Mono, Appcelerator Titanium and HTML5 with Jason Sznol

October 25, 2013  |  Miscellaneous  |  1 Comment

Part 1: There’s a lot of different programming languages out there that require many different skills, but don’t panic! Monoproject is here for you to write the code just once and make it good for all platforms, and Jason Sznol explains exactly how it works.

Part 2: Want to write some iOS apps and have only got some Java knowledge? Good, then you’re up to the task. The only help you’ll need is Appcelerator Titanium, a mobile app code editor that has opened up traditionally hardcore development to the masses (assuming you know java).

Part 3: While you don’t need any hardware to program your I-Phone App with Titanium, thanks to emulators both for Android and iOS, you still need some developer skills and programming can be tricky at times. Here Jason Sznol talks about the pros and cons of working with Appcelerator Titanium, and how apps interact with both iOS and Android platforms.

Part 4: Native client development not your think? Another way of brewing up functionality has been out there for a while now. Jason Sznol talks about HTML5 and why it can be a good idea for writing a website that will run on every mobile device.

SeeClickFix with Jason Sznol

August 25, 2013  |  Miscellaneous  |  No Comments

Improving your city is just one click away. Jason Sznol gives an introduction to SeeClickFix, and how they enable the urban hero in us all by reporting non-emergency issues in your neighborhood. The phone is truly mightier than the sword!

Designer Pages with Avi Flombaum

June 25, 2013  |  Miscellaneous  |  No Comments

The architecture and design industry needed a good search platform, and that´s exactly where Avi Flombaum came in, founding Designer Pages. Here we talk about how this shared library of products improves architects and designers’ workflows, and also how Ruby On Rails changed his life. Could it change yours?

NYC on Rails with Avi Flombaum

April 22, 2013  |  Miscellaneous  |  No Comments

What´s the best way to learn Ruby on Rails? Avi Flombaum has an answer, get out and meet other developers. Talking of which, he runs the NYC on Rails meetup group, which Avi has organized since 2009.

Profitably with Francis Hwang

February 6, 2013  |  Miscellaneous  |  No Comments

Part 1: Say goodbye to good old spreadsheets: Profitably is here to help you plan for the customers you want, measure how you´re performing, and then execute. This might just be the planning and analysis you need for your small business and, best of all, you can do it online!

Part 2: Everyone needs a plan, and Profitably´s here to help you stick your business to it. But planning takes heavy data processing, and complex calculations need a great system to work things out. Here Francis Hwang talks about what kind of architecture Profitably relies on.


Engine Yard interview: Entrepeneurship and Rails Development with Stephen Robinson and Dr. Nic Williams

December 19, 2012  |  Project Management, Staffing  |  No Comments

Looking for developer talent? I was recently interviewed by Dr. Nic from Engine Yard and talked about my experiences finding and building out development teams. We covered many interesting topics including how to leverage near-shore developers and how to make it work.

Posted on the Engine Yard site on September 8, 2011 with Daniel Doubrovkine

October 6, 2012  |  Miscellaneous  |  No Comments

Part 1: Software meets fine arts with the help of a powerful search engine. To explain how this is possible, here´s Daniel Doubrovkine, the man behind

Part 2: From art to architecture -at least in terms of web development- here Daniel Doubrovkine talks about the Art Genome Project, Mongo DB, JavaScript and what was the best way to store data for

Part 3: Either you´re running a Sinatra or Rails application to expose an API to the world, there´s an important ally you should count on: Daniel Doubrovkine talks about Grape, a Ruby DSL for making API s

Part 4: With great power comes great architecture: Daniel Doubrovkine talks about the scalability of

Part 5: Web development, business and artistic goals. Daniel Doubrovkine talks about how these three interact in, and what it takes to get things done.

WeWork Labs: CityPockets with Cheryl Yeoh

August 15, 2012  |  Miscellaneous  |  No Comments

If a deal’s too good to miss, then make sure you don’t. CityPockets helps you keep track of all the deals you’ve signed up for so you can take charge of your low charge. Cheryl Yeoh discusses how CityPockets works and how she came to start the company.

WeWork Labs: IDoneThis with Walter Chen

June 15, 2012  |  Miscellaneous  |  No Comments

Part 1: “Don´t leave for tomorrow what you can do today”. Easier said than done? Not anymore! Walter Chen explains why IdoneThis is definetely the best way to get stuff done.

Part 2: You can achieve big things with a group of people or sometimes even on your own, but you do need to get beyond the wall of idleness. Walter talks about how IdoneThis keeps a calendar of what you’ve got done, and why yesterday´s achievements can be a powerful motivator for today. Can I have a gold star for this write up?

WeWork Labs: OpenInvo with Emily Lutzker

April 15, 2012  |  Miscellaneous  |  No Comments

Part 1: From art to business in a few steps: Emily Lutzker believes that creativity is the basis for any company and that´s exactly what OpenInvo is all about: a bridge between innovation, that turns into great ideas, and companies that seek them.

Part 2: What do you need to get your idea started? Emily also talks about what companies are doing to connect with inventors.

Part 3: How does creativity really happen? Is it always a spontaneous flash of inspiration or is there a method to becoming more creative? Maybe sometimes you have to let go of everything you know to grasp the next big idea. It’s the mental-monkey-bars of innovation!