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My First Month at Majestyk

   
Internships are about helping students learn about the industry and provide them with valuable real world experience. They’re also a good indicator of overall company health, like those little fish that hang by sharks or those birds that ride hippos.
By 
Guest Blogger
April 6, 2017
culture

Favorite Things

   
Each week, team Majestyk gets together and shares some of our favorite things with one another. Now we're sharing them with you.
By 
Mark Garcia
December 14, 2016
studio

Why You’re Not Getting Ahead (And What You Can Do About It)

   
In general, they say if you’re not learning, you’re not growing as an individual. Sometimes, it seems hard to keep up with the fast paced standard set for us. Here are some tips on how you can stay ahead of the game in tech.
By 
Anthony Marra
December 6, 2016
startup

Podcast Roundup: Dreamers and Doers

   
In Part 3: Dreamers and Doers, I introduce the podcasts that keep me focused on stepping up my game. If there’s something you aspire to achieve, take a listen to add fuel to your fire. These podcasts are not only inspirational and instructional. They give insight into how some of our world’s brightest minds think
By 
Jade Ng
November 30, 2016
studio

App Iteration (Chapter 3 of 3)

   
Your app is live – time to celebrate! Go ahead and pop that bubbly but your work isn’t done yet. Maintaining an app over the course of its life cycle is a labor of love. In Chapter 2 of this guide we described the multistep process of app development. Now that you’re in the app store it’s time to iterate.
By 
Sean O'Shea
November 22, 2016
development

Majestyk Emerging as a Leading Mobile App Developer in New York

   
Majestyk appeared this year for the first time in new research published by Clutch, a Washington DC based ratings and review firm. Part of what differentiates Clutch is its incorporation of client reviews into how we compare to our competitors, where they take first-hand accounts of our work with clients, and aggregate them into a score out of five (we currently hold a 4.9 average across our nine reviews)
By 
Mark Garcia
November 17, 2016
studio

Favorite Things

   
Each week, team Majestyk gets together and shares some of our favorite things with one another. Now we're sharing them with you.
By 
Mark Garcia
November 8, 2016
studio

Favorite Things

   
Each week, team Majestyk gets together and shares some of our favorite things with one another. Now we're sharing them with you.
By 
Mark Garcia
October 5, 2016
culture

Developing an MVP (Chapter 2 of 3)

   
When building an initial version many users go with an MVP or “minimum viable product” approach. The philosophy behind an MVP is simple – get something to market as quickly as possible, acquire users and iterate based on user feedback rather than assumptions. The challenge with an MVP is streamlining your feature set to provide just enough features for validated learning and continued iteration. In this chapter we’ll dive into the multistep process of developing your app.
By 
Mark Garcia
September 29, 2016
design

Generating B2B Ideas

   
Have you ever wanted to come up with a business idea, but thought that all the good ones are taken? What if there was a place where you could find unlimited ideas and customers? While B2B may seem less sexy, you’ll need less customers to make money. Business owners can also tell you specific business problems that bother them every day. Here’s how to tap into the never ending pile of viable business ideas.
By 
Benjamin Hoopes
September 15, 2016
strategy

Picking the right AWS services for your application

   
In this post I'm going to talk about using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop applications. We will go over which services make more sense and how to efficiently use the services in a cost effective way. AWS offers a lot of services so we won't be able to cover them all but here are the ones you should know about.
By 
Tinashe Musonza
September 8, 2016
development

Podcast Roundup: The Digital World

   
Introducing podcasts that explore technology and the Internet. Because whether we love it or hate it, we all have to live with it, right?
By 
Jade Ng
August 23, 2016
studio

The Chemistry of Success​

   
In today’s evolving business world, office culture has become much more of an integral ingredient towards successfully running a business. The thought behind this notion explains that companies run better when all of their employees are on the same page. Office outings give a positive reinforcement towards the company that their employees are all thinking and working alike.
By 
Guest Blogger
August 16, 2016
culture

