Last month I ran the first conference booth (cough, conference cocktail table) and I just wanted to share a few bits and pieces from the experience in the hope it’s helpful for other early stage founders to do the same.

Doing a booth at this stage of the company’s life…

Hello and welcome!

I just wanted to write a quick post to introduce my new startup Hecate and explain what it’s all about.

For those who don’t know me; Hi, I’m John. Until recently I was the head of engineering at 99designs, and before that I was leading the Marketplaces Engineering team at…

Over the past few days Charity Majors has been at the centre of a wide ranging twitter debate around whether developers should go on call. Her position, which I agree with 100%, is that developers should.

Because it’s a conversation that’s gone on many tangents, it’s hard to pick a…

This kind of agility?

As far as I can tell there are roughly three flavours of working style in an “agile” environment that all get named “iterating”.

Let’s call the three flavours scientific, greedy, and defensive. There’s definitely some overlap between the three. I want to explore them a little in this post a…

Instagram top nine for 2017 (Encarta-erized)

Seems like you can’t swing a cat without hitting someone’s year in review blog post. The world won’t have been screaming out for me to add to the pile, but I wanted to pick something pretty quick and easy to smash out today. …

John Barton

Bicycle, book, and booze enthusiast. Rubyist and Gopher. Founder @HecateApp, ex @99designs/@envato

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