I just saw this Evernote entry I made 7 years ago. I always bought books, no matter how meagre the money I had, I just must buy books. Always bet on books :)
This note brought back a flood of emotions. I have been staring at it since 2AM. Look how God has brought us. 7 years ago, the goal was simple - buy 2 shirts, 2 chinos, buy a laptop and books. Just the bare bones. Ah, look at God.
Every dime mattered. No frivolities, nothing. The goal was to just survive and look ahead. Get the bare necessities and press forward and hope for the best. Life was a little rough here. Like really rough.
At the Owerri airport, 100% of the stores have no POS, airport has no ATM. There's a guy sitting by the corner. He has a POS and he's letting people "withdraw" at a 6% transaction fee. 👏👏👏👏👏
That man was the closest thing to a "god" yesterday and I can imagine this is regular for him. Amazing stuff. He had like 5 different POS terminals from multiple banks. From what I saw there yesterday, he had the most success rate with a particular bank's terminal.
What was most amazing was the fact that folks were trying to jump the queue by offering him 10% on transaction fees. That man had "water" in a desert and he was going to milk value from his water.
Having done hiring in the last 2+ years, here is what I have discovered - hiring is 75% sales, 25% finding a good fit and 5% skills assessment.
Why will I leave what I am doing now to come join you? You need an excellent selling skills to convince the person to make the move. It goes beyond a good compensation package. This is where the sales bit comes in.
Quick tip: If you're coming to interview as an engineer at Paystack, especially, if you want to want to work on the API, create an account and spend some time playing with the sandbox. It cost absolutely nothing. Here is the documentation - developers.paystack.co
Read about the company too. There are tons of materials on the internet to help with this.
Don't forget to bring your A-game to the table. Finally, I promise you, we don't do any funny trick questions. We don't even interview, we just have technical conversation over a glass of juice. Let's do this!!!
I am not sure if this is aging or lack of general and consistent exercising, my left knee just gave in this morning while returning from breakfast. The stares were out of this world. And it hurts. Thanks to the bellhop that came to my aid.
I am not sure if this is a thing, but I think hotels should have onsite physicians for these like this. Yes, no one goes to a hotel to fall sick or something, but you never can tell.
So, I need to start taking exercising seriously. I will start with cycling.
Businesses must understand UX if they must stay competitive in today's world. Time is the greatest commodity today. Unlike any other thing, it has a fixed supply daily - 24hrs.
Last night I tried *329# for the first time. I've always been a *737# guy.
I like the near frictionless nature of 737, the former, not so great. While trying to use 329, it asked me for a few details; first name, last name, date of birth. By the time I got to the DOB part, I became frustrated and abandoned the transaction.
I just wanted airtime for God sake. Why all the hoops? It turns out, 329 is a way of onboarding new customers into the bank. You get a "tiny" account that has a cap on everything. When I realized this, my first thought was "why make me do this again? You already have my details"
Yesterday's Concatenate conference showed what's possible when we give young people an opportunity to flourish and express themselves. I am so glad @codebeast@unicodeveloper and other conceived and executed this. Well done, ladies and gentlemen. Well done.
A group of Nigerian young men and women with so much help, gathered some of the finest engineers all around the world to speak in a Nigerian technology conference. This is AMAZING!!!! Like AMAZING!!!
To every organisation that sponsored the event, I am saying thank you on behalf of all the amazing attendants from yesterday. You made the last 2 days possible. Thank you.
These things happen because selfless people put themselves out there, do the hard work and this hard work will definitely blossom. I am really excited when I see these things.
I am also happy the world is paying attention. BTW, I have been leading/managing a remote team for two years now. If you're running a conference and you need someone to come talk about this "remote thing," reach out. I'll come share my experience gladly.
The INEC website does not have https enabled. All the asset load from the same origin - no CDN. Entire home page will set you back by at least 20MB. 108 network request to render the home page. No one thought it wise to put JS together and minify it. Same thing with CSS.
How can you, in 2018 and in good faith, serve a 5MB image. How? Isn't this wickedness? For a country where data is still not cheap. If you had paid N1,000 approximately $3 for a 1GB data, you would have spent about 2% of it just to access the home page of INEC.
For goodness sake, https is free today. Like FREE. @letsencrypt will give you free SSL. @Cloudflare will give you free SSL. Why not just use it?
