Python: Why?

Jesse swears by it. Chad is enthusiastically learning it.  I didn’t know much about it.  This article helps put things into perspective:

10 Reasons Python Rocks for Research (And a Few Reasons it Doesn’t)

Grammar research: thereof vs. therein

Because of my writing, and Pluralsight course research, I regularly find myself wondering if I’m using the right word, phrase, etc.  I’ll pull up a couple of dozen grammar-related searches when I’m in the thick of researching something… today I found a really cool resource while trying to figure out if I should use thereof or therein.

What are the easiest examples to understand how “therein”, “thereupon”, “thereunder”, etc. are used?

Thanks to Raj Bhuptani, who wrote an easy to understand guide on what there____ means, and how and when to use it.

And, for the record, I chose to use thereof instead of therein :)

Brilliant: The Website Obesity Crisis

The Website Obesity Crisis: longer-than-normal, but seriously brilliant.

More Startup Employee Thoughts

Here’s another fascinating article about working for a startup: Candid Advice For Those Joining The Startup World: Sleep With One Eye Open

This is long, but worth the read if you are considering working at a startup.

The author wrote an ebook, which is currently priced at $85, titled How to Engineer Your Layoff. The idea is to get a package that is worth something awesome. My package was pretty lame, and I know my company would not have done anything more than what they did.  But I bet this $85 is a terrific investment if you work for a company or people with integrity.

Open Salary, Open Equity, Transparency

From Friday’s article, I clicked through and started reading these posts which are fascinating. They talk about how to come up with employee compensation in a startup, and sharing those numbers with complete transparency.

Introducing Open Equity: Buffer’s Equity Formula and Full Individual Breakdown (April 14, 2014)

Introducing Open Salaries at Buffer: Our Transparent Formula and All Individual Salaries (Dec 19, 2013)

Buffer’s compensation and equity spreadsheet: fascinating!

Joel Spolsky post which inspired Buffer on this (on GitHub)

Getting Rich in, or Working for, a Startup

Got a link to this great article from Tim Ferris’ newsletter:  How to get rich in tech, guaranteed.

Great read.

History of Pluralsight / Early Interview with Aaron Skonnard

Check out this fun interview with Aaron Skonnard from August of 2012: Bootstrapping an Online Education Company to $12M: Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard (Part 1)

It’s a long but entertaining read.

Freemium and The Penny Gap

I read this article shortly after launching JibberJobber (the article came out about 10 months after we launched). This is a MUST READ for anyone doing freemium.

The Penny Gap

MVP: Product Management

Great conversation on Quora about lean company/product development. I continually have stuff my developers work on that I refer to as Phase I or Phase II, etc.  Here’s a visualization of what I really need:

mvp_lean

As a product manager, the message is that each phase of developing a minimum viable product (MVP) is a functional step towards the end goal.  So each phase is usable.  Super important.

Sales Statistics: Power of follow-up

This reminds me of a technology vendor that used to call me again and again and again. I was a Dell guy… always buying my stuff from Dell. But this lady that called me, she wanted my business.  She was a bit on the aggressive side, but she asked for my business, she asked for a shot.

And one day, she got it.  And for the stuff I bought from her, I didn’t go back to Dell.  She earned it. She won it.  She wanted it. She persisted.

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