1. Crime in SF: Looking Beyond the Stereotypes to the Data

    I was playing around with Mode's query editor, when lo and behold, I found a tutorial data set I was interested in exploring further: a recording of every reported criminal incident in San Francisco from the week of October, 28th, 2013 all the way to the week of January, 27th,…


  2. How to Build Something From Nothing: A Review of Peter Thiel’s Zero to One (2/52)

    I've recently decided to attempt the arduous task of reading a book a week and summarizing my thoughts on the book in question. This is my second out of 52. I'm Roger, startup growth guy for Springboard, food lover, sometimes-blogger teaching code at code(love) whose unifying theme is the…


  3. Reading 52 Books in a Year (1/52): The Life and Times of Harvey Milk

    I've recently decided to attempt the arduous task of reading a book a week and summarizing my thoughts on the book in question. It's a bit late in the year to make this a New Year's Resolution, but I figure that a year's worth of effort doesn't have to start…


  4. Justice Scalia: Mourn the man, but not his ideas

    It is possible to mourn a man while celebrating the dimming of his ideas. Democratic discourse at its highest levels demands that of us. From all accounts, Justice Scalia was a witty man who loved life to its fullest. He will be missed by many people, and I hope everybody…


  5. What the Great Gatsby has to do with startups

    The Great Gatsby is the "Great American Novel" not just because of its plucky heart but because its themes resonate through eras. The "new money" at the time were the financiers of old: the "West Egg" to the "old money" aristocracy of East Egg. Decades later, most of the largest…