The tools & techniques I used to win against an entire sales department.
In this story, I’ll explain how I got started as a freelance software developer.
Throughout, I’ll go over my first experience with freelance platforms, how I found my first client, and some of the accounting tools I looked at looked at for proposals, contracts, invoicing, and payments.
Here are the sections I’ll cover:
How to coordinate several side hustles like playing a game of chess.
In this story, I’ll explain how I’ve structured 6 of my side hustles to work together in harmony towards the big picture.
Specifically, I’ll go over:
If you’ve ever played chess, then you know that the queen is the most powerful piece — it can move in every direction to cover the entire board.
But if it’s the only piece in motion, it can get…
In this blogpost, I’m going to introduce the basics of Decision Analysis.
What I’m about to show you has related topics to the fields of data science, systems engineering and artificial intelligence.
But for today, I’ll show you a simple way of using it to make better decisions in your life. Specifically, I’ll go over:
How do we make huge decisions in our lives?
What job offer should I take? Which car should I buy? Should I marry this girl? …
4 methods we tried to distribute startup shares among co-founders and why the jellybean method was the best.
Dilemma: How do we split equity fairly?
In this story, I’ll explain the different methods we tried to split up equity as fairly as we could in the early days of our startup, and how using jellybeans was the fairest way to do it.
Specifically, I’ll go over the pros & cons of a list of methods we tried:
In this model, equity is split equally among the partners.
Pros: immediately fair…
Using to-do lists can harm productivity. Here’s a better “to do” list to maximize effectiveness during a really volatile year.
In this post, I’ll go over how the rollercoaster of 2020–2021 has forced me to develop a new personal to-do system, and how it’s allowed me to reach more of my goals in the past year than any other productivity method I’ve used in my entire life.
Specifically, I’ll talk about:
I’ll also be taking a systems thinking spin on this —…
How I started DIY investing with Robinhood to train my risk tolerance muscles, overcome anxiety, and build my financial mindset.
Disclaimer: I am not a finance expert in any way. This is just a story about my experience as a first time investor — it’s not meant to be professional advice. I cannot be held liable for the information in this blog or your use of it.
In this story, I’ll go over how I developed my tolerance for risk as I started DIY investing. Specifically, this story includes:
What’s taught in school about how to finance a startup is wrong. Here’s a better way.
In this story, I compare 3 different models startup financing that shaped my thinking as my startup matured over the past 3 years. These models were:
I examine each of these models through the lens of my personal experiences as an engineer turning into an entrepreneur.
When I was in grad school, I was studying systems engineering which (according to Wikipedia) is:
Systems Engineering — an interdisciplinary field of engineering and engineering management that focuses…
The last story I’ve written was How to decide to startup back in 20 January 2019. That was 1 year and 4 months ago. Needless to say, a lot has changed with the startup and in my personal life since then. However thanks to my team, we stuck together and we kept working on the company whenever we could spare.
Without them, I doubt I would’ve stuck with my decision to start up. …
Everyone has good ideas, but what if one was actually great? What if you were seriously considering starting a business with that idea? What happens to the rest of your life? Do you “throw it all away” to chase the dream? Or is there a practical, systematic approach based on logical decision-making?
As you may have guessed, this post is about how I made the decision to found Abstract Assembly. It’s my hope that sharing my thought process for how I made the leap will give some insight for those of you who are struggling to decide.
Tip #1: Determine…
Recently, new people have joined Abstract Assembly. I’m not going to lie… I’m not sure how to handle this new influx of teammates.
Do they belong on the product or business sub-team, or both? Should we assign them to one or should we let them explore and choose for themselves? Would it be best to assign them to different projects based on their skills or on a joint project?
These are all questions I’ve decided to put aside for later. Perhaps they will answer themselves given enough time. The last thing I want to do is to micro-manage.
Engineer turned entrepreneur & freelancer. Using systems thinking & software dev to navigate the business world.