Is it time to diversify your AWS cloud?

via GIPHY Is it time to diversify your AWS cloud? If you missed the news, last week AWS had a major outage in it’s east coast datacenters. What does this news mean for your business? Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. If you’re like a lot of customers – and I …

What mistakes did you make when starting as a consultant ?

via GIPHY I was recently reading a Hacker News thread on mistakes made in consulting. While most of the discussion I didn’t agree with folks *at all*, it did get me thinking about my own lessons. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Since these threads in HN often end up in …

What does DEV OPS mean?

via GIPHY I was recently interviewed by Victor Farcic. He asked me a lot of interesting questions. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. One really struck me that I thought was important, about the whole devops movement. How do you define devops Viktor Farcic: Moving on to a more general subject, …

Can humility help engagements succeed?

via GIPHY I was reading this article on Vox recently titled Intellectual Humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. It caught my attention, and I think we can expand on it a bit. Here are my thoughts. 1. Admitting when you’re wrong Of …

What types of management problems plague startups?

via GIPHY Being an avid reader of Fred Wilson’s AVC, I’ve learned much over the years. And one thing he underscores is that *ideas* are a dime a dozen. And that great investments are in team & execution. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. As a long time consultant, I’ve had …

What does the failure of Flatiron School mean for coding bootcamps?

via GIPHY If you missed the news, New York’s AG announced a settlement with Flatiron School over operating without a license and false advertising. The news of the coding bootcamp failure splashed all over hacker news a couple of days ago. Join 37,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. With the explosion of …

How can startups learn from the Dyn DNS outage?

As most have heard by now, last Friday saw a serious DDOS attack against one of the major US DNS providers, Dyn. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. DNS being such a critical dependency, this affected many businesses across the board. We’re talking twitter, etsy, github, Airbnb & Reddit to name …

How 1and1 failed me

I manage this blog myself. Not just the content, but also the technology it runs on. The systems & servers are from a hosting company called 1and1.com. And recently I had some serious problems. Join 31,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. The publishing platform wordpress, as a few versions out of date. …

When fat fingers take down your business

Join 14,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Github goes nuclear I was flipping through reddit last night, and hit this crazy story. strange pushes on GitHub. For those who don’t know, github houses source code. It’s version control for the software world. Lots of projects use it, to keep track of change …

Road War Story – Hacking Inflight Solutions

  The 2am phone call Last summer I got my call from the president at 2am.  Actually it was my former boss at Hollywood Reporter.  I had worked there three months previous, and they had since hired an outsourced DBA solution.  Big outsource, big chops.  And big fail.     12 hours to liftoff I …