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rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


Create your own Serverless API

If you don’t already know of it, Todd Motto has this great list of public APIs. It’s awesome if you’re trying out a new framework or new layout pattern and want to hit the ground running without fussing with the content. But what if you want or need to make your own API? Serverless can help create a nice one for data you’d like to expose for use. Serverless really shines for this use case, and hopefully this post makes it clear why. In a non-serverless paradigm, we have to pick something like express, we have to set up endpoints, we have to give your web server secured access to your database server, you have to deploy it, etc. In contrast, here we’ll be able to create an API in a few button clicks, with minor modifications. Here’s the inspiration for this tutorial: I’ve been building a finder to search…

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Team > Tech

[I originally wrote this on The Bitcoin Pub] You may have already seen this video… but, if not, please give it a view. There are a number of serious topics covered in @peter’s video, but, I just want to square on one of them and expand my own thoughts on it. Team Is Everything When I first started building my career I didn’t think twice about people… all I cared about were the projects that I could get to work on and the problems that were trying to be solved. I chose all of my professional decisions based on those two levers… and if they could be pulled nicely, I’d take the gig. I quickly learned that I had it entirely backwards. You see, what I learned very quickly is that regardless of how cool the technology was or the problem that was trying to be solved… if I didn’t…

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2017 Year in Review

Per usual, I’m doing my “Year in Review,” just as I’v done for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. This is the 6th year that I’ve done it. And, as things go, I spent time reviewing my own years in review and was completely overwhelmed by how much has happened in just the last 6 years that I’ve been writing these recaps. It really is unbelievable the amount of things that can occur in one, single, year… completely blows me away. This year, in particular, was the most exciting year of my life and also one of the most challenging, most frustrating, and most joy-filled as well. That always seems to happen. In addition, just like previous years, I would have never been able to predict what was going to happen in that year, just like now, as I’m writing this post, I cannot imagine what will happen and transpire in the next 365 (or 360…

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Gifts for Creatives During the Holiday Season and Beyond

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration daily Do you have a creative in your life? We’re talking about the artsy types who would rather spend time curled up reading a book in front of the fire. Those friends and family who put deep thought into the gifts they give and would rather not another plain shirt from the department store. The good news is that creatives are often not that picky, since they can always get inventive with the gifts they receive. However, there’s something great about finding that quirky or useful gift for their profession or everyday life, whether it be a shape-shifting chair that adds some character to their home or a set of musical wine glasses where the notes are set by the amount of liquid. Overall, gifts for creatives need to be both exciting and useful. You’re not trying to buy a gimmick or gag…

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Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Marketing Jobs?

Oh the promise of sophisticated analytics and artificial intelligence to automatically send current and potential customers the exact right email at the exact right time to get them to buy more things.I just perused a food delivery service this week and started the signup process before abandoning. The robots dutifully sent me follow-ups with coupons and welcome messages to convince me to become a customer.It’s no doubt effective when it’s done right. But I think it blinds most people trying to market their business to something even more important.Do you drink coffee? I bet you do. Afterall, 83% of the adult population does.It’s no wonder we do. Apart from being addictive it’s also convenient and it’s customized. Coffee historians call these the waves of coffee.Before 1850 people were grinding and roasting coffee themselves. The first wave was Folgers in a can; the second wave was Starbucks. You could now get coffee anyway…

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Bury the lede

How can we keep people interested?Technology doesn’t always give us the highest quality outcome. Sometimes it just buys us more convenience.Look at coffee. It used to be a pain to prepare and drink. Then in 1850 Folgers started roasting and grinding it for us. It wasn’t as fresh, but it sure was fast.Or look at photography. Today, smartphones put everything from supercomputers to cameras into our pocket. But the pictures pale in comparison to what my 5lb DSLR can take.But we compromise. Sometimes convenience wins. Writing made a similar compromise.The telegraph was a huge improvement in communication compared to smoke signals. We could now transmit messages over long distances.But man, were those early messages expensive. A trained operator needed to type each letter by hand. And so compromises were made to shorten and change the message. For example, when the Wright Brothers completed their first flight, they couldn’t gush to their parents.…

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Surprising Places

I’ve shared previously my history with alcohol and, more specifically, my really bad relationship with booze and I’m happy to say that I’ve continued to stay strong and haven’t had a drink since I quit cold-turkey late last year. I’m very, very excited to celebrate the one year anniversary of one of the most significant decisions of my life and I know that I’m going to make it. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t struggle with it. In fact, I dream of drinking alcohol and find myself often thinking about the “great times” that I’ve had while under the influence as I moved towards blacking out. These, of course, are lies, fabricated tales of only the positive effects that alcohol temporarily brought me and my mind intentionally forgets to include all the damage and sadness that it has brought me over the decade of abuse. But, I quit and I’m glad…

