The Best Thing About Teaching Myself to Code Wasn’t that I Can Code

I love learning but never liked school. School told me that the time to learn math was 12:55 to 1:50. School made me read pages 142–175 and answer problem set 7 on page 176. School gave me a quiz the next day. School often made me sit quietly in a chair while someone talked at me. … Continue reading The Best Thing About Teaching Myself to Code Wasn’t that I Can Code

How to automate filling out Google Doc templates

Lawyers, operations teams, many of us perform repetitive, time-consuming, error-prone tasks, including filling out templates for NDAs, offer letters, employment agreements, consulting agreements, and more. Save yourself time and reduce errors by automating those tasks. Here’s a relatively simple way to take data from a form or spreadsheet and use that data to perform one … Continue reading How to automate filling out Google Doc templates

Four Reasons Why Your Company Needs An “Always Be Learning” Program

At each of my last few startups, I instituted a program where employees teach each other stuff. It’s called Always Be Learning or #ABL (because everything needs a mysterious hashtag). At Kickstarter, it started informally with a few people on the operations team teaching each other topics ranging from SQL to egg cookery, and grew … Continue reading Four Reasons Why Your Company Needs An “Always Be Learning” Program

Ten Tips for Getting a Startup Job

Even If You Have No Experience or An MBA I’ve applied for hundreds of jobs, been ignored or rejected almost as many times, read thousands of applications, been on one side or the other of hundreds of interviews, and been part of hiring over a hundred people across three startups and in finance, law, and advertising. … Continue reading Ten Tips for Getting a Startup Job

From Lawyer to Deploy

I’ve learned a ton of great stuff in the last year and I’ve had a lot of fun learning all of it. Most of it is not easy to just throw onto a webpage, but some of it is exactly that. So, I’m working on a website to display a lot of what I’ve learned … Continue reading From Lawyer to Deploy

The wrong question: “I want to learn to code, what should I do?”

If you want to learn to code and build stuff and you’re starting by asking someone else what you should do, you’re already thinking about it the wrong way. Immediately, right now, with no preparation, in the blink of an eye, you can take a huge step toward your goal by realizing that you don’t … Continue reading The wrong question: “I want to learn to code, what should I do?”

Learn the Basics of Computer Science and Web Development

Two and a half years ago, I started doing every computer science and web development tutorial I could find. If I were starting again today, knowing what I now know, I’d do it something like this. Start with the basics of computer science and programming. Introduction to Computer Science I, David Malan, Harvard Extension School … Continue reading Learn the Basics of Computer Science and Web Development

From Lawyer to Startups

My Poorly Executed But Successful Career Change How’d you get that job? That’s a question I’ve wanted to ask hundreds of people over the last twenty years. I would’ve loved to have heard their stories to help me make better decisions when managing my own career. In the last several years, for the first time, many … Continue reading From Lawyer to Startups