Why Snapchat is winning.

Over the Christmas holiday I read multiple reports of Snapchat’s recent financing and when I headed on over to a my usual internet watering holes to learn what everyone thought I was tickled to read a many comments to the tune of:

Good on them…

And the end of the platform wars

Most software today is very much like an Egyptian pyramid with millions of bricks piled on top of each other, with no structural integrity, but just done by brute force and thousands of slaves.
- Alan Kay

This is the story of the web, as it exists today. By many…

Many tutorials explain Monads but left me questioning, under what scenario did someone jump up and proclaim “We need to invent monads to solve this problem!”? I’m less interested in Haskell specifically and more interested in the concepts so here’s an attempt at motivating monads with basic secondary school Algebra.

Forget you know how to program for a moment.

When you were a kid, you probably learned about functions in Algebra 1. You probably learned to write out tables for functions like this:

f(x) = x^2 + x + 1

As follows:

f(0) = 1
f(1) = 3
f(2) =…

How we manage our go infrastructure with one engineer.

Background: I’m a co-founder/developer of bubbli, a new iOS app. I previously worked at Yelp where I created Yelp Monocle which generated in hundreds of thousands of new users in a matter of days. Given that the “magic factor” between the Yelp Monocle and bubbli is similar, I wanted to…

Ben Newhouse

code + design, entrepreneur in hiding. cofounded bubbli (acquired by Dropbox). previously made yelp monocle (for iPhone and Android). stanford alu

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