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American Freedom is a Free Internet for America

Today is a sort of grassroots Internet "Day of Action" related to Net Neutrality.

There has been lots of ink (including my own) spilled about the wonky details of the concept. There has also been a lot of fearmongering about what might happen if, despite massive public outcry, Ajit Pai at the FCC weakens Title II protections for the Internet.

Here's the thing: it's not fearmongering. It's all true.

In America, if you're part of the 83% of the population lucky enough to have decent internet, you likely have the choice of one or two carriers, each of them among the most reviled companies in the country. These companies provide terrible customer service, jack up prices, charge you exorbitant fees, sneak charges into your monthly bill, and even try to prevent cities from creating competition. They maintain their oligopoly power through coordinated lobbying efforts.

Now, the FCC wants to hand these companies more power, essentially saying that they should promise an open internet in their Terms of Service (the agreement you click through to sign up for internet service) rather than have their behavior monitored and regulated, as it currently is. The idea is, presumably, that "unshackling" these well-meaning companies will somehow result in lower prices to the consumer.

Regardless of party affiliation, there's something clearly wrong with that assumption, for these particular companies. This whole mess smacks of the same Things That Are Wrong With America, that I hear from people on both sides of the political spectrum complain about:

  • "Crony Capitalism"
  • Government in the pocket of Lobbyists
  • Some Executive Trampling on my Rights, and
  • "Comcast only lowered my price when I told them I would drop my service."

The open Internet conversation is a small version of the broader debate we're having as a nation, and that is important.

Now to go wait on my AT&T technician.

Updated January 24, 2022

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We are Molecule


We are Molecule

At Molecule, we definitely Do Things a Certain Way. As our team has grown, we’ve thought at length about what that means.

Why bother? Well, we want our team members to be independent and share their awesomeness with us (why would we have hired them otherwise?), so we have more awesomeness to share with our customers. At the same time, we want to give our customers a consistent, fantastic experience every time they interact with our team or our product.

I believe that if everyone at Molecule has a shared framework for decision-making, then we can make similar choices independently. Given that, the results of a decision made by anyone on our team (regardless of implementation) should ultimately reflect what we as a company strive to do. That’s what matters.

Without further ado, and after much debate, refinement, and more debate, we’re proud to share our Values with you. They are also available here.

We are Molecule.

  • We own Molecule in big and small ways.
  • We want the best for Molecule and for each other.
  • We succeed as a team and fail as a team.
  • We make a meaningful impact on the enterprise software industry.

We do what’s best for the customer.

  • We provide the best approach to meet customer needs.
  • We strive to have secure, pragmatic and informed solutions.
  • We challenge the status quo by starting with first principles.
  • We want customers to achieve the maximum with minimal effort.
  • We challenge our solutions and are not afraid to toss them out the window.

We strive to be world-class.

  • We hire the best Molecules.
  • We work hard and smart, and continually learn.
  • We try hard things, ask questions, and teach others.
  • We do not fear mistakes - but we fail quickly and learn from them.
  • We reach for the unreachable.
  • We fight for what we believe is right.
  • We accept constructive criticism gracefully - from anyone, to anyone.
  • We set clear goals and use data to evaluate the best course of action.

We embrace diversity of race, gender, creed, culture, ability, orientation, and technology.

  • We use welcoming and inclusive language.
  • We respect differing viewpoints and experiences.
  • We focus on what is best for the community.
  • We show empathy and compassion towards other community members.

We love technology.

  • We believe technology can help humanity do great things.
  • We learn from seeing how others use technology in new and wonderful ways.
  • We are comfortable with, and excited about, technology.
  • We make and use the best and most beautiful technology.
  • We embrace bleeding-edge tech.
  • We love open source and contribute to the open source community.

We give back to the world.

  • We share what we learn with the community.
  • We help other entrepreneurs and new companies.
  • We contribute to our physical and our online communities.
  • We leave our communities better than we found them.

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Rails Girls!

Here at Molecule, we try to be as involved in the local tech/startup community as much as possible and I've personally been looking for ways to get more involved (instead of just eating the free food). I'm particularly interested in getting kids involved in programming at a young age and learning the best ways to help them learn.

I joined up with a few other people and we ended up choosing Rails Girls Houston as our first event. We were initially worried that we wouldn't get enough applications, but within the first few weeks we had already received more than forty applications, more than enough to meet our intial quota. We wanted to maintain our 4:1 student to coach ratio, but the applications kept pouring in, so we recruited more awesome local devs to help coach and bumped up the final quota to sixty. By the time of the actual event, we had over a hundred applicants. We were truly overwhelmed by the response - we had no idea there were so many Houstonians who would be interested in learning with us.

Now of course I'm going to say the event went well, but I'm going to have to give all the credit to my co-organizers and to our sponsors who made it all possible. The whole process kicked off at the beginning of June and we held the event the last weekend of July, a testament to how quickly our sponsors were able to help us mobilize and how flexible (and did I mention, awesome?) our coaches are. If I were to measure success on how well the students absorbed the material, we just flew (in a good way!) through the material. If anything, I learned a lot about the Houstonian way to put on a big event like this and how to be a (slightly) better teacher.

But we're not done, not by a long shot! We went into Rails Girls knowing that we wanted to start a larger movement here in Houston (and when I say we, I mean myself and two other local female developers). In our early talks we wanted to start a chapter of Girl Develop It and hopefully one day put on something like Girls Who Code. We still want to do those things and much, much more. There are honestly so many things we want to do that we've created an umbrella organization called Code Park to help us manage all of these unique events. We hope to serve any and all needs an aspiring or experienced Houston techie might need. Sign up and stay tuned.

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