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Tell HN: There is a Scammer Amongst Us
245 points by lrm242 6 hours ago   52 comments top 8
128 points by requinot59 5 hours ago 3 replies      
As a side note, news.ycombinator.com should really have HTTPS access.

Passwords and cookies in clear HTTP are no good. Anyone here (should) knows it. Firesheep proves it. GMail and Zuckerberg suffered it.

Just buy or get a free SSL certificate, and let nginx or stunnel handles SSL and proxies HTTP to/from Arc. Total cost, being pessimistic: 150$ for the certificate verification, and 2 hours to set-up the certs & nginx.

I know, it's awesome, it's a custom Arc webserver and all, and good practices are for PHBs only, but still. For a "hacker" website, news.ycombinator.com is a shame regarding to privacy/security (see also: passwords stored as shasums (without even a salt), funny things like <img src="http://news.ycombinator.com/logout>, outdated versions of software used [http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=516122], etc.)

9 points by lrm242 2 hours ago 0 replies      
I'd like to add. If you've been taken by this guy but have felt intimidated or fearful to come forward, please email me. I have a strong suspicion that there are others, but I'm hopeful there are not. If the guy that took jiganti has scammed others, the more we know the better we are. If you don't want to go public with the information I understand, but please contact me. My email is my last name at gmail.
4 points by raganwald 5 hours ago 4 replies      
I read this post: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2157281

While anyone who invests money and gets nothing in return has my sympathy, I don't see the relevance of a private business transaction to HN.

You will sometimes find someone plastering notices all over the city. These notices have a picture of someone and the warning not to date them because they are a lying, cheating low-life. Is this a public service intended to save other people from an unhappy fate? Or is it someone trying to get revenge by naming, blaming, and shaming someone else?

Unless the "scamming" in question is happening on HN, such as someone spamming HN with fraudulent posts, I have trouble thinking this kind of thing meets the HN guidelines.

12 points by lwat 3 hours ago 0 replies      
The internet is full of scammers and on any reasonably popular forum you'll find them. Let's not turn HN into witch hunting central.
5 points by coderdude 4 hours ago 0 replies      
It looks like you can add venaltech.com to the list of domains the guy is listed as the admin contact for. It doesn't look like that has been mentioned yet in any of the threads. Google that domain and you find a crap load of "reviews" on sites of questionable origin. A few of the domains of the sites that talk about it follow the pattern of *reviews.com so it looks like he probably paid some service to write them. You might be able to follow that trail.
28 points by japherwocky 5 hours ago 3 replies      
can we get a tldr on this?
3 points by rknight 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I'm a long time HN user, I created this account and a new e-mail only to provide some new information of identities that I found in the internet of pinksoda, after I give them to you I will not use this account again.

I do realize that maybe it will be difficult to believe in a new user with these claims, but I do assure you that I'm here only to help, your linkedin profile list a domain, send me a mail from this domain (with the correct headers from the correct IP, I know that you use Google Apps in your domain) and I will answer with the links that I found, I do not kow if they will be of any help, but I think they provide trails for you, some of them are right here on HN, and these ones I think there's no problem in post here:


With BrianHolt saying about a past website of him, I do not know if he said the truth.


I did not confirm this, but searching his name in Google will bring some of the links that I found, although not in the front page.

The e-mail: XXX@gmail.com

EDIT: I will try to give the links as early as possible.

EDIT2: I gave the links and some trails for Louis, although I'm not sure if they will be useful, I will not use this account again and will only answer Louis in the e-mail.

EDIT3: Smarter to remove the e-mail... a long day programming.

Ask HN: Who's Hiring? (February 2011 Edition)
183 points by meadhikari 15 hours ago   194 comments top 127
5 points by nixme 8 hours ago 1 reply      
Salesforce (San Francisco, CA) is hiring across all organizations: http://www.salesforce.com/company/careers/

But we have an immediate need for a badass developer on our Product Marketing Demos team. We regularly use the latest technologies and platforms to build product prototypes, demonstrations, and visualizations that effectively communicate our product line.

To give you an idea, in the past three months alone, our team has used Ruby, Coffeescript, Backbone, Raphael, Java/Android, and Obj-C/iOS to build apps demoed across the world in front of over 30,000 people at our global events.

So if you like experimenting with upcoming technologies and want to make that part of your job description, email me at gopal.patel@salesforce.com

...And we work in downtown SF right along the embarcadero -- some of the best views of the bay and city.

22 points by timcederman 11 hours ago 5 replies      
I'm curious as to how helpful these threads have been to both seekers and employers. Has anyone found a job through one of these threads? Do employers get meaningful applications?
8 points by pchristensen 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Groupon (Chicago, Palo Alto)

Groupon is still hiring developers. We have an aggressive hiring plan for the rest of the year. All job openings are at http://groupon.com/jobs. The jobs are all cooler than the posts make them sound - we're working on that.

Location: We have offices in Chicago and downtown Palo Alto. A unique thing about our dev team is that for most jobs, it doesn't matter which office you work out of. Both offices have most jobs, people travel between offices as needed or desired, and we have good teleconferencing practices.

Upcoming projects:

- scaling for big, big traffic growth

- Big Data work around personalization and more

- lots of new projects, both internal and public

- Most work is in Rails but previous Rails knowledge isn't a requirement. Previous awesomeness is a requirement though.


- job security, market salaries - we're making money and just raised $1B

- talented and excited coworkers - there's energy here I haven't felt at any other place

- good development practices - increasing test coverage, requirements planning, post-mortems and retrospectives, etc

- laser powered cat mascot

- visa assistance and relocation on a case-by-case basis

If you're interested or have questions, email me at peterc@groupon.com and I can direct you to the right people.

5 points by smanek 13 hours ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA

Greplin - We're a YC W10 company with interesting problems, smart people, cool tech, and huge data. What more could you want?

We're hiring across the board right now - front-end/back-end/generalists/designers/ops/dev-ops: it's all good!

We help people search their personal information that's in the cloud (Gmail, Dropbox, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc). As TechCrunch said, we've "attacked the other half of web search."


Sorry, no remote work.

6 points by holman 12 hours ago 0 replies      
GitHub " San Francisco, CA. Remote's doable, although we dig SF'ers.

We're looking for someone to help us out with GitHub's Enterprise product, Firewall Install. Basically we want to add 22 units of awesome to it, at a minimum. See our job page for details and to apply, or feel free to ping me at @holman if you have super special questions.


4 points by pquerna 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Rackspace - San Francisco

As part of acquiring Cloudkick (YC W09), Rackspace is building out its first bay area office.

Most of these positions are working with the Cloudkick team.

Looking specifically for:

  - Javascript people, who can help build a 
fully client side application.

- Python & Node.js people for expanding our
backend services (Cassandra experience is a plus)

- General C/C++/Lua for work on our agent
and monitoring systems.

If these interest you, drop me ( pquerna@cloudkick.com ) a line.

More specific positions are also up on the racker talent site:


7 points by sachinag 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Cambridge, MA (sorry, no remote)

Blueleaf.com -- looking for interns:

Marketing Engineer Intern: ideal for someone who wants to be a founder someday; lots of A/B testing implementation, making APIs do things they weren't designed to do, implementing crazy ideas from Dir of Mktg (me) and CEO

Director of Content: you will write a lot about investments/investing, find others who will write for us about said topics, link to yet others who write on said topic, and generally start putting us out there (consistent with our corporate voice, which we know but isn't public yet)

Marketing Intern: your standard social media douchebaggery, AdWords/landing page testing, and other "flood the funnel" activities

No job posting to link to, but I'm at sachin@blueleaf.com

5 points by malbiniak 9 hours ago 0 replies      
The Nerdery (Minneapolis - HQ, Chicago - satellite office). http://www.nerdery.com/jobs

Hi HN. We're not a product/platform company, and aren't in SV, but we do have one hell of a culture, myriad projects, and an unending pipeline of new work. To support that growth, we're planning on adding an additional 100 people during 2011. If you're interested, have questions, or send in a resume, please let me know. I want to make sure anyone coming from HN stands out in our application pool. matt.albiniak at nerdery d0t com

Most common thing heard around The Nerdery - "I learned more here in 3 months than I've learned anywhere else." Dog friendly, caffeine provided, developer owned and operated.

We have immediate openings for:

* Front End Dev - JS knowledge required, jQuery experience preferred.

* C# ASP.NET Developer - ASP.NET MVC preferred

* PHP Developer - Zend

* Actionscript Developer - AS3

* IA/UX Designer - previous FED experience

* Software Project Manager - you make juggling look easy

* IT Systems Technician - we're tech-centric. Not so much "can you install this" as much as "need ____ provisioned."

* iOS Developer - please hurry.

* ExpressionEngine Developer - see above.

Oh, and if you're not a great developer but understand tech (like me), we're hiring in sales, too.

3 points by akeefer 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Guidewire Software - San Mateo, CA (mid-peninsula in the Bay Area, for non-natives)

We do core systems for insurance companies. No longer a startup (we're about 9 years old), but still privately held and doing very well financially.

The core work is in Java, but the platform is mostly a proprietary stack, including the Gosu language that we've recently open-sourced (http://gosu-lang.org) and are still actively developing.

We need developers on our applications and our platform, as well as product managers and QA. http://www.guidewire.com/careers for more details.

Feel free to e-mail me directly (akeefer@guidewire.com) if you're interested or have any questions (I'm the tech lead on our platform team).

16 points by Macca 12 hours ago 6 replies      
SpaceX, Los Angeles. Working remotely is not an option for new-hires. In December we became the first private organization to put a spacecraft into orbit and return it safely (highlights: http://spacex.com/multimedia/videos.php?id=57). The other entities who've done this are all governments or governmental collaborations. SpaceX is continuing our expansion. Want to write code that lives on the International Space Station or controls our vehicle while it visits? Want to help humanity colonize Mars? Drop us a line, we're hiring. Visit spacex.com/careers for more info. For reasons relating to ITAR, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
36 points by kamens 14 hours ago 2 replies      
khanacademy.org - Mountain View, CA - remote is a possibility

Hiring full-time devs and dev interns. Non-profit trying to change education. Backed by Gates Foundation and Google.

ben+HN@khanacademy.org for more info

3 points by david927 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Kongoroo.com is offering a Business Development co-founder role.

(About us, quickly: Kongoroo is the front-page of the web for kids. Parents submit sites, which are vetted and filtered for age and interests, and popularity bubbles sites to the top.)

The site still has work to do but we should still make the soft launch date at the end of February. We need help to execute this right. If you're interested or experience in Bus. Dev. please contact me at the email in my profile. We prefer if you're from the SF Bay Area, but we're open to other locations.

4 points by drusenko 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Weebly (San Francisco, CA)

We're looking for 2 front-end developers. There's a puzzle at http://www.weebly.com/jobs.html -- see if you can solve it under 30 minutes

(Remote is not a possibility)

6 points by nathanh 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Hirelite.com is on a mission to put headhunters out of business by hosting speed interviewing events where developers and companies conduct 20 interviews over video chat in 2 hours.

We have a few upcoming web-based events:

- For SF Bay Area/Silicon Valley jobs on Tuesday, 2/15

- For NYC jobs on Tuesday, 3/1

- For Boston jobs on Wednesday, 3/9

- We're considering hosting an event focused on remote jobs. Would that be of interest?

If you're interested in participating, feel free to email me any questions or sign up on http://www.hirelite.com. We have spaces available for both developers and companies.

3 points by flyosity 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Bronto Software - Durham, NC (remote is possible)

We build complex marketing software. PHP on the frontend (Zend Framework and custom components) and Hadoop/Cassandra on the backend. Lots of huge data challenges & tons of servers. You'd be joining a big Engineering team with a ton of smart people.

- Looking for a web software engineer with deep experience with PHP and MySQL.

- Looking for an engineering manager to run the new team working on new cool stuff.

Both positions shown here: http://bronto.com/company/careers

Bronto's a great company and the Engineering department is especially fun. The environment is great: 20' ceilings in an old tobacco warehouse, exposed 100-year old beams, gigantic windows, open floor plan. Foosball, lots of free drinks, snacks and food. Lots of freedom to build great stuff, no micromanagement.

5 points by lecha 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Hopper - Montreal http://hopper.travel

Hopper is a search engine for making trips. We use information extraction, machine learning, distributed computing and custom search algorithms to transform ridiculously huge volumes of data into useful information. Interested? Get in touch.

For more info about us, check out http://nextmontreal.com/product-market-fit-hopper-travel-fre...

3 points by lpolovets 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Los Angeles, CA and Silicon Valley, CA -- Factual

Working remotely is a possibility for exceptional engineers, but in-person is highly preferred.

Factual aims to be the place where people meet to share, improve, and mash-up data. We have an awesome team that is still fairly small, and an incredible CEO (he was the co-founder of Applied Semantics, which was sold to Google and became AdSense). We recently raised a Series A from Andreessen-Horowitz, and our customers include Facebook (we provide some of their Places data) and Newsweek. We have lots of challenging problems to work on at all layers of the stack: data cleaning and canonicalization, deduping, storage, serving, APIs, etc. If you love data, Factual is great place to be.

We're looking for awesome Java generalists. Bonus points for experience with MapReduce, developing NoSQL datastores and/or machine learning.


You can also email me personally at leo -at- factual.com

3 points by newhouseb 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Bubbli - Palo Alto, CA. Remote not a possibility at this stage.

We're a very well funded augmented reality startup co-founded by myself (who created Yelp Monocle) and my co-founder, a designer from NYC. We're going to be closing a big round in the next few days and are soft launching at TED (the real one) next month. John Doerr also told us he's just seen the future when he saw our demo, if that means anything to you.

We're looking to hire a computer vision engineer, front-end engineer, and back-end engineer. You'll potentially be our first employee - and we'll be paying well.

For an intro see http://bubbli.co/intro

For more about the jobs see http://blog.bubbli.co/jobs

For a bit about some internal tools see http://blog.bubbli.co

Shoot me an e-mail @ ben@bubbli.co

3 points by SpikeGronim 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Wavii is hiring in Seattle, WA.

We need frontend developers to work on a rapidly iterating consumer facing website.

We are also hiring backend developers interested in natural language processing and the infrastructure needed to support large scale data processing.

TechCrunch coverage:




3 points by thinkcomp 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Palo Alto, CA - Think Computer Corporation

We run the FaceCash (http://www.facecash.com) mobile payment system, which is being deployed nationwide. We have apps on iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry, and we're always looking for top people to help out. Merchants love us because we're cheaper (and we give them a free POS system), and consumers love the integrated coupons. Apply on our corporate site at:


or e-mail me at aarong at thinkcomputer.com.

4 points by jplewicke 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Boston, MA (not remote)

MDT Advisers - We're a small quant investing shop working with machine learning, financial analysis, and the hardest dataset in the world. We've got two main types of positions that we're hiring for: a dedicated developer position, and a general analyst position that's about 60% programming and 40% financial and statistical analysis -- http://www.mdtadvisers.com/careers/qea.jsp . The people, problems, and pay are good, and we aim for good work-life balance(e.g. no 60 hour weeks).

