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THE GEEK BEAT MARCH 2021

More Consumer Privacy Laws Are Coming. Are You Ready?

Padlock in front of computer codeLast month, the commonwealth of Virginia introduced—and passed—the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act with overwhelming support.

This new privacy law is partially modeled after the one in California and, like it, requires companies to allow consumers to access, correct and delete personal data (among other things).

The trend is clear: Even if you aren’t currently impacted by what’s happening in these two states (or even more globally via GDPR), more consumer privacy laws are coming, and we best be prepared.

It's also important to keep in mind that—website or not—all 50 states have existing consumer privacy laws that all businesses must comply with.

If you’ve got questions about what all this privacy stuff means for you and your business, check out our oldie-but-a-goodie blog post about GDPR and four steps to get you started.

Then, if you still have questions, you know what to do. 🤓
 
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Fort Collins Startup Week Is Now "On Demand"!

Logo for Fort Collins Startup Week

We Geeks are huge fans (and regular sponsors) of Fort Collins Startup Week, and this year’s event has only just begun.

What's New 💥
This annual extravaganza usually takes place over the course of about a week in various locations around town. (Last year we sponsored the CodeGeek Room!)

This year, anyone, anywhere, can drink in all the amazing content as it’s made available online over the next many months.

Featured Presentation: Taming Technology 📣
Intro slide of YouTube video

Our very own Ron Zasadzinski has partnered up with systems architect Tim Kleier to teach us a thing or two about “Taming Technology: How To Effectively Navigate The Many Technology Decisions Of A Startup.”

(Rumor has it there might be a lion. Probably not, though.)

Our modern age is driven by technology, and startups are no different. We have to make a multitude of technology decisions for our organizations such as:
  • What email provider should we use?
  • Do we need a website or an app?
  • How do we select technology for invoicing or keeping track of receipts?
Ready for Ron and Tim to walk you through the many areas of business where we need to make technology choices?

▶️ Then check out their 29-min recorded presentation on For Fort Collins or YouTube.

☞ From The Archives ☞

Ron during his Ignite Fort Collins presentation
Speaking of Ron speaking (see what we did there?), he’s no newbie to the thrill of the stage.

Back in 2011 at Ignite Fort Collins, Ron threw down some knowledge as he explained the finer points of “Avoiding Design Disasters.”

Check out this less than 5-min video to learn more about CRAP (Contrast, Repetition, Alignment & Proximity) and, most importantly, see Ron in a goatee.

Project Highlight

Gift card page on Rio Grande's website
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Rio Grande wanted a stellar experience when it came to purchasing gift cards on their website, but they felt things were a bit cumbersome for their taste.

The Geeks were tasked to take a closer look, so we grabbed a few baskets of tortillas chips and dug in.

The best solution was to rebuild the systems involved so that they communicated better with each other and purchasing friction was removed.
Gift card page on Rio Grande's website
Some tasty highlights:
  • Gift card delivery is scheduled using a hook in Gravity Forms. (Did someone say "hooks"?)
  • The gift card purchase system talks to both Rio Grande's payment gateway and POS (point of sale).
  • The whole kit ‘n’ caboodle is timed with Mailgun to help keep e-gifts out of junk folders.
We were super excited to be able to partner with a local biz like Rio Grande and make their e-dream come true.

Check out our portfolio for more projects we've geeked out on!

Where In The World Are The Geeks?

Could we BE more excited?! A new little Geek is coming later this year, courtesy of Leah and wife Amanda.
Leah's baby announcement

Tom took in the wide, open spaces during a recent dirt-road ride near farmland just north of Ault, CO.
Two motorcycles on a dirt road

Jamie traded in his two monitors for a pair of skis and spent time on the snowy slopes of A-Basin.
Snowy ski slopes of A-Basin
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