If you’re thinking of having someone sign an NDA before you share your idea with them, please read this first. I don’t mean this post to be an insult; I only hope that it helps founders refocus on what’s truly important: doing everything you can to execute.
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My journey to becoming a software developer took me through plenty of twists and turns.
I started early. I wrote my first line of code sometime in the sixth grade, and registered my first domain name shortly thereafter, where I set up a chatroom for a couple of my classmates to use during free time at school. By high school, I was building sites for class projects.
Many posts aimed at new Vim users tend to just paste a large .vimrc file and then explain a few plugins to try. Very little (if any) time is devoted to explaining what all those settings in .vimrc are actually doing.
I’d like to walk through my personal .vimrc file section by section and breakdown what and why I have the configuration settings I do. Given that my .vimrc has over around 15 years worth of built-up cruft, this will also be a good exercise for me to clean it up a bit and update where needed as well.Read more →
If you’ve ever looked for a design and development agency to build your product, you know that lack of options is not a problem in this industry.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite: thousands of agencies, from one-man shops to full-scale operations, want your business.
As the buyer, it’s daunting, if not downright scary. You’re not shopping for new sheets; choosing the right partner to bring your vision to life can be a make-or-break decision for the success of your product.
“Do they get what I’m trying to do?”
“Have they built anything like this before?”
“How do I know they’re not going to screw me over?”
No pressure, right?
Well, as someone who has helped hundreds of folks just like you through this decision process, I’m here to tell you: it doesn’t have to suck.
I’ve put together the post below to guide you through the agency selection process, including prioritizing your criteria, asking the right questions and spotting the signs that your business relationship may not end on the friendliest terms.
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The interactive git rebase is one of the many tools we use here at MojoTech to keep our super high code quality. This is one of the first things we teach incoming Mojos and something I’ve given lessons to clients and collaborators. While there’s no substitute for working with another person and asking them questions, it is my hope that this video can be used both as a good starting point and as a useful reference.
- Aaron Rosenberg (@agrberg)
Imagine if users raved about your app. If they just couldn’t wait to come back and use it again.
To me, that’s how it feels to be a Zappos customer. The company continues to wow me.
And I know I’m not the only one.
Founder Tony Hsieh says the key to that success is the company’s religious devotion to customer service, and nearly all of us who’ve done business with Zappos would probably agree.
But it’s not just devotion itself; it’s the strategic execution of that devotion that makes almost every single customer experience an overwhelmingly positive one, and drives customers to return over and over again.
As product developers, we all want our apps to be as irresistible as Zappos. For users to keep coming back, and continue to engage deeply with our products.
There are many parallels between incredible customer service and incredible product experience, and we can all learn a few lessons from Zappos’ masterful approach.Read more →
I used to think I was fairly computer literate. Two weeks in tech taught me that I am not.
I have been working at MojoTech for two weeks, and at times I have felt like I might be working in a different country. Fortunately for me and the company, my job role has little to do with coding, designing, developing, or anything of the like. I’m the new studio manager; and business administration, office operations, logistics and organizational development are all right in my wheelhouse.
I was thrilled at the opportunity to take on this new role. I watched the company grow from the outside for the past three years, starting back when the office was in Warren. I remember first meeting Nick, shortly after the move to Providence. Now I get to be part of the next big move, across downtown into a space that is going to make an Apple store look like a 16th century Tudor.Read more →
We are proud of the level of polish we were able to achieve in such a short amount of time, as well as how legitimately fun the final product was. If you love it too (or even just like it), you can still vote for us below.Read more →
While numbers on their own have little meaning, there are those figures that we’ve elevated in our minds as special.
Everybody remembers their first love. Their 21st birthday.
At MojoTech, we look back fondly on signing our third client; it was then that we realized that our little project could actually become a real business!
And as we hit another huge milestone, our 100th product launch, I can’t help but reflect on these last 100 projects, and the road that led here.
From a service standpoint, our 100th launch — PINCHme.com — isn’t any different than our 99th was, or 101st will be. Though we’ve improved on a number of processes and workflows in the last five years, our team still approaches each project with the same fearlessness and excitement that we’ve had since the start. And I’m very proud of that.
But still, the number 100 stands out to me.Read more →
Hi. My name is Cory Simmons. I write tutorials for TutsPlus, books for Packt Publishing, and created the Jeet Framework. This is my story about my first week at MojoTech.
At the end of October I was hired by MojoTech. I sold my car, paid my way out of my lease, threw away or sold 99% of my belongings, said goodbye to all the people I care about including my wonderful children and supportive girlfriend, and hopped a plane to Providence, RI.
On my first day, my framework, Jeet, officially became a MojoTech project. Seconds after the repository was transferred, Backbone Marionette's current maintainer and now coworker, Sam Saccone, filed a ton of issues that essentially pulled a lot of functionality out of Jeet in favor of making it more modular for use in other tools.
My initial reaction was one of someone who was afraid of change. My friend, and fellow TutsPlus/Packt author, Gabriel Manricks, and I had put a lot of work into some of this functionality, and now I was being asked to just throw all that away.
I didn’t want to.Read more →