Marqeta Hosts Cockroach Labs at First #eng-meetup

A lively engineers' meetup with nearly 60 attendees including engineers from Bay Area software companies was held at Marqeta's Oakland Headquarter on the evening of January 29. Cockroach Labs Solution Engineer Roko Kruze gave an engineering talk on how CockroachDB delivers resilient, consistent, cloud native, distributed SQL at scale. He described how CockroachDB lets developers… Continue reading Marqeta Hosts Cockroach Labs at First #eng-meetup

What You Do Is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz

I finished today Ben Horowitz's latest book that was published last month - What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture     This is another good book from Ben although I would rate his classic The Hard Thing About Hard Things much higher. He talks about business culture and how to shape… Continue reading What You Do Is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz

How not to fail as an Engineering Manager

There are plenty of resources on how to succeed as an engineering manager. But there is not enough to tell you about how not to fail. I read the article by Brad Armstrong recently which outlined some very important ones. I recommend you read and try these out. Here is the list which mentions, DO… Continue reading How not to fail as an Engineering Manager

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell

Last year I finished 2 books that told the stories of Sillicon Valley startups in ways that I liked very much - The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz and Zero to One by Peter Thiel. This April another book came up but I couldn't make time to read it until now. I just finished the… Continue reading Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell

Engineering Manager or Individual Contributor?

The age-old engineering career development question rings as true at NatureBox as everywhere else: should I pursue a role as an engineering manager, or continue on the path of a sleeves-rolled-up code-writing individual contributor? In my career, I’ve been fortunate to work as both, and learned a great deal about how what you value in… Continue reading Engineering Manager or Individual Contributor?