• Scan, Store and Throw Away: How I Digitize My Documents
    Apr 30, 2017

    I've lived in 4 countries, studied in 3 universities, had around 5-6 jobs, got multiple visas and had a naturalization application. Needless to say I had to deal with tons of paperwork, and keep it all organized. Apartment and work contracts, bank statements, applications, you name it. In the beginning I used to keep all my paperwork in folders, and I had a good organization system. I could find any document I needed very quickly among my folders. But over the years I accumulated a lot of paperwork, and it looked ridiculous on my shelf. It was also the time when Dropbox and Google Drive were gaining popularity, and I realized I had to take advantage of that.

  • I'm now a SWE at Google in Zurich
    Jul 5, 2016

    The internship experience I had at Google was amazing - I had an awesome supervisor, interesting project, and overall a perfect environment. The best thing I liked about Google was the fact that pretty much always I felt like I was the stupidest person in the room: it meant I could grow so much! Well, the benefits are also sweet :)

  • Importance of Focus
    Feb 29, 2016

    Recently I read Deep Work by Calvin Newport, where it talks about importance of work done with high degree of concentration. In another post he talks about importance of hard focus. It's an amazing book, read it! It got me thinking about the role of focus in my life.

  • How (I think) I got into Google
    Jun 26, 2015

    Yes, you have to be good at programming to get into Google, but don't have to be perfect. But in my personal opinion, the most overlooked element is motivation. Interviewers want to see genuine motivation in you. This means that you have to show interest in technology outside the classroom, i.e. show that you're extracurricularly interested in software development. For me it was the website I made, travelfreedom.io, and every single interviewer asked me about it. And I passionately told them about it. So for me, I believe this was a good way to stand out.

  • Be Always Ready For Difficult Conversations
    Apr 16, 2015

    There are many books about conflict management, difficult conversations and negotiations: Getting Past No, Difficult Conversation, and even research institute such as Harvard Negotiation Project. While these are amazing resources, many of us may think that we are unlikely to have a need to know the knowledge presented in the books above on daily basis. And indeed in my daily life I've rarely used techniques from these books, and even forgot many of them. However recently I learned a good lesson - difficult conversations come unexpected.

  • How I fight Facebook distractions
    Feb 15, 2015

    Social networks are known to be a big distractions nowadays, and there are different opinions about how to fight them. While some people have manage to completely delete their profiles, this is unfortunately not an option for me because:

    • Having lived in different countries, I cannot communicate with people I've met through just phone or email. Facebook on other hands offers a nice way for me to keep track of what is going on. It is even something like a customized news feed for me right now - I get to see what news my friends care about.

    • I believe Facebook is an irreplaceable marketing and customer feedback tool. When you develop a product and have a Facebook page for it, like Google Analytics it offers very interesting insights and also let's you to collect quick feedback from customers.

  • Launching TravelFreedom.io
    Jan 13, 2015

    After around a month of 2-hour/day work, two days ago I launched TravelFreedom.io! I created it using only Jekyll, and data files as "database". While I hope it will be a useful service, it was also a good project to discover Jekyll and see what it is capable of.


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