May 19, 2019 I'm speaking at Velocity on June 12th on 'How Stripe invests in technical infrastructure', and this is the rough outline of the content the talk will cover. I hope to see y'all there.
May 12, 2019 The internet is alive and changing. The change is driven by technology constraints, increasingly clear privacy concerns, and the lively intersection of economics and politics known as data localization, which is playing out in China, the EU, Russia, Indian, among many others.
April 25, 2019 An Elegant Puzzle is now available for pre-order, and will ship in late May, 2019.
April 7, 2019 Building on my recent post on Magnitudes of exploration, which discusses an approach to balancing platform standardization and exploring for superior platforms, I wanted to also look into this problem from a systems thinking perspective, similar to my previous examination of why limiting work-in-progress works.
April 6, 2019 Standardizing on a given platform or technology is one of the most powerful ways to create leverage within a company: improve the tooling a bit and every engineer will get more productive. Exploration is, in the long run, an even more powerful force, with _successes_ compounding over time. Developing an investment thesis to balance the ratios and timing of standardization and exploration is a core challenge of engineering strategy.