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Chris Cooley shares how SpiderOak’s distributed team works

Chris Cooley headshot August 29, 2014 by

SpiderOak started with the intention of being a distributed team. Our core product is built around encryption and the pool of talent that understands it. Cryptonerds, as they refer to themselves, tend to be deeply involved in their trade but the pool is very small. As a developer-heavy organization, it just made sense to start as a distributed organization. It all began in 2007 and now we’re just over 40 employees—we have offices in San Francisco, Chicago and Kansas City with employees across the U.S. ranging from Hawaii to rural Colorado to Washington, D.C. We even have foreign employees who hail from Australia, Germany, Honduras, Bulgaria and Argentina…  read more

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Raymonn Adams: Don’t let managing too many tools steal your valuable time

Raymonn Adams, Lockr CEO August 22, 2014 by

At some point in time, the amount of tools we used seriously reached more than 20. The very reason we used tools was to gain back time we needed to push out great work. But there are so many amazing options—and so many damn good ones I might add—we wanted to try them all. However, the problem is we ended up managing the vast amount of tools used to get our daily tasks done, thus stealing away more valuable time.  read more

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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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