Leveraging Holistic Synergies

As per the latest in thought leadership, we must refocus on identifying holistic synergies and productizing them for untapped markets. Specifically, synergies which can be strategically leveraged to cross-pollinate innovation across organizational silos. Each silo must own its vertical to allow for unfettered horizontal growth and for the development of streamlined efficiencies by bubbling up organically.

The Zen of Business Jargon

This is the homepage of Ben Lopatin, aka bennylope. I help businesses with Django sites get the most from their investment beyond launch day.

I'm co-founder, principal consultant, and lead Pythonista at Wellfire Interactive, a DC-based Django consulting and development shop, and we specialize in working with existing Django projects. You should hire me to help you make the most of the Django app you already have.

Articles and Notes

Making Medium posts readable

February 26, 2019

The Medium post, regardless of its content, is defined by several visual characteristics: Large, pretty stock images that add little to no…

The Lie Freelancers Believe

December 05, 2018

Let’s try something more exciting, like Comic Sans. And make it “pop”. There’s a trope among freelancers that when something goes wrong with…

Sustaining Interest

November 16, 2018

It’s a problem I’ve dealt with practically, but not one to which I’ve previously given any thought in a structured way. After all, I’ve been…

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Django Organizations

A Django app for adding multi-user group management.


Django helpers for working with ElasticSearch and Haystack


Python wrapper for the Geocod.io geocoding and bulk geocoding API

RVA Data

Slow attempt at getting Richmond, VA's city data accessible.

Django Addendum

A Django app for creating editable microcopy anywhere in your site.


An automation tool for generating cross-browser screenshots (e.g. in a CI build).


A Python library for the Discourse API; maintained and packaged fork.


A Python wrapper for the SmartyStreets geocoding and address validation API.

Django Quagga

A maintained fork of the now deprecated Django Zebra with support for newer Django versions.


This Old Pony: Working with Legacy Django Apps

There are a lot of examples out there for how to start a *new* Django project, but how do you start working on an *old* Django project? This talk from DjangoCon 2016 in Philadelphia provides some answers for how to get started.

Crafting Better API Clients

This was a talk first from PyTennesee in 2015 and reprised at APICraft RVA a few months later.

Finding the Needle: Search and Django

From DjangoCon 2013 in Chicago, this is an intermediate-level talk on how to integrate search functionality into a Django project, with some ElasticSearch biases.

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