The Coding CEO of the Company with a $175M dollar Valuation


At this year’s SXSW, New Relic CEO Lew Cirne took the stage to offer his “Confessions as a Coding CEO”. Among his many feats, the SF-based entrepreneur and developer is known for continuing to code well after his first success with Wily Technology.

In the case of New Relic, Cirne not only built the organization’s first product, but continues to build the second. Perhaps what no one is saying here, is that this particular CEO is coding for a company with 80,000 active customer accounts, powering more than 3 million apps.

In other words, this isn’t a 3 person baby dev shop with a technical co-founder — this is a REAL company and there’s a lot at stake when someone at the helm opts to ship code rather than spending that time shaking hands. Nevertheless, Cirne defends his role as the “Coding CEO” and offers advice to others who want to follow in his footsteps:

1. Surround yourself with exceptional people: Cirne revealed that in order to ensure his company was running smoothly while he was off coding, he needed to find the right people to trust and delegate. He cites hiring Chief Revenue Officer Hilarie Koplow-McAdams and President and COO Chris Cook as two individuals who’ve helped the company excel. These individuals have allowed Cirne to free up time for development and product iteration.

2. Take Time to Yourself: Says Cirne, “I spend at least a week alone in a cabin in Tahoe doing my work, and from there I believe I’m actually making better decisions.” Most recently Cirne has been working on the next iteration of the New Relic offering (Codename “Rubicon”) and taught himself Node.js in order to better understand his growing Node customer-base. 3. Disrupt Your Own Business: Cirne also believes it’s important to start building your next product and innovating well before it’s a matter of survival. In the case of Rubicon, Cirne began work alone in 2012 and has since brought in a number of developers to help him scale it. The product itself is expected to be released in 2014. This launch is hotly anticipated given rumors of the organization’s impending IPO.

Being the Interviewer at CfA’s Summit: What it’s Like to Speed Date US Mayors


Transitioning from consumer electronics publishing to the world of civic technology hasn’t been an easy one. While everyone is wonderfully committed, bright-eyed and idealistic, there’s also the recognition that for the time being, there will be no free trips to Croatia or Paris. And y’all know that mama likes her champagne and junkets.

Nevertheless, the Code for America Summit was an incredibly moving experience and despite the fact that I was locked in a small windowless room interviewing Mayors and high-powered public servants, I realized that at the end of the experience I had been locked in a room speaking to some of the country’s most powerful and innovative leaders. It was a bit like an elite brand of speed dating. There’s Mayor Sly James of Kansas City whose band once opened for Jefferson Airplane in 1967, there’s CIO of Louisville Beth Niblock who cures her own meat and forages for mushrooms, there’s California’s Lt. Governor and SF’s own Bruce Wayne character Gavin Newsom and there’s young South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg — a man whose Kennedy-esque grace is impressive given that the Navy Reserve is about to deploy him to Afghanistan.

I’m incredibly proud to be a part of an organization that not only brings together these leaders, but that also rallies new international groups and local brigades. As a whole, this has been a truly eye-opening experience and the optimism of these individuals has been infectious. Truly…my black heart melts. For more on the Summit, check out some of the session videos:
Oxford Dictionary Online Accepts Derp


Modern Spanish is still sometimes referred to as the "lengua de Cervantes" because its poetic qualities continue to shine through.

Meanwhile, the Oxford Dictionary Online just published its quarterly update and while I’m all for portmanteaus like omnishambles being included, it saddens me to see lazy colloquialisms like grats (short for congrats) and vom (short for vomit) make the cut.

I’m also not thrilled about squee and derp either, but feel that their onomatopoeic quality makes them far more acceptable.

Says Angus Stevenson of Oxford Dictionaries Online, “New words, senses, and phrases are added to Oxford Dictionaries Online when we have gathered enough independent evidence from a range of sources to be confident that they have widespread currency in English.”

Can you smell the blatant SEO play?

Based on this approach and the fact that Miley Cyrus’ hotly debated VMA performance continues to gain momentum, it’s not surprising that twerk was also included.

Thank goodness food baby and space tourism remain aspirational reminders of how far our culture has come.

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