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We've Moved to the iNQUiSi Blog

posted May 18, 2015, 11:54 AM by Nate Moore

You probably noticed that we haven't been very good about updating this blog page.

Obviously, we've been SUPER busy working on our project. But we've also moved to a blog on our domain. If you're looking for us, you'll find us there.

A competitor has been spotted!

posted Apr 22, 2015, 2:48 PM by Cody Sehl

If there's one thing John Spittell has taught us in this program, it's that companies should always be aware of their position in the market.
This means staying aware of the needs of customers, the status of competitors, and what the goals of the company are.

Thats why when we learned that iClicker (a direct competitor in the market) was presenting a new product, we made sure we were ready to record everything they said.
What we learned was that iClicker is developing a product so similar to iNQUiSi that it even utilizes the same web technologies.

While realizing that a competitor is building an almost identical product is scary, it's also an incredible source of validation. It means that the idea and opportunities we're pursuing are valuable.

The team at iNQUiSi have looked at our position and concluded that we have several advantages over the competition.
This doesn't mean that it'l be easy, though, but we're ready for the challenge!


posted Apr 14, 2015, 9:22 AM by Nate Moore   [ updated Apr 22, 2015, 8:49 AM ]

As we work to build our website, we just wanted to share some photos that we've taken of our team.

Stay tuned. is coming soon.

Week two

posted Apr 11, 2015, 10:45 AM by Cody Sehl

It's the end of week two and we've made massive progress since the last update!

Matt has been working hard to get the business in the right market position and make sure we have enough information to create something people actually want to use.

Michael has been going solo this past week, mostly to develop new API endpoints on our rails application.

Nate and I have been pairing to finish wiring up the frontend and backend to get user creation and authentication complete.

It's been an exciting week! Next week we plan to allow users to create a course and add questions.

- Cody

Home Sweet Home

posted Mar 27, 2015, 1:25 PM by Nate Moore

In two senses, we're at home. We (1) are totally settled into our space at 633 and (2) have officially registered a domain! will be home to our landing page, and will (most likely) be home to our actual application.
There isn't much on the first page (and nothing on the second), but it's all coming soon! You can either check obsessively for updates to the page, or subscribe to our Early Adopters mailing list at the website (via mailchimp) and automatically get updated when we roll something new out. 

We also are establishing a social media presence, so please feel free to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!

docker up

posted Mar 26, 2015, 7:04 PM by Cody Sehl   [ updated Mar 26, 2015, 7:07 PM ]

Today the Inquisi development team got their local environment up and running with Docker!
This post will cover Docker, what it is and why it's useful, and what it means to the development team.

For those of you who don't know, Docker is a new software tool that provides a way of managing the environment in which an application runs on a machine, and like most things having to do with application environments, it's very hard to learn without some background knowledge. The development team spent the first two days of Startup Term wrestling with Docker and it's cousin, Docker Compose, to create a portable, reproducible application environment.

The idea behind Docker is to make sure that 1. the same code is running in the same way on all machines (local, build, test, staging, production) and that 2. new environments can be created with a minimum of effort.

Modern web applications have many pieces that need to be orchestrated properly in order for the application to be successful. These pieces can be managed individually by running specific commands on specific machines in a specific order (all produced by the web developer or devOps person and dependent on their ability to remember them). By handling each piece on it's own, there is little overhead to the process as each piece needs only to interface directly with those around it — no middleman or adapters required.

Managing pieces individually can work for small projects, but a few problems occur once things start to become larger. Firstly, this style of management is a burden on the developer or devOps person. What happens when they can't remember what they did n weeks from now? How much time will it take them to set up new environments? What happens when they leave the team? Secondly, managing individual pieces this way presents a few technical challenges. How should they be salvaged when they fail? Can these pieces be used the same way everywhere? Are their interfaces stable and reliable?

Docker is built to solve the problems that come up when managing the parts of an application individually. It allows these parts to be packaged into portable 'containers' that have standard methods of interaction.

Fortunately, because Inquisi is a new product, the development team has been able to adopt Docker in the prediction that a little time spent getting prepared today will save lots of time managing the application tomorrow. 

Right now the truthfulness of that statement remains unknown. What we do know is that we've spent two days configuring an application rather than producing user stories or working on features. Two days spent learning something that -might- be useful.

But even if Docker isn't all it's cracked up to be, we all know something we didn't know before. Isn't that the point of this experience, anyways?

(Matt gives Docker a thumbs up)

- Cody Sehl

14 Things Only Startup Term Kids Will Understand

posted Mar 13, 2015, 3:10 PM by Nate Moore

14 Things Only Startup Term Kids Will Understand

Woo! We got you to click this! Look how trendy and marketable we are!

Okay, that was an involved set-u
p for a stupid joke (and we're not actually doing a list), but that's the kind of effort you can expect from Team iNQUiSi.

We are seriously excited to get the ball rolling. Spring Term can't come any faster.

Getting settled into the Bondi Building was tons of fun, and we're ecstatic about the space we have. Matt couldn't make it out, so we hope he approves of our layout. iNQUiSi snagged a great spot in the corner with a beautiful view of downtown Galesburg. We're not going to say it's the best spot in the office, but...

It's obviously going to take some more settling, but 633 is going to be a lovely place to call home next term. We expect a lot of early mornings (groan) and late nights there. Good thing Q's is right downstairs!

I heard some rumors that the iNQUiSi development team was sharpening up their AngularJS skills (thanks, codeschool) and getting ready for some serious development when we get back. The marketing team (aka Matt) is hard at work as well. 

We've got our team's slack set up and have been sharing a lot of resources. We can't wait to show you all what we're building.

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