Byron Rode

Father. Surfer. Product Builder. Developer. Photographer. Tattoo Canvas. Ex-Musician. Sometimes Foodie. Occasional Speaker. Founder & CTO of Eighty Six


Ship.

Early. Often. For yourself.


Exuberance. The feeling you get the very first time you ship some code - be it your first website, a core contribution to your favourite publishing platform, or your first iPhone app. You wrote something, and you put it out for the world to see. It’s a pretty hard feeling to beat; to lose. Or so I thought.


Tomorrow.


Tonight.

Tonight was the turning point. It’s now or never. If I don’t change something, then it’s going to stay the same. And the current direction is not the right direction. It’s not the wrong direction either, it’s just not going to the places I want to be, or planned to be.

Tomorrow, starting tonight, starting right. That changes. Because I deserve better of myself.


This is something I’ve been thinking about quite a lot lately.

It would be more difficult in that I have a small family, which does increase costs, and logistics are a bit tougher to deal with and there are a few areas that need some solid thought before committing to something like this, but the boys are young enough that it wouldn’t be disruptive to their schooling etc.

Even if it was just for 2 years before they (at least Caleb) starts at “big” school.

In response to Mumbai

Wow.

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Your world is at your fingertips, and it’s a world I don’t want to ever leave. These are my letters to you.

Life has many lessons; Some are learned the hard way, others catch you by surprise.


A letter to Bunny…


The following is a letter to Caleb’s bunny that I’ve republished here from Jane’s FB post. This morning he said it was time to leave him at home, after all he’s “four, you know”.

Bunny, you’ve been with us from day one…

Happy Birthday, Caleb


My dearest Caleb,

Four years and few weeks shy of 9 months ago we found out that Mommy was pregnant with you; That we were going to have a little baby, and boy did you rock our little world for the better.

Today, on your 4th birthday, it is very difficult for me to even comprehend what our life was like before you were born, and…


Hey, you…


Yes, you.

We are not good friends, outside of the social platforms we share, we don’t talk. We’ve spoken in person once, maybe twice, but we’ve known each other for some time. I’ve watched your boy grow, as you have watched mine…

We are going through something similar, at least I feel like we are, because when I was at a low point, you reached…


The perfect fit


The house is quiet—the only sounds occasionally overpowering the sound of my keyboard as I type this are the distant crashing ocean, the rustle of the curtains gently blowing against the bed from the light breeze and the night-time creatures singing their songs.

The kids are asleep, my wife is too, the echo of her occasional cough reverberating down the…


Today, I learned…


Today, marks 29 years of my existance on this planet we call Earth, and while I have many things to be grateful for—my two boys, my health, a somewhat successful company, my immediate family, good friends, and the ability to surf almost every day—I am still not where I imagined I would be a few years ago; but, today I learned, that’s also okay.


Let (it all) go.

Focus less on what can’t be changed; More on what can.


I’ve been doing a lot of self-discovery lately. Some days are better than others. Some days I move forward a few steps, and then there are the bad days where I take a few (or many) backward steps. I touched on this on my blog recently. I’ve found (or least, I am trying to find) solace in…


Ship.

Early. Often. For yourself.


Exuberance. The feeling you get the very first time you ship some code - be it your first website, a core contribution to your favourite publishing platform, or your first iPhone app. You wrote something, and you put it out for the world to see. It’s a pretty hard feeling to beat; to lose. Or so I thought.