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Michael O. Church is a software engineer, blogger, and frequent poster on Quora. He writes about the pernicious, hidden attitudes and patterns hiding under the surface of Silicon Valley.
“As an industry, we don’t focus on the right things. We can do a whole lot better in terms of the companies we can create, the products we build. There’s a low quality of what’s being done. There are a lot of rich douchebags getting funded.”
Everyone agrees there are problems in Silicon Valley. There are problems in any culture. But what causes Michael O. Church to be so vocal?
“When I was seventeen I wanted to be a writer. I studied Math because it was much more employable, but I’ve always had that inclination to write. As for the vocality, I’ve seen some really good people out there, but I’ve also seen some severe injustices.”
Michael argues that “we have this epidemic of criminally underqualified, well-connected individuals getting funded and acquired. In this frothy state, tech seems to be all about distractions.” Examples of distraction companies might include a new way to share photos, a new ad-tech company.
My counterargument to this was–if you are a twenty-something who wants to build a product, and your choices are to either go to Google and be the fifty thousandth engineer, or to go build a “distraction” company, the latter choice is of far greater value for the marketplace as a whole.
A distraction company may be trivial in what it provides to the marketplace. But it serves as a powerful set of lessons to the people who build it.
Michael responded, “The issue I have is not the existence of trivialities; that’s part of the experimentation process. My issue is more with the press and the venture capitalists. The adult supervision.”
“It’s not typical that a 22 year old gets funded, but if you act like Evan Spiegel does, you should not be running a company. This is a guy who represents a certain type of privileged, arrogant personality that I think just has to go.”
“Steve Jobs was a great businessman, but if you look at his cultural effects they were negative. The problem with Silicon Valley right now is that it celebrates the asshole. They are being held up as the type of person that we should aspire to.”
There is a dystopian color to Michael O. Church’s posts about technology culture. I asked him if his skew is a product of an unusually high number of negative personal experiences.
“We all pay attention to what we learn about, and through the blog posts that I write, I hear a lot more stories that are similar to my negative experiences. My actual attitude is not anger or hatred–it’s more disappointment. But I’m actually quite a happy guy.”
His writing is sometimes so fervently negative, he seems like a caricature of someone in Silicon Valley, rather than a real human. I mean this as a complimentary nod to his writing style.
He is creative and more self-aware than an occasional reader might presume.
I asked if it was a fair assessment that he errs on the side of being extreme when he is writing about something that upsets him.
“I would not use the word extreme, I would use the word impassioned. I’ll take a moderate stance but with a lot of force behind it.
“I feel like my generation needs to wake up. Right now, the people who are held up as wunderkinds, or on 30 under 30 lists, those people were produced by the baby boomers who we need to kick out.”
Some of Michael’s best writing is a recent piece on what he calls software politics. Anyone who has worked in a big technology company can identify with some of his assertions.
“In many companies, it’s not the best people who get the best projects. It’s the politically-enabled people. Software politics is all of the nonsense that has nothing to do with writing great code, solving problems, and building things. And there’s a lot of it.”
“If you are 22 years old right now, and you think software engineering is a low politics zone, you are going to be disappointed.”
One dimension of software politics is a distinction between two tracks: the managerial track and the principal engineer track. Both positions designate a higher pay grade and more responsibility.
Michael argues that it is much easier to become a manager than a principal engineer, which perversely leads engineers towards a managerial track.
“Companies need managers. There are managers out there that add a lot. But that’s not the selection process. I don’t think the ladder climbing proves anything other than that they are good at playing politics. Some people know how to play politics, and they are good managers, but I don’t see a correlation.”
Game design was our final topic of conversation. Michael designed a game called Ambition, which exemplifies some of his beliefs about the trade-offs between luck, skill, and fun.
“Card games are interesting in relation to the current trend in board games.” Influenced by the German style of board games, there has been decreased impact of luck within games.
“Monopoly was actually designed to be painful. The original game was called ‘The Landlord’s Game’. There’s a huge amount of luck. Relative to that, card games are hard because shuffling inherently injects a random variable into the game. But that’s OK”
“I engineered out the card luck, and I actually measured it. I’ve run simulations, and I found that about 3% of the variation comes from the luck of the cards. So I added some luck back into the game and it became more fun.”
“If you have a If you take out all the luck, you end up with a very dry game.
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Free audiobook of Car Wars, my self-driving car/crypto back-door apocalypse story | Cory Doctorow’s craphound.com
Last month, Melbourne’s Deakin University published Car Wars, a short story I wrote to inspire thinking and discussion about the engineering ethics questions in self-driving car design, moving beyond the trite and largely irrelevant trolley problem.
Shortly after, I went into Skyboat Media’s studio and recorded an audio edition of the story, which the Deakin folks mastered with visuals and SFX to produce a smashing video.
I’ve extracted just the audio as an MP3 for your mobile listening/podcast pleasure, as well.
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Cory Doctorow joined us this week to talk about open source, the open web, and internet freedom. Cory is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of many books.