You can email me at jlewicke@mdtadvisers.com with any questions you have.

3 points by mace 10 hours ago 0 replies      
MochMedia (San Francisco, CA) - http://www.mochimedia.com/jobs/

Mochi is hiring engineers (Python, Javascript and Erlang). We bulid highly distributed and reliable systems to help independent game developers distribute and monetize over 30,000 casual games across the web.

We also love open source and have contributed back to the community with simplejson, mochiweb, mochikit and other projects.


- Competitive Salary, Robust Medical Benefits & 401k

- 20% Mochi Labs R&D Time

- Equity in Shanda Games Limited (NASDAQ: GAME)

- Catered Family Style Lunches 2x Per Week

- $3,000 Education Budget

4 points by jack7890 12 hours ago 1 reply      
New York, NY

SeatGeek - Data-driven search for event tickets

Looking for a frontend developer (Javascript/HTML/CSS) to have complete ownership over that part of our web app. An eye for design and Photoshop skills are a plus.

On-site only. Drop me a line if you're interested: jack@seatgeek.com

4 points by techsupporter 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I know it's not in the traditional vein of what people look for at HN, but Microsoft is hiring for Commercial Technical Support in Dallas (Irving) TX, Charlotte NC, and (I think) Fargo ND. There are openings in a variety of groups (SharePoint, Windows OS, SQL, IIS, Exchange) and for a variety of positions (Support [Escalation] Engineer, which is phone-based, and Escalation Engineer, which is debug/code-based).

Note: I work for Microsoft in CTS, though I'm posting on my own.

3 points by felideon 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- non-remote (worth the relocation!)

MCNA Dental Plans -- Looking for heads down engineers with Lisp experience or exposure.

Health care probably doesn't sound too interesting but this industrial-strength business application is being re-written from scratch in Common Lisp. The system being built includes a hybrid relational and graph database on Postgres, quasi-natural-language driven production rule systems, rich internet application (using Lisp to wrap/drive qooxdoo), and great graphics!

Did I mention working with 6 other awesome Lispers?

Original job post: http://lispjobs.wordpress.com/2010/12/22/lisp-developer-mcna...

Email me (look in profile) if you have any questions or you want a softer intro to the hiring manager.

3 points by jbenz 11 hours ago 0 replies      
eRetailing (Columbus, Ohio) (Sorry, no remote)

This is actually not a technical position but a marketing post. Specifically, we need someone who will get their hands dirty in Google Adwords and Analytics on a daily basis. See more here:


Find links to our sites here:


2 points by nethergoat 12 hours ago 1 reply      
EA2D - Redwood Shores, CA (SF Bay Area)


We're a small, autonomous studio within EA building social games for gamers. Our first monetized title, Dragon Age Legends, is about to enter closed beta and has been generating a lot of buzz (http://pc.ign.com/articles/114/1146553p1.html).

Our Platform team is looking for mid to (very) senior engineers. You would be responsible for building the platform on which all EA2D games will run, from the pages that serve the HTML to the suite of game servers supporting them. Analytics, social network integration, shared services (REST), scaling, real-time stateful and stateless game servers -- this would all be your domain.

Our stack is primarily Java with MongoDB on the backend, but we're becoming increasingly polyglot (Python, Ruby) in the middle tier. We're hosted on EC2 (w/auto-scaling and on-demand environments) and practice continuous deployment. A sampling of the tech we use: Chef, git (GitHub), Hudson (now Jenkins?), ant, ivy, SQS, S3, EMR, Loggly, PagerDuty, Mixpanel, Kontagent, NginX, Tomcat, Hive, and Google App Engine. We contribute code back to the open source projects we use, and we've even started open sourcing our own (https://github.com/EA2D).

The Platform team is small and young -we're still building out the initial implementations of many services- so you would have a tremendous impact on our architecture and direction.

We're a tight-knit team with lots of whiteboards, so you'd need to be on-site. On the plus side, EA's campus is fantastic - we have a stellar gym, cafeteria, theater, shuttle service to Caltrain, soccer field, volleyball and basketball courts, tournament-quality foosball tables, and much more.

Drop me a line if you're interested, mikeb@ea2d.com

We've already hired two people from previous HN "Who's Hiring?" threads, so you'd be in good company!

7 points by squirrel 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Boston (US) as well as London (UK) - youDevise, Ltd.

We're a 65-person financial-software firm committed to learning and improvement as well as great web software and agile development. We're hiring developers and other smart folks of many kinds. See http://www.youdevise.com/careers and https://dev.youdevise.com.

While we don't have remote workers, we do help successful candidates relocate to London or Boston including arranging visas where needed. For example, last year we hired HN readers from Denmark and the US, and we moved a Polish employee to Boston.

1 point by drallison 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Maxeler Technologies (http://www.maxeler.com) is hiring for Palo Alto, CA and London, England. (no remote)

Application acceleration engineers to work with client applications to deliver order of magnitude speedups. You'll be involved in every stage of accelerating applications, from analyzing multi-million line code bases through developing new algorithms, to implementing complete solutions running on FPGA, GPU, or other technologies.

You will need a degree or equivalent professional qualification in Computer Science or a related discipline as well as experience in some of the following:
» High performance software development in C/C++ or FORTRAN.
» Program analysis and transformation
» Compiler design and implementation
» Computer architecture / digital circuit design.
» Working with scientific software code in HPC application
domains such as computational finance, seismic processing, life sciences or fluid dynamics.

2 points by GavinB 12 hours ago 0 replies      
New York City - must be on-site.

A little bit of game design, a little bit of project management, a little bit of community management--a lot of fun. No programming required, but familiarity with web and game development is a plus. Interest in games, especially RPGs and puzzlers, is a must.

Full time freelance in NYC for an established book publishing company. It's fairly entry level.

gbrown at scholastic dot com

3 points by nfriedly 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Sociable Labs is hiring several positions including sysadmins, front-end developers, and back-end developers.

I work on the front end, we do a lot of cross-domain ajax and work with the FaceBook JS SDK. I'm looking for at least one more front-end developer who knows JS inside and out. Experience with FB's new JS SDK is, obviously, a benefit.

Our back-end is Java / Jetty / PostgreSQL running on Amazon EC2.

We do basically a more advanced version of Facebook's Social Plugins for a number of large websites.

We're located in the San Francisco area. Remote work is an option; I work remote from Ohio right now.

Everyone works from home on Fridays, and the office is generally a pretty fun place every time I've been out to visit.


Contact nathan @ above website if you're interested.

2 points by MediaSquirrel 11 hours ago 0 replies      
SpeakerText (San Francisco)

SpeakerText is hiring Rails developers (employee #2) to work out of our new office overlooking Market Street in downtown SF (no remote work, sorry). We sell "transcription in the cloud" powered by a hybrid of AI & crowdsourced labor, with a heavy focus on video.

Upcoming projects:




-Improving our autonomous QA system


30% RoR development

30% Front end coding (HTML/CSS/jQuery)

30% Backend Server Management (EC2, Apache, Linux)

10% Plotting world domination with the founders

Compensation includes a competitive salary, healthcare, and stock options.

CTO's note: If you want lots of structure and a product manager telling you exactly what to do & how to do it, this is not the job for you. If you're a technical badass and know you want to start your own company one day, this job is perfect.

More info: http://speakertext.com/jobs/rails_hacker

2 points by apike 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Steam Clock Software (Vancouver, BC).

We're hiring a generalist as person #3 for our iOS app development shop. We need someone who can do awesome visual design for iOS as well as pick up some programming as needed. Currently we're profitable doing 1/2 App Store products and 1/2 contracting work, moving to mostly product sales in the future.

Interested in going for a beer? Email allen at steamclocksw.com.

6 points by buymorechuck 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Palo Alto, CA - Flipboard

Seeking iOS and web developers with a passion for design and craftsmanship. (No remote is possible.)


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4 points by StyleOwner 10 hours ago 0 replies      
StyleOwner (San Francisco) is hiring for two positions. If interested please get in touch today if possible.

We're a small, venture funded startup in the fashion space (very hot right now). Looking for one frontend and one backend engineer.

Benefits: Competitive pay, small team atmosphere, you get to have a big impact on our success. Dev team located in SF. Currently we work from home / coffee shops & meet in person one day a week for a hack session / coffee.

Two postings:




The ideal candidates are comfortable on a small team, write solid, clean code, and are able to handle a loosely structured environment. Please send a link to your portfolio or github profile, etc. For a shortcut to apply, just email matt@styleowner.com.

2 points by GavinB 11 hours ago 0 replies      
New York City or remote.

We need a flash game developer--someone who can take an idea like "parachuting onto an island" or "cracking a safe" and work with us to turn it into a clever game. Close enough to NYC to work on-site or pop in for meetings would be great, but we would also consider remote workers.

gbrown at scholastic dot com

7 points by magicseth 9 hours ago 3 replies      
Bump (Mountain View, CA)

Come work with me!!! I do iPhone magic at Bump.

We are hiring lots of positions in iPhone, Android, Web Dev (HTML etc), Systems Engineerings, Algorithms, and Designer positions too.


3 points by aschobel 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Catch.com (San Francisco)

We are looking for hackers to join our team in SOMA. We have a bunch of ex-Metaweb and Googlers hacking on:

  * Android / iOS
* JS (Google Closure)
* Python (Pylons)and MongoDB.

We have a crazy amount of users on Android. =)


3 points by takrupp 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Los Angeles, CA - Quant Trading Firm - Not remote, must be authorized to work in the US.

One of my clients is looking for a network programmer. The developer will be responsible for low level, low latency feed handlers (from market data providers) and in improving/developing drivers for their distributed computing infrastructure.

Position is very competitive, but no former financial knowledge or experience needed. Must know C++ and socket (TCP/UDP) programming very well. They will look at junior to senior people, and can pay very well.

Email trent.krupp@constitutionllp.com for more info.

3 points by qixxiq 14 hours ago 1 reply      
Cape Town, South Africa (no remote) -- SnapBill

It seems there are a few South Africans around this site so giving it a shot. We're a small growing startup in the recurring billing space that just launched last week (www.snapbill.com).

We've got big plans and are pushing to get a lot into the system as soon as possible but need a little bit of help. Shoot me an email if you're interested.

3 points by tocomment 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Gaithersburg, MD - A payment processing software company I used to work for is hiring an internal applications developer. You'd be working with Python, SQL Server, IIS and other technologies to automate internal processes.

They'd prefer someone local but working remotely might be ok.

They're open to hiring anywhere from entry level to senior. It's the type of job where either role would work.

Email me (in profile)

* As long as you can demonstrate some programming skill, and resourcefulness, they're happy to train you in Python, and SQL Server.

2 points by agotterer 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Lot18 - New York City

We are revolutionizing the wine e-commerce experience. We're an agile, early stage, venture backed technology startup. Our company is a great place for smart, hard working people who want to make a difference and help change the wine world.

Engineers - http://www.lot18.com/careers#web_engineer

Designers - http://www.lot18.com/careers#web_designer

All careers - http://www.lot18.com/careers


Check out http://www.startupshiring.com for an aggregated list of startup jobs from many of the companies on this thread. If you're company isn't listed, please add a request. http://www.startupshiring.com/add.

1 point by trunnell 8 hours ago 1 reply      
Netflix has many open positions in Los Gatos, CA.


HTML5, javascript, iOS, Android, Silverlight, Security Architect, J2EE, QA and more. See the jobs page for the full list and hit the link to apply.

There is a startup-driven culture at Netflix that rewards risk-taking and high performance. It's a great place to push the bleeding edge, whether you build client software (lots of A/B behavioral testing) or server software (as one of the larger users of AWS, we're breaking new ground all the time). Come help invent the future of movie and TV watching.

3 points by hyyypr 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Location: Paris, France.

A stealth Mode well-funded startup writing highly disruptive Internet software is looking for :

A C++/Web Application security developer.

Ensuring that security risks are known/evaluated and that prevention techniques are identified, implemented and applied.

An UI/UX designer

Developing creative UI solutions for large scale C++ and Web applications.

A MacOS X, Cocoa, C++ Qt developer

porting our applications (Desktop and Web browser plugins)
to the Mac OS X.

email me at jobs<at>kwift<dot>com

3 points by roobeast 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Trulia (Downtown San Francisco)

Fastest growing real estate search site.

Looking for multiple solid back-end developers, a data scientist or two, an engineer with email systems experience, front end php/javascript types if experienced, and at least one data warehouse engineer and one sysadmin.

Ongoing and upcoming work:

Efficient scaling of multiple systems

Creating new products out of all the real estate data we have access to.

Integrating new sources of interesting data many of which are geospatial in part.

Excellent opportunity to work with cutting edge tech (we save the bleeding edge stuff for prototyping) and work in an environment where your work can have an immediate impact on the business.

The back end is mostly java with bits of python, the front end is lamp based. We make heavy use of open source where we can.

Not all the positions are posted all the time so if you don't see one of the ones mentioned, just apply for one of the other engineering positions and put in the cover letter part what you are actually interested in.

2 points by joshuaxls 13 hours ago 0 replies      
San Francisco " stealthy startup in SF hiring seasoned Ruby/Rails developers. Telecommuting is okay some of the time, but you must be able to come into our SoMa office regularly. We pay market salaries and give nice chunks of equity despite being well funded.

What are some of the perks? Well, we're spending this week in the Dominican Republic coding on the beach. Come join us on our next work trip! Contact the address in my profile.

3 points by cristinacordova 11 hours ago 0 replies      
PULSE - Downtown Palo Alto, CA (across the street from Caltrain) - We build Pulse News an awesome newsreader for iPhone, iPad and Android.
Website: http://www.alphonsolabs.com/jobs

We're hiring iOS engineers. We would love for you to come by and get to know our 7 person team. You will have a large amount of control and impact and have an extremely engaged user base to answer to! Shoot us an email at jobs@alphonsolabs.com

iOS - Ideally, you have already developed and launched an app in the store. You prototype features rapidly and iterate on design even more rapidly " while writing clean code.

4 points by kshashi 9 hours ago 0 replies      
TheFind (http://www.thefind.com), Mountain View

TheFind is solving fundamental problems in information extraction and search by using applied machine learning. We successfully crawl and extract products from a billion web pages. We currently have 25MM+ users visiting thefind.com every month, and are growing 100% YOY.

Our goal is to build a product focussed on all aspects of the shopping process like comprehensive selection, price comparison, coupons, product reviews, sentiment analysis, shopping at local stores, eco-friendly shopping, hot trends, shopping based on your personal and friend's tastes, mobile shopping etc.

If you've worked on things like information extraction, search relevance, text mining, big data etc. and would love to architect solutions to challenging problems, please email our CTO at kshashi _AT_ thefind _DOT_ com

8 points by benji-york 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Canonical is continuing to grow. Most of the technical positions are remote. It's a great place to work. Tell them Benji sent you. http://webapps.ubuntu.com/employment/
8 points by gsiener 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Hi all. I curate the NYC StartupDigest Jobs list -- email me if you'd like to see your posting included.
1 point by jonshea 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Foursquare (NYC, SF): http://foursquare.com/jobs/

We have positions coding for our mobile clients (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry) and our server team. Our server code is all in Scala (booyah functional programming). It's a superb team in fun work environment, full of exciting projects, and with an amazing dataset.

