My posts

First things first, Add it to the pile.

May 2017, originally posted on devblog Coolblue.
Do you know that feeling? When you’re looking at your to-do list, trying to decide where to start. Your eye catches a specific item, but you don’t really feel like doing that one right now. You decide there’s still plenty of time to do it later and put it aside. Besides, there are several urgent items on the list which can be completed much more efficiently. So you decide to complete these first. Continue reading...

Hamburgers & Knowledge sharing

January 2017, originally posted on devblog Coolblue.
Three years ago we created an event called “Behind the Scenes” [BTS] at Coolblue. And over the years, not much has changed. The event starts off with hamburgers at around 18:00, followed by a few presentations about various topics, delivered by people who work at Coolblue Tech. After that, we treat our guests to a tour of the office and show them our cool meeting rooms. To wrap things up, we enjoy a few drinks at our very own bar, located in the cafeteria. Once all of that’s done, there’s only 1 thing left to do: making sure that everyone leaves before midnight. 😉 Continue reading...

An internet love story

November 2016, let me take you back to March 1995. At that time internet wasn’t commonly used, at least not among my friends. I was studying Industrial Design at the Technical University of Delft. I was in my 4th year when I took an internship at Philips in Eindhoven. This was the title of my thesis: The WWW? What is it and what can Philips Media do with it? Continue reading...

After reading this post, Marieke Oosterom wrote a blog about her memories from the start of the internet.

Pizza Sessions

October 2016, originally posted on devblog Coolblue.
As a young company, we like to learn. In our work, from our colleagues, and in educational settings like workshops and classrooms. Learning is what motivates us; what makes us happy to work at Coolblue. Continue reading...

A farmer won’t eat what he doesn’t know

June 2016, originally posted on devblog Coolblue.
I know, this is a Dutch proverb that doesn’t work in English. It means you dislike things, even though you haven’t tried them. Usually for no particular reason. This blog is about how we internationalized the IT department of Coolblue, and how we taught the farmer to broaden his horizon. Continue reading...

Growing at high-speed while keeping our culture

March 2016, originally posted on devblog Coolblue.
Two years ago there were 38 of us in the IT development department of Coolblue. As a company we grew very fast and our backlogs were long and expanding. We had to do something about that and we decided that we wanted to hire 100 more developers. And we did! Continue reading...




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