David Mytton

Startup founder hierarchy of needs

Published in HumanOps, Startups.

The four core needs that every founder must satisfy, in this priority order, before they can be effective at their startup.

Startup founder hierarchy of needs

How much energy do data centers use?

Published in Cloud, Data Center Energy, Environment, IT Energy.

Data centers are responsible for between 1-1.5% of global electricity usage today but some scenarios project that will grow to 3-13% by 2030. How realistic is this? How efficient are servers and data centers? Will efficiency continue to improve?

How much energy do data centers use?

How can data centers use 100% renewable electricity?

Published in Cloud, Data Center Energy, Environment, IT Energy.

If we still generate energy from non-renewable sources, how can a data center be 100% renewable? What does 100% renewables and sustainability mean for data centers and the cloud?

How can data centers use 100% renewable electricity?

The importance of the developer experience – comparing Google Cloud Functions vs Azure Functions

Published in Cloud, Product Engineering, Startups.

In porting a project from Google Cloud Functions to Azure Functions, I found Microsoft’s developer experience is a great example of attention to detail. What does that mean for startups selling to developers?

The importance of the developer experience – comparing Google Cloud Functions vs Azure Functions

Good investor / Bad investor

Published in Startups.

Having been on the CEO / founder side and now actively investing, I have been thinking about what makes a good early stage startup angel investor.

Good investor / Bad investor

My favourite books of 2019

Published in Favourite Books.

In 2019 I read 66 books (with an average length of 289 pages). Here are the ones I rated 5 stars.

My favourite books of 2019

Book Review (3/5) – For the Record (David Cameron)

Published in Book Reviews.

My 3 star review of For the Record (David Cameron).

Obsolescence forced by software

Published in Product Engineering.

Perfectly functional hardware, forced into obsolescence by software. Do you always want to use the latest and greatest? What about your users? How long should you maintain software and APIs for?

Obsolescence forced by software

Book Review (4/5) – Billion Dollar Whale (Tom Wright)

Published in Book Reviews.

My 4 star review of Billion Dollar Whale (Tom Wright).

Staying connected to the front line

Published in Product Engineering, Startups.

When was the last time you spoke to your manager’s manager or your company CEO? You can only effectively manage 7-10 people so this post explores how you can stay in touch (with customers and employees) as your organisation grows.

Staying connected to the front line
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