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How I fell into the rabbit hole: life and work at the distributed wonderland

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kOoLiNuS:

GREAT stuff, Luca. Thanks for sharing with us…

Originally posted on Luca Sartoni:

In 2001, I was 21 years old and had just started freelancing. Like many of us, it fell into my lap: someone asked me to make their website and so it went.

When I started, I had no clue how to run my business. So I did what I thought was right: I copied everything other people in the market were doing.

I made a stamp, business cards, templates for my business stationery. I bought a paper pad and a nice pen to take notes. I remember once I spent four hours refining my hourly rate with a friend. I had a multi-tiered system according to how many hours of service were required and so on.

I used the stamp maybe once, I haven’t printed a single paper invoice since then and every single client was treated as an exception, so the hourly rate never applied, the way it was…

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I am ever so cynical about the nth “let’s work on a new groundbreaking social network app”email hitting my inbox, that I keep thinking about learning new skills, anything applicable in the real world, maybe I should work my way up a banking system, bankers make a lot of money, don’t they? Or go back to university for 8 years to become a doctor, change real lives, not secluding people via social apps.

What will become of us?

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The real prescription is simpler and more challenging: you have to care. If you aspire to greater care and empathy as a person and as a technologist, your presentations will connect, your code will self-document, your designs will delight. If you bring a passion for character development along with your love of learning and creating, your users will feel it.

Usability is everywhere. Ethics are everywhere. The more care you show for your users, the more successful you will be.

Patrick Mulder

Usability is Everywhere

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