I leverage synergies.

As per the latest in thought leadership, we must refocus on identifying holistic synergies and productizing them for untapped markets. Specifically, synergies which can be strategically leveraged to cross-pollinate innovation across organizational silos. Each silo must own its vertical to allow for unfettered horizontal growth and for the development of streamlined efficiencies by bubbling up organically.

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Mulitlingual Django Addendum

Django Addendum lets you easily edit arbitrary text snippets on a site without a full-fledged CMS or issuing another site release. It's like a micro-CMS for any site. Now you can add text snippets and translations in any language your site supports. This is a feature description and explanation of the design decisions and development path.

Using devpi for local PyPI mirroring

Depending on a remote packaging system for testing or deployment sucks. Even with mirrors you're at the mercy of server uptime, network latency, and your own connection. devpi is a multifacted tool that takes a lot of this pain away for Python development.

Heroku's little helper script

The Heroku toolbelt is a CLI tool for managing Heroku apps. As command line interfaces go, it's pretty nicely designed. In a multi-environment Heroku deployment, i.e. with staging and production deploys, using a project specific script helps consolidate app naming and pipeline based deployment.

Learn more in my other 34 posts »


Django Organizations
A Django app for adding multi-user group management.
Django helpers for working with ElasticSearch and Haystack
Python wrapper for the Geocod.io geocoding and bulk geocoding API
RVA Data
Slow attempt at getting Richmond, VA's city data accessible.
RVA Connect
Site for tracking events and coworking/event spaces I created.
Django Addendum
A Django app for creating editable microcopy anywhere in your site.


This is Ben Lopatin's hypertext media home. Principal and co-founder at Wellfire Interactive, a DC-based web development firm. We design and build custom web applications and web sites. I build the engines behind those sites.

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