Weekly Thoughts

I found an interesting blogging idea today to simply write down 5 of the things I’ve been thinking about lately. Like Nadia, my ambitions for my blogging far exceed my capacity. However, as with most skills, increasing capacity comes through excercising such capacity as already exists. So I’m going to try to at least once a week, write down a list of the 5 things that have been on my mind during that past week.
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Life's Too Short to Work at a Boring Company

Note: This is an opinion piece that I wrote for the Amherst Student school newspaper. The original post can be found here. This is the time of year when I miss Amherst the most. The few orange or yellow trees I see along the road are a sad imitation of the colors that radiate in the hills of the Pioneer Valley. I am now far from that place, here in a different valley — one known more for silicon and software than puritans and poets.
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Groklaw Is Shutting Down

I am deeply saddened to learn that the tech legal blog Groklaw.net is ceasing operations due to concerns about the security of their email. …the conclusion I’ve reached is that there is no way to continue doing Groklaw, not long term, which is incredibly sad. But it’s good to be realistic. And the simple truth is, no matter how good the motives might be for collecting and screening everything we say to one another, and no matter how “clean” we all are ourselves from the standpoint of the screeners, I don’t know how to function in such an atmosphere.
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The Abyss From Which There Is No Return

“The big deal is simply this: once you allow the government to start breaking the law, no matter how seemingly justifiable the reason, you relinquish the contract between you and the government which establishes that the government works for and obeys you, the citizen—the employer—the master. And once the government starts operating outside the law, answerable to no one but itself, there’s no way to rein it back in, short of revolution.
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You Can't Have No Process

Process is a concrete instance of that effervescent multiplier in a startup: execution. It certainly is not execution itself, but is a repeatable (and repeating) building block of a current execution strategy – especially in a particular aspect of the business (sales, dev, market validation, etc). It is the day-in and day-out patterns of behavior that your team makes into habit until they are virtually invisible. A lot of teams think that you heavy process is bad and os they aim to be ‘lightweight’ saying things like ‘we don’t want to come up with a process to slow us down, let’s just do stuff’.
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