Category Archives: The Business

The management of people and money, and the choices that lead to the creation of new wealth (or don’t.)

Transition

My last day at Yahoo will be 2010-01-22.

Yahoo has been a mostly great company to work for, and YUI is by far the best team that I’ve worked on here. It’s a shame that I didn’t join YUI sooner; I still feel like I just got here. The quality of this team made …Read More

How Not to Get Real (and die trying)

Recently, Auston of the Dashboard Leadlog startup in Florida posted a somewhat snarky blog post about one of the responses to a job opening at their company. I more or less said the same things that appeared on Hacker News. Eventually my comment may show up, but it’s buried at #20, so I …Read More

Why I’m Not Working on My Startup (Yet)

I’m not sure if it’s nature or nurture, but either way, the savvy gambler will bet that I’m going to run my own company at some point. I grew up in an entrepreneurial house. I share a Y-chromosome with a guy who built up a company and made it work with the (un)usual …Read More

Programming Puzzles and Our Mismatch Problem

In interviewing candidates for programming jobs, a common technique is to ask them to solve some programming puzzle. Makes sense, right? If the guy’s smart enough solve random silly questions, he’s probably good at programming, since that’s most of what programming is.

As it turns out, this bit of common sense is common bullshit. …Read More

OpenSocial, Meetings, and Success

It’s a very interesting time for me at Yahoo! right now. I’d been keeping quiet about what’s going on for two big reasons. First, I’ve been too busy working to write about it. Second, it’s secret.

Well, as of 2008 March 25, it was a secret. This press release broke the news …Read More

Needed: chpass, finger, and pw for the web

It’s been said that the best startups take a popular Unix command and bring it to the web. But there are a few that are poorly represented. I understand that I may be making a bad career move by discussing this openly on a blog, but quite honestly, my desire as a consumer for a satisfying product is enough to risk—-nay, hope—-that someone else makes a million dollars doing this before I get a chance to.