Gearing up for our visit to the States

We've been very successful in 2012: in 2011, our goal was to double the revenue, and we succeeded. Compared to 2009 —our first year in business— our revenue increased with a factor 15. Contrary to most of the other companies I know, we've been profitable from year one. We didn't need any external money to bootstrap our business.

This doesn't mean we're starting to get lazy. On the contrary, it makes us very excited to work on new business models!

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Google Analytics — December 2012

This is what happens if Christmas and New Year's Day are on a weekday instead of in a weekend:

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750,000 unique visitors in 2012

Less than a week ago, I wondered if we would reach 750,000 absolute visitors on the iText web site. Today, we've reached that goal:

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Before the holidays

In 2011, the site had 680,581 unique visitors. Today, we're already at 743,493 unique visitors. I had hoped to reach 750K unique visitors, but I don't know if that's feasible. We'll see in about a week. Traditionally, statistics go down seriously in the holiday season. Let's take a look at the numbers for December right before the holidays:

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My first gold badge on StackOverflow

Today I earned my first gold badge on StackOverflow:

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My report card

About a month ago, I was in München, presenting What's new in PDF 2.0 regarding digital signatures. The people attending my talk, had to fill out a form, giving me a score from one to five: 1=excellent, 2=good, 3=fair, 4=unsatisfactory, 5=inadequate.

This is my score:

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Experiment met Leanpub

Gisteren heb ik wat geëxperimenteerd met Leanpub. Ik had erover gelezen bij iStoire en ik wilde er eens mee experimenteren om te zien of ik het platform kan gebruiken voor mijn technische boeken.

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Google Analytics — November 2012

The end of the world year is near. With one month to go, let's look at the heartbeat of in november

Do you see that dent near November 22nd? That's Thanksgiving. We'll see a similar dent between Christmas and New Year.

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After a long train ride, we arrived in Munich, and our sales guy immediately started building the booth:

Afterwards, there was a reception and a whisky-tasting opportunity:

We didn't drink much whisky though. We mostly drank water and a little bit of wine.

iText 5.3.4 — XML Worker 1.2.1

iText 5.3.4 and XML Worker 1.2.1 have been released! Read all about it in the changelogs.

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