Feel free to send me an email at the same username, or apply through the web page.

2 points by goatforce5 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Avid Life Media - Toronto, ON


Ruby devs, designers, customer support and accountants.

For you rubyists: Interested in hearing from you regardless of whether you meet our requirements in the above Senior Ruby Developer position. We have a 'junior'(/intermediate/whatever) role open too. On-site only. jamie.wilson@avidlifemedia.com

3 points by 20thr 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Blaast is building a cloud-powered mobile OS, designed around web technology. We're disrupting the medium by building a platform that offers a native-like user experience: our apps are beautiful, fast and always up to date. We get there by leveraging our cloud platform to offer features that you don't see in today's mobile devices.

Our product has stirred the interest of a few big players and we're close to land our product into the hands of millions of users. We are a team of 15 young guys from around the world, based in Helsinki, Finland, and funded by experienced guys including the co-founders of Skype.

We are looking for brilliant software engineers that are looking to work into new disruptive technology. Our platform is based on Java and Javascript (node.js).

To apply ping us at jobs@blaast.com.

2 points by kyleslattery 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Viddler (Bethlehem, PA, remote works too)

We're looking for a Rails developer. We're growing pretty quickly, so we need some extra hands to help build out new products and services. Email jobs@viddler.com if you're interested.

3 points by phillytom 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Conshohocken, PA (outside of Philadelphia)

Monetate - jobs.monetate.com

SaaS provider of testing, targeting, and personalization tools for online retail stores.

Open Positions:
* backend engineers - work on data and web problems at scale in Python.

* front-end developers - build and test experiments on our client facing UI. You should be experienced in working with production-quality cross-browser HTML/CSS and Javascript with and without frameworks.

We're small, profitable, and growing fast while still having fun (happy hours, free lunch everyday, group cycling, running). We've hired people through these postings (3 now!) and look forward to interviewing fellow HNers.

Feel free to email me any questions - tjanofsky monetate com

3 points by YammerMel 8 hours ago 4 replies      
YAMMER helps turn the mayhem of the corporate world into return-on-investment unicorns and leveraged-employee-engagement butterflies.
We are a medium sized start-up that is battling several big enterprise software companies in this space. So yes, our target customers are in the enterprise space BUT we are turning this space upside down with our viral approach and how we build solutions for the user (which doesn't include an army of salesmen). We are solving consumer type problems but also monetize like enterprise software. (i.e. real revenues with fewer users)

What's in it for you?:

-GOOD catered Lunch and Dinner daily

-Fancy Apple Hardware of your choice (you can have a PC if you REALLY want one)

-Amazing group of smart engineers (sounds cliche, but we really do have smart people here :D )

-Ability to have influence without authority.

-Working with technologies like Scala, Rails, and advanced JavaScript

-Wine and Whiskey Connoisseurs onsite at your disposal

-Our CEO is David Sacks, and yes, he is responsible for making the movie, "Thank You for Smoking".

-Top of the market Start-up Compensation (we pay to play)

Check us out! https://www.yammer.com/about/jobs

3 points by imoawesome 9 hours ago 0 replies      
imo is hiring! Based in Palo Alto, CA, we are a small startup founded and funded by one of the first ten employees at Google. Our current team consists of top TopCoders, ACM ICPC World Finalists, and medalists of the International Olympiads in Informatics. We work on challenging projects that we choose from the ground up that have direct impact on our users. You can view all openings here: https://imo.im/jobs.html
2 points by lovitt 12 hours ago 0 replies      
SB Nation is a media/technology startup in Washington, DC. We're hiring Ruby developers and visual designers (local preferred, remote considered):



We're a network of 290+ sports news sites & communities. As newspapers are shutting down their sports sections, we're quietly reinventing the media model with profitable, high-quality, innovative coverage by and for fans. Our investors include Accel Partners, Allen & Company, Comcast Interactive Capital, and Khosla Ventures. We get around 16 million unique visitors every month.

Our small product team develops the custom publishing and community platform (built on Rails) that powers the sites. The interesting problems we face range from editorial analytics, to social distribution, to scaling the system to handle our rapid growth.

Here are some of the humans you'd be working with:

And some recent press:

* Why sports is driving innovation in journalism: http://markcoddington.com/2010/10/08/why-sports-has-taken-th...

* NY Times profile: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/business/media/07fans.html

* Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab: http://www.niemanlab.org/2010/06/sb-nation-ceo-on-how-were-f...

1 point by usaar333 8 hours ago 0 replies      
PiCloud (San Francisco, CA) is hiring engineers, marketers, and salespeople.

We're developing a cloud computing platform for general computation. Engineers work with a variety programming languages (python, c/c++, java), distributed systems, and data stores.

We're a growing seed stage firm, so you'd be playing a large role in our company. Unfortunately, remote is not a possibility.

2 points by trefn 9 hours ago 1 reply      
Mixpanel (San Francisco, CA)

We're looking for frontend engineers, a designer, and backend/data engineers.

We're also hiring interns!


1 point by jbr 4 hours ago 0 replies      
IA Ventures is looking for an unpaid VC intern in NYC. I'm not affiliated with them, but I thought it was a cool opportunity.


2 points by cameldrv 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Kammeyer Development is looking for iOS, Android, and Java developers to help us work on transforming physician to physician communication. Must be local to Austin, TX, and we will start on an hourly contract basis. Contact kammeyer at kammeyer.org.
2 points by tungwaiyip 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Kontagent (San Francisco, CA)

We are looking for developers and sales:


I've joined the startup a few weeks ago as a developer. We are pursuing multiple initiatives and I excited to start contributing right away. Our technology stack includes JavaScript, Python, Django, MySQL, data warehousing, etc. Free group lunch is served daily.

Remote a possibility for top notch people. Some developers comes in San Francisco every few weeks or every few months.

Kontagent measures people, not pages, and is a leading analytics platform for social application developers. The platform has been built to provide deep social behavior analysis and visualization that provides actionable insights via a hosted, on-demand service. It works with many of the world's largest developers and brands, tracking thousands of social applications and games with over 70 million monthly active users.

2 points by ashearer 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Waltham, MA and Providence, RI. Some non-remote time desired.

We're an early-stage healthcare startup seeking web application developers (Python/Django) and UI/UX design talent.

Contact: Andrew.Shearer, at myrozi.com.

1 point by reedlaw 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Research Triangle Park, NC (or remote, anywhere) - http://www.smashingboxes.com/

Work with me and a few others building and maitaining Ruby on Rails applications. We are a small firm doing mostly client work from big projects to small in a variety of fields from academic to fitness. Looking for full-time remote workers or college interns.

Contact me at reed at smashingboxes dot com.

2 points by vide0star 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Smarkets in London: http://smarkets.com

Real-time trading platform. Python frontend, Erlang backend.

Smarkets is one of the Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Tech Startups to watch in Europe and was shortlisted for the Startups Awards.

1 point by rbxbx 13 hours ago 2 replies      
We're hiring at Hashrocket.


Ruby, Agile, Pair Programming (all the time!), open source time, benefits, a team of super smart and quite enjoyable people to be around, and a pretty office at the beach to boot.

We're also open to apprentices/internships, if you're interested feel free to email jobs@hashrocket.com and if you have any questions you can contact me personally robert@hashrocket.com or @rbxbx on twitter.

Cheers :)

3 points by svec 14 hours ago 1 reply      
Boston, MA; not remote.

Ember has a couple of openings for firmware/embedded and manufacturing engineers: http://www.ember.com/company_careers.html

We make low power wireless chips and the software that makes them useful.

Ember is a fantastic place to work, email me directly at emberFeb2011@saidsvec.com if you're interested.

2 points by andrewwatts 9 hours ago 1 reply      
TrueCar (Santa Monica, CA)

We're looking for back-end and front-end engineers.

Most open positions are for Python and Django developers looking to help us build out new features on our website, create apis and scale them. We also have RoR positions in Santa Monica and San Francisco, as well as front-end Javascript positions.

Benefits include: exciting work environment with competitive salaries, full medical, dental and vision coverage and 401K. Relocation is available on a case-by-case basis.


1 point by yume 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Redwood City, CA - YuMe is hiring (www.yume)
A full list of our job openings is on our web site:

Technical Openings in our Redwood City HQ:

* Principal Software Engineer

* Senior Data Analytics Engineer

* Senior Database Engineer

* Senior Software Engineer - Ad Management System

* Senior Systems Administrator (Windows)

* Senior Systems Engineer (Linux)

About YuMe:

YuMe is a video advertising technology company that makes professional video profitable for publishers and effective for advertisers. Its robust ACE™ technology powers both its premium ad network and its industry leading advertising management platform solution, ACE for Publishers. YuMe's premium ad network aggregates the best in video content, representing over 600+ Premium publishers including MSN, NBC and Fox News. And with more than 1.6 billion video streams and 90 million unique viewers, YuMe serves over 30 million in-stream video ads per day. As a result, YuMe gives publishers and advertisers unprecedented reach, brand safety, contextual relevance, controlled syndication, and consistent delivery across all digital media platforms"Web, downloads, mobile, and IPTV. YuMe is a privately held company headquartered in Redwood City, CA and backed by Accel Partners, BV Capital, DAG Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Menlo Ventures. This is a rare opportunity to be part of an organization that is shaping the future of digital media!

For more information, visit www.yume.com, follow @yumevideo on twitter (www.twitter.com/yumevideo), or become a fan of YuMe on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yumevideo.

2 points by gobrien 8 hours ago 0 replies      
YuMe is hiring in product, engineering, BD and sales.

Product and engineering openings are in Redwood City, CA and Chennai, India. Remote not a possibility.

Sales and BD openings in Redwood City, New York City, LA, Chicago, and Seattle.

We're a profitable video advertising technology company backed by Accel Partners, BV Capital, DAG Ventures, Intel Capital, Khosla Ventures, and Menlo Ventures.


2 points by NetMonkey 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Copenhagen, Denmark

- Looking for full-time iPhone/iPad developer.

You must have good experience with the platforms as you will initially be responsible for creating the app from scratch without any in-house expertise.
Some decent knowledge of networking and possibly C is also necessary as the app will interface with an extensive backend.

- UX designer

If you are capable of making great looking vector graphics and know / can quickly learn to draw in Flash then we may have a full time position available.

- Info

Remoting is not an option currently. We are willing to look into helping with relocation for the right person, but we prefer locals at this stage.

Send an email to jonas at enwire dot dk with a short info about yourself.

1 point by cal5k 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Toronto, ON - Myplanet

We're hiring for practically everything - and we really need to add some great developers to our team. We're a fun place to work and we've been on a pretty ridiculous growth clip over the last two years.

Check out our blog post with the job descriptions here:


2 points by beermann 10 hours ago 0 replies      
StudyBlue (Madison, WI) is hiring for the following positions:

Marketing Manager

Front End Web Developer

Senior Applications Developer

iPhone Developer

Android Developer

Network Operations Director

QA Engineer

We're a funded startup out in the midwest (they do exist) building educational tools for high school and college students.

For more info: http://company.studyblue.com/about/jobs/

2 points by sgrock 6 hours ago 0 replies      
AboutUs.org in Portland, Oregon

We're building website analytics tools for small business owners and website operators:


2 points by jdfreefly 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Successfactors (Redwood City, CA)

Formerly cubetree.com. Recently acquired by SuccessFactors. We're no longer a startup but we still have that startup feel. We push code on a weekly basis and we've got a very strong, talented and well connected team.

We work in ROR with a mysql backend and CSS and Javascript on the front. We're building a secure and global social platform for businesses.

If you're interested send me your resume (john@cubetree.com) and a brief description about what kind of a position you're looking for.

2 points by wmoxam 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Savvica - Toronto, ON (must be on site)

We're looking for a Design Lead and a Senior Developer (http://savvica.com/jobs)

We are India's leading educational marketing and recruitment services company. We work with universities and colleges primarily in the US, Canada, UK and India to recruit Indian students for their programs. Savvica operates learnhub.com, studyplaces.com, and jumbotest.com, reaching more Indian students than any other education-focused sites in India.

1 point by kevindication 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Looks like we've got quite a few positions open: http://www.woti.com/jobs.cfm

Feel free to ping me if you want to know if you're likely to be a good fit.

2 points by thesash 8 hours ago 0 replies      
InTheMO (Los Angeles, New York)

Come work with us on solving the problem of local discovery.

We're hiring for a variety of positions including web and mobile developers, biz dev, and designers.


1 point by will_critchlow 14 hours ago 1 reply      
London, UK (no remote) -- Distilled



We are hiring SEOs (the good kind). If you want to help our clients deserve to rank better, come work with us.

If you know someone, refer them and win a frickin' quadricopter!

[If you are in Seattle, WA, there's a good chance we'd like to speak to you too...].

1 point by Titanous 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Ottawa, ON - Shopify


We're hiring for a ton of positions including Developer Advocate and Software Engineer (Core, Data, QA, Tools, UI).

We have a great work environment, love open source, and are profitable and growing really fast (fastest in Ottawa, in fact).

7 points by BBonifield 13 hours ago 2 replies      
Anything in the Boulder or Austin area?
1 point by lcm133 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Sawbuck.com is seeking to hire front-end (html, css, js) and back-end (c#, xml, sql) engineers. Full details here:

These jobs are located in Washington DC. If you are a stud front-end designer/coder, working remotely IS a possibility.

VC-backed and growing real estate website with a just-released iPhone app:http://www.sawbuck.com/iphone

If you are interested, email me directly if you'd like... lmintzer at sawbuck dot com

2 points by h3h 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Austin, Texas / On-site only / Gowalla Incorporated

A fun company with interesting problems, stellar designers and an unrelenting focus on great user experience. We're looking for an iOS developer, Ruby developers, an operations engineer and a BlackBerry developer.

I moved to Austin last year to join Gowalla and I love both.


2 points by ptornroth 12 hours ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA (Remote's a possibility, too)

Elation EMR - http://www.elationemr.com

We're building web based tools that improve the lives of physicians and their patients. We're a small, angel-funded team with some really incredible people on board ( http://elationemr.com/aboutus.html ), and we're looking to add one or two more engineers to complete core of our technical team.

As one of our first hires, you'll play a key role in shaping the company and culture, architecting the foundations of a very complex system, and designing the experience for a highly demanding user. No healthcare experience is needed, but you should be excited about building technology that has the potential to deeply impact people's lives.

Our tech stack is still growing but currently includes Python, Django, MySQL, jQuery, and Java. A few more details here: http://elationemr.com/jobs.html

Don't hesitate to be in touch!

