will send you email before your friends' birthdays; TowZone will alert you before your car gets
towed for street cleaning; Scorecard will tell you whether
your neighborhood is polluted.
Kids: The ArsDigita
Foundation will give you $10,000 for developing and maintaining
a tasteful non-commercial Web service.
Nerds: Learn how to use our open-source toolkits for
and ecommerce. The software is free and we wrote
a whole book (also free)
how to use it.
If you are in a hurry to learn, come to one of our 3-week boot camp
(starts October 4 or November 29). Free soda, the warm glow of a 21" monitor, and
If we get along, you can
start working at ArsDigita.
Poor Web Publishers: Our free
services will add collaboration to your Web site without you
having to install or maintain a relational database management system.
Rich Web Publishers: Challenge us with your innovative Web service
idea. Our core business is Web development and hosting.
Confused? Look at our site map.
We're up to 40 people now, with new contracts that push our annualized
revenue over $10 million.
Everyone here gets five weeks of vacation and lots of people went away
in August. But it didn't keep us from training 35 new developers in
We launch www.infirmation.com.
Release 1.6 of our toolkit is looking good (see
the version history).
We admit to ourselves that we're going to have to
get more aggressive about hiring.
We start taking applications for a
June 1999: We award the first annual
ArsDigita Prize. We hire our 25th programmer. We launch
simultaneously at Hewlett-Packard Corvallis and in Boston.
May 1999: We release version 1.5 of our toolkit, which includes
an Oracle-backed chat module. Try it out at
or read the docs.
April 1999: The
Society for Thoracic Surgeons
certifies our outsourced electronic medical record system, developed
for iMedix. Sixteen
vendors (e.g., TenFold) attempted to build a compliant system.
Each assigned a large programming staff in the summer of 1998.
A couple of programmers here started (from our toolkit) in November 1998 and
our system was certified before
the other vendors even applied for testing. In other news, we open
our Los Angeles office, led by Aurelius Prochazka, a Caltech PhD with
whom we've worked since June 1998.
March 1999: We release version 1.3 of the
ArsDigita Community System, with greatly improved admin pages.
February 1999: The Boston office begins teaching a course on software engineering at
MIT. As a consequence, we're able to more easily
hire and train new people.
December 1998: We announce The ArsDigita Prize, which will
encourage and help young people to develop interesting non-commercial
Web services. We release our Year 2000 statement.
November 1998: We open our San Francisco office, led by Bruce
Keilin. We move our
Cambridge office to larger quarters at 603 Franklin Street.