Essays



May 31, 2017

PRODUCT STRATEGY

The business models behind popular email newsletters

The seemingly sudden proliferation of email newsletters is really interesting to me. First, why email? People have been declaring email dead for years, but now you can’t go a week without seeing overwhelmingly positive coverage about TheSkimm, encountering Nuzzel’s... READ MORE



April 5, 2017

ART / CULTURE

What is the fourth industrial revolution?

The first industrial revolution was the movement towards new means of manufacturing from the late 1700’s to the mid 1800’s. Inventions like the steam engine dramatically reshaped entire industries ushering in staggering increases in productivity along with significant societal... READ MORE



April 2, 2017

PRODUCT IDEAS / REVIEWS

Bear Writer, a new note taking app emerges from hibernation

Long ago I abandoned Evernote as my primary means of note taking and capturing information. The app had become slow, bloated with unnecessary features and insecure. I moved to... READ MORE



March 15, 2017

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

Product Manager as President

There is this classic Ben Horowitz essay called Good Product Manager, Bad Product Manager which lays out the Product Manager as the CEO of the product. In his original usage of the term... READ MORE



February 19, 2017

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

How to Break into Product Management

How do you break into a career path which has no formal training path? Not easily. Very few people are going to hire you as a PM if you don’t have any software development experience. That’s not to say you wouldn’t be capable... READ MORE



February 9, 2017

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

What is Product Management?

Product management is a weird, confusing, misunderstood, yet core function of every tech company. The role of the Product Manager is sometimes even misunderstood by their fellow employees. It’s confused... READ MORE



January 22, 2017

HOW TO'S

How to build visualizations for conversion funnels in Looker

File this one under: sometimes a product’s FAQ section doesn’t quite do the job. Looker is this amazing tool we use at the office to work with our data. It provides a UI visualization layer on top of our data warehouse which pulls in and standardizes data from every source... READ MORE



January 22, 2017

ART / CULTURE

Age is the ultimate vanity metric

In startups, metrics can be thought of in three categories: meaningless metrics, vanity metrics and actionable metrics. Meaningless metrics are just as the name implies, they are completely... READ MORE



January 9, 2017

HOW TO'S

Four simple steps to increase your online security

Reports of hacking have been in the daily news cycle every single day for months with no signs of slowing down or stopping. Outside of interference in the US Elections, of which we will probably never... READ MORE



January 7, 2017

MISC.

Goals for 2017

It’s a well accepted tenant of social psychology that an individual is more likely to complete publicly stated goals, so here are mine for 2017... READ MORE



December 18, 2016

PRODUCT IDEAS / REVIEWS

Apps I’ve been into lately — December 2016

This isn’t necessarily a year end wrap up, best of 2016 list. Instead this is a rundown of the apps I find myself using most frequently. A handful of these apps weren’t originally released this year, but almost... READ MORE



Noevember 11, 2016

MISC.

Collected thoughts on the US election

I’ve spent most of the past few days reading as much as possible to try to understand what we witnessed on Tuesday. My girlfriend isn’t an American citizen and is currently abroad visiting family... READ MORE



April 21, 2015

PRODUCT IDEAS / REVIEWS

Product ideas

For a long time I’ve written down every single product idea that’s popped into my head. Occasionally I’ll go back through all the ideas I’ve written down and do some contemplating... READ MORE



April 18, 2015

HOW TO'S

How to play .avi files in the Chrome web browser

I wanted to follow up on my prior post about Chromecast changing my home media player setup for the better. It turns out there are a few drawbacks I hadn’t yet found, but luckily there are solutions. While the basic... READ MORE



April 18, 2015

ART / CULTURE

Who is this Hanksy guy?

A couple of weeks ago I went to an art opening for a local street artist called Hanksy who is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists. For the unfamiliar, his name is a mashup between street artist Banksy... READ MORE



April 11, 2015

PRODUCT IDEAS / REVIEWS

App review: Xpire

Lately I’ve been seeing these random tweets saying something along the lines of “I just deleted 36 tweets with @GetXpire” or “This tweet will self-destruct in X minutes.” I had been using... READ MORE



March 30, 2015

PRODUCT STRATEGY

Why Periscope crushed Meerkat

Live video streaming is having quite the moment. YouTube now streams major events live, Twitch.tv was acquired by Amazon for $1B and the NFL has announced they will stream a game live over the internet... READ MORE



Jebruary 22, 2015

HOW TO'S

Chromecast changed my life

Since purchasing a 50” tv just out of college, I’ve always had a home media center to go with it. The first version of that home media center was a laptop with a DVI cable plugged into the back of the tv. It got the job done, but it wasn’t... READ MORE



February 22, 2015

HOW TO'S

Getting started with user acquisition

Last week, a friend from college emailed me asking advice for her new startup. I was able to offer some user experience advice for user retention, which I’m excited to see once they have implemented... READ MORE



January 17, 2015

NEW YORK

Top Films about New York

The summer before I moved to NYC I compiled a massive list of every single movie set in New York. I then watched as many of them as I could find. The other day in /r/nyc there was a discussion about the top NYC films of all time. I went back and found my original list and narrowed it down... READ MORE



January 17, 2015

NEW YORK

What should you do when you visit New York?

I’m constantly asked what to do during a vacation in New York. There are so many things to do here; when people start doing research they immediately get overwhelmed. Here are my general thoughts on the things I would recommend to anyone visiting the city for the first time... READ MORE



July 4, 2012

PRODUCT IDEAS / REVIEWS

Best of All Worlds Review: The Social Network for the One Percent

Last week the hotly anticipated Best of All Worlds launched. The app is Erik Wachtmeister’s latest project, for those unfamiliar with Wachtmeister, he was previously a co-founder of A Small World, which in a pre-Facebook world was MySpace for the elite... READ MORE