McKinsey in Three Minutes

Many people look at McKinsey or similar type firm employees as absolute geniuses or complete idiots. Total awe or a mix of scorn, disgust & jealousy. Using labels like slide monkeys, suits, talking heads, look at your watch to tell you the time,...  I could go on and on. We…

Big Data and Schlep Blindness

When I was in university, I thought a typical day at a software engineering job would be full of solving complex integrals & developing our own version of algorithms. I was wrong. I got into my first software development role, and my days were a mix of: shelling scripts to…

Ramadan Coding

In the month of Ramadan, Muslims who observe fasts don't eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. As a kid, that meant breakfast was two hours earlier. I never liked sleeping when the sun was out, so I would spend the time on the home PC. A 16 MHz 286 Turbo, with an actual button to toggle the Turbo.…

On Being Stubborn & Flexible

Imagine a future where running a startup was as easy as playing your favourite strategy game  (SimCity, Command & Conquer, Civilization, Factorio...) If everyone had access to similar tools & resources, how would you bet on the winners? In my experience, grit it is. Startups are a mix of business…

Founder Puzzles

Get your copy here. Growing up, I thought founders were superhumans that walked on water. I was wrong. Here are my notes on Jawwad Farid‘s Founder Puzzles: 1. Becoming a founder showed me why it is the ultimate & misunderstood boss move. Founders survive, learn, and make mistakes.…

How to Name Your Startup

Your company name will be the first thing that will come out of your mouth, so having a good name helps. While I personally think names are important, I try not to obsess over them. The first thing people want to know. Here are 3 things to remember in picking…

Presentation Power-ups for Storytellers

Most common “power-up”: Write a memo What’s true but not obvious? 99.9% of slide decks are terrible. I’ve been presenting decks for 15 years now (~ that’s approximately 10,000 hours of presentations). One important thing that I’ve learned: it&…