This week’s Show & Tell was short and sweet, much like Scotland’s dreams of independence. (If anyone needs me, I’ll be weeping into my arisaid.)

We opened with updates from Danny and Shawn. Customers are flocking to Forecast—in fact, Forecast is growing faster than Harvest did at this stage! We’ve also opened Projects Beta to a big new group of beta users, and it should be coming to wide release very soon!

We’ve also spent this week in a BUGMASH!, tackling some niggling issues and giving some of the hidden parts of Harvest some love. Hopefully we’ll have another update about how everything went at the next Show & Tell!

Next, Cade demoed a super exciting new feature: you can now mark your expenses as billable or nonbillable! Check out our blog post for a more thorough explanation of what this means, and how it will make both your invoices and your reports more powerful. Lorenzo also showed us a cool new update coming to our Xero integration that we think will be pretty exciting for a lot of you! We’ll have some announcements later on. 

And finally, Jeff sent us off to the weekend in unforgettable (and slightly NSFW due to sweary) style with this inspirational speech. From the locker room to the weekend: onward!
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.

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This Show & Tell opened with announcements from BOTH co-founders: it is a veritable foundry up in here! First, Danny updated us on our mobile apps. Not only did we just release Harvest for Android 1.6, but a release to our iPhone app with some VERY cool updates is also in the pipeline, and should be out later in the month!

Next, Shawn led a company-wide retrospective on an issue with recurring invoices that affected a small group of our customers: how it happened, why it happened, and what we’ve done to make sure it doesn’t happen again! After that, he gave us another mini-update on the progress of our new Projects section, and announced a special Bugmash week later this month, where some of our developers will be stomping their way through some bugs! 

And then the demos! Warwick talked us through Harvest’s security procedures and protocol. I’m afraid I can’t say much more about it, but let’s just say the phrase “undisclosed locations” was used, more than once, in earnest. Arun also gave us an update on Forecast, which is now available as a subscription!

For our Moment of Zen, Katie shared a short, wordless piece on the porters who trek up and down mountains in Peru, reminding us to stay conscious of how other people help us along our way. It’s an easy thing to overlook, but missing it means missing a large part of the beauty of our world. To open eyes, and open hearts!

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?””