April 19, 2018
By Nicola Breen
Anil discusses the challenges of stepping into a leadership role in what is perhaps one of the best-known software companies the public probably haven’t heard of. FogBugz, Stack Overflow and Trello are all products that have come out of the Fog Creek stable. This year, they unleashed Glitch to the world. Anil is committed to putting impact and sustainability, both of business model and company culture, at the heart of their vision for the future. What does that mean in practice and what can you learn about your own vision?
“The Startup Thing” – Recent worrying trends in software
- In the post-web 2.0 era, startups came as a response to the pop culture idea of what tech was
- There was very little discussion on how to build strong core values and much more on how to secure funding from important investors
- A pattern of speaking but not acting on values began to emerge
- The tech industry was on a path to being the next Wall Street (and not in a good way)
- It is more than just a piece of technology; it is a set of values and sociopolitical statements that are created into something real
- All the choices you make about design, UX, UI, etc will trickle out into society – see the “It’s complicated” feature
- Bugs are more than just a broken piece of code. The big bugs are often problematic at a societal level even when the software works as designed
- Sentencing software recreates the socioeconomic and racial biases that people have reinforced through years of judicial discrimination
- What if creating technology is a way to reckon with the changes of the world?