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November 15th, 2012

Leon Barnard Joins Balsamiq

It's a great pleasure to introduce you all to Leon Barnard, the newest member of our team. We're excited to have Leon onboard to help move our UX and...

By Mike
October 16th, 2012

Thoughts on "How to Win Friends and Influence People"

Read the full review!

By Natalie
June 18th, 2012

2012 Balsamiq Company Retreat

My suitcases are not yet unpacked because I have Balsamiq Jetlag Syndrome (BJS). Luis defines that as "A complication of ordinary jetlag, where the subject is kept awake by...

By Peldi
April 3rd, 2012

A myBalsamiq Morning to Forget: An Apology

Hello friends. For the second time in the history of Balsamiq, I write you today to apologize for our mistakes. This morning we started what was supposed to be...

By Peldi
April 2nd, 2012

Florian Brauer Joins Balsamiq

Hello friends of Balsamiq! It is my great pleasure to introduce to you the newest member of the Balsamiq family: Florian Brauer! We first met Florian in July last...

By Peldi
February 20th, 2012

Balsamiq Interview on IATV

We took some time out to talk to Jan Jursa on the IATV podcast. Peldi, Jan, and I discussed Mockups and myBalsamiq, wireframes and prototyping, and what's happening right...

By Mike
December 31st, 2011

Our Donation Policy

We're proud to be able to donate to many non-profits each year. Read all about our Employe Donations Policy.

By Natalie
November 1st, 2011

Kyle Dinh Joins Balsamiq

Hello friends of Balsamiq! I am thrilled today to announce that Kyle Dinh has joined the Balsamiq team as full-time employee #10 - double-digits baby! 🙂 Kyle, who's based...

By Peldi
October 20th, 2011

Creating eBooks with

UPDATE: This article was written in 2011, with tools that were available to us then. We'd suggest searching for more modern tools for creating eBooks now. iBooks on left...

By Mike
September 15th, 2011

Songs for Entrepreneurs

I've been meaning to write this little post for a long time. There are a few songs whose lyrics stuck with me and have helped me along my programmer-to-CEO...

By Peldi
September 12th, 2011

Looking for an Outgoing DevOps in California

Nov 1st UPDATE: the position has been filled! Go Kyle! 🙂 Hi this is Peldi from Balsamiq. We are a three-year old, bootstrapped and very profitable little company. In...

By Peldi
September 12th, 2011

Devising a Profit Sharing Program for Micro-Multinationals

Our Profit Sharing program has withstood the test of time. Read all about it!

By Peldi
September 12th, 2011

Our Simple Salary Policy

This post is part of a series about our VERY FEW company policies. Read this intro post for some context. Given that we have different people all around the...

By Peldi
September 7th, 2011

Pace, not Deadlines

This post is part of a series about our VERY FEW company policies. Read this intro post for some context. At Balsamiq, we don't have deadlines. Ever. It seems...

By Peldi
September 7th, 2011

On the Need of VERY FEW Company Policies

I'm not a fan of policies. In fact, the tiny little essay on how policies are bad from Rework is my favorite of the whole book. It's called "Don’t...

By Peldi
September 6th, 2011

DigMyData: Aha!-nalytics

I've never been a metrics lover. Stories like Google A/B testing 41 shades of blue make me cringe. I explain our industry's recent infatuation with analytics-driven-development in part as...

By Peldi
August 22nd, 2011

Avoiding the Circumlocution Office

A few weeks ago, I finally received my "permesso di soggiorno," my permission to stay in Italy. As an American citizen I knew the process for getting my paperwork...

By Natalie
August 12th, 2011

“I Love to Do Business with Other Businesses My Size”

I've tweeted about this video a few times in the past. I'm posting it here as well so that I can find it easily every time I'm compelled to...

By Peldi
July 3rd, 2011

Company Retreat Powers Balsamiq Quality Boost

Would you trust your software to these people? You bet What is it like when a small, dynamic, distributed software company gets together for a week-long sleepover at the...

By Anna
June 24th, 2011

From Our RetrEAT: A Team That Cooks Together Stays Together

One of the hardest things about working with my beloved distributed team (aka balsamici*) is our not being able to see each other in person more often. Just once...

By Peldi
June 2nd, 2011

Our Response Might Be Delayed... We're on Retreat!

Hello friends! I am super-excited as I type this. I am alone in the office today because it's an Italian holiday, a French holiday, and OUR WHOLE US TEAM...

