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9 Workplace Experts on the Benefits of Remote Working - GetSmarter Blog
What are some of the paradigm shifts your company has made to fully benefit from remote working?

At a certain point over-communicating for the purposes of keeping up with everything became more trouble than it was worth. We are now more selective in our communication, to allow employees to focus on their work.

What did you start doing differently to safeguard the success of your remote team?

Reassessing our tools regularly. As we grew, our communication tools needed to evolve to suit the company we were becoming. This is probably not needed as often with an onsite workforce.
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yesterday by balsamiq
The Best List of 50 Design Blogs For The Busy Marketer
They talk about the user experience of their products in a unique way.
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5 weeks ago by balsamiq
No Time? Cook Quick Meals With These 12 Recipe Sites for Everyone
This wonderful resource comes from a software design company that regularly experienced the “Oh no, what am I going to make for dinner?” crisis. To solve their problem, they created their own YouTube channel where basic, satisfying recipes are uploaded almost every week.

Created by busy people, for busy people, these recipes hit the spot every time and are straightforward to follow.
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7 weeks ago by balsamiq
(2015) 2015 year in review – Medium
This past year, I went for dinner with Ruben Gamez. One of the things he’s done really well is focused on his “super power.” He’s really good at eliminating distractions. He mentioned that Peldi Guilizzoni’s strength is tenacious focus. noah kagan’s is thinking non-stop about value.
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10 weeks ago by balsamiq
Prototyping Design Tutorial Roundup: Best Video Tutorials ~ Chianote
Balsamiq Mockups started in 2008 in California. It is the pioneer of hand-drawn style prototyping tool and reproduces the experience of sketching on a whiteboard. It is a simple wireframing tool, which means it cannot use to make the interactive prototype. To help users learn better and faster, a 3-minute video tutorial shows at the home page. More detailed tutorials are available on YouTube, such as this Balsamiq Tutorial with 65K + views, which created in November 2013.
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11 weeks ago by balsamiq
Lifestyle business come modello di innovazione per l’Italia – Guadagnare Soldi Online
(udite udite) in Italia (basti guardare il successo che Balsamiq.com e il suo fondatore Giacomo “Peldi” Giulizzoni sta avendo in tutto il mondo).
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november 2016 by balsamiq
Come guadagnare online in Italia: 6 metodi e 50 esempi
Giacomo “Peldi” Guilizzoni (sì, quello in spiaggia nella foto all’inizio del post) ha lanciato da subito il suo servizo di mockup sul mercato globale e oggi Balsamiq è una risorsa per più di 400.000 aziende in tutto il mondo.
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october 2016 by balsamiq
5 Reasons Why Lack of Budget is not an Obstacle for Starting a Business Anymore
Place doesn’t matter. These days, you can run your business from any place in the world and become well-known everywhere. Modern companies in the world can work in various locations in the USA and abroad. Take a look at Balsamiq, WooThemes, or see where Backupify is located. The ability to have access to customers is now available globally. Work at home, go out for a walk in the morning and look at standing in traffic jams office workers with a smile. Such feelings are priceless. Again, the absence of binding to the office allows you to hire people no matter their location is.
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october 2016 by balsamiq
Presentare un’azienda online: la sezione “chi siamo” del sito web
Prendiamo il caso di Balsamiq, piccola azienda fondata da un nostro connazionale, Giacomo Guilizzoni: dalla sezione “chi siamo” si può accedere a moltissimo materiale, tra cui un post del blog personale del fondatore in cui viene spiegata per filo e per segno la genesi dell’impresa.
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october 2016 by balsamiq
10 Virtual Start-up Companies You Should Get to Know
A young software company that describes themselves as “cozy on the web,” Balsamiq is committed to providing mockups for wireframing experts. The company employs only telecommuting professionals, but its staff enjoys perks like yearly company retreats, training, and the ability to work without a lot of deadlines.
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september 2016 by balsamiq
7 Business Talks That Have Made Me a Better Entrepreneur (Plus, a Special Offer)
2) Coding Is The Easy Part (Peldi Guilizzoni)
Peldi is the founder of Balsamiq, which I use daily, and respect tremendously as a business.

