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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Why Build an Online Community?

The benefits of creating and managing an online community go beyond reducing support costs; communities are the foundation of scaling. One person can only do so much, and as our CTO, Nathaniel, described in this blog post, “your ability to succeed is directly tied to your ability to grow the team.” Companies who are paying attention know that customers are not on the other side of the relationship. They are a part of your team […]

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You’re a Startup’s First CPA, Now What? 5 Tips for Success

In December of 2015, I walked into a lawyer’s office in downtown Durham, NC and went up to the second floor to find three dudes in an open room, standing around a handful of long tables. A few weeks later, this became my new office. I was hired as the first (and currently only) CPA – Certified Public Accountant – to work at Spreedly – a financial technology startup focused on democratizing participation in online […]

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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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Branding, Community & Networking in One Coworking Event

Looking for an inexpensive and simple way to build brand recognition, connect with your local industry community, and bring in a diverse group of professionals to network with your team? Coworking events have enabled us to do just that, plus they are a lot of fun. Most of us are familiar with the concept of coworking as it relates to pay-for-use spaces catering to those who work from home, consult, travel, or otherwise are not […]

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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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Better Engineering Through Book Clubs

Culture is a hard thing to define. It has many layers, many facets, many manifestations and two people looking at the same practices might come to different conclusions about what it implies. Rather than wade into the choppy “what is culture” waters, we thought we could let you come to your own conclusions about the engineering culture here at Spreedly with a quick peek into something we’ve instituted recently – an engineering book club. Here’s […]

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