Matt Koidin

Father and husband, CTO at Pocket, sports fan, east coast guy putting down roots in SF

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Matt Koidin

6 days ago

I enjoyed the 30 minutes I spent with this short story. Thank you, Mr. King.

Cookie Jar

Matt Koidin

20 days ago

Proud to call Matt a friend. And very, very cool to see the progress happening. “Let’s go to war” indeed.

Matt and Kristen Wilsey had known their daughter was ill even in utero, and that real challenges lay ahead. On the day Grace was born, her heart rate was low, forcing an emergency caesarean section. “The feeling was like shell shock,” Matt Wilsey said. “The feeling was, ‘my life is over.’

“But that sort of pity party lasts for about 10 minutes, and then it’s like, OK, now it’s time to go to war.”

A rare disease inspires Stanford researchers to find a new way to attack cancer

Matt Koidin

27 days ago

Did anyone else go through a JFK Assassination phase as a kid? I remember thinking as a kid that this day felt so far away in the future and now it is upon us! 12 year old me would have been convinced with this information I’d be the one to finally solve the mystery of what happened...

The National Archives, abandoning its plans to release the documents in batches over the course of several months, said this week that it will instead release everything at once—all on the same day—sometime between now and the deadline on October 26.

The JFK Document Dump Could Be a Fiasco

Matt Koidin

27 days ago

I caught a link to this article on Bill Simmons’ Twitter feed. I’m really glad I took the 10 minutes to read it. Powerful.

What saved him from killing himself, Adam would say later, was the sound of his son in another part of the house, waking in his crib from a nap. That sound, faint as it was as it seeped through the floorboards, brought Adam back from a place arrived at every day by 20 American veterans who commit suicide, and countless others who almost do. He allowed Saskia to take the gun, and when that happened, his shame now had a crack in it, and the crack allowed him to say out loud, finally, that he probably needed some help.

When Adam Schumann went to war, he didn’t foresee its horrors — or a movie about his life

Matt Koidin

34 days ago

We’re still a few years out from dealing with this head on (I think? I hope?!) Certainly will be one I continue to follow. As with most things, I imagine moderation is key, but can’t be easy.

It seems like every generation of parents has a collective freak-out when it comes to kids and new technologies; television and video games each inspired widespread hand-wringing among grown-ups. But the inescapability of today’s mobile devices—coupled with the personal allure of social media—seems to separate smartphones from older screen-based media. Parents, teens and researchers agree smartphones are having a profound impact on the way adolescents today communicate with one another and spend their free time. And while some experts say it’s too soon to ring alarm bells about smartphones, others argue we understand enough about young people’s emotional and developmental vulnerabilities to recommend restricting kids’ escalating phone habit.

We Need to Talk About Kids and Smartphones

Matt Koidin

53 days ago

Steve Kerr is a wise man.

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet President Reagan, both Bushes, Clinton, and Obama. I didn’t agree with all of them, but it was easy to set politics aside because each possessed an inherent respect for the office, as well as the humility that comes with being a public servant in an incredible position of power, representing 300 million people. And that’s the problem now. In his tweet to Steph, Trump talked about honoring the White House but, really, isn’t it you who must honor the White House, Mr. President? And the way to do that is through compassion and dignity and being above the fray. Not causing the fray.

Mr. President: You Represent All of Us. Don’t Divide Us. Bring Us Together

Matt Koidin

61 days ago

Not a new idea, but the formula is an interesting way to put it.

It’s so funny when I hear people being so protective of ideas. People who want me to sign an NDA to tell me the simplest idea.

To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.

Ideas are just a multiplier of execution

Matt Koidin

70 days ago

If you've ever dealt with fantasy draft craziness, this was a fun read.

On Tuesday, September 5, several employees of The Ringer attempted to hold a fantasy football draft, the first time staffers had attempted to organize a football league since the site’s 2016 launch. It was a phenomenal failure, an experience universally panned as the worst draft any participant has ever been a part of. We spoke to those involved so that the world can know the true story of this fantasy football disaster.

“A Descent Into Madness”: An Oral History of the Fantasy Football Draft That Almost Tore Apart The Ringer

Matt Koidin

148 days ago

This sounds pretty cool - look forward to checking it out with the girls...

Netflix’s first interactive episode arrives on the service today, giving viewers a chance to shape the narrative through a series of decisions they make throughout the experience.

Netflix’s interactive shows arrive to put you in charge of the story

Matt Koidin

161 days ago

Well-written and researched. Having been through the app review process many times, really surprising to me that Apple doesn't handle this better. Hope this helps shine some light on the issue.

