Author Archives: Simeon Simeonov

About Simeon Simeonov

Entrepreneur. Investor. Trusted advisor.

Marketing Secrets of Successful Startups

I am thrilled about the speaker line-up for the FutureM Marketing Secrets of Successful Startups event sponsored by Shopximity. It’s tomorrow, Thu 9/15/2011, 11:30 – 1:30pm at CSN (177 Huntington Ave in Boston, 24th floor). Hope to see you there! [Tweet to tell your followers … Continue reading

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Mobile Marketing Frontiers

I am thrilled about the speaker line-up for the FutureM Mobile Marketing Frontiers event Shopximity has organized. It’s tomorrow, Wed 9/14/2011, 8am – noon at Microsoft’s NERD center (One Memorial Drive in Cambridge). For more info, check out the event … Continue reading

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One line Tropo debugging gem

I’ve worked with Tropo, a cloud telephony platform, for a few months now, primarily using the Ruby scripting API. Tropo’s script execution model is a bit strange–the script file is pre-pended with a bootstrap block of code and the combined … Continue reading

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How to set up reference checks

Swoop (what used to be Shopximity) is in full-on recruiting mode. We are looking for both experienced and up-and-coming full stack developers who love startup life, open-source tools, cloud deployment and are deeply plugged into the tech ecosystem. I’m having a … Continue reading

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Shopximity wants to give you $10,000

I was prompted by a comment on a recent blog post about recruiting top engineers to formalize a simple suggestion I’ve made to startups over the years: if you have the money to use recruiters, offer a $10K referral bonus … Continue reading

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Getting developer interviewing right

Much buzz today on HN about developer hiring with Evan Carmi sharing his Google interview experience, which mostly consisted of language trivia and algorithmic tasks, and a devininterviews follow up arguing that this interviewing style leads to bad hires. I … Continue reading

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The three rules of awesome mobile hackers

One of the reasons why I’ve been mostly absent from this blog is that, together with a couple of very interesting people, I started a new company and we’ve been busy closing our Series A and getting things off the … Continue reading

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The rising power of the Google platform

If anyone ever doubted that Google is a platform company, check out the “Google SDK.” I’m putting this in quotes because what you find there is really an aggregation of a bunch of separate projects than a well-thought-out integrated SDK–that … Continue reading

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Eric Ries interview about lean startups

Lean startup meme inventor Eric Ries is in town. He will be at the Lean Startup Circle event on Thursday night. If you are lucky-enough to have gotten a ticket for this, either hold it tight or sell it on … Continue reading

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Twilio forwarding and CallerID hack

I like Twilio. They’ve made programming voice fun, something it certainly wasn’t when Dialogic boards were the platform of choice. I’m using Twilio for a new service I’m working on. More on this in another post. When you start playing … Continue reading

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