Irrational Exuberance!

Privilege's upward-facing window.

June 1, 2019 Somewhat recently there was a controversial Twitter thread that defined which universities had computer science graduates worth hiring, and the hirable percentage from those universities. The best ranked universities were small, famous and expensive. Quite a few folks reacted against this perspective’s bias and privilege, at least as many chimed in to confirm the claims.

Elegant Puzzle press, reviews and podcasts.

May 29, 2019 This is an ongoing collection of various press from the An Elegant Puzzle book release.

How to invest in technical infrastructure.

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.

Magnitudes of exploration.

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.

Binder for hosting Jupyter notebooks.

February 10, 2019 A while ago I wrote about modeling a hiring funnel as an example of creating a system model, but that post doesn't explore how the process of evolving a system model can be helpful. This post does.