Weekend Musings

Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome to my weekend musings. I’m going to keep this incredibly short (edit: looking back I realized this wasn’t short at all!) since I’ve been working Sundays and I’m still coding as we speak, so the code must go on! Still I like to take a few minutes out of my day on Sunday to reflect on the week and I know my readers do to, so let’s do it!

We are deep in the hiring process at Fashion Metric which means we are spending a lot of time focused on finding people that will be the right fit for our growing organization. Right now there are four open full time positions in our Austin office. This has been a lot of work since finding people with the right skills is only part of what we’re looking for, part of building a great company is building a great team that is truly passionate about the product, market, and the other people in the company.

This was something that we worked very hard on at Sonos and I can still remember how important all those early hires were back when I started there. The vast majority of my time now is spent on the hiring process and I have to thank Mark Suster for what I think is probably one of the best articles about hiring at a startup back in 2011 that’s still just as relevant now.

Outside of hiring I’m enjoying working with our dev team and customers on the product. We have some really amazing customers that I’m honored to be working with and it makes writing code so inspiring for myself and the rest of the team. Yes, I now find myself working on weekends but I think when you’re doing something that you love that just inherently happens.

One of these weekends we’ll go hiking again (which I really miss) but lately it has either been too cold or too rainy to do much outside which on the plus side is very conducive to working. Definitely ready for the 5 month winter we’ve had in Austin to come to an end!

One thing my friends have noticed is that they see me and Daina a lot less. Our other friends who are founders are in the same boat as us and it has been interesting to get together with them and share how much our lives have changed over the last year. It’s exhilarating, and amazing to think that what Daina and I used to work on in our apartment in Marina del Rey is now a company of five with an office in downtown Austin.

Time flies, and on that note, time to get back to coding and some emails before calling it a night. One last highlight from this week, I wrote an article about how to make Python code run faster and it got retweeted by nVidia which has now made it my most-read article of the year, woot!

I hope all of you have had a great weekend, as always feel free to share your own musings or comment on any of mine.

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