Monday, August 24th, 2015


Credit: Geograph

It's been about a year since I walked away from the gilded cage, the conglomerate, London... really many aspects of being a grown up. Some days I am overwhelmed by how much I want to get done by the end of this year. Some days I am amazed by how much I've learned. Some days I'm lost because ...

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Reaching Profitability – 7 Things I’ve Learned

water vole

In May, I met my revenue goals, and in June I'll take a pay-check - my first since I escaped my gilded cage. It's an exciting milestone, and one I'm proud of. However when people say they envy my life, or that I'm "living the dream" I get quite irritated. Yeah, it looks good, now. It ...

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

A Small Focus Hack

Happy New Year Danbo

I decided that my word for 2015 was "ship". Part of this is that it's easy to flounder in an unstructured environment (which I did a bit at the end of 2014). The way I decided to solve this was to give myself structure, and goals. How do you measure bigger milestones though? It makes sense ...

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Tuning Forks in Human Form

Danbo y el Kiwi

A few months ago three people told me I had been right about something. Obviously this brought me joy - I do love being right - but it was not all joy, because what I had been right about was bad news for them. I personally felt vindicated. But my friends were in a bad ...

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

The Attention Game

Danbo al Sol

There are many things that alarm me about the tech industry, but one of them is how much of it runs on ads, and therefore on attention. A business model of millions of users -> ??? -> Profit. And the answer to ??? is: sell them shit. There are two main themes that I think result ...

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

How I Interview

Danbo and Danbo

I have interviewed a lot more people than I have myself done interviews. This is mostly because I am terrified of interviewing. But I also used to be extremely nervous to be the interviewer. It's a lot of pressure to try and evaluate someone in 30-60 minutes, and it matters a lot to me to ...

Friday, March 27th, 2015

NSConf: Jamie Newbury – Design Skills that Saved My Life

Rocky Balboa

My notes from @jaimeejaimee's fantastic talk at @NSConf. We’re going to talk about burnout. Before graduated college was dishwasher, waitress, heavy equipment washer, pilot car driver, sign painter, production assistant, bank teller, park ranger, metal sculpture (that was degree). After graduated realised need to figure out what to do for a living. Decided to be a web designer. ...

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Honey, I Left the Tech Industry


Nearly a year ago I wrote The Day I Leave The Tech Industry. That's not when I published it... I sat on it for months. I worried that I was revealing too much of myself, that I would put it out there and... crickets. That I would feel even more alone that I already did. That's not ...

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Oredev: Alex Harms – Careful With Those People Skills


My notes from a talk Alex Harms gave at Oredev. People skills are seen as easy, we call them “soft skills”. Going to talk about the hardest things, as honestly as can. I don’t know any version of people skills that will make you not a colossal jerk. I am a colossal jerk, and I suspect that the person ...

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