Web Scraping, Part 3 – Case Study #1

In this post, we’re going to use what was covered in the first two posts in this series for a use case: scraping contact details for all of the jewelers certified by the American Gem Society.  The AGS is an organization that “[helps] protect the jewelry-buying public from fraud and false advertising.”  The …

On Web Scraping

Web scraping is the art of programmatically extracting content from the web. For those entirely unfamiliar with the concept, consider this example.  It was theorized that doctors who received payments from the medical industry prescribed differently than those who did not.  If your doctor is recommending some random drug, it’d be …

ProjectSHERPA: a startup retrospective

Over several years, while fully employed, some friends and I built a startup with whatever time we could scrape together.  ProjectSHERPA was an imagining of what the tech recruiting marketplace could be – a data-enabled web platform for finding, screening, and recruiting entry-level technology talent.   Virtually everyone in the space …