There is going to be a Free Software / Open Source conference “Freedom and Technology” this Saturday, October 3rd (18:00-21:00) in Cyprus University of Technology, in Limassol, Cyprus. Organizers are the same people you know from the Ubuntu CY community. I’m going to do a talk titled “The practical guide to Open Source participation”. Slides will be linked here after the talk.
See you there.
Many a time I’ve been involved in building a custom WordPress theme, which relied or benefited from some plugins being installed and activated. I’ve always had an ad hoc solution to the problem, with my own installation scripts, WP-CLI mockery, etc. “Packaging third-party plugins with your WordPress theme using TGM Plugin Activation library” covers a much more elegant solution. I haven’t tried it yet, but it does look very promising for my next WordPress project.
Waze, the social networking for drivers, presents some analysis of global driver satisfaction. It’s not covering 100% of the globe, but it’s still interesting to look into differences between countries and cities. See if you can find anything surprising…
GitHub blog brings us a piece of exciting news – now you can add more attachment types to comments. The list is no longer limited by images alone. Now you can attach Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, as well as plain text and PDF documents. This feature alone will make GitHub Issues into a much more viable bug tracking option for many projects and companies.
Location: Draught Bar & Grill
Sad, sad news. Alex King, the founder of Crowd Favorite and a major contributor to WordPress and its ecosystem, has passed away. I’ve blogged earlier about him being diagnosed with cancer.
Here is a list of unusual articles in Wikipedia. The list covers everything from science and culture to history and animal kingdom. For extra fun, check out the alternative in your favorite language (here’s Russian, for example).
A great resource for a slow and boring day!
The $4 billion venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is sharing some of the startup metrics that they use (part 1, part 2). Here they are just for the overview, follow through to the blog posts for details:
- Bookings vs. Revenue
- Recurring Revenue vs. Total Revenue
- Gross Profit
- Total Contract Value vs. Annual Contract Value
- Life Time Value
- Gross Merchandise Value vs. Revenue
- Unearned or Deferred Revenue and Billings
- Customer Acquisition Cost (Blended vs. Paid, Organic vs. Inorganic)
- Active Users
- Month-on-Month Growth
- Burn Rate
- Cumulative Charts vs. Growth Metics
- Order of Operations
- Total Addressable Market
- Annual Recurring Revenue
- Average Revenue Per User
- Gross Margins
- Sell-Through Rate and Inventory Turns
- Network Effects
- Economies of Scale
- Net Promoter Score
- Cohort Analysis
- Registered Users
- Sources of Traffic
- Customer Concentration Risk
There are also some tips and tricks on charts and data presentation, like truncating the Y-axis. Here is an example:
Overall, quite a bit of useful information for analysis of different startups. No wonder their portfolio is so impressive!
P.S.: Love the creative approach to the domain name as well … a16z.com (16 letters between A and Z in the company name Andreessen Horowitz, minus a space).
Toptal runs the article “One Size Fits Some: A Guide to Responsive Web Design Image Solutions“, which discusses one of the trickiest problems of today’s web design and development – responsive images. They cover several tools and approaches – from HTML5 elements to on-the-fly image resizing and source shuffling.