Have you ever wondered what makes those badass teams you idolize so good at what they do? John Boyd put in a lot of work figuring it out. …


I place a high value on innovation. Like, really high.

Innovation (put simply) is about creating new and better process, products, or solutions/features. It can be about taking something that exists, and reimagining it in a better way: one that may be simpler, easier to maintain, more performant, or potentially…


As you can probably tell, I do a lot of reading around the web, Kindle e-books, and occasionally some podcasts. I mostly read about how to level-up people, create strong teams, and better ways to operate as it relates to Software Engineering.

This list here is meant to be a…


Heavily inspired by http://randsinrepose.com/archives/how-to-rands/

Hello there! If you’re reading this, I’ve either steered you towards it, or you discovered it on your own — either way, you’re probably curious how best to work with me.

About Me

First, let me take a moment to explain a bit about my background. I do…


In case you’re not aware, Pearl Automation, the well-funded Silicon Valley startup that I helped create and lead, ran out of money a couple weeks back. As you can imagine, I’m now in the unenviable position of dealing with that aftermath: applying for health insurance, applying for unemployment assistance (dug…


At work recently, one of my colleagues posted an article titled “Do we need $75,000 to be happy?”. The crux of which was that basically anything over $80k yearly is superfluous — unnecessary luxury.

My response, having lived and worked in Silicon Valley for 12 years now, was incredulous. Uh…


We’ve created the People at Pearl series to showcase the incredible individuals that are driving us toward a safer and more enjoyable driving experience. Highlighting one individual per team until we get through the entire company, we’re thrilled to share more details about the extraordinary people that make up the…

Ryan Du Bois

Manager, CoreOS @ Apple

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