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30 Steps Projects Become Products

Random Observation/Comment #686: Evolving from projects to products with users and expectations is a huge graduating step. Why this List? I’ve worked on too many research projects (within a company or in my spare time) that are interesting, but don’t have a clear plan operationally to take it into a sellable product. Whenever I start projects that are meant to...

30 Things to be Thankful for in 2020

Random Observation/Comment #685: Silver linings needed. Why this list? 2020 was a dumpster fire. We’ve all lost so much this year – at the very least, a bit of sanity. In light of Thanksgiving, here’s at least a positive spin on a ridiculously surreal year. Celebrate the little things. Trump will no longer be President (even though he’s doing his...

30 Ethereum Things to be Thankful for

Random Observation/Comment #684: “Let me just basically say how impressed I am by Ethereum, full stop, period.” ~Heath Tarbert, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Why this list? Experimentation with multiple blockchain/DLT platforms has led me to be very thankful for a lot of aspects unique to Ethereum. It withstands the test of time as a live bounty...

30 Ways to Grow a Virtual Community

Random Observation/Comment #683: It’s important now more than ever to stay connected with your work and friends. Why this List? Now that the new normal of a work and social life is all virtual, you may be thinking about growing a community of passionate people to mobilize on a certain mission (or maybe just have a lovely curated set of...

30 Important Contacts

Random Observation/Comment #682: “It’s not about who you know, it’s about who knows you.” Why this list? Knowledge is at our fingertips, but we can’t have hands-on business or technical experience across all topics. Sometimes, you just need to “know a guy” that can get you connected to the right services. Maybe it’s good enough to just “know a guy...

30 NYC Things We’ll Miss

Random Observation/Comment #679: You can take the Wans out of NY, but you can’t take the NY out of the Wans. Why this list? We’re settling into Colorado with a view of our Suburban changes. There are some very NYC-specific things we’ll surely miss. Unfortunately, a lot of this list was NYC pre-covid, but maybe we’ll see some resemblance of...

30 House Things to Care About

Random Observation/Comment #678: Me asking neighbors: “How do you do this? I’ve never had a garage, car, deck, lawn, fence, roof, basement, garbage can, security system, doorbell… Help me.” Why this list? I love being a homeowner, but it’s a lot of overhead. It was so much easier just renting and complaining to the super at the apartment when things...

30 Identity Traits

Random Observation/Comment #672: Be someone that makes the world greener, cleaner, and kinder. Why this List? Our company recently did an identity workshop with The Collective. Underpinning the discussion was “What are 2-3 identity traits that you hold that strongly defines you?… And your mentors/mentees/connections?” At first, I just wondered what labels I give myself and other labels that people...

30 Ways to Support Black Lives Matter

Random Observation/Comment #665: The work happens when topics aren’t trending. Why this List? The systemic divide in racism and poverty has been surfaced more clearly through the lens of this pandemic. One’s preexisting economic condition has correlation to susceptibility of contracting and dying from COVID-19. Being poor is expensive. This movement does stand for so much more, but the problem...

30 Names for this Era

Random Observation/Comment #660: We’re fighting a war in sweatpants. Why this List? We’re living through some crazy times. What are we going to call this era in the history books? Is this a war? Era? Period? Reign? Age? Revolution? There will be different references for each country, socio, political, tech, crisis, and other time periods. Some of these names might...

30 Marketing Activities

Random Observation/Comment #657: Sometimes marketing is as important as the software. Why this List? I’ve been studying product marketing recently to better understand the lingo from my colleagues. There’s a different set of measurable outcomes from a marketing, sales, consultancy/advisory, and software view of a client journey. It’s always nice when you have a full team and huge budget that...

30 Favorite Animes

Random Observation/Comment #655: Anime has taught me that you can switch the mood of the scene by putting on a cute chibi face. Why this list? I know I don’t typically write standard “favorite” lists, but I feel like anime is obscure/amazing enough to have people watch it if you need something to binge. I ordered this pretty much by...

30 Joint WFH Tips

Random Observation/Comment #652: There’s no place like working from home. Why this list? I already wrote a set of 30 Remote Working Tips, which I thought were pretty comprehensive, but I forgot to take into account one major Coronavirus impact – my wife is also working from home. We’re in a NYC apartment. Normal routines disrupted. Tight space. Productivity decline....

