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Cold sourcing: hire someone you don't know.

January 8, 2018 Most managers devote their hiring attention to folks that they already have a relationship with, which can lead to uniform teams and becoming a hiring bottleneck as your company scales. This post looks at the process of reaching out to folks you don't know, frequently referred to as cold sourcing.

Engineering management stuff I learned in 2017.

December 29, 2017 I've been working with Stripe's infrastructure engineering team for 2017, getting to work an increasingly interesting set of problems, at an increasingly large scale, and with an increasingly talented group of folks. These are some of the things I got to learn over the past year.

From lambda to kappa and dataflow paradigms.

November 22, 2017 A look at the evolution of data infrastructure over the past four or five years, from the lambda architecture to the kappa architecture and beam paradigm.

Productivity in the age of hypergrowth.

October 10, 2016 There are few things more exciting than being at a company during hypergrowth, but it's easy to let hypergrowth get away from you, and to end up reacting instead of planning. It's hard to steer when you're rebuilding a plane mid-flight, but you can always nudge it in the right direction.

Developing software oriented architectures.

June 1, 2014 Having spent the last four years rolling out a handful of software oriented architectures, some lessons are finally coming together, and this is an attempt at documenting them.