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Cryptocurrency Mining: Decentralized Centralization

I dipped my toe into Ethereum mining over the holiday break. My intention was not to make money, but to learn the underlying infrastructure powering cryptocurrencies. After all, most of my career has been spent on dealing with distributed systems. The journey impressed me. I am fascinated to see how much centralization there is despite the best intentions that were put into designing a decentralized system. I am also amazed by the creative entrepreneurs who discovered and delivered on business opportunities through decentralized centralization.

Uber had no upside, Part Deux

My previous post, Uber had no upside, quickly became the top-ranked post by page views in one day. I am much grateful for your appreciation. I am equally inspired by the hard questions some have raised. In this follow-up piece, I would like to address the major points surfaced in the discussions. Please bear in mind this is not investment advice though.

Uber had no upside

I enjoyed a great read of Ride-Hailing: Is It Sustainable? by Philo from MD&A. It sent me back to late 2017 when I decided to leave Uber. At the time, many friends and colleagues asked me why. The answer was because I saw no upside in Uber. In this post, I would like to take a detour from the usual engineering management topics and talk about business. I hope it is useful since it is probably more important to decide whom to work for in a career. Please bear in mind this is not investment advice though.

Getting to know me

It’s been a long hiatus since my last post. Many thanks to all who are still tuned in. My last post was help me understand you, where I ask favors from new teammates to understand them better. This post is the mirror piece. I have found it useful to create a document for coworkers to understand me better. I call it the getting-to-know-yuan document.

Help me understand you

I am preparing to welcome a new team member, and I am excited to reinforce my practice of effective 1:1s. The first few 1:1s with a new team member can feel awkward. In a way it is like a new relationship where both sides try to guess what the other person means to say and to avoid hurting feelings. Inspired by the amazing Lara Hogan, I learned to use the help-me-understand-you document to make the first few 1:1s effective.

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