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Zain Rizvi

Zain Rizvi

Software Engineer with over a decade of experience. Building the infrastructure used by millions of developers around the world. I helped build GCP and Azure. Nowadays I'm building Stripe.

Make your users feel smart

There goes 2020. This was the year I started writing seriously. It started off as a way to remember what I read, with this newsletter being an effective forcing function. So how did the year go? 17 articles written6 became

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Your confusion is the litmus test

I was fumbling in the dark. Groping blindly. It seemed so much simpler a month ago. "Hey, could you integrate this tool into our service?" my manager had asked. "Sure," I'd replied. "How hard could it be?" Famous last words.

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#20 I was Bored at Google

It felt wrong. I was one year into working at Google, one of the best companies in the world. People die to get a job here. But...something was off. I was bored. Yes, the amenities were great. The food

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Newsletter #16 - How to Think Better

When was the last time you changed your mind about something big? For me, it happens about every three years. The most recent one happened last January, when Naseem Taleb's book Antifragile pointed out a false belief I'd been holding

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