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Mark Koberlein
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Attends Savannah College of Art and Design
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Startup Weekend coming to the Lehigh Valley
Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch s...
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Are you obsessively passionate or harmoniously passionate about your work?
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After a year of having my own business, I can agree with everyone of these points about the reality of being an entrepreneur.
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I'm seriously considering the Droid 3 with Verizon. Does anybody have it? Is the battery life and keyboard any good?
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I've come to a similar mindset over the past 2 weeks of working remotely while vacationing with the family. You can't let the small stresses of trying to build a business bring you down. You have to keep your focus on the big picture.
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This video is almost 4 years old and I still use the BPP everyday :)
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Wow! Never really thought about it this way - at least consciously. I'm definitely going to start paying closer attention to my BPP.
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I didn't realize Facebook was still using MySQL for so much of their infrastructure. I assumed that because of their scale they moved to a document datastore instead of SQL. This demonstrates how far you can push MySQL while it's still one of the easiest databases to use when you are starting to build your web app.
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One more meeting to go today and still catching up on work. Going to be a long weekend. Hopefully, it will smooth out by next week. 
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Oh yeah, welcome back to the Valley.
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Google+, I would like to mute comments but not the whole post.
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Gotcha, wouldn't the post just disappear down the stream anyway once you muted the comments?
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I don't agree with all of Max's negative points about paying hourly but I do agree with all of his points about paying per project.

From my own experience of having a consulting business and having to bid for projects at a fixed cost you do look to optimize in these areas in order to get new projects and make money from them:

1. Getting the project completed as quickly as possible
2. Making the software as error-free as possible, so they can move on to the next project and do not have to always support old projects
3. Reusing as much code as they possibly can, so the project gets done quickly
4. Stick within their expertise area, so they can accurately gauge quoted project price
via http://maxkle.in/paying-programmers/
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I think we may also be talking about apples and oranges in regards to the type of work we are doing. For the small marketing websites I have been working on that range from $2 to $5k and sometimes $5 to $10k are pretty well defined and the functionality is usually uniform because it's built on a standard CMS. Most of the time the only custom work is with the design. So estimating fixed prices isn't hard to do.

I also found that clients got used to fixed prices because of graphic design work in the past and they expected the same when it came to web design.

I totally agree with you that any custom development work, like the work you and Tim do, should be billed at an hourly rate and that's what I try to do with my projects when they get very customized.
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Awesome set of javascript hacks that allows you to play a game with any web page.
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Prepare to lose a few minutes of productivity with these bookmarklets!

- Destroy your current web page with Asteroids: http://erkie.github.com/
- Destroy your current web page with Katamari: http://kathack.com/
- Destroy your current web page with nyan cat: http://nyan.alternative.ly/

Enjoy!
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Google please auto minimize the comments on posts. I follow people for their posts and not their commenters.
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I totally agree with that. AND, emailing you everytime someone posts another comment is kind of crazy. It makes sense, but doesn't at the same time. Overload!
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I'm looking forward to seeing how Google+ will be integrated with Google Apps
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Google+ users are a persistent bunch :-).
Here is a quick update on Google+ and businesses:

We have been watching Google+ take shape over the last week and we’ve seen some really great companies get involved. But frankly we know our product as it stands is not optimally suited to their needs. In fact, it was kind of an awkward moment for us when we asked Ford for his (or was it her?) gender!

How users communicate with each other is different from how they communicate with brands, and we want to create an optimal experience for both. We have a great team of engineers actively building an amazing Google+ experience for businesses, and we will have something to show the world later this year.

The business experience we are creating should far exceed the consumer profile in terms of its usefulness to businesses. We just ask for your patience while we build it. In the meantime, we are discouraging businesses from using regular profiles to connect with Google+ users. Our policy team will actively work with profile owners to shut down non-user profiles.

Over the next few months we are going to be running a small experiment with a few marketing partners to see the effect of including brands in the Google+ experience. We’ll begin this pilot with a small number of named partners. If you represent a “non-user entity” (e.g. business, organization, place, team, etc.) and would like to apply for consideration in our limited program (and be amongst the first to be alerted when the business product launches) you can sign up here:

http://goo.gl/zq95C

Please keep all of the feedback coming, we are listening and really appreciate the time everyone is putting towards helping us build a better social experience through Google+.
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Yea, totally. Hmm.. publishing to T and F.. yea, I agree.
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  • Northampton Community College
    Instructor of Art, Communication Design, 2013 - present
  • Parker West, LLC
    Product Developer, present
  • Menu Genie, Inc
    Chief Tech Genie, 2013
  • Hotwire Communications
  • Northampton Community College
  • Cadmus Communications
  • Berkheimer Outsourcing
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Breiningsville, PA
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Bethlehem, PA - Bethlehem, PA - Allentown, PA - Harrisburg, PA - Punta Gorda, FL - Bangor, PA - Reading, PA
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Professor of Interactive Design & Animation at @nccart. Founder & co-organizer of the @LVTech.
Introduction
I am a tenure-track professor in the Communication Design Department at Northampton Community College where I teach courses in general computer graphics, web design, mobile applications, interactive design, server-side programing, and animation. I am currently pursuing a Master in Fine Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development from Savannah College of Art and Design.

I am also an independent application developer with over 12 years of experience building web and mobile products for companies in the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, and New York. 

I consult with companies through my company Parker West, LLC. Parker West is an interactive product development company specializing in digital publishing and the development of web and mobile products.

I am a co-founder and managing partner of the Lehigh Valley Tech which is a grassroots organization promoting entrepreneurship & technology in Lehigh Valley. We organize monthly meetings and larger events like Hackathons and the Startup Weekend Lehigh Valley.
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  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    Interactive Design & Game Development, 2014 - present
  • Messiah College
    1996 - 2000
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