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Insight Designs’ Newest Employee

Posted by    |   October 28th, 2009   |   No responses

Hi there!  My name is Mike Kohn, and I'm the new guy. I just started working here a few days ago, and I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and give you my first impressions of Insight Designs. I graduated from the University of Colorado a few years back with a degree in Astronomy.  People would often ask me, "What are you going to do with a degree like that?" and I would always reply, "Make websites, of course!" I randomly landed at an HTML tutorial website several years ago, and I immediately caught the web bug (the good kind). I've spent a good deal of my time since that fateful day learning as much as I can about web development, and practicing what I've learned by making websites for myself, customizing blogs, and even trying my hand at a little graphic design (you know, to make the sites look good). I came to a point, though, where I wanted something more than just making websites for myself and friends.  I wanted to get a job in the web development field so I could be immersed in my passion daily.  I even made a website to prove it - Luckily, I found exactly what I was looking for! Beth and Nico hired me a short time ago as a Testing Specialist.  It will be my job to make sure all of our products pass a final inspection before being delivered to the client.  It's uncommon to find this type of position at small and mid-sized web firms, but from what I've gathered about the people at Insight Designs so far, they expect nothing but the best.  The fact that my job even exists goes to show their commitment to quality. I am super excited to start working with this very professional, very intelligent group of designers and programmers.  I can't wait to be elbows-deep in their awesome websites and programs, testing away. In fact, I should probably go now and get started on my real work. And in my freetime, I guess I should convert to It seems only fitting.
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Nico makes history

Posted by    |   September 8th, 2009   |   No responses

Ever since I've known Nico, he's had a personal goal of doing a "sub-50-minute 40k." For those of you who aren't cyclists, that means averaging 30 MPH on a 24.8-mile bike ride. AKA - screamin' fast! On Sunday, Nico achieved that goal with a time of 49:51 in the National Record Challenge, a 40-kilometer individual time trial held in Moriarty, New Mexico. At 41, Nico became only the 15th person in U.S. history to do an official sub-50. (To be an official record, the time has to occur on an out-and-back course to ensure that the rider isn't going downhill the entire way or that he doesn't have a tailwind for the entire event. The Moriarty course was indeed an out-and-back.) Nico has attempted to achieve this goal at least a dozen times in the past two decades. The closest he'd come before Sunday was in 2007, when he finished in 50:17, just 18 seconds shy of his goal. When he messaged me from his iPhone on Sunday to share the news of his sub-50 finish, he said, "So now I have to come up with a new goal, or retire." Yeah, right. Sunday's race marked the end of this year's cycling season for Nico, but today he said he's "already thinking about next season." Congrats partner!
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A National Champion in our Midst!

Posted by    |   August 24th, 2009   |   No responses

He did it! Keith won! And now we can boast that we have a National Champion on our staff! Go Keith! Keith Harper -- one of Insight Designs' star designers -- and his teammate Clarke Sheehan won the gold medal Sunday in the Madison event during the USA Cycling masters track national championships at the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs. The Madison is a two-person team bike race. The folks at the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association describe it this way: "Madison is one of the most interesting track races to watch or participate in. Basically, this is a team race like tag-team-wrestling, only at a much faster pace. The idea is that the riders will group into teams of two and then only one rider will race at a time. The interesting part, though, is how they "tag". While one rider is racing on the track, another rider will start going about 15 mph at the top of the track and drop down to the red line. Rider one will then come by at 30 mph, grab his/her left hand and fling them up to speed while dropping back onto the apron." Read more about Madisons here.
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Keith takes 2nd at Nationals!

Posted by    |   August 20th, 2009   |   No responses

Keith Harper, left, and Clarke Sheehan showing off their medals.
Keith Harper, left, and Clarke Sheehan showing off their medals.

Insight's very own Keith Harper -- web designer by day, kick-ass cyclist the rest of the time -- won the silver medal last night during the USA Cycling masters track national championships at the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs.

And Keith is so modest. He put in a full day at the office before making the two-hour drive to Colorado Springs for the big event, which was at 8 pm Wednesday night. Then, when he came in the office this morning, he didn't mention the race or the medal until I casually asked him what he did last night.

Keith: "I had a race."

Beth: "How'd you do?"

Keith: "I finished second."

Beth: "What was the race?"

Keith: "The national track championships."

Beth: "You mean you came in second in the whole nation. That's amazing."

Keith: Shrugged his shoulders.

So I thought I'd do a little bragging for Keith!

In Wednesday's points race, Keith's teammate, Clarke Sheehan - also of the Orange Guy Truss and Fence track team - finished first. On Sunday, the two of them will compete together in the "Madison" team event back at the Velodrome. Don't know what a Madison is? Find out here. Wish Keith and Clarke luck as they go for gold together.

And check out this cool ad concept featuring Keith:

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Way to go Team Garmin-Slipstream!

Posted by    |   July 27th, 2009   |   No responses

Three cheers for our friends and clients of Team Garmin-Slipstream! Though they missed a spot on the podium in the Tour de France on Sunday, the Boulder-based professional cycling team boasted an impressive feat: two riders in the top 10. Bradley Wiggins was fourth overall - just 1 minute, 23 seconds behind third-place-finisher Lance Armstrong. And Christian Vande Velde finished eighth overall - just two months after cracking three vertebrae in a crash. And the next time you talk to Nico or Kelly or Evan, be sure to ask them about all the cool behind-the-scenes technology work we did for both the website and the website during the tour. I kept nagging Nico to write a blog about what he and the other programmers were doing, but he was simply too busy doing real work to find time to blog. In short, we helped create's Race Tracker that provided Live Tour de France coverage including live GPS tracking, real-time play-by-play, interactive maps and profiles, and live broadband-quality video.
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