Building Version 1 is Dangerous

Building software is hard. You have all the fun of being excruciatingly specific in certain situations, incredibly general the rest of the time, and expressing all of it in a language that isn’t your own. In the context of a new product – whether it’s for a startup or an established company – it’s even […]


So you want to build an App..

I’m contacted a few times a month by people who want to build (usually mobile) apps. Or more properly, want someone to build apps for them. While I don’t begrudge or criticize their hopes or goals, we need to look at things critically and honestly. Also, I’m tired of telling people the same thing over and […]


Don’t Attend a Hackathon

This past weekend was our third annual ATX Hack for Change. It was still hosted at St Edwards University, but this time it was organized by the City of Austin’s Innovation Office. While Kerry O’Connor is the Chief Innovation Officer, her staff ran much of the show over the weekend. I was lucky enough to be invited […]