While the title of the talk might be a bit misleading, the spirit of it is really, really important: there’s a lot more to running a business than making a product.

Things that most early entrepreneurs don’t think about (from your external ecosystem to company policies on vacation, salary, internal communications and more). This stuff matters more than you might think.

And at the end of the talk, he asks the audience for help. I love the transparency, vulnerability and message of “I might be up here doing the talking, but I’d love to learn from you, too”. It’s a lesson that I try to put into practice on this blog every week.
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september 2016 by balsamiq
What is a 'Minimum Vacation' Policy? | Adavow
Several high-profile companies like Balsamiq, Travis CI, and Baremetrics have now implemented minimum vacation policies to ensure their employees are actually getting out of the office and recharging their batteries.
A great definition of a minimum vacation policy was penned by Cameron Moll, founder of @authenticjobs.
“What I’ve turned my attention to recently is a “minimum vacation policy” for lack of a better phrase. In lieu of unlimited vacation, and in contrast to traditional vacation policies which focus on maximum days off, I’m intrigued by idea of requiring employees to expend a minimum number of vacation days each year to ensure their working (and personal) health remains strong. Beyond the minimum requirement, additional time may be taken off as needed.”
Cameron goes on to say, “The reason I think this policy may — and it can only be proven after we try it for a year or two —be more effective is it prevents employees (and co-workers for that matter) from worrying about how much time they’re taking off. Employees will know the company expects them to take off at least a certain number of days, and beyond that, time as needed.”
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september 2016 by balsamiq
How to Get Employees to Actually Take Vacation
Instead of focusing on maximum time off, or the newer, flashier “unlimited vacation time,” some companies are mandating a minimum number of vacation days. At Authentic Jobs, the minimum mandatory vacation time is twelve days. At HubSpot, it’s two weeks. At Balsamiq, it’s twenty days. Generally, there’s no formal consequences for not using your mandatory vacation time. But, according to Balsamiq founder Giacomo Guilizzoni, “It instills an opposite kind of guilt: If I don’t take my 20 days I will set a bad example for my team.”
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september 2016 by balsamiq
14 super-busy startup founders share their single best productivity tip - Business Insider
Peldi Guilizzoni, CEO, Balsamiq
Hire enough people who are better than you to be able to delegate a large part of your job to them. Finally, now I get to be CEO and spend my day thinking strategically.
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august 2016 by balsamiq
How to use social media effectively for your business? Here are some business tips - Digital Review
5. Be candid. In unsure economic times, transparency goes a long way toward retaining and attracting customers. Giving readers the scoop on your company blog is an easy way to keep the lines of communication open. Giacomo Guilizzoni, the founder of San Francisco software company Balsamiq, even posts sales and profit figures to show that his company is on solid financial footing.
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august 2016 by balsamiq
How to get employees to take vacation
At Balsamiq, it’s twenty days (minimum number of vacation days). Generally, there’s no formal consequences for not using your mandatory vacation time. But, according to Balsamiq founder Giacomo Guilizzoni: “It instills an opposite kind of guilt: If I don’t take my 20 days I will set a bad example for my team.”
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august 2016 by balsamiq
102 Companies Share Advice for Operating Remotely - Press Release Rocket
International: Toggl, Balsamiq, Canonical, WooThemes and others have remote employees distributed across the globe.
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july 2016 by balsamiq
Ask HN: Single Person startup/company? | Hacker News
we have hundreds of examples like this - single person companies that have grown inside the Atlassian ecosystem.
From people like Bob Swift, who grew his company and was then acquired, to companies like Gliffy and Balsamiq Mockups who built multi-dozen person companies on the back of the Atlassian ecosystem.
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july 2016 by balsamiq
Your Product and You: Part II | Myriad Mobile
“So the vision continues to evolve, and we do keep adding things, but we’re very, very careful to only add things that don’t change the philosophy behind the product, don’t change the promise that we give our customers — that it’s going to be Zen-ware. My job is saying “no” a lot. You can’t make a tool that satisfies everyone. And if you try, it’s going to be a terrible tool.”
Peldi, founder of Balsamiq
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july 2016 by balsamiq
What’s Your Story? | Retail, in the eyes of the everyday customer
The first thing balsamiq.com does when you land on their homepage is show a prompt to their About Us page (see bottom right corner of screenshot below):

