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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
or Scala? The Google v8 engine or the JVM? NPM or Ivy? Grunt or SBT?
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
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.