By Peldi
May 18th, 2011

Joy McCrea Joins Balsamiq

Hello everyone! I know it's been a while since our last blog post, my apologies. We've been crazy busy with lots and lots of new customers and working on...

By Peldi
March 13th, 2011

Video of My Business of Software 2010 Talk

Hi friends, sorry for not blogging more, I'm having way too much fun working on Mockups, myBalsamiq and running our little company right now. Today I want to share...

By Peldi
December 13th, 2010

Louanne Poisson Joins Balsamiq

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Louanne Poisson, who joined Balsamiq as Regina della Qualita', which is italian for Queen of Quality. She is based in...

By Peldi
November 18th, 2010

Video of My LessConf 3010 Talk

I had the pleasure of giving a talk at Less Conference 3010 last May titled "Guiding Principles for Running a Successful Little Startup". The conference was one of the...

By Peldi
November 3rd, 2010

Paolo Ottanà Joins Balsamiq

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Paolo Ottanà, the newest member of team Balsamiq. Paolo will be working out of our Bologna office, helping us with...

By Peldi
October 22nd, 2010

Keeping it in Perspective

I have a love/hate relationship with change. I love new challenges and new opportunities, but would love to have them completely on my own terms. Of course change doesn't...

By Natalie
October 14th, 2010

An Update from Balsamiq-Land!

Hello friends, long time no see! So sorry for not keeping you in the loop more about what's going on in Balsamiq-land. Although it might seem like we're not...

By Peldi
September 9th, 2010

Email, Key Lookup, Bounced Check

After our company met in Italy on July 1, I stayed abroad until my recent return to the Bay Area, and since I got back, every day has been...

By Val
July 26th, 2010

Office Space

If you follow our company blogs, you already read about our first-ever team meeting. A highlight for us was on a Lake Como ferry to Bellagio, where we had...

By Val
July 19th, 2010

Our First Company Retreat

I'm on a boat! Being a Balsamiq employee for just over two weeks, I wasn’t sure my perspective of the staff retreat would be of much value. After all,...

By Natalie
July 1st, 2010

They're Coming!

I mentioned today that I feel like Balsamiq (the company) is really just starting now. The team is in place, the processes are pretty smooth, the revenue somewhat stable,...

By Peldi
July 1st, 2010

Natalie Gould Joins Balsamiq

I am thrilled to announce that my very good friend Natalie Gould has joined the Balsamiq team! We're not sure about what her final job title will be, but...

By Peldi
June 2nd, 2010

Our Short and Mid-Term Feature Roadmap

Hi there, I've written bits of this enough times now that I thought a little blog post about it would be in order. Here's what we're working on RIGHT...

By Peldi
May 31st, 2010

Bringing a Little Balsamiq to Atlassian's #Summit2010

I'm doing some creative visualization about the upcoming Atlassian Summit in San Francisco on June 6. We are sponsoring, and I'll be managing a booth all by myself for...

By Val
May 19th, 2010

I Tink, Therefore, I Am. (Sorry, Descartes)

We love people who get stuff done. We are, therefore, extremely proud to sponsor one of the puzzles concocted by Tinkering School at this weekend's Maker Faire. Tinkering School,...

By Val
May 17th, 2010

Refresh! My Blog, Reborn

Ahh, the best-laid plans of mice and bloggers... I had such grand ideas about waxing poetic every day, chronicling what we are learning as a company and my growth...

By Val
March 31st, 2010

Employees Define Company Values by Designating Matching Funds

Hello everybody, thanks for visiting. I am delighted with our little company's growth, and we have quickly settled into a comfortable rhythm in 3 time zones. Now that we...

By Val
March 9th, 2010

And the UXLx Winner Is...

The upcoming UXLx Conference (May 12-14 in Lisbon) is a wonderful chance for Usability folks to hear some of our favorite speakers and meet like-minded experts who believe, like...

By Val
March 8th, 2010

Our Spring 2010 Travel Plans

Hi everyone. We are all heads down making a TON of progress on all areas of our business: the website, the product, the web app, our internal's awesome....

By Peldi
March 2nd, 2010

Mike's 5 Jobs

Hi again. Thanks so much everyone for all the nice words following yesterday's announcement.... we're all super-excited as well! 🙂 In this post we'd like to give you a...

By Peldi
March 1st, 2010

Michael Angeles Joins Balsamiq

I can barely contain my excitement as I type this, so I'll get right to it: Michael Angeles, the man behind Konigi and one of the people I look...

By Peldi
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