I find enterprise software fascinating because it operates the entire economy and yet it frequently neglects every single principle of quality that software people may espouse. Slack is/has been the anti-enterprise enterprise tool — a real product, using web technologies, with emojis. So it’s fun to think through this acquisition…


I wrote a piece on here the other day in which “2000 me” had a conversation with “2020 me” about the state of the web. It was fun to write, because I love making easy jokes at the expense of the tech industry. But as I went about my days…


2000 me: Wow you still work on the web, that’s amazing. It must be so easy to publish really interesting web pages.

2020 me: Uhhhhh. [Very long pause.] Look, you can pay a low monthly fee and listen to any album anyone ever made.

’00: That must create some amazing…


I know the title seems evocative but it’s literal. I have a lot of dumb ideas for stories I’ll never finish. I’d rather just write them down, hit publish, and go looking for some new stories instead of keeping these rattling in my head.

For example: Two kids get decoder…


Apparently we are due for a national period of healing and a period of cooling off. Every time I hear things like that, I immediately think of this video:

A normal reaction upon seeing that is to ask, What in God’s name did I just watch?


Eventually, the current chaos will subside. What will the tech industry look like over the next four years? What should we expect?

These aren’t predictions as much as possibilities. The point here is not to magically assert the future, but rather to think about places where pressure is building up…


Postlight is a company that builds digital platforms and products, and like every firm we like to market ourselves and tell the world how great we are. We gave our marketing a mission, though: It should always help people build their careers.

Humans can only handle so many PowerPoints, so…


It’s nice to see two acronyms make friends

At Postlight we build software for lots of different industries (custom search engines, financial APIs, a birding app for the Audubon society, things like that). This means we hear lots of different people complain about software. …


At the end of last year Alejandro de Onís, the Director of Digital Strategy and Design at Knight Foundation, reached out to Postlight and asked if we’d like to create a website that showcased the findings of a forthcoming report.

Knight Foundation is a well-established not-for-profit that supports journalism, the…


Every week or so someone I know on social media, but not in my daily life, updates their avatar, and suddenly they’re three or four years older than they were the day before. Some of these people I’ve known for 20 years, and it’s happened several times. Sometimes there’s obvious…

Paul Ford

Co-founder, https://postlight.com, a digital product studio in NYC. Also writer, Medium advisor, programmer. Any port in a storm, especially ports 80 and 443.

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