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Companies we admire that work remotely
Balsamiq is a software company who help people create software and websites that are easier to use by using their rapid wireframe tool. They were founded in 2008 by Peldi and are still going strong in 2017.

They have a remote team who are based across the globe. Francesca who is a part of the marketing team at Balsamiq wrote a fantastic blog post about the pros and cons of working remotely.

Francesca’s pros included things like being able to keep your job but move anywhere in the world, no morning commute on the bus or the train and being able to wear super comfy clothes.

She also mentioned some of the less positive things of working remotely such as your teamwork being effective and how distracted you can sometimes get while you’re working from home.
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5 weeks ago by balsamiq
(1) LinkedIn
The December issue of Software Executive Magazine will hit mailboxes this week! Thanks to all of the software executives and thought leaders who helped shape this issue, including Sean Morris, Christina Robbins, Alessandra Lezama, Diana Sisti, Giacomo (Peldi) Guilizzoni, Ivan Ruzic, Kalon Welch, Daniel Bichara, Rick Chapman, Jennifer Doskow, William Cordes, Quang HOANG, Chris Mele, Tom Sweeny, James Hodgkinson, Sherry Walling, PhD, David Wible, Stu Sjouwerman, and Joe Meyer.
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8 weeks ago by balsamiq
Jitbit Software - Indie Hackers
We really love what we do. So I guess we'll continue to grow Jitbit and all, but my #1 goal is to keep my existing customers happy. We truly want them to be a part of the family here.
I guess I picked that up from Peldi Guilizzoni (founder of Balsamiq Software) who also positions his company like a nice Italian family restaurant where people feel at home.
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10 weeks ago by balsamiq
Best Practices for Working with Remote Developers – zipBoard
Whether you have a 100% remote team or a partly co-located and partly remote team, get everyone together outside to work to bond. Balsamiq, who have part of their team co-located in Italy and the rest working from countries including USA, UK, Germany etc. plan fun activities and book an entire hotel/residence for themselves to ensure that no one gets left out from team retreats.
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10 weeks ago by balsamiq
How to Outsource MVP of Your Mobile App Under $20k? A Comprehensive Guide for Low-Budget Entrepreneurs
To create wireframes all by yourself, you can use tools like or Balsamiq. It will take only a couple of hours to learn these tools through their tutorials given on their website blogs.
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10 weeks ago by balsamiq
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Here's a preview of a great feature story in the December issue of Software Executive Magazine magazine. Remote work expertise courtesy of Giacomo (Peldi) Guilizzoni, founder and CEO of Balsamiq:

“It’s been long enough that you can ask for remote work experience. We can’t afford to teach you how to do remote work,” says Guilizzoni. “We ask them ‘What sucks about working remote?’ and we can tell right away if they know how to handle working remote.”

It’s a red flag if a candidate can’t articulate the struggles that go along with working remote – things like distractions, loneliness, feeling disconnected from the team, and the reality that it can be harder than it looks to maintain a work-life balance.

“Some people just want to work from home, they don’t necessarily want to work for you,” he says. “They might think they want to work from home, but what they don’t realize is it’s harder and it’s often very lonely.”
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12 weeks ago by balsamiq
I am launching the SaaS Virtual Summit 2017. It's like an online conference for SaaS people with interviews to over 20 SaaS founders and industry experts including: Giacomo (Peldi) Guilizzoni, Aaron Krall, Chris Von Wilpert, Tim Sae Koo, Hannah Chaplin, Josh Pigford, Christoph Janz, Patrick Campbell, Claire Suellentrop, Dmitry Dragilev, Steli Efti, Ruben Gamez, Josh Haynam, Aman Mann, Dana DiTomaso, Brooke Goodbary, Ed Fry, Thomas Smale, Krish Subramanian, Savvas Zortikis, Aaron Ross 濾. Sign-up for free to get the interviews:
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october 2017 by balsamiq
Process Tutorial Series: Explorr — Part One (User Persona & Wireframes)
Before we dive on head-first into this section of the tutorial we’re going to need a piece of software installed, and by our side. That piece of Wireframing joy is called Balsamiq.
Now, Balsamiq has been around for quite some time now, and it was one of the first Wireframing tools I came across (well that and Axure RP) when I first started designing for the Web (which was in Black & White then). Yes, a long time before monikers like UI Designer, UX Designer, Product Designer and the like were being bandied about.
Now I will admit that the current version of Balsamiq is getting a little long in the tooth. It’s powered by Adobe Air, which is well, old as dirt. But don’t run away in a panic just yet. Speaking to Peldi the CEO of Balsamiq, they are now currently in the process of Beta testing the online version of Balsamiq as we speak, which will be completely native and saying “Adios” to the tired Air Framework, with the Desktop version arriving early next year, so it’s all looking good for Balsamiq moving forward. You’re still here? Thank goodness for that. Oh and it’s being rebranded as Balsamiq Wireframes. Makes more sense right?

