Archive for the ‘building online products’ Category

The last couple of years has seen a burst of experimentation in the news world to go beyond the print-inherited definition and delivery of news stories/articles/entries. That is genuinely great, but it remains hard, even for leading organizations with vast resources, to scale beyond one-offs. This is due to a mix of interlocked factors, including: [...]

The explosion in the quantity and quality of both commercial APIs and open source projects is a huge enabler for digital start-ups and small businesses. Instead of painfully rolling your own version of, say, sending email newsletters or displaying a media gallery, in many cases “there’s an app for that.” However, behind the numbers, the [...]

Until recently like many people I used XAMPP to run a Linux/Apache/MySQL stack under Windows. This beats developing off a remote server by a long stretch (in case anybody still does that), but it turns out to be quite a hassle as you wrestle with / vs \ in paths and other discrepancies between the [...]

I’ve put together lists of teams and people working at the intersection of news publishing, data, visualization, and online/mobile/software development to get a better sense of who talks the talk and who walks the walk. There’s a strong UK presence, while some organizations are missing that you’d expect might want to show up. This would deserve [...]

I haven’t posted on this blog for a long time, mostly because we’ve kept ourselves quite busy hunting for, then buying and renovating a house in Concón, Chile. After 5 months of remodeling, we finally moved in last month and we’re very happy to have made that choice which satisfies both our heads – we’re [...]

The fine people at EllisLab have a quite interesting post on how they see feature requests. Generally speaking, I like their voice. Unlike many web 2.0 companies, they’re not delivering the usual pandering bullshit: “it’s all about you the users and the comm-you-nih-tee.” Yeah right, like we can’t figure out the part about UGC economies [...]

I’m a fan of services neatly packaged as products that answer a very well defined need. A good example is psd2html: you know what you put in the box, and you know what you’re going to get at the other end. Great way to complement your own resources. We’re coming to a point where our [...]

Why, now that all these topics that I posted feverishly about for years are making front page news, am I almost mute? Jeffrey Zeldman perfectly captures everything that got me sick of the whole web 2.0 noise explosion. I’m busy building our own businesses and I hardly even keep up with what’s new. Oh wait, [...]

Please welcome TaxPrinter.com, another site I created with Tig, this one totally different from what we usually do. Tig came up with the idea after he needed to address one of his administrative needs and couldn’t find a ready answer. The service is pretty basic: if you lost your old tax software but need to [...]

Excuse the lack of posts as of lately but I’m working on two new sites to be launched within a couple of weeks or so (one we’ve been planning to do for months and directly in line with what we’ve been doing for a while, the other a totally new experiment). Here’s a question for [...]


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I'm CEO of an online/mobile trade publishing firm in the marketing and defense verticals. We strive to make news and data digestible and useful in an environment that is noisier by the day.

This personal blog mixes my thoughts and interests on politics, business, publishing, software, and more. Over the years I have posted items that turned out spectacularly wrong, and a few posts that better stood the test of time.

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