Category Archives: leanstartup

Dear [Under-Capitalized Business-Guy who wants me to work on your site for 'equity'],

[Note: This was cut/pasted from an email response I sent an individual I had a meeting with. I did not enter into a business relationship with this person. I posted this here since it seemed to contain general advice that … Continue reading

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Securing Cloud-Based Ruby on Rails Applications: Why I like Engine Yard.

A customer of mine referred me to an article on Cloud Deployment on Amazon Web Services’ EC2 platform that discussed common security holes users are leaving in their instances. The article, Amazon’s Cloud is Full of Holes, warned that poor … Continue reading

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BarCamp Boston 6, April 9-10, 2011 Cambridge, MA

Make sure you don’t miss one of the best tech events of the year in the Boston Area: Barcamp Boston 6, April 9-10 in Cambridge, MA. From the site: “BarCamp Boston is Boston’s geek unconference, organized on the fly by … Continue reading

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“We don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 per day.”

“We don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 per day.” I really loved this blog post. It hits the nail on the head for a lot of reasons. The writing style is good and catchy. The content is … Continue reading

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Overriding the OmniAuth callback url for twitter or facebook oath processing.

A lot of people are now using OmniAuth for Oath processing to connect applications to twitter, facebook, linkedin or any number of other SAAS applications. It’s easy and it works well. I’m using it for some work I’m doing with … Continue reading

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What are the best ways to recruit top engineering talent to work on a pre-Series A startup with no funding but big ideas?

I saw this question on Quora and it caught my eye because it’s focused on the area I’m interested in professionally — how to build and launch new businesses that make a real impact. One of the answers, though, I … Continue reading

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Should I work at a large company or at a startup?

I worked for a couple large companies doing development early in my career. There main frustrations I felt were: 1. Raises were based more on how the company was doing rather than individual contribution. I remember one year my entire … Continue reading

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Question: Should I plan for the future? Or focus on what I need to do today? Answer: Yes.

Being able to focus on what you need to have in place for the future is a good thing. It’s good in that you can’t be successful without it. The challenge is that thinking 3 steps ahead too often will … Continue reading

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What is a fair salary for a technical co-founder in a startup?

Here’s the question: “If you’re a software engineer or developer and your asked to do a project for a lean startup to incubate and you’re asked to reduce your price in exchange for equity, what ratio of discount to equity … Continue reading

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What is the best way to structure a revenue share with programmers or developers for application development?

Here’s the question: “Developing social and mobile applications can be expensive and risky. Some programmers are willing to reduce or eliminate their fees in exchange for revenue share on the application. What is the best way to structure a deal? … Continue reading

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