Your first 90 days as CTO or VP Engineering.

January 13, 2020. Filed under management 99cto 1

Whenever I transition to a new opportunity, I think about how to “start well.” How can I ramp up as effectively as possible? How do I balance the urge to “show value” immediately with making the right decisions?

How to navigate and/or survive your acquihire.

January 2, 2020. Filed under management 99acquisition 2

As I wrote up the story of SocialCode’s acquihire of the Digg team, I had to keep editing out meta-commentary about the process. It’s hard to tell a coherent story when you keep slipping into tips and observations, so I pulled them out and collected them here.

How the Digg team was acquihired.

January 1, 2020. Filed under digg 6stories 6acquisition 2

About a year after the catastrophic Digg V4 launch, our last-ditch experiment to salvage the site showed a spark of hope. We’d cajoled our way into a Facebook beta that allowed us to publish each Digg users’s read articles into their Facebook newsfeed, sending every clicking friend directly to Digg’s permalink page, where they might click on our ads and maybe even create an account.

2019 in review.

December 26, 2019. Filed under blog 13career 11

This has been a really special year for me personally, enough so that even though I won’t get into full detail about the two things (one professional, one personal) I’m most excited about (more in a month or two), writing a year-in-review still fills me with gratitude.

Incident response, programs and you(r startup).

December 19, 2019. Filed under infrastructure 34reliability 3

During an incident at Digg, a coworker once quipped, “We serve funny cat pictures, who cares if we’re down for a little while?” If that’s your attitude towards reliability, then you probably don’t need to formalize handling incidents, but if you believe what you’re doing matters -- and maybe today’s a good time to start planning how to walk out that door if you don’t -- then at some point your company is going to have to become predictably reliable.