Today’s startups: assemble at your own risk

I was talking with Todd Hoff recently over at High Scalability about a trend I’ve seen of late. ME: I really liked this post by Zoli Kahan from Clay.io.  AWS, cloudflare, docker, haproxy, mysql, mongo, memcache, ansible.  They use just about every technology being talked about these days.   Todd: Yah, that’s why I asked …

5 things I learned from Gif Constable about Talking to Humans

I was just scanning through AVC.com, Fred Wilson’s popular blog, and hit on a post about great reading material. In it was mentioned a free e-book by Gif Constable called Talking to Humans. Gif developed the Lean Launchpad curriculum, taught at Stanford, UC Berkeley, Columbia, UCSF, NYU & now hundreds of other universities worldwide. Join …

5 Things I just learned from James Turnbull about Docker

Join 28,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I just got my hands on a copy of James Turnbull’s new book The Docker Book. It’s an excellent introduction to Linux containers & the powerful things you can do with them. It’s 335 pages covering all the introductory topics to get you up and …

Is Apple betting against big data?

Join 28,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. Pushing privacy Apple has been pushing it’s privacy policy of late, in much of it’s marketing around the new iOS 8 and iPhone 6. In particular Tim Cook takes direct aim at Google’s collection of user data: “A few years ago, users of Internet …

When prospects mislead

While a story is fresh in ones mind, it’s a great time to tell it. And so I set out to putting pen to paper about a recent consulting war story. Join 28,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. A financial services firm reached out to me, asking about services. We discussed the …

What can NYFW teach Chad Dickerson about net neutrality?

Here we are again discussing Net Neutrality… Chad Dickerson CEO of well renowned Etsy.com, has come out strongly in favor, and wants everyone to take action. Join 27,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Honestly when I read his wired piece Etsy CEO to businesses: If Net Neutrality Perishes, We Will Too, I …

Is automation killing old-school operations?

Join 27,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I was shocked to find this article on ReadWrite: The Truth About DevOps: IT Isn’t Dead; It’s not even Dying. Wait a second, do people really think this? Truth is I have heard whispers of this before. I was at a meetup recently where the …

Do we need another book on communicating?

Join 28,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I had to ask the question. There are so many books on communicating & presenting affectively, it begs the question, what can this book do that others haven’t? While it’s a fair question, I don’t necessarily think it stands with peers. That said it’s a …

Which tech do startups use most?

Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures publishes an excellent blog called Coding VC. There you can find some excellent posts, such as pitches by analogy, and an algorithm for seed round valuations and analyzing product hunt data. He recently wrote a blog post about a topic near and dear to my heart, Which Technologies do Startups …

Is Hunter Walk right about operations & startups?

Join 26,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Hunter Walk blogged recently about the importance of building great operations teams. And while he was speaking primarily about business operations, the startup technical operations teams are equally difficult to get right. 1. performance & scalability As your grows like Birchbox, your customer growth curve …