Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Valleywag fishes, Brickhouse thriving!

I read this post with some measure of amusement. We'll be unveiling 3 or 4 major initiatives before the end of the year, which really represent the first complete turn-of-the-crank for the Brickhouse / Advanced Products model. Brickhouse is thriving. You'll be hearing more about these soon, and though I'm quite tempted to crow about them now... I'll resist.

Regarding the departures, Pipes "graduated" from Brickhouse (and hence left my group) several quarters ago. (And Ed had actually moved on from Pipes months ago.) From concept to hand-off Pasha spent more than a year on the project - frankly longer than we generally plan for... Our model is literally based on the premise that the DNA required to innovate as a "founder" on a small team is fundamentally different than the DNA required to operate on ongoing concern within a big company. (Hence Brickhouse.) Hence this kind of turnover is not only expected, but anticipated and baked into the model. We definitely ask our "founders" to help with tech transfer and transition, which both Pasha and Ed did in a totally responsible fashion. I know they both want to see Pipes succeed.

Frankly, my group is almost designed for "churn." I've been psyched to have "spun in" folks like Marc Davis (into our Connected Life business unit), Cameron Marlow (into Yahoo! Research), Matthew Rothenberg (into Flickr), etc. It's definitely a drag when talented folks "spin out" of my group and leave Yahoo, but it happens. Sometimes they go to Google. Sometimes they come back from Google. In fact that happened to Pasha. ;-)

I've got nothing but respect and admiration for both Ed and Pasha, and definitely wish them well. We'll miss them, but Brickhouse is thriving. Go Fish!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Open Hack Day Bangalore: Oct 5-6

I'm happy to say I'm headed to Yahoo's next Open Hack Day, this time in Bangalore! It's hard to believe it's been less than a year since our first Open Hack Day with Beck. That's one long year! Many of us agree it was the "all-time best day at work ever."

I'm really excited about the fact that I'm going to Bangalore. Even though I've been to India 7 or 8 times, I've never been to Bangalore and haven't been to India in about 5 years. So excited!

And I'm very excited to see what innovations get cooked up there. Yahoo's Bangalore hackers have a sterling reputation, and I know the entire region is a hotbed of talent. It should rock. See you there I hope... Sign up.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Richard Stallman in Berkeley on Sept. 12

StallmanSadly, I'm not sure I can make this as I've just come to know about it. But MacArthur Genius and personal hero Richard Stallman is going to be speaking at UCB next week.

This will be thought provoking for sure. If you don't know all about Stallman (or rms) go read the the excellent wikipedia article on him.

One thing missing from the wikipedia article was that he had to hire someone to type for him because emacs (which he created) gave him severe repetitive stress injury. (Emacs is famous for "chorded" commands that wrap your fingers into pretzels.) Or maybe this was just MIT legend.