Ecommerce is an industry that has largely faded into the background due to its ubiquity in recent years. Despite that, there are new trends emerging and room for innovation, which is what the team at Mirumee focuses on. To support their efforts, they build and maintain the open source Saleor framework for Django as a way to make the core concerns of online sales easy and painless. In this episode Mirek Mencel and Patryk Zawadzki discuss the projects that they work on, the current state of the ecommerce industry, how Saleor fits with their technical and business strategy, and their predictions for the near future of digital sales.
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- Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Mirek Mencel and Patryk Zawadzki about their work at Mirumee, building ecommerce applications in Python, based on their open source framework Saleor
- How did you get introduced to Python?
- Can you start by describing the types of projects that you work on at Mirumee and how the company got started?
- There are a number of libraries and frameworks that you build and maintain. What is your motivation for providing these components freely and how does that play into your overall business strategy?
- The most substantial project that you maintain is Saleor. Can you describe what it is and the story behind its creation?
- How does it compare to other ecommerce implementations in the Python space?
- If someone is agnostic to language and web framework, what would make them choose Saleor over other options that would be available to them?
- What are some of the most challenging aspects of building a successful ecommerce platform?
- How do the technical needs of an ecommerce site differ as it grows from small to medium and large scale?
- Which components of an online store are often overlooked?
- One of the common features of ecommerce sites that can drive substantial revenue is a well-built recommender system. What are some best practice strategies that you have discovered during your client work?
- What are some projects that you have seen built with Saleor that were particular interesting, innovative, or unexpected?
- What are your predictions for the future of the ecommerce industry?
- What do you have planned for the future of the Saleor framework and the Mirumee business?
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