There’s a constant barrage of social pressure and PR babble implying that the most important things in tech happen only at technorati ground zero.
Cameron Moll’s unique approach to entrepreneurship starts with putting his family of seven first. From his home in Florida, he successfully runs Authentic Jobs, the go-to site for job openings in the tech world. The designer, author, podcaster, and public speaker constantly dabbles in new creative fields, and his typographic letterpress prints are just one beautiful example for his relentless curiosity. Cameron puts a strong emphasis on ethical conduct in everything he does. His latest philanthropic efforts led him to Africa to install water wells for the rural poor.
Nothing is harder than having to grow personally in order to keep up with the growth of the company.
As Facebook’s first female engineer, Ruchi Sanghvi joined the company when it was still a small startup based above a Chinese restaurant in Palo Alto. The Indian-born developer was part of the initial core team that laid the groundwork for Facebook’s explosive growth to more than a billion users. After leaving the social network, she played a major role in Dropbox’s expansion and became an influential investor in San Francisco’s thriving startup scene. In her spare time, Ruchi is a passionate advocate for reforming America’s antiquated immigration and education system.
You have to look at your personal situation, and decide what level of risk you’re comfortable with, and then shit or get off the pot.
Occasionally great ideas emerge from the most unexpected places. Torontonians Drew Downs and his high school friend were driving home from a wedding when the concept for GelaSkins was conceived: an adhesive ‘skin’ to protect valuable gadgets from scratches, imprinted with beautiful, unique artwork. Their idea snowballed into a thriving business and online community that produces quality covers and art prints while supporting inde- pendent artists around the globe. After eight successful years Drew and his ambitious team of 35 are just getting started.
I want to build things that are sustainable, so I’m not bound by the whims of parent companies or investors.
As the co-creator of the popular web framework Django, Adrian Holovaty made a name for himself as a talented developer and open-source advocate. But the humble Chicagoan doesn’t like to rest on his laurels. With a background in journalism and a deep affection for music, his career keeps criss-crossing various industries. By combining his pragmatic programmer skills with a playful curiosity about life, several of Adrian’s explorations have turned a side project into a career, with the latest one emerging from his ‘accidental’ YouTube celebrity status.
I think most of us spend much of our time living in cages of our own making.
Many of us consider managing invoices and preparing tax statements a tedious, but inescapable aspect of running a business. Roan Lavery sees it as a huge opportunity. His Edinburgh-based company FreeAgent takes a radical approach to accounting software, aiming to fix an overly complicated, tiresome process through thoughtful design and enjoyable user experience. As a doctor in physics and an Ironman contestant, Roan is certainly not intimidated by his ambitious goal to redefine the relationship people have with their finances.
We’ve been very lucky in having exceptionally good people join us, and that quickly becomes a self-reinforcing dynamic.
In the isolation of a rural Irish town, Patrick Collison and his brother John spent most of their teenage years honing their programming skills. The goal of formalising their expertise at a prestigious American college was interrupted by an idea that would quickly turn into a business recently valued at a staggering 1.75 billion dollars. As the CEO of Stripe, a developer-friendly platform that enables websites to easily accept online payments, Patrick is determined to build an exceptional company with the aim to bring more people into the internet economy.