Republic Wireless Moto X Review (and why I'm ditching my flip-phone)

Last year I wrote a post explaining why I do not have a smartphone. In a nutshell, I work in front of a computer all day (am constantly near wifi) and think spending $100/month is insane for something I truly only need for a few specific occasions. Well, fast forward a year, and I finally made the decision to get a smartphone. It came with quite a bit of…

Tips on finding a Marketer for your Startup

Two months ago I started working at YesGraph. It’s a team of 7, and we’re launching our paid tier in the near future.  My role is what I’d classify as a startup marketing role, yet it’s dramatically different than my past role at Boundless (also a marketing role.) It’s not a difference in company culture, or the fact that YesGraph is a distributed team, but…

The Remote Worker's Onsite

I’m currently on week #3 of working remotely for YesGraph, and last week I had the opportunity to travel to Palo Alto, and work with fellow remote employees on-site. At first I thought this would throw a wrench in my plan to measure my productivity, but I realized that this is a perfect opportunity to do some benchmarking. For those of you who haven’t seen my earlier posts:…

Working Remotely: Stats on Week #1

If you didn’t have a chance to read my first post, I’m working remotely for YesGraph, and attempting to document the entire process with data from Rescuetime and Fitbit (as well as keeping detailed logs on what I do during the day.) I’ve never worked a full-time remote job, so these posts are an attempt to share my learnings. I’m also hoping that by publishing the…

I Started Working Remotely, Track My Progress

Today was my first day working remotely. It’s been a goal of mine for a while to live wherever I want, and not be tied to an office. I expected this to happen much later in my career, so it’s a pleasant surprise to say the least. Update 2017: I've now been working remotely for over 3 years and started a resource for remote teams I’m now…

Tracking A/B tests in Mixpanel using url parameters (Rails Application)

Update January 2015: I wrote a 3,000 word introduction to a/b testing, and I’d love it if you checked it out! So you have a Rails application, and you’re trying to setup A/B tests. You probably also aren’t in the mood to pay for Optimizely  because it makes more sense to roll your own. I understand, yet you also want to be able to…

Thoughts on Remote Work (Before Reading 'Remote')

Today when I get home from work, I’ll have the new 37 signals book “Remote” sitting in my mailbox. This is a book I’m pretty excited about – one of my  career goals is to work remotely, so naturally it’s something I’ve thought quite a bit about. Update 2018: I'm building software for remote teams. I thought it would be cool to write a blog post about…

Marketing your Tech Company is getting SaaSy: Here's how to avoid problems

It seems like there’s been a large increase of software over the past year  to help online marketers. There’s software to help avoid churn in billing, there’s software to help with lifecycle emails, and plenty of options for everything in between. I’m really digging this – there’s more tools to help marketers understand customers, and reach them at optimal points while using the software. While this…