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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

A Season to be Thankful

Another year has gone and here we are, looking back to what 2015 brought us. As usual, Peldi will publish a detailed “looking back” post soon. In short, we...
Francesca
December 23rd, 2015

Tips for Creating Great Screencast Recordings

As a UX team, we're always trying to improve the work we do to support our customers. Video has been a big part of that from the beginning: Peldi...
Mike
December 21st, 2015

Docs.balsamiq.com: Our New Static Documentation Site, Powered by Hugo

Last month we released a brand new web site for our documentation - docs.balsamiq.com. We also updated our support site with a new design and layout. This post describes...
Leon
November 19th, 2015

Welcome Brendan, Virgin and Stefano!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! It is my great pleasure to introduce to you three new members of the Balsamiq family today. Brendan Saricks Brendan is the guy in your...
Peldi
October 12th, 2015

Company Policies: Time Off to Exercise

This post is part of a series about our VERY FEW company policies. Read this intro post for some context. Joining a new company is always overwhelming. When I...
Francesca
October 8th, 2015

Peldi's 15 Tips For Public Speaking

If you are thinking "I want to give a talk at a conference / event / workshop", I have some tips for you. Well, they aren't from me; they...
Francesca
September 11th, 2015

On Working from Home, Better

Balsamiq is a company optimized for working remotely. Of our ~20 employees, only nine live within commuting distance of our only office in Bologna, Italy, and even those employees...
Leon
September 3rd, 2015

2015 Balsamiq Retreat in the Loire Valley

Since we are a remote, distributed team (9 from Italy, 5 from California, 1 from France, 1 from Germany, 1 from Netherlands, so far - and more are coming!),...
Francesca
July 3rd, 2015

Volunteering at BOSS

As I wrote recently, some of us use part of our Professional Development Time at Balsamiq to do some volunteering. We also encourage each other to share our learning...
Francesca
May 13th, 2015

Professional Development at Balsamiq

This post is part of a series about our VERY FEW company policies. Read this intro post for some context. We have become hesitant about sharing our company policies...
Francesca
May 4th, 2015
Anatomy of a perfect reply

Tips for Customer Support

As you can read in the blog post about The Balsamiq Mantras, Customer Support is something really important to us. During the 2014 Balsamiq Retreat, Peldi asked Ben to teach his techniques for...
Francesca
April 9th, 2015

Looking back at 2014

Hello again friends of Balsamiq! Peldi here with our traditional "state of the union" end-of-year report. You can find previous editions here: 2008, 2009 and 2013. As usual, this...
Peldi
January 21st, 2015

Balsamiq, the Secret Sauce

It's not hard to guess that our company has always had a strong affinity with food. Especially good, earthy, artisanal, unpretentious food. We even added a menu item in...
Francesca
January 14th, 2015

Even Santa uses Balsamiq?

As you know, our little company is spread out around the world. We have a Hipchat room we use to share day-to-day stories, which helps us bond. Today Stefano...
Francesca
December 23rd, 2014

Santa visited Balsamiq today!

As Santa gets ready for his annual trip around the world, he came by for a visit to our different locations this morning. We all were ready for him, bouncing off...
Francesca
December 18th, 2014

Francesca Fabbri joins Balsamiq!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! I'm Francesca, the seventeenth member of the Balsamiq family. What can we expect from you? My primary role at Balsamiq is to be the Community...
Francesca
December 15th, 2014

2014 Retreat: Learning From and About

Ride pride Friends, I can't believe it's October. Before summer becomes a distant memory, I want to tell some stories from this year's Retreat. If you've been following our...
Val
October 20th, 2014

Transformative Living @ Balsamiq

I believe it all started in San Francisco. In 2013, our yearly retreat took place in a big house on the pan handle and one of the many highlights...
Luis
July 18th, 2014

Happy to Learn Something New!

