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"Introducing Wombat" by Sameer Gulati

Posted on June 19, 2014 by Alexander Diegel

Introducing Wombat Webinar by Sameer Gulati

We’ve renamed our integration platform—which we used to call the Spree Commerce hub—to Wombat. Wombat easily connects storefronts to key systems such as accounting, ERP, and fulfillment. Now Wombat can even connect to non-Spree storefronts including Magento, Hybris, Shopify and Big Commerce. In fact, since Wombat uses a standard JSON API for communication, it can communicate with any storefront, including custom-built solutions.

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, for Spree Chief Product Officer Sameer Gulati’s full rundown of Wombat’s capabilities and its advantages. Sameer will provide an overview of Wombat’s platform, including how to:

• Create a connection
• Push data
• Test connections
• Resolve errors

Sameer will be covering these topics and much more, including why Wombat makes life so much easier for developers, so be sure to attend this webinar! Registration is filling fast so register today!

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Rails Girls DC Back at Spree Headquarters

Posted on June 18, 2014 by Alexander Diegel

Rails Girls Welcomed Back to Spree Headquarters

For the second time in 2014, Spree Commerce co-hosted a Meetup with Rails Girls DC at our DC-area headquarters. Rails Girls was founded on a mission to give tools and a strong community for women to better understand technology, and help make their ideas a reality. They do this by providing a great programming experience, and by making technology more approachable.

Rails Girls are regulars at our annual SpreeConf sessions, and we are proud to have forged a strong bond with them! Founded in Finland, but now a global, non-profit group of volunteers, Rails Girls is very active worldwide in the Ruby on Rails community, hosting and participating in events around the globe. We recently teamed up for the third time in the last calendar year to discuss the Rails Girls guides, Ruby on Rails basics, how to build an application, present lightning talks and binge on pizza.

You can probably tell that we team up on the regular, so keep an eye out for the next Meetup! You can also keep up with the Rails Girls by visiting their events page to find out where in the world they will be next.

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Introducing Wombat

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Sean Schofield

Welcome to Wombat

Recently, you may have noticed a few changes on our website. Specifically, we’ve renamed our integration platform—which we used to call the Spree Commerce hub—as Wombat. Where you used to find information about the hub, now you will be redirected to our new website devoted to the integration platform at wombat.co. Where you used to find the documentation for the hub, you will be redirected to the Wombat support portal at support.wombat.co.

Why did we do this?

The hub—now Wombat—is our integration platform for storefronts that need to connect to key systems such as accounting, ERP, and fulfillment. Since we launched it in 2012, it has grown significantly and we have received interest from companies who are not currently using the Spree open source storefront. Earlier this year at SpreeConf, we announced that we could now connect to non-Spree storefronts including Magento, Hybris, Shopify and Big Commerce. In fact, since Wombat uses a standard JSON API for communication, it can communicate with any storefront, including custom-built solutions.

It has become clear to us that, while the platform will always have a close tie to our Spree storefront software, it also has become an e-commerce solution unto itself, and it deserves its own brand and website. So we’ve launched it today at wombat.co.

Why Wombat?

Wombats work hard for what they want, they’re smart and strategic. They deal with complexity well, burrowing intricate pathways underground—not unlike stores that have to deal with a maze of services and vendors in order to operate well.

Plus, we like the logo:

What does this mean for Spree itself, and the stores that use it?

Only good things: We’re still growing our open source software, just as we always have. More and more merchants are choosing Spree to run their stores every day. There are now more than 45,000 stores around the world that are built on Spree technology, and we’re expanding further through word-of-mouth amongst developers and store owners, as well as partnerships like our recently announced alliance with GoDadddy. The more all these developers and stores work with Spree, the better the code gets. That’s the beauty of open source, and we’re still proud to say that we have the most awesome community in all of e-commerce!

Even though Wombat is a paid product, we haven’t forgotten our open source roots. All of the Wombat integrations are open source, which means that you can use your own customized integrations with Wombat, even if our out-of-the-box-hosted integrations don’t work for you. We have set up a brand new Github organization dedicated to open sourcing these integrations.

So give Wombat a try today at wombat.co. We’re continuing to improve and grow it, so let us know what you think!

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Ruby Nation: The Secrets of Venture Based Startups

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Alexander Diegel

“A Game of Startups” by Sean Schofield

RubyNation, the DC-hosted event for the local software community, concluded last weekend to bring the seventh annual conference to a close. Over 270 attendees quickly sold out the venue, and helped make RubyNation 2014 a blast for all who could make it!

Our very own Sean Schofield spoke to the crowd with his presentation, “A Game of Startups.” Sean drew from his experience as CEO and co-founder of Spree to explain why, to paraphrase a certain popular television queen, “in the game of startups, you either win or you die.”

Sean went into great detail on the dirty little secrets of venture-based startups, giving great insight and tips for those who are running, working for, or just curious about, companies that are funded by venture capitalists.

So, who are the players in this particular game? With startups, we trade “Thrones’” kings, lords and knights for founders, investors, and employees, while winning is defined by survival and financial success.

Sean goes into far greater detail in his presentation, including the math behind a successful exit, and a breakdown of the results from some startups that have already won the game. We had a blast at RubyNation 2014 and are already looking forward to next year’s event. Hope to see you there!

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