Patrick McKenzie
I work for the Internet, at @stripe, mostly on Atlas. Opinions here are my own.
27 recommendations

Recommendations by Patrick McKenzie

Business Actions
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by @Baremetrics

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Love Baremetrics' new take on the core data problem, which is going from "here's numbers" to "how to change them"

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Cryptocurrency startup using MongoDB to generate explosive week-over-week growth.

Metrics, Fees and Regulations
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by @matt_levine

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

The reason you should read this @matt_levine column, other than "Matt Levine column", is embedded view on software $

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Harvard Business Review on why VC firms are attracted to the IRR of ponzi schemes:

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Recurring revenue as disability insurance:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Very nice teardown of the onboarding on Super Mario Run.

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

One of the periodic dispatches from the funded world that is very worth reading even if you're not:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

If you've ever thought "How to do data / schema migrations if simply throwing up maintenance.html isn't an option?":

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

This is a pretty handy one-stop shop for English info on a lot of the mechanics of opening a business in Japan:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

18X improvement in per-employee production of IKEA bookcases due to automation and optimization (over decades):

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

"[T]he definition of legacy code [is] 'code without an automated test suite.'" @nelhage

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

My 2016 year-in-review covers shutting Starfighter (briefly), selling Appointment Reminder, and joining Stripe.

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

I was interviewed about running my businesses from Japan:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

A fun thing that comes up again and again in finance is path dependence of technology choices. Example:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

I spent a few years ghostwriting letters to banks as a hobby. You wouldn't believe how many stories there are like:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Incidentally if you like my #microconf tweets you can get more notes in real time at

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Previous spreadsheet available at

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Today at #microconf, talks for folks who are pre-product or just starting their business. Notes coming or try

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Rather like this writeup of a job search process:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

~7 years in Rails apps and this sort of 201 level stuff remains useful:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

A HN thread (and the linked article is also fantastic) about the sheer joy of building things:

Glitch
website

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Another fun thing from friends at Fog Creek:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

One of our Atlas companies wrote up their experience:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

If "US has high healthcare costs relative to other countries" interests you:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Interesting HN thread on career advice to give programmers ~3 years in if you are 10+ years in:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Cryptocurrency startup using MongoDB to generate explosive week-over-week growth.

Metrics, Fees and Regulations
article
by @matt_levine

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

The reason you should read this @matt_levine column, other than "Matt Levine column", is embedded view on software $

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Harvard Business Review on why VC firms are attracted to the IRR of ponzi schemes:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

18X improvement in per-employee production of IKEA bookcases due to automation and optimization (over decades):

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

I was interviewed about running my businesses from Japan:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

I spent a few years ghostwriting letters to banks as a hobby. You wouldn't believe how many stories there are like:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Incidentally if you like my #microconf tweets you can get more notes in real time at

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Previous spreadsheet available at

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Today at #microconf, talks for folks who are pre-product or just starting their business. Notes coming or try

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Rather like this writeup of a job search process:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

One of our Atlas companies wrote up their experience:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

If "US has high healthcare costs relative to other countries" interests you:

Business Actions
website
by @Baremetrics

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Love Baremetrics' new take on the core data problem, which is going from "here's numbers" to "how to change them"

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Recurring revenue as disability insurance:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Very nice teardown of the onboarding on Super Mario Run.

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

One of the periodic dispatches from the funded world that is very worth reading even if you're not:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

If you've ever thought "How to do data / schema migrations if simply throwing up maintenance.html isn't an option?":

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

This is a pretty handy one-stop shop for English info on a lot of the mechanics of opening a business in Japan:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

"[T]he definition of legacy code [is] 'code without an automated test suite.'" @nelhage

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

My 2016 year-in-review covers shutting Starfighter (briefly), selling Appointment Reminder, and joining Stripe.

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

A fun thing that comes up again and again in finance is path dependence of technology choices. Example:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

~7 years in Rails apps and this sort of 201 level stuff remains useful:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

A HN thread (and the linked article is also fantastic) about the sheer joy of building things:

Glitch
website

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Another fun thing from friends at Fog Creek:

Patrick McKenzie's Review:

Interesting HN thread on career advice to give programmers ~3 years in if you are 10+ years in:

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