We encourage each other to be lifelong learners at Balsamiq, and I decided to take a class. Opportunities for online education are abundant, but don't overlook the benefits of an in-person...
Val
July 11th, 2014

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

Behind the Scenes of Our Documentation Process

We are always committed to improving our support website experience. Read this blog post for the most recent changes to the Documentation site. We recently wrote about some of...
Leon
February 10th, 2014

Looking back at 2013

Hello friends of Balsamiq! As 2013 comes to an end, it's time to revive an old tradition (2008, 2009) and look back at all that we have achieved this...
Peldi
December 30th, 2013

Sketching the 2013 Retreat

Our home for the week Hi all! Ben here again. As Val already posted, last summer we had our annual company retreat. This was my first opportunity to attend,...
ben
November 4th, 2013

Ben on the Balsamiq Customer Experience

Supporting customers is such a huge part of what we do as company. Everyone contributes to customer support in one way or another, and our awesome team keep working...
Mike
October 14th, 2013

An office with a View

It's been a wild 3 years since my last blog post about our office in Bologna. Since then, we've grown to 16 friendly faces, a whopping 8 in Bologna...
Val
October 3rd, 2013

Sketchnotes from Mobile UX Summit 2013

Hi, all. Ben here again with more sketchnotes! (Here is a link to the first set of sketchnotes I posted.) Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in...
ben
September 24th, 2013

Happy 5th Birthday, dear Balsamiq!

With the SuperMoon shining upon us, the friends who make up Balsamiq met in San Francisco to celebrate our company's 5th birthday. Our team is scattered around Europe and...
Peldi
July 17th, 2013

Sketchnotes from GetSatisfaction Conference

Hi, I'm Ben. This is my first blog post for Balsamiq, so I thought I would do a brief introduction. I am a long-time user and fanboy of Balsamiq,...
ben
July 11th, 2013

Salvatore Cammarata joins Balsamiq!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Our little team is growing again! This time I'd like you to join me in welcoming my good friend and old college buddy Salvatore 'Sax'...
Peldi
June 16th, 2013

Andrea Serra joins Balsamiq!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Andrea Serra, the latest member of the Balsamiq family. Andrea is a client-side developer who will...
Peldi
May 9th, 2013

Meet Michele and Ben!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Another week, another piece of good news. No, two! 🙂 We hired a new team member to speed up our software development, and we partnered...
Peldi
April 5th, 2013

Balsamiq partners with Aramis B.V.

Hello friends of Balsamiq! It is with great pleasure that I can announce today that Balsamiq has entered a long-term partnership with Aramis B.V., a Dutch software development company...
Peldi
March 8th, 2013

Anna Mariotti joins Balsamiq!

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Anna Mariotti, the latest addition to the Balsamiq family. Anna's main job is to ensure that our growing Italian company...
Peldi
February 26th, 2013

Leon Barnard Joins Balsamiq

It's a great pleasure to introduce you all to Leon Barnard, the newest member of our team. We're excited to have Leon onboard to help move our UX and...
Mike
November 15th, 2012

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

2012 Balsamiq Company Retreat

My suitcases are not yet unpacked because I have Balsamiq Jetlag Syndrome (BJS). Luis defines that as "A complication of ordinary jetlag, where the subject is kept awake by...
Peldi
June 18th, 2012

A myBalsamiq morning to forget: an apology

Hello friends. For the second time in the history of Balsamiq, I write you today to apologize for our mistakes. This morning we started what was supposed to be...
Peldi
April 3rd, 2012

Florian Brauer joins Balsamiq

Hello friends of Balsamiq! It is my great pleasure to introduce to you the newest member of the Balsamiq family: Florian Brauer! We first met Florian in July last...
Peldi
April 2nd, 2012

Balsamiq Interview on IATV

We took some time out to talk to Jan Jursa on the IATV podcast. Peldi, Jan, and I discussed Mockups and myBalsamiq, wireframes and prototyping, and what's happening right...
Mike
February 20th, 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

Kyle Dinh Joins Balsamiq

Hello friends of Balsamiq! I am thrilled today to announce that Kyle Dinh has joined the Balsamiq team as full-time employee #10 - double-digits baby! 🙂 Kyle, who's based...
Peldi
November 1st, 2011
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