Market Dojo and the Heartbleed vulnerability

On April 7th 2014, security researchers discovered a serious vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160) in OpenSSL, a very popular cryptographic library used by many websites. This library ensures secure communication between server and client but also confirms the identity of the server.

What is Market Dojo doing about this?

What should you do?
If you use the same password on Market Dojo which you also use for another service, which was compromised, we recommend changing it in Market Dojo too.

Our development team have been busy…

It’s been a while since we wrote about the new features we are adding to Market Dojo.  However, that doesn’t mean the development team have been taking it easy.  Even though we have been hard at work on some big enhancements (more about those very soon), we still found time for our ongoing improvements programme.
Here are some of the highlights…

Performance
Our customers are running bigger and bigger events, with more Participants and more Lots.  When running these big events, we noticed some areas that might act as bottlenecks.   We have been looking at where things were not as fast as they should be, and improved them.  You should see a marked improvement in response times if you are running an Auction with more than 30 lots or participants where a lot of bids are received in a short period of time.

We know that speed matters, and we have lots more planned for this area, but we believe this is a good start.

Bid upload
As part of the drive to support big events, we have added the ability to upload RFQ and Qualification Bids using a spreadsheet. This means that Participants can submit bids copied in from a spreadsheet, rather than having to re-enter them to the application.  This can save a lot of time if you are providing information on 100+ lots.  To learn more about this feature, please see the demo video.

Category Dojo
We launched Category Dojo at the end of last year. Since then we have been working with customers and looking for ways to improve. The changes include…

Support
We have created a support portal. This links our live chat, CRM and bug tracking systems, so if you do have a problem, we will be able to help you even more quickly.

General
We have also included more than 100 smaller tweaks and bug fixes to make using our products more enjoyable, even if you are still using older versions of Internet Explorer.
A lot of these changes came as a result of customer suggestions.  We think they will improve the product for all our customers. We would love to hear what you think.

Customer Inspired Changes

The Market Dojo engineering team have been busy again.  This time cranking out some features requested by our favourite people – our customers.

We love to hear what our customers think, as they often bring a new perspective and always have suggestions based on their real world use of Market Dojo.

So from today…

1. Event hosts will be able to attach several documents to a single message.
This will make it easier to communicate messages which relate to several documents (for example to remind participants to sign NDA’s).

A message including two documents

2. It will be even clearer when a Participant needs to be accepted to an Event.  
We will use a ‘notification’ (a red circle with a number in it) on the Participants tab to show how many participants are awaiting acceptance. This will ensure that Hosts can quickly give access to their Participants, whilst maintaining a rigorous approval process.

A notification that one action is required on the participants tab

3. The list of participants will load faster.  
For Events with a very large number of participants, the detailed list of information about them should load more quickly.  This should really help out our expert users who invite 600+ participants to their events!

Ruby on Rails Developer wanted for 6 month contract worth £20k

Market Dojo, an innovative and rapidly growing start-up in the business-to-business sector, has a 6 month contract on offer for an experienced, UK-based Ruby on Rails developer to work with its existing development team with the opportunity for permanent employment should both parties agree.

Market Dojo has created an online negotiation tool which helps companies streamline their procurement activities.  Their web-based application centralises quotation activities which might otherwise have been carried out via email.   It also has the capability to run both reverse and forward auctions, which achieve better negotiation results by encouraging competition in a fair and transparent way.

Despite only recently completing their first year in business, Market Dojo already has an international presence and has a number of global customers.  However they plan to at least double in size in 2012.

This role would be suited to someone with the following skills:

The attributes of the suitable person would be someone entrepreneurial, a fast learner with a great ability to self-manage, as largely the work will be based remotely with daily communication via Skype.  It would also suit someone innovative with an eye for elegant design and performance over core functionality.

If you are interested in this role, please provide a CV with examples, web-links and references from previous jobs you have done to recruitment@marketdojo.com, after which there will be a phone interview and/or face-to-face meeting.  Market Dojo are looking for an immediate start so please ensure you can accommodate this.

For any questions, please call 0117 230 9047.

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