StartupCTO.io Feedback

StartupCTO.io Feedback

We’re doing some 2017 planning for StartupCTO.io and would very much like to drive our roadmap based upon listeners’ feedback.   Have you listened to the show?  If so, can you spare 2 minutes to fill out a quick survey about the podcast?  Click here. Read the article >>

Heaven is purpose principle and people

Heaven is purpose principle and people

Short post today.  I’ve been reading The Birth of The Chaordic Age this month.  This quote very concisely sums up the author’s leadership style: Heaven is purpose, principle, and people Purgatory is paper and procedure Hell is rules and regulation   Read the article >>

Side Project Roundup 2016

Side Project Roundup 2016

2016 was a banner year to build software.  Here’s a roundup of some of the fun I had this year: Chatbots https://owocki.com/slack-gamebot/ https://owocki.com/slack-emojibot/ Community https://owocki.com/boulder-startup-week-2016/ Cryptocurrency https://owocki.com/noble-adblocker/ https://owocki.com/adblock-to-bitcoin-native-wordpress-plugin-available/ Machine Learning https://owocki.com/pytrader-cryptocurrency-trading-robot/ Management Read the article >>

Weekend Project: Transcri.pt

Weekend Project: Transcri.pt

One of my frustrations with podcasting at StartupCTO.io has been the lack of any easy-to-use, affordable, transcription tools.    It costs $1/ minute to transcribe audio to text. So I built something better.  Today I am launching transcri.pt – A tool that does transcription of text much cheaper than anyone else can.  The output is pretty good I think. Head on over to transcri.pt and Read the article >>

Side Project Report: Wild Game Hunter VR

Side Project Report: Wild Game Hunter VR

Just in case you thought I went full on Patchouli Boulder Hippy when I announced the MeditationVR game a few weeks ago; I have a *new game* launching today to show off. And it’s almost the opposite thematically from the first one! It’s called “Wild Game Hunter VR”, and it’s kind of like those Hunting games you can play in bars (but its in 360 degrees and you can teleport, so it’s better). There Read the article >>

StartupCTO.io Job Board

StartupCTO.io Job Board

One of the things that we set out to solve when Miles Matthias and I launched StartupCTO.io podcast was reducing the barrier to entry to becoming an engineering leader.  While the podcast solves, in part, the mentorship part of that equation, there was still a lack of availability of information on leadership positions.  A Job Board was a natural next step for us, and I’m happy to say that we Read the article >>

Dee Hock on Leadership

Dee Hock on Leadership

I’ve been reading Birth of the Chaordic Age by Dee Hock.  It was recommended to me by Jud Valeski, whom we interviewed on StartupCTO.io a few months ago. The following passage spoke to something I’ve been trying to articulate about leadership since starting my startup journey a decade ago.   It’s a 5 minute read, but is worth it: Leader presumes follower. Follower presumes choice. One who is Read the article >>

Bridge Mixed Reality Headset

Bridge Mixed Reality Headset

Bridge is the first Mixed Reality Headset to hit the market at less than a $500 price point.  It’s also the latest project I contributed to at Occipital.  I’m exceedingly proud of it.  Check out the video below to learn about what Mixed Reality is and how Bridge enables it (video is 4 minutes long): You can learn more at bridge.occipital.com or @ me on twitter.   Read the article >>

Side Project Report: Learn Meditation in VR

Side Project Report: Learn Meditation in VR

Today I am launching a side project designed to make meditation easier with VR. SkillMaster VR — Learn Meditation is the first meditation app that allows you to learn meditation in VR by visualizing your breath in real time. It’s a Virtual Reality experience built specifically to help you meditate by using your game controller to track your breath. Super excited to bring this live in time Read the article >>

What have you tried?

What have you tried?

By and large, I’ve found one measure to be an indicator of whether I can work with a developer; whether professional or open source:  When they need help, they can answer the question: “What you have tried?” When you ask a technical question in a technical forum, providing information on what you’ve tried is a signal.  It’s a way of saying “I’m not just looking for a solution, I’ve genuinely tried Read the article >>