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Welcome, my name is Paul Stovell. I live in Brisbane and work full time bootstrapping my own product company around Octopus Deploy, an automated deployment tool for .NET applications.

Prior to Octopus Deploy, I worked for an investment bank in London building WPF applications, and before that I worked for Readify, an Australian .NET consulting firm, where I was lucky enough to work with some of the best in the business. I also worked on a number of open source projects and was an active user group presenter. I've been a Microsoft MVP for WPF since 2006.

Recent posts


I'm not an MVP anymore

Selling software: Processing Orders

2014: Focus on growth

What got me here won't get me there; why I'll be focussing on marketing this year.

Thoughts on DDD Brisbane 2013

Back on LinkedIn

Why I recreated my LinkedIn account 12 months after closing it

Angular.js: Layouts and Sections

Implementing a layout/sections concept in Angular

Eight tips for working with X.509 certificates in .NET

At first X.509 certificates look easy, but Windows has plenty of ways to make them hard. Here are some lessons I've learnt.

Two week sprints; twelve month releases

What's the point of delivering software every two weeks when no one uses it?

Convention-based HTTP API on top of Nancy (with documentation!)

Progress to date in building Octopus Deploy API-first. Building a HTTP API on top of Nancy, with generated documentation and API integration tests.

Configuring TeamCity to use HTTPS/SSL on Windows with a PFX file, and redirecting HTTP to HTTPS

The steps I followed to get TeamCity 7.1 to use HTTPS.

My startup

Octopus Deploy is a user-friendly automated deployment tool for professional .NET developers. Octopus is designed to make it incredibly easy to deploy ASP.NET websites and Windows Services onto remote machines, securely.

I started Octopus in 2011 in my spare time, when I was disappointed by the state of automated deployment for .NET developers. Since then it has grown to become my full time job. Learn more about where Octopus Deploy came from and why it exists.