4 Dating Apps Created by Female Founders

Seeing as November 30th marks the social media campaign celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we here at Oursky wanted to celebrate this global campaign by showcasing cool apps with female founders. Dating apps being as popular as they are nowadays (who would have though “swipe right” would become a household saying?), we suddenly asked ourselves how many were founded by women.

Because — let’s face it — the most successful apps like Tinder, Match or Badoo, were mostly founded by men and aren’t always what women are looking for.

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7 Great Ways to Learn Code for Womens Entrepreneurship Day

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It's never too late to get involved with coding! — Photo by ivke32
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The tech industry is one of the fastest growing industries, but only 28% of proprietary software jobs are held by women. The industry is slowly changing, and diversity initiatives are supporting women to get jobs and rise in company ranks. At Oursky, we have women across all our teams and leadership whom have helped shape our inclusive company policies. For Women Entrepreneurship Day (Twitter #choosewomen), we wanted to share the awesome organizations — founded by women! — that help women and girls take off as awesome developers.

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5 Tips to Resolve a Conflict

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Let’s face it; with the exception of maybe Bill O’Reilly, no one likes to argue. Be that as it may, that’s not to say we shouldn’t be prepared for conflict it does inevitably erupt. You and a co-worker are having a dispute over the assumptions and logic for your build? Your cat won’t stop lying down directly on top of your keyboard as you write this article ? How do you deal with it? Continue reading “5 Tips to Resolve a Conflict”

9 Startup Lessons from Isaac Lidsky’s TEDTalk

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Even after creating award-winning apps featured in Apple App Store, Oursky’s team still faces the same startup hurdles every time we create a new in-house product. In addition to our many client projects, Oursky has developed in-house products such Shotbot and MakeappIcon. Upon reflection, we realised that many of the ups and downs we faced could be addressed by Isaac Lidsky’s TEDTalk about facing your fears: “What reality are you creating for yourself?”  Here are some of our startup reflections based on his advice. Continue reading “9 Startup Lessons from Isaac Lidsky’s TEDTalk”

How we figured out period leave without a single meeting

Normally, we talk about code at Oursky, but a discussion about period leave in Hong Kong last spring got us thinking about our team culture. Why were people having this debate? Or rather, we realized, the question was: why wasn’t it one for us?

I’m one of 3 technical male founders, so this piece involves input from our company’s 12 female team members (representing 25% of the company). In short, we address the “problem” every day with a simple e-mail update to the entire company.

Also, our “solution” evolved organically. When I asked everyone how it started, no-one could remember. I’d love to share with you how we solved this problem before it even became one.
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Ready Grow your Clientbase? 5 Ultimate Project Management Templates

Just wrapped up your latest contract and swamped with potential clients? Do you want them, but not sure if you can take the extra load? We currently have 13 active projects and 18 open products. We’d love to share with you how we do project management.

First thing: we just use simple spreadsheets.

We’d love to share with you the 5 simple templates that help our teams every day.

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A Guide to Web Design Process (With a Free Template)

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In addition to our reputation for clean and sturdy code, Oursky is known for our thorough design process that produces products such as Cococolor and Artstack. In this post, we’re annotating  our internal web design guideline document for you to use.

We’ve refined this process of the years and going on our ‘don’t repeat yourself’ rule, we’d love to share our process transparently with you. These web design best practices are applicable for client and in-house products. Below, we’ll show you the web design for Skygear‘s sign up web portal (try our BaaS for free!).  to show you how we do things in-house.

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