Want to hire the right team? Exhaust your interviewees

I found this a fantastic enlightening read, in a world where startups are selling for 1 billion with only 12 employees I think its extremely important to be aware of what makes them tick. Step one for a start up. Hire a great team.

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Every startup wants to hire rock stars, but in a hyper-competitive market like San Francisco, finding — and keeping — top-level talent is daunting. Matt MacInnis, co-founder and CEO of publishing platform Inkling, believes he’s found a way to scale his workforce without sacrificing quality. For MacInnis, it’s about making sure the company’s values are perpetuated with every new employee. That sounds amorphous and touchy-feely, but the process becomes rigid during the interview phase. Only a small number of people conduct interviews, MacInnis still meets every prospective hire, and the interviews are designed to be exhausting for the applicant so the company can see what the person is like when they are tired.

In this episode of See Founders Run, MacInnis talks more about how he scaled his workforce from 10 to 100 employees in two years, and why his startup has an “insanely low” attrition rate.


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IT Cooling Equipment Visual Aid

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I’m a visual person, and its likely that some of you out in the blogging sphere are as well so I thought I would share. This is what my computer room cooling looks like in action. I’ve got the hpc3000 cooling units set up on either side and one above. Again it was a simple set up process and with the install my server room went from 150+ degrees to 64′ so there is no going back for me. The visual aide is simple but its to the point. Hope this helps for any of you who are hunting for IT equipment and feeling lost in the process. When I first got into the industry I heard a lot of people talking about drawing out specific plans for their cooling units. While this may be essential for lets say facebook or Apple server’s for all of us little guys its just important that you get your room cool and portable units are ideal since you can always move them around for better results.

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Dont let the rising temperatures, heat up your Server

We have all seen the news reports with the shocking and record breaking temperatures across the US. I know that even on the furthest western coast I am melting in my California shorts.

One thing that I am thankful I do not have to worry about this summer season is my data center, the good news is I now have  the perfect computer room cooling set up going on so I don’t have to worry about it. I was reading a horror story just yesterday about a company expanding and when building their new offices the architect assured them that they only needed one main cooler for their entire office and server room. The smart owner happened to think to put a temperature gauge in with an alarm and at about 3 am he got an alert that the temp was rising above 100 degrees. Incase you wondered 68 degrees is the recommend maximum temperature in server rooms. This company called for all hands on deck and with portable data center air conditioner units they were able to cool things down.

A similare situation happened to me and I kept my portable unit in my server room as a permanent fixture. I went with AmeriCool for my units and the hpc3000 because though it is a single nozzle machine it is extremely effective and with only two in my room we keep the temperature at 64 degrees with no problem and absolutely no maintenance. So I offer the name AmeriCool as advice, and I offer this story as a warning. A server burn out is no fun. On that note happy summer!

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Russia Is Stockpiling Drones To Spy On Populace

Wow this is not necessarily shocking but a bit star wars come to real life

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2012?

Nevermind the Apocalypse: Earliest Mayan Calendar Found

Interesting how many variations of this rumor there are floating around. This is my personal favorite takes on the story implying that there were alterations made to the previous mention that 2012 would be the apocalypse. I dont have an opinion either way and by no means am I going to post up my religious beliefs I just felt this was interesting and on a topic that is getting a lot of air time. One of my favorite pieces of info regarding this topic is that the mayan calendar doesn’t account for the leap year, which was invented by Julius Caesar. And then the rebuttal on this is that the Mayan Calendar doesn’t need the leap year because it tracks revolutions around the sun more accurately. See what I mean this is interesting stuff and we could go on forever with it. In an age of growing technology its impressive to me that we still put so much weight and emphasis on these claims of the past. I’m not saying they are worth ignoring by any means. I just dont understand the fascination with these facts.

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#technology Report: Facebook Groups to get file-sharing access http://t.co/LeC09HQ2

This will be great for college kids to work together on projects and such.

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7-Inch iPad with Retina Display Coming in October Priced at $200-$250?

I’ve been keeping up on these rumors it’s amazing what is spreading across the internet like wild fire. I like keeping track of the rumors though to sort of reflect on when the truth comes out.

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iMore reports that Apple is “currently targeting” an October launch for a smaller iPad, with the device carrying a display of roughly 7 inches and being priced in the $200-$250 range.

According to our source, which has proven reliable in the past, the reason for such aggressive pricing is to do to the tablet market what Apple did to the MP3 market in 2004 with the expansion of the iPod product line — leave absolutely no space for competitors.

Interestingly, the report’s source claims that the 7-inch iPad will be “identical in every way” to the current iPad with the exception of the display size, apparently including a Retina display. That would give the smaller iPad a pixel density roughly identical to that of the iPhone 4S.

It remains unclear how Apple would be able to meet a $200-$250 price point for the smaller iPad given the apparent specs, although…

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