👋 Welcome to the Elezea Newsletter
Elezea is a Swahili word that means to elucidate, explain, clarify, and relate. Everything I write is in that spirit.
Hi! My name is Rian van der Merwe, and I’m a business & product leader, constant learner, and music fanatic. I first created Elezea as a blog in 2009, and have since moved all my writing and sharing to this newsletter.
For 18+ years I have led and worked with empowered teams to create technology products that people love to use, and that also enable sustainable product-led businesses (come say hi on LinkedIn as well). I read a lot, and one of my love languages is sharing things I like with people who I think will also like those things. And that’s why this newsletter exists—so that I can share interesting, helpful, and entertaining things with you.
The topics I cover are pretty broad, but if you’d like some examples of what to expect, these are the categories I primarily read and write about:
Product management and leadership, since that’s been my main career focus for a while. But not the fortune-cookie stuff you see on Twitter. I’m looking to write and share real stories and advice about actually doing the work.
Technology, but not so much the day-to-day stuff you go to The Verge for. I am interested in the meaning of it all, so I like to read in-depth analyses and opinions about what’s happening around us in the tech world.
Internet culture, because even as a 40-something I would still like to know what it means when my daughter says “yeet”. But again, not really the day-to-day meme culture stuff, more about trends and interesting “vibe shifts” (See? Still got it.)
Music, because collecting and listening to music is my primary hobby outside of work.
If this all sounds interesting to you, excellent! We’re going to be good friends. I can tell.
✍️ Posting schedule
New posting schedule starting December 2022:
The main weekly post goes out on Tuesdays. It includes an introduction/article, ~3 interesting and helpful software development / technology links to read, and some stray links to other fun things online.
The Friday Edition goes out on… uh, Fridays. It’s a quick post with five(ish) links to check out for your weekend reading/watching/listening enjoyment.
If I’m going to miss a week due to vacation or other commitments I will announce that in a newsletter.