2 points by mattyfo 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Baltimore, MD

We're global ad agency working on some cool digital projects. We could use another solid front-end developer. Drop me an email at matthew.forr -at- eurorscg.com

1 point by tomh 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Waltham, MA - no remote

Akaza Research, makers of OpenClinica, are hiring senior QA and sales positions: https://openclinica.com/openclinica-careers

Go ahead and send me a message at thickerson at akazaresearch.com if you have questions about the company.

1 point by dctanner 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Remote from US timezone or onsite at London (UK) office.

Pusher - http://pusherapp.com/

We're doing awesome stuff with Websockets to provide realtime browser push as a service. People with ace Ruby skills and a keen interest in realtime messaging should drop us a line (jobs@)

Panda - http://www.pandastream.com/

Cloud video encoding service. Checkout http://jobs.github.com/positions/64dc8f0c-23e1-11e0-97e7-85d... for more info.

Contact me if you have any questions or are interested: damien@pusherapp.com/pandastream.com

2 points by dshah 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Cambridge, MA (sorry, no remote)

HubSpot is hiring web developers (Java/Python/PHP)

We're also paying $10,000 as a referral bonus if you help us find an awesome developer. Details at http://BostonBattle.com

1 point by ericsilver 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Pittsburgh, PA (no remote) http://pikimal.com/jobs
We're looking for Semantic Web and Ruby Developers but if you're a strong developer who doesn't know Ruby yet that's no obstacle. We have extremely flexible hours, collaborative coder DNA, good tools, a strong team to work with, and great health care.

Pikimal is working to change how people use the web to make decisions. Once users tell us what's important to them, we can tell them what's best for them. Since all of our recommendations are based solely on facts, users receive results separate from marketing.

Please include a link to public code you've written or your Github repo when you apply. Feel free to reach out directly to my first name @pikimal.com

1 point by sandipagr 7 hours ago 0 replies      
We, TriTek Solutions (triteksol.com), are looking for lot of programmers/consultants. You can chose between DC and NYC.

Contact me at sagrawal@triteksol.com. New grads are especially welcome.

1 point by tarvaina 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Leonidas (Tampere, Finland) is looking for passionate programmers. No remote unless you convince us otherwise.

We are serial entrepreneurs for hire. A client gives us one week and a vision, and we try to create as much magnificence as we can in that time. And then if it's feasible and the client wants us to, we take it all the way to a finished product.


2 points by cogg 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Santa Monica, CA (next to the beach) - TrueCar/Zag - not remote

Profitable company still in startup phase: doubling revenue every year and need to scale like crazy.

Looking for full-time Rails, Django and Java (Spring) developers. Also looking for System Engineers (must be able to script).


1 point by amduser29 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Life360 - San Francisco, CA (Local Preferred)

We are building the next generation of family safety and security apps. We are currently focused on a suite of location-based apps, but we have a lot of cool things in the pipeline. We are absolutely blowing up right now in terms of user adoption and we could really use your help to scale out the business. Our only real requirement is that you are a wickedly smart hacker.

There is an awesome referral bonus for all of our open jobs (Android, iOS, and PHP).

See more at our jobs page:

Or, contact me directly:


1 point by billpaetzke 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Leads360 - El Segundo, CA

Looking for software engineers who know: C# and SQL Server. Knowledge of other web technologies is nice, too.


2 points by azeemansar 12 hours ago 1 reply      
New York City, NY - IAC Mobile (http://www.iac.com)

We're hiring a few iOS and backend software engineers to work on new mobile ventures in a very startup-y environment.

Email me for more info: azeem.ansar@iac.com

1 point by christyyyjoy 11 hours ago 0 replies      
San Diego, CA - StockTwits

We're looking for a Senior Ruby Developer to join the team in Coronado: http://stocktwits.com/jobs#rd


New York, NY - Apartment Therapy

They haven't posted a job description yet, but I'm leaving my front-end developer/web designer position, so they'll be hiring soon. Email me at cgurga@gmail.com if you want me to send along the job posting once it's up =) Local is preferred (I'm leaving because I took a job with StockTwits now that I live in California).

4 points by macov 13 hours ago 2 replies      
Nobody in VA, DC? Feds pay too much to start a company?
1 point by levonjlloyd 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Location: Long Island, NY
Company: Silverline
Remote: No
Description: We are starting a new company using Hadoop and related technologies to improve data infrastructure at large financial institutions. We already have a flagship client funding the development and are looking for talented developers with experience building Hadoop based systems. This is an excellent opportunity for an entrepreneurial developer to get in on the ground floor of this new company!!.
If you have any quetions or are interested, drop me an email:
1 point by dustingetz 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Blue Bell, PA (greater Philadelphia)

Full stack web engineer

Small team, technical leadership, enterprise clients, family-oriented workplace


1 point by semerda 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Coupons, Inc. (Mountain View)

I'm looking for brilliant and innovative "Front End Engineer" and "Senior Software Engineer".

Create world-class software tools and help build the platform for our cutting-edge online consumer coupons product.

Email me: esemerda_AT_couponsinc_DOT_com

2 points by joelbirchler 10 hours ago 0 replies      
DECK Monitoring (Eugene, Portland) is looking for senior Ruby and JavaScript developers. We do renewable energy monitoring software.

You should rock at: JavaScript, Ruby, Rails 2, HTML/CSS, MySQL, RSpec and testing, version control, basic math.
It'd be cool if you knew: haml/sass, git, jQuery, linux (Debian), ActionScript 3, Cucumber, Rails 3, Sinatra, foosball, agile/scrum/xp

Email your resume or a short intro to careers@deckmonitoring.com.

2 points by JonM 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Leeds, UK (no remote) - Pitch Hero Limited

Sports website with 1MM+ UVs/month, looking for frontend designer / developer. £30k+ and possible stock options.


1 point by mentat 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Mocana (San Francisco, CA)

Interested in embedded security? Have C / Network / RTOS skills? Mocana is hiring into a variety of positions.


1 point by bluelu 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Luxembourg, Europe

Trendiction - Collecting and parsing web data (message boards, blog posts, comments). Searching for 2 more java developers. No remote work.


2 points by curtischambers 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Uber (San Francisco, CA)

We're hiring engineers for all kinds of roles, including mobile development (iOS, Android), infrastructure (node.js and Python), as well as engineering-oriented data analysts (we've got LOTS of data to mine). Extra points if you can do all of the above.

More info here: http://www.uber.com/jobs

1 point by xyzzyb 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Bandwidth.com / Broadband.com - Cary, NC (no remote)

We're hiring for quite a few positions: http://bandwidth.com/about/join/careers.html

Everything from web programming to tech support to billing to sales.

I started with the company as a web programmer a little more than two months ago. Great so far: nice people, great work environment, fun atmosphere.

1 point by notJim 11 hours ago 0 replies      
New York City, ThinkEco

We're looking for engineers (software, front-end, electrical) to help work on our user-friendly energy-saving technology. Currently, all of our software is on the .Net (4.0) platform.

For more details, see our jobs page: http://thinkecoinc.com/careers.aspx. You can email me directly at david % thinkecoinc ' com

1 point by thibauld_ 13 hours ago 0 replies      
http://allmyapps.com is looking for a VP of Marketing in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Not sure a lot of marketing guys hang out there but who knows... let's say that if someone responds here, I'll take it as a good point :)
Allmyapps is the first independent application store for Windows. Job desc can be found here:
1 point by srehnborg 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Bandwidth.com/Phonebooth.com - Raleigh/Cary, NC No remote work.

Senior Web and Database Programmer

System Admin

Web Developer - Phonebooth Mobile

QA Engineer - Phonebooth.com

Technical Support Engineer - Phonebooth.com

Details at:

Contact me with any questions. Email in profile

1 point by jasoncartwright 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Potato (London,UK)

Hiring Python, Django web developers in London, UK. Clients include Google and PayPal.


3 points by davidmat 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Long shot, but anything in Central/Eastern Europe?
1 point by n9com 13 hours ago 0 replies      
iOS/Mac Developer (Remote Possible, but London preferred)
£30k plus possible stock options

We're a profitable & fast growing mobile app startup. 2 hires this month already. Well known in London / mainstream press exposure / our apps are adding 500k to 1M new users each month.


1 point by ruff 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Location Labs (http://www.locationlabs.com/jobs.php)

Emeryville, CA (super short/BART ride from SF--No remotes)

Back-end devs (Python, Java, Ruby), Front-end devs (JavaScript, CSS, HTML5), Mobile devs (Android, iPhone, Blackberry, BREW), Product Managers, UX Designers

And more... Company is growing very rapidly in an incredibly exciting space.

1 point by spradels 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Cyan (Petaluma, CA)


email: jobs@cyanoptics.com

We have openings for software developers in Petaluma, Vancouver, Dallas, and options for remote work.

You'll have the opportunity to work with Python, Django, Cassandra, RabbitMQ, Google Web Toolkit (GWT), HTML5, and WebGL on small team in a fast-paced environment.

4 points by doorty 14 hours ago 6 replies      
Who is hiring in San Francisco?
1 point by poolhouse 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Poolhouse Enterprises (Toronto) is hiring a Web Developer. Front end, CSS, HTML, Javascript, PHP and knowledge of the Facebook APIs a plus.


1 point by greenie 13 hours ago 0 replies      
We're hiring! If you're interested in web developement and semantic anaylsis (and you live in the UK!) then take a quick look at:

P.S. we have AR.Drones :)

1 point by texodus 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Benchmark - NYC Financial Analytics

Looking for excellent developers of all shapes & sizes; we work in Ruby, JS, Scala, C, Java, Matlab primarily but have a vast landscape of software projects in the works. Drop me a line at andrew.stein@benchmarksolutions.com

1 point by marcelcorso 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Amsterdam - The Netherlands

We are looking for a full time dev. That wants to code ruby, python, javascript. We are a small music startup.

email: marcel at tone dot fm

1 point by eprice 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Web developer, Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN; not remote)

Looking for a creative and committed problem solver to help develop our new website and maintain multiple existing sites.

Django/Python, Linux administration, Apache, MySQL, HTML5, jQuery, etc...


1 point by adellecharles 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Carbon Ads - Remote - Front End Web Developer
1 point by alchemyapi 13 hours ago 0 replies      
AlchemyAPI (Denver, CO) is hiring C++ developers, front-end developers, and a community manager.

We do natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and semantic web stuff. Growing rapidly, profitable, w/ an amazing team. Our platform uses semantic technology to analyze hundreds of millions of documents monthly for customers across multiple industry verticals.


Highly creative work environment employing big data analysis, advanced AI research, and fun 20% time projects (Kinect-powered 3d visualization apps, mobile OCR+NLP tech, robots, etc).

1 point by mprny 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Tinychat - New York City.

Looking for website lead engineer: nginx,apache,php,mysql,perl,memcache.


1 point by jjolma 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Animoto is hiring in New York, San Francisco and remote. Animoto is a video creation platform that automatically produces stunning music videos using images, video clips, and music.

We are hiring for multiple roles including software engineers, testers, product managers.


Email devjobs at animoto for more details.

1 point by rancar2 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Architecting and implementing custom solutions for ECM and BPM products from EMC, IBM, Pegasystems, and others at Fortune 500 companies.

Main offices are DC, NYC, and Boston with remote possibilities for the right candidate. Absolutely great place to work:


The things you need to possess most are: intelligence, sociable, and a person of good character with a preference to those who are just plain nice.

If you have questions, contact me at rcarlton at triteksol.com

Ask HN: How long to wait after initial pitch to TechCrunch?
11 points by askar 3 hours ago   9 comments top 3
3 points by kloncks 2 hours ago 1 reply      
TechCrunch's audience isn't all-encompassing.

If they didn't respond and you have a stellar product, just contact their chief competitors. I'm sure they'd love to profile you.

GigaOM, TheNextWeb, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, etc. Tech news isn't all about TechCrunch.

That said, I think the best feedback loop is just a simple "Show HN: Here's my project." I'd say that not only are we super friendly, but we'll actually give you back feedback, suggestions, complaints, and advise like no other.

4 points by benologist 3 hours ago 1 reply      
If you don't hear back within an hour or two assume they're writing another riveting non-piece on Quora. Eg,

Question On Quora More Important Than Other Startups

1 point by veb 2 hours ago 1 reply      
Do your pitch here instead! :)
Ask HN: Who Is Hiring Remote Workers? (February 2011 Edition)
104 points by meadhikari 15 hours ago   27 comments top 22
3 points by spudlyo 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Blue Gecko - Seattle, WA (remote from anywhere)


Blue Gecko is a remote DBA services company. We're looking for intermediate to expert MySQL or PostgreSQL DBAs. Although our headquarters is in Seattle, many of our DBAs work at home full time, and our corporate culture is configured to accommodate remote workers. Since we operate 24/7 we need folks in every timezone.

Drop me a line if you're interested, my email address is in my profile.

7 points by adrianscott 13 hours ago 1 reply      
CoderBuddy welcomes remote workers.

Our goal is to revolutionize software development. Our founder is a pioneer of social networking and founding investor in Napster. Our angel investors include Internet entrepreneurs who have sold their startups to Google (pre-IPO), Microsoft, Yahoo, Fox, etc.

Technologies we use include Python, Google App Engine, Django, AJAX. Math ability is a plus. We're looking for developers, and also help with analytically oriented usability/design.

Existing team is based in Panama, and we're mainly looking at recruiting in Latin America and possibly India.


3 points by thinkcomp 12 hours ago 1 reply      
Think is hiring iPhone, Android and BlackBerry developers to help improve the existing suite of FaceCash (http://www.facecash.com) mobile wallet apps.

http://www.thinkcomputer.com/corporate/jobs/index.html is the best way to apply.

3 points by lefstathiou 11 hours ago 0 replies      

Looking for free lance web developer to help extend an iPhone based social network to the web. We utilize MySQL and a lot of PHP (so you need to be familiar with both). App is called Groupie. We wont port all of the features, just the group management and posting (etc). Will provide majority of the artwork, just need you to piece it together and do the programming. We understand full well that you dont get quality unless you pay for it and are willing to pay for it. Will ask for examples of previous work and references so please have them handy.


2 points by fortes 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Treesaver is looking for some HTML/CSS designer/developer types. We need some help creating and implementing designs using the Treesaver.js framework we've developed. No JavaScript skills are required, although they're always nice to have. You can see some examples here: http://treesaver.net/portfolio/ (as you can see, it's still early days -- we can do far better than what's there). [ If you're looking for more info, you can watch my video with Scoble: http://scobleizer.com/2010/12/15/treesaver-shows-html5-can-h... ]

Location is unimportant, but we are looking for someone who is fairly self-directed and can do both design and implementation. If you're only good at implementation, get in touch anyway since we might still have something for you to do once in a while.

If interested, drop me a line at filipe <at> treesaver |dot| net -- please include a link to a portfolio (or work samples) as well as your rates.

2 points by GavinB 11 hours ago 0 replies      
We need a flash game developer--someone who can take an idea like "parachuting onto an island" or "cracking a safe" and work with us to turn it into a clever game.

gbrown at scholastic dot com

2 points by cvinson 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Bandzoogle is looking for a remote Ruby on Rails developer.

