly improve in this area through focus and hard work. All CEOs should work on the vision component of leadership.

Alignment of interests—I am not sure if the Bill Campbell Attribute is impossible to learn, but I am pretty sure that it is impossible to teach. Of the three, this one most fits the bill “born not made.”

Ability to achieve the vision—This attribute can absolutely be made; perhaps this is why Andy Grove’s tolerance for incompetence was legendarily low. Indeed, the enemy of competence is sometimes confidence. A CEO should never be so confident that she stops improving her skills.

In the end, some attributes of leadership can be improved more than others, but every CEO should work on all three.
june 2017
The Tyranny of Stuctureless
During the years in which the women's liberation movement has been taking shape, a great emphasis has been placed on what are called leaderless, structureless groups as the main -- if not sole -- organizational form of the movement. The source of this idea was a natural reaction against the over-structured society in which most of us found ourselves, and the inevitable control this gave others over our lives, and the continual elitism of the Left and similar groups among those who were supposedly fighting this overstructuredness.

The idea of "structurelessness," however, has moved from a healthy counter to those tendencies to becoming a goddess in its own right. The idea is as little examined as the term is much used, but it has become an intrinsic and unquestioned part of women's liberation ideology. For the early development of the movement this did not much matter. It early defined its main goal, and its main method, as consciousness-raising, and the "structureless" rap group was an excellent means to this end. The looseness and informality of it encouraged participation in discussion, and its often supportive atmosphere elicited personal insight. If nothing more concrete than personal insight ever resulted from these groups, that did not much matter, because their purpose did not really extend beyond this.
feminism  culture 
april 2017
I’ve seen many examples of sincere misalignment at Amazon over the years. When we decided to invite third party sellers to compete directly against us on our own product detail pages – that was a big one. Many smart, well-intentioned Amazonians were simply not at all aligned with the direction. The big decision set up hundreds of smaller decisions, many of which needed to be escalated to the senior team.
“You’ve worn me down” is an awful decision-making process. It’s slow and de-energizing. Go for quick escalation instead – it’s better.
So, have you settled only for decision quality, or are you mindful of decision velocity too? Are the world’s trends tailwinds for you? Are you falling prey to proxies, or do they serve you? And most important of all, are you delighting customers? We can have the scope and capabilities of a large company and the spirit and heart of a small one. But we have to choose it.
amazon  business  management 
april 2017
Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They’re 100% Qualified
You’ve probably heard the following statistic: Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them.
hiring  careers  feminism 
april 2017
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