Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018
“If you’re considering building a remote team, it’s now easier than ever — partly due to technology improvements in video chat, scheduling and work-flow tools, and partly due to becoming more common in general,” Smith said. “From watching others and seeing this on our non-remote-first teams, it’s totally possible to retro-fit in — but it is harder. Be deliberate, accept the upsides also come with downsides!”
Thursday, Mar 1, 2018
A guide to how we work at Gruntwork.
Friday, Oct 14, 2016
Fuck “entrepreneurs” nowadays, seriously- Everybody is a fucking entrepreneur now. Especially all those straight-out-of-college-entrepreneurs. Just so you know- it’s called “unemployed”. Fuck your bootstrapping, too. Fuck working out of garages and fuck your 2.5 square meters “workspace” at WeWork. “But hey! At least I can bring my dog to work!“. Fuck you, seriously.
Monday, Sep 12, 2016
Companies with cultures that value remote workers the same as in-office employees are hard to find, but they soon realize benefits that in-office cultures don’t have, or work much harder at attaining. Remote work should not only exist as an opportunity at startups, but it should change the future of how we define startup culture.
Monday, Aug 15, 2016
How many of us currently run a single-person company? By company, I mean something that generates (or is intending to generate) revenues. Side projects count.
Thursday, Jul 14, 2016
When I hear the realism that comes from founders with setback it elicits an understanding of what it takes to be successful at a startup that frankly can’t exist unless you’ve walked in those shoes before.
Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016
I’ll be here for a couple hours to answer your questions about U.S. immigration.
Monday, Apr 4, 2016
As unicorn startups send customer service gigs to the hinterland, is Silicon Valley exporting its prosperity, or just dead-end jobs?
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016
About three months ago, my company made the switch from a cozy office in the heart of Silicon Valley to going completely distributed. Now I usually work from home, as do my colleagues. I’m excited to share some of the benefits of distributed companies, a few of the tools we’re using, and some of the initial lessons learned.
Friday, Mar 4, 2016
With Stripe Atlas, entrepreneurs can easily incorporate a U.S. company, set up a U.S. bank account, and start accepting payments with Stripe. Starting today, it’s available to developers and entrepreneurs globally. The promise of the internet is that location matters less. However, geographic barriers and associated complexity make it difficult to start a global business in many parts of the world. Developers around the world should have equal access to the tools and services that are available to those in Berlin and Boston.
Monday, Feb 22, 2016
If you really want to be at a company you can do so much better than a resume.
Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016
There’s a meme that’s been going around for a while now: you should join a startup because the money is better and the work is more technically interesting.
Thursday, Dec 3, 2015
Tomorrow morning, I’ll board a flight from LAX to JFK with a wardrobe woefully ill-equipped, in both style and thermal insulation, for New York City, and this will mark the end of 2 years working with, and later leading, a startup engineering team from the comfort of my home. I want to share my thoughts on this experience. As always, your mileage may vary.
Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015
In general, startups get distracted by fake work. Fake work is both easier and more fun than real work for many founders. Two particularly bad cases are raising money and getting personal press; we’ve seen many promising founders fall in love with one or (usually) both of these, which nearly always ends badly. But the list of fake work is long.
Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015
Doing a startup is cool and hip these days (especially in the Valley), but there are too many people who start a company not because they care deeply about a problem, but because they want to ‘do a startup’. There is no wrong time to start a company. It doesn’t matter if the economy is good or bad. The best time to start a company is when you are so passionate about solving a problem that you can’t think of, or bear to be doing anything else.
Thursday, Aug 13, 2015
I’d like to share a couple of stories from freelancers, startup teams and business owners who chose to defy conventional ways of doing business, stepped out of their comfort zones and took their ventures on the road.