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Meet the Capiche community, April 2020.

New to Capiche? Been here a while but working on something new you’d like to share?

It’s a new month, time for a new community meet-and-greet. We’d love to hear what you’re building, and what has you still excited about the future this month.

And for inspiration, check our March Meet the Community thread to see what everyone else is up to.

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MeeladMashaw's avatar
2 years ago

Hey everyone! I'm Meelad and I'm based near San Francisco. My friend and I are working on an app that makes it easy to import JSON into Google Sheets. Besides starting new projects like that, I also specialize in content marketing and SEO. I worked in tech for a few years but got tired of that world (every startup seems to be the same) so a couple years ago I decided to leave and pursue freelancing and entrepreneurship full time. Haven't looked back since! Been enjoying reading and joining the conversations here so far and looking forward to learning about everyone's work and projects.

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@maguay (replying to @MeeladMashaw )
2 years ago

Welcome @MeeladMashaw! Apipheny looks so nice; I still need to give it a try. What's your favorite thing you're using it for so far?

Ohhh sounds like we've got a lot in common then on content marketing and SEO. Gotta get some more discussions going about content!

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mrefranklin's avatar
2 years ago

I guess I'll kick off April. Hi everyone! My name is Eric Franklin and I've been working as a Product Manager in technology for a bit over 20 years, most of that at Amazon, although I recently moved to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in Seattle. I was a literature major in college so I actively seek out book recommendations from everyone I bump into. I'm also a personal finance investing nut, and started my own Registered Investment Advisory firm a few years back. We focus on what I call "agile financial planning" and long term buy and hold investing. I look forward to engaging with the folks in the Capiche community. This is an interesting forum for a niche I hadn't ever thought of, kind of like Glassdoor for software services.

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@maguay (replying to @mrefranklin )
2 years ago

Yay @mrefranklin, nice to meet you! You must have seen a ton of changes at Amazon over your time there.

Ohhh what's your favorite book to recommend? I just mentioned two personal favorites to our team this week in an meeting: James Gleick's The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood for a history of information technology and the how the idea of being able to quantify information being a new idea, and Eric Schlosser's Command and Control for a fascinating story about how nuclear weapons are (often not) maintained and how easily someone could accidentally destroy the world. Reading World War Z right now after seeing a number of people on Twitter recommend it as being far better than the movie would make you think, and so far so scarily close to our world today.

You've got it right on Capiche's goals—excited to see what you share here to help make that dream a reality!

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@mrefranklin (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

Hi @maguay. Being at Amazon for most of its formative history has absolutely been an honor. What amazing timing for a literature major to have joined an online bookseller. Thanks for the book recommendations! The Information had been on my list but I hadn’t considered the other two. I’ll give you three recs that are on my all-time “best-of” list. You can self-select which one looks like your best fit:

1) The Tiger, by John Vaillant
2) Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
3) When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi

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@maguay (replying to @mrefranklin )
2 years ago

Did you work on the bookselling side of things at Amazon?

Not sure I'm brave enough to read When Breath Becomes Air but The Tiger looks amazing. Adding that to the list!

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arpat's avatar
2 years ago

Hi, I'm Arthur R. Patterson! I'm an Engineering Manager, currently at VTS. My background is data (quality, infrastructure, APIs) and production engineering. I've been leading our application and technical infrastructure teams at VTS for a year and half; before that Google Maps for seven, and Redfin MLS integration for four. As someone who believes in the "specialization" of engineering management, I haven't really written code in a couple years, but I just bought a new domain and am working on setting up some personal infrastructure on it (custom email routing, a map of restaurants I've been meaning to try out, a place to store my management writings), which means I'm having to figure out javascript, just so I can forget it again a month from now.

Pre-COVID, I would go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for hours most weekends; as someone with a hard tech/math background, I've been giving myself a crash course in art history for the last seven years. Now I am enjoying(?) reading the armchair-epidemiologist predictions for when that particular social distancing measure will ease up.

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@maguay (replying to @arpat )
2 years ago

Hey @arpat, glad to have you in the community! That's VTS the real estate CRM?

Building a map of restaurants to try out feels like a hopeful way to look forward to post-crisis :)

That's a fascinating hobby. I'm rather terrible at art history but love hitting art museums—especially modern art—whenever traveling or when local museums have new exhibits. What's your favorite piece from the Met?

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@arpat (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

It's a whole lot more than a CRM, but yes!
Hopefully the restaurant map comes in useful, and hopefully most of them make it through the crisis.
I'm going to pick two, one for the story (https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/311328) and one for the novelty (https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/207195)

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@maguay (replying to @arpat )
2 years ago

Those are incredible, thank you for sharing! I can't help but see the Harlequin with Goat as Bagpipes as an ancient Joker.

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MrDisinterested's avatar
2 years ago

Hi Humans,
I am Shailesh and I am based out of New Delhi, India. Presently I am working on 2 personal projects besides running my startup:
1) Personal Knowledge management Application:
- With so much content available I always struggle consuming content direct from the firehose. I have been looking around but I could not find something that even remotely addresses this problem.

2) Philosophy Website:
- Philosophy has changed my life in a meaningful way but I could not find a Good wiki with great UX for someone to learn.

I am an end to end Product person. ( That's the best I can come up with )

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@maguay (replying to @MrDisinterested )
2 years ago

Hey, great to meet a fellow human in these isolated times 😁

What's your startup? Would love to check out your work!

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