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A modern tool for your startup: JotForm Cards

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When you think about it, building a startup is the process of taking a blank canvass and filling it with your app, with a market that wants your app, and the character and culture of your company.

Building what Startups need with JotForm

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Whether you’re building the next software unicorn or a more humble (and realistic) self-funded startup, building that startup requires information from others. You’re going to need a reliable way to gather those various bits of information.

A disturbing item in my morning tech news feed.

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It’s one thing to read about something truly awful coming at you. It’s another to see that thing even if what you see is – for now – fiction.

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Splitting the difference

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I’ve always been a tripolar guy: on one hand, being a developer, making a living writing code for various companies. On the other hand, writing: either full books like The Web Startup Success Guide , posts like the one you’re reading or content for various startups.

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Last year, we hosted the 2017 MVP Awards across three of our sites. In order to get ready for this year’s coming awards across even more of our sites, we’re catching up with some of our judges from the previous awards who offered their time and insight to make the awards even better. Take a look!

Get your Startup’s Headline right.

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It’s easy to get so wrapped up in our startups that’s impossible to see them as a stranger does. A stranger visiting your site knows literally next to nothing about you. They probably got there via Google when they were searching for a solution to a particular problem, be it invoicing for freelance work, teaching their children Italian or dealing with contaminated medical waste. You startup is just another link to them, another tab out of the 20+ tabs they opened from Google.

Why Developers need WP site hosting with great tech support: Siteground.

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One thing you learn pretty quickly with WordPress is that unless you’re a fulltime WP developer you’re going to need someone who is.

Another Wes Bos treat for developers

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This week I happened to listen to two episodes back to back to Wes Bos’ new podcast Syntax – confirming a) It’s not just me that has gone back over to the Dark Side with Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code and b) this guy has lots of good content for developers.

Startup Mistake #1: the anonymous startup.

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If you expect people to sign up and perhaps pay for your startup, you have no chance in hell if you don’t explain in credible detail who you are. Here’s an example (as of Wednesday; May 10, 2017) – everydaycheck.com , a habit-building saas going for $12/year.

Share or Create?

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Multi-billion member social networks, robots that can chase you down , algorithms that decide whether you get to live or die. Just a few high points to the world that’s fast approaching.

Building your Digital Career Plan

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So welcome to your new, fully-digitalized career! Whatever your current occupation, you can expect to be hopping jobs every three years (or less). When you go after your next job, you’re more likely to be screened by software before you get to talk to a person.

Content Marketing for Startups

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Time and time again I’ve watched this story play out. A brilliant developer builds software to scratch their own itch, fill the gap, change the world. They toil away nights, weekends, before they go off to their day jobs, every spare minute because their driven to build that software. And then they finish. And the awful reality sets in: now they have to get customers. They have to — eww! — market.

Getting your Momentum – Plus

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Sometimes a little beauty in life can sneak up on you.

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Requiem for Ruby 5 and 5 minutes of Javascript podcasts

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I noticed this morning that two of my favorite developer podcasts – Ruby5 and 5 minutes of Javascript – had stopped updating in Overcast, my podcast player of choice. I went to the sites and got the scary Google message you see in this post.

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Great Post! And that’s the problem.

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This morning I saw this excellent post by InVision re 30 good Sketch plugins – my goto tool now for high fidelity wireframes. Well written, nice screenshots, nicely done. And that’s the problem, and I bet if you are a developer, you have the same problem. 30 new things to learn at once makes my head explode. As much as I’d like to actually learn each of these plugins, I just cannot do it in one sitting.

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Got a Startup? Want BizSpark? Let’s talk.

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If you’re building a startup using some or all of Microsoft’s stack and you’re interested in Microsoft BizSpark , drop me a line. I’ve got (as of now) 20 invite codes to give out to aspiring young startups who want to go that route. See the requirements first, and make sure it’s clear from your site’s home page you’re a startup, not a consultant/development shop, and you’ll get in.

Changing hosts

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The only sure certainties when it comes to running a WordPress site is a) your plugins always need updating, and b) Your fast, wonderful host of 3 years ago will not be so fast or wonderful sooner or later. Hence, I’m moving 47hats to SiteGround because I want HTTPS, fast first byte, and I’m paying too much and getting too little from Media Temple. This is the first (of many) changes to 47hats as I spin up my consulting service again: stay tuned!

I’d like you to meet your replacement

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I know it’s always hard on employees when they’re told they’re no longer needed. It’s hard on management too! But we’re running a business here and our investors want to see increased profits, decreased costs, and especially labor costs.

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Gamechanger ahead for Apple-centric Software Vendors

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Apple is moving its developers and customers to auto-renewing subscriptions instead of outright purchases on all Apple platforms, including Mac OS. And it’s high time too.

Importing Google Docs into WordPress

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I love Google Docs for its simplicity, ease of use and great commenting, so I tend to do a lot of writing there or in markdown. I hate WordPress for its terrible editing form, and turning embedding each image into a five minute battle.

Why Accelerators Matter

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An interesting Amazon innovation

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I just saw something I never expected to see again: a mailman delivering a big heavy box to my doorstep on a Sunday afternoon. Seems Amazon has started using the USPS for big box deliveries seven days a week, at least here in California.

