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The one where I'm joining Forto

I’m starting at Forto in May! Did you know that 80% of the stuff we use gets transported around the world? I didn’t. Like most people, I recently learned a lot more about it when that big ship got stuck in the Suez canal. There are currently BIG problems in the freight industry: shipping prices are up, there are delays with getting the things we need. Usually, where there are big problems, there are even BIGGER opportunities....

April 7, 2021 · 3 min · Me

The one about BIOS, the model I use to love my job

“In computing, BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is the firmware used to perform hardware initialization during the booting process and to provide runtime services for operating systems and programs” - Wikipedia. Like our silicon-based friends, I also need a way to make sure everything is booting up to be productive at my job. I needed a system, a framework, a mental model to help me focus on making work fun. Here is what I use, and with the magic that is wordplay, it has a familiar acronym:...

March 28, 2021 · 7 min · Me

The one where I'm leaving OLX

My time at OLX is coming to an end. Five and a half years ago, I would have never imagined all the things I’d accomplish, how I’d grow, or even where I would live today. With my last day arriving at the end of April, I thought it’s a fitting tribute to OLX to reflect on my time there. When interviewing candidates for OLX, I usually had a section about “Why I work at OLX”, this was partly about making the candidate excited about the potential opportunity but also was a way to help the candidate understand the company a bit better (especially in Berlin where OLX does not have a product live in the market)....

March 24, 2021 · 11 min · Me

The one where the app gets removed from the Playstore

I made HackerNews frontpage yesterday 🎉 I wish it was for something more fun and not a Twitter rant. Google Play decided that Saturday evening is a good time to remove the app from the Playstore with minimal information. We had to deal with many support requests on Sunday (and Google Ads stopped). The next day they replied to us with the reason: “Your app currently only includes a feature to flag inappropriate users....

March 15, 2021 · 2 min · Me

The one where we have 2M Daily Active Users

With EskomSePush, we like to be very open with the stats. I guess it’s because we think of it as an app that belongs to the people, but there is also an element of bragging. Time for a @EskomSePush stats update📈. Here is the Active users for the last 90 days: pic.twitter.com/qKQX2bWCAz — Herman Maritz (@hermaritz) February 9, 2021 I got asked how much it cost to run @EskomSePush using @Firebase....

February 10, 2021 · 2 min · Me