A founder’s guide for key aspects of the Front End and the Back End of their app.

Some of the first terms that you’ll be introduced to when entering the world of apps and tech startups are “front end” and “back end.” These are really important terms to understand, especially once you’re ready to get your app built.

Front end — Everything the user sees.

Your app’s “front end,” or as some of those who are more technical refer to as the “client side,” is the part of your app that your users see and interact with. Another relevant term that you may hear is “UI/UX” (you may just hear one or the other), which stands for user interface/user experience. …


I was at a “Dapp Pitch Contest” some weeks ago, quietly observing from the back of the room, when I started to notice a trend. Most of the “dApps” either had use cases with little need for decentralization, or weren’t decentralized at all. The judges understood the full picture and therefore didn’t select a centralized app as the winner of a dApp contest, but most others in the crowd didn’t seem to understand the issue.

In all of the hype surrounding blockchain and ICO’s, most people seem to be missing the purpose of building decentralized applications. …


Think of the popular online directories that we rely on: Yelp for finding local business services, TripAdvisor for the best travel destinations, and so forth. These lists are at the core of the Internet because we are predisposed to embrace lists as effective mediums of information. Any useful list is curated, sometimes by one person, but often by many. Despite the web’s design — and original intent — to be an open, decentralized information management system, we have allowed centralized entities to take control of this process. These entities act as unnecessary middlemen, often with their own agenda, and have…


As a token-based entity, Mentat is used to receiving many questions about its tokenomics and need for a native token. William Mougayar, author of “The Business Blockchain,” revered as a pioneer in blockchain and cryptocurrency, published an article called “Tokenomics — A Business Guide to Token Usage, Utility and Value,” which offers a 20 point test to help individuals and businesses alike navigate through the legitimacy of token-based entities. Here’s a quick table that explains the criteria:


A guide to finding a web or mobile app programmer that fits in best with your company.

You’ve written your business plan, legally registered your company, made a Facebook page, and even started reaching out to potential investors. You have everything ready to go…besides your product. At some point or another, you’re going to have to commit to a developer. You’re looking for somebody with enough technical skills to execute, enough reliability to meet expectations, and enough communication to keep you in the loop. While these are some standard criteria, you also want somebody that identifies and aligns with your company’s brand and culture. Here’s a guide to make your hiring process a little easier.

Consider the options.

Most startup…


There’s no doubt that Ruby on Rails (AKA “RoR” or simply “Rails”) is one of the most demanded web application frameworks of today. Written in Ruby, this model-view-controlled (MVC) framework provides developers with default structures for a database, a web service, and web pages. It also facilitates the use of web standards, like JSON or XML for data transfer and HTML, CSS, and Javascript for user interfacing, as well as best practices, like writing RESTful code. Originally released as open source back in 2004, the framework reached a milestone in 2006 when Apple announced that it would ship RoR with…

Samuel Corso

Co-Founder & CEO @ TechSuite.io | Head of Engineering @ NamuLabs.ai | Advisor @ DelphiDigital.io | Find me at samuelcorso.com

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