The 3 Best Python Books for Your Team

Python is the core programming language used at Parse.ly. It also happens to be a quickly-growing language with wide adoption among open source projects. It’s no wonder it’s quickly becoming the leading language for software teams. I’ve written a couple of blog posts with original material for learning Python, including “import this: learning the Zen … Continue reading The 3 Best Python Books for Your Team

Picking tech stacks

I realize now that one of the hardest parts of running a successful startup is “betting” on tech stacks that, 3 years out, will have a groundswell of community support around them. It’s still shocking to me that when I chose each of the following technologies as a central part of Parse.ly, they were so … Continue reading Picking tech stacks

Joel Spolsky’s business operating system

Joel Spolsky wrote his first blog post in a year today, announcing Trello, Inc., a spin-off company for the successful project management product Fog Creek Software developed, Trello. Trello has announced a $10M+ venture financing round and they are going to expand the product and team. This was a bit of a surprise to me, … Continue reading Joel Spolsky’s business operating system

5 years ago, I was bored

I wrote this to a friend five years ago, a few weeks after I had quit my job to embark on the crazy ride that has been Parse.ly’s founding story. You said to me, “I am glad that you left because you sounded unhappy there.” But you know, I wasn’t exactly unhappy. I was just … Continue reading 5 years ago, I was bored

Parse.ly: brand hacking

There’s some hoopla lately about “weird” startup names in the Wall Street Journal, with specific coverage of “.ly” domains in The Atlantic Wire: The latest start-up boom has led to the creation of at least 161 companies that end in “ly,” “lee,” and “li,” which is, naming consultants tell us, 160 too many. There’s feedly, … Continue reading Parse.ly: brand hacking

“We’re killing it”

Good post today, A “Third Way” in Entrepreneurship, that discusses the “always be winning”, annoyingly positive veneer of most startup entrepreneurs. This is a community where many founders you meet always share their latest victory and pretend that failures rarely happen. … entrepreneurs are pressured to maintain a totally positive face to the outside world … Continue reading “We’re killing it”

Uninterruptability

Paul Graham, in a footnote from his essay on “How to Make Wealth”: One valuable thing you tend to get only in startups is uninterruptability. Different kinds of work have different time quanta. Someone proofreading a manuscript could probably be interrupted every fifteen minutes with little loss of productivity. But the time quantum for hacking … Continue reading Uninterruptability

PyCon 2013: The Debrief

PyCon US 2013 is over! It was a lot of fun — and super informative. The People For me, it was great to finally meet in person such friends and collaborators as @__get__, @nvie, @jessejiryudavis, and @japerk. It was of course a pleasure to see again such Python super-stars as @adrianholivaty, @wesmckinn, @dabeaz, @raymondh, @brandon_rhodes, … Continue reading PyCon 2013: The Debrief