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Amanda Morrow shares the tools she uses to design at Change

Photo by Amanda Morrow August 15, 2014 by

(Guest post by Amanda Morrow) Now, I'm not really one to obsess over tools. I try to take a pragmatic approach and focus more on what needs to be accomplished, then find the best tool for the task at hand. When others ask me what to use for designing apps or websites, I often suggest whatever tool they're most comfortable with. If you like sketching on notecards, grab a marker. If you like MS Paint, start placing those pixels.  read more

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These are the 12 tools software dev shop Volano uses to get stuff done

Rod Smith, Volano Solutions August 8, 2014 by

(Guest post by Rod Smith) At Volano Solutions, we help our clients work smarter through our custom workflow software and consulting. These software systems become our clients’ competitive advantage. At any one time, we have 24-plus projects active in the shop and rely on a set of tools to manage the workload. We like to practice what we consult, so the software we use is a pragmatic mix of custom software, off-the-shelf packages and SaaS products…  read more

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David Arnold: Forget silver bullets, find the tools that work for you

David Arnold, Straight Shot August 1, 2014 by

(Guest post by David Arnold) Besides entertainment, the majority of apps – mobile or desktop – at their core are created to make us more efficient and productive. Attaining this goal, however, is largely dependent on having tools that have direct applicability to one’s needs. Fortunately, we live in a world where there’s an app for almost everything. And if something isn’t currently available it’s likely being worked on as we speak (I’m looking at you Kitchin and Viirt).  read more

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Four years of scaling MindMixer: What’s worked, and what hasn’t

Nick Bowden July 25, 2014 by

(Guest post by Nick Bowden, MindMixer co-founder and CEO) It feels strange to be considered by some in the "prairie" as the old guard of startups, but we'll take it. I suppose it means we have done at least one thing right: stay in business. As we approached the birthday and my anniversary, I did something I rarely do: reflect a bit on the four years. What's worked? What hasn't?  read more

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What David Graff learned scaling the Hudl team from 3 to 170

July 3, 2014 by

(Guest post by David Graff) "As the company grows, this change can be hard for some of your early associates. The company that person first signed up for may not the company they work for now and may not be the type of company they want to work for. As a result, you’ll lose people who don’t want to make this transition, and that’s okay. The important thing is to be honest and recognize this as early as possible. Then, don’t make it an awkward exit."  read more

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