tangentialism is David Yee!

I help make software things happen and facilitate the life of engineering teams—currently building a Parenting team and product at the New York Times, and before that as the head of Chorus engineering at Vox Media. I made my bones at the startups Editorially (CTO and Co-founder) and 20×200 (Chief Architect), and was once known for drawing amateurish pictures really quickly.

You'll need to know

I am @tangentialism on Twitter. I have a public key on Keybase. Though a lot of my code is private, I do have a Github profile.

Things I've written

Amazon's jobs would have been a giant nail in the coffin for the city's underprivileged populations, already on their last legs
“We've seen this before.”
Something I wrote about an early peer-to-peer music sharing site—still vastly better than today's services
“Entire catalogs of small labels and under-appreciated musicians were enshrined on Audio Galaxy, distributed to a new generation of listeners whose encyclopedic knowledge of 1960's African Funk could challenge Fela Kuti himself.”
The day I left 20×200
“The culture of startups is overflowing with mythical personae of pirates and ninjas, but I’m not a pirate—I’m an evangelist and a plumber.”
How I knew my grandmother and her food
“She, my father, and my aunts speak in Chinese while my brother and I sit on the floor and eat all the oranges.”
Twenty internet things I like, in penitence for complaining
“Dark days come and go, but Friday should be sacrosanct.”
The day we announced Editorially
“I was raised to be an editor, but I always wanted to be a writer.”
A post about creative play and, in hindsight, the ephemerality of startups
“The craft of celebrating amateurism is one of the most fruitful community acts there is—in no small part because there are so many of us.”

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