On ideation and iteration


Sample story demonstrating the core idea underneath agile development, as I understand it

It's not the formalities that mattter, but the sheer flexibility to try concepts and features, then fairly quickly deciding on why the concept works or not for the end user, before moving on to either releasing it or moving on to another idea

Sticking to one's values

Recent post by Sam Altman, reflecting on life lessons after turning 30. I really agree on most of these, besides having experienced a fewer number of them personally. I'm sure some change and evolve as one grows even older and starts a family.

I'd like to hold myself accountable to truly living these, by posting them here and reflecting on them once in a while. Perhaps any reader can help me out by commenting on any straying I do from these, thus making me more aware.

As I encounter more applicable principles online, I'll link them under these same tags.


Resurrecting this old dog

To restart the blog, I'll publish a few posts on the following topics:

-Experience with the euMetrica project - concept, inspiration / initial stages, seeking funding, participating in a hackathon, Chattanooga startup scene and the Gig, working with Mozilla crew, challenges, wins, experience w/ outsourcing some development, recruiting, legal, speaking with customers, advisers, VCs, working with friends, finding the time and managing a team and suppliers

-Sources of tech, global affair, health IT / genomics, mobile developments on the web. What are the sources I trust today? AVC, Bloomberg, etc...

-Insights from first 5 years as a software engineer / developer

-Insights from working in finance / buy-side

-Cambridge / Boston startup and HealthIT ecosystem - lessons learned so far - and resources available (events, websites, etc).

-Next steps in exploration of problems to solve with software / startups

-Past ideas in healthcare - computer vision for melanoma

-Current ideas in healthcare - thoughts - seeking partners (developers, MDs, students, etc - to help run a project) - what we need, what we have, and how I fit in. Seek feedback. Explain what my passion / goal / vision is - and what I'm looking for - in terms of help / partnership.

-Predictions for startups that will make it / will have a significant impact - or TechReview and other pieces. 

-Books reviewed

Saddest thing I've heard about the Bay Area tech scene

Just a few years ago, I had a high regard for all the innovation and ideas being driven by folk in the Silicon Valley / Bay Area.

However, more recently, the positive image / respect for the scene has really gone downhill in my mind, because of experiences with the local tech crowd similar to the one described by amazing founders of Rescue Forensics in this story:

"They plan to move back to Tennessee after finishing the winter Y Combinator program. It’s a different world here on the West Coast and their mission is serious.

Dalton said that he’ll go to dinner parties in San Francisco. “Everybody will be sipping their cocktails or their mojito. They’ll say something like they’re building an ad network,” Dalton said. “When I get asked, I usually say ‘web intelligence,’ hoping that they’ll leave me alone.”

“If they ask more questions, everyone’s buzz gets killed,” he quipped."

Ladies / gentlemen of the Valley - that is pathetic! If you brag about changing the world to the rest of us (and having the know-how to do it), then I hope you have the guts to tackle (or help those who are) the serious issues and not just the next nice-to-have video/image/texting/social service. 

PS. I wonder if there's room for Boston to take on this challenge that the SV / Bay Area seems to avoid.

The journey is not straightforward - find your way

Fantastic post by Fred Wilson - brief story of how he found his professional pursuit / direction and what guided him.

A must read:


Key point:

"So where is this story going? Well it seems to me that finding your passion is critical to having a full and fulfilling life. And you have to put yourself in a place to do that. For me, it started with a woman who knew what she wanted to do long before I did and who pushed me to “figure it out” and it ended with a couple guys, Milton and Bliss, who passed their passion on to me.

I am sure there are many other ways to get there. But it won’t happen without help. So surround yourself with people who care about you and listen to them. And good things will come from that."

Guidance for engineers looking into creating a venture

Describes how I chose to continue my current technical path - glad I came across Paul Graham's bit on this:

"...If you work your way down the Forbes 400 making an x next to the name of each person with an MBA, you'll learn something important about business school. After Warren Buffett, you don't hit another MBA till number 22, Phil Knight, the CEO of Nike. There are only 5 MBAs in the top 50. What you notice in the Forbes 400 are a lot of people with technical backgrounds. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell, Jeff Bezos, Gordon Moore. The rulers of the technology business tend to come from technology, not business. So if you want to invest two years in something that will help you succeed in business, the evidence suggests you'd do better to learn how to hack than get an MBA..."