Book Review – The Hard Thing about Hard Things

Ben Horowitz has assembled a great collection of hard fought knowledge for future founding CEOs. I took away a lot from this book, despite neither being a CEO nor planning to be one. Anyone who intends to take a leadership role in a company, especially in high tech, should read it. The advice on hiring… Read More »

Book Review – Creativity, Inc.

Creativity, Inc. is both a great insider’s look at the history of Pixar and a primer on how to nurture and manage a creative culture. An added bonus is new insight, at least for me, into the complex intellectual force that was Steve Jobs. It’s now hard to imagine that Pixar struggled as a company,… Read More »

Book Review – Complications

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande is a very engaging and enjoyable book about Gawande’s experiences as a medical resident, grouped by chapters on fallibility, mystery and uncertainty. In many of the cases, mystery and fear of fallibility contribute greatly to the uncertainty. As with some other specialized fields, outsiders… Read More »

Book Review – Catastophic Care

In “Catastophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know About Health Care Is Wrong”, David Goldhill does a very good job of laying out many of the biggest issues in US health care pricing, a field I actually happen to know a lot about. From his experience running a company and being on the board… Read More »

Unquarantining Apps in OS X

Several times I’ve downloaded an app and had OS X ask me the following every time I opened it: “TheAppName is an application downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it? The first time, well, okay, but everytime? The trick is to remove the com.apple.quarantine extended attribute from the application’s directory.… Read More »

Category: Mac

Book Review – Nothing to Envy

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea is a fascinating book on a topic that I previously knew almost nothing about. Barbara Demick very much deserved the National Book Award Finalist award. I first found out about this book when I went to the Goodreads office in San Francisco for a talk on their… Read More »

Geo Searches for Health Care Pricing Data

My presentation at MongoDB Days SF on Friday went very well, though I got to the last slide of my 40-minute talk in just 30 minutes. Hopefully, I didn’t speak too fast for a lot of people. Fortunately, I remembered at the end that I had also wanted to talk about how I saved space… Read More »

Speaking at MongoDB SF 2013

I’m very excited that my talk proposal “Geo Searches for Healthcare Pricing Data” was accepted for MongoDB SF 2013. I’ll be speaking at 11:55 am on May 10th in the Palace Hotel Gold Ballroom about why I chose to deploy MongoDB at Castlight Health to serve large amounts of healthcare pricing data with very low… Read More »

Book Review – Lean In

After finishing Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In, I was surprised by the disconnect with some of the early criticism I had read. I actually thought Sandberg wrote a lot about her personal life and greatly appreciated her experience and co-workers at Google. She also clearly admitted she is in a place of… Read More »