Are Face to Face Meetings Overrated?

Face to face meetings

The team at 37signals, a Chicago-based software firm, certainly thinks so.

In an excerpt from 37signals co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson's book, Remote, reprinted in Inc.com, Fried debunks the myth that breakthrough creative moments can only happen when participants are sitting in the same room.

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Is Your Company Crazy Not to Offer Remote Work?

Most companies do not allow their staff to work from home.

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, recently issued a directive stating that Yahoo staff may no longer work from home.

Why? There are two main reasons:

  1. CEOs want teams in the same room to collaborate more efficiently. This is the major reason stated by Marissa in her directive.
  2. There is also another reason that usually goes unsaid. Management doesn’t trust that team members are productive when working from home.
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Comparison of Credit Card Processing Companies

 

We know that deciding on which of those credit card processing companies to choose can be a complete pain in the neck. That's how we came up with a Google spreadsheet that lists for you the top options and compares the charge rate plus some of the key features.

There are some big picture decisions to make: Do you need recurring payments? Braintree could be a good option for this. Do you need a mobile device reader to physically swipe cards? Perhaps you might want to try Squareup. Or are you a developer and looking for a really easy way to integrate payments to your site? Stripe.com could be a fit. Paypal is also an easy option for many because there are a lot of people that have a Paypal account, and this can make it easier for those people to transact with you.

You also need to make the decision if you will go for the more traditional (and more difficult) route of getting a separate merchant account and payment gateway, or an easier method of getting an account which does it all for you.

If you would like to add other credit card payment processing options that you are aware of, just let us know so we can edit the sheet.

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Offshore Outsourcing: Which Country Should You Hire From?

This week I had a friend ask me about setting up a team of python developers in the Philippines. I advised her not to choose the Philippines specifically.

Why? Simply because of the depth and availability of talent.

I searched on LinkedIn for the keyword "python" in the Philippines and there were 952 results:

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