Are your customers in enough pain?

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Let me let you in on a little startup secret: you want your prospective customers in pain. Lots of pain. Really suffering, like if their hands were being held over an open fire and the flames were starting to make their skin blister, blacken and burn.

6 reasons to use Asana to build your startup.

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So you want to successfully build your startup and that means building systems that get all sorts of work done. If you’re funded, you can hire someone to define all the task, marketing, support, recruiting, planning, agile project management and operation systems you need.

The Dev with the biggest Toolbox Wins

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Devs cannot resist tools. On any given workday we are in the blender with a swirling whirlwind of technologies, frameworks, libraries, user stories. The more of them you know, or at least know they exist, the more and better code you can write. So here’s three quick recommendations for finding more useful stuff, primarily for the frontend.

It’s time to get going!

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For years I’ve used one or another Pomodoro-style timer to focus my attention on the work at hand. Recently though, my old goto for this Focus Keeper on [just] iOS, was becoming more annoying than helpful. Marching along – and being marched along to the tune of its beat – was feeling oppressive, not empowering. It’s not the fault of the app – it was doing what it was supposed to do and what it had been designed to do.

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What ZenHub adds to GitHub and why it matters to you

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Developer teams succeed or fail largely depending on what their development process is. A good process raises all boats and sends them happily steaming to success; a bad process or one that’s overly complicated for the project or the size of the team or complexity of the software makes everything harder, slower, and more painful than it should be. Most of the developers reading this post are very familiar with GitHub (My sincere condolences if you’re stuck with BitBucket.).

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Can your markdown do this?

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As I build out KeyboardBrains.com, I know I’m going to be handling a good amount of content, without the safety net of a CMS. I cringed at the notion of storing all that content as static html, but classic markdown or multimarkdown or even Github Flavored Markdown would leave me hamstrung when it came to styling that content with classes and id’s. As I started drilling into this problem domain, I can across kramdown.

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Goodbye CoffeeScript, hello ES6

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While CoffeeScript has been the default since Rails 3, and continues to be the default in Rails 5, the wider developer community is moving to ES6 whether Rails developers like it or not.

Pricing Pages captured in the wild

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If you or your team are at point where you’re ready to bestow on your startup a pricing page, you’re going to want to head over to PricingPages.xyz first. There you’ll find example after example of how other companies have designed their all-important monetization moment.

Dark Patterns

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Everyday on the web we as consumers hit one or more dark patterns , usually involving trying to squeeze a little more engagement, or a little more money out of us. Sometimes they can be quite insidious – like having an unsubscribe form with many options, one of which you need to skip to actually unsubscribe – and sometimes as in your face as finding your checkout cart is “helping” you by adding accessories.

Use a checklist to control your email addiction

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So what was your most terrible anti-productive habit in 2012? Mine was checking email. On my desktop, iPad and iPhone, morning, noon, night, between and during and before and after everything else. Killing this habit in 2013 would be the #1 thing I could do to increase productivity.

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The Ultimate Startup Bundle and why it’s worth your time.

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The reality for would-be technical startup founders is you’re going to have to learn and master a ton of information about non-technical stuff: marketing, content marketing, seo marketing, pricing your product, raising money, raising more money (not the same thing), etc. Sure, you can google each and every one of these topics, sort through all the posts that are just filler between ads, and ferret out actionable information. Good luck with that.

The Innovator’s Secret Weapon

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By Jarie Bolander. Founder, EnduranceLeader.com. Thomas Edison was famous for saying: Invention is 1% Inspiration and 99% Perspiration. What he should have said was: Invention comes through practice. Just like the endurance athlete, innovators need to practice. Practice takes many forms.

Join fizzle.co now.

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Continuing my experiments to make myself a better solopreneur, I’ve joined and started participating in fizzle.co – and so should you. My first reaction to fizzle was skepticism – what, another online course that will make me all better? Been there, done that.

But seriously, folks…

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Sometimes we developers take ourselves so seriously – these guys don’t. That in itself makes scrumy.com worth a look.

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I can has all my Tabs Back!

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I’m stitching together a new comprehensive productivity system presently – to go along with my new work focus of Ruby on Rails work + consulting + writing. It’s nowhere near ready to unleash on an unsuspecting internets, but I just found a chunk well worth sharing.

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A Conversation with Sublime Text expert Wes Bos

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If you’re a developer who lives in Sublime Text, this conversation I had today with Wes has some great information – give it a watch. Productivity

Comparing yourself to startups when you’re a solopreneur

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One of the hardest aspects of being a solopreneur is dealing with the emotional impact of all those startups who, unlike you, seem to live on Easy Street. You hear about an app like Yo that sends just those characters to someone else raising $1.5

Big Screen Sublime Text 3 – Cobalt2 theme is awesome.

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Wes Bos’ Cobalt2 SB3 Theme. I happen to fall in the “there’s no such thing as too much screen” camp when it comes to writing code, which is why my setup is a iMac 27-inch with a Apple 27-inch display on one side and a cheapie HDMI screen on the other.

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