A look into Elon’s upbringing, mindset, vision, leadership style, work ethic, and personality.

“We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters” — Peter Thiel

American Innovation

Back in the 1960’s, the U.S. Government — passionate about innovation — funded research initiatives which laid the foundation for innovations that continue to power the American economy today: the computer, microchip, and internet.

Outliers is worth your time to read. It’s entertaining, challenges the status quo, and makes you think about the impact environment and culture have on success.


Outliers challenges the traditional status quo that outliers, those truly dominant in their field, succeed based off intelligence, hard work, and determination alone. Outliers attempts to show that culture, environment, and opportunities — factors largely out of your control — are as or more important for success than IQ and innate ability.

Google’s Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle describe the life, values, and principles of Bill Campbell — the “coach” to silicon valley elites including Steve Jobs, Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, and many others.

When you hear about Silicon Valley’s great success stories — Intel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, you inevitably hear the names of founders and key executives — Steve Jobs, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Jeff Bezos, Marisa Mayer, or Sheryl Sandberg.

“A small group of passionate, talented, imaginative, ingenious, ever-curious people built a work culture based on applying their inspiration and collaboration with diligence, craft, decisiveness, taste, and empathy and, through a lengthy progression of demo-feedback sessions, repeatedly tuned and optimized heuristics and algorithms, persisted through doubts and setbacks, selected the most promising bits of progress at every step, all with the goal of creating the best products possible.” — Ken Kocienda


Creative Selection, written by former Apple software engineer Ken Kocienda, describes Apple’s culture and development process under the aptly titled “golden age” of Steve Jobs during the 2000s.

Every Good Endeavor examines the Biblical origins of work, the problems we have with work, and how powerful mindset is to make work meaningful, fulfilling, less stressful, and ultimately more rewarding.

Work is an increasingly important and demanding part of our lives. We spend more waking hours of our lives working than we do with our spouses, families, or our hobbies. Work forms our identity, is a source of pride and accomplishment, and for most, a primary source of income. Test

Source: Jessica DeVita : https://www.slideshare.net/ubergeekgirl/devops-la-meetup-intro-to-habitat

The Beginning

On the 1st day, we built the monolith. The monolith served our business well, revenues grew, and the world was right.

Some people are driven by money. Others, success. Some live for family, or for religion. Counterfeit Gods examines common outward (money, love, family) idols and inward idols (success, power, control) and concludes that all these earthly idols do not fulfill the true desires of your heart. Only Jesus Christ can you find true peace and fulfillment.

The truth is we all worship something. Something gets us out of bed in the morning, controls our inner voice, and pushes us to strive in life. Money, jobs, kids, hobbies, celebrities, comfort, happiness, and the list goes on.


The Setting

Counterfeit Gods was written in 2009, during the heart of the financial collapse and US recession. Tim Keller, the author, is the pastor of Redeemer…

Apple cemented MVC into the heart of iOS and UIKit. MVC isn’t the only way to write iOS applications. App Architecture compares MVC to a handful of other architectures for building iOS software.

Since iOS’s introduction in March 2008, almost 11 years ago, the core iOS MVC architecture hasn’t materially changed. Over the years, as applications have become more complex, the limits and shortcomings of MVC and UIKit have prompted developers to develop and use alternative architectures.

Happy New Year! I’m writing this on January 1st, 2019. The day of the year where millions of people make resolutions and set goals to change their lives for the better.

I must confess — I planned to start this blog post writing exclusively about Nadella’s book — Hit Refresh. As I started reading my notes, I realized that the book taken at face value doesn’t describe just how radical Nadella’s impact has been on Microsoft’s vision, culture, attitude, and business.

Damon Allison

Hi there, I’m Damon. I’m a software engineer from Minneapolis, MN. I’m into writing code, an occasional blog post, running marathons, and caffeine.

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