Confessions of a Technology Profiler

After years of being in the closet, I'm coming clean: I'm a technology profiler. In my never ending search for good engineers, I instinctively form opinions of the quality of someone's software talent based on nothing more than what I see in their profile. It's like a facial tic I…

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5 Requirements Not Found In My Job Descriptions

I get asked on a regular basis what I’m looking for in engineers. I think most people are expecting the answers found in a typical job description - e.g. CS degree or equivalent, 4+ years commercial software experience, work experience with modern language (i.e. Python, Ruby, Scala…

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10 Steps To Finding a Job at a Boston Startup

It’s no secret some of the best job opportunities in the Boston area are in technology startups. Last year venture capitalists invested almost $5 billion in local companies, making the tech sector one of the fastest growing segments of our local economy. In addition to the professional freedom and…

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46th Anniversary: The Mother of All Demos

Last year while reading Walter Isaacson's The Innovators, I was surprised to learn about The Mother of All Demos, a presentation by computing pioneer Douglas Engelbart in 1968. A YouTube video of the presentation is provided below. In the video you can see the heritage of many of the modern…

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The Mind of Marc Andreessen

I’ve made a few visits to Andreessen Horowitz over the last two years, and each time paid little attention to the books on the wall to wall bookshelves in the lobby. Arriving a little early for an informal coffee meeting last November, I spent a few minutes reviewing the…

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Coffee Talk from the Silicon Valley

The end of last year I spent a day in the Silicon Valley talking with a few venture investors and entrepreneurs to get a better sense of the current market. This pre-dated the raising of our B round, so the discussions were informal, and mostly with people with whom I…

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