August 2019 Archives

Liquid Web Case Study – the Importance of Finding the Right Vendor

Earlier this year I was interviewed by Liquid Web, our hosting company, about our experiences with them for a case study that was released this week. We’ve been with Liquid Web since our big server disaster in 2008. We’ve stayed with them from that initial dedicated server, to another dedicated server, and most recently last year’s move to a server cluster. We also have used their cloud servers for LockerPulse and for our other miscellaneous sites like this blog. There are a ton of options… Continue reading

8/23/19

We’re Back on the Inc. 5000 for the 5th Straight Year!

The Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the US came out this morning, and we made the list for the 5th straight year! This year we moved up to #3368, the highest we’ve been on the list. There are a lot of faster growing companies out there, but I think what’s most impressive about what we’ve done is that we’ve done it for five straight years. According to the letter we received from Inc., this is quite rare: Of the tens of thousands… Continue reading

8/14/19

Responding to Raw Ideas

Ryan Singer, designer and developer at Basecamp, recently released a web-only book entitled Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters. I’ve been working my way through it, and one passage about responding to new product improvements stood out: Responding to raw ideas Our default response to any idea that comes up should be: “Interesting. Maybe some day.” In other words, a very soft “no” that leaves all our options open. We don’t put it in a backlog. We give it space… Continue reading

8/12/19

When Skills Accidentally Get Stuck in Time

One of my goals after I caught up on my programming projects was to brush up on my web development skills, particularly CSS and Javascript. One of the things that tends to happen when you’ve been around for over a decade in a rapidly changing industry is that your skills get “stuck in time” at the point in time when you developed the systems that you’re currently using. Our last big redesign for Detailed Image was our responsive redesign in 2013. Shortly before that, we… Continue reading

8/7/19