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Get that job at Grab – Steve Yegge – Medium
How do you get the best possible signal from a 1-hour interview?

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My friend Ken Fishkin has a saying about interviews: “Everyone gets one mulligan.” Meaning, every candidate is allowed to make one grave error, a mistake so bad that you wonder if hiring them might also be a grave error. But as long as it’s only one problem area, and everything else is fine, then Ken and I both generally let it slide.

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I’ve decided over the years that being a good interviewer is like trying to be a good detective — you need to look for clues, and follow up on them, and construct a complete picture of the tragic crime scene which comprises the candidate’s abilities.

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interview  signal  steveyegge  grab  useful  interesting  mulligan  detective 
28 days ago by bekishore
What is Amazon? | Zack's notes
As Claude Harris put it, “I always told the buyers: ‘You’re not negotiating for Walmart, you’re negotiating for your customer. And your customer deserves the best price you can get. Don’t ever feel sorry for a vendor. He knows what he can sell for, and we want his bottom price.’”

Sam Walton was the ‘intelligent designer’ behind the Walmart algorithm: that is, a) “a wide assortment of good quality merchandise”, b) offered “at the lowest possible prices,” c) backed by “guaranteed satisfaction” and “friendly, knowledgeable service,” d) available during “convenient hours” with “free parking” and “a pleasant shopping experience,” e) all within the largest, most convenient possible store size and location permitted by local economics.

And so, as told by former Amazon engineer Steve Yegge, Jeff Bezos issued an edict: 1) All teams will henceforth expose their data and functionality through interfaces, 2) teams must communicate with each other through these interfaces, 3) all interfaces, without exception, must be designed from the ground up to be exposed to developers in the outside world, and 4) anyone who doesn’t do this will be fired.
super  useful  interesting  amazing  blog  whatis  what  is  amazon  retail  obsession  walmart  watchmaker  god  watch  maker  sam  walton  samwalton  customer  focus  jeffbezos  steveyegge  jeff  bezos  steve  yegge  platform  algorithm 
28 days ago by bekishore
The Experience Economy – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
There are millions of complaints every day about disappointing customer experiences. This is called the experience gap. Businesses used to have time to sort this out, but in today’s unforgiving world, the damage is immediate, disruption is imminent. This has shifted the challenge from a running a business to guaranteeing great experiences for every single person.
SAP  experience  management  economy  stratechery  benthompson  ben  thompson  qualtrics  interesting  kiv  xm  future  0 
november 2018 by bekishore
Blog | Stitch Fix Technology – Multithreaded
Putting the Power of Kafka into the Hands of Data Scientists
data  blog  stitchfix  interesting 
november 2018 by bekishore
SQLite with a Fine-Toothed Comb – Embedded in Academia
SQLite is a carefully engineered and thoroughly tested piece of software. Even so, it contains undefined behaviors because, until recently, no good checker for these behaviors existed. If anything is going to save us from UB hell, it’s tools combined with developers who care to listen to them. Richard Hipp is a programming hero who always responds quickly and has been receptive to the fiddly kinds of problems I’m talking about here.
undefined  behaviour  sqlite  ub  programming  super  useful  reference  interesting  thorough  0 
july 2018 by bekishore
The Nectar - Siddha Performance
If I didn’t have a family, I wouldn’t have any need for money. And I could find my Nectar in a comfortable and secluded cave at 18,000 feet in the Nepalese Himalayas.

I only want to speak and work with World Class Individuals. Because they make for the most interesting conversations. They tend to be bent toward the Unusual, Rare, Legend, Greatness, Best in History type things.
nectar  888  kapil  gupta  now  wow  family  money  himalayas  himalaya  interesting  conversation  subtract  legend  rare  greatness  unusual  history  best  time  lost  urgent  urgency  normal  normalcy  0 
june 2018 by bekishore
This Conversation Is Going Nowhere
. You've got to be in love with the problem, and not a certain solution.
interesting  conversation  nowhere 
february 2018 by bekishore
Norway Calling All U.S And U.K. Tech Hipsters
Norway is number one in virtually every measure of quality of life, places to live, and citizen well-being, as reported in the United Nations Human Development Report and the World Happiness Report.


I don’t think Norwegians are moving anywhere.
why  norway  oneday  someday  cool  interesting  2018  2071 
january 2018 by bekishore
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