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My Interviews with Airbnb, Dropbox, Posterous, Reddit, Weebly and Wufoo circa 2010

Mixergy's feature today inspired me to dig up these old video interviews I did years ago with some YC founders. We talked about things like how they …

Microsoft: An Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible'

Microsoft's software empire rests on Windows, the computer operating system that runs so many of the world's desktop PCs, laptops, phones, and …

Pat Shaughnessy - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under ActiveRecord

Philip Guo - The Ph.D. Grind - Year One: Downfall

Year One: Downfall<p>The Ph.D. Grind<p>In the summer of 2006, several months prior to starting my Ph.D. at Stanford, I thought about ideas for research …

Dear graduates: Don’t follow your dreams (A commencement speech for the mediocre)

The brutal truth is that most people can’t pay the bills by “living their passion.” So what can we do instead?<p>A little over a year ago, I was a waiter. For nine years, I toiled in a number of bars and restaurants from Boston to Las Vegas and a lot of places in between. I'd earned my degree (in a …