We build tools that help musicians succeed. Bandzoogle launched in 2003 with the idea that if we can help bands make money, they would sign up. It worked, and we've been profitable and growing every month since.

We just re-wrote our app in Ruby (from terrible, terrible Coldfusion) using today's best practices, and have some big plans for new features.

Aside from working on fun projects for musicians, we offer great pay + profit sharing bonuses, reimbursement of home office expenses and education materials (including conferences), and fun yearly meetups. Next one is in Montreal for the Jazz festival.

Interested? Full job post is here: http://jobs.37signals.com/jobs/8006

2 points by gommm 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm looking for a CSS/HTML designer. Must be willing to learn how to use tools like Staticmatic, Sass and Compass so as to generate clean semantic css and html while using a CSS framework.

I'm also looking for a good graphic designer (even better if he can also do the above)...

My email is in my profile

5 points by 20after4 11 hours ago 0 replies      
2 points by kris_schlesser 10 hours ago 0 replies      
OOWOM - San Diego, CA (Remote Opportunity)

Seeking a Lead Programmer who is an expert with RoR, HTML, CSS, Javascript. Generous salary + equity. Opportunity to be a founder if you're the right fit.

Imagine having your own personal R2D2 that lives on your phone and helps you make life's little decisions, like picking a restaurant, selecting a wine, deciding when/where to surf, where to find fun nightlife, etc. You trust it to always be looking out for your best interests. That's basically what we're building. We've been developing our technology and user experience for over three years and the response from our initial beta release has been overwhelmingly positive. Everybody loves what we've built and they want more.


3 points by sebilasse 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm hiring a mid to senior Level Ruby on Rails developers.

We're a bootstrapped company in the finance/investing sector. It's a leading information platform for a niche area (no algo-trading or real-time stuff).

- Move to Rails 3.
- Refactoring
- End-user facing features and internal Admin features

3-5 days a week.

Write me a mail to el0w0uy@tempalias.com for more details.

2 points by adellecharles 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Carbon is hiring a remote front-end web developer.
5 points by sconklin 14 hours ago 0 replies      

Many of these openings are remote

2 points by roder 10 hours ago 0 replies      



2 points by remotejob99 2 hours ago 0 replies      
We are well funded, revenue generating startup in silicon valley & are looking for a good IE toolbar engineer. Please reply to this comment and have your email on your profile.
2 points by kentf 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Ewakened is always looking for Flexible Rails developers to work remotely.


1 point by dctanner 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Remote from US timezone.

Pusher - http://pusherapp.com/

We're doing awesome stuff with Websockets to provide realtime browser push as a service. People with ace Ruby skills and a keen interest in realtime messaging should drop us a line (jobs@)

Panda - http://www.pandastream.com/

Cloud video encoding service. Checkout http://jobs.github.com/positions/64dc8f0c-23e1-11e0-97e7-85d... for more info.

Contact me if you have any questions or are interested: damien@pusherapp.com/pandastream.com

2 points by mgarfias 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Anyone looking for devops/sysadmins? I need a new gig real soon, and do to various life circumstances need to be remote.
2 points by csaavedra 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Igalia is hiring as well, at the moment looking people with a strong knoweldge of webkit and related:

"We are extremely flexible in both location (ask me about my last 9 months travelling around the world) and how you distribute your working hours, so we should be able to accommodate pretty much anyone that is both human and living on planet Earth."


There are other remote positions open as well, if you are smart enough, perhaps you can find them. :-)

2 points by krallja 12 hours ago 1 reply      
Cheezburger Network is looking for web devs, product managers, C# devs, etc. Most technical employees are remote.


2 points by ThomPete 10 hours ago 1 reply      
No one looking for designers?
2 points by ohadpr 13 hours ago 1 reply      
3D3R Software Studio (www.3d3r.com) is hiring JavaScript and iOS ninjas all over the world
Ask HN: Any entrepreneurs on HN who launched themselves from a F1 or H1B VISA?
8 points by Legend 3 hours ago   4 comments top 2
2 points by ig1 2 hours ago 1 reply      
Myth 1: Non-citizens can own American companies (this is true in most developed country)

Myth 2: There are a number of British startups which moved to the US after raising American financing (YC has a number of these). Typically this involved the US incorporated company applying for visas for the founders. So not having a visa that lets you work for the startup doesn't necessarily preclude you from raising financing with the assumption you'll be able to get an appropriate visa after.

Myth 3: Depends on your contract with your employer/company. Check it for details.

1 point by askar 1 hour ago 1 reply      
I think the only requirement is that you can not work for the company that you own on H1B visa. If you think what's the point of creating a startup for which you can not feed your blood and sweat to grow it...go figure...
Ask HN: What life or death systems rely on Windows?
3 points by latch 2 hours ago   1 comment top
1 point by d4m45cuz 1 hour ago 0 replies      
There are SCADA systems which use Windows to run some logic/graphical front-ends to the system. Unfortunately, some of these systems are misconfigured in that individual PLC's cannot adapt to changing conditions without first getting confirmation from the services running on the Windows boxes. If Windows crashes, whatever state the system was in at the time persists! It's a shame configuration issues arise in systems like these...
Follow up to "I'm building a TechCrunch alternative that focuses on startups"
16 points by g0atbutt 7 hours ago   11 comments top 8
1 point by atgm 22 minutes ago 0 replies      
Are you looking for only success stories, or also stories from people who are having problems/can't seem to get things off the ground?
6 points by Xk 7 hours ago 1 reply      
As several others asked last time, have you considered posting under a name other than "g0atbutt" for a more professional look?
7 points by studentscircle 7 hours ago 0 replies      
and please no Quora news anytime soon.
3 points by creativemind 4 hours ago 0 replies      
I agree because TC seems to only focus on big business and well known startups.So I'm definitely for this idea.
2 points by bpeters 7 hours ago 1 reply      
When you say you will focus on startups will this be on the emphasis of startup launches? Or will you report on already launched startups?
3 points by studentscircle 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Good Job Paul. startup foundry all the way!
2 points by mattholling 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Signed up for the newsletter. I am excited to read about all of the projects that are brewing from HN.
1 point by iuguy 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Best of luck Paul.
Tell PG: apps.ycombinator.com duplicate content showing up in Google first
5 points by philfreo 4 hours ago   1 comment top
1 point by taylorbuley 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Hmm, I recall there was some sort of controversy around this

cough http://news.ycombinator.com/submitted?id=Matt_Cutts cough

Ask HN: Why do startups need so much money?
12 points by guynamedloren 8 hours ago   7 comments top 5
4 points by petervandijck 1 hour ago 0 replies      
The answer is that money = time. Or better, money = speed.

Money buys you an employee. Things get built faster.

Money buys you a design. Things look better, faster.

Money buys you more servers. The site is faster.

Money buys you tickets to X, where you can promote your site.

Money buys you traffic.

Money = speed.

If you can add a very talented person to your 1-person startup, your chances for success suddenly multiply. If you can build a kick-ass team, your chances for success are way up there.

The startups that "run out of money" don't really, usually, run out of actual money. It just means they couldn't build something successful and gave up on the idea, often because they had accumulated costs (employees, office, ...) that they couldn't pay for anymore.

That doesn't mean the alternative is to have everyone work for pretty much free. That's called open source. Different story :) (I'm probably a little off here with my logic, it's late)

2 points by jerf 8 hours ago 0 replies      
I think you have the causality reversed. The entire idea of investing in a company is that the company can take advantage of the investment to do better than it could without the investment. If you haven't got a way to spend the money productively, don't take it.

For as cheap as a startup can be, it's the odd startup that honestly can't make use of a bit of funding to do better. You really can't get any more value out of having an employee? If that's the case, then stop seeking investment. You don't really have a startup at that point, you just have a business that isn't seeking growth. (The definition of "startup" is certainly in the eye of the beholder and I wouldn't limit it to "those seeking home runs", but surely the idea entails some sort of concept of succeeding and growing to some extent.)

3 points by arn 7 hours ago 1 reply      
Depends on the scale you are talking about.

Can you create a one man startup and sustain yourself for $1000/mo? Sure.

Can you create YouTube, FaceBook, Google for the same? No, you really can't.

And if you are shooting for someone in between, can you compete against a similar company with 5-10 engineers when you only have one? Seems like a big disadvantage.

1 point by nwmcsween 6 hours ago 0 replies      
#1 Rule of a business if your not making a profit now, you won't make any later. About 99% of the time effort is equal to profit, (as an example not directed at op) don't like cold calling? To bad go do it.
1 point by ruckxs 5 hours ago 1 reply      
I had this same question, thanks for asking it.
Ask HN: Have high traffic med site, what to do?
4 points by gohat 4 hours ago   6 comments top 2
2 points by patio11 4 hours ago 2 replies      
The standard answer to "I have a high traffic site in a vertical which is awash in cash and AdSense is not an option" is affiliate ads. In particular, if your site is trusted, you can bolt on a section with more commercially oriented content (such as, e.g., reviews of exercise- or diet-related info products) and rank on the strength of trust built through your non-commercial content.

You can do more or less of this depending on how comfortable you are with slinging snake oil. For example, I note you have content like http://healthlifeandstuff.com/2010/07/acai-berry-and-weight-... Presumably if you've looked into that you understand, yep, snake oil. Now previously, what was happening with your AdWords ads was you were a) ranking for snake oil and b) referring people to advertisers of snake oil who then c) did rebill fraud on them.

Another option is to use one of the numerous Wordpress plugins to do your own self-hosted ad system, and either a) let people buy ads on your site (they'll mostly be affiliates) at whatever rates you specify or b) either use provided creatives or make your own for affiliate products which you are comfortable selling.

1 point by solost 3 hours ago 1 reply      
I'd like to contact you directly, mind adding your email address to your profile? Or check my profile and contact me.


Ask HN: Who's Hiring (Feb 2011) - H1b/International Edition
13 points by agentx 10 hours ago   discuss
Jumpstart Bundle
7 points by bjoernw 8 hours ago   4 comments top 3
1 point by sahillavingia 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Hit me up, sahil@slavingia.com and I can get you some premium Crate accounts (http://letscrate.com/).
1 point by jeffepp 39 minutes ago 0 replies      
Holler at me: Jeff@zferral.com. Happy to help
3 points by noahkagan 5 hours ago 1 reply      
Hit me up, noah at appsumo. Maybe we can help get you going.
Ask HN: Female hacker/startup looking for copyright advice
5 points by katieben 8 hours ago   5 comments top 4
2 points by maxdemarzi 8 hours ago 0 replies      
IANAL, but I suggest taking a look at this book:

Making It in the Music Business: The Business and Legal Guide for Songwriters and Performers.


I think in the end you will be sued if you use any non public domain music. You may be found innocent in court under fair use, parody, education or some other loophole but it won't be until after buying your lawyer a new boat.

1 point by iuguy 5 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm sorry I can't be more help but this really sounds like you need to seek professional advice on the matter with someone in your jurisdiction. Nobody on Hacker News is going to know your situation well enough to give you anything conclusive.

As an aside, is there any particular reason why you're describing yourself as a female hacker? I'm just curious as to how your sex is relevant (from your perspective at least) to the discussion.

1 point by capstone 5 hours ago 0 replies      
I know you want to hear different but it's illegal to use copyrighted music without paying the owners. Those YouTube users who do not opt to set their video to private are doing it illegally.

Fair use fro educators depends on several factors which I don't think are in your favor. One, fair use limits the percentage of material that can be used, and two, fair use must not hurt sales of the music. With your users likely uploading whole songs, and having the option to obtain paid licenses just like those for dance teachers and studios, either pre-condition is questionable.

BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC are the 3 orgs for the publishers, composers, and lyricists in the United States and they do expect choreographers and dance instructors to have licensing to use the music (Grand Rights). So do recording companies if you plan on using pre-recorded music. You could contact them and see what they offer.

Otherwise, you could make the choreos available to logged in users only. Private exchange of videos may be ok, plus it's much less likely the publishing companies will find out.

1 point by katieben 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Thanks so much for the pointers. For now, I'm thinking that one option might be to just cut the audio out of videos, and expect viewers to figure out how the choreography lies. If the title says "Livin' La Vida Loca", but the video contains no audio, surely there wouldn't be legality issues there, would there?
Ask HN: Are we using too much internet? (Bell & Rogers seem to think so)
5 points by moollaza 8 hours ago   1 comment top
2 points by octopus 8 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm from Canada too and I simply think they are trying to take another buck from people's pocket.

Unfortunately for some of us with or without the regulation the situation is already "regulated", personally I pay about 65$ a month for 100GB of combined upload/download.

Bell, Videotron and Rogers already have limits for the Internet usage, what they are trying to do now is to force the small providers to impose limitations, basically they will kill the concurrence.

You will see a similar situation in the mobile phone offer ... huge prices versus Europe for e.g.

Ask HN: Best tips for holding great conversations with liberal arts alumni?
3 points by Emore 6 hours ago   7 comments top 4
2 points by Jun8 6 hours ago 1 reply      
After my PhD in EE, when I started my graduate work in Linguistics I had quite a shock to see how different they thought and argued (and then I took a course in the philosophy of department, that's a different story altogether).

My advice would be: Try to get the most out of meeting with them. It's easy to look down on the "soft sciences", but you'll be surprised at the insights you may learn. You should not use jargon, even if it sounds mundane to you, they won't understand it and think you're doing it deliberately to look clever.

2 points by eof 6 hours ago 1 reply      
If/when you need to disagree/contradict them frame it in a way that is not like you are the authority.

Generally, it's probably better (more polite) to say "I am pretty sure it's actually..." or, "I always thought it was .." even when you know 100%.

Wikileaks is probably a good topic of conversation (politics and technology).

2 points by deafcheese 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Just approach it like you would any other conversation. Ask questions about their lives - everyone likes to talk about themselves. Make jokes. Try not to be nervous. Be yourself. There is no need to act differently just because you're talking to liberal arts alumni.
1 point by brudgers 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Assume you are below average: http://sivers.org/below-average
Ask HN: Just got $200k from an angel, where do I stick it? Savings? CDs?
116 points by moneymoron 1 day ago   77 comments top 34
9 points by BobbyH 1 day ago 2 replies      
I would not mess around with CDs or Money Market Accounts to chase yield, because the returns from doing so are very low and it can be a distraction from the real business. This is particularly true now because rates are so low. For example, the average CD Rate for a 6 month CD is 0.38% (http://www.cdrate.com/?term=13).

* A CD requires you to lock your money up in the CD for a certain amount of time, e.g. 6 months

* You can get the money out early only by paying a early withdrawal penalty, which is typically 30-90 days worth of interest for a CD with a term less than a year (http://banking.about.com/od/cds/a/cdpenalty.htm)

* This is not applicable to you, but FDIC insurance typically covers up to $250k per CD, so you may need multiple CDs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Certificate_of_deposit#Deposit_...)