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8 things remote CEOs do differently

If you’re thinking of going remote, here’s what successful remote leaders do…Earlier this month, I spoke with a CEO who’s looking to transition her company to become remote in the upcoming year. I could tell she was hesitant — perhaps even nervous about it. She’d never run a remote company before.She asked me:“Claire, what do CEOs of remote companies have to do differently?”“Do I need to shift some of my attitudes or behaviors?” she elaborated. “What do I need to do as a remote leader to make sure we’re as successful as when we were co-located?”I had to pause and think about her questions for a minute.Even though I’ve been a CEO of a remote company for the past almost four years, I’d never explicitly thought about the difference between what a remote CEO requires vs. what a co-located CEO requires. But when posed the question, I realized there are certain things I deliberately focus on…

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World, Meet Ground Rules

This summer, Viget interns across offices in DC, Durham, and Boulder came together (in spirit) to identify a problem and create a compelling, digital solution. We had ten weeks. We had the combined skills of our five disciplines. We had free snacks. We started with brainstorming. Through the pixelated magic of Google Hangouts, we bemoaned the lack of taco trucks. We mourned the trials of finding free wifi. We grieved over food that goes to waste in the fridge. Nothing felt quite right, until we realized that the problem was in front of us, lukewarm and half-drained. The problem was coffee. As a rule, we drink coffee when we’re tired. But making coffee makes us tired. First of all, there’s finding the right roast — the quest for the perfect blend that inevitably ends with Folgers. We don’t want Folgers, but at least we know what we’re getting with it,…

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Assumptions

In 1952, the Boston Symphony Orchestra put up a screen during musician auditions to make them “blind”. They had been hiring more men than women and were trying to figure out if they were biased in their hiring. Still, the audition results skewed towards men. Why?There’s a bar my wife and I like to visit near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf called The Buena Vista. They serve a delicious Irish Coffee. Even more memorable is Larry Nolan one of their frequent bartenders. If you go there during the week, sit at the bar. You might get a special chance to see Larry perform magic while you enjoy your coffee.A few weeks ago my wife, three year old, and I travelled to the Bay Area. My sister-in-law just had surgery and we went to help with chores and recovery. Things like driving the kids to school, taking her to appointments, etc. We spent a…

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From imagination to (augmented) reality in 48 hours

Every spring, members of Acquia’s Product, Engineering and DevOps teams gather at our Boston headquarters for “Build Week”. Build Week gives our global team the opportunity to meet face-to-face, to discuss our product strategy and roadmap, to make plans, and to collaborate on projects. One of the highlights of Build Week is our annual Hackathon; more than 20 teams of 4-8 people are given 48 hours to develop any project of their choosing. There are no restrictions on the technology or solutions that a team can utilize. Projects ranged from an Amazon Dash Button that spins up a new Acquia Cloud environment with one click, to a Drupal module that allows users to visually build page layouts, or a proposed security solution that would automate pen testing against Drupal sites. This year’s projects were judged on innovation, ship-ability, technical accomplishment and flair. The winning project, Lift HoloDeck, was particularly exciting…

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From imagination to (augmented) reality in 48 hours

Every spring, members of Acquia’s Product, Engineering and DevOps teams gather at our Boston headquarters for “Build Week”. Build Week gives our global team the opportunity to meet face-to-face, to discuss our product strategy and roadmap, to make plans, and to collaborate on projects. One of the highlights of Build Week is our annual Hackathon; more than 20 teams of 4-8 people are given 48 hours to develop any project of their choosing. There are no restrictions on the technology or solutions that a team can utilize. Projects ranged from an Amazon Dash Button that spins up a new Acquia Cloud environment with one click, to a Drupal module that allows users to visually build page layouts, or a proposed security solution that would automate pen testing against Drupal sites. This year’s projects were judged on innovation, ship-ability, technical accomplishment and flair. The winning project, Lift HoloDeck, was particularly exciting…

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From imagination to (augmented) reality in 48 hours

Every spring, members of Acquia’s Product, Engineering and DevOps teams gather at our Boston headquarters for “Build Week”. Build Week gives our global team the opportunity to meet face-to-face, to discuss our product strategy and roadmap, to make plans, and to collaborate on projects. One of the highlights of Build Week is our annual Hackathon; more than 20 teams of 4-8 people are given 48 hours to develop any project of their choosing. There are no restrictions on the technology or solutions that a team can utilize. Projects ranged from an Amazon Dash Button that spins up a new Acquia Cloud environment with one click, to a Drupal module that allows users to visually build page layouts, or a proposed security solution that would automate pen testing against Drupal sites. This year’s projects were judged on innovation, ship-ability, technical accomplishment and flair. The winning project, Lift HoloDeck, was particularly exciting…

