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From the Desk of Will Strohl

Thought leadership and other helpful ramblings from Will Strohl, CEO & Founder of Upendo Ventures

Introducing Upendo Ventures. It’s a Pleasure to Meet You!

What is this Upendo Ventures thing, anyway?  I mean, it sounds funny and it seems to have come out of nowhere.  Also, what in the world has Will Strohl (me) been up to the past few months?  These and many more questions have been coming our way, and this article hopes to answer many of them.  Needless to say, we’re very excited to introduce Upendo Ventures to you.

Upendo Ventures Is Excited to Welcome Hotcakes Commerce Customers

Upendo Ventures Loves Hotcakes Commerce

When I founded Upendo Ventures, it was in my heart to build a business that mirrors my values and how I believe we should all treat each other as human beings.  For anyone that knows me, you’ll know that this train of thought has been at the core of everything I’ve ever done – including those menial tasks that none of us love to do.  This was also reflected in my hard work with Hotcakes Commerce, where I loved helping to make e-commerce easier for everyone.  With Hotcakes going open source, it begs the question, “Where and how will I get support now?”  For anyone that’s enjoyed or been interested in the Hotcakes Cloud, you’ll have this and other similar questions.

CMS State of the Union: Data-Based Insights From the Past Two Years

CMS State of the Union 2017

If you didn’t already know, CMS is an acronym for “content management system.”  A CMS is used by many developers, consultancies, and companies to build their website.  It’s an incredibly common thing to do, as any flavor of CMS you choose will always save you effort and money, compared to building a website from nothing.  This is especially true if you look at the lifetime investment of your website.  Using a CMS framework or solution of some kind just seems to make sense.  After all, this is what I’ve built my own career upon since 2001.  However, then, CMS was known as a portal or portal framework.  That’s a long time ago, so it’s not a bad idea to take stock of things every now and thing to see if what you’re doing is the correct thing.  To this end, I asked myself, “How is CMS doing right now, and does it make sense to still be doing CMS-related work in the future?”

Should You Accept That LinkedIn Connection Request?

Bruce Lee:

In most social networks, connecting with someone else can feel like a personal decision.  After all, if you accept a friend request in Facebook, you’ve just given access to all of your “private” images and updates.  They’ll see that embarrassing photo of you at the beach.  {GASP!}  This has trained us to be weary of who we allow to be “connected” with us online.  So much so that some people have private Twitter accounts.  (Something that I have yet to understand.)

Inbox Zero Principle of Leadership

Computer closed, work done

There are numerous ways as a leader to measure yourself, your progress, and your goals.  Not all of them are scientific, but they give you a way to move forward to improve yourself.  Sometimes you will have the benefit of measurable progress indicators, and luckily, your email inbox is one of them.  You can easily use your inbox to gauge several things, including when you need to delegate and focus on specific areas of the business.