Money Market Account rates can be as high as 1.10% (http://www.cdrate.com/money-market/). However, they are not like checking accounts and you'll have to plan out when you withdraw what amount.

* Because of "Regulation Q", MMAs allow only 6 withdrawals a month, which sometimes includes ATM transactions, and only 3 may withdrawals may be checks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money_market_account)

* FDIC insurance is up to $100k per account

A $200k deposit in a CD earning 3.8% would make around $7.6k over a year. The same deposit in an MMA earning 1.1% would net around $2.2k over a full year.

My personal view is that a CD or MMA requires extra effort and management time and reduces flexibility, so I don't use CDs or MMAs for my businesses unless there are very large amounts involved and a lot of stability in the business. I also don't chase rates from different banks, because of the convenience of having a single bank provide all my accounts.

34 points by frisco 1 day ago 5 replies      
There are a few banks whose business is specifically startups; the two most well-known are Silicon Valley Bank ("SVB") and Square One. I'd start a relationship with them and deposit there if I were you. I've personally worked with Square One before and they're awesome. You should look into the Square Roots program there, since it's designed for exactly this scenario. They can give you more specific advice. But generally the rule is not to get creative.
11 points by beoba 1 day ago 1 reply      
Your main concern is the safety of your money. This savings isn't supposed to make money for you, that's what the business is for.

You can put it into a savings account or CDs at an FDIC/NCUA-insured bank or credit union, and that'd work just fine, but make sure that you stay UNDER the insurance limit (currently $250k), otherwise if the bank goes, so does the portion of the deposit beyond the limit.

If you're feeling curious about other options, a money market account[1] would work too, as would short-term treasuries via TreasuryDirect. But it's likely the case that neither of those will be better than a plain old bank account.

As an aside, there are some states which allow banks to buy private deposit insurance (eg ASI), but I don't trust that system; it's already failed many times in the past[2]. Basically, if they don't have a FDIC or NCUA logo at the bottom of their page, skip it. However, I've only seen one place that actually used that crap (SF Fire CU).

[1] I'm referring to actual money market mutual funds (which are NOT insured like a bank deposit, but are regardless considered 'safe money'). Some banks offer "money market" accounts, but they're identical to the normal insured savings accounts with a different label slapped on the front.

[2] https://www.clevelandfed.org/Research/commentary/1994/0501.p... "Lessons from the Collapse of Three State-Chartered Private Deposit Insurance Funds"


This is probably more info than you really need, so here's the tl;dr version: Yeah, a savings account is fine. Just keep the balance under $250k.

13 points by chrisaycock 1 day ago 0 replies      
Any investing decision should answer this question:

  When do I need the money back?

Since you'll want to access the money pretty soon, preservation of cash is the primary goal. So a savings account is the answer for you.

(Likewise, someone saving for a retirement in 30 years would do well with aggressive capital gains investing, but that's a whole different thread. Just stick to answering the above question for any financial question and you'll be ok.)

32 points by rlucas 1 day ago 1 reply      
Don't put it in "investment vehicles" of any sort. Keep it all at the same bank that your angel knows about. He is not paying you to be a fancy treasury management guy. Risk aversion is the name of the game. You also should keep it at that bank to avoid the appearance of funny-biz.

DO put it in a MMA to get some yield, but understand that you'd be doing amazing to get 2% on it, and that should be lost in the noise if you're doing well in the real work.

You might also be able to extract some concessions from your banker for having more assets at the bank.

20 points by joshu 1 day ago 0 replies      
Put it in the business banking account in plain cash.
14 points by jodrellblank 1 day ago 0 replies      
Your angel investor presumably has relevant experience - have you asked their advice?
3 points by hugh3 22 hours ago 1 reply      
Just one quick comment: a lot of people here seem to be concerned about putting the money in an FDIC-insured account.

I'd say that this isn't a huge concern, as long as you don't put it anywhere particularly stupid. You're running a startup. The chances that your startup will go broke are 80%. The chances that your startup will go broke due to the bank vanishing are 0.0001%. You're more likely to go broke due to your servers being eaten by giant ants.

4 points by cvg 1 day ago 0 replies      
Minimizing risk should be supreme! It's not worth chasing a few tenths of a percent or spending too much time doing something fancy. Plus doing something fancy usually costs some admin fees. E.g. An extra .1 % on 100,000 is only $100 a year.

I'd toss nearly all of it into an FDIC insured savings account (ING Direct is 1.1%) with the rest in your corp checking account.

6 points by staunch 1 day ago 0 replies      
Put it in the savings account. No big deal.
3 points by tastybites 1 day ago 0 replies      
Put it in a checking account and use it to run your business. The bar down the street probably has more money in its bank account.
8 points by anthonycerra 1 day ago 1 reply      
My question is why did you accept money that you have no use for at the moment?
5 points by DanLar75 1 day ago 1 reply      
I would recommend the Business banking for the full amount. Give that you can 'maximize' your interest/return in other forms of accounts BUT it is much more important to you as a start-up to be able to have cash at hand quickly if an opportunity presents itself AND if you are to negotiate larger deals you might have to prove that you have funds at hand.

In my opinion it's not worth the hassle and small extra income to complicate your capital structure.

2 points by imkevingao 1 day ago 2 replies      
Well the central question is why did you raise the money? Your case seems to be atypical, but I think the best thing to do right now is to grow your business.

Instead of letting everything stay on a static basis of consistent 5k burn rate on a 9k monthly revenue, why not think of strategies to increase burn rate and increase revenue? If you took investor's money, I believe the key thing to do right now is to think how to increase your investor's stock value, which will also benefit you.

Don't even consider putting in a CD and Savings. If you do, it would be considered unethical if you're going to earn your investor the pathetic 3-4% in risk free asset, he's better off investing it from a mutual fund.

Hire. Spend. Grow. Never let cash sit idle, be a magician and transform money into more money.

3 points by jaxn 1 day ago 1 reply      
Thanks for asking this. I am in a similar situation.

I already have a strong relationship with a local bank that I use for my personal accounts and my other business. After reading the comments here, I guess I will stick with that plan.

4 points by quizbiz 1 day ago 0 replies      
Just wanted to thank you for asking. This is a fantastic question that has not really been thoroughly addressed.
2 points by apedley 1 day ago 1 reply      
I agree with other commenters. The investor didn't give you the money to invest in, they gave it to you to invest in your business.

In Australia we have easy access to high interest savings accounts that can be attached to a regular savings account. So money you put in this account can't be accessed by an atm or used for daily transactions but you can put it into your main savings account instantly when ever you want. But for every day it is in this high savings account you will earn 5% interest.

Ask the angel investor they would also probably have some great ideas.

But focus on investing that money in your business. You have a burn rate of about $5k-$9k would increasing that burn rate by investing more into your business (people, sales, marketing, etc) help you reduce that burn rate quicker?

Anyway I have no idea what business you are in, but use it to invest in your business, that is what is was given to you for.

1 point by rexreed 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Most commercial bank accounts offer a "nightly sweep" that moves your funds overnight into an interest-bearing account, and then back into your operational bank account. You will find that this is only offered for Treasury Managed services or something similar. This will incur higher monthly fees as well as per-transaction charges, so any benefits you'd get from the nightly sweep would be outweighed by the costs in this economic environment.

Stick with a regular business banking account, preferably one that charges few, if any, fees. Fees will eat up any interest you'd get anyways.

2 points by BrentRitterbeck 1 day ago 0 replies      
I haven't seen it mentioned yet: Make sure whatever you deposit it into doesn't have a lockup provision. The last thing you would want is to need the cash only to have the bank tell you that you will pay a penalty for accessing it early.
1 point by andrewljohnson 1 day ago 0 replies      
Definitely talk to a banker. They will give you advice on how to stagger the CDs, put some in savings, and keep enough cash on hand.
1 point by lefstathiou 1 day ago 0 replies      
You need to figure out your future expenses. You should definitely put the money into higher yielding (but SAFE) investment vehicles and such but which ones depend entirely on the timing of your cash requirements. You probably want 25% in cash, 50% in longer term vehicles and remaining in medium term vehicle. Key objective is to minimize penalties of withdrawal should you explore and require cash immediately. Terms vary so read the fine print.
1 point by dsl 21 hours ago 0 replies      
We setup two separate business accounts with the same bank. Put 90% of the money in one, and 10% in the other.

Monthly float is transfered from the main account to the second account, and checks/wires/etc come out of that, and incoming checks are deposited into it.

If someone manages to forge a check against your account or recall a check you deposited then you don't get cleaned out.

We were in advertising with lots of incoming and outgoing payments, so the additional work was worth it. Check fraud against businesses is still a big problem, and the law states the party that put in the least amount of effort to prevent the fraud is ultimately liable for the loss (which is you if you are using any type of off the shelf inkjet business checks).

1 point by nwmcsween 19 hours ago 0 replies      
Put it into a sweep account, look for government subsidies and subsidized loans. I know here in Canada there are quite a few you can take (with requirements) that literally pay off 60% of the loan up to $150k.
1 point by iamchmod 23 hours ago 0 replies      
$200K isn't enough for you to bother doing all the research to maximize your yield. Just keep making money and improving your business. Then when you hit a scale where you have a CFO/VP Finance, let them worry about how to make a couple extra percentage points on all the billions of spare capital you have floating around. For the time being you have way more important things to do like doubling your revenues and maintaining the same margin. Good luck!
1 point by wdr1 1 day ago 0 replies      
Avoid CDs for now. The interest rates they pay don't justify the commitment. You can easily compare the interest rates of savings/checking/CDs here:


Right now it looks like AmEx's "High-Yield Savings" is leading the pack w/ 1.30% APY.

1 point by gcb 1 day ago 0 replies      
If you plan to need it shortly, then you already have your answer. If not then I'm really curious why you took it
1 point by markhall 1 day ago 0 replies      
Great question and I can admit that I have inquired on the same logic. However, I am wondering why you accepted $200K if you didn't need it? $9K monthly on $5k expenses demonstrates that you could have taken less and made other changes to better utilize current resources.
1 point by entrepreneurial 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Have you thought about investing into advertising (not sure of your product, so you would have to gauge where the best place to put your money).
1 point by HackrNwsDesignr 12 hours ago 0 replies      
what does convertible note/solid terms mean?
1 point by nessence 1 day ago 1 reply      
Ask your investor.
-2 points by moonpolysoft 1 day ago 0 replies      
You should put your money into gold bullion as a hedge against inflation.
-4 points by rgbrgb 1 day ago 1 reply      
Invest 93% in another small startup.
-4 points by vaksel 1 day ago 0 replies      
Corvettes seem to be a popular investment vehicle for some startups
-4 points by skoal49 1 day ago 1 reply      
What about buying stocks that pays dividends with it?
Microsoft pays quarterly dividends of $0.16/share. The Rate of Return is 2.23%.
Intel's dividend of $0.16/share, has a ROR of 3.01%.
AT&T's dividend of $0.42/share, has a ROR of 5.93%.
Verizon's dividend of $0.49/share, has a ROR of 5.70%.

These are all companies that are going to be around for a while. And even if the stock goes down, you still get paid a dividend for it.

Ask HN: What's your favorite bookmarked HN thread?
158 points by dot 1 day ago   38 comments top 22
33 points by patio11 1 day ago 3 replies      
I get a lot of value out of HN, but the biggest wins monetarily have been advice regarding consulting, often across multiple threads. Two favorites which stuck with me enough to be Googleable:



Comments rather than threads picked because they stuck, but the contextual threads were also good.

23 points by zdw 1 day ago 1 reply      
14 points by chegra 1 day ago 1 reply      
HN Brag Thread http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1200959
It provides a good introduction to what others have done.
8 points by bigsassy 1 day ago 0 replies      
This was a good one. The conversation was from an article titled "Double Your Price (no, I'm not kidding)":


8 points by patrickk 1 day ago 0 replies      
Jason L Baptiste on "How to become a millionaire in 3 years?":


I actually printed this out for reference, the only time I've found myself doing this.

4 points by jacquesm 1 day ago 1 reply      
Another item for this thread, not a HN thread specifically but more like another version of this one:


It's a curated list of the best 'Ask HN' threads collected over many years, first by Gabriel Weinberg, now maintained by Michael Fairley.

12 points by revorad 1 day ago 1 reply      
7 points by simonsarris 1 day ago 0 replies      
5 points by rbxbx 1 day ago 0 replies      
Lots of great (consulting) advice in the "Why I bill hourly" thread.


7 points by zaveri 1 day ago 1 reply      
Where to look to learn UX/Design


2 points by tokenadult 1 day ago 0 replies      
In the threads-about-HN category, pg's comment from 1078 days ago that upvoting to indicate agreement and downvoting to indicate disagreement with comments has its place on HN.


I am aware that since then pg has been thinking about ways to refine the commenting system or flagging to make sure that the right incentives occur on HN to encourage worthwhile threads and comments to those. Kudos to the OP here for asking all of us to look up good examples of worthwhile content on HN.

Now the way I "bookmark" HN threads is by sharing the submitted links, with a hat-tip to HN, with my Facebook friends. Seaching the links I've recently submitted to Facebook, I see that an HN thread about science books


was quite useful and well liked.

4 points by mindcrime 1 day ago 0 replies      
3 points by wallflower 1 day ago 1 reply      
My all-time favorite News.YC comment:


About the success of failure from fiaz

4 points by keenans 1 day ago 0 replies      
Comment thread of pg's "Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund": http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=250704

and "Ask HN: Industries Ripe For Disruption?": http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=475736

2 points by jancona 1 day ago 0 replies      
I got a kick out log this one: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=393989
5 points by amattn 1 day ago 1 reply      
An excellent comment by nostrademons on how to be an expert programmer:


2 points by solipsist 1 day ago 1 reply      
Instead of taking the usual 10 seconds to read each comment, it's now going to take 10 minutes (assuming you skim through the entire thread each person links to).

I'm definitely holding onto this super thread, though, as it may well become the unofficial threads of threads.

1 point by jseliger 1 day ago 0 replies      
A Hacker's Guide to Tea: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1934051 . I stopped drinking tea because I would sometimes like the taste and sometimes not without being able to sort out why some was good and some was not. Now I understand and can reproduce consistently good cups.
2 points by PankajGhosh 1 day ago 0 replies      
Not sure if this has been posted already: Ask Entrepreneurs: Productivity tips for a chronic procrastinator?


2 points by SupremumLimit 1 day ago 0 replies      
"How do you come up with new project ideas?": http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1916801
2 points by kenneth_reitz 1 day ago 0 replies      
Now, it's this one :)
Ask HN: Anyone have an MVP?
7 points by HackrNwsDesignr 12 hours ago   10 comments top 6
3 points by damoncali 9 hours ago 1 reply      
http://trackjumper.com is more or less the first version that was released.

You'll notice the design is less than inspired, there is only one subscription plan, and the product tour is weak. The product itself is a little disorganized, but functional.
All in all, it was good enough to release and get paying customers, but not good enough to be proud of or convert at the level I'd like to see.

