Matt Button

Hi, I'm Matt Button. I write this blog, and work as a software developer at a financial technology company in Wellington, New Zealand. I like learning new things, connecting with awesome people, exploring the world, and creating great work.

Interesting things from the week

By Matt Button |  Feb 1, 2019  | product-development

A collection of 5 things from the week that I found interesting, am enjoying, or am working on.

This week:

  • The Competitive Advantage of Design (Philip Fierlinger)
  • How to get rich (without getting lucky)
  • Startups that are hiring remotely in 2019
  • 15 Things You Should Know About Product Managers
  • How website builders can differentiate themselves in a heavily commoditised market
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Interesting things from the week

By Matt Button |  Jan 25, 2019  | open-source-software, finance, art, tdd

A collection of 5 things from the week that I found interesting, am enjoying, or am working on.

This week:

  • Sometimes Netflix preview images and descriptions get out of sync, creating amusing mashups
  • Troy Hunt’s tips on personal finance for technology professionals
  • Patrick McKenzie on: Should you choose a commercial license or donation model to monetise your open source project?
  • A great thread discussing when to practice TDD (Test Driven Development)
  • Blender 3D tutorial: Create a Modern Bedroom in Blender in 35 Minutes
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How to scrape Yahoo Finance and extract fundamental stock market data using Python, LXML, and Pandas

By Matt Button |  Jan 24, 2019  | python, pandas, lxml, scraping, finance, featured

In this blog post I’ll show you how to scrape Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow data for companies from Yahoo Finance using Python, LXML, and Pandas.

I’ll use data from Mainfreight NZ (MFT.NZ) as an example.

The screenshot below shows what you can expect to get by following the steps in this blog post:

The first few columns of a Pandas DataFrame containing MFT.NZ Balance Sheet data

By following the steps in this blog post, you’ll also generate a DataFrame containing data from the Income Statement, and Cash Flow statement.

After creating Pandas DataFrames, I’ll show you how to export everything to an Excel file, so you’ll have output that looks something like this:

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Are we there yet? Insights on how to lead by design - by Sam Bucolo

By Matt Button |  Jan 14, 2019  | design-thinking, design, innovation, book-notes

One of the books that I read over the summer break was “Are we there yet? Insights on How to Lead by Design” by Sam Bucolo.

For the first few years of Sam’s career, he worked as a design consultant. As he gained more design and problem solving experience, he came to realise that he was often getting the wrong brief from his clients.

Sam found that while companies could conceptualise new products or services, the sticking point was aligning this conceptualisation to their business models, which meant that time, and time again, projects significantly fell below expectation or failed completely.

These experiences led Sam to specialise in Design Led Innovation.

My notes:

There are three elements of Design Led Innovation:

  1. Customer value: This is the starting point, and is about being clear on who the customer is, and the problem that the business is solving for them.
  2. Management Mindset: The correct mindset to create a strategy which has been built around new insights about the customer.
  3. Strategic alignment: Ensuring that all business processes and systems are aligned with the customer’s problem.
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How to rename categories in Hugo

By Matt Button |  Jan 13, 2019  | hugo

I’ve been using Hugo for my blog for the last few years, and recently published my first theme - Silhouette Hugo.

I recently received an email with the following question:

What is the simplest way for me to rename the categories Development and Golang into other names, like Projects and Gallery? Is this in partials or template or theme or where?

I figured that this might be a common question, so decided to share it in a blog post.

Here’s how to rename categories in Hugo, in the context of my theme.

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Google Authentication with Python and Flask

By Matt Button |  Jan 5, 2019  | python, flask

This blog post is part 1 of a multi-part series, and covers the basics of getting Google authentication to work with Python and Flask. Part 2 will cover actually reading and writing the files to Google Drive.

In this blog post, you will learn how to:
  • Create a Python Flask app, which allows a user to log in with their Google account
  • Request authorization for the app to read and write files in the user’s Google Drive.
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Tony Alexander Presentation Notes - things which affected the NZ housing market over the decades

By Matt Button |  Jan 2, 2019  | investment, finance, property

I recently attended a presentation by BNZ’s Chief Economist, Tony Alexander.

One of the topics that really caught my attention was his perspective on the things that influenced the housing market over the decades, from the 1950’s until today.

I wrote up a bunch of notes to summarise his points.

If you’re interested in getting a bit of perspective on the NZ property market, and some of the things that caused it’s near-relentless movement upward over time, then read on.

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