Hi! I'm Chris. I'm a technologist living in San Francisco and co-founder of Grove Collaborative. Over the years I've written a number of articles about software, technology, and teams. I hope you'll find some of them useful.

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02/21/2012
Building Software and Building Bridges

We have a problem. People can't get from one area of town to a neighboring area because there is a river in between and no road. So let's build a bridge.

 

01/29/2012
No Bugs != Quality

A low bug count is not a good indicator of quality software. Lack of typos and grammatical errors is not indicative of a quality book.

If your software has nagging "quality problems", driving the open bug count to zero probably won't be much help (not least because it only ...

 

01/03/2012
Localization (or: Localisation) Tip

I just learned something from our documentation team: Try to avoid using gerunds in UI text because they are difficult to localize & translate. While they certainly aren't a challenge for great translators, I'm told they can be misinterpreted by mediocre translators - like the ones that outsourced translating services ...

 

01/03/2012
How to Improve Chrome Web App Adoption

There was big news in the browser world this month, as Google's Chrome browser eclipsed Firefox's market share, making is the #2 most popular browser in the world. Google's goals with regard to Chrome have always been clear. As Peter Kasting, a founding member of the Chrome ...

 

01/02/2012
DOET Shower

I stayed at a friend's apartment a few weeks ago. It is difficult to describe the decor, but if my grandmother and Master P were forced to collaboratively design an apartment, his place is what you might get.