A dangerous and contagious disease in any company! Do you find yourself assigning tasks and responsibilities to this invisible ghost, only to find that…
Startup founders tend to live at the extremes, either 1) lost in the daydream of their grand vision or 2) tunnel-visioned on the day-to-day tasks. The…
Let me address a key objection right out of the gates. Yes, many meetings suck. The web is full of articles meticulously outlining the wasted time and…
When interviewing developers, a critical differentiator is how approach their work. Unfortunately, it took me years and several mis-hires (and firings…
When a business is sinking, the stakes are high and the moment is brief. Leaders know something needs to be done, but figuring out where and how to…

December 2022

New Years’ Resolutions are great but too rigid for me. I’ve used the 3-word strategy for the past decade because I can improvise with them as life gets…
Few things blow up software budgets, timelines, & deliverables more than a misunderstanding of what constitutes completion. Let's explore how bad things…
Smart kids know the best way to persuade parents: start with WIIFM. Smart adults forget this and overcomplicate things. Don't! Always consider this…
When the stakes are high and the moment is brief, people try to force solutions that often make things worse. Here is a illustration to remember this…
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Web developers used to be the bastard children of software engineering. Any "real" business had to be built on "real" code. But in 2022, you can raise…
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rickmanelius.com has been a solid home base for 12 years, but it's time to explore new avenues creative expression, professional opportunities, …

May 2021

Welcome to Rick Manelius's Newsletter by me, Rick Manelius. Startup CXO at @atomicform (web3 NFTs) Techstars All-star Mentor MIT PhD Materials Science…