George Stefanis

The problem with outsourcing


Today British Airways was all over the news. Fortunately no airplane tragedy happened. Unfortunately an IT tragedy happened. Specifically all systems went down worldwide due to a power supply issue.

Cultural fit is killing your company. Hiring for diversity.


Back in the early 90s a group of experts, led by sociologist James Baron looked through various companies and followed them until the dot com crash in the dawn for the 21st century. They did focus mostly around, how the companies were managing to grow and the strategies they followed.

Feedback vs Noise


Lately I've been thinking a lot about the concept of feedback. Specifically when the feedback stops being something constructive, that can enable you to grow, and becomes noise.

Empathy at work, lessons from the army


Back in 2008 I was serving in the Greek army. It was a dull and boring period of my life, but not without learnings.

Macbook Pro 2016, one month review


tl;dr: Buy it if you have a laptop before 2015, don't buy it if you have last years Macbook Pro. Also there are cheaper alternatives if you can't justify the steep price point. Overall it's really enjoyable and I like it.

Measuring your value


There are certain types of work out there that you can visibly measure the work you did. When you are writing code you can measure the lines of code you wrote, or if you are more experienced the features you deployed.

Working with (data) driven and talented people


For the past 10 years of my career i’ve been extremely lucky as I worked with some very talented people. In several occasions i felt inspired by the talent my colleagues possessed. Still remember the first intern i worked with and how good she was (she is thriving now), that technical architect in my first job that had all the answers and my amazing colleagues at TransferWise now.

Why frameworks like ReactJS have the HTML in the JavaScript?


TL;DR We keep the html in the javascript prerendered in order to achieve server side rendering and not track change. Makes our lives easier and our software less error prone.

Cowboy Programming


Recently i stumbled on this, fairly, old article from Evan Miller talking about Julia programming language. It’s a nicely written article about the strong parts of Julia and it’s worth your time. Early in his article, Evan, mentions cowboy programming as a method that most developers are using to quickly create something that works. I am doing the same and i bet you do too.

My glasses are from Texas


One of the first things i remember of my self is being really really young (5-6 years old) and sitting very very close to the TV and watching Inspector Gadget. Turns out I was nearsighted. I remember myself wearing glasses since the age of 7. There are no pictures of me without glasses. I kinda like glasses too. The problem is though that my prescription is way too strong, it’s not uncommon for my lenses to cost around the 300£ mark. If you add the frames on that my glasses usually cost anywhere around 400 - 500£. So changing glasses is a rare thing.