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