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4 Things You Should Know Before You Start Using Memes on Social Media

Memes are one of the greatest symbols of social media. They’re edgy. They’re funny. They’re easy to iterate on, and every week, a new one pops up. But despite their popularity, it seems like using memes is a risky decision for a brand — or is it? Memes can work well for brands, but only for those that get the essential elements of using a meme right. If you try to use a meme and don’t hit the mark, you’ll look foolish and out of touch at best, but could also end up seriously offending someone. So whether you’re new to memes, or looking to spin your meme mastery into good business, this guide will help you nail marketing with memes. Their simple form and humor give memes inherent virility and a broad appeal. If you’ve been thinking about using memes to promote your brand on social media, you’re in…

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Steeped in History

Dim sum at Nom WahNom Wah Tea Parlor is New York Chinatown’s oldest dim sum restaurant. For decades, it served Cantonese dumplings and rolls in the traditional way, from trolleys pushed around the restaurant. When Wilson Tang took over Nom Wah in 2011, he switched from trolleys to menus with pictures and started serving dim sum through dinner. He also opened new locations that broadened Nom Wah’s repertoire beyond dim sum. These were big changes for a restaurant that opened in 1920, but Wilson saw them as measures to secure Nom Wah’s future for its next century in business.https://medium.com/media/a72379af33c3dd5da1b0e0603fc675f1/hrefTranscript(Sound of restaurant)WAILIN WONG: Wilson Tang is a native New Yorker and a Chinatown kid. On weekend mornings, his family would head to Chinatown in lower Manhattan for dim sum. It’s a Cantonese meal consisting of small dishes traditionally served from trolleys that servers push around the restaurant. There’s dumplings, rolls and buns,…

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How to innovate — 3 recent stories from successful brands

Last week I had the opportunity to attend ProFood Tech, a trade show for the food and beverage processing industry. I went to experience problems felt by companies outside my sphere of online software businesses. It’s funny though how much is still the same. Same problems. Same worries.How do we grow this old brand? How have people’s tastes changed? How do we create new products without wasting tons of money?There was a panel on innovation where three successful and aging brands shared recent successes at creating new products. There’s a lot to learn from them.Bud LightThe CEO of Anheuser-Busch was visiting Asia when he noticed folks were pouring beer over ice. He immediately called his VP of Innovation, Pat McGauley, and asked for his team to figure out what was going on here. Was this a trend they could exploit?The call was on a Friday. By Sunday, Pat was testing beers over ice with…

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The Future | Inspired by Nature

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration daily Nature* feeds us, purifies the air we breathe and the water we drink. Unbeatable booster, it cures stress, sadness, reenergizes humans. It’s all around us but most of us fail to appreciate it or even notice it, which is a bit like turning the back on our own selves. No, we’re not going into a philosophical discussion about nature, and how our own beings are (part of) nature. We’re just trying to remind you of the importance of looking at nature – an incredible source of endless inspiration on top of everything else. Look again, or maybe for the first time, with the curiosity of a child. Sure, the occasional romantic strolls help too, but don’t forget to study, explore, examine, through a magnifying glass if needed. Be amazed by the universe at our fingertips. “Glance at the sun. See the…

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Jobs to be done — Getting started

If you don’t know me, Hi. I’m Nate. I took over as CEO of Highrise as we spun it off from Basecamp in 2014. It’s been an exciting project, but holy crap is it hard.Highrise is a simple CRM you can get your whole team on in a few minutes and it’s been around since 2007. When it came out, it was a “blue ocean” for us (the water wasn’t red from a bloody war with competition). You had the behemoth of Salesforce, which is a fine system for people ready to spend their careers learning how to wield it. Or you had desktop tools and spreadsheets that were tough to share with your team. Highrise was one of the first to bring CRM online and make it dead simple.But… 10 years have passed. The marketplace is quite different.Now, when people search to use a CRM for their project or organization they…

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Looking Back at SXSW 2017 with Viget

If you were in Austin last week, you may have seen us running around, giving workshops, or enjoying some local eats. SXSW 2017 was a blast, and we were able to catch up with friends and the latest tech. Here’s a quick teaser of our trip: Themes We arrived on the festival’s first day to fantastic weather and the smell of delicious tacos. There were thousands of talks during the interactive segment, covering many different topics. However, there were a few popular themes that stood out: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR) Last year, we said Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality would blow up, and we saw some ingenious uses of these technologies. Related products were highlights of the expo, and many speakers focused on the intersection of immersive storytelling and VR/AR/MR. Innovators are now using this technology to sell homes, share immersive journalism, enhance music experiences, explore space, and…

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