Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

12 Challenging Steps to Being a Better Interviewer

Someone in Florida snapped a picture of a raccoon riding a gator at the Ocala National Forest.

Notes from my @TheLeadDev talk on interviewing. Do you follow the discussion about technical interviews? I find it interesting, and worthwhile. I think we kind of tiptoe around two fundamental problems though. 1. Most technical interviewers are bad. 2. We think that technical interviews teach us more than they do. Today we’re going to talk mainly about ...

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Space and Time

danbo buried in sand

The list of things I've learned this year is pretty long, but one thing I keep coming back to is: if you want something different, you have to create space for it. And so I have tried to deliberately create it (with mixed results) but above all be mindful about what (and who) I let in, ...

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

#Øredev14: Dan North – Deliberate Advice from an Accidental Career

Sage advice

My notes from Dan North's talk at Øredev14. “People Love Machine” - About people having an emotional connection with technology. About 25 years in tech, had some wonderful wonderful interactions with people. Later realised pivotal moments. Be aware when you’re interacting, you may be having an impact. Most interactions were from professional life, but realised a number outside of ...

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The #NotAllMen Project

Danbo meets Domo

Last week featured two milestones. I closed the first day of JSConfEU with a talk called "Some Things I've Learned about Color", which is the story of how I left tech (not why). It's about burnout, and how aside from overwork, there are 5 other things that cause it: lack of control, lack of reward, lack of ...

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 ...

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