Advice for Consultants and Startups

This combines much of the advice I give to friends and colleagues over the years (I advise many startups) all packaged together along with a bit of history of my career at the beginning of the talk.

This talk is chock full of advice to freelancers / consultants and startups.

Quick note: It is my first public talk on business, so it takes a bit for me to get into the talk and find myself in it. Please forgive me for starting slow, but I do find my groove and give tons of advice and tips. I’m excited about this talk. Enjoy! :-D

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Turning 30

Turning 30 has been interesting. I’ve been a full-time front-end web developer since ’04-05. That’s 10 years! But now honestly although I still do front-end dev I feel like I’m more of a CEO than anything now — that’s a recent development in the last 6-12 months.

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Momentum is King

Likely many of your projects have died due to lack of keeping the momentum going and growing.

Momentum is precious. It’s the life force. Learn to manage momentum and harness it. By doing so you will drink of it’s sweet nectar of glorious fuel for your project to grow. Momentum is the most precious ingredient that keeps moving projects, companies, weight-loss, or whatever your goal is forward.

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HTML5 Needs a New Animation API to Compete with Native

The HTML5 vs native OS performance debate simply will not die — and for good reason! We currently don’t have the API we need to build fluid animations on the web.

Before you go and put me on a stake, let me explain. Through this article I will make the case of why what we currently have in the browser for animation is limited, and try to clearly point out limitations and how JavaScript animation engines are leading us towards a better world that I hope gets built into the core browser UI rendering engine API.

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