Information reaching me now is that Lee can now climb our freezer. That freezer is almost 3-feet tall. Nothing is safe again.
This phase of parenting is hard. I'm currently at the shouting phase. "Stop that." "Get down from that place." "No, drop it." "You can't have it. Drop it NOW!!!" " Don't climb the dinning." "Stop splashing water everywhere." "Lee, can you just relax?"
So after my last blog post - "No, you don't need ML/AI. You need SQL" - so many persons reached out with questions and I figured I'd hold a round table session for just 5 persons. It will be a combination of lessons and AMA. 4 hours of serious content. Class size of 5.
We will talk about everything - 1. Understanding e-commerce financial modelling 2. Customer acquisition and retention strategy. 3. Effective marketing newsletter and retargetting. 4. Making sense of data 5. Analytics 6. Social media for e-commerce
I'm not a designer. I can't even draw a straight line to save my own life, but @figmadesign changed the game and lower the barrier to entry for product designer.
@figmadesign My younger brother, with no prior design experience, after 4 months of sitting under the tutelage of @namnsoukpanah is now churning out some really cool stuff. 4 months ago he was blank, today he is talking design systems and all.
He has done nothing more than eat, sleep, read and practise. All of this was possible because, on like other tools that requires you to need a special kind of machine, Figma's only requirement is a web browser with a decent Internet connection.
Rakuten has over 20,000 employees across over 20 offices outside of Japan.
When the company started, it's first GMV was $3,000. As at 2016, its GTV is ~ $100b.
The Rakuten credit card is the biggest in Japan and the company has well over 1.1B users across its network. Rakuten's main goal is to move away from being just an e-commerce company and more of a data-driven company.
We use Restify for almost all our APIs, so I rolled up a tiny bootstrapping tool that can spin up endpoints quickly with complete routes, controllers, models(Bookshelfjs), migrations(Knex), test(JEST) and services. Pretty pleased with the outcome. 3 - 4 hours task became 2 min.
What this means is that for a new project, we can spin up an entire API in about 2 - 3 hours with minimal tweaks as long as we have properly define contracts. This was a task that took north of 1 - 2 weeks depending on complexity.
It's been said that the strength of any company lies in its technology. I am beginning to see the impact first hand. To think this started out as an experiment. Look at God :)
Instead of saying "I have a 1st class in X, please RT my employer may be on your TL." Why not say "I've experience in customer service. I took a team of 2 agents and grew it to 10 over a period of 12 months and during this time, we reduced complaints by 20%"
"We improved our SLA from 24hrs to 2hrs, thereby improving customer satisfaction and this had a net +ve impact on our NPS." "I volunteered as the coordinator for our CDS game day. With a budget of x, we staged the best game day in our service year."
"I have an excellent communication skills - verbal and written." "I had also functioned in the capacity of a HOD when my manager was out for 3 months due to maternity leave."
A thread about the struggles of women in technology(the Nigerian edition).
Yesterday, I had a conversation with a young lady who is just starting out in tech. Midway into our conversation, she broke down. For the first 2 minutes, I was confused; did I say something wrong? Did I overstep my boundaries?
I honestly had no clue what I had done that triggered the emotion. I asked her what the problem was, she said nothing but rather excused herself out of the room. My heart raced. What have I just done?
A strong product manager should be a person with a balanced view of business (requirements) and engineering, else there's bound to be problem and this could lead to disintegration in the team. S(?he) must know how to manage stakeholders expectations in relation to timeline.
In the quest to move fast and break things, product managers unconsciously encourage engineering teams to throw caution to the wind and ignore the fundamental tenets of software development. This practice only leads to frustration and unmanageable technical debts.
Product managers do this in a variety of ways: 1. Change features direction mid-sprint without any change in delivery timeline.
2. Demand half baked features to be released into the wild.
3. Get people to build not well thought-out ideas, only to cancel it before it ships.
It's always fun when I speak to founders and potential founders and they are quick to tell me how they want to use AI/ML to improve customer retention and improve LTV. Truth is, they don't even need ML. A properly written SQL is what you need.
In a former life, I used to write SQL to extract customer of the week. Basically, select from orders table where basket size is the biggest. We will then email a nice thank you note to this customer and attach a small coupon/voucher....
...Guess what? 99% of these people became repeat customers. We never needed ML. We just wrote a simple SQL and got this information. We did the same thing for customers who last shopped 3 or so months ago....