I'm writing a book for O'Reilly, called Designing Data-Intensive Applications.
Entrepreneurship, web technology and the user experience
2008 has been an exciting year. My company got off the ground, winning and completing a number of software development contracts for different clients, including Bid for Wine, Mydeco, Velocix, Microsoft Research, Imense, Bupa and Collabora.
It has always been my goal to stay flexible and work with a wide range of different skills, because I believe that a wide view and interdisciplinary abilities allow you to find insights and intelligent alternative solutions which other people cannot see. On the other hand, there is a danger that if you don’t specialise, you end up as the stereotypical consultant who can talk intelligent-sounding gibberish but can’t actually do the nitty-gritty work of getting the job done.
Along with all this technical excitement, the business has also been profitable, and has enjoyed stable cash-flow. I am pleased.
So where do we go from here?
In 2009, I am hoping to focus more on Ept’s own projects. We will continue work on projects for clients, but will also invest in developing products which a lot of people will find useful, and which will help to give us a stronger position in future. Without giving away too much detail ahead of time, these are the two main areas:
The common theme: providing tools and building blocks for the people who make the applications which shape the web. I believe that web applications are already very important, and have an extremely bright future. I want to do my bit to make the web even more awesome than it is already: open, interconnected, dependable, secure, useful.
Happy new year!