How much inequality is too much?

This is part two in a series of posts trying to answer the question, “Should Billionaires exist?“ Part 1: Why focus on billionaires? In a speech in 2013, Obama referred to inequality as the defining challenge of our time – claiming it as the reason he ran for president. More recently, the Covid-19 pandemic has […]

Should billionaires exist?

Part 1: Why focus on billionaires? Note: I am not an economist. I am not even sure what my views are on the subject, but I’m sure my biases will come across. If you have any disagreements or points to make, please leave a comment and I’ll use it to inform my thinking :). Though […]

How to manage technical debt with a small team

I’m a self-taught programmer* and the CTO at SharpestMinds, where we have very small team (we just recently went from N=3 to N=4) and our engineering and development team consists of mostly just me. After leaving my PhD in Physics, I’ve learnt to code almost exclusively by building. Inevitably, I’ve had to refactor a lot […]

Building habits and breaking into data science

I sat down with Jeremie Harris recently (co-founder and COO of  SharpestMinds) for the Towards Data Science podcast. We talked about quitting a PhD, learning programming and data science from scratch, and what habits can help you get there. Listen below on Spotify, or find it on your favourite podcast streaming service!

Are you building the right thing?

From experience, I know how easy it can be to over-engineer a feature nobody actually wants, or succumb to the sunk-cost fallacy and continue down the wrong product path for too long. To counteract these mistakes, you need to build a habit of constantly questioning your decisions – of keeping the bigger picture in mind. […]

Lessons from a year of experimenting with habits

For the last year or so, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with habit formation. It started as a personal journey to be more productive and was amplified after reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. This year, instead of setting brand new goals, I’ve taken a look at my habits over the past year and looked for […]