Favorite Things

   
Each week, team Majestyk gets together and shares some of our favorite things with one another. Now we're sharing them with you.
By 
Mark Garcia
August 11, 2016
culture

Turning Your Idea Into a Reality (Chapter 1 of 3)

   
Do you have the next billion-dollar app idea? A lot of people think they do but having a great idea is just the start. There are a lot of steps involved in bringing that idea to life. Before reaching out to designers, developers or even investors there are a few things you need to do. In this three-part guide, we’ll break down some of these essential steps for you to help get you started.
By 
Sean O'Shea
August 2, 2016
development

Eliminating Stress at Work

   
Stress in the workplace can be both physically and emotionally draining. It’s proven that stress lowers energy levels, reduces metabolism rates, and just creates an overall lazy feeling; that doesn’t sound too attractive. Here are 7 tips to help you reduce stress in the workplace.
By 
Anthony Marra
July 21, 2016
culture

Favorite Things

   
Each week, team Majestyk gets together and shares some of our favorite things with one another. Now we're sharing them with you.
By 
Sean O'Shea
July 14, 2016
culture

My First Month at Majestyk

   
Internships are about helping students learn about the industry and provide them with valuable real world experience. They’re also a good indicator of overall company health, like those little fish that hang by sharks or those birds that ride hippos.
By 
Guest Blogger
July 12, 2016
culture

API Design Tips and Pitfalls

   
Most mobile and distributed applications have an API to easily plug into and almost every application uses at least one. Everyone is doing it! But, not everyone is doing it right. Creating a rich API that can be easily scaled requires some planning and thinking. Here are some of the best practices and pitfalls we've discovered to help you build a great API yourself.
By 
Tinashe Musonza
July 6, 2016
development

Podcast Roundup: Gain Some Knowledge

   
Download a podcast app, get on your commute and feed your brain on the way! Here are some of my favorite "general knowledge" podcasts.
By 
Jade Ng
June 29, 2016
studio

July 4th Icon Set (Freebie)

   
Feeling extra patriotic for July 4th? We've got just what you're looking for. Enjoy our free red white and blue themed icon set for the fun-filled weekend!
By 
Anthony Marra
June 28, 2016
design

Favorite Things

   
Each week, team Majestyk gets together and shares some of our favorite things with one another. Now we're sharing them with you.
By 
Mark Garcia
June 23, 2016
culture

Communicating for Memory

   
The brain thinks through visual imagery. Emoji keyboards, Snapchat, and gifs are digital tools that allow us to express ourselves through images. Yet, we don't always have the opportunity to communicate through pictures.
By 
Benjamin Hoopes
June 15, 2016
strategy

The Art of “The Interview”

   
While interviewing seems straightforward in theory, in truth, it’s an art form. The nuances involved in a good interview have the same degree of separation as the color salmon has from the color pink. Translation, they’re easy to miss. Having just gone through a series of interviews for summer internship positions, we noticed the devil is definitely in the details. Keeping these simple tips in mind on your next go round can be the difference between hired or fired.
By 
Mark Garcia
June 9, 2016
culture

Are You Connected?

   
Technology has proven to change the way we live and interact with one another. With the rapid advance in technology, CD-ROMs, cassette tapes, and even landline phones have become obsolete.
By 
Anthony Marra
June 1, 2016
tech

Memorial Day Icon Set (Freebie)

   
Memorial Day is right around the corner. We're remembering​ ​those who gave their lives for freedom with this icon set - on the house!
By 
Jade Ng
May 24, 2016
design

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Defeating the 60 Hour Work Week

   
It's no secret that when you work for a startup you're wearing all kinds of hats and your typical work week is closer to 60 hours than 40. Sometimes it’s hard not to think about work even after leaving the office but giving yourself a chance to breathe will do far more for your productivity than you think. For the entrepreneur and startup go getter, this is all easier said than done. Here are some tips to help you disconnect and avoid startup burnout.
By 
Mark Garcia
May 19, 2016
culture

