Is Fred Wilson right about dealing in an honest, direct & transparent way?

via GIPHY I was just reading Fred Wilson’s excellent blog AVC. While I enjoy & respect his work immensely, I don’t always agree with what he has to say. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. The recent post was titled No Shenanigans. He writes that these are part of Twiliio’s company …

Lost and forgotten nuggets of ideas and advice

via GIPHY I’ve been blogging for so long, sometimes, I forget about all the old material I’ve written. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. And I was just recently digging through some of the old titles, and thought it would be fun to repost some good ones. 1. What is it, …

How to find consulting clients?

via GIPHY I get asked this question by people a lot. Whenever I attend conferences, meetups, or social events. How do you *do* consulting? I’d love to be doing that, how do I get there? Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. From what I can tell, the most important factor is …

What’s the luckiest thing that’s happened in your career?

via GIPHY On more than a few occasions I’ve been asked what it’s like working remote. The inevitable followup is wow, you’re lucky. You can call it luck, but I just finished talking to 50 companies, put together proposals for all of them, and 49 said no to remote. Lucky indeed! Join 38,000 others and …

How do we measure devotion?

I was talking recently over email with a hiring manager. Jamie (not his real name) wanted to hire me, but was set against consulting. While that by itself is understandable, he seemed to equate it with devotion. This troubled me. Here’s the quote below. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. While …

Are career promotions like marriage… appealing until your first divorce?

I was recently flipping through an interesting email list. It’s focused for tech leaders, managers & startup entrepreneurs. An HR team lead posted asking about “promotion paths” for engineers. While I have an intuitive grasp of what engineers at those different levels look like, I’m having trouble making those concrete. Join 32,000 others and follow …

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 cloud computing is the spotify-cation of hosting

Join 16,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. 1. Music collections of old Way way back in the 70’s I remember riding around in a VW beetle. Maybe I’d be driving with my dad or my uncle. Everybody seemed to own a VW! What everybody also had was a huge collection of 8-track …

How to do technical assessment for a merger acquisition

Join 15,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. My newsletter goes out the first few days of every month. I invite everyone I’ve ever worked with, so many of my present and former colleagues & clients receive it. I often receive a few emails in the days following, with requests for help, advice …

The four-letter-word dividing Dev and Ops

What’s that word?  RISK Operations teams are tasked with stability and uptime. That means working against change, limiting or slowing it down where possible. Developers are tasked with features and delivering business solutions. For that an ORM layer seems appealing for example. It speeds up & simplifies coding. At the same time it eliminates database drudgery. For …