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From Sketch to App: Mobile Design to Development Workflow

Written by David Ortinau

I delivered this presentation at Xamarin Evolve 2016 in Orlando, Florida. As you will see from my slides, they don’t communicate much useful information by themselves. I tend to use visual slides and speak from an outline. Even after rehearsing several times, it’s the ad hoc stories that come to mind in the moment that […]

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How You Say “Checkout Our New Mobile App”

Written by David Ortinau

We took a love of language learning plus passion for building people focused mobile apps, and combined them to produce a different kind of language learning tool.

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Everyone Should Work On Site

Written by David Ortinau

In February 2013 Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer issued a company wide memo establishing a new, non-negotiable policy that all employees must work in a company facility, aka “On Site”. A few months later when pressed that people are more productive when alone, Mayer countered“they’re more collaborative and innovative when they’re together”.

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Production Experience

Written by Ben Bishop

In the past couple of years, I’ve become very preoccupied with the concept of “quality” in software development. One doesn’t have to look much further than the healthcare.gov website to see that this is a problem that still hasn’t been solved.

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Startup DNA

Written by David Ortinau

It was late on a Sunday night when I got the urgent call. An offer was being made to acquire ThisLife, and we were going to be individually interviewed the next morning. This is the call we’d been hoping and dreaming for. Nearly 3 years of late nights, early mornings, and “can you work the weekend” requests were finally paying off.

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