My Favorite Mistakes of 2012

This is the third part in the ongoing Mistakes Were Made series. Read the first and the second parts. I’ve been lucky. In the past year, I can point to a lot more successes in my life than failures. OneBusAway…

Gratification Delayed: When Metrics Don't Matter

At Gatherball, we’re big fans of the Lean Startup movement. I’d suggest Eric Ries’ book to anyone who wants to start a tech startup today, and even before it came out I bought enough copies for my entire team and…

Innovate Less

This is the second installment in my Mistakes Were Made series. Read the first part here. Back in 2002, I was working for a company called Wildseed. We were making a truly innovative product: some people smarter than me would later describe it…

The LadyCoders Controversy

LadyCoders is a project that wants to help women learn the interviewing skills needed to get hired into tech jobs. Changing the ratio of men to women in the tech community is something I’m very passionate about, particularly since the…

Pills, vitamins, and candy: the false choice of startup ideas

Startups start with ideas. Unfortunately, most ideas don’t make good startups: it takes time and skill to take an idea and craft it into something that could work as a product that appeals to a specific market, and as a…