Early Sunday morning random thoughts

I woke up at 6:00 a.m, together with my wife. I made a Moka pot (mostly for her), and saw her go to work (she works in a restaurant in San Francisco). Emma, our friends’ dog, is with us for a couple of days while her owners are on holiday in New York, and at about 7:00 a.m. I brought her out to let her do “her things”. Minutes later I went back home, opened the front door with my code, did the few stairs to get in front of our apartment’s door, only to realize that I’ve been locked out….

Parrots, the Universe, and Everything

Last night I was working, but then I had to rest, and quite randomly I found this masterpiece: Douglas Adams, days before his death, in one of the most interesting talks I’ve ever watched. I admire Douglas and his way of being a “Renaissance man”, interested in a multitude of things. Watch the talk (or read the transcript), well worth your time.

Car ownership

In the last posts, I focused solely on work-related stuff. I will keep doing this in the future, however one occasional, off-topic post doesn’t hurt. In fact, it’s cross-pollination, and diverse topics, that stimulate creativity and interest. (p.s. remember that there is a monthly newsletter, if you like love what I write) Today I’m writing about “car ownership”, as a consequence of something that I’ve read a few minutes ago. Look at this figure below. The article concludes with “A new paper from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace argues that the number of cars per capita is a better…

On being a “Nomad” worker

I’ve just finished reading Why remote workers are more (yes, more) engaged, on the Harvard Business Review website. Very interesting read. I often write that “I feel lucky“. No, I don’t mean a random search result: Instead, I mean that I really enjoy many aspects of my current job at Amazon Web Services. In particular, one of these aspects is the fact that I can work from any place I want. Not from Argentina, a place that I’d love to visit, or from Rwanda, another place on my bucket list, but any place in California, at least. For example, yesterday…

Life it too short to be busy

I’ve just read this excellent article on the New York Times (online), called The Busy Trap. In essence, it says that life is short, we all like to say that we’re busy to feel important, but at the end we might be victims of the busy trap. I don’t necessarily agree on everything, but I found the article fascinating, and stimulating. I’m lucky. My job, despite being intense and sometimes very demanding, gives me a lot of rewards, not just in terms of money, but in a more general sense. I am busy, yes, but not in a sick way….

Ryan Carson

I’ve met Ryan Carson in April 2009, in Dubai. Unfortunately for me, it was the only physical encounter with him, and I say “unfortunately” because I think that it’s nice when Ryan is around. Ryan now runs Treehouse, a startup that wants to teach you how to design software. I won’t go into details of what we discussed in Dubai (also because I don’t remember ALL the details), but suffice to say that in just a few days, my opinion of Ryan,both as a person and as an entrepreneur, was very high. I just saw a video of Ryan, at…

First week in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

It has been a little more than a week in San Francisco now, and I already feel at home. Last Wednesday, I attended the Founder Showcase, a privilege that I have as a Startup mentor at the Founder Institute. There was a room packed with startuppers and entrepreneurs, from all over the world. It was a nice opportunity to meet a lot of existing AWS customers, as well as potential new ones. Oh, yeah, acronyms: AWS stands for Amazon Web Services, and if you’re new to this blog, you have to know that AWS is my dream job. Not in…

Good music

Good music is one of the best invention of mankind (or Nature itself?). In the last two days, while working on an amazing presentation for AWS, I kept listening to this song by Gotye, a super-talented Belgian-Australian, just 31 years old. Watch/Listen, the video itself is super nice, and as said, I love the music 🙂

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