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Nathan Konthy: Quite a few years ago I found myself in a situation where I wanted to start my own business. I was sick of working at the places I was working at, and I wanted to get out on my own. Problem was… I had no idea what that was. I didn’t have any

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Invent the Future

One of the pioneers of personal computing, Alan Kay thought of laptops and graphical interfaces years before they were realized. At XeroxPARC, Apple, HP and Disney, he has developed tools for improving the mind. Alan gave this lecture as part of Startup School at Stamford and his lecture was great so I wanted to share

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Don’t “empower” anybody.

Claire Lew: I hate the word “empowerment.” I never think I should “empower” anyone — especially our employees. Why? The definition of the word “empower” is: to give power to (someone); to make (someone) stronger and more confident. The key words here are “give” and “make.” Empowerment means you’re transferring power to someone else. You think someone

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What makes a programming language cool?

Richard Kenneth Eng: There are many programming languages today vying for your consideration, especially the “hot” (or “cool!”) new languages like Ceylon, Crystal, Dart, Elixir, Elm, Go, Haxe, Julia, Kotlin, Rust, Swift, TypeScript. And new ones seem to be popping up every month! Even some of the not-so-new languages are grabbing attention, languages like Clojure,

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Unnecessary Qualifiers

Tara Mann: Most people struggle with confidence at times, especially in the workplace and I’m no exception. I often find myself presenting my design work and my opinions with a variety of qualifiers, as if pointing out my perceived flaws before someone else can will negate them. This is just as much a reminder to

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How to Boss

Cameron Moll: Years ago as a high school student I was driving to school and Bruce Springsteen came on the radio. Except he wasn’t singing. He was answering questions from a local radio host. At some point in the interview, Springsteen shared an uncanny observation about parents, paraphrased as best as I can I recall:

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Build a Status Page powered by Github and Uptime Robot

This post was originally posted on Coded Geekery, my personal blog about finding a work-life balance, but I wanted to share it here as well since it’s about the Flybase status page. Overview We built our own status page for Flybase, you can see it here. It was built as a static HTML page on

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Unlock honest feedback with this one word

Claire Lew: A few years ago, a CEO told me how she was struggling to get honest feedback from her board. No one seemed willing to be critical or give her pointers on things she could improve. After every board meeting, she would turn to them and ask directly: “What feedback does anyone have for me?”

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Seth Godin: Drawing a line in the sand

Seth Godin: There are two real problems with this attitude: First, drawing lines. Problems aren’t linear, people don’t fit into boxes. Lines are not nuanced, flexible or particularly well-informed. A line is a shortcut, a lazy way to deal with a problem you don’t care enough about to truly understand. Most of all, drawing a

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