Category: Personal

  • 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 […]

  • Paper, Kindle, Audible, which one should I chose?

    Paper, Kindle, Audible, which one should I chose?

    All of them, of course, depending on what you are reading. Here’s a short overview of when to use each of them inspired by a Twitter conversation with Tania Dsouza. If the book is amazing and you need to highlight stuff, buy the Kindle version. If it’s a book that you lend or give away, […]

  • I have a problem: 3 or 5 stars?

    I have a problem: 3 or 5 stars?

    I’m an avid reader and I review every single book I read. I force myself to write at least two paragraphs. This is useful to me because sometimes I forget I have read something; seeing and reading back my own reviews answers the ‘did I already read that’ question but also refreshes my memory on […]

  • Growth vs maintenance time

    Growth vs maintenance time

    Someone asked me if I would have a property manager if I lived 5 minutes away from my rental property instead of across the Atlantic from it. Yes, of course I would! You have two types of time in your life: Free and Taken. Taken time is the one consumed by tasks required to maintain […]

  • The Voyager 1 museum

    The Voyager 1 museum

    Voyager 1 is, as of now, 22 billion kilometers away from home. One day, we’ll be a space-faring species and we’ll have Voyager 1 in a museum. It’ll be trivial for us to go and reach Voyager but we won’t retrieve it. What’s wonderful about Voyager 1 is not only the amazing science and engineering […]

  • Book Review: Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland

    Book Review: Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland

    I first came in contact with Scrum when I was working at Google and since then, I’ve been applying it to the startups I co-founded with good outcomes. Since I was searching for a job, I kept seeing “Scrum Master” come up over and over and I thought it was about time that I learned […]

  • Book Review: Build the Fort: Why 5 Simple Lessons You Learned as a 10 year-old Can Set You Up for Startup Success by Chris Heivly

    Book Review: Build the Fort: Why 5 Simple Lessons You Learned as a 10 year-old Can Set You Up for Startup Success by Chris Heivly

    This is a short and sweet book that compares the act of starting a company, a startup, with that of building a fort. It’s a very enjoyable read with the childhood stories of building a fort and it reminded me of those days in which it seemed easier to find a co-founder. I’m not sure […]

  • Book Review: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

    Book Review: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

    If you are one of those people constantly watching news and worrying about the sorry state of the world. Read this book. It’ll convince you with data, instead of baseless sensationalism, that life has never been more peaceful, safer and better than right now. I procrastinated on starting reading this book because I already fully […]

  • I had to stop watching Lost in Space

    I had to stop watching Lost in Space

    I’m referring to the new series, the Netflix one. I’ve never really watched the old one but I’ve seen enough clips to know: “Danger Will Robinson”. There are several reasons why I stopped watching even though I’m starving for non-pessimistic future space science fiction. The first one is that I don’t enjoy seeing people make […]

  • Book Review: Kettlebell – Simple & Sinister by Pavel Tsatsouline

    Book Review: Kettlebell – Simple & Sinister by Pavel Tsatsouline

    This book is almost like a graphic novel, lot’s of pictures (expected) and a big font with lots of padding (not so much). It’s very non-PC, so, if you are easily offended, move on. My review here is of the book and not the program. I still have reasons to believe the program is sound […]