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Can your entrepreneurial need be satisfied working for someone else?

I was listening to a recent episode of the Fizzle show where they announced the departure of one of their team. Caleb was a founding member of Fizzle but is leaving to start his own business, and it prompted them to ask:

Can you be satisfied, entrepreneurially...

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The Ruby in Rails

Back in August I did a short talk at Corkdev about the features of Ruby that make Rails so easy to work with.

The aim was to show off Rails to a general tech audience but without being all preachy about it. So instead I flew through the actual Rails...

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Generating a hierarchical graph with Rails & Javascript

At WorkCompass, we can import a .csv file of employees from a customer but, as anyone who’s done anything with CSV files knows, you need a lot of validation to make sure the data is clean. Among the automated checks are some manual things like “these...

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We killed them and didn’t even notice

We’ve killed 50% of the wildlife on this planet in the past 40 years. Does that disturb you? Probably not, I suspect.

Most people will walk past a rustle in the bushes not realising that a Blackbird is foraging in there. They’ll drive past the flock...

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Is the Apple Watch ‘good’?

So Apple finally announced their watch and everyone can claim they predicted it. As a piece of design, it is pretty nice, much cheaper than I’d have expected and will be sure to gather a fervent following of fans. To be honest, I think the design is...

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Business is about happiness

There’s an attitude that business is about money. It’s not. Or, at least, it shouldn’t be. The thing that business does is to exchange goods and services for money; but at the core, it’s not about money, and it’s not driven by money.

If it was about...

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How to Build a Raspberry Pi Camera Trap

I started with a low-tech footprint tunnel to get proof of our local hedgehogs but that was never going to be enough. I had a Raspberry Pi sitting in a drawer that wasn’t getting much love so, after a little googling a Raspberry Pi Camera Trap, aka...

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Every company has two markets

“Make something people want” includes making a company that people want to work for — Sahil Lavingia @gumroad

I saw that quote in an article on the Inside Intercom blog and it really struck me as something that many founders fail to see until it...

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The designers (should) come in two by two

If you’ve looked at any startup marketing website (like these templates) over the past year, you’ll have seen the influence of “The Designer”: Full-screen images; Filtered background videos; Slippy-slidey ‘smooth’ scrolling; Apple-like page scrolling...

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Don’t put me in one of those

When I die

Don’t keep me in a box Don’t put me in the ground Or mark my resting place with a giant granite headstone Don’t cover me with gravel hemmed in by a little granite wall

And whatever the fuck you do, Don’t arrange cheap tat on my grave I...

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