5 Things I learned about bitcoin from Chris Dixon, Balaji Srinivasan & a16z

I’ve avoided the bitcoin hype for long enough. I’ve watched a bit on the periphery, but recently been doing a bit more research. Then I bumped into the new Andreessen Horowitz podcast, and got a crash course on it! Join 21k others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. http://blog.pmarca.com/2014/01/22/why-bitcoin-matters/ 1. Goldman Sacks has taken …

Why tracking can make or break your content efforts

I’ve become a social media fiend in the past year. Mostly because it’s working. The number of prospects & leads I get each month has been steadily rising. Here’s how I track. I hope it will help you too! Join 20k others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. The image above displays the results …

5 cloud ideas that aren’t actually true

Join 20,000 others and follow Sean Hull’s scalability, startup & innovation content on twitter @hullsean. Cloud computing is heralding us into a wonderful era where computing can be bought in small increments, like a utility. This changes the whole way we plan, manage budgets, and accelerates startups making them more agile. But it’s not all …

Why managers & CTO’s underestimate operational costs

Join 19k others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. Technology choices & talent shortage I worked at one firm evaluating their technology stack. When we got to the programming language, I paused in my tracks. “Haskell” I asked? “Oh you haven’t heard of it? It’s a really cool functional programming language, and we …

5 Things I Learned From David Maister About Trust & Advising Clients

Join 18,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. If you’re a freelancer, consultant, or service provider of any kind, you can surely gain a lot from reading David Maister’s book The Trusted Advisor. There are so many ways we can improve, let’s take a look. 1. Consider Traits of People You Trust Already …

Why I can’t raise the bar at every firm

Join 17,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Also check out: Who is Sean Hull? It may seem counterintuitive. If I am not the best solution provider, why on earth would I highlight it? I believe by pointing those cases out, I also underline the clients and problems that I’m particularly well suited …

Why AWS Summit is free but Oracle World costs $2650

Attending Oracle World a half dozen times in the past decade, I can say it’s quite an event. All of Moscone center plus local hotels & many streets are taken over to host the event. As an author of Oracle & Open Source on O’Reilly I’ve snagged comped tickets, otherwise the conference would be far …

Why Scalability Is Big Business

Join 16,500 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. Complexity Is Growing Despite automation & the mass migration to the cloud, or perhaps because of it, complexity continues to grow. Back in the dot com era a typical infrastructure included a load balancer, a couple web servers, one oracle database, and that was …

When a client takes a swing at you

Join 16,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. A changing of the guard Back in the dot-com era, circa 1999 I worked for a startup in some transition. Upon meeting the team, I met the new CTO Harvey, who joined just a month before. Also on the team was the IT director …

Connect to MySQL in the Amazon Public Cloud

Troubleshooting MySQL on Amazon can be a real test of patience. There are quite a few different things to watch out for in terms of connectivity & networking. Sometimes a checklist can help. Join 16,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Here’s my exhaustive list of things that can block you. 1. Be …