It’s a good idea–to make it easy for fintech companies to easily connect to consumers banks instead of needing to do the week-long process of verifying small bank deposits. That definitely speeds up the onboarding process for people to try out new apps. But the tradeoff is always with security and convenience and here it’s … Continue reading Plaid is Still a Phishing Site
The tech news story of the last few months has been WeWork. A private company with a meteoric rise to an almost $50 billion valuation is about to go to an IPO, but the questionable math spooks investors, the IPO goes bust, the company is written down by ~$40 billion and the CEO is kicked … Continue reading Icarus for Startups — Bug or Feature?
Fyre Festival and Theranos I recently watched the Netflix documentary on the Fyre Festival fiasco. I had also recently read the book “Bad Blood” about Theranos. When I finished the Fyre Festival documentary I couldn’t help but notice how eerily similar the themes felt to me. A Modern FableSo there is an entrepreneur — who is a visionary. … Continue reading Fyre Festival and Theranos
Learn this Skill: How to Manage a Pipeline Overtime, as we have worked on CodeHS, I have been involved in working in all the different functional areas, from marketing to sales, to hiring to whatever random project it is. Something basic that comes up over and over and over again as a key tool is the … Continue reading Learn this Skill: How to Manage a Pipeline
Modern Distributed Software Tech Stack in 2019 Here are a few tools we are using CodeHS which I feel have become standard, or at least seem really common for software and distributed work setups. It’s hard to claim they are standard, but I think anecdotally I have seen them used in many cases. Zoom — we use this … Continue reading Modern Distributed Software Tech Stack in 2019
Why We Switched to Distributed Work at CodeHS About a year or so ago, we switched CodeHS to be a fully distributed company. This means we changed our policies and went to supporting it fully. We had supported it partially in the past, with a few people not in our San Francisco office, but it was … Continue reading Why We Switched to Distributed Work at CodeHS
You’ll find quite a bit of information online with startup advice. And you’ll find people advocating for every side of any debate. Say you are raising money: Should you raise only on convertible notes? Or with a SAFE? Or with equity? Or with a cryptocurrency ICO? Or with a loan? Or not at all? Should … Continue reading The Only Actual Startup Advice: It Depends