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Startup Advice: Don't Overinvest in Engineering

Here's a piece of startup founder advice that's sure to be controversial: don't overinvest in engineering. I find myself giving this advice more and more often, especially as available capital in the NYC startup market has grown substantially over the last decade or so. I'm a CTO, an engineer, and

Crisis Management 101

Bad things happen, and sometimes crises are unavoidable. I've spent time as an automotive engineer, a software engineer, a CTO and a startup founder, so I've had lots of opportunities to deal with crises. I've discovered that crisis management is a learnable and teachable skill, and I'd like to share

Spend time every day exercising mental health

I think mental illness is starting to become a public health crisis. I know only a few people that aren't constantly stressed due to work or school. I've seen many people fall into legitimate depression and only recover after changing their environment, like quitting their job. We use exercise to

It takes ten years.

It takes ten years to build a successful company. VCs are good at picking founders. So why do only two in ten make it? Truthfully, probably 70% of VC backed founders are capable of building a successful company on a ten year timeline. But VCs have their own investors, and

Docker and Kubernetes, in short

So, you build a web app and it gets popular. It needs one load balancer, 5 app servers, at least two database nodes for replication, a redis cluster for caching and queuing, an elasticsearch cluster for full text search, and a cluster of job worker servers to do async stuff