• HappyFunCorp Launches Happy Fun App To Make Instagram More Social

    HappyFunCorp Launches Happy Fun App To Make Instagram More Social

    For the past year and a half the Brooklyn-based development shop, HappyFunCorp has been laboring over a new graph that would offer new ways to interact with Twitter and Instagram. Now, just in time for the holidays, the company is unveiling the first fruits of that labor with Voyour. Read More

  • Surviving The Technical Cambrian Explosion Crunch Network

    Surviving The Technical Cambrian Explosion

    I’ve been doing a lot of recruiting lately. My employers HappyFunCorp are in the midst of another growth spurt. One of my most illuminating questions is: “What’s your strategy for keeping up-to-date with the Cambrian explosion of technical frameworks, languages, databases, templating systems, and so forth?” Everyone has a strategy — but nobody seems to feel… Read More

  • Engineering Firm HappyFunCorp Eyes More Acquisitions

    Engineering Firm HappyFunCorp Eyes More Acquisitions

    HappyFunCorp has been living up to its name, according to co-founder Ben Schippers — at least if you associate happiness and fun with profits, growth and acquisitions. Last year, I visited the design and engineering firm’s Brooklyn offices for the final episode of our Built in Brooklyn video series. Read More

  • Facebook Development Through The Years Crunch Network

    Facebook Development Through The Years

    At the recent F8 conference, listening to Mark Zuckerberg announce that FB Messenger was going to open up as another developer platform, as Facebook did back in 07, brought me back to a different time. In 07, Facebook was different. You could invite large masses of your friends to play all sorts of games and through the Platform, build a new breed of application. Facebook Platform in 07 was… Read More

  • New-Age Bootstrapping Is Not A Money Problem, It’s A Product Opportunity Crunch Network

    New-Age Bootstrapping Is Not A Money Problem, It’s A Product Opportunity

    The tendency for entrepreneurs is to build big products. The problem with big, feature-rich products is that they take substantial time and money. People talk about this topic frequently, especially in the technology sector. What I’m laying out here however, is slightly different. I’m discussing how bootstrapping has evolved. How bootstrapping has become more of a product problem… Read More

  • HappyFunCorp | Built in Brooklyn

    Built In Brooklyn: HappyFunCorp Helps Startups Build New Products

    For the tenth and final episode of Built in Brooklyn, we tried to do something a little different — instead of visiting another startup, we talked to the team at HappyFunCorp, a design and engineering firm that’s helped a bunch of local startups get off the ground. HappyFunCorp’s clients include New York City companies like Boxee, CoPromote, Paperless Post, and SimpleReach. Read More

  • Dear Clients, Please Stop: Ten Ways Founders Sabotage Themselves Crunch Network

    Dear Clients, Please Stop: Ten Ways Founders Sabotage Themselves

    I spend my Saturdays ranting opining here on TechCrunch, but I spend my work weeks writing software, building apps, sites, and services for the fine startup-to-Fortune-500 clients of the software consultancy HappyFunCorp. (Check out our spiffy new web site!) In that time I have learned many lessons from our clients…the hard way. Read More

  • Android vs. iOS Development: Fight! Crunch Network

    Android vs. iOS Development: Fight!

    The eternal startup question “Android or iOS first?” grows ever thornier, with news that Android’s market share exceeds 80%. But never mind the managers and non-technical founders: what do developers! developers! think of that divide? Whoever makes life easier for them gains a sizable edge. And by “them” I mean “us.” When not writing TC columns… Read More

  • Technical Debt Will Kill You Dead (If You Let It) Crunch Network

    Technical Debt Will Kill You Dead (If You Let It)

    A project I’ve been working on launched recently. Well, re-launched. A slick little iPhone app called Postography, which lets you send postcards with messages and pictures from your iPhone. Nifty, but sounds fairly straightforward, right? An app that shouldn’t have taken too much time to build. Unfortunately, we didn’t build it; we rebuilt it. And the company that took the… Read More

  • How Long Will Programmers Be So Well-Paid?

    How Long Will Programmers Be So Well-Paid?

    Last week Glassdoor published its most recent software engineering salary report. Short version: it pays to code. Google and Facebook employees earn a base salary of ~$125K, not counting benefits, 401k matching, stock options/grants, etc., and even Yahoo! developers pull in six figures. Everyone knows why: ask anyone in the Valley, or NYC, or, well, practically anywhere, and they’ll tell… Read More

  • No Shortcuts, No Mercy: The Bloodsport Of Recruitment

    No Shortcuts, No Mercy: The Bloodsport Of Recruitment

    One year ago I wrote an article called “Why The New Guy Can’t Code,” about how the industry-standard process for hiring software engineers is broken, shortsighted, and counterproductive. It remains my most-read TC post. Of course, I was far from the first to say so, and even farther from the last; every few weeks a similar rant bubbles onto the home page of Hacker News. And… Read More

  • It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad App World

    Editor’s note: Contributor Jon Evans is an author and software engineer. He hails from the Great White North, but we let him write here anyway. Report from the app-development trenches: it’s gettin’ kinda crazy out there. I’ve lost track of how many NDAs I’ve signed this year from people with app ideas. Old coworkers and previous clients have deluged me with so… Read More