Yevgeniy Brikman

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Yevgeniy (Jim) Brikman loves programming, writing, speaking, traveling, and lifting heavy things. He does not love talking about himself in the 3rd person. He is the co-founder of Gruntwork, a company that provides DevOps as a Service. He's also the author of two books published by O'Reilly Media: Hello, Startup and Terraform: Up & Running . Previously, he worked as a software engineer at LinkedIn, TripAdvisor, Cisco Systems, and Thomson Financial and got his BS and Masters at Cornell University. For more info, check out ybrikman.com.

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Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
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A cute, silly adventure of a rich British gentleman (Phileas Fogg) and his French valet (Passepartout), in 1872, trying to win a bet that they can circumnavigate the world in 80 days.

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Like so many well-regarded self-help books, this one is a small kernel of valuable content, wrapped in a lot of fluff. It's worth reading for that kernel, but I wish the economics of the publishing industry could do more to incentivize shorter books. ...more
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“The best thing you can do to come up with a lot of new ideas is to learn a lot of old ideas. Because new ideas are just connections between old ideas, the more ideas you have in your head, the more connections you’ll be able to create between them.”
Yevgeniy Brikman, Hello, Startup: A Programmer's Guide to Building Products, Technologies, and Teams

“Boyd’s Law: speed of iteration beats quality of iteration.”
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