How to Make $80,000 Per Month on the Apple App Store

Matt Koidin

187 days ago

Pretty solid overview of the "state of the art" with COBOL - fascinating to remember how much it still powers.

Think COBOL is dead? About 95 percent of ATM swipes use COBOL code, Reuters reported in April, and the 58-year-old language even powers 80 percent of in-person transactions. In fact, Reuters calculates that there’s still 220 billion lines of COBOL code currently being used in production today, and that every day, COBOL systems handle $3 trillion in commerce.

COBOL Is Everywhere. Who Will Maintain It?

Matt Koidin

250 days ago

It's probably approaching 30 years since I spent quality time with Link, but man, this review is giving me the itch!

‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ Is a Game Without Gates

Matt Koidin

315 days ago

JZ's writing on distraction keeps pushing me in a direction I know I should be going. Christine and I did delete Facebook from our phones tonight. I imagine dipping your toes in (or out as the case may be) of the infinity pool doesn't quite get you there - will need to keep pushing on going further!

But they can be too much of a good thing. Keeping Infinity Pools on your phone is like having a casino in your house. If you’re addicted to gambling, it’s a disaster. Even if you’re not, it’s still damn distracting! (And most of us are addicted to our phones.)

Distractions are a Nuisance, but Infinity Pools are the Real Problem

Matt Koidin

320 days ago

I enjoy these end of the year posts that give insights into the products and services that others use. Steve's is one of the best - I always find something new to try after reviewing and this year is no different.

My favorite products of 2016

Matt Koidin

326 days ago

Part two (of four) of the Coates/Obama interview. A lot here. Worth the time to read and parse. General takeaway: man is Obama a thoughtful dude.

And I always tell my staff, “Better is good.” I’ll take better every time, because better is hard. Better may not be as good as the best, but better is surprisingly hard to obtain. And better is actually harder than worse.

‘Better Is Good’: Obama on Reparations, Civil Rights, and the Art of the Possible

Matt Koidin

329 days ago

This is the first of a 4 part series of interviews by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Obama. They go deep on race and other topics and is a really interesting read. Just so thoughtful and penetrating...

'The Filter ... Is Powerful': Obama on Race, Media, and What It Took to Win

Matt Koidin

339 days ago

I worshipped Larry Bird growing up. This was a fun trip down memory lane...

Larry Bird ULTIMATE Mixtape!

Matt Koidin

349 days ago

As a parent, I'm really glad I read this today. I doubt my path will ever cross with Patton Oswalt's, but if it does, this is the thing I'll remember, and I'd like to think I'd thank him for sharing.

You will never be prepared for anything you do, ever. Not the first time. Training and practice are out the window the second they meet experience. But you'll get better. I have subjective yet ironclad knowledge of this.

Patton Oswalt’s Year of Magical Parenting

Matt Koidin

373 days ago

Not surprising from Sorkin, but some good lines in here. More eloquent than the letter I wrote Maile and Lauren ;) I like the end as well, but won't ruin it by quoting, read for yourself!

America didn’t stop being America last night and we didn’t stop being Americans and here’s the thing about Americans: Our darkest days have always—always—been followed by our finest hours.

Read the Letter Aaron Sorkin Wrote His Daughter After Donald Trump Was Elected President

Matt Koidin

388 days ago

Well-written summary of how the Exploratorium were victims of a phishing attack. Not too technical and a good reminder to be careful out there!

We Got Phished

Matt Koidin

412 days ago

Consider me intrigued...

Earlier this month, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s head of Android, Chrome OS, and Play, tweeted that “I have a feeling 8 years from now we’ll be talking about Oct 4, 2016.”

Google’s Going to Change the Gadget Game, But Not Like You Think

Matt Koidin

438 days ago

One of the parts you don't always think of when you see the headline. Powerful. Took my breath away.

After the bathroom you do nothing before you go to her. You don’t make a phone call, you do not talk to the medical student, you do not put in an order. You never make her wait. She is his mother.

How to Tell a Mother Her Child Is Dead

Matt Koidin

452 days ago

I couldn't agree more. Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles. Are. The. Best. #getinmybelly

About that sensory experience: Technically speaking, Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles are flawless.

Letter of Recommendation: Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles

Matt Koidin

452 days ago

I finally had a chance to work my way through this "article" (really a short book) over the past weekend. What an incredible piece of journalism/story. The stories of the 6 people they follow through the Middle East are just incredible. Truly heart breaking in many respects, but also puts a human face on the larger issues at play. Highly recommend to make the time to work through this - just gives you a perspective that the normal "news" channels are missing and will give you better context to think about things when you hear the latest updates from Iraq, Syria, Libya, etc.

Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart

Matt Koidin

460 days ago

Given how much Trump has been railing lately about his unfair portrayal in the media, I thought this perspective was interesting. Not sure it explains/excuses everything for me - but interesting to read and consider this pov.

The fact that he said some things about a baby at a rally can be spun any possible way. Now, if you were at the rally, you probably had one kind of reaction. And if you heard about it filtered through a headline that was mischaracterized, it sounds like Trump hates babies. If you heard that out of context about anybody else, you might laugh and say, “People don’t hate babies, that’s crazy.” But because the Clinton campaign are such good persuaders at this point — and their tentacles into the media are so good, either directly or through their surrogates — the overall message that Trump is evil creates this confirmation-bias trap, where you see every little story as supporting it, no matter how ridiculous it is.

Trump, Dilbert, Wizards, Fear, and Testosterone

Matt Koidin

480 days ago

Great rant on trailers. Full disclosure, I definitely watch them all the time, but this article will be a nudge in my head going forward that going into movies cold is probably a better idea.

Trailers are ruining good movies, and they are making average movies unwatchable. They are bad and they need to be sent back to the factory.

Stop Watching Movie Trailers

Matt Koidin

485 days ago

Elon doesn't explicitly mention a timeline here, but the first plan was 10 years. If this is what is coming in the next 10 years (or even my lifetime), going to be pretty amazing! Just so great seeing someone push the envelope like this - and doing it in a way that takes us all along for the ride (literally!)

By definition, we must at some point achieve a sustainable energy economy or we will run out of fossil fuels to burn and civilization will collapse. Given that we must get off fossil fuels anyway and that virtually all scientists agree that dramatically increasing atmospheric and oceanic carbon levels is insane, the faster we achieve sustainability, the better.

Here is what we plan to do to make that day come sooner

Master Plan, Part Deux

Matt Koidin

491 days ago

Now, this is awesome! Although I will miss blowing on the cartridges :)

Nintendo's Classic Mini is a tiny NES with 30 games

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510 days ago

I asked a young friend of mine, a woman in her 20s of Muslim heritage, how she had been feeling after the attack. “I just feel really bad, like people think I have more in common with that idiot psychopath than I do the innocent people being killed,” she said. “I’m really sick of having to explain that I’m not a terrorist every time the shooter is brown.”

Aziz Ansari: Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family

Matt Koidin

516 days ago

I learned a few things reading this article. I'm not sure it's changed my position on things, but it helps to understand the language of those who disagree with you. It feels like the debate/conversation needs to be happening at this level - this isn't a simple issue and until we start discussing in a more informed way we won't get anywhere. Anyways worth the read - regardless of where you stand on the issue, my guess is you'll learn something.

Why I “Need” an AR-15

Matt Koidin

526 days ago

This video is incredible. Just awe-inspiring that man can build like this - and equally so that he captures it so beautifully.

The Lion City II - Majulah

Matt Koidin

532 days ago

Read. Every word. Let it make you angry. Let it make you uncomfortable. And then tell someone else to read it.

Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker

Matt Koidin

532 days ago

Man, good to have some Bill Simmons back in the feed!

The KD Conundrum

Matt Koidin

538 days ago

I've lived with allergies my whole life and learned more than I ever knew before from this article. Not sure I'm quite ready to be entirely thankful for the allergy attacks, but understanding is always a good step...

Medzhitov and Cullen will be observing these allergy-free mice for the next couple of years. The animals may be spared the misery of hay fever caused by the ragweed pollen that will inevitably drift into their box on currents of air. But Medzhitov predicts they will be worse off for it. Unable to fight the pollen and other allergens, they will let these toxic molecules pass into their bodies, where they will damage organs and tissues.

A controversial theory may explain the real reason humans have allergies

Matt Koidin

559 days ago

Happy Mother's Day! 💝

Kimmel Staffers Read Texts From Their Moms

Matt Koidin

566 days ago

Interesting read that really highlights some of the exciting things going on in the space Pocket plays in...

The feed is dying. The reverse-chronological social media feed — the way you’ve read Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and blogs (which is to say, the internet) at various points over the last decade, updates organized according to the time they were posted, refreshed at the top of the screen — no longer really makes sense. The unfiltered informational cascade that defined the internet of the 2010s is going the way of the front-page-style web portal: It’s an outdated way of processing online information.

The Feed Is Dying

Matt Koidin

573 days ago

Empathy. Who would have thought?

