As an advocate for open data in Hong Kong, Oursky is honoured to be invited judge at the CSA x ISA Open Data Hackathon 2017 at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). The student leaders contact Oursky, and our CEO, Ben, approved sponsoring the event in order to help raise awareness about open data and it’s importance to the betterment of Hong Kong. Below is my event recap with some tools for quick prototyping.
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When Oursky first began all three of us founders were project managers (PMs). But as our company grew, we faced the same quality control issues as other companies. With over 50 team members now, we needed to strike a balance between nurturing junior developers who may not have as much experience and ensuring code and design quality for our clients.
Continue reading “Lean Project Management: Field Notes from 9 Years of Development”
Google Analytics is a great way for business owners to track and analyze where your users are coming from, what they are clicking on around your site, how long they stay on, and where they’re dropping off. With this rich set of data, you can figure out how to increase sales. This article will explore what Google Analytics can do for your business and the basics of how to use this powerful tool.
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In 2009, Businessweek and Quid (formerly YouNoodle) put together a list of 50 promising startups that were under the radar. Recently, this spring, they revisited that list to see which ones succeeded. While many are now shuttered, the most successful ones — Cloudera, Palantir, Evernote, Twitch and Spotify — have increased 30x in value in the past 8 years. Continue reading “Looking for new product ideas?”
There isn’t only one right way to perform an A/B test. That doesn’t mean, however, that observations can’t be made or correlations drawn. As a fresh intern growth hacking the landing page of ShotBot, a developer’s tool to help submit screenshots to iTunes Connect, I performed enough trials and errors to fill an 80s film shopping montage. To spoil the movie, I eventually managed to boost our landing page’s conversion rate to 37%. This post is on how I got there — and I think you could do it even faster.
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We recently did a quarterly review with our content interns and found that one piece took 3 x 8-hour days to write.
An editor, full-time staff, and the intern were involved over the course of three weeks, which made our intern’s piece more expensive than our in-house staff writers’ pieces. You’re probably asking, why did we hire him?
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When my company started writing blog posts a year ago, we discovered two big problems. One was that writing took a long time (majority of us are developers!), the other was distribution. We believe in contributing to the developer community, but what was the point if no one was reading them?
When one of our colleagues suggested we try Medium for more exposure, we were excited. We read stuff on Medium, but how does it work? What topics are Medium readers interested in? We wanted to do some research to answer all these questions. I have a technical background so I suggested crawling some data to see what types of posts and publications performed well. Here, I’ll share with you how we built a web crawler in a day to help our content team figure out what topics to focus on.
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I’m a typical developer geek and introvert — the type that just sits and listens in social gatherings and has nervous habits for public speaking. But I’m not stuck in a dark basement, and you might be surprised to know I run a web and mobile development agency with over 40 people. In fact, my company’s been around for 9 years and worked with clients like Thompson Reuters and other international companies.
To my fellow introverts: sorry, it doesn’t get easier. But it does get a bit better, and I’ll try to share the things that worked for me over the years that help me cope — maybe even succeed — in putting myself out there so that I can get contracts and pay the team members I’ve recruited and love working with.
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People often say Hong Kong is a tech wasteland. They say the city suffers from developer brain drain. That all top-tier developers are lured to Silicon Valley. Well, I think that’s crap.
There’s more to engineering than just money, or offices like the Googleplex, or just geeking-out with people in the Bay Area.
Continue reading “I don’t care what tools a developer uses. I hire based on fundamentals.”
After building your app, it is time to launch it on App Store for users to discover and download your product. We’ve jumped through Apple’s ever-changing regulations and process for app submissions for years, so we’re sharing the app submission content that we’ve been doing for ourselves and clients for years. This is our checklist for 2017 app submission content that needs to be prepared for Apple’s App Store. Continue reading “2017 Checklist for iOS App Submission”