Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Should I Do This?

I've had a recent influx of conversations that have driven me back to a few tenants I live by. Thought I'd write briefly about them.

If you're ever faced with a decision around whether or not you should invest time, money or energy in something, bounce them against these three things. If you answer yes to any of them… make the investment.

Network Access
Does it provide better access to "the network" (DNS + HTTP servers)?

Speed
Does it result is faster speeds (either latency or throughput)?

URLs
Does it involve creating something good/cool that can be accessed by a URL?

Yes, they're overly simple. Yes, they're too high level. Yes, they're all related.

If you're about to invest in something (other than charity/humanitarian stuff) that does NOT contribute to one of those things, you're increasing the odds of failure.

Friday, September 6, 2013

A Day In Pictures

Every now and then I like to take my camera with me everywhere I go during the day, and snap pics of who I spend time with. I couldn't capture three meetings this day because the other parties were too wimpy or shy (or both) to be shot. Chronological order.

My kids after we backed out of the garage to get them to school.

My friendly neighborhood corporate lawyer, Mark Weakley with Bryan Cave. Pre-breakfast meeting warmup.
Breakfast meeting with Jeff Casimir, to talk about building new world software developers via gSchool and more.

9:30a standup with Gnip engineering team.

Gnip Product team meet to talk about how to prioritize stuff we want and need to build.

Boulder Creek Path walking meet with Gnip's Ian Cairns. Beautiful day! 
Lunch with Gnip's Chris Moody to talk about my first week back in the saddle.

Post-lunch coffee with Paul who knows how to build software and was passing through Boulder. 
Quick sync with Eric Ryan to clarify something.

Answering Bre's question to me: "are you playing photographer today?"

Trying to keep my head straight with the infinitely wise Jillian Peck.

Capping a dinner meeting (with one of the aforementioned wimps) off with the always lovely Ali at Frasca.

Home for the night with my crew.