25 years and counting stars

I turned 25 last Saturday and when I look at my life it doesn’t look so bad. Partying every week, a great girlfriend, awesome friends, a cool job. Oh yeah, also a massive boat party with family and friends cruising on the Thames followed by a privatised bar party. What can I ask more ? Be a better engineer, still learning ways that will set me to make a difference for people and bringing value even from things they didn’t know they needed. So I’m just gonna keep going as I always have, moving forward, learning, demon speeding on the knowledge highway. Now I am not busy with organising my birthday anymore I can get more time on personal projects and I have a few in mind right now.

The project Islandwood seems drew my attention a few weeks ago, it could be where I will be heading but I have so many ideas all the time that it can have changed by lunchtime. Once it’s picked I will just go at it like crazy. I could also write a few tutorials as it’s been a while and there is so much I can share it’s been 6 years already I have been doing IT in a professional context now. That’s pretty dope and feel lucky to do what I like for a living, it almost doesn’t feel like working at all.

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Thanks a lot guys for all your texts, calls, pigeons and especially coming last night. I was so busy enjoying all of you that I didn't take any picture, only recorded this video. That was fuckin amazing. Hearts for all of you. Thanks to all of you I had a very happy birthday. Till next time 😉 #BirthdayOfMe #BoatParty #Popopo

Posted by Jean-Dominique Nguélé on Sunday, February 21, 2016

Slack is fucking amazing !

I don’t know if it’s the fact that after becoming TechHub fussball champion a couple weeks ago or me conquering the Breakfast club pancakes challenge yesterday but I feel like Slack is the best thing ever for all the startups out there.

I was having some code compiling when I decided to get a go at Slack that people told me about and I did not see anything great in there. TechHub members have access to a common slack to get all the latest updates about TechHub and what happens in its community, but I never saw it as more than another social network. Creating a Slack account for Lodgeo was the first of several steps that now get me to think it is a must have for a startup.

Why, you will ask ? First of all, for small teams it is completely free. Then from 10 users on the cost is not that big considering all you can do with it (illimited integrations). Yes, Slack allows integrating with tons of tools that are for most free of use or with low costs for smaller teams. At the moment I integrated some dev oriented components such as Github or Jira to have easy-to-access heads up for any projects you want to keep an eye on, along with marketing oriented components like Intercom. For those who do not know those names well, Google is your best ally. You can even create your own Slack integration, I will look into those possibilities that seem infinite later.

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I cannot convince you to use Slack for your company with words as I wasn’t when I was told about it, but if you are that’s great. You should just go and have a look by yourself, even if you don’t have a startup you can just have a look and feel that fire inside you. Ok it may be the pancakes talking here.