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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.
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.
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?”