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Startup DNA: the formula behind successful startups in Silicon Valley.

"Successful startups are all alike; every unsuccessful startup is unsuccessful in its own way." These are my personal observations on a few traits that make startups successful.

Formats: Video, Slides, Interview

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The Truth About Startups

This is the talk I gave at the MIT Martin Center for Entrepreneurship and the Trinity College Blackstone Launchpad. It's a talk I wish someone gave me when I was in college to help me think about the role of entrepreneurship and startups in my career.

Formats: Video, Slides, Blog post

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devRant podcast

I did a podcast interview for the devRant podcast where I talk about how I got into programming, the biggest lessons I've learned, the biggest lessons I've had to unlearn, DevOps, startups, and more.

Formats: devRant, YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play

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Yours Productly Podcast

I did an interview for the Yours Productly podcast where I talk about startups, product design, coming up with startup ideas, minimal viable products, learning, writing, and more.

Formats: SoundCloud, Blog post

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An intro to Docker, Terraform, and Amazon ECS

This talk is a very quick intro to Docker, Terraform, and Amazon's EC2 Container Service (ECS). In just 15 minutes, you'll see how to take two apps (a Rails frontend and a Sinatra backend), package them as Docker containers, run them using Amazon ECS, and to define all of the infrastructure-as-code using Terraform.

Formats: Slides, Code

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Comprehensive Terraform Training

A comprehensive walkthrough of how to manage infrastructure-as-code using Terraform. This presentation includes an introduction to Terraform, a discussion of how to manage Terraform state, how to use Terraform modules, an overview of best practices (e.g. isolation, versioning, loops, if-statements), and a list of gotchas to look out for.

Formats: Slides

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Infrastructure as code: running microservices on AWS using Docker, Terraform, and ECS

This is a talk about managing your software and infrastructure-as-code that walks through a real-world example of deploying microservices on AWS using Docker, Terraform, and ECS.

Formats: Video, Slides, Code, Blog post

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Startup Ideas and Validation

Every startup begins with an idea. This is a talk on how to come up with startup ideas and how to use validation to pick the good ones.

Formats: Video, Slides, Blog post

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Agility Requires Safety

To go faster in a car, you need not only a powerful engine, but also safety mechanisms like brakes, air bags, and seat belts. This is a talk about the safety mechanisms that allow you to build software faster.

Formats: Video, Slides, Blog post

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A Crash Course on Design for Developers

This talk will introduce you to the basic tools of user-centered and visual design. It's targeted at developers and anyone else who wants to improve the design of their websites, mobile apps, resumes, slide decks, and so on.

Formats: Video, Slides, Blog post

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A Guide to Hiring for your Startup

Choosing the right people is far more important than choosing the right product, marketing strategy, tech stack, or coding methodology. That means hiring is the most important thing you do. It's also one of the hardest. In this talk, I describe how to hire for your startup, including finding co-founders, early hires, and later hires. I also discuss what to look for in a candidate, where to find candidates, how to interview them, and how to make an offer they can't refuse.

Formats: Video, Slides, Webcast

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Node.js vs Play Framework

Here's the showdown you've been waiting for: Node.js vs Play Framework. Both are popular open source web frameworks that are built for developer productivity, asynchronous I/O, and the real time web. But which one is easier to learn, test, deploy, debug, and scale? Should you pick Javascript or Scala? The Google v8 engine or the JVM? NPM or Ivy? Grunt or SBT?

Formats: Video, Video (Japanese Subtitles), Slides, Blog post

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Composable and Streamable Play Apps

Web pages can get complex and slow. This talk shows how to deal with both of these issues by using composition and functional programming in the Play Framework to build complex pages out of simpler parts and how to stream those parts extremely quickly to the browser using a Facebook BigPipe-style approach.

Formats: Video, Slides, Code

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Play Framework: async I/O with Java and Scala

An introduction to writing asynchronous, non-blocking code with the Play Framework.

Formats: Slides, Blog Post

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The Play Framework at LinkedIn

LinkedIn is moving its service infrastructure to the Play Framework. In this talk, I introduce Play, and show why it's the best web framework on the JVM.

Formats: Video, Slides, Blog Post

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Hackdays and Incubator

This is the story of the Hackday and[in]cubator programs at LinkedIn; this is the story of scalable, best-of-breed methods for driving innovation; this is the story of transformation: of your career, company, and the world.

Formats: Slides, Video

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dust.js at LinkedIn

In 2011, LinkedIn adopted dust.js. This is the story of client side templating at massive scale.

Formats: Slides

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Rapid Prototyping

A presentation I did at LinkedIn hackdays on how, and why, to build things quickly.

Formats: Slides

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