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Laicos Names New Chief Technology Officer

It’s the start of the new year and we have an exciting change to announce.

Yeng Yang, our senior architect for the last 2 years, has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer. Yeng brings a depth of knowledge to the position and has more than a decade of experience working as a Developer, Analyst and IT Manager. Yeng has done an incredible job managing projects for us ever since he joined Laicos, and it’s time he was recognized for his talents.

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What Happened to Fuse

tl;dr We pulled Fuse because of complications with FB API for messaging and Twitter’s write-restriction due to grouping social feeds.

After about 200 emails asking “what happened to Fuse?”, I’ve decided to write up a short post about 1) what happened, 2) what our plans are and 3) what else we’re working on.

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More on Alphabet and the Startup Studio model

This article was originally published on Ryan Negri’s blog, on September 18, 2015.

Let’s talk about Alphabet. Larry Page stunned us all last month when he announced the restructuring of Google’s business model in a blog post. Alphabet is to act as a holding company for Google’s portfolio, separating out different businesses in alignment with the purpose of each.  This isn’t just a rebranding, it goes much deeper. Read On –>


Give First, I Do

This article was originally published on Ryan Negri’s blog, on June 9, 2015.

Many of you may not know, but I enjoy helping others. “Give first” has been my mentality since I became experienced enough to give good advice, but I didn’t start to use that phrase until I read Brad Feld’s amazing post titled “Give before you get“.  I didn’t know what my version would be, but I knew I wanted to give back.

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So, we issued stock options to our team last week

This article was originally published on Ryan Negri’s blog, on May 21, 2015.

For the last few months we’ve been working on incorporating Laicos (previously an LLC) and setting up the business properly, and legally. One portion of that has been creating a stock option plan for our staff. I can say, without question, that you learn more from experience than you do reading a TC article about it. The process was tedious. The most time consuming part was having to understand every little aspect. I was familiar with business setup and incorporation steps, but this is the first time I’ve established an option plan for my staff. We had fun.

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