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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

Bringing a little Balsamiq to Atlassian's #Summit2010

I'm doing some creative visualization about the upcoming Atlassian Summit in San Francisco on June 6. We are sponsoring, and I'll be managing a booth all by myself for...
Val
May 31st, 2010

I tink, therefore, I am. (Sorry, Descartes)

We love people who get stuff done. We are, therefore, extremely proud to sponsor one of the puzzles concocted by Tinkering School at this weekend's Maker Faire. Tinkering School,...
Val
May 19th, 2010

Refresh! My blog, reborn

Ahh, the best-laid plans of mice and bloggers... I had such grand ideas about waxing poetic every day, chronicling what we are learning as a company and my growth...
Val
May 17th, 2010

Employees define company values by designating Matching Funds

Hello everybody, thanks for visiting. I am delighted with our little company's growth, and we have quickly settled into a comfortable rhythm in 3 time zones. Now that we...
Val
March 31st, 2010

And the UXLx Winner is...

The upcoming UXLx Conference (May 12-14 in Lisbon) is a wonderful chance for Usability folks to hear some of our favorite speakers and meet like-minded experts who believe, like...
Val
March 9th, 2010

Our Spring 2010 Travel Plans

Hi everyone. We are all heads down making a TON of progress on all areas of our business: the website, the product, the web app, our internal processes...it's awesome....
Peldi
March 8th, 2010

Mike's 5 Jobs

Hi again. Thanks so much everyone for all the nice words following yesterday's announcement.... we're all super-excited as well! 🙂 In this post we'd like to give you a...
Peldi
March 2nd, 2010

Michael Angeles Joins Balsamiq

I can barely contain my excitement as I type this, so I'll get right to it: Michael Angeles, the man behind Konigi and one of the people I look...
Peldi
March 1st, 2010

Happy Birthday, BalsamiqMarco!

I woke up to the news that today was Marco's birthday. He's already logged off for dinner, so we decided to throw him a little virtual surprise party, complete...
Val
February 22nd, 2010

At Balsamiq, Everyone Blogs. Join Us.

The Balsamiq Blog is my third blog. I started in 2003 with Peldi's Little Blog in which I shared sample applications and things that I learned at work about...
Peldi
February 3rd, 2010

My seat at the Chef's Table

Since college, my job title has gone from Administrative Assistant to Chief Operating Officer. I have seen and learned a great deal, and not just about technology. It's been a wild...
Val
February 2nd, 2010

Luis Arias Joins Balsamiq

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you the newest member of the Balsamiq team, monsieur Luis Arias, Web Programmer Extraordinaire. 🙂 If you've been following us for...
Peldi
January 25th, 2010

Balsamiq Roadmap for 2010

This is part two of a two-part post about what happened in 2009 and our plans for 2010. We did this last year as well, it's becoming somewhat of...
Peldi
January 3rd, 2010

A look back at 2009

Wow. Just wow. It's hard for me to believe how much has happened in Balsamiq-land in 2009. I feel like a completely different person than when I wrote the...
Peldi
January 3rd, 2010

Tracking your Company's Mentions with Del.icio.us

Hello friends! Today I'd like to share a little Del.icio.us trick that might be useful for your company. It's something I saw used at Atlassian and that I've been...
Peldi
December 20th, 2009

Holiday Reading: Free eBooks and Good Blogs

Hello again! 'Tis the season of giving, and hopefully most of you will have a little more time to do some reading, so I thought this would be a...
Peldi
December 19th, 2009
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