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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This Old Pony: Working with Legacy Django Apps

There are a lot of examples out there for how to start a *new* Django project, but how do you start working on an *old* Django project? This talk from DjangoCon 2016 in Philadelphia provides some answers for how to get started. Slides.

Crafting Better API Clients

This was a talk first from PyTennesee in 2015 and reprised at APICraft RVA a few months later. Slides.

Finding the Needle: Search and Django

From DjangoCon 2013 in Chicago, this is an intermediate-level talk on how to integrate search functionality into a Django project, with some ElasticSearch biases. Slides.


I'm Ben Lopatin, aka bennylope. I'm co-founder, principal consultant, and lead Pythonista at Wellfire Interactive, a DC-based web development agency. We've been using Django to build successful business platform applications and beautiful web sites for over 6 years running now. We love solving people's business problems with them, so if you're building or rebuilding on the web contact us.

I also do some occassional consulting for businesses that are a little off-track on development projects or general product/technology strategy. That includes pointed Django and Python debugging.

If you find yourself in the Finger Lakes give me a holler — @bennylope — and we'll grab a beer, or coffee, or both.