Women Who Shaped Modern Technology

   
Did you know that women majoring in computer science dropped from almost 40% to 17% in the mid-to-late 1980s? Despite the low number of women in tech these days, it’s important to recognize that they played an integral role in the evolution of science and computing.
By 
Jade Ng
May 17, 2016
tech

The Benefits of Test-Driven Development

   
As a developer, you need to be able to have faith in your code, otherwise you find yourself having sleepless nights thinking about a failing code deployment. Many developers distance themselves from Test-Driven Development (TDD) because there is a notion that writing tests is a waste of time. I have found Test-Driven Development to be of great value in software development, and here are some benefits that I found useful.
By 
Tinashe Musonza
May 11, 2016
development

Casting a Technical Cofounder

   
The role of an entrepreneur is akin to that of a movie producer. It’s the producer’s job to make sure everything happens in perfect timing and lighting, from the finding the right idea to funding and casting. For an entrepreneur, the “casting” of a technical partner can be a major challenge. Finding a person with the right engineering chops is only half the battle. The often overlooked challenge is finding someone that you truly mesh with and can trust.
By 
Benjamin Hoopes
May 4, 2016
startup

We Built a Toy: The Start of CogniToys

   
Back in 2014, IBM invited teams from all over the world to design an app that harnessed IBM Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities (the same technology that beat Ken Jennings, the Jeopardy champion). Majestyk was selected from more than 3,000 submissions as grand prize winners. Our future-thinking proposal – to build a cognitive smart toy that learns and grow with your child which we’ve aptly named CogniToys.
By 
Donald Coolidge
April 27, 2016
tech

Building Your Social Empire

   
Have you ever realized why bloggers are so successful with their following? They have one central focus for their brand whether it be fashion, lifestyle, travel, etc; they find their target audience and maintain interest on a daily basis. Building a brand can be tough, but social media has opened up so many possible ways of connecting with your target audience.
By 
Anthony Marra
April 21, 2016
startup

Collaborative Culture: My First Exposure to Startup Life

   
“Most employees don’t come in until around 10am.” Oh...that’s interesting, actually. My first internship was in a corporate environment - I needed to be in at 9am sharp. Here, there is writing all over the walls here and an an open floor space with no more than one office.
By 
Guest Blogger
April 19, 2016
culture

Cultivating a Growth Mindset In and Out of Work

   
Cultivating a growth mindset is a daily practice. To embrace it, you have to be mindful, find time for self-reflection, and keep a consistent drive to learn and practice. Changing the way we think may seem like a daunting task but it’s definitely achievable in small steps.
By 
Jade Ng
April 13, 2016
startup

A Brand New Look for Our Bold Vision

   
As the agency turns 4 this year we wanted to do something big. Something that both excited and scared the living hell out of us – rebrand. The unveiling of our new identity signifies a huge milestone for the agency and heralds a series of captivating evolutions the brand will undergo over the course of the year.
By 
Mark Garcia
April 4, 2016
studio

Tips to Help Raise Money for a Newly Launched App

   
Raising money is hard. While the process can often times be lengthy there are a few things you can do to make everything run a little smoother.
By 
Donald Coolidge
May 1, 2015
startup

Network and energy efficient mobile applications

   
You have a great idea for a mobile app and you have thought about how everything should work. You look for a developer and behold you find one with a rate that’s too good to pass. What you don’t realize is, with a few clicks on the web any knowledgeable developer can now create mobile apps, but is every developer creating network and energy efficient applications.
By 
Tinashe Musonza
February 23, 2015
tech

My First Week at Majestyk

   
Internships are a good indicator of overall company health, like those little fish that hang by sharks or those birds that ride hippos.
By 
Guest Blogger
February 3, 2015
startup

(Design Resources) We Like

   
We love what we do but sometimes our creativity fails us leaving us high and dry. We all have our go-to resources for when we’re stuck in a rut but if you’re looking for something new, here are a four of our favorites.
By 
Mark Garcia
January 15, 2015
design

