When I was a junior engineer, I thought that it’s my manager’s job to manage me. It even says so in the name: manage-r. I just do my work, and my manager manages me.

In reality, the reporting relationship is a two-way street, no different from any of your personal…


First, seek to understand before being understood. This is an area I need to improve in, too: I should listen to what the other person is saying, without looking for an opportunity to get my point in. Or to use what he’s saying as a jumping-off point to making my…


Most blockchain applications are useless [1], built by people who have no clue what they’re doing, and funded by people who have no clue what they’re funding.

There are a few reasons for this:

First, a blockchain does away with the need for a central authority, but such an authority…


Many services in India are designed for the top of the pyramid, the disporportionate few who fly regularly, own cars, have airconditioned houses, and have broadband at home. If you think everyone has broadband at home, only 6% do.

A few years back there was a recognition that startups should…


A founder shared with me a fascinating management philosophy, which I’m not going to implement as is, but is worth considering:

In his company, managers can also persuade, but each person has ultimate authority over what they choose to work on, and how, and they can ignore what their manager…


If you’re a manger, you have to be in different mindsets at different times:

Doer: As a doer, you work in an individual capacity: If you’re an engineering manager, code. If you’re a design manager, design something. If you’re a sales manager, make some sales calls. …


If I were looking for an analytics service, I would not use Firebase Analytics. It has too much cognitive overhead, too many surprises, too many things you have to do manually that it should have done by itself. …


On mobile, native apps have a lot of benefits over web apps. But, to avail of these benefits, native apps throw away a lot of benefits of web apps:

  • You have to install native apps.
  • You have to keep them updated.
  • They take up space on your phone.
  • They add…

The iPhone, when it launched, didn’t even have basic features like copy and paste or multitasking. What it did have was very polished, and the first one iPhone bought, the 3GS, met a bar I didn’t know existed. …


I wanted to buy a mouse a few months back and, being a geek, I looked at various alternatives:

Trackpad

Trackpads come with laptops, but are also available as external accessories for desktop computers. I have Apple’s Magic Trackpad 1

which is an excellent trackpad if you use only Apple products…

Kartick Vaddadi

On-demand Leader. Earlier: IIT | Google | Solopreneur | Founder | CTO | Advisor

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