Author: ntalbott

An Opinionated Spreedly Bibliography, Part One of ???

Posted on June 15, 2017 Nathaniel Talbott
“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 encomp
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API Docs by Request

Posted on April 13, 2017 Nathaniel Talbott
** Yes, this is a parody! Please read this with a heavy dose of sarcasm and whimsy. ** 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 yo
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Hiring Lessons Learned from Growing a Team

Posted on February 1, 2017 Nathaniel Talbott
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
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Spreedly for Classic Applications

Posted on December 2, 2015 Nathaniel Talbott
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
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“Merge pull request” Considered Harmful

Posted on June 24, 2014 Nathaniel Talbott
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 contribution
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Say Hello To bank_account

Posted on May 21, 2013 Nathaniel Talbott
One of the parts of working on Spreedly that gets me personally excited is the fact that we empower merchants and consumers to explore payment options beyond credit cards. Now don't get me wrong: the credit card network has a lot of benefits. For one thing, it's virtually ubiquitous, and for another
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Subscription Failures are People Too

Posted on August 13, 2012 Nathaniel Talbott
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
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