How can I hire the best engineers?

You can’t – Google has them. Strike that – I have them šŸ˜‰ Clearly I’m joking, but only to a point. Surely every company should be striving to get the best engineers. And they all can! Who is your ideal engineer? That’s the big question. If you can define what the ideal team member looks like for you then you can both recruit with better focus … Continue reading How can I hire the best engineers?

CTO Questions: In this ever moving world how can I stay up to date?

One of the questions I get asked most often is how to stay up to date with everything in the fast moving world of software and technology. You know what, it’s not going to be possible to know the ins and outs of the coolest framework in every language. It’s also long past the time when you could know all the various support tools that … Continue reading CTO Questions: In this ever moving world how can I stay up to date?

Why do companies revert to hierarchy?

A question that I’ve asked myself many times over the last couple of years has resurfaced in light of the recent GitHub restructuring. Why do companies resort to hierarchy? So many set out with the grand ambition of keeping a flat structure – and many manage for a long time. People are happy, they are respected, communication is good and everyone can contribute to the future … Continue reading Why do companies revert to hierarchy?

2016, a whole different year

I think this year is going to be an exciting oneĀ for me – first and foremost it’s going to mean finding a whole new bunch of fantastic people to work with. I’ve made the difficult decision to move on from FanDuel and I will beĀ leaving behind the amazing peopleĀ I’ve spent the last 5 years getting to know. Since we sold Kotikan to FanDuel last year … Continue reading 2016, a whole different year

Multi-touch on Enlightenment

At FOSDEM yesterday I was demoing the Enlightenment IDE that I have been working on. My laptop is a touchscreen and I had it in tablet mode for the demo, so far so good. Until a couple of sharp attendees noted that there was no multi-touch. Huh, neither it does. Enter rasterman – “Did you enable xinput2.2?”, erm no, no I didn’t… Passing –enable-xinput22 to … Continue reading Multi-touch on Enlightenment

Attaining work life balance

Technology and start-ups are both renowed for being able to take over your life. Therefore it’s probably unsurprising that after 8 years in tech startups I’ve completely lost the concept of a balance between life and work. One thing that I began to realise is that “work” is not just that which your boss expects of you, the targets that have been set or what … Continue reading Attaining work life balance

Bring more talent to Edinburgh!

Edinburgh is a beautiful city. It’s a place that strikes the balance between nature and urban activity, friendliness and business. We are lucky enough to have a combination of heritage centres, world class universities, record breaking arts festivals and substantial business support all spread out round Scotland’s leading tourist attraction.Ā I have travelled round the world (literally), visited many countries, and I always look forward to … Continue reading Bring more talent to Edinburgh!