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7 Lessons I Learned from Interviewing 45 Amazing Entrepreneurs - SaaS Club
Here's a story that Patrick McKenzie, founder of Appointment Reminder told me about a conversation that he had with Peldi Guilizzoni, founder of Balsamiq:

I was talking to him [Peldi] about Appointment Reminder a few weeks before launch, at a conference. And I was saying ‘this is going to be great, it's going to use Twilio integration, I'm going to be able to charge customers x, y and z! It's going to decrease their no-show rates. It's going to be fantastic!'.

He says to me ‘Patrick, Patrick, Patrick. Stop for a second! Is what you what to spend the next 5 years of your life on, optimizing scheduling at dentist's offices?' I said ‘No, of course not! I don't care about scheduling at dentist's offices, but this is a really great business.' He was like ‘Stop now! You're clearly not passionate about this. Do something you love.'

‘And I did not listen to his advice. That was a mistake.'

The key lesson for me here was to be honest with yourself. If you’re not truly passionate about what you’re working today, then it will be even harder to get motivated tomorrow. Can you see yourself waking up year after year and being excited to work on that business. If not, then the sooner you figure that out
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21 days ago by balsamiq
Breaking the (remote) ice: 5 tips for icebreakers in distributed teams
Get folks face-to-face when you can.
Where were you the last time you participated in an icebreaker activity? It probably wasn’t from your home office. Just like in-office icebreakers, remote teams’ icebreaker conversations should happen via video chat, or (ideally) in person at a company retreat. One of our remote clients, Balsamiq, is known for their all-team retreats that focus getting everyone, face-to-face together to have a good time.
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21 days ago by balsamiq
The Best Wireframing Tools of 2018 - Placeit Blog
Available for all operating systems because it’s web based.
Balsamiq is a highly recommended wireframing tool that allows users to make wireframes for desktop apps, mobile apps, websites, dialog windows, web apps, tablet apps, and more. Creating your wireframe through Balsamiq is similar to drawing on a whiteboard, and the program also allows you to drag and drop UI elements, get feedback on sketches from your team, revise designs, and refine your work in real time.
Pricing: The price of this tool will vary depending on a number situations. You can start off with a 30 day free trial, but after that you will have to pay monthly or yearly fees depending on the platform you choose. For example, the cloud version will cost you $9 a month or $90 a year for up to two projects. The desktop version will cost you $89 for a single user license.
Bonus: Balsamiq offers free courses available through Udemy and Skillshare to help you learn how to use their product and get the best results from it.
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26 days ago by balsamiq
Smashing Conference London 2018 | Indigo Tree
Between one talk and the next I sometime wandered to the sponsors area. One of the stole was occupied by Balsamiq, a wire-framing software, it was with great surprise that I found out it’s actually an Italian company, bring it on! Not only that, they are based in Bologna where I spent some time in the 90’s and have very fond memories, if you happen to travel to “Il Bel Paese”, you got to visit this amazing city which, among other things, has the oldest university in Europe (1088).

Balsamiq organised a Lego challenge which I entered with a very easy representation of a very complex #JAMstack built.
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27 days ago by balsamiq
UX Digest W12/2018 — Prototyping – Daryna – Medium
I like balsamiq blog as a source of inspiration for prototyping.
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27 days ago by balsamiq
Does Your Data Cloud Have A Green Heart? - PieSync
California based Balsamiq Studios donates to non-profit organisations which work in different areas.
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8 weeks ago by balsamiq
Do I Need a Static Site Generator? – zipBoard
Thanks to JavaScript, which can be processed by the browser rather than the server, a lot of interactions and workflows on static sites can match up to what was earlier possible only on dynamic sites. One example is this contact page of Balsamiq, built in React.
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8 weeks ago by balsamiq
400 quotes to focus and motivate SaaS companies in 2018
At Balsamiq, we don’t have deadlines. Ever.
 — Peldi, Founder & CEO, Balsamiq link
song: “Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching”
 — Peldi, Founder & CEO, Balsamiq link
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11 weeks ago by balsamiq
(47) LinkedIn
Has everyone noticed that all Mac apps offer a help section by design? (some are more helpful than others)

Balsamiq offers some soothing music for designing.
Small delights
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12 weeks ago by balsamiq
Balsamiq Review - Easy to Use by G2 Crowd User in Information Technology and Services January 23, 2018
Easy to Use
What do you like best?
I have really enjoyed working with Balsamiq. I needed to design an add-on tool to an ERP system. I had to determine the functionality and the look-and-feel of the add-on. I had no trouble figuring out how to use all of the features in Balsamiq and enjoyed opening it to create or update my mock-ups.

What do you dislike?
I honestly can say that there wasn't anything that I disliked about it. Again, it is easy to use. And if I didn't know how to do something, I could easily find information in the help area or with the tutorials on the website.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I needed a low cost, easy to use product so I could design functionality that is not in the ERP that the university is implementing. The mock-ups helped the project leadership and developers to understand what we needed the functionality to do and gave them something to use when they are creating the interface.
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12 weeks ago by balsamiq
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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december 2017 by balsamiq
(11) LinkedIn
I had so much fun writing this feature about the remote work culture Balsamiq has built. I'm very thankful I crossed paths with Giacomo (Peldi) Guilizzoni at the Business of Software Conference back in September! Full article available at: https://goo.gl/9hPcjm
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december 2017 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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november 2017 by balsamiq
独立游戏设计流程:从概念到写码的13个步骤 | GamerBoom.com 游戏邦
To make fast easy to modify mockups I use Balsamiq 3. The guys at Balsamiq live and breathe software mockups: They even provide recipes on their website so you can make a quick dinner and get back to designing mockups. Awesome!

It’s ugly and horrible, but it’s a start!
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november 2017 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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november 2017 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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november 2017 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 Proto.io 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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november 2017 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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october 2017 by balsamiq
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