Valuing Values

Valuing Values

Company values are in vogue.  Firms like Zappos lead the charge, with very public declarations of their values, and many follow in their stead.   Sadly, many of the followers have executed poorly, resulting in cargo cult value statements, naive aspirations, or pure hot air that give the entire concept of company values a bad name. Despite this, company values remain incredibly useful if three important conditions are met.

Pivot, Perish, or Persevere

Pivot, Perish, or Persevere

Sector began with my desire to give every investor access to a low-cost, diversified portfolio that’s precisely tailored to their specific economic and moral preferences.  Existing solutions made it possible to get two out of three attributes: low-cost, diversified, or personalized, but hitting all three was usually impossible.

AWS Tip: Warm your EBS volumes

AWS Tip: Warm your EBS volumes

EBS volumes (Amazon's equivalent to a SAN as a Service) have different performance characteristics before and after their first reads and writes.  The read side variability is particularly strong on the first read of volumes that were restored from a snapshot.  This makes a lot of sense when you realize that the snapshots are stored in S3 behind the scenes, and are lazy-loaded on first read.