Balsamiq Summer Camp: How We Planned Our 2016 Retreat

Annual retreats have become an essential part of working together at Balsamiq. From our first gathering as an entire company in 2010, we realized seeing each other face to...
Natalie
July 12th, 2016

A New Year's Toast to Some Awesome Non Profits

Four years ago we added a company donation policy. Over the years we increased the amount we donate from 2% to 3% of our profits and we've added the...
Natalie
January 20th, 2016

[Release] myBalsamiq Annual Plans!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! In December we released a new version of myBalsamiq that offers annual plans and billing improvements. You may not have noticed it while creating mockups...
Natalie
January 15th, 2016

Admin Engineers

About a year and a half ago, we started experimenting with a company structured around project-based work. I remember Peldi asking me what I thought we should name the...
Natalie
March 6th, 2014

Thoughts on "How to Win Friends and Influence People"

When I was a growing up my parents paid me to read books they thought had value for my personal growth. I suspect the first was The Little Engine...
Natalie
October 16th, 2012

Our Donation Policy

This post is part of a series about our VERY FEW company policies. Read this intro post for some context. While we're not quite big enough yet to sponsor...
Natalie
December 31st, 2011

Avoiding the Circumlocution Office

A few weeks ago, I finally received my "permesso di soggiorno," my permission to stay in Italy. As an American citizen I knew the process for getting my paperwork...
Natalie
August 22nd, 2011

Keeping it in Perspective

I have a love/hate relationship with change. I love new challenges and new opportunities, but would love to have them completely on my own terms. Of course change doesn't...
Natalie
October 22nd, 2010

Our First Company Retreat

I'm on a boat! Being a Balsamiq employee for just over two weeks, I wasn’t sure my perspective of the staff retreat would be of much value. After all,...
Natalie
July 19th, 2010