It Is Not Who you Influence, It Is How You Influence

Robert White worked with me at the same company. It was my first job after college and for the during of my three years in this company, he had a part-time position there. We took a liking to each other not too long after we met because we knew not too american corporate work environment too seriously. We would laugh and crack jokes at our more-often-than-not boring and time-wasting tasks. We spent a good amount of time talking about culture, world languages and memories from 20th century USA, he was in his 60s and had lived a great life. He was an extraordinary person and my great friend. His kindness and support he gave me during the time I met him was a source of inspiration to me. For this, he’s made such a positive impact in my life.

Before I left this company we used to work together I asked him if he could write a letter of recommendation so I could apply to a fellowship program in Germany. He did it gladly even during a turbulent period of his life. I didn’t know this then that he already knew he was about to start chemotherapy for a tumor that had spread to his bones.

It has been a little over a year since Robert passed away and I miss him dearly. As a German language enthusiast as he was, he would be glad to know that the letter of recommendation he wrote ended up helping me getting the research fellowship in Germany. Today I am here enjoying the fruits of the kindness and love that he selflessly poured onto a friend.

Robert’s acts and virtues have influenced my life. I am better human being due to this.

Dank schön fur alles Liebster Freund.


Recruiter’s Disgrace

Often times recruiters send emails to me or email lists that I am subscribed to about job opportunities. Some are decent requests about helping out a non-profit, others are start-ups asking if anyone has extra time to work with them, but once in a blue moon one comes across the outright outrageous job post spams.
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Notes from Ash Maurya’s Running Lean

This week Running Lean by Ash Maurya was my companion book. Reading the book felt like a pragmatic lesson on how to apply The Lean Startup concepts from chapter one. Maurya gives a thorough explanation how he went on creating the book, by interviewing customers, creating a minimum viable product, iterating, testing, and all other attributes that are core to the Lean methodology.
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Notes From the Book: Lean UX Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

“It is in the smallest bottles that one find the best colognes and perfumes,” goes the saying in Brazil. I recently finished reading Jeff Gothelf’s and Josh Seiden’s Lean UX Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience. It was a short but immensely informative book. I am glad I had read Eric Ries’ Lean Startup book before this one because most of the concepts of the Lean methodology are reinforced in Lean UX, but with a focus on product design. 
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Notes from the Book: The Lean Startup

A few weeks ago, I talked to Corey Innis from Neo about careers in the tech industry and what makes a great developer. He gave me great pieces of advice as well as a list of books to read. I decided to write a book summary for myself every time I finish one os the books he recommended. This one is about “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries.
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