Sit or stand, that is the question when it comes to office furniture. Standing desks will help you live longer, lose weight, and focus more, at least according to articles like this one on Wired. I loved my Geek Desk, but I found that the experience was not as life changing as promised. This is the run down of my experience with it.
Startups need the best talent to succeed, but they need to acquire that talent without budget busting salary compensation. Startups can bridge the gap with a better culture, a more meaningful work experience, and the opportunity to grow faster than in a corporate environment. Soft and fuzzies go a long way towards wellbeing, but come up short when it's time to pay the bills. Equity compensation is often the answer. The ownership stake in the company will more than compensate for the decrease in salary if the company does well. Equity is also the murkiest piece of the compensation puzzle since it depends entirely on predicting the future. So how do you figure out exactly what that 2% stake is worth?
I decided to use the somewhat enforced period of free time to learn something that's been on the back burner for a while, iOS development. Along with learning new things I've also been making it back to the gym more frequently and decided to marry the two and build an application to track my workouts.
I could have easily made it a web application, but decided to force myself to build a native iOS app, something that I haven't done since late 2008. I'm about 30% done, but just needed to vent a little about the frustrations I've encountered.
Yesterday, May 15, 2014 was the final day in a four and a half year ride that started at Vertical Acuity and ended at Outbrain. The moment is bittersweet and I'm going to miss working on the fantastic technology we built. Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, Outbrain is no longer the right place and it's time for a change.
"Fast, cheap, and good; pick any two" is a standard axiom of project management. Software development in innovative markets is one area where this no long holds true. Teams in this environment need to deliver on all three and these are some tips I've found make it possible.