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October 5, 2020

TechBrew podcast 10 years on. Who survived?

I used to record a podcast with my partner in crime, Andrew Matheson. We both lived in Brussels at the time and kept a close eye on the Belgian tech startup scene. We liked what we saw and wanted to showcase some of the startups we encountered to the wider English-speaking world. That's how we became amateur podcasters and friends. That was nearly 10 years ago and I thought now would be good time to look back and see which companies had survived, which had thrived and which had fallen by the wayside. For 3 years we interviewed founders and created 37 episodes, most of which are available in my Dropbox. We gave the website, the Apple podcast listing and the domain name a digital funeral last year, but you'll find the link to the recordings at the end of this article.

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January 8, 2019

How to be A Better Software Developer

"Better". It's such a subjective term. Let me define the term as I see it. To me, "better", in modern parlance means impactful. Someone who scores a point or two for humanity before slipping off this mortal coil. I offer theses tips as a developer...

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August 4, 2014

A Tale Of Two Coworking Spaces

Well, 5 spaces actually, but why ruin a good title. So this week is global Coworking Week 2014 and I’m spending my day back at my coworking alma mater, Betacowork. These days, I’m not to be found there so much as I spend most of my...

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June 21, 2014

Creating Value Is Not So Difficult

Tech startups have often been accused of creating products that nobody wants or needs. It’s a consequence of product focussed teams in love with their technology and product. But we see less and less of that nowadays. Hopefully we’re...

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November 25, 2013

Startup Events: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I don’t really go to startup events any more and neither should you, probably. Here’s why. My customers and partners aren’t startups. And neither are yours probably. Always have a reason for attending an event and ask yourself this...

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December 18, 2012

Looking for Problems

As startup founders you’re always reminded that the road to success is to solve a real problem. If a never ending stream of ideas aren’t the thing that keeps you awake at night, but you’d still like to have a crack at creating your own...

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August 27, 2012

The Magic of Coworking

I’ve been wanting to write an article about the “magic of coworking” for a while now. I feel it every day, I really do, but whenever I go to write something about coworking it just sounds like I’ve joined a cult. To truly...

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March 5, 2012

Are you a five dimensional designer?

Web design can be a complex business that requires a team of skilled designers, engineers and content creators at the helm if it’s going to be done well. You need to assemble at team that can cover what I call the five dimensions. Budgets don’t always allow for that, so if you have to cut corners, at least make sure your thinking like a five dimensional designer.

So what are the five dimensions?

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November 13, 2007

Changing Expectations

Yesterday I picked up a book I hadn’t read for a while called, Making The Invisible Visible by Hillman Curtis. The book deals with web design and the process of understanding a client’s requirements. I was searching for a particular passage...

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September 26, 2007

It's Not All About The Home Page

Your web site isn’t a book. It’s not linear like a book. People don’t necessarily start at the beginning and take a series of predictable paths through your web site. Once established, it is high likely that the majority of your...

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