Check back in about a week, and you'll be able to see a fairly major design upgrade. I redesigned the UI and the entire sales funnel based on customer feedback and will be wrapping that up later this week.

1 point by rcavezza 9 hours ago 0 replies      
http://easyunsubscriber.com/removeemails.php was our version 1a. It's a working prototype without any payment mechanisms. ####Edited to add This version is no longer functional - it will say you unsubscribed, but it doesn't actually unsubscribe you.

Version 2 is now at http://easyunsubscriber.com and has a few payment plans. We're still doing a lot of testing and tweaking.

We plan on doing a lot of multivariate testing on the current version (2) to find out the best pricing plans to maximize our revenue. We're also testing to see if users are more likely to buy if we have a video demo or just a screenshot.

We also bought version 2's design from http://www.chimerathemes.com

1 point by veb 3 hours ago 0 replies      
http://www.lifelitup.com is just the landing page, while we get the alpha up to date. Basically it's like Steam Achievements, but real-life. Mix that with tourism, and boom.

I'm hoping to have an alpha by the end of this week, but I'm never sure when it's "alpha-ready" :(

1 point by rcavezza 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm working on a few right now, but I'm keeping it limited to only Adwords Traffic so I have good benchmarks for future changes.

Here are some resources.



1 point by guynamedloren 8 hours ago 1 reply      
http://letspocket.com - my first app, MVP stage. I posted in on HN 2 weeks ago and got an amazing response with hundreds of signups and thousands of hits. Now I'm working on a premium version so I can monetize and start marketing heavily, hopefully within a couple weeks. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
1 point by HackrNwsDesignr 12 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm looking to see a few bare bones MVP's, early stages, or different MVP's at different stages perhaps, I know what they are, just trying to get a post / resource going for HN to see real people's MVP's, not like, facebook, flickr, etc.
Ask HN: Good documentaries to watch?
17 points by rblion 1 day ago   19 comments top 17
1 point by _delirium 12 hours ago 0 replies      
They're not quite documentaries in the standard sense, but I like the 1920s/30s "city symphonies", which try to capture some of the mood and rhythm of cities. Three are: Manhatta (USA, 1921), Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis (Germany, 1927), and Man with a Movie Camera (USSR, 1929). They're plotless and a bit avant-garde, though, so may be boring if you're not into that sort of thing. Man with a Movie Camera is the most avant-garde, and is as much about the reflexive idea of filming a city as about the city itself; it also invented a bunch of now-standard cinematic techniques.
5 points by fourspace 23 hours ago 0 replies      
"Blood Into Wine" - Maynard James Keenan, lead singer of Tool, makes wine in Arizona

"180° South" - About retracing a 1960's trip to Chile by two rock climbing friends who went on to found Patagonia and The North Face

"Exit Through The Gift Shop" - Amazing work by Banksy about the state of street art and those who attempt to commercialize it

"Crips and Bloods: Made in America" - About the context and history of gangs in LA

"Man on Wire" - The story of Philippe Petit, a tightrope walker who eventually walked across a high wire between the World Trade Center

"The Rape of Europa" - Explores the history of famous works of art in Europe during the 12 years of Nazi destruction

1 point by d2viant 20 hours ago 0 replies      
"The Cove" (http://www.thecovemovie.com)

I had no idea what it was about when I flipped it on, but it's a great hacker movie. The guy who trained Flipper is trying to save some dolphins from being killed in Japan, so he teams up with some folks from Industrial Light and Magic to rig a secret cove with all kinds of spying equipment to catch the guys doing it. Really interesting.

1 point by zmitri 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Anything by Louis Theroux is generally fantastic. Watch the one on "Medicated Children" if you can't choose where to start.

"Exit Through The Gift Shop" - Banksy fucks with everyone, and makes you appreciate just how brilliant he is.

"King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters" - If you think start up nerds think they are all that, you won't believe it when you see just how cocky former arcade game world champions can be.

"I Think We're Alone Now" - I wouldn't call it "great," but its definitely weird. It follows two unusual people who believe they are connected to Tiffany, the 80s singer.

2 points by liuhenry 1 day ago 2 replies      
Art & Copy - similar to Helvetica and Objectified. Good documentary about advertising and design's power, effect, and influence.
2 points by damoncali 10 hours ago 0 replies      

The Smashing Machine

2 points by keiferski 1 day ago 0 replies      
The Smartest Guys in the Room - about Enron
1 point by atgm 21 hours ago 0 replies      
When We Left Earth, by the Discovery Channel. Amazingly inspiring.

Dreams With Sharp Teeth, about and starring Harlan Ellison. Very interesting.

1 point by rblion 6 hours ago 0 replies      
thanks everyone. ill try some of these out.
1 point by arctangent 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Here's one I saw recently that is worth a mention:


(Disclaimer: Nothing to do with hacking whatsoever.)

2 points by phaet0n 1 day ago 0 replies      
Darwin's Nightmare, if you want a reality check.

Baraka, if you want inspiration.

The Class (Entre les murs), not a documentary, but a hyper-real film about youth and the possibilities of education.

Seven Up!, as to what may come.

1 point by dopeo 13 hours ago 0 replies      
"Greeks: The crucible of civilization" by PBS I think. For history buffs.
"Empires: The Medici"
1 point by jkjeldgaard 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Food Inc. - "An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry."
1 point by wayneyeager 23 hours ago 0 replies      
If you've missed these, here are a few on Netflix Streaming that I really enjoyed: Restrepo, Brother's Keeper, all the "Up" (7 Up, 35 Up, etc.) documentaries, Harlan County USA.
1 point by sainib 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Try the movie - The Startup or it may be just "Startup".. you may find some good stuff to watch on - www.biznus.tv - which is a Startup and Business related video aggregator..
1 point by _e_ 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Into Eternity
0 points by tmachinecharmer 22 hours ago 0 replies      
You can watch some about Aliens, Bermuda Triangle, Conspiracy theories, Pyramids.
HN: I'm building a TC alternative. Will you share your startup's story with me?
147 points by g0atbutt 3 days ago   59 comments top 32
64 points by nonrecursive 3 days ago 3 replies      
I think this is great. My first impression, though, was that the name "g0atbutt" does not inspire confidence. Just my 2 cents.
16 points by g0atbutt 3 days ago 2 replies      
As of 4:12p eastern time, 19 startups from HN have already gotten in touch with me. There are some really great companies brewing on HN, and I'm looking forward to covering them.

The response has been fantastic. I can't wait to see what else comes in.

8 points by DanLivesHere 3 days ago 1 reply      
I think you need to do a lot of lists. I'm serious. There are a LOT of tiny startups out there and you can hit upon 10 at once this way, while also building good content.

I'm going to be self-serving here, but it makes it easier to articulate my idea and point. I have a small, "lifestyle startup"/hobby -- a daily email newsletter where I share awesome/true facts like how Abraham Lincoln created the Secret Service the day he was fatally shot. (Really -- http://dlewis.net/nik is the subscribe URL, the archives are linked thereto, and it's in the archives.) There are a LOT of small, wannabe thrillist/daily candy email newsletters out there. Featuring one is stupid, but writing about this emerging/cottage industry is interesting.

Basically: "Ten Interesting Email Newsletters" is a great post, potentially, as is "Ten Ways To Manage Your Business Connections" (hashable? cloudcontacts? cardmunch?), as is "Ten Sports Startups" and ... well, you get the idea.

17 points by jokermatt999 3 days ago 2 replies      
Please, try to be more professional in tone and more reliable in information than TechCrunch.
11 points by jacquesm 3 days ago 0 replies      
Talk to swombat on #startups, you guys should link up!
8 points by yeahsure 3 days ago 1 reply      
I really look forward to reading this site!

I suggest you get in touch with Andrew from Mixergy.com - he has plenty of connections to get you started.

Good luck!

4 points by portman 3 days ago 0 replies      
Good for you. I recently removed TechCrunch from my RSS feed, and I haven't missed it for the last two weeks.

I was trying to find a feed that let me exclude certain authors, but I ended up ditching everything.

4 points by thecoffman 3 days ago 0 replies      
Awesome - I don't have any startup news to share at this time - but best of luck! There's a need for this type of news and TC isn't filling it anymore.
3 points by chr15 3 days ago 0 replies      
I helped start http://bootstrapped.it @bootstrappedit) where we interview bootstrapping entrepreneurs and try and get them exposure.

I agree, there needs to be more news about startups. Good to see that other people are doing this as well! There are plenty of startups to write about.

3 points by kmfrk 3 days ago 0 replies      
I'd love to see more stories about app developers - I'm getting a little tired of only hearing about web services to be honest. :
1 point by allenp 3 days ago 1 reply      
TCs comments suck - look at what boingboing does for moderation that might be helpful. Also I am probably in the minority but I rather read and respond to one really good article a day than 10 spammy articles. I think focusing on quality is key (just my 2 cents).
1 point by shasta 3 days ago 0 replies      
> I know there are others out there like me. People who would love to read news exclusively about startups, so I decided to start my own TC alternative.

I hope you're going to have an editor :)

1 point by robryan 3 days ago 1 reply      
It would be great to go into a bit more depth than TechCrunch does with their articles on startups. Problem is though that you are more likely to capturer a wider audience with the shorter articles and they are easier to write. For most people around here though I think it would be great to see more long articles really getting into details about the founders, their stories and exactly what their startup is doing.
2 points by middlegeek 3 days ago 0 replies      
Have you looked at Beyond the Pedway?


5 points by jparicka 3 days ago 0 replies      
Good luck with that. I stopped reading TC (AOL) about 4 month ago.
2 points by vikdug 3 days ago 1 reply      
You're so right. I knew something was up when I saw a post about Johnson Controls on TechCrunch recently. I worked there and it's a Fortune 100 company. Good luck!


1 point by kongqiu 3 days ago 0 replies      
Funny name. Serious sandwich.

Wait, that was something else. Just sent some info on ParkGrades.com...

3 points by iisbum 3 days ago 0 replies      
Email sent, best of luck with the site
2 points by benedwards 3 days ago 0 replies      
Sounds like a good idea. Sent you an email about Swappa: http://swappa.com
1 point by barredo 3 days ago 0 replies      
What about talking to you in a month?
1 point by ssing 3 days ago 0 replies      
Send you a mail about my startup (http://doosracricket.com) Best of luck on your new venture.
2 points by djangoadmin10 3 days ago 0 replies      
Looks like this might have the same idea? --> http://startupanimal.com
2 points by mattholling 3 days ago 0 replies      
That's great. There really is a big need for something like this, and I look forward to checking it out when it's live.
1 point by zacharycohn 3 days ago 0 replies      
Shot you an email.
2 points by studentscircle 3 days ago 1 reply      
done! hope we get featured and goodluck with your endeavors. there is need for real* tech news now.
1 point by swah 3 days ago 0 replies      
Only if it works out!
1 point by evolution 3 days ago 0 replies      
this is good, i'll send you email about songslike.me and strangrchat.com soon
1 point by elearnapp 2 days ago 0 replies      
Write about us => http://elearnapp.com <=
Pretty please with goat butter on top!
1 point by bowmande 3 days ago 0 replies      
When we are closer to launch I'll send you an email.
1 point by adlep 3 days ago 0 replies      
Good luck with your venture. Just stay true to your original intent. Please do not sell out to the giants once you'll make it :) Focus on startups and not on Facebook.
1 point by somug 3 days ago 0 replies      
i will
0 points by mrboks 1 day ago 0 replies      
i want to be a part of ths,im a copypaste blogger.lol
Ask HN: I think I've been scammed - what now?
34 points by jiganti 2 days ago   40 comments top 17
18 points by lrm242 2 days ago 4 replies      
You met someone on the internet. You sent them money. Presumably, you have no contract (at least you didn't mention it). The person who has your money isn't doing what you want. You've realized doing this was amazingly stupid.

Consider the money you've spent and the time you've wasted extra credit for your "how to do business" degree. Seriously, you should know better. If you want to start and build a company stop looking for people to implement your ideas and go find a true collaborator. Find someone you can sit down with over coffee and look in the eye. Find someone that shares your vision and complements your skills. Don't just be the "guy with an idea and money" because those guys get taken by slime balls like this. Be the guy that recruits a team, manages the business, forms the company, drives the team, finds early customers, gets the logo designed for nothing by hustling hard--the guy that does everything else. This guy is useful to coders. IMO, your money and your ideas are worthless to people with good intentions. You have to bring more to the table than that. The good news is "all the other stuff" requires only that you have a brain and work really hard to make things happen.

Don't waste another moment worrying about this. Drop it. Move on. Spend your time and energy on creating something positive and always remember why this happened.

Assholes are everywhere. Starting a business is risky and hard. The ONLY risk you can conceivably reduce (never eliminate) is the interpersonal risk between you and the people you choose to spend your countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears with.

10 points by lrm242 1 day ago 2 replies      
At the risk of adding to the intrigue here, I think it's best if this community knows that there might be someone unsaviory amongst us. It is jiganti's perogative whether or not to out the person responsible for this. However, nothing stops a bit of detective work.

Whois on both wikizu.com and crushtease.com reveal:

Sink Float
P.O. Box 820
Beijing, Beijing 100837

Administrative Contact:
Float, Sink sinkyfloaty@gmail.com
P.O. Box 820
Beijing, Beijing 100837
+20.13352074153 Fax --

A few tests of user profile pages shows us there is a user here named 'sinkfloat'. Strange, but not conclusive by any means. Another search using searchyc.com using 'sink float' reveals another user, 'pinksoda' making some outrageous claims about sites he/she has built [1] [2]. Also, a link to a new business they started, www.sinkfloat.com [3]. Ok, now we're getting somewhere. Whois on sinkfloat.com reveals the same contact information as wikizu.com and crushtease.com.

Knowing that jiganti mentioned this user has at least two handles here, a lot of evidence points that pinksoda and sinkfloat are one in the same and likely the person jiganti partnered with on this venture.

[1]: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1299723

[2]: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1299094

[3]: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1269276

Conclusive? Maybe not. Certainly enough, IMO, to make anyone thinking of doing business with pinksoda or sinkfloat think twice. Unsavory business practices, scammers, etc are not welcome here, as far as I'm concerned. I welcome pinksoda and/or sinkfloat to chime in here if this analysis is wrong. If so, I apologize.

38 points by mahmud 1 day ago 1 reply      
Hi there, you mention my name, even though I just gave you free help, but you withhold the name of the person who scammed you? Not cool man.

If you know this person is a known scammer and has minimum of two accounts, as you said, PLEASE OUT HIM. Sheesh.

7 points by cperciva 2 days ago 1 reply      
A google search including his name and "scammer" brings up results, as does one with a pseudonym he uses for various sites.

This is pretty weak evidence. Google searches for "Colin Percival" +scammer and cperciva +scammer find a few dozen results too.

5 points by solipsist 2 days ago 1 reply      
This reminds me a little about about what happened with Mark Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins. Communication was cut off for a while and many excuses were made. However, if it makes you feel better, the twins now have a $150 million stake in Facebook. [1]

Anyways, I'm not sure if I have much advice. First thing should definitely be hiring a lawyer, though. You should probably refrain from posting anymore information here on HN as well. I've seen you've already removed some, which is good. We only need to hear the gist of the situation (for future reference).

