Martin Rue

Martin Rue


Software developer. Language geek.
Manchester & Berlin.


  1. Seek Out New Experiences

    We ofen hear the advice “get out of your comfort zone”, and in my experience it’s good advice to avoid becoming stationary in whatever it is you’re trying to get...…


  2. Thoughts on Crypto Currency Mania

    It’s the end of 2017 and right now there’s a huge amount of interest in buying [insert any crypto currency coin here]. Everyone wants to buy everything, and as a...…


  3. The Gym

    Anyone who knows me will know that the gym is a fairly big part of my life. While my goal certainly isn’t to become the next Eddie Hall or Phil...…


  4. You're Not Ready

    I heard something a few days ago. You know, the kind of thing where you stop and think for a while, and then the significance starts to become really clear...…


  5. Give Yourself More Playtime

    I remember my first computer fondly. As a kid I was more than addicted to the Commodore 64 – perfectly happy to sit and endure at least 5 minutes of...…


  6. Do What You Love

    Reflecting on 2014, it has been a tough but very exciting year. …


  7. Why Read?

    It seems like a stupid question – obviously, we read in order to process written material until we understand it. …


  8. Be With Your Thoughts More Often

    Whilst walking to work this morning, I noticed myself doing something that I wouldn’t normally give a second thought to. I took out my phone and checked Twitter. After a...…


  9. Passion

    In Foundation episode 3 with Philip Rosedale (the founder of Second Life) Kevin Rose asks about entrepreneurship. Philip has some interesting opinions that resonate with my own. …


  10. Understand How It Works

    One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from my grandfather. He didn’t visit very often and so conversation often felt a bit like an ice breaker....…


  11. Growth Is Not The Goal

    In the startup world we hear a lot about growth. Startup accelerators focus on being the facilitators of quick growth and the term is thrown around like it’s universally a...…


  12. To Be Productive, Be Prepared

    Often we think of motivation and productivity as being connected by a sort of feedback loop. When we’re motivated we make progress and seeing that progress keeps us motivated. …


  13. Stay Young Enough To Try Anything

    I am not young enough to know everything. …


  14. Startups Are Not Sexy

    Over the last 10 years the number of people I know working on their own startup has probably increased by a factor of 10. Hundreds of startup success stories and...…


  15. Let's Get Real About Ambition

    Do you have a goal or ambition? …


  16. What Is 'The Zone', Anyway?

    Recently I’ve been thinking more and more about the zone. I’ve been trying to work out what it actually is. Most often it’s described as being in a super productive...…


  17. Talk About Your Stuff

    Growing up I was a pretty shy kid. I didn’t talk to many people and I loved hacking away at things almost in secret. I would get pretty nervous if...…


  18. Ask Questions

    Sometimes I find myself in situations where someone appears to know exactly what my problem is. Not only do they appear to grasp the entire situation from a mere few...…


  19. Agile – 'A' For Adjective

    Are you doing happy? No, seriously, are you doing happy? OK, what about this, are you doing flexible? You probably think I’m talking nonsense, and that’s because I am –...…


  20. ZZüy – A Lesson In Perseverance

    In the last post I said that we actually need to do what we want to become better at, as well as reading and talking about it. But there’s something...…


  21. Do

    I often go back to my parents house on weekends to visit, and for nearly as long as I can remember my sister and I have enjoyed the occasional game...…