Karl Hughes

Technology team builder and startup enthusiast
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When I first published this post in June, 2014, I was just starting to manage a couple engineers. Interestingly, I've only seen this idea get more true as I've hired

Back in 2013 I needed a list of all the colleges in the US. The best I could find was this. The list seemed complete (there are about 9000 colleges

I first published this post in February, 2015 when I was just getting back into running after about five years of completely slacking off. Since then I've been pretty consistent

This is a short excerpt from an online book I'm currently writing called CTO Patterns. The book-to-be is full of advice for building and managing engineering teams at startups. Some

I quit eating meat in the summer of 2013, when I first published this article. In 2017, I've loosened up a bit - I now occasionally eat fish - but

When I wrote this back in December, 2012 I had a lot less money than I do now. I lived on the floor of a 300 square foot apartment, and

This post was originally published in December, 2012, but with the latest round of anti-immigration sentiment in America, it's still highly relevant today. Communities across America are experiencing injustice and

This post was first published in December, 2012, and is being republished as part of my 2017 writing goal. ÔÇťAmateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just

This is another post I'm republishing as part of my 2017 daily writing project. Like many of the others originally published in 2012, I was focused on inspiring people to

Back when I was first starting out, I was actually more interested in technical marketing than product engineering, and this post from 2012 reflects that focus. I'm glad I did

Since writing this post in 2012, the case for responsive (and now progressive) websites has gotten even stronger. The frameworks available make it easy to do, and the variety of

My views on happiness when I wrote this back in September, 2012 were admittedly simplistic. I've seen enough people now who pursued their passions and still aren't happy because they

I wrote this post back in September of 2012. I had just started my first full-time job at a startup in Chicago, and I was naively and desperately trying to

I've always been pretty good at dealing with stress, but as I get older and new things come up to stress me out, it's helpful to go back and remember

A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Sweden to see some relatives over there. My aunt and uncle live in Borlange, a small countryside town about

Back in July, 2012 when I wrote this article, I was barely a PHP novice and just starting to try Ruby on Rails. It's fun to look back at how

Building complex software projects is almost always an iterative process. We rarely get to spend months designing and writing a complete project before releasing something to our users. This process

I was less sympathetic when I wrote this in 2012 than I am now, but I stand by the overall message here. Placing blame for your problems on external sources

Since I wrote this post back in May, 2012, many more online companies have been valued, but many are still avoiding public markets. Niche investors may feel confident in putting

Writing has been one of my favorite hobbies since high school, but I used to feel like an imposter when I did it. I went to school with a lot