Three Antipatterns That Sink Side Projects

I like to cook steak on my cast iron pan. It’s simple — you let the meat get to room temperature, coat it with salt and pepper, heat oil on the pan on medium, and sear on each side for 2-3 minutes.

I routinely still overcook my steaks. It’s very easy to do. I’m worried about the meat being undercooked or too rare, and half the time I end up making a medium-well steak instead of a medium rare one. Continue reading…

Training for the Clapping Push-up World Record

For the past few months I’ve been training for the clapping push-up world record. I first applied to challenge the record in March and complained to Guinness because it was taking a while to get cleared.

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An Open Letter to Managers of Women

This article first appeared on Medium, where it has received over 205,000 views. It has been republished to Quartz, Upworthy, Huffington Post and featured as a LinkedIn Editor’s Pick.

Dear manager,

We need to talk about her. You probably know who. That analyst, designer, writer, engineer who has been at the organization for just a year or two and is already doing the work of someone several levels above her current pay band. Or maybe she’s not even on your radar, because she’s the dependable one who always delivers on-time and under budget, without any drama.

Despite this woman’s outstanding contributions, you haven’t promoted her or given her a raise. It’s not fair and you know it. Continue reading…

What I Learned from the First Round of Ship Your Side Project

As you may remember, earlier this year, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya and I ran a six-week bootcamp for midcareer tech professionals called Ship Your Side Project.

Our thesis was that there are tons of people out there tinkering on passion projects who have maybe gotten a little side tracked and lost steam, but with just some structure and accountability, they could launch a v1 of their project. The 300+ upvotes we earned on ProductHunt and the thousands of visits to our site told us that we were onto something that might have legs. Continue reading…