Work

Extra, Extra! Read all about it!

Last summer I accepted a position with a startup that is best described as a hybrid book publishing platform. I loved what they were doing and saw some huge potential in it. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out the way everybody expected, and by the end of the year, I was out of a job. A…

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How we came to pull the plug on Event Ticketing

I’ve been asked several times why we decided to finally pull the plug on our event ticketing plugin. Rather than have to tell the story over and over, I figured I’d just write it up so I could just send people the link when they ask. So, as requested, here’s the story of how we…

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That helpless feeling

I’m a doer. It’s probably why I have such a hard time handing off tasks that should be done by other people. An email will come in with a small task and instead of forwarding it over for somebody else to take care of, I’ll either stop what I’m doing and take care of it…

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How do you break up your day?

I am having a pretty interesting time at work right now. We have a number of projects that we are working hard to get finished, but things keep coming up that cause them to stall. And, you know how it goes, once one project slips, it pushes the next project, and the dominoes start falling…

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One year with ZenDesk

Last year at Pressnomics, a business conference geared toward WordPress related business, I had the the opportunity to listen to the CEO of Zendesk talk about how the company started, how they built the company and cultivated the culture. It was a fantastic presentation and one of my favorites from the event. After getting back…

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Trying to plan a working getaway

Lately I have been thinking a lot about how to make myself less and less the center of my company. Mainly because I feel that I can become the bottleneck. Also because it’s hard to scale. I have taken some steps by hiring a couple project managers, and that is definitely a step in the…

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1000 reasons not to

Holy crap we did it. 9 months after we started, we finally released a major update for one of our plugins this week. On one hand, I am very excited (and proud) about the work we did. But the first thought that comes to mind is, “what took so long?” I know the answer. I…

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When good enough isn’t

A long time client asked for some help. Like I do with a lot of projects, I first try to see if there’s something off the shelf that would scratch the itch. Unfortunately, the request was JUST custom enough that even a really good existing plugin would still need to be tweaked. Since I’d probably…

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Coworking. Or, why I’m back in an office.

I spent the better part of 10 years working in an office. I spent the next 3 years working from home. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, of course. As much as enjoy working from home (the commute is awesome), I have been having a pretty big issue with creating a work/life split. My home…

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Instant Messenger is the Devil

Software like Adium and Pidgeon are so darn handy. They let you hook up your Google Chat, Yahoo! IM, AIM, MSN and other instant messengers along with access to tons of IRC channels, too. Man, what a great invention. Instant access to everybody I’ve ever exchanged email with (thanks gchat) all at the click of…

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