I'm Candost.

I am a software engineering manager and writer.

I used to think reading would help me learn.

One day, ten pages before finishing a book, I realized I had read that book before. At that point, I decided to change a few things.

On this website, you'll find how I evolved, what I learned, and my reflections on the complicated life and world.

Want the longer story?See my "about" page.

What am I Doing Now?See my "now" page.


Every second Tuesday, I send Mektup, a newsletter that arrives as casual letters reflecting my learnings and thoughts about software engineering leadership and life.

I also send notifications of my new blog posts and podcast episodes. You can unsubscribe from any of them separately whenever you want.

Latest Issue: #45: How to Explain Things Clearly

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Software World Podcast is a series of interviews with industry experts and knowledge sharing episodes. Each episode uncovers a problem and a journey.

Latest Episode: How to Present Solutions as Software Engineers [Software World Ep. #28]

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Want to reach me? Send me a collaboration request on Polyworkor send me a tweet on Twitter @candosten.