Category Archives: Business

Steal my business model!

Paid screencast subscriptions are not new, but RubyTapas was one of the first, if not the first, “pro” screencast series to specifically embrace a sub-five-minute format and a very fast (multiple times a week) release schedule. It was a bit … Continue reading

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Client Dating Tips

There’s an old saying that if you want to judge the character of the person you’re on a date with, you should pay attention to how they treat the waitstaff. Is she polite even when she doesn’t have to be? … Continue reading

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Job Thread!

I get a lot of emails asking if I know of any Ruby job opportunities, or if I know any available Ruby developers. Since I don’t really have time to play matchmaker, I thought I’d try an experiment. So! This … Continue reading

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Letter to Steven Aldrich of Outright, re: GoDaddy Acquisition

This the text of an email I sent to the CEO of Outright, a financial tracking service I’ve been using for a few months, on learning they’d been acquired by GoDaddy. Not strictly coding related; but I thought since it … Continue reading

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Assistants: Not just for the boss anymore.

This is not strictly software-development-related, but a number of developers have asked me about my experience finding and working with a remote assistant. I’ve had my assistant for a few months now and I thought I’d jot down some notes … Continue reading

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My 99Designs Experience

A lot of people asked me to report on my experience with 99Designs, so now that the contest is over I thought I’d jot down some notes. For those who don’t know, 99Designs is a “design crowdsourcing” service. You post … Continue reading

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Creating a PA LLC

As someone who has recently started my own software consultancy, I hear from people who are curious about getting started in business for themselves.  I thought I’d jot down my own experiences. This post is not strictly software-related, but it’s … Continue reading

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Turn on, tune in, drop out

Seth Godin: Why do colleges send millions (!) of undifferentiated pieces of junk mail to high school students [...]? Biggest reason: So the schools can reject more applicants. The more applicants they reject, the higher they rank in US News … Continue reading

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