David Mercer

David Mercer

I am the founder of SME Pals - a blog dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and business owners start and build their businesses online. A lot of what I write about is stuff I have found useful in the course of starting nearly ten businesses (some of them have even been successful).

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I have written articles for many leading blogs, news and industry websites, including:

I have also been quoted as an expert on wide array of sites including NBC News, Yahoo, HuffPost, MSN, NFIB, and many more. In addition, I have written many books on Web development, programming and online business and you can learn more about my books and writing at:

I hold a double cum-laude degree in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, which I earned while writing books (to pay for my studies) on programming and development. Those books have subsequently been translated into over 13 languages, published globally, and used as recommended readers in places like MIT.

In addition to blogging about startups, business, and technology, I consult to various companies around the world offering bespoke solutions to highly specialized and complex problems. Basically, I sit around thinking and (hopefully) come up with efficient and elegant solutions that I either implement or hand off to the startups/companies who need 'em.

My latest project involves an Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) hybrid solution to the multiple travelling salesman problem (mTSP) using OO PHP - and, to be honest, a whole mish-mash of heuristic algorithms; some well understood, and some of my own devising (and therefore not so well understood - least of all by me).

Software systems I have designed and built are relied upon by various companies operating in over 60 countries around the world. I'm hoping none of it breaks down any time soon.