A block of brownstone apartments in Brooklyn as the sun sets
A block of brownstone apartments in Brooklyn as the sun sets

In last year’s reflection, I wrote how 2019 was a bit of a blur (as was 2018). If only I knew, if only we all knew, what this year would have in store. I wrote about ending 2019 in a very transitional space, between feeling out the new role at…


A classic car parked in front of the Immigrant wine and beer bar
My favorite scene in the East Village

Last year, I wrote about how 2018 kind of went by in a blur, and this year did as well (much to my surprise). I knew coming into 2019 that big changes were coming— I was finally reaching my limit of being burnt out at work, the future of the…


St Mark’s Place, late on Summer day

In my post covering 2017, I wrote about how much of a roller coaster last year was. In many ways, this year continued that trend, but looking back it’s hard to find some of the specific accomplishments similar to what 2017 brought. I went on a vacation in March, and…


Blue Apron is a company that delivers fresh ingredients for two to four recipes, pre-portioned and ready to cook, right to your doorstep every week. It was one of the early companies in this most recent round of subscription businesses, along with others like Birchbox, Harry’s, StitchFix, Daily Harvest, Bespoke…


I thought it’d be useful to share out some of the tools and resources that I use as part of my workflow as a manager. Below is a link to a number of Google docs, which if it sounds interesting to you I encourage you to copy for your own…


Recently Oren Ellenbogen shared his Manager README and encouraged other folks to do the same through his newsletter Software Lead Weekly. I’ve been using a similar idea with new folks to my team since last summer, and have really enjoyed the conversations that come out of it.

It’s not common…


Glacier National Park

This has certainly been a roller coaster of a year. Last year was one of new adventures and challenges, and that certainly kept pace into this year. Looking back, I did a lot, and I’m not even sure how it all happened. …


This year I reached the milestone of having visited each of the 50 United States of America. Going into 2017, I was down to Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, and North Dakota, so I made a goal of crossing those all off the list. I had visited most states during my childhood…


My first desk at eBay NYC

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting recently, and had originally started this post last year after moving to lead the Growth team at Blue Apron. …

John Cline

he/him. co-founder/cto at shelflife, interested in tech, art, and nyc

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