August 2018 Archives

The Most Devastating Cyberattack in History, HelloFresh is Ruthless, & Library Rules – Link Roundup

The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History – how Russian hackers modified Ukrainian accounting software to brick any computer networked to it…and how it spread to cause $10 billion in total damages. [Wired] Is Bezos holding Seattle hostage? The cost of being Amazon’s home – “Amazon is very much, ‘We want to save the world too, let’s do it together.’ And then as you get into the details, not so much” [The Guardian] Library Rules: How to make an open office… Continue reading

8/29/18

In-Depth: Overhauling Our Dropship System

Like most online retailers, we don’t stock everything that we sell. Some items, like pressure washers, extractors, and paint thickness gauges are too bulky and/or too pricey for us to stock and ship. In these cases we “dropship” the item, meaning that when the customer orders it we then place an order with the manufacturer to have it shipped direct to the customer. While these orders are a small minority, they’ve been steadily increasing over the years. Our previous system mentioned to customers during checkout… Continue reading

8/27/18

Bad Blood & Business Books I Can’t Put Down

I recently finished reading Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. It’s the now infamous story of the rise and fall of blood testing company Theranos and CEO Elizabeth Holmes. Carreyrou was the original reporter who broke the whole thing wide open a few years ago. Once I started, I couldn’t stop reading. I typically read just before bed, and I had to give myself time cutoffs so I wouldn’t stay up all night. The story is so compelling… Continue reading

8/17/18

We’re Back on the Inc. 5000 for the Fourth Consecutive Year!

This morning Inc. released their list of the 5000 fastest growing private US companies and for the fourth straight year we’re on the list. This year we’re ranked #3,778 with 96% three-year growth. A few thoughts beyond what I’ve mentioned in past years: It’s an incredible honor to make these lists and be mentioned alongside so many great companies. Nothing lasts forever so I’m just trying to appreciate it while we’re in the middle of it. This year they included rankings by metro area, and… Continue reading

8/15/18