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Greg McKeown is the author of Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. He is on the podcast to discuss how to figure out what is essential to you, how to create your vision for your life, and why being bored is important. Listen in for tools to remove obstacles and get the essential things done.Get Podcast UpdatesDo you want to get an email with shownotes each time a podcast goes live? Then let us know where to send these updates.Cheat SheetWhy creating space is so important in your essentialism journeyThe key tenets of the essentialist lifestyle and how you can use them to live a life of purposeHow being an essentialist is not just about saying “no” but about finding space to decide what’s essentialThings you can do to make sure you are working on the correct problemsWays to figure out how you can best use your time and energy to solve these essential problemsHow to explore and discover what is truly essential for youWhy being bored can actually be a good thingHow the Asian Efficiency team sets quarterly goals to make sure our goals are the right goalsHow you can make sure you are working on the right thingsThe benefits of very long-term thinking and why you should create an 100-year visionHow essentialism is a life view and not just another toolHow to remove obstacles to executionLinksGregMcKeown.comFitness in Post podcast interview w/ GregTPS90: Become a Minimalist w/ Joshua BeckerTPS88: Deep Work w/ Cal NewportScaling Up by Verne HarnishTPS100: Celebrating Your WinsTPS101: Lean Thinking w/ Paul AkersBook, tool, ritualBook: The Catastrophe of Success by Tennessee Williams (essay)Tool: Daily journalingRitual: Choose six things to accomplish each day – three professional and three personal. At the end of the day, celebrate the progress you’ve made, and write down six things for tomorrow.Connect with Greg McKeown@GregoryMcKeownSponsorFreshbooks.com/productivityFor a 30 day free trial, be sure to enter the word ‘productivity’ in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” sectionIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here’s how.FacebookTwitterGoogle+2
Cal Newport is on the podcast today to talk about Deep Work, a skill that is essential for success in today’s knowledge economy. Learn about what deep work is, why it is so important, and how you can manage your time and distractions so that you can focus on this more productive work.Bonus AudioCheat SheetWhat deep work actually means and how you can leverage it to take action on your goalsThe importance of focus and how to avoid “attention residue”The key skills you need to succeed in the knowledge economyHow to cultivate your ability to focus on one thing by avoiding “cognitive junk food”The process you can use to write a blog post while going for a walkWhy boredom is a good thing and the benefits of letting yourself wind downKey strategies you can use to change your ratio of deep work to shallow workHow you can figure out what your most important tasks are and translate that into action towards your goalsQuick tips for reducing the amount of email you read and send and freeing up more time for deep workHow you can support and protect your deep work by scheduling it in your calendarLinksCalNewport.comDeep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted WorldSo Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You LoveThe 4-Hour WorkweekThe Art of Manliness websiteCalendlyScheduleOnceAssistant.toTPS35: A Year of Productivity w/ Chris BaileyTPS7: Going Paperless w/ Brooks DuncanBook, tool, ritualBook: The Rise of Theodore RooseveltTool: Black n’ Red NotebooksRitual: A run in the park every morning, and a shutdown routine to transition at the end of the work day.If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here’s how.FacebookTwitterGoogle+1
A quick 15-minute podcast recorded yesterday about the Prisoner’s Dilemma applied to tech. I first saw it in the Mac dev community in the early 90s. I felt we’d do better if we worked together instead of all of us trying to work with Apple. I had insight into why they didn’t want to work with us. To no avail. Since then I’ve seen pattern repeated many times. It’s a variant of the famous Prisoner’s Dilemma. It’s the reason the open web has trouble keeping critical mass once the big platforms came into existence. Each of us wants to curry favor with Ev or Zuck, so we can be the rich and famous ones. But it never really happens because that isn’t the way it works. We’d all do better if we worked with each other. No matter, there are some good stories to tell. :-)
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David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails, founder and CTO at Basecamp, and best selling author, is joining us today on the Being Boss podcast to talk about finding the "golden egg" in your business and improving your odds to build something successful—not through over-glorified risks, but through sharing your knowledge, switching strategies once you’ve found what works for you, and remembering that time and patience can pay off in the end - big time.
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-Balancing being boss with "doing the work"
-Staying small vs. growing an agency
"The fact is, the majority of projects don’t turn out to be a full time thing. That doesn’t mean they’re bad." -David Heinemeier Hansson on #beingbosspodcast
"’You’re not a real entrepreneur unless you’re one step from being on the street’ is such an unnecessary myth." -David Heinemeier Hansson on #beingbosspodcast
"One of my biggest pet peeves is the notion that you have to pour it all in and you have to take maximum risk." -David Heinemeier Hansson on #beingbosspodcast
"Growing things from a seed and just a little bit of patience opens up a whole lot of other doors down the road." -David Heinemeier Hansson on #beingbosspodcast
"Strategies that make sense in the beginning are sometimes the opposite strategies that make sense later on." -David Heinemeier Hansson on #beingbosspodcast
"The strategies for getting a golden egg and for keeping a golden egg are often in direct opposition." -David Heinemeier Hansson on #beingbosspodcast
"Our secret weapon was that we were going to out-teach everyone else. We were going to share it all." -David Heinemeier Hansson on #beingbosspodcast
"Odds of breaking into the limelight just because you’re good are vanishingly small. You have to do the work." -David Heinemeier Hansson on #beingbosspodcast
"Building an audience is really hard work. You get one listener and one reader at a time." -David Heinemeier Hansson on #beingbosspodcast
"Stay as small as you can as long as you can. Most people don’t realize what they have until they lose it." -David Heinemeier Hansson on #beingbosspodcast
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