Karl Hughes

Hi, my name is Karl.

I write, speak, and help build startups. After 8 years as a software engineer and CTO in Chicago, I founded Draft.dev to help companies create high-quality technical content designed to reach software developers.

On the side, I create marketing content on thisisgoodmarketing.com with my friend Manuel Weiss.

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Latest Writing

Parenting While Entrepreneuring

Having kids is a valuable experience for entrepreneurs. I’m not saying it’s easy. It’s way...

On Taking Breaks

I’ll be honest, I’ve never experienced burnout. I’ve always enjoyed my work, especially since I...

Paths Up the Mountain

You are finally ready to climb the mountain. You’ve spent 10 years learning, preparing, and...

How to Hire at a Startup

Hiring is always hard. Even with 10 years of experience leading teams at startups, I...

15 Alternatives to Google Forms

I’ve been using Google Forms for over a decade, and it has continued to impress...

The 8 Types of Entrepreneurship

I recently joined Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a peer group for business owners with chapters across...