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Topher Derosia

When I first became a daddy I wanted nothing more than to make my kids feel loved, cared for, and capable of doing anything they wanted.  When my eldest was about five-years-old, I heard a conversation and made this blog post: My kids have been fascinated with the Fantastic Four, most likely because there are banners for it all over Rivertown Mall. We were walking there the other day and Molly (my daughter) said, “Look momma!  Mr. Fantastic!” My [...]

Several months ago it became apparent that I needed to change my employment model.  I was done at a previous gig, and was looking at possibly freelancing again, or maybe getting a “real job.”  I really only had one requirement. I wanted to be part of a team of knowledgeable people. When I freelanced I was pretty much on my own.  I remember many a time slumped in my chair, not knowing what to do next.  When I had “real jobs” I was usually either a [...]

Last weekend I took part in my local GiveCamp, GiveCamp Grand Rapids.  From givecamp.org: GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals, from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists, donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations. We met at the CoFactory in Grand Rapids MI.  There were 17 non-profit organizations, as well as approximately 120 volunteers consisting [...]

Like many web developers today I started freelancing as a web developer in college.  The difference for me is that it was 1995, and the World Wide Web was quite new, and I never quit doing it.  As I got older and took real jobs I kept freelancing on the side. In 2010, after 15 years of being a cubicle dweller, I quit a perfectly good job to go 100%  freelance.  Freedom was my number one reason.  I wanted to be free to work wherever I wanted, when [...]