Pro Blogging with the Pros

I picked up a copy of the Problogger book and flipped to the Blog Promotion chapter.  In it they recommended – Create compilation pages. I tried it I crafted a new post, selected some of my blogs most popular material, organized it with nice punchy one line summaries, and after about 20 minutes posted it.  …

Business plans are bunk

I meet a lot of people in NYC. Friends, colleagues, small business owners, people with a great idea, artists, musicians, people with a dream, people who hear the startup story, namely the Google, Zynga, Apple, Facebook, or Amazon story. Sometimes I’ll hear: “I’m working on a business plan.” “Why?” I ask. “I want to make …

Why the Android ecosystem is broken

Six months ago I got this crazy idea. Why not leave the mothership? Give up on iPhone and try Android. This is what being tech-agnostic is about, I thought––not being wedded to a single platform. Besides, the iPhone’s digital keypad just wasn’t working for me. I got a monthly Boost Mobile plan, which uses Sprint. Service was …

Best of Guide – Highlights of Our Popular Content

We cherry pick the top 5 most popular posts of various topics we’ve covered in recent months. 5 Things Toxic to Scalability We use a broad brush to highlight the biggest no-nos in web application scalability. 5 Ways to Boost Scalability for MySQL We dig into scalability, steering to the richest areas to focus on. …

Beware the client

Recently I was searching Google for “startup consultant” to see what I might find. I came across this article by John Greathouse titled Beware the Consultant. No self-respecting, hard-working consultant would sit back and take hits without defense, so in true poetry slam style I thought I’d write a quick retort. Beware the Client… The …

Consulting essentials: Building your business

In the last two posts on how to build a successful consulting business I shared advice and tips on closing deals and managing and completing your engagements. This post will look at where to focus your efforts in order to sustain your consulting business, and build skills. Focus on your subject matter expertise Being a …

Consulting essentials: Managing & Completing Engagements

This is the second in a series of three articles on Consulting Essentials. Read the previous post, Consulting essentials: Getting the business Communicating well and knowing when to step in or stand back is the linchpin of successful consulting. Some people have natural charm. If you’re one of these people you’ll find consulting is definitely …

Consulting essentials: Getting the business

Over the years, a lot of people have approached me asking how to become a tech consultant. What do I need to do to get started? How can I take my first step? I also hear from managers and CEOs that have asked how I got my start, and how I keep the business running. …

3 things CEOs should know about the Cloud

You’ve heard all the buzz and spiel about the cloud, and there’re good reasons to want to get there. On-demand compute power makes new levels of scalability possible. Low up front costs means moving capital expenditure to operating expenditure and saving a bundle in the process. We won’t give you anymore of the rah rah …

Ten things to remember about MySQL backups

Use Hot Backups Hot backups are an excellent way to backup MySQL.  They can run without blocking your application, and save tons on restore time.  Percona’s xtrabackup tool is a great way to do this.  We wrote a how-to on using xtrabackup for hotbackups. Use Logical Backups Just because we love hot backups using xtrabackup …