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Lean Startup Machine: Nov 5-7

Have you heard about the Lean Startup movement yet? It’s is a profound concept that’s having a major impact on how companies are being built, funded and scaled. Pathfinder is a major proponent of this approach: It’s the best way we know how to create successful software products. That’s why we’re sponsoring and helping organize the Chicago Lean Startup Machine Nov. 5-7. Lean Startup prin
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Two Pathfinder Built Apps Debut At midVentures LAUNCH

The midVentures LAUNCH event kicks off today with a day of innovation and product development workshops, followed by a full day of talks and over 50 product launches. Pathfinder will be involved in two of those launches: Construction Punchlist, the development company’s brand new iPad app, and MORExchange, a direct to consumer mortgage aggregator built by Pathfinder for Omtelligence, LLC. The two are among the more t
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The Agile Lego Game Reloaded with ChiPMA

Brianna Sylver, Founder and President of innovation research and strategy firm Sylver Consulting, engages a lego sprint with her team. Photo by Nate Burgos The lego blocks returned with gusto, in greater numbers and colors. This time, the participants were members of ChiPMA, the Chicago Product Managers Association. The group of thirty-three were divided into five groups. Each acted as a dedicated team responsible fo
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Blog Changes: Product Strategy, Design and Development

Pathfinder is changing how we blog. Since we started blogging about three years ago, we’ve had 1452 posts and about 1.3 million absolute unique visitors. We initially started blogging about Ajax, and then added topics from Ruby on Rails, .Net, to flex and flash. Our user experience designers and our agile project managers started blogging, and we started to blog about content from iPad and iPhone development to
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Pathfinder sponsors the midVentures25

The midVentures25 event is happening this Thursday, and Pathfinder is proud to be sponsoring the event. midVentures25 is the first Chicago-based startup demo day & conference: 25 of the best investor-ready early-stage startups will demo their products in an open-floor expo. The top 5 startups will have a chance to pitch to an audience of entrepreneurs, VCs, angels, bloggers, media and Chicago’s tech commun
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Pathfinder sponsoring Day of Mobile in Chicago

Day of Mobile is happening this Saturday, and Pathfinder is proud to be sponsoring the event. This should be a very cool event , and we’re excited about interacting with other mobile developers in the Chicago area. We look forward to seeing you there! Day of Mobile is an all day event for mobile developers and enthusiasts that will take place at IIT on March 6, 2010. The overall goal of the event is to better p
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Flex Widget for Graphing Elections and Debt

[SWF]http://www.pathf.com/sites/pfd/flash/zeitlupe/Zeitlupe.swf, 500, 475, dataLocation=http://www.pathf.com/sites/pfd/flash/zeitlupe/[/SWF] We’ve been building a lot of mapping/GIS data visualization applications over the last few months, mostly using flex with various back end services (ArcGIS, google and yahoo maps, open source mapping frameworks.) One of the more fun little projects was putting together thi
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Launched: Vu360 PDF Annotation and Markup Application

WE DO NOT PROVIDE CUSTOMER SUPPORT FOR Vu360.   We built an earlier version of the product.  Please contact BlueBook with product questions. Vu360, the latest Pathfinder product, was launched by our client the Blue Book of Construction earlier last month. It’s an Internet-tethered desktop application that enables easy viewing, markup and takeoff of PDF and TIFF documents for the architecture, engineering and construc
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Rails Test Prescriptions to be Published by Pragmatic

Rails Test Prescriptions, the eBook put out by Noel Rappin, Director of Rails Development at Pathfinder, has been picked up by Pragmatic. Congratulations to Noel – he’s done a great job of furthering testing best practices in rails, and this is a great reward. As he said “I’m very excited by this. I’ve wanted to work with Pragmatic for as long as they’ve been publishing books, and I’m thrilled that
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Contrasting Apple and Microsoft's Product Strategy: A Tale of Two Spills

Daring Fireball had another insightful article on the contrasting product strategies of Microsoft and Apple last week. Well worth a read in it’s entirety if you’re thinking about your own product strategy. A few observations were particularly trenchant and relevant to me in light of my own recent experience: Microsoft is no longer ignoring Apple’s market share gains and successful “Get a Mac” ad campaign.
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