2 6 2014

Dream Journal

11:19:13 AM: Didn’t catch my dreams this morning. Need to figure out a way to have my computer accessible when I wake up if I will keep sleeping on the loft.


11:20:24 AM: Probably won’t do this since Daria has gone skiing. I think I will probably go to taijutsu instead, or just stay home and read.


Plan Day

Intention for the Day: Probe the limits of my productivity. I will do as much of the sprint today as I will.


  • (♥) I will determine all use cases that hit Db because I love my team.
  • (♥) I will write unit test coverage for most reads and writers because I love my team.
  • (♥) I will run test cases with the unmodified code base because I love my team.
  • (♥) I will add commons-php as a submodule because I love I love my team.
  • (♥) I will merge backend Db and commons Db to ensure all methods work consistently because I love my team.
  • (♥) I will updated getShardKey because I love my team.
  • (♥) I will remove duplicate files and update file paths to refer to the new Db class because I love my team.
  • (♥) I will run test cases with modified code base because I love my team.

Dear Marketing and Talent,

I have noticed a problem and would like to propose a solution.


Our careers page really doesn’t match up to stuff like

http://www.palantir.com/engineering-culture/ http://www.palantir.com/life-at-palantir/ http://www.meetup.com/jobs/

Other examples abound on the internet, I invite you to do your own research. Other startups and tech companies do a FAR better job of marketing themselves towards developers. We can do better than “In the past year, our staff has more than doubled.” I don’t find that a compelling reason to work somewhere as a developer.

When a recruiter contacts me, I immediately look the company up. In Palantir’s case their website persuaded me to go through their interview process. When I try to recruit my friends to Sailthru they inevitably come back to me with a list of questions, because they can’t find any information they desire on our website or elsewhere on the internet.

I want to apologize for that. At companies where my friends work like Etsy, Meetup, Palantir, etc. the engineers work with marketing and recruiting to build webpages that appeal to developers. You can’t write about how it feels to work as a developer here, only we can, so I apologize for not helping you with that earlier. You might also find it difficult to code new pages on the site, but we find that fairly simple.

Give the dev team the freedom to build a better Careers page and we’ll do it for you. I have attended a lot of hackathons and recruiting events for Sailthru now and I still feel astounded at how frustrated I sometimes get trying and recruit and sell people on Sailthru. However I feel confident that we can change that for you.

A very talented friend of mine and Danny Rosen’s who currently works at Thinkful feels curious about Sailthru but has had to reach out to us individually to ask us about working at Sailthru. He noted he couldn’t find the information he wanted on our website. We should make life easier for people like Morgan.




9:47:25 PM: Inviting Dave Fontenot over since Daria has gone skiing.