Startup Life

   
Earlier this year I joined Majestyk as their fearless new creative director. I say “fearless” because I was deeply entrenched in the corporate life for a majority of my professional career and taking the leap to a startup was a BIG change that was both exhilarating and terrifying. Now that my transitional period is over and I’m all in, I can say that the excitement is still there while the terror has subsided.
By 
Mark Garcia
December 3, 2014
startup

Two Roads: Foursquare’s New Path

   
For a few of us, ‘checking-in’ on Foursquare is as routine as our morning cup of coffee. It’s one of those things that is just part of our day. How else are we expected to unlock Badges and hold on to those highly coveted Mayorships? From checking-in to checking-up on others (we’re not stalkers…promise), Foursquare’s features added a personal touch to going places.
By 
Mark Garcia
August 7, 2014
design

Unplugging Web Design

   
Business owners with an active online presence must now consider the importance of the mobile market and acclimate to their audiences on the go. But how does one effectively represent their business in the mobile area?
By 
Mark Garcia
June 10, 2014
design

IBM Watson Mobile Developers Challenge Finalists

   
Back in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, IBM invited teams from all over the world to design apps that harness the Watson supercomputer’s cognitive computing capabilities on smartphones and mobile devices. Out of more than 3,000 submissions, Big Blue announced in April that our entry was among those narrowed down to the shortlist of 25 semi-finalists.
By 
Donald Coolidge
May 29, 2014
tech

Importance of Office Culture

   
We strive to build an environment where team members want to come to work and are armed to be as productive as possible. We give each person the ability to take control of his/her projects and take as much responsibility as possible – it has worked brilliantly.
By 
Donald Coolidge
May 10, 2014
startup

My First Month at Majestyk

   
Internships are about helping students learn about the industry and provide them with valuable real world experience. They’re also a good indicator of overall company health, like those little fish that hang by sharks or those birds that ride hippos.
By 
Guest Blogger

Favorite Things

   
Each week, team Majestyk gets together and shares some of our favorite things with one another. Now we're sharing them with you.
By 
Mark Garcia

Why You’re Not Getting Ahead (And What You Can Do About It)

   
In general, they say if you’re not learning, you’re not growing as an individual. Every professional in this world has the same idea – climb the ladder, make more money, retire early. Sometimes, it seems hard to keep up with the fast paced standard set for us. Do you often find yourself thinking, “What skills do I need to get ahead?” Do you feel like your job could be replaced by a computer one day? Here are some tips on how you can stay ahead of the game in tech.
By 
Anthony Marra

Podcast Roundup: Dreamers and Doers

   
In Part 3: Dreamers and Doers, I introduce the podcasts that keep me focused on stepping up my game. If there’s something you aspire to achieve, take a listen to add fuel to your fire. These podcasts are not only inspirational and instructional. They give insight into how some of our world’s brightest minds think
By 
Jade Ng

App Iteration (Chapter 3 of 3)

   
Your app is live – time to celebrate! Go ahead and pop that bubbly but your work isn’t done yet. Maintaining an app over the course of its life cycle is a labor of love. In Chapter 2 of this guide we described the multistep process of app development. Now that you’re in the app store it’s time to iterate.
By 
Sean O'Shea

Majestyk Emerging as a Leading Mobile App Developer in New York

   
Majestyk appeared this year for the first time in new research published by Clutch, a Washington DC based ratings and review firm. Part of what differentiates Clutch is its incorporation of client reviews into how we compare to our competitors, where they take first-hand accounts of our work with clients, and aggregate them into a score out of five (we currently hold a 4.9 average across our nine reviews)
By 
Mark Garcia

Favorite Things

   
Each week, team Majestyk gets together and shares some of our favorite things with one another. Now we're sharing them with you.
By 
Mark Garcia

Favorite Things

   
Each week, team Majestyk gets together and shares some of our favorite things with one another. Now we're sharing them with you.
By 
Mark Garcia

