Category: Culture
Building and Scaling Data Pipelines: Meetup at Keen HQ

“90% of the world’s data has been generated in the last two years alone”. I tried to find an updated version of this mind-boggling and widely referenced Sintef statistic from 2013, but needless to say, one can only imagine how much data we’ve generated since then. With great data comes great responsibility, and just about every tech company has […]

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How to Find a Nice Photo for Your Post

If you’re writing something that you would like a lot of people to see, it’s a good idea to include a photo in your post. It will help your piece stand out in feeds like Facebook & Twitter. If you’ve ever done a search for “FREE STOCK PHOTOS” you’ll know this is easier said than […]

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Is it a millennials thing?

Earlier this month I published a very personal piece on our company blog, an internal memo I wrote to my entire team. I got a ton of great feedback on it, literally hundreds of comments and retweets and upvotes. But there were a few detractors. They couldn’t understand why I would publish something where I […]

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Introducing the Community Projects Page

A few weeks ago one of my teammates asked if I had any examples of projects using a specific piece of hardware. Between hanging out on Keen Community Slack and Twitter, I had seen a project using it and sent my teammate a link. Although a lot of the Keen team is heavily involved in our own community, […]

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No Dogma Podcast: A Different Way of Doing Business

A very nice person named Bryan recently interviewed a few Keenies for his podcast, and the ensuing conversation turned out to be pretty darn interesting. So, we thought we’d share it here on the blog for your listening pleasure. Bryan spoke with Lisa and Dan on a variety of topics, providing a glimpse into Keen as a company, a culture, and a collection […]

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Analytics, Startups and Laughs at Keen HQ

San Francisco is a pretty splendid town. Say what you will about the tech industry, we’re nestled in a hub of creative and brilliant minds. We were thrilled and privileged to bring some of these minds together last night at Keen HQ in downtown SF to talk about building analytics solutions from the ground up. […]

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How to scale your company culture.

Startup Summer Day Camp — an annual gathering of friends (old and new) in Golden Gate Park. In March of this year, Alexa wrote a post on the Keen IO blog with the title you see above. In fact, the post you’re reading now is a variation of that post — only with a few additions (like this intro) and […]

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How to Give and Receive Effective Feedback

The most valuable lesson I learned in grad school was not a theory, problem-solving technique, or research method. It was learning how others perceived me. For most of my life I’d had a fear of taking up too much space. In the classroom or workplace I was careful not to speak up too often, lest […]

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Finding a Job That Fit My Life

This time a year I ago I was in Athlone, Ireland, slightly miserable and trying to figure out why (because it probably wasn’t just the weather). When I had planned the trip it seemed like I was going to be living the dream, being paid well to spend time in Europe, yet somehow that isn’t […]

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Knowing When It’s Time to Just Quit

Quitting my job was one of the best decisions of my life. I had wanted to leave my previous company for a long time, but I wasn’t confident I would be able to find something better. I didn’t understand what useful skills I had, and I didn’t know what kind of job I would be good […]

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Thanks for Sharing

The latest iteration of Open Source Show & Tell is now officially a rap. Thanks to everyone who came out to show, tell, learn, helicopter high-five (more about that later), and hang out. We had a great time and learned a bunch from all of our awesome presenters. One of the ways we know we messed up a bit […]

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How are you Structuring your Startup?

Starting a company is overwhelmingly exciting. You are pouring every ounce of your being into a product you believe will make the world a better place. Your team is small, fast, and motivated. If you’re the right combination of smart, lucky, and persistent, things will start to click and you’ll grow. You’ll grow way faster […]

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Lessons from a failed YC pitch with Paul Graham

Last week, Kyle Wild and I sat down to talk about one of our favorite topics: failure. Our friend Alan had given us the idea. He said it could be interesting to hear people with some degree of objective success talk about the times they had failed. He thought it could help new people coming […]