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://beta.techcrunch.com/video/built-in-brooklyn/">Built in Brooklyn</a>, we tried to do something a little different — instead of visiting another sta

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://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/11/14/gartner-456m-phones-sold-in-q3-55-smartphone-android-at-82-share-samsung-

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

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/bubble-catcher.jpg"/> <em><strong>Editor's note</strong>: Contributor J<a href="http://www.rezendi.com/">on Evans</a> is an author and soft