Summer is in full swing, and Harvest is nailing exciting new updates like a German in a soccer match! (Too soon?)

We started this week’s Show and Tell with two new Harvesters. Vlad’s our new Ruby developer, coming at you from Skopje, Macedonia! We also continued our trend of hiring people in Britain who aren’t actually British (take that, Daily Mail!) with Jeff, our Android developer! Jeff is from Australia, and is responsible for the ASBOrometer. We’re incredibly excited to have them both on board. (And don’t forget, we’re still looking for several more would-be Harvesters: is one of them you?)

Next, Cade demoed an update to our new Projects section (coming soon!), and Evan showed off some cool new push notifications on our iOS application.

Finally, Phyllis let us run with the wolves for our Moment of Zen. “How Wolves Change Rivers" depicts how the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park had a profoundly positive effect on Yellowstone’s entire ecosystem, and is a reminder of how we each play a tiny but essential part in the balancing act of our world.

Every other Friday morning, our entire team gets together for a chat we call Show & Tell. Over the course of an hour, we catch up on project developments and demo our latest works in progress. We end with a Moment of Zen, a three-minute (or less) video selected by a team member.

The days may be getting shorter, but you wouldn’t know it at Harvest HQ! Show & Tell 25 opened with a whole host of quickie presentations. Zach, Cade, and Arun did some digging into Harvest’s Olden Days to examine what they call Harvest’s Theorem of Hours. If you only interact with Harvest through its front end, you’ll never have to deal with this, but it means we have a better, richer understanding of how Harvest calculates any rounded time, and is a pretty cool example of how you can always improve on your past work, even if it already works perfectly well! Or so says the Ghost of Harvest Yet to Come!

Next up during our meeting, Doug F also showed us a new view of our billing timeline that may sound super dry but is AMAZING. Albert demonstrated a way of dealing with rapid web requests that means a smoother Harvest experience for everyone. We rounded things off with a sneak peek at some incoming Gmail actions from Doug and Evan, as well as some ways we’re making Harvest more mobile friendly. It was a very behind-the-scenes Show & Tell this week, and the overall theme is that we always have places where we can choose to do better, and those places are always worth exploring.

And now, a point so important it gets its own paragraph: would you like to join us? Because we’re hiring experts of all kinds, and we just might be searching for you! At the moment we’re looking for Harvest Experts, marketers, QA experts, database experts, javascript experts, and a partridge in a pear tree. (Weird Christmas theme is happening in this post and it STAYS.) If you’re interested, take a look at our hiring page; we’d love to hear from you!

And finally, our Moment of Zen. Calina showed us Jerry’s Map, a (very) short film about a man who’s devoted years of his life to mapping and remapping the history of an imaginary place. It’s a fascinating look at how creating and responding to change defines who we are and what we can become. Onward into the unknown territories of our future, friends!

Every other Friday morning, our entire team gets together for a chat we call Show & Tell. Over the course of an hour, we catch up on project developments and demo our latest works in progress. We end with a Moment of Zen, a three-minute (or less) video selected by a team member.

Long but good: this is the video of the Ember NYC Meetup we hosted at Harvest HQ a few weeks ago, featuring 5 members of the Ember core team (all five of whom coincidentally happened to be Harvest users). Enjoy! (h/t TJ)

We decided to have a Harvest bake-off, and this week’s theme was cookies. Thanks to our 6 contestants, and click through to the nice site Matthew put together to see who won!

A sneak peek of the upcoming Harvest video!

via mlettini:


Harvest Summit
Harvest had another Summit where the entire remote team gathered in NYC. This time it was in our new office! The office (located in Flatiron) is quite barren at the moment, but in time I can see it really coming together. I’m pretty excited. 2013 is going to be a big year for Harvest, and this was the perfect start.

via mlettini:


Harvest Summit
Harvest had another Summit where the entire remote team gathered in NYC. This time it was in our new office! The office (located in Flatiron) is quite barren at the moment, but in time I can see it really coming together. I’m pretty excited. 2013 is going to be a big year for Harvest, and this was the perfect start.

via mlettini:


