Every so often, an app comes along that just completely understands the way you think. I don’t normally write long posts about an app I’ve used. But Citymapper is so incredibly well-made that I decided to put together a list of common use cases of a maps app, and how both Google Maps and Citymapper handle them.
Citymapper, 10 seconds: I can see all 4 options (public transport, walking, car/taxi, and biking) side-by-side, allowing me to compare options quickly.
Google Maps, 20 seconds: I need to click through each individual option and remember which is the fastest. …
Ask any Mac power user about their menubar and you’ll get a different list of 5-10 must-have applications and utilities that boost productivity. The menubar is the mission control of a user’s computer, giving them an at-a-glance view of stats and apps that are important to them. The menubar can become so crowded, in fact, that’s there’s a menubar app that collects menubar apps. So meta.
As far as I can tell, the first menubar app appeared in the 2002 release of Mac OS X 10.2, nicknamed Jaguar. Apple had just released iChat, and part of the iChat interface was…
Dashing.io is a great way to easily set up a dashboard for your company. You can get started with Dashing.io with 3 simple steps:
If you’re not a Bowery user already, head over to Bowery.io to get started.
$ mkdir dashing-example && cd dashing-example
It comes pre-installed with the Dashing example project and all gems/dependencies installed.
$ bowery pull 962-west-37th-street
$ bowery connect
Hey there, Zach. Connecting you to Bowery now...
Services are availble in the forms:
Uploading file changes to web, check "bowery logs" for details.
Service web is available at:
This last URL is…
Today I was lucky enough to speak at Morning Prayers, a secular Harvard tradition that has existed since its founding in 1636. Below is a copy of my remarks.
Good morning. My name is Zachary Hamed, and I am a senior in Leverett House studying computer science. I’d like to begin with a reading from Ecclesiastes:
The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
Chance—and its sister, serendipity—are the…
At first glance, the enterprise software world is dominated by older engineers. On one enterprise mailing list, a recruiter for an enterprise company admitted:
“The enterprise applications game is for the 30-and-over crowd and is completely irrelevant to people under this age.”
The CEO of Rimini Street, a company that provides enterprise software support for Oracle and SAP, explained that he overwhelmingly hires expensive but experienced engineers instead of new grads with lower salaries, explaining that older engineers resolve problems in less time.
Clearly if I were an investor, I would never invest in an enterprise company founded by…
The value of design in a consumer app is fairly well appreciated today— design, branding, and user experience have a meaningful impact on customer happiness and retention.
For enterprise companies, however, it would be easy to underestimate the power of design. Many of these tools operate behind the scenes or on a server farm, so visual design isn’t a priority.
Yet some of the best enterprise companies took design to heart. Their websites are an extension of their brand, and they use design to personify an otherwise faceless product. …
Harvard Computer Society, or HCS, was started in 1983 to be a forum for the geekiest of geeks to eat pizza and talk about technology. Naturally, this was one of the clubs I joined when I arrived at Harvard. Among other things, HCS administers most of the mailing lists on campus. One of those mailing lists, HCS-Jobs, is sugar water for technical recruiters trying to advertise hot new jobs and students looking to hire fellow students for side projects.
I dug through the archives and read all 1341 emails sent over the past 13…
If there was anything my time at Rough Draft Ventures taught me, it’s that the most important factor of a successful company sine qua non is a great team. There are obviously many factors that feed into team dynamics—What’s your work ethic? What’s the division of responsibility? How honest are you with your co-founders?—but if the mixture of those ingredients is just right, an intelligent, charismatic, and resilient founding team is hard to beat.
Last spring, I took a class on social psychology. It was one of the most useful classes I’ve ever taken, so I figured I’d share some of the more interesting findings. Each paragraph has a citation to its right so you can get more information or read the original study.
20% of people send Christmas cards back to people they’ve never met, just because they received one from them. For the same reason, tips to waiters go up 3.3% when an after-dinner mint is provided with the receipt. And when the server looked the diner in the eye and gave…
Product manager & designer at @GoldmanSachs. Previously @Harvard CS & @ThielFellowship. NYC, ENTJ.