Category: Business

  • Is the CTO title tainted? I think so

    Is the CTO title tainted? I think so

    What a CTO does varies from company to company. One way in which the role changes dramatically is with the size of the department. When the tech department is: 1 person, the CTO is mostly a developer. 2 to 10 people, the CTO becomes a manager. They stablish what developers do and executes it. 10 […]

  • I renamed my book on hiring and managing remote teams, it was painful

    I renamed my book on hiring and managing remote teams, it was painful

    Originally my book was called “Building and Managing Distributed Teams“. I loved that title and people in my social circle loved it too. A friend of mine even told me something along the lines of “I’m so envious I wish I had that title”. And for the two years or so that it took me […]

  • How to feel more productive after moving from coder to manager

    How to feel more productive after moving from coder to manager

    I started coding when I was 7 years old and until I was 29 or so, my whole professional life was coding. Then, the startup I co-founded had to hire some people because it was doing well and I became a manager. I discovered I love managing as much as coding, but there was an […]

  • Self-driving cars will kill the cities, and it’s a good thing

    Self-driving cars will kill the cities, and it’s a good thing

    I believe self-driving cars will change humanity.  I don’t know what car ownership will look like; some say individual ownership will be unnecessary, when you can just summon a shared car whenever you need it, like an Uber. For me personally I will always prefer my own vehicle as my car is a second home. […]

  • Movie or Film?

    Movie or Film?

    For MoviePal, one of the questions was whether these things are called movies or films. One of the arguments I heard was that “movie” is American and “film” is British, the other argument was that “film” is an older term, which makes sense, since movies are not distributed as film anymore. Film is still used […]

  • Twitter should implement rolling tweets.

    Twitter should implement rolling tweets.

    It’s really exciting to see Twitter innovating (again). I have an idea for a feature that might be very valuable: rolling tweets. A rolling tweet goes to a certain amount of users, like 10% or 1000 and then when you press a button, to another 10% and so on. You get to decide the percentages. […]

  • When raising prices is easier than lowering them

    When raising prices is easier than lowering them

    When you are building a B2B SaaS product it’s very hard to know what the appropriate price for your product is. Even if you magically found the correct one, it might not be the correct one next month when you made the product better and you are providing new values. That’s why you need to […]

  • Banks prefer bad debt, why is that?

    Banks prefer bad debt, why is that?

    First some definitions: Bad debt is debt that was incurred for a liability, for example, buying cars, throwing a party, buying a boat, going on a trip. Good debt is debt that is used to buy a producing asset. Debt used to start a business that is producing profit, buy a property that produces rent, […]

  • How I started documenting at a new company

    How I started documenting at a new company

    I once got a job at a company that was acquiring a massive piece of intellectual property from another and it was my task to build a team to maintain and transition the knowledge as well as running assets (servers, databases, etc). The company that hired me had no relevant the documentation and the IP […]

  • A manager should multiply, not add

    A manager should multiply, not add

    If you are managing a team of people that are transporting rocks from A to B and you spend one hour picking ups rock from A and dropping them on B, you added one hour of work. If you spend that one hour procuring wheeled carts so that people don’t have to carry rocks on […]