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This is a collection of articles I wrote over the last couple of years. These days, I usually write about building and launching software products.

As a single founder, my time is valuable. I have to split my time between working for consulting clients, doing paperwork and acquisition, and working on my product Stage. I wouldn’t get anything done, without several tools I heavily rely on.

In the following, I want to share the most important products, that help me bootstrap my own product. Hopefully, you’ll get some insights into my toolset and discover one or two products you didn’t know about, yet.

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I’ve always been a fan of Mathias Meyer’s reading lists. They’re one of my go-to resources to discover interesting books to read. While I didn’t read nearly as many books as he did, I wanted to share the books read in 2014 in the same vein. So here it is: my reading list of 2014!

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More than once writing view code for a Rails application ends up with a messy template file. The separation of structure and style doesn’t always work out as intended. Frameworks like Bootstrap force you to use nested structures and lots of class attributes. The view code ends up with a lot of duplication and is hard to read as a result. You’ll get away with that for a while, constantly fearing the next redesign…

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More than two years ago, I joined flinc as a Rails developer. During this time, I helped building, launching and maintaining the realtime ride sharing network. From april on, I’m going to work as a freelance software engineer. It’s not totally new for me, but it’s the first time it’ll be my main source of income.

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