A summary on what I'm doing now.
I spend almost all my time writing my newsletter and work related to my book. Notice an interesting trend that could be relevant for software engineers at Big Tech and startups? Send me a message here.
I'm currently not taking on any additional engagements. I don't do interviews, talks, podcasts, AMAs, mentoring, product feedback, collaborations, calls, coffee chats, or other engagements. I also don't do partnerships or sponsorships.
Read on for details on what I do, and what I don't do, and pointers on people to contact instead for some of these areas.
The Pragmatic Engineer Newsletter
I'm writing the #1 newsletter for engineering managers and senior engineers on Substack. Weekly issues with actionable advice for engineering leaders. Especially relevant for those in big tech and high-growth startups. Subscribe here.
The Software Engineer's Guidebook
I have been writing a book on growing as a software engineer for close to four years. The paperback has been released in November 2023. I am still working on an e-book and an audiobook.
My published books:
- Building Mobile Apps at Scale. Free until 31 May, as a PDF.
- Growing as a Mobile Engineer
- The Tech Resume Inside Out. This book is free for any developer out of a job. If you are on Goodreads, feel free to add it to your queue or rate/review it.
Annual conference talk
I am doing one conference talk per year. In 2024, this will be Craft Conference 2024, 30-31 May 2024. In 2022, this was LeadDev Berlin. In 2023, I skipped, while working heads-down on The Software Engineer's Guidebook.
Unfortunately, I have to say no to other invitations: both conferences and talks at companies.
The Pragmatic Engineer Talent Collective
I am running The Pragmatic Engineer Talent Collective - helping software engineers and engineering managers get matched with world-class and exciting companies. If you are hiring, it's one of the best places to find standout software engineers and engineering leaders.
TechPays [Getting back to it]
I am building TechPays with a small team. It's the best place to get compensation information for tech workers in Europe. Aiming to spend more time on it.
The Pragmatic Engineer Blog and Social Media
Podcasts, interviews, talks, conferences [On hold]
Writing my newsletter and working on my book takes up most of my time and other projects consume the rest. Unfortunately, I don't have the bandwidth for things I'd like to do below this line - including e.g. YouTube videos.
As of now, I am saying say no to all podcast, interviews, talk or conference requests.
Partnering, collaborating, hopping on a call, coffee chats [No longer doing]
I get an increasing number of outreaches to chat about partnering, collaborating, meeting people, or just "hopping on a call."
Sadly, my answer to all of these is "no" for the simple reason that my plate is full already. For partnership and collaboration: as per my ethics policy I do not do any partnership or collaboration for any financial gain.
I am not looking for any partnerships or collaborations, and am no longer taking on advising or am interested in investing.
If I'm writing about a topic, I reach out to people and organizations directly if information might be helpful for my writing.
Mentoring [No longer doing]
I no longer do mentoring.
If you have a career-related question as a senior or above engineer or engineering manager, consider submitting it as a question for my newsletter. I tackle topics related to engineering managers in newsletter issues.
Advising and Angel Investing [Not taking on new ones]
I'm an advisor at mobie.dev, a startup revolutionizing the future of mobile tooling and one leading the shift left in mobile engineering. I'm also an advisor and small angel investor in a few other startups.
I invested/said yes to advising startups focusing on platform engineering (monorepos, mobile tooling, service discoverability & ownership, internal tooling) or payments. Both areas are ones I'm deeply familiar with.
As of July 2022, I am no longer looking to invest in startups or advise them: my plate is full. Also, I learned that being a small-time investor is not always as fun as I imagined.
To find angel investors for developer tools, I recommend checking out the Devtools Angels list made by swyx. I was part of this list while I was still actively investing and I'd recommend several people on here.
Product feedback [Not doing]
Although I am flattered to be asked to give feedback on startup ideas or existing products, I do not do this because:
- I'm no customer. I am most likely not a current or future customer of the product. So my feedback would be far less relevant.
- I'm not an investor or advisor. I am not looking to invest or take on any more advisor roles. Another group of people to get feedback from are existing investors or those wanting to become an investor or advisor. They have a vested interest in helping businesses succeed both through advice and their network.
- I don't have the time. Giving proper feedback means familiarizing myself with a product first. I would only do this if I would want to become a customer - meaning it solves a pressing problem I now have - or I wanted to invest. If neither is true, I won't take the time.
You probably don't need feedback from someone like me - someone with no vested interest in the success of your product. You really need feedback from current or future customers - who have problems to solve that they would pay for -, and current or future investors - who are willing to invest in products that could become a financial success. Seek them out instead.
I do give feedback on products I am either a customer of, or ones that solve a pressing business problem I have. However, these are very different products to ones that I write about. The products I am a customer of are mostly tools I use for running a one-person business.
Sponsorships, affiliates [Not doing]
YouTube [Mostly on hold]
While I do want to get back to doing more regular YouTube videos, but for now, this is on hold.
Interview Advice [On hold]
When I have additional time, I write advice for senior and above engineers, and engineering managers for preparing for Big Tech interviews. Sign up here.
Here are ways you can connect with me.
This page was inspired by Derek Sivers' now page.