An Opinionated Spreedly Bibliography, Part One of ???

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” — Charlie Tremendous Jones While it’s a gross simplification, there’s a lot of truth in that Charlie Tremendous Jones quote: relationships and reading will define and encompass most of our personal growth over our lifetimes, and the same holds true for the formation and growth of an organization. Someday I’d like […]

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API Docs by Request

While it’s all the rage to make your API docs publicly available, is it such a good idea? Just because Twilio blabs to any random person about exactly how to make a phone call with their API does that mean you should? If Twilio stuck their head into the oven would you do it too? There are a bunch of good reasons to make people jump through hoops to get access to your API docs. […]

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Hiring Lessons Learned from Growing a Team

Is there any process at a company that is more important than hiring? There are certainly great sole proprietor businesses, but as soon as you decide you want to get more done than what you can do as one person, your ability to succeed is directly tied to your ability to grow the team. You need to find candidates, get them excited about joining you, evaluate them for fit, and onboard them so they can […]

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Spreedly for Classic Applications

If you’ve ever been incredibly excited about a new piece of payment technology followed quickly by the onset of depression because you know the payments infrastructure in your application won’t allow you to use it, this article is for you. I don’t really like the word “legacy” since it has such negative connotations, and something turning over six figures a month is actually pretty awesome regardless of how it’s coded or how old it is. […]

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“Merge pull request” Considered Harmful

I love Github – I think it’s made contributing to open source 1000% more approachable and enjoyable. But I’ve found the open source maintainer workflow that Github puts front and center in the form of the web Pull Request UI is actively harmful to project quality and speed of taking contributions. So before you hit that big old “Merge pull request” button on the next open source Github Pull Request you think is deserving of […]

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Say Hello To bank_account

What if you could, when it makes sense, transact directly against a consumers bank account? Even better, what if you could do it in a way that, just like credit cards, vaulted the details of that bank account so that you could switch out the backend at any time and just keep transacting away like nothing changed? **Well today I’m excited to announce that we’ve added a `bank_account` payment method to Spreedly, which is a fully functional sibling to `credit_card` payment methods.**

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Subscription Failures are People Too

We’ve been steadily making improvements to the Subscriptions backend this year, with the first visible effect being the roll-out of Open Invoicing in the first quarter. We just deployed another improvement that will be visible to you in the backend, and wanted to give you a quick run-down on the ramifications. If you’ve used Subscriptions much, you’ve probably noticed that when a renewal fails, it still shows up in the transaction list for a subscriber, […]

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