And on click this content is shown on top of their About Us page. It’s very short, to the point and full of personality:

Now here’s the thing, Balsamiq is used by some of the largest companies in the world:

But that information is buried lower on the page. Balsamic is giving more prominence to their About Us content over their client list. And that’s the right thing to do. Shoppers buy from people they trust. Yes, social proof is important, but it’s less important than your amazing personal story.
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july 2016 by balsamiq
The B2B Lead Generation Techniques You Haven't Tried Yet
some pretty serious companies are using Balsamiq software, and yet their company page is modeled after a corner bistro. They really do sound like friendly people!
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june 2016 by balsamiq
How to Actually Take Vacation: A Digital Nomad's Guide
One software company, Balsamiq, instituted an unlimited vacation day policy Balsamiq, found that the rate of employee vacations was so low that they’ve now instituted “mandatory vacation minimums” where employees have to take a certain amount of time off each year. Founder Giacomo Guilizzoni hopes that the mandatory minimum will instill, “An opposite kind of guilt.” Guilizzoni says, “If I don’t take my 20 days I will set a bad example for my team.”

Italians are amazing.
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june 2016 by balsamiq
What Makes a Great Dashboard? The “Quirky Truth” About Churn • Wyld.Media
There are lots of features I like about Balsamiq mockups, but the two that made me buy way before my trial ended are the “play background music” and “what’s for dinner?” features. Yes, those are real items in their menu bar, because the need for get-in-the-zone calm and the need to not break my attention span to hunt for dinner inspiration allow me to get work done faster.The music is even set to 25 minute cycles so I can use it as part of my pomodoro cycle.  Instant. Brand. Loyalty. 
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may 2016 by balsamiq
Echotags Newsletter #3
We would like to give a shout out to Peldi from Balsamiq who helped us a lot to figure out what should we do next.
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may 2016 by balsamiq
23 Remote Companies Hiring Now
19. Balsamiq – While Balsamiq doesn’t have any new roles listed at the moment, they’re always looking for the perfect culture fit. Their careers page outlines pros and cons of working remotely and even shares their favorite reads on motivation and future of work.
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may 2016 by balsamiq
Kyle Fox: Most Decisions Are Reversible
Balsamiq's job page lists the "bad parts" about working at their company (which is itself an awesome idea). One of the "bad" parts they list relates to the importance of high velocity decision making and mistake correction:

We're reckless sometimes. We believe mistakes don't matter as much as how fast you fix them and how much we learn from them. We take risks.

This is an ethos I fully subscribe to. In general, entrepreneurs should strive to make decisions quickly, and work to identify and correct wrong decisions with equal expediency.
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may 2016 by balsamiq
Peter Coppinger, CEO, Teamwork – Three talks that changed my company – Irish Tech News
“Peldi made me realise business is a LOT more than code. He’s friendly, funny and full of great insights. Like me, he was a coder who has had to become a business person. This is the coder’s guide to making that move.”
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may 2016 by balsamiq
Episode 285 | How to Make Your First Hire | Startups For the Rest of Us
I think Peldi ran his business, Balsamiq, to the point where – he decided to hire when he felt like he was going to die because of all the work.
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april 2016 by balsamiq
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