Thursday, December 3, 2009

Startup in the Cloud

As we've progressed with Shoes of Prey we've come to realise that we're not using a lot of software on our computers and that instead most of what we do is done in 'the cloud'. Not only is this cheap, but it means we can easily share what we're doing with each other and jump on any device connected to the internet to work, whether that be our computer, someone else's computer or our iPhones. Here's what we do that's done in the cloud:

The only software we use that's not in the cloud is the operating system and web browsers on our computers, Skype for cheap international calls, particularly when we're overseas, and the web design software Mike uses - Adobe Flash, Dreamweaver and for some graphics editing, Fireworks.

Is there any other cloud based software that you use which would be useful for us?

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7 comments:

  1. Awesome tips man. I am looking into the accounting and mail out software now. But how the heck do you host your site with AppEngine? I haven't had a good look yet but I can't get my head around how to set that up. I would love to host my site for free on there if possible.

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  2. Hi Cameron. It's actually not super easy unless you have some programming experience, or at least a willingness to learn programming. Normally when you create a website you will make some HTML pages and collect together some images which you then upload all at once using FTP. That's pretty simple enough. With AppEngine though you have to write your own mini web server handlers in Java or the Python programming languages. Once you've got your application working on your own computer, you then deploy the code. It's definitely not something I'd recommend without having some experience in coding... although it might make a good hobby. There's lots of documentation on their website: code.google.com/appengine. Good luck! :)

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  3. Hobby indeed!!! I tried that a few weeks ago with PHP and I gave up my new hobby after a day. I think I will stick to good ol fashioned HTML until I have enough money to pay someone else to do it all for me! Thanks for the help guys and keep up the brilliant work. Your blogs are a pleasure to read.

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  4. I actually use a lot of the tools you mentioned. I also use tools which you might find handy: 1. Huddle.net, a project management collaboration tool. 2. sales force - for CRM.

    and of course there's google wave, but I haven't found any projects to expose its collaboration possibilities!

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  5. Basecamp (http://tinyurl.com/mues5r) for managing projects and Highrise (http://tinyurl.com/ycuvqn7) for managing contacts and leads.

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  6. Hi Troy, good suggestions. I've only had a quick play with the 37Signals products. I didn't feel I needed to use them at the time, we seem to be quite organised with the tools we use, but their products certainly get a good wrap. I'm a big fan of their Signal vs Noise blog too: http://37signals/svn

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  7. Inspiredworlds - I'll check out huddle.net and sales force. I've looking forward to seeing what people come up with using GoogleWave. Lots of potential in that tool...

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