It's official: Boston submitted a 218 page bid to be considered for Amazon's second headquarters. I'll confess to having mixed feelings from the start. On one hand, an Amazon headquarters with 50K new jobs would be transformative for the city. On the other hand, I'm not sure we're ready support
#Amazon2HQ: Revere Isn't Boston
I despise story points. Not dislike: despise. I’ve tried to like them, almost always driven an internal evangelist who’s convinced a team cannot truly adopt agile without story points. I’ve used story point poker, fibonacci sequences, and burndown charts in more teams than I care to admit.
Have You Ever Sold a Story Point?
Last summer over lunch with the CTO & co-founder of Care.com, Dave Krupinski, we got to talked about the challenge of managing new products innovation inside an existing growing business. Dave, a former colleague from Easel days, had done what every entrepreneur dreams of doing: building his idea into
Book Review: Zone To Win
I like to think you can simplify the building of products in our industry into the management of four things: people, projects, process and content. The people are the engineers, designers and product managers who produce the product. The projects are the initiatives being executed in support of the creation
Content Over Process
The big news of the week is the massive DDoS attack against the US internet, which impacted several major cloud providers. The attack was reportedly executed by supporters of WikiLeaks in response to the government of Ecuador taking away Julian Assange's internet link. Yes, you read that right: our internet
Cloud Computing Weekly Digest with Joe Kinsella: October 22
I had a couple meetings with entrepreneurs this week, which I occasionally do as a pay-it-forward approach to the support I’ve received over the years. In both cases the hot topic on the entrepreneurs' minds was raising early stage venture capital. I always start by telling my story from
On Venture Rejection
Last summer I did a blog post titled My Startup Anniversary: 3 Years In Blog Posts. The goal of the post was to provide a journey through my personal blog as written while starting and growing CloudHealth Technologies. I thought I'd update this post for my 4th year. And So
My Startup Anniversary: 4 Years In Blog Posts
In April this year CloudHealth hosted a NewCo Boston presentation called Agility Experienced. Success Realized. Our VP of marketing had signed me up for the session, which I prompting forgot about until I had to scramble to figure out what to present the day before. Below are the slides, which
NewCo Boston: A Startup Journey
I sometimes hear the name of a new company and can’t help but appreciate its simplicity and power. For example: Cloudera, Docker, Pinterest, Uber. I like to think that these names came from an HBO Silicon Valley-esque vision quest by its founder, mushrooms optional of course. But in truth
Picking a Company Name
If I were a large tech company that missed the disruption in the cloud, I’d be looking for a fast way to make my business relevant again. The obvious solution is to leverage my size and brand to launch new products that are valued by my customers. Unfortunately the
What the Fog Are You Talking About?
I am a voracious reader of tech nonfiction, and so it will come as no surprise that I bought Dan Lyon’s Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-up Bubble this week. While it was a quick and entertaining read, with all the news coverage of HubSpot’s Lord of the
HubSpot Disrupted: What's All the Fuss?
A couple weeks ago I attended a conference held by Pacific Crest, an investment banking firm that underwrites many of the tech IPOs in our market (e.g. Wayfair, Hubspot, Apigee). The keynote speaker was Bill Ruh, Chief Digital Officer of GE, who gave a very engaging talk about the
The Age of Software
If you’ve worked with me before, you likely know the high value I place on visibility and transparency. I value this not because I like to work in open organizations (I do), but because the free flow of information maximizes the chance of startup success through better informed decision
5 Rules To Maximizing Team Transparency
Stop me if you’ve seen this movie before: an engineer is ready to ship a new feature and issues a pull request. He expects the work to quickly move through internal reviews, and is looking forward to getting it in the hands of customers. But during the PR review,
Collaborate: Do Twice the Work In Half the Time
I have a simple classification mechanism for things I do: passion, interest or job. Passions are things that consume me, for which I can sustain long periods of directed thought. Interests are things that hold my attention for short or medium periods of time (e.g. hobbies). And jobs are
Passions, Interests & Jobs
If you have kids involved a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, you are likely familiar with a common issue: since there are more students than robots, it's often hard to get novice programmers enough time on a robot to learn. I decided to see if I could address this issue