Ecosystem Engineering

“An ecosystem engineer is any organism that creates, significantly modifies, maintains or destroys a habitat” — Wikipedia When you are working on platforms, you have the needs of the producers, consumers, and the market itself. As the market, or platform owner, your job is to make sure that the ecosystem as a whole is healthy. One …

Tech writers are underrated

I have long seen the Bay Area (and tech industry in general) hold up the engineers, or the designers, as the heroes of Silicon Valley. There is the mythology of Steve and Steve in a garage, or Jonny Ive in a pristine design lab, creating the future. In my own experience I have seen how …

“My engineers want to code at night! Oh no!” Oh yes!

Coding at night I was talking to someone who was concerned about one of the engineers on his team. This chap was writing a lot of code on the side for a hobby project, and it didn’t feel right to this manager. After listening in to the group for awhile I had to insert myself and …