December 14, 2014 / Mad Coding, Vim, Emacs, Spacemacs

I just might convert to using Emacs + Evil after using Vim for ages. I recently learned about Spacemacs while reading stuff on Hacker News. Spacemacs puts together a nice Emacs package already set up for Vim users to feel pretty comfortable. Evil mode looked interesting to me because I much prefer Vim’s editing method than a bunch of C-x

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December 14, 2014 / Mad Coding, Heka, Slack

At Kash we want to be notified of things that happen in our logs. After surveying what’s out there, I decided to give Heka a try. Heka is written in Go by people at Mozilla. I am really impressed with how well thought out the design is and how extensible it is. You can plug parts into the processing via

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November 26, 2014 / Mad Coding, CoreOS, Docker, DigitalOcean

Introduction I just finished converting my blog to run on Docker and sit on top of CoreOS. Since it’s my blog and I don’t actually want to spend money on a cluster of VMs, I use just a single server (single instance/droplet) of CoreOS. Below is a list of steps on how to do the same on DigitalOcean. I took

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November 6, 2014 / Start-up, Kash

This week we announced the general availability of the Kash system and our $2 million seed round. Coverage: VentureBeat Reuters PE Hub PYMNTS Retail Touch Points Loyalty Payments FinSMEs M & A Navigator

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October 16, 2014 / Security, Kash, Start-up

At Kash, we use BitTorrent Sync along with the command line utility pass to share passwords among team members. We already use OpenPGP for secure emails, so everyone had their PGP key generated already. Currently the only none coder person is Kaz, but he has this setup going as well. Step 1: Get PGP Key Your first step is to

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September 17, 2014 / Start-up, AvidTap, Kash, AvidRetail, YCombinator, YC

When I was thinking about starting a startup, I thought about figuring out what other professions are struggling with, then see if there’s a technology solution to that. It seems that my journey took a rather roundabout way to finally learn what local retailer’s biggest pain point is. Through all of our previous product executions, we learned and talked to

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August 22, 2014 / Start-up, AvidTap, Kash, AvidRetail, YCombinator, YC

2 years ago around this time, I was still working at Well.ca. Things were going well and I was good at my job. It was also around that time when I was making a huge decision. A decision that unexpectedly led me to Y Combinator couple years later. Lots of Sleepless Nights I was wrestling with a challenge so scary

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August 10, 2014 / Start-up, Kash, AvidTap, AvidRetail, YC, YCombinator

Note that I originally wrote this on May 15 to capture my YC interview experience. This is not a how-to or tips on applying. This is just me capturing my memories and now sharing this verbose recollection of the events. Application Process Kaz, Geoff, and I have only considered applying to accelerators around Toronto until now, because Geoff is unable

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For the past couple months I’ve been living in Mountain View. The reason being that my company was accepted into Y Combinator’s Summer 2014 batch. The TechCrunch coverage officially makes that public knowledge now. Y Combinator blog similarly confirms the news. More on this experience later.

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The decision to go native versus hybrid for app development depends on your team’s ability, whether you need rapid iteration, and the timeframe you get to work with. With AvidTap, I discussed before how I fully utilized the hybrid approach and made an app that can be updated over-the-air on my own schedule. With Kash, my team made the opposite

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