Book review: Release it!


After reading Building Microservices I felt really inspired and then i wanted to learn more about microservices and devops. Specifically about useful patterns that appy in building modern software

Setting up your own VPN with Streisand Effect


These days having a VPN is a very smart choice you can do. Either you work on a public space, in your office or any foreign country you are travelling. You can never be sure who is listening. Also there are certain governments that are not really friendly.

Book review: Building microservices


I’ve been working around Microservices for years, but only recently I did start wondering about how everything ties together. My experience at TransferWise helped me to start looking deeper in this world.

Reducing your Webpack bundle size


The last couple of months, my team at Transferwise, has been working to deliver a new feature on our product. We call this feature Money Tracker and helps TransferWise users to track their money better. I've been developing it for the web using Angular in an external component. As a general approach for our frontend all of our new features are created in their own repository, using ES2015, Webpack and Babel.

Features vs Quality


During the early stages of a company the focus is to move fast. It's a matter of survival. The founders have probably left some lofty careers, the money is limited and the competition feels very threatening. In an environment like this, where speed is the name of the game, quality is not exactly the number one priority. To be honest, that's the right approach. A mediocre product that's in front of users now is better that a very well written that never sees the light of the day.

László Moholy-Nagy, the first modern designer?


Recently I was on a trip to New York. One of my first destinations was the Museum of Modern Art, and for a good reason. The MoMA is one of the best museums I've even been (along with Tate Modern in London).

The problem with outsourcing


Today British Airways was all over the news. Fortunately no airplane tragedy happened. Unfortunately an IT tragedy happened. Specifically all systems went down worldwide due to a power supply issue.

Cultural fit is killing your company. Hiring for diversity.


Back in the early 90s a group of experts, led by sociologist James Baron looked through various companies and followed them until the dot com crash in the dawn for the 21st century. They did focus mostly around, how the companies were managing to grow and the strategies they followed.

Feedback vs Noise


Lately I've been thinking a lot about the concept of feedback. Specifically when the feedback stops being something constructive, that can enable you to grow, and becomes noise.

Empathy at work, lessons from the army


Back in 2008 I was serving in the Greek army. It was a dull and boring period of my life, but not without learnings.