The 5 founding principles of InPlaces


Places should have beautiful profiles. Like we do.

We see places as characters and we thought it would be terrible injustice to put these characters as just dots on a map or simply, aggregations. On the flip side, we wanted our users to not only find places but feel them. 

Tapping into local expertise

No one knows a locality better than the locals themselves and people who frequent it. That’s the theory behind most of our features. We are truly excited by the possible outcomes of crunching such data when it comes to local discovery. 

Beautiful & intelligent curation app

We truly value the purity of a place’s profile and that is exactly why we have placed strong emphasis on our curation layer. Beneath the simple UI one sees, there is a complex scoring mechanism that knows the kind of users the app should listen to!

In-store experience

The best things available at a place, moments from the past posted by you and your friends, recommendations from your friends and local experts, deals, coupons & recommendations from merchants

If you could consume all this in a very simple and instant way, that would make for an ideal in-store experience. And that’s what we want to offer.

As a Merchant platform

Merchants and small business owners can use the very same app & it’s features just like any other user to brand and market themselves. There is no separate merchant platform, no complex dashboards! Good riddance! 

I thought it was good to start a new chapter with the end of another one. I do not like to say goodbye because I do not believe it is the appropriate term.

Today is my last day as a Designer at InPlace Marketing. So this post is dedicated to the awesome team I worked with for the past 2.5 years.Thanks to them I have grown, learned so much and can handle my beers a little bit better.

During my time here I not only worked with great people, in a crazy environment but I was also challenged as a designer. I will remember the break room events, the need to call “HR!” once in a while, Mean girls, the New Bitchin’ box, and many more stories that made InPlace an awesome adventure. Thank you all for having patience to guide me and shape me into a better designer. I wish you guys the best of luck. I know you will do great.

Keep up the good work and have some beer fridays for me! I will miss you all!

Enjoy Scilab and Python - Binding Scilab and Python - SciPyLab

Scilab is a powerful computing platform for engineers and academicians. Python has many scientific tools. While I look for a tools for binding Python and Scilab for a project, I found one on ScilabForge.

Sciscipy: A Scilab API for Python

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with recent version of Scilab and Python under Windows. The original was coded as pure C extension.

Whatever, I decided to simplify it for my purpose. At the moment, the simplified code is sufficient for my purpose. However, it will be developed. Initial version was uploaded onto BitBucket as Git repository.

Installation and Usage are as follow,

  • Clone git repository onto your computer from

  • Start a command window, then go to root of your local copy, and issue command below

python build_ext —inplace

  • Open your favorite Python console then issue commands below

» from SciPyLab import Scilab
» sci=Scilab()
» sci.<any Scilab function>

for example

» sci.sin(3.14/2)
» sci.plot([1, 2, 3])

The code tested under following condition

  • Python 3.4 (Anaconda Python distribution from Continuum Analytics)
  • Cython 0.20.2
  • Spyder 2.3.0
  • MSVC 2010 Express
  • Scilab-5.5.0
  • Windows 7 x64
  • Numpy 1.8.2