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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.

Why Software Engineers like Woodworking

The smell of fresh pine sawdust filled the air, with more floating up as I sanded the last rough corner of the stool. My toddler was happily sanding her own block off to the side. Woodworking was a new hobby

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Newsletter #28 - People aren't that logical

Hey folks, Your nuggets for the week: Motivation comes from Autonomy, Mastery, and PurposePeople aren't that logicalPick your ideas apart#1 Motivation comes from Autonomy, Mastery, and PurposeThree factors which get you exited to do a task: Autonomy: You feel

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Newsletter #27 - Managing Up

Hey folks, Today's nuggets: Complement your manager's skillsetAsk for what you wantProve your work is importantGet others to prove your case#1 Complement your manager's skillsLearn your manager's strengths and weaknesses (they exist, he's not perfect). Then you can send

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Newsletter #26 - 2020 in Review

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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