The End of Empathy

Matt Koidin

580 days ago

Boston, baby!

Honestly, I still didn’t know what he meant. Playing in Boston is just one of those things you can’t prepare yourself for. You can’t understand it until you experience it.

Now I get it.


Matt Koidin

585 days ago

New rule - any video that the girls make me watch > 3 times in a row gets an automatic recommend!

iPhone 6s - Timer - Behind The Scenes

Matt Koidin

586 days ago

Stumbled on this new email newsletter that Kevin Rose is doing via a Medium recommendation and like what I'm seeing from the first couple of issues. Short, to the point, interesting, helpful - all good things. You can sign up here:

Issue 1 — The Journal by Kevin Rose — Medium

Matt Koidin

587 days ago

"Damn, that shit was dope."

Now, the question is, are we rock & roll? And I say you goddamn right we rock & roll. Rock & roll is not an instrument, rock & roll is not even a style of music. Rock & roll is a spirit. It's a spirit. It's been going since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, R&B, rock & roll, heavy metal, punk rock and yes, hip-hop. And what connects us all is that spirit. That's what connects us all, that spirit. Rock & roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and in life. That is rock & roll, and that is us.

Read N.W.A's Heartfelt Rock Hall Acceptance Speeches

Matt Koidin

588 days ago

This is a short read, but speaks the truth - could honestly have quoted the whole thing. If you work on software as a dev, PM, designer, whatever, this is worth the five minutes!

Every developer has been asked whether building a certain feature is “possible”. The short answer is virtually always YES. It’s possible. Software is the clay of dreams; everything is possible.

Everything is possible but nothing is free — Signal v. Noise

Matt Koidin

592 days ago

We love us some Mo Willems - NYC is a bit far to travel for this show, but sounds like it'd be fun to check out.

Mo Willems and the Art of the Children’s Book

Matt Koidin

594 days ago

The concept for this new restaurant in Chicago sounds pretty cool. I always enjoy restaurants with "open" kitchens and this sounds like it takes that even further.

Ready to Roister

Matt Koidin

605 days ago

Was talking to a friend this weekend about this approach. Reminds me a bit of the Steve Jobs-style where the same thing every day.

Here's Why I Make the Same Recipes for Dinner Every Week

Matt Koidin

608 days ago

I found this article super interesting. Trump doesn't come out of nowhere - a number of factors, political, social and otherwise come together to create an environment where he is possible. This article explores the "otherwise" and specifically how the Internet and pose players like Facebook have shifted the dynamics of how political parties work and communicate.

The likelihood any particular message will “break out” is based not on who is propagating said message but on how many users are receptive to hearing it. The power has shifted from the supply side to the demand side

The Voters Decide

Matt Koidin

617 days ago

Rick Klau on AlphaGo - I'm at the very, very beginning of learning Go so fun to see it in the news at the forefront of AI. Rick gives it some good perspective...

I stayed up late last night watching a livestream of a game of Go being played in Korea. I don’t play Go, yet I’m quite certain that I’ll remember last night for the rest of my life.

Go On…

Matt Koidin

623 days ago

Entertaining and thought-provoking.

Although we think of technologists as bright-eyed optimists — A computer in every home! Cars that drive themselves! — programmers are actually pessimistic, paranoid lunatics. I say this with love, because I respect the hell out of the mindset.

It starts when we’re 8 and coding our very first program. “What’s your favorite color?” it asks, sweetly, twirling a lock of Visual Basic around its finger. You type in your answer, the screen changes color accordingly, and boom — time to show off to family.

Then Aunt Jody calls.

“Honey, it froze on me. ‘Color.exe has crashed.’ I don’t know what that means.”
You take a look at her entry. She entered: 2.

Mr. Fart’s Favorite Colors

Matt Koidin

629 days ago

One of those pretty quick reads that will make me think twice next time I'm in a situation with girls that warrants a little more relaxation around encouragement of taking a risk...

So I biked down a steep country road (and hit a car). I sledded down an icy hill (and hit a tree). I don’t remember my parents freaking out; they seemed to understand that mishaps were part of childhood. I got a few stitches, and kept biking and sledding. Misadventures meant that I should try again. With each triumph over fear and physical adversity, I gained confidence.

Why Do We Teach Girls That It’s Cute to Be Scared?

Matt Koidin

629 days ago

I've been following the Wise Sons story since they were a pop-up. Very excited for this next chapter and recommend checking it out if you are in SF!

How Wise Sons Will Save the San Francisco Bagel Scene

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