A Plea for the Technical Founder

FOR REASONS I’m reading a lot of startup literature right now, including Zero to Sold, The Mom Test, Four Steps to the Epiphany, and The Lean Startup. One thing all of these books have in common is that they say the old line of “build and they will come“ is wrong. Considering myself a technical … Continue reading A Plea for the Technical Founder

Machine Learning As The Ultimate Test Driven Development

As machine learning is becoming more mainstream (well that’s already long past I guess) more and more teams who are new to ML are attempting to run data science projects. One of the most common mistakes is to think that ML is “just another library” so that people are approaching a data science project like … Continue reading Machine Learning As The Ultimate Test Driven Development

What is Data Science/Product Fit And Why You Need It

I always felt that Data Science and Product Management share a lot of research aspects. When developing a new product, you have to work with assumptions, uncertainties, and gradually figure out a path to validate or verify these assumptions. You need to adapt till you have found something that solves a relevant problem for the … Continue reading What is Data Science/Product Fit And Why You Need It

Some Thoughts on the Principal Role

If you're a senior software engineer or data scientist, you might wonder what the next career step is. Some companies offer an "individual contributor" track, which is called principal, or staff, and that may seem like an attractive alternative to becoming a manager. I have worked in this role both at Zalando and now GetYourGuide, … Continue reading Some Thoughts on the Principal Role