Writing a Slackbot to Help our Business Access Data at Packback

Writing a Slackbot to Help our Business Access Data at Packback

Slack is a messaging tool that’s quickly become ubiquitous in large and small companies alike. It’s basically like a walled off version of AOL Instant Messenger (you guys remember that from the early 00’s right?) for your company’s internal communication. They have apps for iOS and Android, desktop clients, and a web interface, making Slack super […]

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Moving

Moving

This week I moved out of the tiny one-room place I’ve lived at since I moved to Chicago in 2012. The little studio in Uptown, Chicago was one of the few places I could afford when I came here right after college, and when I moved in I had just four bags of clothing and miscellaneous cooking supplies to my […]

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Know Your Competition When Hiring

Know Your Competition When Hiring

I was talking to a technology recruiter yesterday and he gave me a couple off the cuff statistics that weren’t particularly shocking, but were telling of the state of hiring right now: There are roughly 4 open jobs for every developer in the city of Chicago Developers stay an average of less than 3 years at […]

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The Many Roles of a Startup CTO

The Many Roles of a Startup CTO

“Chief Technical Officer” sounds like a glamorous title. It’s right up there with “Chief Executive Officer” and “Chief Financial Officer” in the pecking order of a company’s leadership, and at big organizations, it’s quite an honor to hold. At an early stage startup, I’d argue, the distinction is slightly less exciting. While I don’t hold the job […]

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Creating a Tech Startup without a Developer: the Lean Way

Creating a Tech Startup without a Developer: the Lean Way

There’s a perception out there that creating an awesome tech startup is about nothing more than making a product that by its awesome and paradigm-shifting nature will magically attract customers. For example, consider the following hypothetical, but reality-based conversation I heard recently: Would Be Founder: “I want to make an app that suggests outfits for you based on […]

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Five Takeaways from Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

Five Takeaways from Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

As regulars to my blog know, I’ve been reading more this year, and while most of the books I’ve finished in 2015 have been fiction, I’ve also made an effort to spend some time with books that will advance my professional knowledge. Software engineering is a challenging field because it changes quickly and there’s no end to what you can […]

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