80beans turns 10 today: grandpa recounts

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Today it's exactly 10 years ago that Thijs and I decided to start a company. Here's what happened between August 10, 2002 and today. From working from our parents house to living in vacant office space to running a Ruby shop with a team of seven.

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Introducing our "Open Test Lab" for mobile device testing

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While emulators can give some indication of what your web app will look like, nothing beats holding an actual device in your hands. Inspired by the suggestion for a local test lab at the Mobilism conference earlier this year, we decided to give it a go and ordered a bunch of mobile devices. But, why keep them to ourselves?

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Amsterdam.rb Meetup at 80beans

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After being dormant for a while we decided to revive Amsterdam.rb, our local Ruby user group. With a team of five we organize "Amsterdam.rb Reboot" at the 80beans office, welcoming all (aspiring) Rubyists in the Amsterdam area (or just happening to be in town). Drinks are on us!

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It's almost EuRuKo time!

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Next week Ruby conference EuRuKo 2012 will hit Amsterdam with a 2-day conference, Hack Day and Rails Girls workshop. You don't want to miss the action, so here's what's going on and how we're involved.

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Front-end developers, join our team!

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We're currently on the lookout for a (medior) front-end developer to join our team.

We expect you to know a thing or two about HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery. You either know how to use Haml, Sass & Compass or are eager to learn.

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Closed on June 2 & 3

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80beans will be closed on Thursday June 2 and Friday June 3 because of Ascension Day. For critical matters we're available by e-mail or on our mobiles.

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Myth of the Flat Fee

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You made a deal with someone to build you a website. Best of all: you agreed on a flat fee! You're getting everything you want, because that's what your vendor promised you. Guess what? It's not going to happen. You fell for the Myth of the Flat Fee.

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Your idea is worthless

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You don't get rich over an idea. Execution is what counts, what makes money and brings value to the table. Pretty much any idea that has the potential of actually being executed is not unique. Our ideas are always based on other ideas. We only think of a web app that can do X because others paved the road before us.

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