Harvest Summit
Harvest had another Summit where the entire remote team gathered in NYC. This time it was in our new office! The office (located in Flatiron) is quite barren at the moment, but in time I can see it really coming together. I’m pretty excited. 2013 is going to be a big year for Harvest, and this was the perfect start.

via mlettini:


Harvest Summit
Harvest had another Summit where the entire remote team gathered in NYC. This time it was in our new office! The office (located in Flatiron) is quite barren at the moment, but in time I can see it really coming together. I’m pretty excited. 2013 is going to be a big year for Harvest, and this was the perfect start.

via mlettini:


Harvest Summit
Harvest had another Summit where the entire remote team gathered in NYC. This time it was in our new office! The office (located in Flatiron) is quite barren at the moment, but in time I can see it really coming together. I’m pretty excited. 2013 is going to be a big year for Harvest, and this was the perfect start.

via mlettini:


Harvest Summit
Harvest had another Summit where the entire remote team gathered in NYC. This time it was in our new office! The office (located in Flatiron) is quite barren at the moment, but in time I can see it really coming together. I’m pretty excited. 2013 is going to be a big year for Harvest, and this was the perfect start.

via mlettini:


Harvest Summit
Harvest had another Summit where the entire remote team gathered in NYC. This time it was in our new office! The office (located in Flatiron) is quite barren at the moment, but in time I can see it really coming together. I’m pretty excited. 2013 is going to be a big year for Harvest, and this was the perfect start.

via mlettini:

Harvest Summit

Harvest had another Summit where the entire remote team gathered in NYC. This time it was in our new office! The office (located in Flatiron) is quite barren at the moment, but in time I can see it really coming together. I’m pretty excited. 2013 is going to be a big year for Harvest, and this was the perfect start.

Our very own Patrick Filler gave a talk recently at the re:build conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. His talk, entitled “Open Source Road Construction,” was about how designers can utilize open-source. Developers aren’t the only one who can be open source heroes! And yes, that slide sure is from Futurama.

Elite folks want elite results.

Jason Calacanis, on how to measure so that you can manage:

Like elite athletes, startups can benefit from discipline. One of my teams has a 7AM start time and “standup meeting” (10 or 20 minutes of what’s going on right after they get in). They magically became the most productive team. So, after a couple of months seeing that team perform so well, two other teams created an 8am and 9am start time (9am isn’t some massive accomplishment, I know, but most startups are moving to “Come in when you like” and “We pay for your vacation!” and “We don’t count vacation days!” as their recruiting tactics. I’d be concerned about these kind of approaches attracting the 7s and not the 9s as much as they attract the 9s). 

Then folks started tracking their time in an App called Harvest. Now we’re actually reviewing time spent per project, and it’s leading to insights around how longs things should take and why one performer is running the table on another (e.g., they have a special technique). 

All of this is under the “measure it so you can manage it” framework. And it’s not top down, it’s folks who are winners who want to win bigger. 

Challenge yourself and your teams with additional discipline and see if it impacts product. In a hot talent market like this, people are scared to impose discipline on teams, but the fact is elite folks want elite results and understand it comes from challenging standards. Enforce standards and let the weaker folks opt out. 

(Thanks for the heads up, wirelessjoe!)

Happy Harvest customer Eric Krauss shows off the Harvest love.

“We actually estimate Harvest to have saved us nearly 2 full days a month with us not having to manually configure invoices and chase them up and what not.”

Thanks to our friends at Zendesk for this giant cake. New Harvest/Zendesk integration launching next week.

Our lovely and talented Account Manager Sarah Haas takes a breather in between phone calls with Harvest customers to flash a smile.

On his way back from the Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise conference in Philadelphia, our new Kentucky-based team member Ryan decided to stop by Harvest HQ and take over Mr. Shawn Liu’s desk.

“Harvest is enabling me to be successful. I feel confident that I can accomplish tasks. I know that when the clock’s ticking, I need to stay focused on the project at hand. I value the time I spend on projects in a way that I never have before. And, when I’m asked to do something, I’m asking the most important question of all: “How much time do you expect this to take?””

Kim, Danny, and Joschka discuss mobile views for the new WalkaboutNYC site.