30 days being Sober Curious Reflections

Random Observation/Comment #644: “It wasn’t a drinking problem, it was a drinking solution.” <Narrator’s Voice>: Nope, it was a drinking problem. The Challenge Realistically reduce your alcohol consumption. This was attached to dry January, but started on an arbitrary date. Why this Challenge? It’s something I’ve been wanting to do and putting off because of intermittent excuses. How did you...

30 Things SAs Do

Random Observation/Comment #643: I never thought I’d find my ideal role, but I’m clearly a Solutions Architect at heart. Why this list? Sometimes people ask me “what do you do?” and it’s not always that easy to pin point. As a Solutions Architect (SA), I do a blend of sales and solutions engineering. Sometimes I’m out selling and other times...

30 Political Issues

Random Observation/Comment #641: Understanding incentives helps with seeing how and why certain issues are pushed forward. Why this list? I very rarely write about politics because it’s such a touchy subject. Anything I try to avoid at a holiday dinner table is taboo for me to write about. However, I think it makes sense to think about these choices in...

30 Random Insightful Notes

Random Observation/Comment #640: Taking notes is one of the most valuable things I’ve learned from school. Why this List? I write a lot of random things in my Keep Notes when I’m listening to podcasts, reading articles, or from some random conversation. While I was clearing my plate in 2019, these were some really interesting random out of context notes....

30 Recurring Bills

Random Observation/Comment #638: It was so much easier when all I spent money on was Friday pizza slices for high school lunch. Why this List? I go through my finances every quarter and try to figure out what I’m spending money on that seems to be consistently recurring. Every outstanding subscription adds up and sometimes it’s good to consolidate them...

30 Year End Activities

Random Observation/Comment #637: I feel the last two weeks are the most productive of the year. Productive towards enjoying life. There’s so much personal reflection and peace. Why this List? I didn’t realize that I have a lot of odd habits when it gets close to the end of the year. Some of these are backwards-looking. Some of these are...

30 Ways to 1 Million Devs

Random Observation/Comment #635: Tis the season to be coding! Reaching 1 Million Devs Reaching 1 million developers for any platform requires two steps: (1) clear motivations and understanding of the new economics for virality and (2) low friction for getting started to gain platform stickiness. The first layer of growing attention may be pushed forward by incentive multipliers (e.g. recommendations)...

30 Potty Training Tips

Random Observation/Comment #634: It’s a crappy job, but someone’s gotta do it. Why this list? Potty training is a developmental milestone and not a war. This is not a measurement of your parenting, but a normal phase in your toddler’s development. It helps when your daycare does some of this on a regular basis and shows other toddlers using the...

30 Things from 2010s

Random Observation/Comment #633: Writing this blogpost made me feel old. I don’t know if I’ll be nostalgic of the 2010’s like I was of the 90’s. Why this list? Thinking of life in decades is really strange when so many little things that happen get enveloped by the larger span and gradient of trends and fads. I had a lot...

30 Global Worries

Random Observation/Comment #632: Don’t Worry. Be Happy. Why this List? I’ve been doing this grown-up thing where I read the news and try to make decisions about my family’s well-being based on observations on trends, correlations, and emergent patterns. I blame listening to NPR’s “The Indicator” podcast and spending some free time reading about global economics. It was so much...

30 Parent-Child Halloween Costume Ideas

Random Observation/Comment #631: She’s the TARDIS to my Dr Who. Why this list? One of the many joys of parenting comes from dressing up your baby/infant/toddler. They’re just so darn cute and likely an awesome Halloween costume accessory. Here are some random ideas I had for Daddy-daughter costumes. It started with movie/TV-show based ideas and then got more creative. 1....

30 Ideas that Defined Sibos 2019

Random Observation/Comment #629: There are times I miss wearing suits and ties. By day 4 of sibos, it’s so much easier to fall into the crypto t-shirt and jeans with AllBirds. Why this list? Sibos is always impressive and insightful. If you didn’t pay the expensive ticket price, you can watch most of the main sessions and panels on the Sibos YouTube channel....