Don’t Read Your Logs

I’ve had a number of discussions, both offline and online, about logging practices. In my view, reading individual log lines is (almost) always a sign that there are gaps in your system’s monitoring tools – especially when dealing with software at a medium- or large scale. Just as I would never want to use tcpdump […]

I Can Text You 💩, But I Can’t Write My Name

Today, Model View Culture published an article I wrote about Unicode, character encoding, and non-Latin alphabets. I’ve included an excerpt below: I am an engineer, and I am a writer. As an engineer, I spend a lot of time thinking about how text is stored, but relatively little about what information the text actually represents. […]

What Would Body Cameras Do?

On December 3rd, a New York City grand jury failed to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. Protesters around the world, from Oakland to New Delhi, reacted to this decision, demanding reforms to counterbalance the power wielded by law enforcement. They adopted as a slogan Garner’s chilling final words: I […]

Beyond Culture Fit: Community Value-Add

Recently, a founder of an early-stage startup asked me for tips on evaluating culture fit when building an early team. As the founder of most successful startups will agree, picking the first few members of your team is important. They set the tone for your company as it grows. Personally, I think that the term […]

Allies

In college, I served on the board of a student group that advocated sensible drug policy. During this time, our school’s chapter was named one of the top ten most succesful chapters in the country. This honor was in part because we succeeded in passing a “Good Samaritan” policy to encourage students to seek medical […]

Flipping a Coin Over the Phone

Last week, a friend and I had to arrange an in-person meeting after work, by email. He’s based on the Upper East Side, and I’m in Chelsea. Neither one of us wanted to make the trek to the other’s office, and there was no logical place “in between” where we’d have a quiet space. The […]

Dorm Room Fund

I am very excited to announce that I’ve just joined the Dorm Room Fund team in New York City! For those who aren’t familiar with the fund, Dorm Room Fund is a venture firm run by students and for students. The fund invests exclusively in student-run companies, providing seed financing on very founder-friendly terms. The […]

Joining the Big Red

After a great year serving as the Hacker-in-Residence at Quotidian Ventures, I’m excited to announce that I’m starting classes this fall at Cornell University, through the brand-new Cornell NYC Tech program! As noted on the original program website (screenshot above), this program is atypical in many ways. The program focuses on preparing master’s students not […]

Why You’ve Never Read “I Have A Dream”

(I know some people will be interested in a followup post to Don’t Fly During Ramadan. I plan on writing one, but this post happens to be timely.) Yesterday, August 28th, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous speech, “I Have a Dream”. If you live in the US, you’ve probably heard […]