Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I should've posted on this a while ago, but it's been crazy lately. Better late than never.
A month ago I left my place of work at Clarizen. It's not been long, but it was definitely a great time for me.
I learned a lot and had so much fun.
Most importantly, I had a chance to work with some very talented and wonderful people - Eyal, Eli, Dudu, Sasha, Asher and many many more.
I participated in the development since a relatively early stage in the product's life and seen the release of the public beta.
Do take a look at what came out in the end - www.clarizen.com.

p.s. Clarizen-friends: don't forget to buy me a beer when the IPO comes!!!

Want to join me as partner in a cool new startup?
Get in touch: pasha at cohai dot co

Bookmark and Share Wednesday, August 01, 2007 6:08:28 AM (Jerusalem Daylight Time, UTC+03:00)  #    Comments [10]  
 Thursday, July 26, 2007
Well, that's just the exception to the rule, that only proves the rule. (My Father, when wrong)

A while ago, I complained about how measuring the wrong thing will just make things worse, in particular, how measuring things in software almost never works.
Recently, I read the earth-shattering news that "Transformers" beat the all-time record for first-week revenue by a non-sequel.
"Transformers" beat the all-time record for first-week revenue by a non-sequel.
"Transformers" beat the all-time record for first-week revenue by a non-sequel.
Hmm. Is it, like, good?
Does it mean Transformers is the best thing since (user-generated) sliced bread?
Is it just a sucky flick?
I don't know.
Now, the interesting thing is: how did this ever become the news? Why don't they say "Transformers is the best movie ever", or "John Torturo as a 'section 7' agent is as brilliant as cold fusion"?
And another puzzle, for the advanced reader - why don't you hear about top grossing movies over a year or ten years' period? It's always "first weekend" or "first week".
Here's why:
Movie makers are in it for the money, just like the rest of us. And over the last decade or so, there's this one major obstacle in their little money making business. It's called piracy. It's easier to get an illegal copy of a movie than to get some water from the fridge.
In fact, I'm kind of thirsty now. But I'm not going to get that water. I'm too busy downloading Spiderman 4.
Oh, it's not out yet? No problem. They got it on bittorrent already.
So basically, most money you're going to make on a movie is in the first week or so. After that, everyone has already downloaded it from the internet for free.
Of course, the money people run the movie, not the...hmm...movie people. That's because the money people give the movie people money to buy food, and the movie people, well, they don't give the money people any money.
Now we have money people who run the movie and they want to make some money and they have to do it all in the first week. So they're going to measure, you guessed it, first week revenue.

Why do we care?
Here's the problem - to increase that measurement, which is first week revenue, it is not necessary to make a better movie. You just do better marketing, and more hype, and whatever. Because people who see the movie in the theater during the week don't really get a chance to hear from their friends if it's good or bad. They go because the trailer is really cool, and the ads are everywhere. And so, the quality may or may not suffer. We don't know. Because that's not what we measure.
Here you have an external force (illegal movie copying) creating a random measurement (first week revenue) and potentially driving final product quality down.

And please, don't measure bugs-per-developer either.

I've seen Transformers, by the way. It rocks. Hence my father's quote.

Want to join me as partner in a cool new startup?
Get in touch: pasha at cohai dot co

Bookmark and Share Friday, July 27, 2007 6:26:49 AM (Jerusalem Daylight Time, UTC+03:00)  #    Comments [51]  
 Saturday, July 21, 2007

Some things I learned about software while watching Die Hard 4.0 and Transformers:

1. A hacker is most of the times a hot chick.
2. A hacker never uses normal operating systems. They have a bizzare OS, that is specifically optimized for their single need - displaying a map of USA with red dots on it.
3. When a computer is hacked into, the screen flickers.
4. Evil hackers, even if hot chicks, will always be proficient at martial arts as well.
5. You can hack a computer system by directing weird sounds at it.
6. Visualization is king - code breaking and pattern recognition are achieved using quick manipulations of 3D images.

Want to join me as partner in a cool new startup?
Get in touch: pasha at cohai dot co

Bookmark and Share Sunday, July 22, 2007 5:22:46 AM (Jerusalem Daylight Time, UTC+03:00)  #    Comments [13]  
 Friday, July 20, 2007

Web 2.0. Web two o. Web two o. Web two o. Web two o. Web two o. Web two o. Web two o. Web two o.
I am actually typing this, no copy-paste.
Tim, what have you done to us?
Web two o. Web two o. Web two o.
Donna Martin graduates. Donna Martin graduates. Donna Martin graduates.
Can we please just get it over with?
Web two o. Web two o. Two, zero, o.
Two.
Full stop.
O.
Please. Enough.
Web two o. Web to you. Web to me. Web to us.
Toys'R'Us. Don't call us, we'll call you.
Have a nice weekend everybody, besos.

Want to join me as partner in a cool new startup?
Get in touch: pasha at cohai dot co

Bookmark and Share Friday, July 20, 2007 7:54:02 AM (Jerusalem Daylight Time, UTC+03:00)  #    Comments [5]