How does the internet work?

Ah, Internet. Feels like we're swimming in it these days. No wonder we take it for granted. But like power, when it goes down, we get glimpses of medieval times where you couldn't get millions of answers to any question in milliseconds. Scary stuff. I often have moments of metacognition…

The bootstrap Jamstack

Hey, I’m Franck. 👋 I run a developer-first e-commerce solution, and I try my best to grow a healthy bootstrapped company. It’s called Snipcart, and we’re based in beautiful Québec. Our product is part of the Jamstack ecosystem. If you don’t know what that is, no worries.…

On contrast

con·trast, noun, /ˈkänˌtrast/ the state of being strikingly different from something else in juxtaposition or close association. Adult life sucks us in, for better or worse. We start careers, families, homes—then time shrinks. Where you saw friends & relatives twice a week, you now see them once a…

A developer's guide to headless e-commerce

Let’s talk about modern e-commerce. Many call it Jamstack or headless commerce. They’re umbrella terms—helpful yet confusing. I try my best not to indulge in cynicism, so I won’t label them buzzwords. This post will unpack these concepts. It will also contrast traditional approaches with modern…

So you want to be a strategist

I’ve heard marketing youngbloods utter these words A LOT: I want to work in an agency—with multiple clients. Feels so refreshing to meet new people and discover new industries!I want to create strategies to help many businesses succeed in the modern marketing landscape.I want to charge…

Hellblade

“This is the best game I’ve ever played!” —me, finishing Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Now, it wasn’t the first time I had uttered these words. Other titles got the same post-credits praise: The Last of UsGod of WarMetal Gear Solid 4 & 5The Last of Us gutted the…

Cognitive distortions

“Why don’t trials convert more?” The meeting was going well until now. Sh*t. I know we don’t have the right product analytics to answer the stakeholder’s question. This basic question has me scrambling for answers. I should be able to provide a clear data-backed reply on…

Reflecting on 2019 at Snipcart

2019 was bittersweet. I had a concussion during the Summer, from which I’m still recovering. It’s my fourth one, so it’s taking a while. Sucks, but I can still think and write and joke around and breathe. So I’m good. Amid physiotherapy and part-time work weeks,…

Podcast feature: That's my JAMstack

Quick show notesOur Guest: Francois Lanthier NadeauWhat he'd like for you to see: Snipcart v3 | His blog where he talks about destigmatizing mental healthHis JAMstack Jams: The Decoupling Philosophy of the JAMstack | Stackbit | Netlify | Sanity.ioHis Musical Jam: His "Is that Soul I feel in my guts" playlistOther Technology MentionedJekyllMiddlemanNuxtGridsomeTranscriptBryan…

The rest is just gravy

I'm afraid of dying. I always have been, even before my father killed himself. Therapists often asked: "Are you scared of doing the same thing your father did?" A little—suicide survivors are dealt a bad hand. But that's not quite it. "Are you worried about leaving behind grieving loved…