May 21, 2018
Inclusive design refers to design that considers the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age, and other forms of human difference. Inclusive design seeks to make the best possible product for the largest number of people. We are passionate about this topic for a number of reasons, and were thrilled to be able to present a session on it last week at Boulder Startup Week.
While considerations for those with some form of disability is only one facet of inclusive design, we chose to focus our session on it for the sake of time. We shared a bit of history, talked about motivation, and showed several real world examples that demonstrated how designing for accessibility improved the UX/UI for all.
We can’t cover all the details in this post, but we’ll share some big picture concepts and include some recommended readings on this topic. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to see some of the demos we shared or talk more specifically. Read More
May 8, 2017
Category: Business & Strategy
A successful business requires not only a great product or service, but also a culture where employees can thrive. Here at InspiringApps, we believe one way to help build a vibrant and diverse team is through flexible work policies.
We are not alone in believing in the value of flexible work environments – a large portion of the American workforce desires more control over when, where, and how they work. According to Gallup’s most recent State of the American Workplace report, “More than half of employees (53%) say a role that allows them to have greater work-life balance is “very important” to them when considering whether to take a new job. Similar numbers of employees (51%) say they would change jobs for one that offered them flextime, and 37% would do the same for a job that offered them the ability to work where they want at least part of the time.”
While flexible work policies can make employees healthier, happier, and more productive, it’s important to note that businesses also reap significant additional benefits. In this post, we’ll discuss what constitutes flexible work policies, and explore how to leverage the advantages they offer. We’ll also comment on some potential challenges and how to address them for the benefit of the company and the employees. Read More
May 13, 2015
The “I Moved to Boulder and…” event at our office this week attracted some veteran Boulderites in addition to those newer to the area. The four panelists discussed their jobs, where they live, and the things they like to do including disc golf, enjoying the night life on Pearl Street, hiking in the snow, running, and listening to live music.
One panelist, Courtney, described how she was surprised by the friendliness of Boulderites after moving here from New York City. She had a brace on her leg due to an injury, and it seemed that everywhere she went in Boulder, concerned passers-by were curious about her injury, how she was doing, and quick to offer help.
Sean, also familiar with east coast life, illustrated the difference between a typical business encounter in New Jersey (unfriendly secretary rudely asking “Whaddya want?”) and one in Boulder (outgoing business prospect inviting “Want to talk about it over a beer?”).
Another panelist, Julian, talked about his move from Florida, and how he loves living near Pearl Street and the ability to walk almost anywhere he wants to be.
In addition to the panel discussion, we enjoyed a large variety of soda flavors from Rocket Fizz. The most disgusting, by far, was the ranch dressing flavor. We have plenty of left over bottles of that one, if you’d like to stop by and pick one up!
Thanks for attending and we’ll see you next year!
May 6, 2015
Boulder Startup Week is next week! InspiringApps will again host the always entertaining and tremendously popular “I Moved to Boulder and….” event on Monday, May 11th from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Do you wonder what happens when you move to Boulder? What do people wish they knew before moving here? Instead of just reading about it, come meet people who have moved here in the last year and hear how they’ve integrated into the community. They’ll talk about jobs, housing, social life and more. This small panel of recent Boulder transplants will tell their stories and answer your questions.
Sound like the perfect event for you? Register here to join in the fun. It’s free! Already been here awhile? Come anyway and offer your expertise to the newbies. We’ll have plenty of time for networking as well.
Beyond learning more about Boulder, you’ll also get a chance to explore Boulder’s finest soda scene. We’ll be offering a curated selection of sodas from Boulder’s own Rocket Fizz for guests to enjoy. InspiringApps software engineer, Will Helling, drank EVERY ONE of the offerings from Rocket Fizz over the past months. We’ll have his favorites for you to sample, including Blueberry Birch. Also available will be a few of the less mainstream (uh, gross?) flavors like Lester’s Fixins Ranch Dressing.