Developing an MVP (Chapter 2 of 3)

   
So you finalized your feature set. You have awesome feedback from potential users. Now what? It’s time to build version 1 of your app! In the last chapter we went over methods to define a feature set and validate your concept. In this chapter we’ll dive into the multistep process of developing your app.
By 
Mark Garcia

Generating B2B Ideas

   
Have you ever wanted to come up with a business idea, but thought that all the good ones are taken? What if there was a place where you could find unlimited ideas and customers? While B2B may seem less sexy, you’ll need less customers to make money. Business owners can also tell you specific business problems that bother them every day. Here’s how to tap into the never ending pile of viable business ideas.
By 
Benjamin Hoopes

Picking the right AWS services for your application

   
In this post I'm going to talk about using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop applications. We will go over which services make more sense and how to efficiently use the services in a cost effective way. AWS offers a lot of services so we won't be able to cover them all but here are the ones you should know about.
By 
Tinashe Musonza

Podcast Roundup: The Digital World

   
Introducing podcasts that explore technology and the Internet. Because whether we love it or hate it, we all have to live with it, right?
By 
Jade Ng

The Chemistry of Success​

   
In today’s evolving business world, office culture has become much more of an integral ingredient towards successfully running a business. The thought behind this notion explains that companies run better when all of their employees are on the same page. Office outings give a positive reinforcement towards the company that their employees are all thinking and working alike.
By 
Guest Blogger

Favorite Things

   
Each week, team Majestyk gets together and shares some of our favorite things with one another. Now we're sharing them with you.
By 
Mark Garcia

Turning Your Idea Into a Reality (Chapter 1 of 3)

   
Do you have the next billion-dollar app idea? In this three-part guide, we’ll break down some of these essential steps for you to help get you started.
By 
Sean O'Shea

Eliminating Stress at Work

   
Stress in the workplace can be both physically and emotionally draining. It’s proven that stress lowers energy levels, reduces metabolism rates, and just creates an overall lazy feeling; that doesn’t sound too attractive. Here are 7 tips to help you reduce stress in the workplace.
By 
Anthony Marra

Favorite Things

   
Each week, team Majestyk gets together and shares some of our favorite things with one another. Now we're sharing them with you.
By 
Sean O'Shea

My First Month at Majestyk

   
Internships are about helping students learn about the industry and provide them with valuable real world experience. They’re also a good indicator of overall company health, like those little fish that hang by sharks or those birds that ride hippos.
By 
Guest Blogger

API Design Tips and Pitfalls

   
Everyone is building APIs now a days but not everyone is doing it right. ​Creating a scalable rich API requires some planning and thinking.​
By 
Tinashe Musonza

Podcast Roundup: Gain Some Knowledge

   
Download a podcast app, get on your commute and feed your brain on the way! Here are some of my favorite "general knowledge" podcasts that are great if you're new to the media. Stay tuned for Part 2 as we take a deeper dive into podcasts that explore our favorite subject, The Internet.
By 
Jade Ng

July 4th Icon Set (Freebie)

   
Feeling extra patriotic for July 4th? We've got just what you're looking for. Enjoy our free red white and blue themed icon set for the fun-filled weekend!
By 
Anthony Marra

Favorite Things

   
Each week, team Majestyk gets together and shares some of our favorite things with one another. Now we're sharing them with you.
By 
Mark Garcia

Communicating for Memory

   
The brain thinks through visual imagery. Emoji keyboards, Snapchat, and gifs are digital tools that allow us to express ourselves through images. Yet, we don't always have the opportunity to communicate through pictures. For example, in conversations. How do we tap into our listener's photographic memory via non-visual forms of communication?
By 
Benjamin Hoopes

The Art of “The Interview”

   
Let’s face it nobody really likes going on interviews and if any of us had the chance to avoid them I'm sure we would.
By 
Mark Garcia

Are You Connected?

