A New Day & Announcements

Well, I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my initial Changes post. I’ve been putting off blogging for a bit because I have several new developments to write about. In chronological order they are:

Sept 19th marked my last day at my former employer, TrackAbout. After working there for 2.5 years, I felt it was time to move on and change direction. I loved working at TrackAbout and can honestly say that the company is composed of some of the smartest people, both technical and non-technical, I’ve ever worked with. I’m lucky to have worked with some many great people for such a long time.

As for what I have been doing for the past 2 months, that’s part of the change in direction I just mentioned. After finishing my degree in May and leaving TrackAbout in Sept, I decided it was the right time to attempt my second big life goal:

To start my own company

So, with that, 1530 Technologies, Inc. was officially born in October. We’re a product company, concentrating on sports software for the web. As soon as we have something public consumption, we’ll blog more about the platform & architecture here.

Speaking of this blog, it also had a major overhaul:

  1. First, the blog has been renamed and refocused. Previously, this was a personal blog for Griffin Caprio. As such, there was a lot of random posts on random topics. No more. This is now the company blog of 1530 Technologies, Inc. Since it’s a company blog, it’s no longer the ‘memoirs’ of someone. So, “Memoirs of a Bystander” has become “Strange Loops”. We will go into the name change and the rationale behind it in another post here.
  2. Second, the blog has been the recipient of a HUGE facelift and redesign. The old blog design was nice, but it was too cluttered and too ‘busy’. Throughout the years, I’ve come to appreciate Lean Manufacturing principles and the beauty in simplicity. Lean strives to improve quality and efficiency through the elimination of waste, where waste is defined anything not contributing value to the end product. As such, this blog has be stripped down the bare essentials:

    • The layout has been simplified and tuned by removing any unneeded elements.
    • A previous plethora of categories have been reduced to two: Business and Technology.
    • The header has been reduced to a simple blurb about the blog. No logo and no flashy graphics.
    • A new Google site search box has been added to the side bar to take over primary navigation duties.
    • The side bar has been stripped of all widgets and ‘blog bling’.
    • No more trackbacks and technorati tags. Both have waned in value and just added to the clutter.
    • We’ve also moved to a new commenting system, powered by Disqus. This provides everyone with a better commenting experience by making it easier for us to administer comments as well as use the comments on this blog to contribute to a wider discussion. Unfortunately, this also closes comments on older posts. We think this is fine because older posts tend to collect spam anyway.
  3. I mentioned that there are now only two categories for this blog, Business and Technology. For example, technology posts will cover the technical aspects of what we’re doing at 1530. So expect posts on REST, HTTP, Semantics, Constraints, Programming and Software Development. Business posts will cover the running of 1530 as well as any other business topics we’d like to discuss. Expect posts on running SaaS startups, startups in Chicago, Business Lessons ( Theory of Constraints, Lean, etc.. ) and more. Since this might not interest everyone, we’re providing category specific feeds in addition to the regular full feed. You can find them on the sidebar or below:

    Note: All Existing feeds will remain functional, so only change feeds if you’d like one of the more specific ones.

Two blog posts influenced the overhaul: Minimal and Administrative Debris. I’m such a huge Edward Tufte fan, so the fact that his philosophy meshes nicely with lean principles is a nice plus. Hopefully he’d be proud of the job we did on the blog redesign and who knows, we may strip more out if need be.

Lastly, I wanted to personally thank everyone who has been so supportive of this idea for the past few months. A good support system is essential for something of this magnitude and luckily, I have a great one.