A couple of weeks ago the folks behind the Serverless framework released the first version of Serverless Cloud, a managed serverless hosting service that makes it even faster to bootstrap serverless applications.

I’ve been playing around with it a bit, and love the way it is set up and how…


How do you find your company’s voice and stand out between all the other businesses trying to talk to your customers?

As your company starts to take shape, and you’re creating a logo, a website, business cards, email newsletters, or any other written text, you slowly will start to discover your company’s tone of voice.

It’s important for you and your co-founders to be aware of your company’s tone of voice…


Tags in the task manager app Things seem very minimal and simplistic at first sight because of the minimalist UI, but there are a lot of handy ways to apply them to better manage your tasks and schedule your days.

Here are some of the ways in which I apply…


Gatsby is a wonderful framework for quickly building static sites using React and GraphQL. Here are some things to look out for when you’re ready to put your Gatsby site live.

Metadata fun

It’s not the most fun part of building a website, but good metadata will help your site be found…


Some tips and tricks to help you get started

Lately, I’ve been working with a few contractors who hadn’t worked with the Serverless framework before. I realized there’s not a lot of good documentation around this, so here are some frequently asked questions, which should help you get started.

How do I invoke functions locally?

Weirdly, it might be hard to figure this one out…


How I got back some time for deep work

Within my companies, one of my main roles is being a facilitator. I like to help my colleagues do their best work. That means answering a lot of questions over Slack and Zoom.

I love it, but it also takes up a lot of time, especially if you combine it…


A lot has been written on this subject, and if you want the definitive guide on product design and software development (if there is such a thing), this is definitely not it. …


How do you know when it’s time to course correct?

When we started NearSt in 2015, our product was a marketplace platform on which people could order products from local shops via an app. …


CODEX

I’ve been using AWS Cognito for quite a few recent projects. It makes a lot of sense to use when you’re building serverless applications on AWS Lambda, just because it’s right there and part of the ecosystem.

I also definitely don’t want to ever build my own authentication systems anymore…


How do you make effective decisions in a growing team?

When the company consists of just you and one or two friends, it’s very easy to build consensus and make quick decisions. All of you have all of the information on everything that related to the company, and there’s not much needed to build consensus. …

Thomas Schoffelen

Entrepreneur tech kid, co-founder of NearSt, Londoner, open source enthusiast and aspiring spare time literature geek.

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