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Zac Ruiz

What Securitization Wants 150 150 Zac Ruiz

What Securitization Wants

Capital, like water, tends to flow around obstacles. Try to dam its movement at one point, and slowly but remorselessly it will find its way around.” This quote came from an article in The Economist a few years ago discussing the effects of increased standards, incentives, and regulations designed to help prevent the type of collapse asset…

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Five Warning Signs Your Business Intelligence Dashboard is a Bust 150 150 Zac Ruiz

Five Warning Signs Your Business Intelligence Dashboard is a Bust

Somewhere there is a CEO walking through the halls of his office and noticing TV screens hanging on the walls. All of them are turned off except two: one displaying CNN with a stock ticker scrolling across the bottom and the other a soccer game on ESPN with a few employees huddled around watching a…

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How to Dominate Technology Knowledge Work? 150 150 Zac Ruiz

How to Dominate Technology Knowledge Work?

When I was younger I worked at McDonald’s on the sandwich assembly station (and occasionally the drive-thru). I always knew whether the cheeseburger I was passing down the line was prepared correctly or not. Everybody knows what a McDonald’s cheeseburger is supposed to look like and I was responsible for making like a thousand of…

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Is the 80/20 Rule Inevitable? 150 150 Zac Ruiz

Is the 80/20 Rule Inevitable?

Early in my career, I enjoyed creating technology for technology’s sake; the act of coding something is fun. It didn’t matter what I was coding or who I was coding for. There are undeniable artistry and craftsmanship in the things engineers do. Crack open your iPhone; what you see is art to someone. If you…

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Technology My Way 150 150 Zac Ruiz

Technology My Way

I want what I want. For lunch this week I want homemade blue corn masa tortillas filled with Moroccan tagine style lamb and fresh white bean salad with onions, garlic scapes and oregano from my local CSA farm share. I crave the tender cinnamony lamb alongside the zing of the vinegar in a crisp salad…

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Software Development Is Like White Water Rafting 1024 463 Zac Ruiz

Software Development Is Like White Water Rafting

Whitewater rafting on the Upper Gauley River in West Virginia is dangerous. And fun. And scary uncomfortable. The experience reminds me in every way of a healthy software development project. To get down the river you need a guide, someone who has been down a dozen rivers a hundred times before and will not panic…

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Why I Want To Spend The Next Three Years Changing How SME’s Use Data 150 150 Zac Ruiz

Why I Want To Spend The Next Three Years Changing How SME’s Use Data

I still get a little uncomfortable when people ask about my big new startup idea. I feel like they expect to hear something sexy like “the Uber for dog walking” or “the Tinder for over 50 singles” or “the Airbnb for extreme campsites.” When I tell them I want to re-imagine how small and medium…

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