Vikas Gulati

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Part One — The Evolution of Work: The Case for Scaling Business Operations using Humans and AI

Scale is important, not just for startups but for businesses everywhere, small to large. Silicon Valley will ostracize you without it. There are lots …

Artificial Intelligence

Part Two — 9 (not so easy) Steps to Scale your Business Ops using Humans and AI

If you arrived here first, we’d recommend you read Part 1 of this blog series before continuing for better context — Part One — The Evolution of Work …

Machine Learning

This Is How To Make Friends As An Adult: 5 Secrets Backed By Research

When you were a kid it was a lot easier. In college you almost had to be trying not to make friends. But then you’re an adult. You get busy with …

Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills

At the start of 2016 Google announced that it had discovered the secret ingredients for the perfect team. After years of analyzing interviews and data from more than 100 teams, it found that the drivers of effective team performance are the group’s average level of emotional intelligence and a high …

Management

85 Things I learned being a CEO

• It is going to be an extremely hard job. No amount of preparation or education is going to prepare you for what it demands.<br>• You will feel like …

Team Building

practice product manager interview questions

That's all for this category. Feel more confident for the interviews?<p>Consider sharing to a friend, and practicing more.<br>And if you have feedback, I'm …

This Is What Impactful Engineering Leadership Looks Like

Three years ago, <b>Jessica McKellar</b> and a group of friends from MIT started stealthy chat startup Zulip. Less than two years later, it was acquired by</b> …

How Do You Measure Leadership?

Are you a good leader? How do you know?<p>In a startup culture that is obsessed with management by metrics, many founders struggle to answer this …

What I Learned Scaling Engineering Teams Through Euphoria and Horror

“I've scaled engineering teams in various stages of euphoria and horror.”<p>This is <b>Tim Howes</b>, the closest thing to a startup green thumb there is. As …

Living Rooms

The Machine that Builds the Machine

Reflecting on iNovia’s 2016 CTO Summit<p>Earlier this month, 12 of iNovia’s portfolio company CTOs spanning company stage and industry came together for …

The Need to Read

Reading books remains one of the best ways to engage with the world, become a better person and understand life’s questions, big and small<p>We all ask each other a lot of questions. But we should all ask one question a lot more often: “What are you reading?”<p>It’s a simple question but a powerful one, …

Books

25 Things You Need to Stop Wasting Time On

• Distractions which keep you apart from particular moments with particular individuals. — Pay attention to the tiny things, because if you truly miss …

TEDxObserver - Robin Dunbar - Can the internet buy you more friends?

A 101 on 1:1s

“You just talk to them for half an hour.” That’s the guideline I got when I first joined Spotify for how to run my 1:1s — a recurring half hour …

How to Build Stable, Accessible Data Infrastructure at a Startup

Data is a core part of building Asana, and every team relies on it in their own way. Our growth team relies on event data to analyze experiments (A/B …

Launch Everywhere—How Uber Won 450+ Markets

<b>Update 1 August 2016</b> <i>In a surprising turn of events, several sources are reporting that Uber China will be merging with its long-time rival, Didi</i> …

#define CTO

I joined Stripe as an engineer in 2010. I began by working on the backend infrastructure: designing the server architecture, creating our credit card …

The days are long but the decades are short

<i>I turned 30 last week and a friend asked me if I'd figured out any life advice in the past decade worth passing on. I'm somewhat hesitant to publish</i> …

Self-improvement

Engineering Values

<b>Professional & personal growth is more important than team stability</b><p>We want a fluid organization where engineers can work on different parts of the …

The Surprising Key to Relationship Success

When we think about creating a healthy and successful relationship, we tend to focus on how we can best bridge our differences. We want to allow room …

13 experienced startup CTOs offer their top tips to first-time CTOs

For many techie types (and marketing, biz-dev, and other types too, for that matter) joining a startup and being a part of something that could …

Startups

How to make stress your friend | Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal: "The Willpower Instinct" | Talks at Google

Visualizing Hundreds of My Favorite Songs on Spotify

A tale of statistics, personal taste, and beats per minute<p>A <b>couple of months ago</b> I stumbled upon a cute web app that lets you log in with your Spotify …

How We Designed Our Interview Process

Hiring is a broken system in the startup world.<p>Whether it's hiring a product manager, a sales rep, or an engineer, employers often neglect to think …

Employment

Building data science teams

Starting in 2008, Jeff Hammerbacher (@hackingdata) and I sat down to share our experiences building the data and analytics groups at Facebook and …

Don't try to be happy. We're programmed to be dissatisfied | Frank T McAndrew

Perpetual bliss would completely undermine our will to accomplish anything at all – that’s why perfect contentment has probably been evolved out of us<p>In the 1990s, a psychologist named Martin Seligman led the positive psychology movement, which placed the study of human happiness squarely at the …

Happiness

If You’re Too Busy For These 5 Things: Your Life Is More Off-Course Than You Think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course <i>90 percent</i> of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the …

Agile Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence in Action

Very often the construction of a Data Warehousing / Business Intelligence (DW / BI) system is performed following the flow of traditional …

Put Data Science Before Data Infrastructure