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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UI/UX Design: Prototyping with Principle

I’ve been dabbling with the idea of using a new prototyping tool for a while now. In the past I’ve used Marvel App which is great because it’s easy to create and share your prototypes. Plus, it’s web based and free. Although Marvel (and InVision etc) offer quick and easy solutions they really represent the early stages of an app. These tools are best used to get something in your hands to understand the flow of your app. They’re great for throwing together quick PSD mockups or even pen and paper sketches.

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Fuse API

Fuse API

Built in Go, Fuse API normalizes your social interactions with a single clean RESTful API, + Javascript & Swift SDKs. Authenticate, share, search, and post to dozens of social networks via a unified set of calls.

We grew tired of writing a dozen types of calls and integrating as many APIs when building mobile and web applications. Fuse API speeds our internal processes by allowing us to use a single API to interact with social networks. If APIs change? We make changes to Fuse API. Calls from production apps continue to work fine.

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// use-case demonstrating slack oauth
// with api results from a slack channel

fuse.slack
  .login()
  .then(function (user) {
    // oauth user success result
    // fuse.js sdk handles local
    // tokens required for interfacing
    // with the rest of the slack api
    return user
      .channel("fuse")
      .get({
        limit: 20,
        page: 0,
      })
  })
  .then(function (feed) {
    // slack response containing
    // an array of messages
    // from the fuse channel
  })
  .catch(function (err) {
    console.error(err)
  })
// use-case demonstrating slack oauth
// with api results from a slack channel

import Fuse

Fuse.login().then { user in
  // oauth user success result
  // fuse.swift sdk handles local
  // tokens required for interfacing
  // with the rest of the slack api
  return user.channel("fuse").get(limit: 20, page: 0)

  }.then { feed in
  // slack response containing
  // an array of messages
  // from the fuse channel
  self.feed = feed
  self.tableView.reloadData()

  }.catch { error in
    UIAlertView(…).show()
}
// use-case demonstrating
// posting a message to a slack
// channel for a client app managing
// multiple slack user accounts

fuse.slack
  .users("ID1234")
  .channel("fuse")
  .post({
    "text": "Testing Fuse Api's slack integration.",
    "icon_emoji": ":thumbsup:"
  })
  .then(function (response) {
    // slack response 
  })
  .catch(function (err) {
    console.error(err)
  })

Compose

Type anything. Post anywhere.

Built using our Fuse API, Compose (beta) let’s you post to all your social networks at once from a clean web-based, mobile-friendly UI.

Share your email to join the private beta. Or, access our initial beta version of Compose at compose.fuseapi.io

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Mike Fridgen leaves GM job at eBay, joins ‘startup studio’ Madrona Venture Labs as CEO

Seattle’s, Madrona Venture Labs, has a new CEO.  Mike Fridgen left his general manager position at eBay, to lead the way for the startup studio. The firm also plans to increase the size of its team and will be hiring developers, designers and product managers. We’re looking forward to seeing what products and companies Madrona and the new team comes up with.

To read more, check out John Cook’s coverage over at Geekwire.


New ebook, Anatomy of Startup Studios is out!

Boy, were we excited to see that expert Attila Szigeti had published a new ebook, Anatomy of Startup Studios – A behind the scenes look at how successful venture builders operate. We’ve been following his work for some time. If anyone is qualified to write a book on this topic, Attila’s your man. If you’re interested in the Startup Studio business model, at $3 you can’t afford to miss this download.

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Harvard Is Taking on NYC with Its Upcoming HBS Startup Studio

Harvard Business School plans to enter the Startup Studio game. Beginning this December, select teams of Harvard alumni will call HBS Startup Studio in New York, home. Besides the obvious prestige, perks of membership will include coworking space, mentorship and guidance. Head on over to BostInno to read Olivia Vanni’s full coverage of this story.

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