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The landscape of web technology is complex. We help guide our clients, partners, peers, and community through the web by building awareness and educating whenever possible.

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Introduction to Voice Interactions

Lessons from Building an Alexa Skill Dissecting vocal instructions programmatically Did you ever wonder how Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri understands what you are saying and then knows how to respond meaningfully to your request? We had some general ideas of how that works based on our understanding of natural language understanding and automatic speech recognition technologies, but until we […]

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Why a purpose-built intranet may make your company more productive.

Intranets can be tricky. As the CEO of a digital agency, I often hear from companies who have implemented expensive, complicated intranet platforms that go unused by their employees, despite the potential value of such a system. A useful intranet can help a business in numerous of ways: It can streamline communication, create operational efficiencies, […]

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2018 Inc 5000 List
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COLAB Ranked on the 2018 Inc. 5000

COLAB earned the rank of 3707 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses Not only have the companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their […]

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COLAB Named A Finalist for 2018 Richmond Technology Awards

We’re so honored to have been a finalist for the 2018 Richmond Technology Awards: Innovation in Technology Builder Award which is awarded to local technology companies that deliver technology solutions and services to external clients that build capacity and increase operational efficiency. We wouldn’t be where we are without the support of the Richmond community. We appreciate […]

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COLAB Welcomes the mayor of Richmond
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COLAB Welcomes the Mayor of Richmond

A laid-back chat on jobs, technology, women in tech, and guys on horses We were honored to have Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney stop by our Manchester headquarters a few weeks ago. The youngest elected mayor in city history, Stoney brims with optimism and boundless youthful energy and is for certain one of the more progressive […]

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COLAB Recognized at 2017 Richmond Ad Show

We love spending our days building digital solutions for our clients. We get excited about the many ways we can leverage our creative skills and today’s technology to push their brand to the next level. It’s even better when the creative community honors and recognizes the quality of our craft. And, on April 7th COLAB […]

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COLAB 43rd on 2016 Inner City 100 Award List

When we started thinking about moving from our old office, it was important for us to remain in the City of Richmond, and ideally to stay in the Manchester neighborhood. Thankfully, with the help of our friends at Thalhimer, we were able to find the perfect spot just half a block away. Our new office […]

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2016 in Review, What We’ve Been Up To

You know those workdays where you’re totally in the zone powering through work, and before you know it it’s time to pack up for the day? That’s pretty much how things have been since the last time we shared a company update on our blog. It’s certainly not bad to have been so busy for […]

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RFP: Request for Probably?

Or How to Lose a Job in 2,000 Words We recently responded to an RFP (request for proposal) with a shocking omission: we didn’t include a cost estimate. This wasn’t by accident – it was by necessity, really. Per our usual form, we were rather transparent and forthcoming about the fact that we purposefully did […]

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