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Why Google Cloud Platform lost to AWS despite having better tech

By 2008, Google had everything going for it w.r.t. Cloud and we should’ve been the market leaders, but we were either too early to market or too late. What did we do wrong? (1) bad timing (2) worse productization & (3) worst GTM.

Back to Basics

As the story goes, the legendary former coach of the Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi, would start every training camp the same way. He would hold up a football and announce with great gusto, “This is a football.”

What Facebook’s CTO Learned This Year

To mark the end of 2020, we've asked the same questions of some of the most interesting people in tech to find out what they've learned this year, how their work has changed and what's going to stick going forward. Today, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer.

3 Things Great Engineering Managers Do

As all Spider-Man comic book fans know, with great power comes great responsibility, and being a great manager isn't just about being good at telling people what to do. It turns out that effective engineering managers aren't mind-bending wizards — they're just good at a few things.

Engineering Principles for Unruly Artists

These are the six principles by which I guide my teams to design and build high quality software. It may be an ever evolving set of principles but it's a set that's carried me a fair distance so far, and I hope with a bit more tweaking, much further into the future.