Karl Hughes

Technology team builder and startup enthusiast
"startups" Posts

When asking non-technical team members to prioritize their issues on an absolute scale I’ve noticed that they always classify their issues at one of the two highest priority levels. For

As a startup developer I'm always trying to strike a balance between pragmatism and optimization. Since publishing this in October, 2015 I've continued to come back to this checklist as

I can't tell you how many conversations I've had with entrepreneurs who fit into the Founder A or Founder B boxes at this point, but it's probably in the dozens.

Since publishing this post in August, 2015 I've become somewhat fanatical about getting my company's employees, my wife, and my family to use the internet securely. Data breaches are very

April 17, 2017

Since writing this in 2015, I've only become more convinced that more startups need to start without a developer. Premature automation and optimization is a huge time suck, and developers

Two years ago I read Peopleware for the first time and wrote this blog post. That book was the most inspiring engineering leadership material I had read, and it's still

I am currently, and was when I wrote this post, a startup employee, and not a founder. Because of this, my advice here comes more from the perspective of the

When I first published this post in October, 2014 all of us on the leadership team at Packback were new at management. We sort of took our own approach to

When I first wrote this in September, 2014 I was just a few months in at Packback, a company founded to upset the ancient college textbook market. Packback has since

When I wrote this in September, 2014 I was managing an offshore dev team for the first time, but almost every business I have worked with before and since has

I first published this piece in August, 2014 to some acclaim on Hacker News. Since then, I've joined another startup, seen a few million dollars more raised, and these myths

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

When I wrote this article in April of 2012, Instagram had just been bought by Facebook. The hype around consumer web was at its peak since the dot com crash

"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

Last week I got my first article published in the Daily Muse. Here's a sample, but be sure to check out the link below for more: It’s hard for an

It's no secret, but I love Divvy (I'm one of the few who rides them in the winter), and here's why: It enables me to own one less thing (a

Working in a small company can be quite taxing. We recently downsized to three full-time employees at Uloop, meaning that we all have more work and consequently more responsibilities and

I was fortunate enough to sit down with a really interesting and exciting entrepreneur this week. The truth is, I sit down with a lot of really exciting entrepreneurs, but

Robert Scoble has always been one of my big influences. His job is to go around and interview CEO's and founders of interesting startups, so he's definitely got some know-how

The thing I really like about Agile is that it's meant to be different for everyone - there's no single "perfect" implementation - so while our flavor works for us,