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Yaacov Apelbaum

The Time Tunnel & Reciting the Shema in Papua New Guinea

Among the most prominent themes in the Hebrew Bible are the concepts of sin, punishment, repentance, and restoration. Chapter 28 of the book of Deuteronomy, known as the “blessing and curse”, makes it abundantly clear what the rules of the game are. Follow the law and you will enjoy fantastic entrepreneurial success and overflowing prosperity, disobey it, and you’ll be punished with the worst forms of war, exile, anarchy, and poverty.

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Management
Yaacov Apelbaum

Your First 90 Days on the Job

You just landed the technology executive job of your dreams, so what do you do next?  Do you concentrate on the dysfunctional engineering/architectural environment? Do

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Finovate Spring 2011
Yaacov Apelbaum

Finovate Spring 2011 and the 3G Blood Bath

The whole event is a strange combination of high-tech magic show, circus act, and speed dating. Following the philosophy that there is no such thing as bad press, it’s not unusual to have a presenters accompany their product demo while playing a ukulele solo or performing a juggling act.

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Yaacov Apelbaum Big-O Notation Efficiency
Algorithm
Yaacov Apelbaum

Big O Notation

So if you have been suffering from recursive algorithmic nightmares, or have never fully understood the concept of algorithmic efficiency, (or plan to interview for a position on my team), here is a short and concise primer on the subject.

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Engineering
Yaacov Apelbaum

Just Say No to Features

To hit the market early and within budget, your feature development strategy must focus on creating the bare essential functionality. So in this vein, you should make it prove itself to be a “worthy survivor”. Your features need to be tough, resilient, and lean. I have come to embrace the U.S Navy SEAL’s “hell week” screening approach before letting any one of them into my development cycle.

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Education
Yaacov Apelbaum

Scaling the Wall

It’s romantic to view the world as a wall, scaled heroically by pure self-esteem. But in complex endeavors you’re certain to fall, without the support of a team.

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