Karl Hughes

Technology team builder and startup enthusiast
"packback" Posts

Since I wrote this in September, 2015, continuous integration has become pretty much the standard for smaller, more nimble companies, and it's even making inroads at the enterprise level. The

When I first published this post in October, 2014 all of us on the leadership team at Packback were new at management. We sort of took our own approach to

When I first wrote this in September, 2014 I was just a few months in at Packback, a company founded to upset the ancient college textbook market. Packback has since

On Friday and Saturday we had our first ever Packback team retreat. We did a mix of activities designed to help the team grow closer together and cement a unified

September 16, 2015

2015 has been a really exciting year for us at Packback. We released a complete rebuild of our eCommerce platform at Packbackbooks.com, we brought on our fourth full-time engineer, we

Like a lot of startups, we rely heavily on open source software at Packback, and while it's fun to be able to spin up a project quickly with Laravel or

Slack is a messaging tool that's quickly become ubiquitous in large and small companies alike. It's basically like a walled off version of AOL Instant Messenger (you guys remember that

As I enter my second full year of working with Packback, I can say that it's already been an exciting and challenging experience. When I came in on my first

Last week, Packback was invited to pitch at the Challenge Cup event hosted by 1776 and held at 1871. After the first round of one-minute pitches, we were invited back

This month marked the end of my first startup experience and the beginning of my next one. I decided to leave Uloop after two years as their director of news,

The thing I really like about Agile is that it's meant to be different for everyone - there's no single "perfect" implementation - so while our flavor works for us,