Matt Boegner

A collection of my ideas on tech, travel, policy, and life.

Washington DC, USA

Uncomfortable Questions You Should Ask Before Accepting a Job Offer

In job interviews, there are numerous information asymmetries. Job descriptions lack details about what the position really entails and are vague about what the company actually needs. Employers hide weaknesses in leadership, revenue growth, and employee morale. Hiring managers and HR departments aren't transparent about your fair market value. Having conducted dozens of interviews...

Book: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

by Cathy O'NeilThis book conducts a broad review of numerous areas in which the field of “big data” may be reinforcing societal inequalities. Discussed in the work are topics such as criminal sentencing algorithms, teacher rating systems, credit rating practices, and resume screening applications. Unfortunately, I feel that the book suffers due to its...

The Ultimate Onboarding Checklist for Remote Developers

A guide to the unique challenges that remote developers face when joining a new organization. Everyone knows the nervous routines of starting a new job: sweaty palms and jitters upon walking into the office, back-and-forth internal dialogues as you sort out obstacles (“should I ask for help or play it cool?”), and maybe a...

Book: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

The startup founder stereotype is a curious one. The caricature ridiculed in HBO’s Silicon Valley - New Age spirituality, buzzword doublespeak, and passive-aggressive social skills - has an uncomfortable grounding in the truth. Jeff Bezos does not fall into that mold. This book makes it clear that Jeff is a true visionary and...

Book: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE

I skipped a job interview because of this book. On paper, the position looked good - the benefits, the role, the company - but something made it feel… empty. Sitting down one evening to review my interview notes, the rumble of a delivery truck outside alerted me to the arrival of my most recent...

Book: Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

This is a thought-provoking short read by Sebastian Junger, an author and journalist famous for books like The Perfect Storm and War, as well as the gripping war documentaries Restrepo and Korengal. Please watch Restrepo (available on Netflix) if you want an unfiltered portrayal of the front lines of a modern military conflict. Tribe...

A Visit to "The Walker Library of The History of Human Imagination"

I recently had the privilege of touring the magnificent private library maintained by Jay Walker, CEO of Upside Business Travel. The inspiration and theme of the 3,600 sq. ft, 50,000+ item collection is "the history of human imagination". Mr. Walker, a masterful storyteller, weaves a compelling narrative of human imagination...