Developer Evangelism: The Whole Story

Developer evangelism has been both the best and worst job in my career. Before I go any further, let me state that I loved working for Twilio. It’s cool technology but more importantly the passion, intelligence, and the ability of the senior leadership and just about everyone else is amazing. I walked in and felt […]


Austin Tech Events, September 25th Edition

This is an ongoing list of upcoming tech events in/around Austin or especially relevant to the groups I participate in. It shouldn’t be considered perfect but is pretty good. This is limited to approximately 90 days for sanity’s sake. Everything is in Austin unless otherwise noted. September 27-29th — Lean Startup Machine – a weekend experience […]


Google App Engine

PHP and Twilio on Google App Engine

As of Google IO this year, Google App Engine officially supports PHP. While it’s still in beta, you can tweak your applications and give it a try right now. I’ve included some of my lessons learned from getting Twilio’s quickstarts functional on GAE. You can read the results here: Getting started with Twilio on Google […]


Vocabulary for Startups – Part 1 of N

I was recently invited to get an opening talk at Startup Weekend Houston specifically on customer validation. I enjoy developing interview questions and actually talking with potential customers, so it seemed like a great opportunity. As I got closer to the actual presentation, I realized that by jumping into the interview stage, I would be […]


CoderFaire Atlanta 2013

Next week I’m headed down to sunny Atlanta to speak at the second CoderFaire. It’s a two day event giving people the opportunity to connect across technology communities to learn new stuff and create fun things. That’s the cool thing about CoderFaire. Unlike the PHP events or the .Net events or all the other language/technology-specific […]


Advice about Legal Advice

Note: The following is not legal advice.. it is an explanation of legal advice. If you need legal advice, hire an attorney. Earlier this week, a student I’m mentoring asked about my “IP Agreements at Hackathons” post. He plans to attend the event in question and asked me specifically about the IP agreement and what […]


Sexism in the PHP Community

This blog post heavily quotes my occasional collaborator Cal Evans. The quotes are used with permission. The link to the original is at the bottom. Despite the problems with sexism in the tech community in general, the PHP community has had it pretty easy. While there are potentially a number of reasons, the founder of […]


Naming Conventions FTW

When we start projects, we often follow the naming conventions of our frameworks without even thinking about the “Why?” It almost seems silly to ask until you run into a – hopefully, legacy – codebase that has an incomplete or inconsistent scheme. Unfortunately, web2project is one of those codebases. For those just joining us, we […]


The Problem with Would

Over the past decade, I’ve started, been employed by, and advised a flock of startups. More recently, I’ve been an advisor at events like Startup Weekend, Lean Startup Machine, and Techstars Austin. One of the big pushes in recent years – I suspect primarily due to Lean Startup – is customer interviews. At some point […]