The 2020 Presidential election likely will be the most important one in our lifetime. However, there are many other consequential items on the state and local ballot this year as well! I’ve written this guide to share my personal opinions in the hope it will elucidate state and local politics for those unfamiliar and encourage more awareness of issues facing San Francisco, the Bay Area, and California.

In writing this guide, I’m inspired by and did research from technical analysis done by SPUR, endorsements by the SF Chronicle and YIMBY Action, and debate with my friend Barak Gila (who has…


This summer, our team added four new engineers, growing our existing engineering team by 33% to a total of 16! As their start dates approached this summer, we knew we needed to clarify our onboarding process to ensure each engineer had an effective start to their career at Affinity.

There are a million blog posts on the internet describing how to onboard engineers effectively (and now with this blog post, a million and one). After reading through a few, we realized that different companies took quite different approaches to onboarding (some companies had a 6-week bootcamp, some had very little…


Everyone knows that time is arguably their most valuable resource, but very few people take a structured approach towards using it as effectively as possible. Nowhere is this more important than in a new grad’s first job out of college. Joe Lonsdale, co-founder of 8VC, Palantir, and Addepar, as well as founding chairman of Affinity, recommends a diligent approach:

“If you’re in a position where you’re trying to figure out what to do, you have to think about your time like an investor.”

Recently, Joe spoke at Affinity’s first-ever engineering open house, and shared a few tips with the audience…

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