Leaving Pusher: What's Next?

Leaving Pusher: What's Next? preview image

Around 3 months ago I made the very difficult decision to leave Pusher. After just over 2 years I'm leaving behind what - up until now - has been the best job I've ever had. In this post I'll cover what's been achieved while I've been at Pusher, why I left and what I'm going to be doing next.


Technical Customer Service is hard - thoughts from Converge Conf 2013

Technical Customer Service is hard - thoughts from Converge Conf 2013 preview image

I've been to quite a few conferences over the last couple of years (46 conferences and events, by my count). Converge Conference was something different. Although a tech conference, the focus in the talks I saw was most definitely on soft skills and experiences, and not really on the tech. This was highly refreshing. There were 3 talks in particular that resonated with me.


Windows Azure Mobile Services Realtime Collaborative To Do App

Windows Azure Mobile Services Realtime Collaborative To Do App preview image

Inspired by the first two talks at #stacked13 by Mike Taulty and then Maarten Balliauw I thought I'd jump straight into Windows Azure Mobile Services and build an a realtime collaborative synchronised todo list. I'd do this based on the Get started with data in Mobile Services HTML guide. I would then and host it on a Windows Azure web site.


How I won the ESRI DevSummit 100 lines of JavaScript competition

How I won the ESRI DevSummit 100 lines of JavaScript competition preview image

First I'd like to emphasise that this is a blog post on how and not why. The why comes down to the judges. So, thanks Judges! Secondly I'd like to thank Rob Dunfey for the idea and for providing additional motivation - I'll dig deeper into this later. Finally: what am I going to cover? As the title suggests, I want to cover the how.


Reclaiming Twitter

Reclaiming Twitter preview image

For a long while now I've not been getting as much out of Twitter as I used to. There's too much information to take in. I've long said that Twitter is throw-away. If you miss something then it doesn't matter. If it's important then I'll see a retweet or pick up the information from somewhere else. This is wrong. Just because it's not being retweeted by everybody it doesn't mean it's not a worthwhile update. Just because it doesn't get upvoted on Hacker News it doesn't mean that it's not relevant to me.


Developers Want Realtime

Developers Want Realtime preview image

I'm on the What Developers Want panel at the Business of APIs Conference London, arranged by Mashery. I'm also giving a lightening talk on my take on What Developers Want. Unsurprisingly I believe they wany the APIs to offer access to their data in Realtime. Here are the details.


Talking Realtime Web at TwilioCon

Talking Realtime Web at TwilioCon preview image

A couple of days after the WebSockets panel at HTML5DevConf in San Francisco I gave a talk at TwilioCon. We were asked to try and cover a big topic and focus on a few key points. Since the conference was for Twilio, a telephony cloud service, we want...


B2B services: everybody is a potential customer

It's too broad a statement to say that absolutely everybody is your customer. But, you actually never know if the next person you speak to could be a potential customer so you should treat them that way. Treat them the way you would want to be treated no matter the roles you are currently in. Let me explain.


A Geek-in-Residence?

A Geek-in-Residence? preview image

I can't believe it! I left University to take my first job 11 years ago. During that time I've worked in finance, e-learning, GIS and SEO/digital marketing. Although I've had some interest in these sectors my real interest was just the technology, with a passion for realtime web technologies. I now work for Pusher and can focus almost entirely on realtime web technologies and the application of them. Whilst I'm truly lucky to be able to work day-in day-out on something I'm passionate about, it's always a good idea to gain exposure to new things. New experiences exercise the mind and you never know when those experiences will help with what you normally do.