An Elegant Puzzle, Part 1 with Will Larson


July 16th, 2019

27 mins 20 secs

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About this Episode

Will Larson is the author of my new favorite engineering management book, An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management. Will has been an engineering leader and software engineer at technology companies of many shapes and sizes including Digg, Uber, and Stripe. He currently leads foundation engineering at Stripe, where he is responsible for the infrastructure and platform organization. If you haven’t heard of Stripe, they’re a huge player in the online payment space, building the economic infrastructure for the internet. They’ve raised over $700M to date and show no signs of slowing their growth any time soon.

In this episode, we talk about the importance of increasing your offer acceptance rate, how Stripe defines developer productivity, and why sometimes, the best policy is to throw away your policies.

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