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 […]


Beverage Subgroup: The Why and How

Almost six years ago now (whoa!), I was a regular agitator in the Washington, DC PHP Developer’s Community (DCPHP). The community was probably a hundred people with skills ranging from total newbs who couldn’t spell PHP to contributors to major open source projects. At that point, we consisted solely of a monthly presentation-style meeting and a mailing […]


IP Agreements at Hackathons

Disclaimer: What I share here is personal opinion and analysis and does not necessarily reflect my employer’s position or opinion. I was not going to share any of this publicly.. until yesterday. Update 01 Sept 2012: If you’re interested in following this story further, please check out my site WhatIs3DayStartup.wordpress.com where I cover this situation […]


web2project Permissions Crash Course

One of the most common configurations out there is related to allowing web2project users to have access to only specific companies. While it’s not as simple as saying “users should only see things from their own company,” it’s not as complicated as you might think. Here’s how I’ve done it for various groups. If you […]


2011 Conference Recap

In previous years, I’ve reviewed & covered each conference as I went to them. In 2011, I got so busy that I gave up midway through the year and just decided to do a recap at the end.. it’s only now that I realized how many I actually attended. So without further ado.. here are […]


Interview Tip: Passion will Win the Day

Although I attended the event below on behalf of my employer Twilio, this is not necessarily their position on this topic. I write representing my own opinion and thoughts.. Last week, I was tapped to represent Twilio at the Made In Austin recruiting event at University of Texas-Austin. While the event was well-organized, the students […]


Friday Night Hacks – August 2011

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in Austin’s first Friday Night Hacks hosted by Damon Clinkscales. When he first told me about the concept, I was intruiged: Friday Night Hacks is an opportunity to connect, share ideas, build cool stuff and launch projects into the community. We typically do this into […]


php|tek 2011 Closing Remarks

A few weeks ago at php|tek, I was lucky enough to deliver the Closing Remarks. Well.. it was less “lucky” and more of a “wait.. you haven’t done anything this week, make yourself useful.” So after a week of sessions, midnight hackathons, midnight unconference, tornados, power outages, a red carpet entrance, a family reunion, I […]