In our circles, automation is most frequently associated with infrastructure, tools like Puppet and Chef, automating away your server provisioning and deployments.
For a startup or a small biz in its infancy, every opportunity looks like a pot of gold.
For more than a year I’ve worked (with an awesome team) on taking Travis CI from an continuous integration platform for open source projects into a small business with a profitable product.
A few weeks back I came across a post that struck home in several ways. “How I Fired myself” (cached version) is a short story of a developer who accidentally deleted the entire users table in production while working on a new feature. You should read the whole thing, go ahead, I’ll wait for you.