Oct 15, 2017

On Quality - the Zen of Internet Maintenance

robert_pirsig_zen_of_motocycle_maintenance When I talk to friends of my father who have read Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, they all say it had a profound effect on them back in the 1970s. Looking around, sometimes it seems the early tech of the 20th century was built primarily by people influenced by Pirsig’s writing. But it has been more than 40 years since the book was published—where are we now?

May 2, 2017

Un appel à tous les français d’Amérique.

Vous allez voter pour Macron et vous pensez avoir accompli votre devoir de citoyen. Bien que je ne sois pas à vos yeux le messager le plus probable, je suis la pour vous dire que cela n’est pas suffisant. Voyez-vous ma famille vit actuellement sur la côte ouest des Etats-Unis. Bien que je ne sois pas français, j’essaie de faire valoir un point de vue, qui au-delà de toutes attentes, sera proches de situations qui vous sont familières.

Oct 4, 2016

True Managerial Intentions

I recently watched a YouTube video of a technical manager from Criteo, Justin Coffey, demoing the in-house business intelligence tool his team had built. It’s a great presentation. Justin actually lists reasons why his team decided to build its own tool; all are good reasons, except none answer why they would have reinvented something when a better tool already exists. (see footnotes) Since I work across vendors and indirectly benefit from the complexity of new data tools—open source included—I also frequently hear reasonable arguments against buying a new tool.

Jul 6, 2016

Why start a Data Consulting Business and become a Looker partner?

Recently I left my best job thus far, the job at Looker, to found a consulting company. Naturally there were a lot of factors at play, but Looker’s gravitational pull on me was due to the technology itself. Looker is one of those technologies that everyone wants to build on top of because:

  • It is cool.
  • It is permanent.