Comparing Node & JQuery File Upload vs FilestackRead More

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We often recommend using Filestack to upload files. But why is Filestack really better than building your own file uploader from scratch? Does Filestack actually save you time and provide more capabilities? First things first… What is Filestack? If you’re not familiar with Filestack, it is an end-to-end file upload and management solution. Through our JavaScript […]

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Comparing Google Vision and Clarifai in ProductionRead More

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A few weeks ago, we published our thoughts and research into the major image-labeling service providers, including Microsoft Cognitive Services, Amazon Rekognition, Google Vision, and Clarifai. While we believed each had its merits and all returned accurate labels for most inputs, a combination of speed, content-detection and cost led us to choose Google Vision as […]

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AWS S3 vs Azure vs Google storage market share: what we seeRead More

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At Filestack, we handle millions of uploads monthly for developers around the world.  Developers are storing their files anywhere from their local machines, and or across multiple cloud drives such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, and Dropbox depending on their needs.  With this data, we’ve been able to draw some pretty interesting trends… What is the Most […]

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Drag and Drop Files into your App, just like Slack (Demo in jQuery)Read More

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Slack recently announced new file sharing functionality.  Now, Slack users can easily share content by dragging and dropping files, or by accessing files on native and outside services, including Dropbox, Box and Google Drive. Drag and Drop File Uploads:   Native and Outside Service Files: Slack’s announcement made our geeky file-sharing-enthusiast hearts burst with joy […]

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Instagram API changes – Our problem not yoursRead More

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On June 1st, Instagram started to enforce new policies to their platform. Now, all applications that have not already gone through their recertification process are being moved to the developer’s sandbox and cut off from public availability. Fortunately, Filestack confirmed its place as an authorized application early enough that our platform will continue to function […]

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A Great API Usurped by a Mobile SDKRead More

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Last week Mapquest announced the release of their iOS and Android SDK, as well as the end of their Javascript Maps API, signalling their full commitment to the mobile application ecosystem. More and more users access the web via application. As a result, developers are relying on 3rd party SDKs to deliver core functionality to […]

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An Introduction to FilestackRead More

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Like most SaaS businesses, describing what we do can be a challenge. In the past we’ve used a number of terms to describe what Filestack is (and isn’t) with varying degrees success and completeness. One of the key reasons we felt compelled to transition the company from Filepicker to Filestack was to expand the focus […]

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Code learning resourcesRead More

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In today’s technology-driven society, the ability to code is a high-value skill that opens up job opportunities and offers unique ways to make an impact on the world. If you’re interested in learning to code or helping your kids learn this vital skill, you may find the following resources helpful. Code Academy Code Academy is […]

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Our Fave Code Editor: viRead More

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From vi To Emacs, It’s All About Your Philosophy Based on our experience, we haven’t found a huge difference between Emacs and vi code editors. We’ve switched between Emacs and vi a few times, and find that vi is more in sync with our thinking style, because it’s easier and faster to get familiar with. […]

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7 Productivity Tips for StartupsRead More

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Need some inspiration? Here are 7 tips for staying productive while working for a startup: 1. Practice Zero Inbox Try to practice zero inbox. Even though emails may keep piling on, it’s not productive to keep them lingering around. Process emails as quickly as you can. Reply to the ones that need replies. Delegate the […]

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Apps we use to run our StartupRead More

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We were inspired by the share as image blog that noted Filepicker as one of the apps they use to run their startup. So, just as they said, we aren’t getting anything for sharing. This is just what apps we love! Stripe If you’re running a SaaS, Stripe is pretty much a must have. It […]

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Ink – Work TogetherRead More

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Over the past year, we’ve gone from a single javascript widget to a full suite of products that help over 20,000 applications connect, process, and store over 400 million files each month. As the company and products continue to grow, we wanted a name that could grow with us, and so are announcing the new […]

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Strong Opinions, Weakly HeldRead More

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Express your ideas with conviction, but be willing to drop them and adopt better ideas as they come along. The best leaders and organizations are those that are pragmatic. Here at Filestack, we say “Strong Opinions, Weakly Held” – a concise and effective way of encouraging active debate and the meritocracy of ideas. “Strong Opinions” […]

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Twilio is our doormanRead More

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We’ve been growing in headcount and we found ourselves with an odd problem: we didn’t have enough key fobs to the office. Filepicker.io moved into a nice work live space overlooking AT&T park last October and our landlord has been great; we just kept asking for more key fobs. However, here’s how we got Twilio […]

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User testing at startupsRead More

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First let’s set some boundary conditions for this post. It is meant for early stage tech startups with limited resources embarking on their first usability testing experiment. Yes, usability testing is important. But performing usability testing at an early stage startup is hard. Best practices from larger companies with dedicated product managers do not carry […]

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A Paradigm Shift in Cloud StorageRead More

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Very recently, without many people realizing it, there’s been a major shift in the way that software companies treat cloud storage services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive etc. Online storage is starting to become a primary hard drive for users rather than a secondary. We’ve been seeing it in the rapid pace of our growth […]

