The state of hosting is in disarray. For too long we have let the applications that power the internet outpace the underlying technologies needed to manage them. In order to have an online business today we are expected to be masters of every domain or to rely on our own skills in deciphering sometimes conflicting information. (more…)
Pixafy’s latest software engineer hire is Tariq Chaudhry. His diverse background gives him a unique take on software engineering and we’re excited to have him on board! Here’s a bit more about him: (more…)
Pixafy President Uri Foox answers questions about how Pixafy came to be:
Q: How did the idea for Pixafy come about? How many employees did you start with, and how many are there now?
Uri: It’s the culmination of the last 13 years of working and building online businesses. I’ve specialized in building product companies and therefore have touched nearly every part of the domain from the software engineering, to the design, to the infrastructure and all of the business side of it as well. Because of this it was kind of a natural evolution to take that knowledge and package it into a services company. Pixafy was officially started in April of 2010 as the concept I just described. It was more of a “can we do this?” phase with some starter projects.
I was lucky enough to win the confidence of the amazing branding and design company Red Antler, which gave Pixafy three projects to work on simultaneously in August of 2010. From there I quickly expanded and hired the first full-time employee, Joshua O’Connell, in October of 2010. Josh and I have been working together since 1999, but this was the first time he has officially been a full-time salaried employee versus freelance. I convinced Josh to take the plunge by putting his salary in a separate bank account and told him if it wasn’t going to work out I’d just write him a check, and we’d try something else. Needless to say, that never happened, and we just hired our 20th employee in early 2012!
Pixafy client Jenny Morehead, the CEO of Lockboxer.com, was just interviewed by Daniel Goh at YoungUpstarts.com about how to start a web business without technical expertise or a cofounder with a technical background.
For those of you who don’t know, Lockboxer.com is a very intuitive and ingenius service that allows you to track and value your personal effects or any kind of inventory.
Read the interview after the jump: (more…)
The word scrum probably evokes images of a rough rugby match, but what it should also conjure up is the workings of well-organized and extremely cooperative team within a workplace. The scrum I am talking about is a management framework for product development. At Pixafy, scrum has been applied with encouraging results in regards to product quality, communication and overall project efficiency. Scrum, as a management framework, implements the use of cross-functional, self-organizing teams of about seven people that each focus on intense collaboration and internal testing. Within this concept of Scrum, each member of every team has a specific role, there are fixed meetings, guidelines, and development iterations (Sprints) where tested products are created. (more…)
Says Monique Moore, co-founder of Mott 50:
“The biggest concern is maintaining excellent customer service. A segment on the Today show gets you a huge spike in orders that lasts only about 15 minutes. (more…)
Fashion retail site ReissOnline.com made headlines recently when Kate Middleton wore one of their dresses for a photo shoot and the resulting traffic spike crashed their servers.
Traffic spikes like this one are a dream come true — but small business e-commerce sites are seldom adequately prepared when they come along. An April survey by Neustar found that 73% of sites aren’t ready for a 200% increase in traffic, and 93% aren’t ready for a 300% increase.
What can you do to get ready? (more…)
If you are a business owner who is not an expert in web development, finding someone (or an agency) you can trust to build your website is critical. To help with your vetting process, here are eleven questions to ask your would-be developers before making a decision. (more…)
Designers and developers are notorious for not getting along, a problem that stems from a lack of communication and often little understanding of what it is the other one actually does.
The good news is that a few simple tactics can go a long way to increase productivity and pump life into the constant back-and-forth that is website development.
Here are some tips that will help those developers and designers looking to take their collaboration skills to the next level: (more…)