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21 May 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Self-Interview: what I’ve been up to lately

I’ve recently read about “interviewing yourself” (read in mind performance hacks. Pretty good BTW, I might write an entry about it). So I just took a plunge and played the interviewer and interviewee part, to reflect on my recent professional development. It’s actually quite fun and it really forces you to think through what’s in [...]

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23 October 2012 ~ 0 Comments

I’m joining 30 x 500 winter 2012 class

After more than a year of hearing glowing reviews from my peers, I’ve taken the leap to join the 30×500 class. What is 30×500? It’s an online class designed to take you from “zero to hero for your very first paying product”. It’s mostly geared towards web developers, web designers and other technical types for [...]

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15 October 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Blogging: reloaded

I haven’t written in a while. Actually, I abruptly stopped writing on this blog 5 months ago. Today, I’d like to psychoanalyze my lack of writing, no less! Since I’ve started this blog, there have been highs and lows. A few blog posts resonated with a lot of people, several posts were showing on Hacker [...]

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01 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Do you need Internet to work as a developer? I think so (but…)

I had a debate the other day with a friend of mine. To give the debate some context, I am a web developer. He’s a .NET developer working on nuclear weapon simulators, and as such, works in a controlled environment where Internet is not readily available: he needs to get up, walk past some offices [...]

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04 September 2011 ~ 1 Comment

What I learned from 11 people in 2 days in a house in the Dutch countryside

I’ve just come back from a weekend with friends that we call “15 minutes of fame weekend”. The idea is to go with friends (and friends of friends) to a house in the dutch countryside, to spend the weekend together, and on top of drinking beers and going to the beach and having a good [...]

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26 June 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Looking back: Living in Indonesia for 2 Months

Rewind: I left my job in January and started my own business, with the plan of making websites and small web applications for a living. The plan also involved being location independent and so I booked a round-trip ticket to Kuala Lumpur 5 months apart. The first stop on my 5-month long trip was Indonesia. [...]

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19 December 2010 ~ 8 Comments

Things To Fix: Hiring Software Developers

This post is part of the Things I Want To Fix Series, in which I discuss a few things that are broken and I would like to fix. At the company I work at, we make software. Well, we make media, more precisely a social network a.k.a the “Dutch Facebook”. So there is a lot [...]

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08 December 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Things To Fix: Apartment search in Amsterdam

This post is part of the Things I Want To Fix Series, in which I discuss a few things that are broken and I would like to fix. Eventually, I will fix one of them! Why It’s Broken One of the most painful things for somebody arriving in Amsterdam is the apartment search. The first [...]

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04 December 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Things I Want To Fix

Being a software developer and an aspiring entrepreneur, I’ve been collecting for some time a list of things that bug me. I even wrote a post about that some time ago. I want to go into more details into specific problems, why these things bug me, and what I can possibly do about it. As [...]

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31 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Is Marketing Just Common Sense?

Seth Godin is one of the most read blog writers on the Internet, and probably the one I read with the most assiduity. If you don’t know him, do yourself a favor and read a few of his short articles on his blog. He writes about marketing (which is largely about creating and spreading ideas, [...]

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