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17 - Neptune
17 - Neptune

I Was a Judge

I was not a judge in the legal sense. Anyone who knows me, even just a little, would realize this would be a bad idea. Rather, I was asked to judge teams working on new features.

Behind the curtain, deep inside the organization, Coda has a long-standing ritual - internal hackathons. Yesterday was hackathon number 20. As evidenced by the hackathon teams' demonstrations, they have been doing this for a long time, and they’re very comfortable with the process.

Any employee with an idea to make Coda better or serve their customers in more productive ways, is free to form a hackathon team, build a prototype, and demonstrate the improvement to leadership and actual customers. I was invited to be a hackathon judge, and it was an eye-opening experience.

I'm not certain Airtable isn't doing this, but I see no evidence that the truly talented supporters of this product are being invited to be part of the development process. Coda literally asks its customers to place their hands on the tiller to subtly adjust the compass heading of the product.



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