Parse.ly Culture: Ethics & Identity

In September 2013, my startup, Parse.ly, had just raised Series A capital, and had just begun growing its team rapidly, from a small group of fewer than 10 to over 40 employees now. In the past several years, I have run Parse.ly’s fully remote engineering, product & design team. Back in 2013, we had achieved … Continue reading Parse.ly Culture: Ethics & Identity

The value of money in a technology career

Michael O. Church wrote an essay awhile back called “Why programmers can’t make any money.” The post is no longer on his website — for some strange reason — but you can have a look at the archived version here. If you don’t wish to read his post, this quote will give you the summary. … Continue reading The value of money in a technology career

An async kind of pair programming

Can pair programming be done in a way that is compatible with async communication? Pair programming is described by the original c2 wiki as a process in which “two engineers participate in one development effort at one workstation”. It would seem the process is inherently synchronous, at least as originally described and practiced. I experimented … Continue reading An async kind of pair programming

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

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

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