   
Technology has proven to change the way we live and interact with one another. With the rapid advance in technology, CD-ROMs, cassette tapes, and even landline phones have become obsolete. This infographic shows some statistics on the the daily use of mobile phones in America. How connected are you?
By 
Anthony Marra

Memorial Day Icon Set (Freebie)

   
Memorial Day is right around the corner. We're remembering​ ​those who gave their lives for freedom with this icon set - on the house!
By 
Jade Ng

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Defeating the 60 Hour Work Week

   
It's no secret that when you work for a startup you're wearing all kinds of hats and your typical work week is closer to 60 hours than 40. You have to be a certain type of person to enjoy and thrive working for a startup.
By 
Mark Garcia

Women Who Shaped Modern Technology

   
Did you know that women majoring in computer science dropped from almost 40% to 17% in the mid-to-late 1980s? Despite the low number of women in tech these days, it’s important to recognize that they played an integral role in the evolution of science and computing.
By 
Jade Ng

The Benefits of Test-Driven Development

   
As a developer, you need to be able to have faith in your code, otherwise you find yourself having sleepless nights thinking about a failing code deployment. I have found Test-Driven Development to be of great value in software development.
By 
Tinashe Musonza

Casting a Technical Cofounder

   
Finding a person with the right engineering chops is only half the battle. The often overlooked challenge is finding someone that you truly mesh with and can trust.
By 
Benjamin Hoopes

We Built a Toy: The Start of CogniToys

   
Back in 2014, IBM invited teams from all over the world to design an app that harnessed IBM Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities. Majestyk was selected from more than 3,000 submissions as grand prize winners.
By 
Donald Coolidge

Building Your Social Empire

   
Building a brand can be tough, but social media has opened up so many possible ways of connecting with your target audience.
By 
Anthony Marra

Collaborative Culture: My First Exposure to Startup Life

   
My first internship was in a corporate environment - I needed to be in at 9am sharp. Here, there is writing all over the walls here and an an open floor space with no more than one office.
By 
Guest Blogger

Cultivating a Growth Mindset In and Out of Work

   
Changing the way we think may seem like a daunting task but it’s definitely achievable in small steps.
By 
Jade Ng

A Brand New Look for Our Bold Vision

   
As the agency turns 4 this year we wanted to do something big. Something that both excited and scared the living hell out of us – rebrand.
By 
Mark Garcia

Tips to Help Raise Money for a Newly Launched App

   
Raising money is hard. While the process can often times be lengthy there are a few things you can do to make everything run a little smoother.
By 
Donald Coolidge

Network and energy efficient mobile applications

   
With a few clicks on the web any knowledgeable developer can now create mobile apps, but is every developer creating network and energy efficient applications.
By 
Tinashe Musonza

My First Week at Majestyk

   
Internships are a good indicator of overall company health, like those little fish that hang by sharks or those birds that ride hippos.
By 
Guest Blogger

(Design Resources) We Like

   
We love what we do but sometimes our creativity fails us leaving us high and dry. We all have our go-to resources for when we’re stuck in a rut but if you’re looking for something new, here are a four of our favorites.
By 
Mark Garcia

Startup Life

   
Thinking of trading in your suit and tie for the startup life? Our Creative Director, Mark Garcia, shares his experience on taking that plunge.
By 
Mark Garcia

Two Roads: Foursquare’s New Path

   
We've heard a lot of praise and a lot of "nays" since Foursquare announced its decision to rebrand and reposition their once groundbreaking location based-app. Was it a necessary move? Here's what we think
By 
Mark Garcia

Unplugging Web Design

   
Still thinking about going responsive with your website? Let us convince you – the benefits of responsive web design.
By 
Mark Garcia

IBM Watson Mobile Developers Challenge Finalists

   
Meet IBM Watson, a cognitive system that enables a new partnership between people and computers that enhances and scales human expertise.
By 
Donald Coolidge

Importance of Office Culture

   
We strive to build an environment where team members want to come to work and are armed to be as productive as possible.
By 
Donald Coolidge