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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

Creating eBooks with Pages.app

UPDATE: This article was written in 2011, with tools that were available to us then. We'd suggest searching for more modern tools for creating eBooks now. iBooks on left...
Mike
October 20th, 2011

Songs for Entrepreneurs

I've been meaning to write this little post for a long time. There are a few songs whose lyrics stuck with me and have helped me along my programmer-to-CEO...
Peldi
September 15th, 2011

Looking for an Outgoing DevOps in California

Nov 1st UPDATE: the position has been filled! Go Kyle! 🙂 Hi this is Peldi from Balsamiq. We are a three-year old, bootstrapped and very profitable little company. In...
Peldi
September 12th, 2011

Devising a Profit Sharing Program for Micro-Multinationals

This post is part of a series about our VERY FEW company policies. Read this intro post for some context. Quick update: now that we have over 25 employees,...
Peldi
September 12th, 2011

Our Simple Salary Policy

This post is part of a series about our VERY FEW company policies. Read this intro post for some context. Given that we have different people all around the...
Peldi
September 12th, 2011

Pace, not Deadlines

This post is part of a series about our VERY FEW company policies. Read this intro post for some context. At Balsamiq, we don't have deadlines. Ever. It seems...
Peldi
September 7th, 2011

On the need of VERY FEW company policies

I'm not a fan of policies. In fact, the tiny little essay on how policies are bad from Rework is my favorite of the whole book. It's called "Don’t...
Peldi
September 7th, 2011

DigMyData: aha!-nalytics

I've never been a metrics lover. Stories like Google A/B testing 41 shades of blue make me cringe. I explain our industry's recent infatuation with analytics-driven-development in part as...
Peldi
September 6th, 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

"I love to do business with other businesses my size"

I've tweeted about this video a few times in the past. I'm posting it here as well so that I can find it easily every time I'm compelled to...
Peldi
August 12th, 2011

Company Retreat Powers Balsamiq Quality Boost

Would you trust your software to these people? You bet What is it like when a small, dynamic, distributed software company gets together for a week-long sleepover at the...
Anna
July 3rd, 2011

From Our RetrEAT: A Team That Cooks Together Stays Together

One of the hardest things about working with my beloved distributed team (aka balsamici*) is our not being able to see each other in person more often. Just once...
Peldi
June 24th, 2011

Our Response Might Be Delayed... We're on Retreat!

Hello friends! I am super-excited as I type this. I am alone in the office today because it's an Italian holiday, a French holiday, and OUR WHOLE US TEAM...
Peldi
June 2nd, 2011

Joy McCrea joins Balsamiq

Hello everyone! I know it's been a while since our last blog post, my apologies. We've been crazy busy with lots and lots of new customers and working on...
Peldi
May 18th, 2011

Video of my Business of Software 2010 talk

Hi friends, sorry for not blogging more, I'm having way too much fun working on Mockups, myBalsamiq and running our little company right now. Today I want to share...
Peldi
March 13th, 2011

Louanne Poisson Joins Balsamiq

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Louanne Poisson, who joined Balsamiq as Regina della Qualita', which is italian for Queen of Quality. She is based in...
Peldi
December 13th, 2010

Video of my LessConf 3010 talk

I had the pleasure of giving a talk at Less Conference 3010 last May titled "Guiding Principles for Running a Successful Little Startup". The conference was one of the...
Peldi
November 18th, 2010

Paolo Ottanà joins Balsamiq

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Paolo Ottanà, the newest member of team Balsamiq. Paolo will be working out of our Bologna office, helping us with...
Peldi
November 3rd, 2010

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

An update from Balsamiq-land!

Hello friends, long time no see! So sorry for not keeping you in the loop more about what's going on in Balsamiq-land. Although it might seem like we're not...
Peldi
October 14th, 2010

Email, key lookup, bounced check

After our company met in Italy on July 1, I stayed abroad until my recent return to the Bay Area, and since I got back, every day has been...
Val
September 9th, 2010

Office Space

If you follow our company blogs, you already read about our first-ever team meeting. A highlight for us was on a Lake Como ferry to Bellagio, where we had...
Val
July 26th, 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

They're coming!

I mentioned today that I feel like Balsamiq (the company) is really just starting now. The team is in place, the processes are pretty smooth, the revenue somewhat stable,...
Peldi
July 1st, 2010

Natalie Gould joins Balsamiq

I am thrilled to announce that my very good friend Natalie Gould has joined the Balsamiq team! We're not sure about what her final job title will be, but...
Peldi
July 1st, 2010

Our Short and Mid-Term Feature Roadmap

Hi there, I've written bits of this enough times now that I thought a little blog post about it would be in order. Here's what we're working on RIGHT...
Peldi
June 2nd, 2010
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