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Prepare your Ecommerce for Q4: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas

According to WSJ in 2016 Ecommerce accounted for 25% of all consumer spending over three days through Black Friday. That’s a huge deal, considering that Ecommerce share in all holiday retail sales in 2016 was around 10% of a market worth $885B.

If the fourth quarter is the best time of the year in Ecommerce, then Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the greatest opportunity for online retailers for a piece of that huge brick-and-mortar pie.

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Michal FaberPrepare your Ecommerce for Q4: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas
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Spark Project Handbook, seriously!

This is work in progress. By no means over. First iteration. Enjoy! If you can…

1. Our goal is to deliver WORKING software in STAGES or iterations for which we have an agreed scope, timeline and budget (Project Management Triple Constraint). It’s an iterative process of improvement, constant work in progress – Rome was not built in one day.

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Michal FaberSpark Project Handbook, seriously!
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DevHeroes – meetup for Ruby and JavaScript developers organized by Spark Solutions

On April 12th, 2016 the historic, first DevHeroes meetup gathered a crowd of software engineers who decided to combine their superpowers for that one special evening. It was hosted by Campus Warsaw, one of Google’s hubs for startup communities placed in some of the most innovative cities like London, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Sao Paolo and Seoul. Campus Warsaw is located in an old vodka factory (yes, vodka;) on the right bank of the Vistula river. This gives the place a unique atmosphere and makes it one of the favourite spots for young entrepreneurs and innovators.

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Anna AmbroszkiewiczDevHeroes – meetup for Ruby and JavaScript developers organized by Spark Solutions
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Check how your site looks on iPhone 6 (or any other mobile) without having to buy one

We all know how important it is for your website to look well on any device (our article on RWD here). So you may be wondering how to check the website on various devices without having to own them all. Sounds like the Lord of the Rings, but without the rings, right? 😉

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Karol KozłowskiCheck how your site looks on iPhone 6 (or any other mobile) without having to buy one
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The Startup Nation: 8 million people and over 6,000 startups

Do you remember ICQ? This instant messaging software used by over 100 million people worldwide was founded in Israel in 1996! Since then a lot has happened on the Israeli startup and innovation scene. No wonder that the Tel Aviv area is sometimes called the Sillicon Wadi (Valley in Hebrew). Israel truly is The Startup Nation.

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Anna AmbroszkiewiczThe Startup Nation: 8 million people and over 6,000 startups
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How much should your MVP cost?

You want to build the Next Big Thing. And you have a pretty good idea how it should work, look & feel. Great, now it’s time to find a dev team to build your MVP. But how much should your MVP cost? A freelancer will tell you it should cost $5,000 to $15,000. An experienced CTO will tell you it should cost between $50,000 and $150,000. Which one is right? Are they even talking about the same thing? No, they’re not!

SPOILER: it will cost you $50k to develop a Twitter MVP, $100k for an Instagram, $500k for a Facebook and $1M for an Uber. US dollars when hiring a US dev team.

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Michal FaberHow much should your MVP cost?
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Why RWD is no longer an option but a must have for your e-commerce business?

You must have already heard about Responsive Web Design (RWD), which is basically about providing the user (customer) with a smooth experience through your website on any device.

“Heading into 2016, it’s clear that consumers have shifted to mobile, and businesses know they need to catch up.” – Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO

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Anna AmbroszkiewiczWhy RWD is no longer an option but a must have for your e-commerce business?
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Greetabl.com business streamlined by a custom Spree Commerce 3.0 implementation & fulfillment integration

St.Louis based startup Greetabl.com was transformed into a scalable and automated one-stop-shop for creatively-curated gifts and greetings that are personalized with Instagram photos, packaged and sent in just a few clicks. This enabled the startup to scale, fundraise and compete for larger market share as well as bigger ROI.

“We threw a lot at the Spark team and wanted everything ‘yesterday’. They did an outstanding job executing our vision. We have big plans, and a lot of new things to build, and we look forward to working with Spark for years to come.” – said Joseph Fischer, Greetabl founder & CEO.

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Michal FaberGreetabl.com business streamlined by a custom Spree Commerce 3.0 implementation & fulfillment integration
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