Tiny acquires HappyFunCorp, the prolific firm that’s built apps for Twitter, Amazon and more, for $30M

M&A and consolidation continue to be major themes in the tech world as companies look for their next steps in a tight market. That’s a trend impacting not just startups and larger tech compa

TezLab CEO Ben Schippers to discuss the Tesla effect and the next wave of EV startups at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

As Tesla sales have risen, interest in the company has exploded, prompting investment and interest in the automotive industry, as well as the startup world. TezLab, a free app that’s like a Fitb

When choosing a tech stack, look before you leap

When it comes to choosing a tech stack, the decisions you make today could have a cascading impact for years.

HappyFunCorp’s Ben Schippers and Jon Evans will talk tech stacks at TC Early Stage

How do you decide what tools and languages to use to build your concept into a company? How can the tech stack decisions you make in the early days affect you down the road — and how might your need

Meet TezLab, the Fitbit for Tesla vehicles

Some of the best real-time insights into Tesla and its global fleet of electric vehicles — outside the confines of its Silicon Valley headquarters — might be through the lens of TezLab, a tiny ups

The new new web

Over the last five years, almost everything about web development has changed. Oh, the old tech still works, your WordPress and Ruby On Rails sites still function just fine — but they’re incre

The tools, they are a-changing

Building web services and smartphone apps, which is most of what I’ve been doing professionally at HappyFunCorp1 for the last decade or so, used to be pretty straightforward. Not easy, but strai

These are testing times: mavericks vs. ice people

One of my earliest engineering jobs, before I fled hardware in favor of the (relative) ease and lucre of software, was in chip design. I remember being shocked when I learned just how much of the proc

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 fo

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 w

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 de

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

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, especiall

Built In Brooklyn: HappyFunCorp Helps Startups Build New Products

For the tenth and final episode of <a href="https://techcrunch.com/video/built-in-brooklyn/">Built in Brooklyn</a>, we tried to do something a little different — instead of visiting another startup,

Dear Clients, Please Stop: Ten Ways Founders Sabotage Themselves

I spend my Saturdays <strike>ranting</strike> 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

Android vs. iOS Development: Fight!

The eternal startup question "Android or iOS first?" grows ever thornier, with <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2013/11/14/gartner-456m-phones-sold-in-q3-55-smartphone-android-at-82-share-samsung-a-fla

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

A project I've been working on launched recently. Well, re-launched. A <a target="_blank" href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/postography/id521704544?mt=8">slick little iPhone app</a> called <a targ

How Long Will Programmers Be So Well-Paid?

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No Shortcuts, No Mercy: The Bloodsport Of Recruitment

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

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