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Making programming (everything) more accessible

14 Oct 2021

Hiring Engineers

For over three and a half years, hiring engineers has been on the front or back of my mind. No single thing I do is unique, but the …
13 Oct 2021

How to Grow Without Losing Your Soul

The most common question candidates ask me is, “how quickly do you plan to grow the team?” What they’re really asking is, “am I going to be …
02 Aug 2021

Leading When Everyone Has a Say

Before I led teams or had kids, I thought leadership was a personality trait. Something you’re born with. It’s not. It’s a role. Get two or …
16 Jun 2021

Keep It Concrete

I’m reading through LeviathanCoding’s Pixel Art Editor trying to learn p5.js. What’s great about it is you see everything on the screen at …
10 Jun 2021

Speed as a Proxy for Everything Else

At Replit we ship fast and want to keep shipping fast as we grow. That means we’re watching how fast people work throughout the interview …
09 Jun 2021

Project Management For People Who Just Want To Build

It’s funny to realize, as I’m pacing around the room thinking of how to open this post, that I’ve been working for sixteen years and not …
08 Jun 2021

Gatekeepers

At Replit we say we’re out to demolish gatekeepers. Learning to code helps people plug in to the fast-growing parts of the economy and we’ve …
04 May 2021

Everything Always Feels Broken

Reading about, but not partaking in, the dotcom boom of the nineties, the defining characteristic of startups seemed to be the hours worked. …
26 Apr 2021

Trust the Process

At various retrospectives and postmortems the past few weeks, there’s been a clear pattern. When a project has gone well, it turns out we’ve …
02 Apr 2021

Heller

I passed 100 prayer flags strung on a wire over the creek with the morning sun shining through them and thought how adventurers, the truest …