I spoke with my father, a board certified neonatologist who has been caring for critically sick babies for more than three decades, about leading during stressful moments. I’ve always been impressed by his ability to keep a cool head during stressful situations, and I’ve always tried to emulate that ability.

I’ve always wanted to build things that outlast me. That impulse grew into a series of habits that grew into a way of working.

Part I: College

I spent about a year and a half working on large autonomous vehicles in my undergraduate robotics lab, under the supervision of a professor whose CV…

Type A individuals [are] rude, ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status-conscious, sensitive, impatient, anxious, proactive, and concerned with time management. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving “workaholics.” They push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence.


Type B individuals [are] a contrast to those of Type…

I love indie games. I really enjoyed Papers, Please and Gone Home. I grew up on Pokémon and Kirby and most of what Blizzard released in the 90s. And I’ve beaten Spelunky, widely recognized as one of the more difficult platformers of our time.

Spelunky is pretty respectable, I guess…

Nikki Lee

Designer, engineer, maker-of-things. Product manager building a better government at 18F.

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