Category: Notes

The best investment is in yourself

Kaizen

When discussing investment, the most frequent item of discussion is always about what hot stock is having a run right now or what latest trend is worth putting your money in. (Bitcoin, NFTs anyone?) Most people ignore the best investment available at any given time. Themselves. “Your best investment is yourself. There is nothing that […]

Things they should teach in school – Managing Money

Kaizen

In David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, one of the most important characters in the book next to the eponymous hero is Mr. Wilkins Micawber. His famous quote: Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen, nineteen and six, result happiness.  Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. Although this was written […]

Standardize your tech stack

Kaizen

As your company grows, it might be tempting to diversify into many different tech stacks. A more diverse technical team with different backgrounds and experiences will naturally want to start bringing the tools they have used before in previous jobs. While there is nothing innately wrong in that, be aware of what you are doing […]

Things are always falling apart

Kaizen

One of the things you learn about in high school is entropy. Entropy is basically the disorder in any system and that always increases with time. This concept of physics surprisingly applies to business and life in general as well. You need an enormous amount of energy to keep a system in order. That means […]

Why you should work at small companies

Kaizen

Early on you might be lucky enough to be able to choose between different career paths including choices between small and large companies that you could work for. While the lure of a glittering career at a large company is understandable: prestigious name recognition, great salary and benefits and an almost surefire guarantee of company […]

Why job titles don’t matter

Kaizen

One of the first things that I initially struggled with as we grew is what title a new hire should have. If someone has more than 5 years experience does it mean they are a senior, while if they have more than 10 years they are a principal engineer and so forth? Turns out this […]

When companies go bad slowly

Kaizen

Many companies start with the best of intentions, to serve their customers, and to build the best possible product and to be the best at what they do. Slowly, however, something happens to them. Initially, the change is small, insignificant, and doesn’t hurt anyone. One thing leads to another and before you can see it, […]

Managing starts with Trust

Kaizen

As I started managing people, this is one of those things that I wish I found out early. As you hire someone and work with them, you need to trust them completely that they are going to work out and that they are going to do their job and that they are going to do […]

Most hiring success predictors are useless

Kaizen

If you read books or blogs on hiring, you might be led to believe that there is a magic set of top attributes that make a difference for a hire or that play a critical role in predicting the success of a team member in a company. After hiring (and sadly having to let go) […]