If your taste buds aren’t adventurous enough to take a swig based on soda name alone, we’ll share Will’s reviews of all the sodas so you can decide if you want to give it a try. Here’s a sampling:
Blueberry Birch: This says blueberry, but it really tastes more like grape. In any case, if you’ve ever been curious what a marriage of grape and root beer might be, look no further. As any Reading Draft, this soda tastes fantastic, and the unique grape-rootbeer flavor is unique and exceptional. This was exactly the type of soda I was hoping to find when I started this soda tour. 8.5/10
Lester’s Fixins Ranch Dressing: Stop the presses, this one surprises as being one of the best I’ve had on this whole list. Just kidding. It’s gross. It tastes like rotten cheese and the ranch-esque aftertaste just does not go away. Make sure you have something else to wash this one down with otherwise you’ll be tasting spoiled sour cream for the rest of the day. 2/10
Don’t wait! Join us by registering to attend this fun event.
One of our favorite weeks of the year, Boulder Startup Week, is right around the corner! It’s a great opportunity to spend time learning from our fellow startup and tech enthusiasts – and to meet some of the most amazing people the scene has to offer.
Swing by our office on Tuesday at 2 for the “I Moved to Boulder and…” event. A handful of newly-minted Boulderites (including our own Stephanie!) will share what it was like to move to Boulder, from job hunting to relocating a family and scouting out the best happy hours around town. We’ll even have some beer on hand (and we’ll be making it rain with our new stickers.)
But, enough about us – here are a few more events we’re looking forward to:
- Crafting Incredible Designs
Tuesday, 1pm, Galvanize
- Impact Investing in Technology
Tuesday, 4:30pm, Impact HUB
- A Better Boulder through Sustainable Urbanism
Wednesday, 9am, BMoCA
We’ll also be reppin’ at the sold-out Ignite Boulder. If you see us around, make sure to say hello! And if you’re attending Boulder Startup Week as a job seeker, we’re hiring and would love to meet you.
The first Boulder Startup Week event hosted by InspiringApps was a smashing success! Panelists Sean, Daniel, Royce, and Rachel shared insights into what it’s like to be new to Boulder. Topics ranged from best Mexican food in Boulder (Big City Burrito, Illegal Pete’s and Zolo Grill) to ways to find a good apartment, to how to meet folks (meet ups and climbing gyms). Thank you panelists for speaking to the crowd gathered in our office!
Come on back Friday for our own Aaron Lea’s insights on UX.
May 10, 2013
It’s May, and Boulder Startup Week is upon us. Due to the success from last year’s packed, standing-room-only event here at InspiringApps, we decided to host not one, but two events for 2013 to accommodate the entrepreneurial spirit of Boulder. Be sure to register early to ensure your chance to get in the door.
I Moved To Boulder And…
Wednesday, May 15th 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
What happens when you move to Boulder? A LOT. It’s pretty amazing how easy it is to get plugged into the community here. Instead of just reading about it, come meet people who have moved here in the last year and hear how easily they’ve integrated into the community.
This event will start with a short panel where some recent Boulder transplants will tell their stories and answer questions, and then we’ll wrap things up with a happy hour.
Register here to attend (free)
UX Crash Course
Friday, May 17th 2013 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Does everyone LOVE what you are building? Great product is the result of great user experience (UX). Join the national thought leaders in UX to learn how to make product that not only works, but is a JOY to use. Brian Baker, Managing Partner of The First User, along with Aaron Lea of Inspiring Apps will illustrate the fundamentals of UX – and with a small group of folks, dive deep into how you can build Great UX into your product.
Register here to attend (free)
We hope to see you there!
May 25, 2012
How lucky are we to live in a city that is ridiculously supportive of technology, startups, and entrepreneurs? Austin, Boston, New York and San Fran may have Boulder beat in terms of size and quantity, but we definitely have them beat on community and quality. The events of Boulder Startup Week last week reinforced that “Boulder is for Startups”.
May 17, 2012
Another Boulder Startup Week event enjoyed by all! Win, Lose or Draw Something featured some budding artists, yummy cookies and great beer. Check out some of our favorite creations from the afternoon.
May 17, 2012
It’s Boulder Startup Week and the team at InspiringApps thrives on the energy that Boulder is infused with during these crazy days! We had the privilege to co-host an event with Ryan Angilly of Signal Genius last night and it was a huge success. Over 100 attendees stopped by to meet new people and share their success stories about moving to Boulder. We had visitors who had only been in Boulder for 2 hours and Boulderite veterans who have enjoyed this strong community for over 25 years.
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