startups

Tracking technology and the vote

April 27, 2016 Uncategorized

I originally wrote this for the Mathys+Potestio blog, this really cool employment agency based in Portland, Oregon. Here’s the link to the original post. I’ve noticed that, for the first time in my life, I’m overwhelmed by politics. In high school, it was just a topic that sometimes came up among my debate-team friends. In college and my early years of employment it was a side conversation. Now I can’t go a day without someone mentioning a candidate at leastRead More

Eight months, in an office

March 8, 2016 Uncategorized

10 months ago, I was living what I thought was a dream: working remotely for a decently-buzzed tech startup where I was the lead product guy. I could work in my underwear, start and end whenever I wanted, have free reign to work and travel wherever I pleased. Then in May, said startup laid me (and pretty much everyone else) off with a week’s notice. I had seen this coming for almost a year for various reasons I won’t getRead More

On malaise in tech, or how I learned to find products that embrace true problem-solving

February 26, 2016 Uncategorized

I originally wrote this for the Mathys+Potestio blog, this really cool employment agency based in Portland, Oregon. Here’s the link to the original post. Apple and Google and Facebook and Microsoft and Amazon. These are the big 5 in consumer tech, and the most commonly used apps on your phone are probably made by some or all of them. Nobody is going to knock them out of their ivory towers. If you go on any tech blog you will almostRead More

Product Hunt for abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

February 19, 2016 Uncategorized

The other day I came across Telescope, a product that lets anyone launch their own community site, Product Hunt-style. Just when you think you’ve seen too many “Product Hunt for X” sites, someone gives you the ability to generate as many of them as humanly possible. It’s not inherently a bad or stupid idea, I swear. But every time someone develops some sort of platform that “lets you make your very own X”, I get a little terrified at theRead More

Share that you’re still learning (because everyone else is, too)

October 18, 2015 Uncategorized

The Internet is amazing, and Twitter is amazing. I know someone just wrote a post about how Twitter is dying, but the communities of people who are using it in the correct, intended way are great. I bring this up because earlier today, for the first time, I tweeted something that sort of went viral. It didn’t actually go viral (the numbers were clearly not large enough to be considered viral), but for the first time: I shared something IRead More