Category: essays

  • A beginner’s take on NFTs (v1)

    Unless you have been living under a rock in recent months, you probably have heard of NFTs. organise my thoughts. Maybe this can be helpful to others following through the same journey, just a step or two behind.

  • Hey Mr Rabbit, how deep is this hole?

    Hey Mr Rabbit, how deep is this hole?

    I started reading about web3, and shapes began appearing from the fog. Today I don’t have much to write except this, as a teaser of posts to come, where I’ll try to bring you along in my discovery of NFTs, ENS, DAOs and a non-negligible number of related projects and apps.

  • Dilution of Responsibility, Tyranny, and Schnitzelpanik

    Can the world function if only individual responsibility is left? Can we afford institutions that let people make all decisions? How badly do we need Schnitzels?

  • You need leaders, not managers.

    You need leaders, not managers.

    v1 – 2021-10-27 I have been thinking about how we measure value creation in the context of managing and leading teams for over two decades now, and I want to explain why Autonomy is the most critical characteristic of successful teams. We use three primary metrics to measure the value of work: 1. Input, or time spent. 2. Output, or production volume. 3. Outcomes, or value created. These represent the past, the present, and the future of performance evaluation.

  • Welcome to my Second Brain, on Roam

    Welcome to my Second Brain, on Roam

    A Personal Knowledge Management system (PKM), or “Second Brain”, has the purpose of offering an effective solution to store, organise, retrieve information and leverage it to increase one’s capacity to create new content. Let me walk you through the different stages of my PKM: 1. Information Triage and Capture 2. Task Management 3. Note Taking 4. Information Retrieval 5. Content Creation In other words: Welcome to my Second Brain!

  • Distributed vs Remote

    Distributed vs Remote

    The future of work is remote, or even better, distributed, an evolution that the Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated in the past 18 months. These two concepts are fundamentally different. In this essay, I want to highlight the differences between distributed and remote work. I also want to make a case for why distributed organisations are more effective than traditional or remote ones.

  • Good Morfternight!

    For more than ten years, I have been leading teams at Automattic, a company of close to 1,800 people across 90 countries. We are a fully distributed company, and every employee works from the location of their choice. The majority of the communication is text-based and happens asynchronously, yet meetings still exist. I share a few tips for meeting organisers that have helped me run successful meetings over the years.

  • So long Sir Clive, and thanks for all the fish

    So long Sir Clive, and thanks for all the fish

    Sir Clive Sinclair left us at the age of 81. He changed my life, and yours too, here’s how.

  • Constraints Spark Creativity

    Constraints Spark Creativity

    I am not very good at making small decisions. Over time, I built a system to avoid getting stuck in those situations. It works by transforming a series of recurring small decisions into a bigger one with a higher impact.

  • Time Management

    Time Management

    I want to share the system that dramatically increased my well-being and productivity over the past two years. I want to be candid too, and completely honest: time management has never been my forte, and as long as I can remember, I tried to fit too much in each given day. As a result, I would inevitably fall into the trap of long nights and even longer weekends. me, I had to build it piece by piece, and this means that if I could do it, so can you!