Yes, it has its quirks, and it can feel limited for certain projects, but for getting ideas out there faster than Usain Bolt picking up his complementary pair of Nike trainers it’s one, if not the best for that.

When working in Balsamiq, and if you’re just sharing Wireframes between other members of your team, sticking with the Sketch selection is the preferred option. When you’re wanting to try out different ideas and iterate fast, having the Sketch skin selected keeps everything at a Low-Fidelity, just how it should be when creating early stage Wireframes.
Now I’ve heard certain designers exclaim “How can I show these scrappy looking Wireframes to my Fortune 100 client?” Well, just switch on the Wireframe option when you do you precious little soul, and ta-da it’s all good in the Fortune 100 hood.

So for now, keep the default of Balsamiq Sans for the Font choice, and I’ll show you about switching this up when we move into the Preview of our Wireframes later on.
For the Colors, keep them as is. Again, like I’ve mentioned you want to keep your Wireframes as distraction free as possible, and deep-diving into your favourite colours archive is really not required at the Wireframing stage. You can do all that prettifying of elements when we move onto the Hi-Fidelity Mockups/Comps stage in Sketch (yes that one).

Now here comes another of Balsamiq’s super-awesome-so-so-handy-timesaving (Patent Pending) features.
With the duplicate Shape selected, simply press (Cmd + D) to create 2 more duplicates.
Balsamiq will space the duplicates evenly following the same spacing measurements as the first items. Oh Balsamiq you bringer of joy!

Before we make a start on this section of the tutorial you need to remember that Balsamiq (and any other kind of Wireframing tool) is/should be geared more towards starting the design process, rather than creating a Hi-Fidelity working Prototype of any kind, and this is why in Balsamiq that features such as timers, scrollable areas, swipes and the like are not available to you when viewing your Wireframes in Preview mode.
Full-Fat Prototypes with all the bells and whistles on should come toward the end of the design process, not at the start.
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october 2017 by balsamiq
Top 50 UX blogs you need to follow | Insightful UX
The Balsamiq team’s mission is simple: to spread knowledge about User Experience. While the Balsamiq blog shares tips and tricks of the trade, they also curate sister resource UX Apprentice to introduce fledgling designers to UX.
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september 2017 by balsamiq
5 Organizations that Sponsor Design Events
Sponsored 14% of design events.

Not a misspelled vinegar, but a wireframing tool that reproduces the experience of sketching on a whiteboard, according to the website. It’s not hard to see how design events compliment this offering, but the choice events that Balsamiq has most recently sponsored are MidWest UX, Big Design, and Design Matters.

Image Credit: Balsamiq

When I spoke with Francesca and Angie from Balsamiq, I asked them why they, as a company, choose to sponsor certain design conferences over others:

“We like to sponsor events that support and educate the UX/UI communities. It’s our goal to ‘help rid the world of bad software.’ We also say that we won’t stop until usability is taught in high schools around the world.
To that end, we want to sponsor as many events as possible that align with those goals. Events that teach UX Design, particularly to communities that are underrepresented in tech, are especially important to our mission.”
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september 2017 by balsamiq
10 companies that will allow you to live anywhere you want
3. Balsamiq
Balsamiq is the company that creates Balsamiq Mockups, a rapid wireframe mockup and prototyping tool. The team is made up of more than 25 people and 70% work remotely.
Learn more about the company and how they work. Then check out their current job openings.
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september 2017 by balsamiq
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