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Do name-your-price models yield revenue?Read More

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Fresh from Thanksgiving and its associated warm fuzzies, I found myself wondering if the spirit of generosity and gratitude extend to business contexts. For example, how do people respond when they are presented a product or service without a corresponding price? I am specifically referring to situations where the seller invites the buyer to name […]

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Designing Javascript APIsRead More

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We at Filepicker.io spend a lot of time thinking about APIs. With the release of our Version 1.0 javascript API, we thought about best practices for javascript API design, and wanted to share them so that when we use your API, it’ll be just as awesome as when you use ours. Rules of your Javascript […]

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When you learn your customers aren’t just API callsRead More

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Filepicker.io helps mobile and web application developers directly integrate with the user’s files in multiple cloud storage platforms. We save developers time because they don’t have to write custom code for file upload and file management. tl;dr: When doing customer development it’s valuable to focus on the non-work related persona of the customer. Since we […]

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Hacking a File API onto IE8Read More

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With the release of our Javascript API, we’ve had a number of people ask how in the world we were able to make a cross-browser solution for reading, writing, and storing files in javascript, especially with IE8. It’s fun stuff, so I wanted to share with the community how we did it. Warning: what follows […]

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HTML5 apps: Silk, Audiograph, CircuitlabRead More

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Zuck may have given up on HTML5 but the rest of us including Filepicker.io haven’t. We are BIG believers in the future of HTML5; both for web and mobile apps. That is why we are ardent supporters of the HTML5 Developer Conference on October 15th and 16th in San Francisco. A week ago we announced […]

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Keep your tools sharpRead More

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When you are part of a small team at a fast-growing company like Filepicker.io, there is a constant push to focus only on the immediate task at hand, to Get Things Done. This focus is incredibly important, and many fledgling companies fail because they try to do too many things before they’re ready. On a […]

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How to hire a sales person?Read More

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First, let’s set some boundary conditions. This post is targeted at tech startups that are looking for an execution focused, front-line sales person. Filepicker.io is a good example of this kind of a company. This post is not about bringing on a business co-founder or hiring your first senior business person. I have seen similarities […]

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Nobody will win the storage warRead More

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Dropbox and Box have just been crushing it in the online storage space. Those before them had failed, largely because they focused on backups, rather than the true benefit of the internet, collaboration. As a Filepicker.io founder who is working on connecting web applications to cloud storage, I’m often asked who is going to win […]

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What hackers don’t know about businessRead More

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The hackers in the valley have managed to convince all the business majors that learning to code is important; Coding is a prerequisite for communicating with your programmers or to attract a good technical co-founder. At Filepicker.io, we have found ourselves debating about this quite often. However, I also want to argue the reverse, that […]

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A Day without ProgrammingRead More

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If you are a programmer working on a startup, force yourself to spend a day working where you don’t write any code. Seriously, do it, and make it a habit. You and your company will be greatly benefited. The time’s I’ve done it here at Filepicker.io have paid off in spades. Here’s the thing: I […]

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Passing PointersRead More

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A number of developers have asked recently why Filepicker.io passes around everything as URLs, and to me the better question is why more serivces don’t pass everything around as URLs. For any object of substantial size, passing around a reference to the object is far more reasonable and resource efficient than passing around the object […]

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HN Prefers Vi over EmacsRead More

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Recently on Hacker News, two posts about in-browser editors with cloud storage integration (shameless plug: both via filestack.com) reached the front page: one for vi and one for emacs. Follow the discussion on HN Here are the statistics for both posts: Show HN: Emacs in the browser with Dropbox, GDrive, Github, etc. 17 points, 5 […]

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Common problems with large file uploadsRead More

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Large file uploads can be a problem. Follow the discussion here on HN Over the last few decades, Moore’s law has kept storage size increasing at a breakneck pace, with 1 Terabyte drives now increasingly common in PCs. Alongside this rapid increase in storage, we’ve seen the average file size go through the roof, with images […]

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Why Files ExistRead More

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Whenever there is a conversation about the future of computing, the discussion inevitably turns to the notion of a “File.” After all, most tablets and phones don’t show the user anything that resembles a file, only Apps that contain their own content, tucked away inside their own opaque storage structure. This is wrong. Files are […]

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Project Ideas – Send a faxRead More

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Keep ‘em coming has been what you’ve asked for, so here we are again: another inspiration for a service we’d love to see built using Filepicker.io In some ways, this idea is similar to the last Inspirations post on printing cloud photos using Filepicker.io, but in a different domain: Send a fax from Filepicker.io Ideally […]

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Project Ideas – Print PhotosRead More

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We heard a number of people say how much they liked our last Project Ideas post on a Filepicker.io and Pixlr mashup, so we’ve got another idea for you: Print Photos Directly from the Cloud We at Filepicker.io now actually have most of our personal photos uploaded to the cloud, between Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, stuck […]

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