Erik Bernhardsson    About

My favorite management failures

For most people straight out of school, work life is a bit of a culture shock. For me it was an awesome experience, but a lot of the constraints were different and I had to learn to optimize for different things. It wasn’t necessarily th...

Leaving Spotify

Febrary 6 was my last day at Spotify. In total I spent more than six years at Spotify and it was an amazing experience. I joined Spotify in Stockholm in 2008, mainly because a bunch of friends from programming competitions had joined al...

Everything I learned about technical debt

I just made it to Sweden suffering from jet lag induced insomnia, but this blog post will not cover that. Instead, I will talk a little bit about technical debt. The concept of technical debt always resonated with me, partly because I a...

I already found the best gifs

Just search for “hackers gif“. There you go. Fun for your work emails for the next 500 years. From the awesome movie Hackers. That movie together with The Warriors convinced me that I wanted to live in NYC when I was like… 14 year...

A brief history of Hadoop at Spotify

I was talking with some data engineers at Spotify and had a moment of nostalgia. 2008 I was writing my master’s thesis at Spotify and had to run a Hadoop job to extract some data from the logs. Every time I started running the job, I k...