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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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7 days 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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7 days 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 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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13 days ago by balsamiq
(1) LinkedIn
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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21 days ago by balsamiq
LinkedIn
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: https://lnkd.in/g7w8PnJ
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6 weeks ago 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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6 weeks ago 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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8 weeks ago 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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8 weeks ago 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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10 weeks ago by balsamiq
Google Summer of Code 2017 — Final Report – Gautam Chitnis – Medium
A big shout out to Balsamiq for providing us with a Trial License to use their software for mockup building, covering the entire duration of the project, under their initiative to provide the software for free to open-source projects.
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10 weeks ago by balsamiq
Is There an One Lump Sum Payment for the Perpetual License of Any Prototyping Tool?
Balsamiq is famous for it’s hand-drawn style prototype, though I don’t want to comment on its style and functions. As far as the payment model is concerned, Balsamiq is cool. It provides users payment model from $89 to $9,790. There are no maintenance costs for the license. If you don’t mind hand-drawn style, it’s okay to choose Balsamiq.
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11 weeks ago by balsamiq
8 things remote CEOs do differently – Signal v. Noise
Leon Barnard, a UX Designer and Writer at Balsamiq (another Know Your Company customer we are proud to serve), talked about how their CEO trusts their employees:
“Our founder and CEO, Peldi Guilizzoni, shows a lot of confidence and trust in us. I would guess that we all actually work more effectively than we did in previous jobs where the most important thing was “looking busy” for the boss… Being so distributed, we couldn’t function without valuing trust and autonomy. Peldi doesn’t micromanage. At this point he couldn’t, even if he wanted to.” — Leon Barnard, UX Designer and Writer at Balsamiq

Balsamiq is known for their all-team retreats that focus getting everyone together to have a good time.
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12 weeks ago by balsamiq
FAQ: Finding International Flexible Jobs on FlexJobs - FlexJobs
For instance, Virgin P. from France, who was hired at a company called Balsamiq as a customer champion, shared the following story with us: “I was looking for a way to find a remote position that would fit my needs and allow me to work from France. I heard about FlexJobs on the web and decided to give it a try. I have to admit I doubted to find a perfect position as FlexJobs seemed to be more active for the U.S. market than Europe. But after two days the perfect offer was in front of me I couldn’t believe it! Thanks FlexJobs, now I am heading back home to France with the perfect job for me!”
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august 2017 by balsamiq
10 patterns I found when I interviewed 12 successful founders
Balsamiq wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Peldi Guillizzoni’s need for a faster and better way to quickly sketch out ideas on the computer.
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july 2017 by balsamiq
Job Search Success: 12 International Job Seekers' Inspiring Stories - FlexJobs
“I was looking for a way to find a remote position that would fit my needs and allow me to work from France. I heard about FlexJobs on the web and decided to give it a try. I have to admit I doubted to find a perfect position as FlexJobs seemed to be more active for the U.S. market than Europe. But after two days the perfect offer was in front of me I couldn’t believe it! Thanks FlexJobs, now I am heading back home to France with the perfect job for me!”
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july 2017 by balsamiq
Is There an One Lump Sum Payment for the Perpetual License of Any Prototyping Tool?
As far as the payment model is concerned, Balsamiq is cool. It provides users payment model from $89 to $9,790. There are no maintenance costs for the license. If you don’t mind hand-drawn style, it’s okay to choose Balsamiq.
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july 2017 by balsamiq
5 Companies Leading The Way While Working Remotely – Collabe – Medium
A team of friendly people coming in from all parts of the world who mostly work from home to help rid the world of bad software, Balsamiq offers software tools to help you create easy-to-use software and websites.
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july 2017 by balsamiq
Does a Distributed Team Work?: Why It’s Best for Pixc - FeedCrunch
How Balasmiq Inspired Me

Good design is one thing I appreciate above anything else, and I love the way that Balasmiq designs not only their beautiful widgets, but also the structure of their company. Most of Balasmiq’s employees are remote.

Balasmiq founder Giacomo Guilizzoni has always believed that work should be fun. And since no one likes commuting, he decided to build a distributed team from the ground up. And it works.

Even the way Balasmiq promotes their products shows how much they love the idea of individuals doing their work the way they want it, wherever they are. Employees only need their ideas, some coffee, focus and a good attitude to reach a brilliant idea:

Source: Balsamiq
I think we can all learn a few things from Balasmiq’s remote culture. Primarily, that work can be fun. When employees are able to have a better life/work balance with commuting off the schedule, they’re able to focus more time on doing their best. Productivity will increase with morale.

This has certainly also been my experience. My employees like to be able to be in new places, whether that’s travelling or working from a new cafe or coworking space. They can work when they want to work, and they are satisfied havin
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july 2017 by balsamiq
How I Took an API Side Project to 250M Daily Requests | Hacker News
Providing revenue and financial metrics are really get eyeballs as this info is rarely available for early stage companies. Balasmiq used this very well, they released early on monthly financial status blogs, which almost all managed to reach front page/top of HN. So, take it as another guerilla marketing channel.
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july 2017 by balsamiq
Update #25: New Features: From Idea to Coding — Archmage Rises
o 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!
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july 2017 by balsamiq
Key take aways from the Business of Software Conference(BoS) London 2017
Jason’s talk was followed by a fantastic presentation from Peldi the CEO of Balsamiq – Everything changes with Employee 25. The presentation started with something Peldi had learnt from a Joel Spolsky article: the four pillars of organic growth. Joel’s article explains that the four pillars of organic growth are Revenue, Head Count, PR and Quality, and that they all need to grow at the same rate as one another in order for the company to be successful.

Balsamiq is now at employee 25 which has required putting a more clearly defined structure in place for the way Balsamiq organise themselves. Throughout his presentation, Peldi explained how he has formalised the way they do things, which included updating their current handbook, coming up with clear team roles within the company, and changing the way they carried out their quarterly reviews so that Peldi does not have 100 meetings a year in quarterly reviews alone.
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june 2017 by balsamiq
React Amsterdam Review — Main track – Átila Fassina – Medium
Stefano Masini did a good job showing his stack at Balsamiq and pointing out how GraphQL is just not some cool new tool with a hype. It actually helps you have better code and it improves your workflow by easing test coverage and test-running performance. Definitely something I’m looking forward on testing and I’ll make use of Stefano’s experience as soon as I get to that!
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may 2017 by balsamiq
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