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Ahmad Varoqua
Developer / Designer @ Human Agency
WIWO Co-Founder. Ex-Peace Corps & Rutgers Pharmacy alum. I design & develop digital products for lifestyle & entertainment brands. Clients include U2, Shakira, Stone Temple Pilots, Jonas Brothers, Tom Petty, Bob Seger and other rock stars in enterprise, startups, nonprofits and academia.
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October and November have been crazy busy. I was fortunate to sign three new clients and grateful for the additional work during these crazy times. Speaking of crazy times, for some reason, I saw a huge increase in downloads of WIWO, especially from customers in Iran. I'm not sure what's causing the surge. Still investigating, very curious...
7d ago
Tue Nov 17 2020
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Another week, another new client and project! Been super fortunate during these crazy times. Holiday season is coming up and that means lots of email campaigns. I sent one the other day that might have been a record for concurrent users on the site (300+). Thankfully, the web servers didn't melt :)
1M ago
Fri Oct 16 2020
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Excited to be starting a new project with a new client! Details coming soon. It's been super busy all summer but it makes the time fly. I can't believe it's October already!
2M ago
Wed Oct 07 2020
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Working with old school SOAP XML API calls. Creating a piece of middleware for a SAAS application to fill in some gaps in functionality. It’s days like this that I’m grateful for JSON APIs. 😀
2M ago
Thu Oct 01 2020
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I'm working on a custom mini-templating language to streamline proposal writing and automate contract agreements. I started a similar project years ago but ran into technical hurdles. Now porting over my old code from PHP to Ruby and it seems to be making a difference :) I find it surprising how often I switch between the two on personal projects because some things are just easier in that language.
3M ago
Tue Sep 08 2020
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Excited to have been interviewed by travel writer Michelle Baran from AFAR magazine (one of my favorites) about my recent travel during the pandemic and self-imposed quarantine. Read all about it here: https://www.afar.com/magazine/should-you-quarantine-after-traveling-the-cdc-now-says-you-dont-have-to
3M ago
Thu Aug 20 2020
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Another month, another launch! This one turned out to look really pretty and I got a chance to fine-tune my frontend dev chops. There's always something new to learn. I used a really cool, little known, lightweight CSS framework called Juiced CSS for this one. Take a look: www.arafanelliwinery.com
4M ago
Thu Aug 06 2020
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Super excited to announce the new website for souldecuba.com! I worked on the original version 12 years(!) ago and it was blast to give this venerable restaurant and Cuban sauce/marinade producer a new look and digital experience for their customers. Congratulations to Jesus, Mike and the rest of the team!
5M ago
Wed Jul 08 2020
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Been super busy, getting ready to launch another two websites this month. Stay tuned! Also working on a cool little custom barcode scanning app to streamline inventory tracking and updates.
5M ago
Tue Jun 16 2020
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Had a great call yesterday with a non-profit started by a group of Yale students. They’re looking to help local businesses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Very impressed with their initiative and mission!
7M ago
Wed May 13 2020
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May is shaping up to be another busy month... I was working on a couple of RFPs and it looks like they were all accepted. A mix of dev, UX and design work.
7M ago
Tue May 12 2020
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Proud to announce the launch of not one, but two websites today: sip.arafanelliwinery.com and canada.araiamericas.com These were both fun to design and code but it definitely was a challenge with homeschooling, balancing regular work and launching them both on the same day. NBD though, my record is three websites in a day :)
7M ago
Sat May 02 2020
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I don't often get to play copywriter and photographer but sometimes clients will let me take a crack at it. Here's a note of gratitude that one of my client's wanted to send to their customers during these trying times. I think it's a nice touch and a reminder of what's important. https://arafanelliwinery.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/r/3A1663C4C2D467A22540EF23F30FEDED #coronavirus #covid19 #pandemic
7M ago
Tue Apr 21 2020
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It's been a busy couple of weeks for me, even with all that's going on around us. Getting ready to launch two really cool new projects. Stay tuned, stay indoors, stay healthy.
8M ago
Wed Apr 08 2020
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Had a great call with a new advisor about customer development — learned A LOT. Excited to take a deeper dive...
8M ago
Thu Mar 19 2020
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Keeping an eye on the servers after metering out an email blast. Want to make sure the system doesn't get too overloaded with traffic all at once.
8M ago
Wed Mar 18 2020
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Working on a potentially game-changing set of features for WIWO. Very excited. #staytuned
8M ago
Tue Mar 17 2020
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Meeting with design and strategy leaders at Ammunition Group to talk potential partnerships.
9M ago
Tue Mar 10 2020
at Ammunition Group
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Had to wear my DevOps hat to do some AWS RDS security cert updates. This was a little tricky since the docs didn't really address the configs I was up against and Postgres will, by default, accept any old (and expired!) certs unless you explicitly ask to verify them. In any case, I figured it out, whew!
9M ago
Fri Mar 06 2020
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Was up in Sonoma with one if my favorite clients vetting out SaaS platforms for winery operations.
9M ago
Tue Feb 25 2020
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Working on localizing a website and configuring the load balancer to handle redirects based on geos.
10M ago
Wed Feb 12 2020
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I’m in Proposal City — trying to wrap up a few RFPs to kick-off 2020! And then back to your regular daily programming of bug squashing. 😜
11M ago
Tue Jan 14 2020
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Working on an RFP and updating the geolocation function on the WIWO iOS and Android apps.
11M ago
Thu Jan 09 2020
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Merry Christmas everyone! I can’t believe how fast 2019 zoomed by... One last launch before the end of the decade: I’m excited to deploy this new email marketing tool for Arai helmet dealerships. It lets dealers customize the Arai monthly newsletter with their promotions and send to their customers. Here’s to a fantastic 2020!
11M ago
Wed Dec 25 2019
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Looking for faster, simpler ways to develop semi-static web pages. Trying out a few new React friendly javascript frameworks, gatsby.js and next.js.
12M ago
Tue Dec 03 2019
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