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Top 10 Technical Blog Posts of 2015

It's been quite the year for blogging at Quick Left. 

As we look back at our content strategy from the last year, we realize that our main strategy was to have no strategy... Please, allow me to explain.

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Quick Left Portland Hosts Hack the Dot Hackfest for Name.com

On November 12, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, a new domain was born. Hackable. Humorous. Hippos? 

A Hack the Dot is an two hour hackathon extravaganza where coding school students, junior developers, experienced developers, marketers, and designers came together to an idea based on a top level domain provided by name.com. With TLDs like .ninja, .rocks, .social, and .dance in their arsenal, there were so many great options to get creative. In the end, hippo.haus reigned victorious and, after some nervous chatter on the part of the participants, work got underway designing the greatest House of Hippos ever conceived for a website.  

Take a look at some of the magic below: 

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Dear Meetup Organizer, Here’re some tips. Love, your Host.

Hosting meetups is a big part of my job as a Quick Left marketer. On a personal level, getting to invite people into my space lets me fill the "Desperate Housewives" in me that rarely gets to rear it's head in my "real life". Also, the opportunity to learn new things, be exposed to different ideas and meet with a variety of people motivates me. 

Professionally, I get a chance to interact with my community. Both of our larger Quick Left offices in Boulder and Portland are prime locations for meetups. The reason I give up many of my evenings to this end is that I truly feel like I providing the users of our square footage with an experience in our brand. 

After hosting several meetups, I've been able to glean insights into what makes a good meetup, and what meetups I feel most inclined to host.

Here are some of my tips for great organizing, from the perspective of your host!

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Hack the Arts Hackfest Recap

They say things get better with time and our Fall 2015 Hackfest did not disappoint. We really let lose with an event centered around art and creativity. 

The rules were simple: the teams were formed night of the event and the same went for your code. In three hours or less teams were tasked with creating a web or mobile application in a tech stack of their choosing while accomplishing the challenge for the evening: marrying technology and fine/performing arts. Performing and fine art communities often face a lot of technical challenges. Could you improve lives leveraging technology and art?

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5 Takeaways from Inbound 2015

When BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peratti took the stage at Inbound 2015, touting that lists had been a major growth strategy for his website's "most shareable breaking news", I knew that there was no other way to frame this blog post. 

After spending a week in beautiful Boston, here are my top 5 takeaways from HubSpot's annual Inbound conference. 

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