Deconstruct

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I recently returned home from attending Deconstruct along with a bunch of my co-workers. I thought I’d jot my thoughts down while the experience is still fresh on my mind.

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Ruby script on Heroku that accesses google sheet on a schedule

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I recently had a need to write a simple script that writes to a Google Sheet document once a day. I decided to write the script in Ruby and host it on Heroku since I didn't want my laptop to be on in order for the script to run. After spending some time Googling & some trial and error, I came up with something that works and is quite simple. For the purposes of this blog post, I will write a Ruby script that accesses a newly created Google Sheet document and does the following:

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My disappointment with the new MacBook Pro

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When I started at Braintree I was given a new 2017 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It's a really nice laptop overall and I don't mean to sound ungrateful... but in the last few weeks that I've been using it I've also found myself disappointed with it. Here's a list of my disappointments with the laptop:

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A few weeks into the new job

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I've been at Braintree now for almost 3 weeks and I can't believe it's only been a few weeks because I've experienced a ton of new things and have met a lot of people and time sure seems to go by much more slowly when you're soaking in new experiences. And the older I get--especially as a father of 2 young children who are always growing up way too fast in my eyes--I'm finding that it's perfectly OK with me if time seems to go really s-l-o-w-l-y.

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Interview process takeaways

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In the last several weeks I've had the opportunity to speak with numerous companies as a job candidate. While the experience is still fresh in my mind, I thought now would be a good time for me to jot down my observations as a job seeker and note things I would like to practice in my future recruiting & hiring efforts.

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Thankful

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I started 2017 with a ton of excitement over the opportunity to build Cappex's very own college application product. I knew it was going to be an extremely challenging project with a tight deadline (8/1), a lot of moving pieces (pretty much the entire company was going to be focused on it), and a lot of hires to make (I made more hires in roughly 3 months than during the rest of the 3+ years I've been in my role) but I felt ready for it coming into 2017. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, my team got the job done in time & I couldn't be more proud of them.

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New product launch and life afterwards

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A very large chunk of my life from the very beginning of this year until the end of July was focused on launching a new college application product. Thanks to the hard work of every person on my team (as well as many others in the company) we were able to launch on 8/1, which is the deadline that we had been aiming for and my gosh - it felt GREAT to get this thing launched and get it launched on time. Sure, there's a lot of things that could've gone better and more smoothly during the project but there's also a lot of things that could've gone wrong and in the end - I'm real proud of the work that my team has been able to accomplish. It was a project that took months of planning, involved having to double the size of my team within a relatively short period of time (9 people in about 3 months), and required that every individual work extremely hard (a lot of late nights, weekend work, catered lunches, etc.). When I look back on what my team was able to accomplish during the first 7 months of the year - I'm real proud. This has been one of the most memorable projects that I've been a part of and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in it.

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Lessons learned after 148 phone screens leading to 9 hires in 4 months

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Coming into 2017 I had a lofty goal of hiring 10 people by the end of February. 10 is the number of people I had hired up to the end of 2016 when I had been in my role as the VP of Technology for 2 and a half years. Hiring 10 people in 2 and a half years was challenging enough and I knew that hiring 10 people in 3 months--between December, 2016 - February, 2017 would be really challenging.

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Hello? is a poor greeting

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I've done what I think is an insane amount of phone screens since December (well over 100) and in the last few weeks there's something I've been noticing when I call candidates for their initial phone screen. The more I think about it the more that it has surprised and even bothered me. It is this: When I call candidates the most common greeting I get is "Hello?"

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