Organizational cultures are often characterized as “top down” or “bottom up.” A top down culture is often considered more rigid, authoritarian, and old school than a bottom up culture; many companies today have embraced a bottom up culture where ideas can — at least in theory — be generated by…

First, congratulations. I hope you’re excited about your new role and teammates, and the area you’ll be working on.

The following is general advice for people who have spent many years of their career in startups or small companies, and have now joined a big company. By “big company”, I…

This is the last in a series of four posts on building a high velocity startup.

In Startups and the Art of Asking Questions, I wrote about a basic framework within which most startups operate. …

As an engineering leader, one of your most important responsibilities is to rally people behind the goals your organization needs to achieve. …

This post was first published on the Townsquared engineering blog at https://townsquared.com/blog/engineering/ship-code-townsquared/.

Townsquared is the local network for small and medium businesses. As a hub for many daily conversations among local business communities, it’s important for us to have a stable product for our users that still allows rapid iteration…

This is the third in a series of four posts on building a high velocity startup.

In Startups and the Art of Asking Questions, I wrote about a basic framework within which most startups operate. …

This is the second in a series of four posts on building a high velocity startup.

In Startups and the Art of Asking Questions, I wrote about a basic framework within which most startups operate. …

This is the first in a series of four posts on building a high velocity startup. The other posts in the series are here, here and here.

One of the primary purposes of a startup is to effectively explore a vast search space. Startups are inherently case studies in optimization…

Most companies will go through several iterations of their team structure as they expand. This is for reasons that are both good and ugly: as the company expands, the team structures that previously made sense no longer do, and they need to change; equally true is that some team structures…

As a manager or team lead, one of the main parts of your job is running your part of the fractal box. Another major responsibility is growing the people on your team.

Growing people is harder to do than running the team, because there aren’t as many measurable milestones. There…

Abhijeet Vijayakar

Current: Google Assistant. Previous: Zillow, Trulia, Electronic Arts, startups. Entrepreneurship, leadership, navigating ambiguity. Build, learn, repeat.

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