Reports of Amazon’s Death Greatly Exaggerated

I recently read a Motley Fool article by Timothy Green suggesting Amazon and Rackspace will be the likely losers in the cloud wars. The basic premise is that the percentage of operating cash flow spent on capital expenditures can be used as a measure of the flexibility a cloud provider…

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10 Commandments of Startup Product Management

Below are my ten commandments for startup product management. I’ll confess to having worked with too many PMs who violated a number of these commandments - and possibly a few that violated them all. Thou shalt not try to product manage in a market for which thou is not…

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Top 5 Ways To Know If Your Recruiter Sucks

So today I met the single worst recruiter of my professional career. He works for a local company I think might be the Walmart of technical recruiting: all speed, no quality, and trying to make up for it with volume. The discussion led me to realize that this company could…

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The Google Effect

Since launching their first cloud offering in 2006, Amazon has paid surprisingly little attention to its competitors. While Marc Benioff was shouting “cloud computing” from the Salesforce mountain top in 2007, Amazon seemed not to have noticed. When Microsoft started aggressively marketing Azure in 2009, Amazon reacted as though it…

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The Death of DevOps

My first experience managing a DevOps team came in 2010 when I took the VPE role at Sonian. While on the surface my new team looked like traditional system administrators, they shared three traits that were new to me in operations: a commitment to agile, a hybrid of software development…

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Cloud Computing’s iPhone Moment

Last week we witnessed a critical milestone in the history of cloud computing: the moment at which the public cloud became less expensive than physical infrastructure. This moment came on March 25th in San Francisco when Google announced a massive price drop across its GCE platform. The announcement was matched…

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