February 2022

Read Things That Matter

Thoughts from a tech studio whose mission is to Make Things That Matter.
TL;DR: Teamwork to launch our new siteDerek wrote a series (1, 2, 3) about a contrib to Drupal Core. Will Steger is our 1st guest on 1OF8B & an HIV vaccine.

Hi there,

Welcome to Read Things That Matter, the new name for the monthly TEN7 newsletter. If you're on this list in error, unsubscribe now!

After endless months in isolation, I'm here to remind you that we are not actually alone. We are all part of a connected global community, nearly eight billion strong. Each of us has a role to play, contributing to the common good, and each of us can do it in our own way!

Over the last month, I’ve been struck with this realization time and time again. I’ve seen how teamwork can accomplish amazing things, how individuals can work together to solve problems, and when things get tough, how humans can band together to accomplish feats beyond our wildest imagination.

Teamwork in Action—the New TEN7 Website!

If you haven’t already guessed, I’m very proud of our new website! The website is a testament to teamwork. We leveraged the talents of a large group of people to get us across the finish line. From the strategy to the design to the development and the content of the site, every single contribution added up to an experience that surpassed even my own expectations.

Now that the site is launched, I can’t wait to see where it leads, and how it will connect us to others who also want to Make Things That Matter.

Putting Talents to Work to Advance Open Source

The desire to contribute to something bigger than yourself is also behind our support of Open Source in general, and Drupal in particular. TEN7 contributed nearly 100 hours to code written directly for Drupal Core in 2021. This year we’re hoping to double that.

Our team take pride in making contributions to Open Source. Recently, TEN7 Senior Computer Scientist Derek Wright documented a success story that he played a part in, getting a feature called “Bundle Subclasses” added to Drupal Core.

It wasn’t easy to do, but in the end it elevates the experience for all Drupal users, which is the real purpose of Open Source in the first place.

If you’re highly technical and know Drupal, I encourage you to read his three part series for a behind-the-scenes look at how it all got done. This is not our usual non-technical series of posts: part 1, part 2 and part 3.

An Adventurer Who is ONE OF 8 BILLION

January didn’t only mark the launch of our new website, it also saw the re-launch of our podcast with a new name, and a new focus. Our podcast is now ONE OF 8 BILLION: A podcast about all of us.

As we mark this new beginning, I can’t think of a better “first guest” than a pioneer who is truly one of a kind: Will Steger. In our discussion, Will explains the importance of international teamwork during his expedition to Antarctica, and he expresses hope that similar cooperation can help address climate change today.

Focusing on the Greater Good

TEN7’s journey is entering a new and exciting phase as we team up with new clients, bring in new talent, and push forward with our commitment to make a difference in the world.

We are grateful for all the work that led us to this point, and we can’t wait to see what’s over the horizon. Thank you for joining us on this expedition.

Until next time,

Feel Good Finisher: Did you hear about Moderna launching a clinical trial for an HIV vaccine that uses mRNA technology? Yeeaahhhh, science!
Well, hi there! Thanks for reading the small print, this is where the good stuff is. In case you missed it, we are a technology studio whose mission is to Make Things That Matter. We really love the people we get to work with, more about them at Curious about working for us? Then you need Our clients are pretty cool, too. You can see our recent work with them at Also, we have a podcast... doesn't everyone? It's called ONE OF 8 BILLION and you can find it on Apple, Google, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Funny thing? If you hit "reply" on this email, Ivan will write back to you. True story.

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