Hope everything turns out well!


[Added in edit]

I traced back to when you were first starting this project. One of the people commented and wrote:

   I see these types of posts and it astonishes me that people will look for
cofounders "on the street."

I can't imagine that [ increases the odds of being successful -- but maybe I'm
wrong. Employee number 5 can be an unknown quantity,
but employee number 2? That would terrify me. [2]

This should be a warning to everybody else.

[1] - http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/01/04/...

[2] - http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1625890

5 points by ibejoeb 2 days ago 0 replies      
I don't think I follow the whole story. What exactly did you pay for? Did you pay him for his time, because when you say "I paid for that, plus some sort of marketing campaign..." I wonder what that is. If you paid for advertising, who got the contract? Is there no invoice?

Are you sure the terms were clear? If the other party kept the money in exchange for his efforts--and that seems likely--then I don't think there's a lot too this.

If the money was for an advertising campaign, I'm not sure why you feel that you're owed the money. What you're doing comes with risk of failure.

Perhaps I missed something in there. I think it's awfully aggressive to make public accusations of wrongdoing without explaining the arrangements that were made.


I re-read your account, just to make sure I didn't miss the point, and I pretty sure I did not. This really sounds like you offered money for a stake in something that didn't take off, and you admit that you were not diligent in entering into this deal. That's the game. I suppose it's up to how your contract is written.

9 points by jiganti 1 day ago 0 replies      
It appears like I was unclear. Mahmud had nothing to do with this, and in fact was the one who gave me unconditional help in the early stages. I apologize for the misunderstanding.
2 points by citricsquid 2 days ago 1 reply      
What to do now? Send a stern email explaining the situation: you think he's ripping you off, if he can't produce evidence of a product being worked on or provide an explanation of where the money is, request the money back, if he can't provide that then I'd suggest contacting a lawyer (got any contracts?). If he can't explain where the money is, show a product or return the money, in that situation I'd suggest lawyering up.

It's possible he got sidetracked, or it was more work than expected, but money given as "marketing budget" for a product that he can't show exists should not have gone anywhere. If it was wages, or a fee for the work then sure he could explain it away, but marketing money? Having been in this situation on the other side, in my case I got extremely busy with work that was paying me directly and didn't have time for the side-project work, but I didn't take any money intended for post-launch and spend it in the interim... that crosses the line from slow/lazy to wilfully ripping someone off.

If he had spent the money to keep himself afloat while he worked with money coming in from other means later on that he intended to pay you back with (or sneak back into the marketing money without you knowing) that could explain it, but if there is no product to show that can't be the reason.

tl:dr; if he took money, can't account for the spending and refuses to show a product (eg: it doesn't exist) lawyer up.

7 points by hugh3 1 day ago 1 reply      
Is this a genuine request for advice, or a passive-aggressive communication with your alleged scammer?
3 points by leon_ 1 day ago 0 replies      
http://www.crushtease.com/ <- you paid money for this? oO
5 points by Nick_C 1 day ago 1 reply      
I end up on Google's page when I try to open either wikizu.com or crushtease.com . Some sort of redirect happening?
4 points by olalonde 2 days ago 1 reply      
Out of curiosity, how much money did you invest in this?
4 points by Devilboy 1 day ago 0 replies      
Chalk it up to experience and move on.
2 points by dtran 1 day ago 1 reply      
He even made the sites functional with facebook, which I thought meant for sure there was no reason to question him.

Why does adding a FBConnect button make him more trustworthy? I see several things wrong with this sentence.

1 point by rokhayakebe 2 days ago 1 reply      
If you truly believe the idea has some merit then you should launch it. Looking at wikizu, it does not seem as if he is very far in development.

Unless you are out lots of money, you should let it be because lawyers cost money and time.

1 point by SeanNieuwoudt 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'm sorry about the situation you are in, but it is largely your fault.

Did you do any reference checks on previous work before you partnered with him? Did you meet up in person to validate his personality? Did you google him after speaking to him the first time?

The internet is rife with scammers, but in this case you DID actually receive two sites - albeit not extremely well built ones. Scammers would have generally taken your money and produced nothing at all.

just my 2cents...

2 points by Ramanean 2 days ago 0 replies      
Scary..This is why I make sites alone without partnering anyone..But that takes too much off time..
Ask HN: iPhone app or mobile website for nanny management website?
3 points by nmaio 8 hours ago   3 comments top 2
1 point by codeslush 8 hours ago 1 reply      
Nick - congrats on getting something out the door. We have a nanny and I don't think we would use this application for her. It's possible that we are in the minority, but we have had her for almost 5 years and she knows what needs to be done. It's pretty rare for us to ask anything out of the ordinary - certainly not prevalent enough to require an app to manage it.

HOWEVER - as a family, we could ABSOLUTELY use something like this. We have a big family - and a lot is expected of each of us. We have kids that aren't in school yet, and kids that are in high school. Keeping things straight is a real pain in the arse.

My wife should be able to view my schedule, or a family schedule, etc... Each member would be responsible for updating their calendar. Todo's can be tasked to whomever - and tracked - just like reminders. Heck, I would even like to see a chore-chart type thing in an app like this where it creates some todo's based on recurring chores.

So, this doesn't really answer your question - but maybe it could expand your market a bit!

To answer your question: How about a different approach. Our nanny doesn't have a smart phone - so mobile or iphone/android is out of the question. But she can get sms messages. How about making adding sms support to what you already have using a library like twilio to support uni or bi-directional updates/notifications? Nanny gets notified and can reply to txt or whatever but the website is always available for additional interface/views/etc...

Well, just an idea. If you expanded into the "family" concept, I would definitely recommend an iphone (smart phone) approach over mobile web because of the enhanced notifications and alerts and whatnot offered by native apps.

Hope this helps a little.

1 point by stray 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Ask HN: how to become a consultant?
11 points by clistctrl 13 hours ago   7 comments top 7
1 point by brudgers 40 minutes ago 0 replies      
>"I can afford to live for several months without any income"

That's an acceptable approach for a startup, because during that time you will develop a product. It's not so sound for a consultancy. With a consultancy, a good time to quit your day job is with a contract in hand. That probably means working your contacts and assessing the actual consulting opportunities will be your second job for a while.

Don't try to sell broke. Once you quit your job, it is easy to get the stench of desperation - particularly with only several months worth of savings and no consulting gigs.

3 points by lukev 12 hours ago 0 replies      
To be honest, it's not easy without existing contacts. You can build yourself a website, advertise and cold-call companies, but you're not likely to get a good response from that alone.

Basically, your first goal is to gain contacts and a good reputation. A few ideas for doing this:

* Find another consulting company in your target industry and subcontract to them to start out with (or even go on staff for a year or three).

* Although this is less relevant for enterprise work, see what you can find on freelancing sites and build up a good reputation.

* Attend technology user groups in relevant domains and network extensively.

* Become an expert in some niche technology. Maybe write a book (easier said then done, but still, probably less difficult than you'd expect).

2 points by kunley 11 hours ago 0 replies      
In consulting, esp. in telecoms, there are lots of deals and politics at the higher manager level. Pretty good strategy is to work as a subcontractor for several consulting companies - when they see you're good they will spread a word about you which helps getting next project - under their flag or even other. The good thing is that they will handle most of the political stuff for you.

I successfully shuffle several consulting companies each few years or even months - they have no problem with it assuming you work for only one of them at a time and you do really work hard to bring every value you can to their project. Of course one should negotiate to not sign non-compete agreements when working this way.

The crucial thing is to communicate to them in a polite way that you enjoy working with them but you don't necessarily want to become part of their organisation. Not easy, but doable.

1 point by bhousel 12 hours ago 0 replies      
"I have a lot of experience in a variety of industries, but I wouldn't say i'm an expert in any."

This is going to be your biggest challenge. You need to become an expert in something. Or at least, adopt the mindset that you are an expert. Consulting is one of those careers where image matters quite a lot, and if you aren't very confident in your own abilities, clients will pick up on that doubt and pass on hiring you.

You can even be a technology generalist, but at least position yourself as an expert in "using technology to solve whatever problem in whatever industry".

Remember that the reason companies hire consultants it to get problems solved. You have to know a lot about what those problems are and how they are being solved by other companies already.

1 point by Swannie 12 hours ago 0 replies      
How extensive is your telco/healthcare knowledge?

I think the more established the industry, the harder it is to enter as a consultant on your own. In telecoms the only true "independent consultants" I know of have 20+ years of experience. Otherwise most people are either contractors (usually 6M+), or consultants within a larger organisation.

I'm interested in telco enterprise software myself. dm me on twitter if you want to chat about ideas (@MarkSwanb) (currently working on my side project in that sort of area ish, have considered many many other options).

1 point by gallerytungsten 9 hours ago 0 replies      
1. Acquire expertise.
2. Leverage contacts.
3. Profit.

Of course, this glib recipe is for those who already know how to do it. In your case, I'd suggest networking with larger consulting companies and seeking subcontracts from them.

1 point by codeslush 12 hours ago 0 replies      
The answer is contained in your own post:

...since these are the industries i have the most contacts in already...

Work those contacts!

My gift to HN, a tool to check who else had your idea
9 points by gtardini 14 hours ago   14 comments top 9
2 points by RiderOfGiraffes 13 hours ago 2 replies      
Clickable: http://gtardini.com/wwwhoelse

Lovely idea, but ...

Color me suspicious, but this could simply be a way of harvesting potential ideas for exploitation by the site owner.

How can you convince people otherwise?

(I'm in a nasty mood today - I've been dealing with threat-mode analyses ...)

1 point by rcavezza 10 hours ago 0 replies      

Warning: file_get_contents(https://www.googleapis.com/customsearch/v1?key=AIzaSyAsvDUMt...) [function.file-get-contents]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 403 Forbidden in /home/gtardini/public_html/wwwhoelse/index.php on line 69
no web apps found matching your idea. Maybe you have been really original but just in case try to perform another search describing your creation with different words.

1 point by knowtheory 12 hours ago 1 reply      
Being first mover into a market is no guarantee of success. Likewise, and more importantly, not being first in your market is not the primary critical factor in successfully pursuing an idea.

Rio built flash based mp3 back in the late 90's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_PMP300 ). What's the default brand name for mp3 players now? Definitely not Rio's!

1 point by bhavin 13 hours ago 1 reply      
very useful tool, thanks for this!

One suggestion: It would be great if you could improve color scheme overall.. espcially on the result page, its difficult to read with dark grey bg and blue fonts.

1 point by wmblaettler 12 hours ago 1 reply      
From the Google Custom Search API:
"error": {
"errors": [
"domain": "usageLimits",
"reason": "dailyLimitExceeded",
"message": "Daily Limit Exceeded"
"code": 403,
"message": "Daily Limit Exceeded"
1 point by agnesberthelot 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Very good idea. I won't worry too much about idea harvesting ... idea alone won't succeed, it has to be coupled with excellent execution.
However, even when I typed in your suggestion "sell stuff online", no results were given. Perhaps you might want to check into that.
1 point by gtardini 5 hours ago 0 replies      
i fixed the error message and asked google to raise my daily api quota, tomorrow i'll see
1 point by gtardini 9 hours ago 0 replies      
awww, exceeded the api call limit, will fix that later. i ll also change the colors, thanks for all the suggestions!
1 point by bowmande 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Very useful tool. It is helpful to see what is out there for the idea you are pursuing. Thanks!
Ask HN: Pre-revenue, approached by angel...what to do?
3 points by baddiet_ 11 hours ago   2 comments top 2
2 points by brudgers 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Suppose you're correct and you would be Ramen Profitable by June (4 months). Taking the cash won't make you Ramen profitable today...by the time you quit your jobs and finish the project it could easily be April (2 months). So the question, "Is it worth selling 10% of the company (or whatever it is) to gain two months?"

I will add that there is greater risk in quitting your job prior to revenue than there is post revenue because taking the money and quitting is no guarantee that the venture will throw off revenue anyway (risk is times two - since your partner is also running the risks). It's one thing to grow an existing revenue stream, another to try and create one.

Sometimes on HN the emphasis on finding investors is so great that it becomes difficult to remember that the exit is where success should be measured and that taking funding means selling a portion of your company to someone with competing interests (i.e. other investments) taking up their time and energy.

Good Luck

1 point by guynamedloren 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Do what is best for the company. If time is of the essence (ie - hot sector with lots of potential competition), you probably want to get your app out the door as soon as possible. If this is the case, would it help for one of you to quit your job and develop the app full time while being supported by the other founder + angel investment? Or is it possible that you could both quit your jobs and develop full time? It really depends on your personal situations as well as many other factors. Tough to come up with a concrete answer, but good luck!
Ask HN: Is anyone hiring tech interns for the summer?
12 points by AdamTReineke 22 hours ago   6 comments top 5
3 points by Zev 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Justin.tv is looking for interns (and new grads)! We're doing some pretty cool things right now, if I dare say so.

JTV is based in SF (SoMA if you want to be slightly more specific). See http://jobs.justin.tv/software-engineer-intern.html for more info and how to apply. Also, feel free to email me if you have any questions (I did an internship with JTV over the summer).

1 point by _prototype_ 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm a CS senior due to graduate in June (from a state school). This year, I have interned at two companies already (September to Jan, Jan to Present, etc). I can tell you that the career fairs suck at getting you good internships. I simply searched craigslist and/or monster.com for internships that interest me. I suggest you don't depend on your school fair and go out there and just apply.

Good luck.

1 point by jonafato 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Could posts also include location? I'm in the northeast, and I'm sure others would like to be able to skim for locations without leaving the page as well.
1 point by erohead 17 hours ago 0 replies      
Mountain View - Embedded soft/hardware hacker intern needed. C experience + Bluetooth is preferred. Small startup producing extraordinarily useful wearable electronics. Funded and growing.

Email eric AT pulse-dev.net for more info.

1 point by cellularmitosis 22 hours ago 1 reply      
where are you?
Ask HN: How to separate business and personal accounts?
5 points by crystalarchives 12 hours ago   2 comments top 2
3 points by codeslush 12 hours ago 0 replies      
This is most definitely NOT the way to do it! If you had an S-Corp, you could do it this way, but I know for certain it isn't appropriate for a C-Corp and I suspect the same holds true for an LLC.

A payroll service like ADP is probably also not appropriate given the inconsistent income. Have you considered hiring a part-time bookkeeper/accountant to process payrolls for you on an infrequent basis?

You are not your company - you are an employee. Expensing salary is gonna get you in trouble. I think it will be classified as a loan to officer and something that needs to be paid back (unless you've contributed capital to the company already, in which case they are paying you back).

Google for accountants from your home state and reach out to them.

Transferring money from biz account to personal account, and vice-versa is a bad idea for reasons other than taxation. It destroys the validity of your company and can expose you to individual liability which is exactly what you are trying to avoid by having a company formed in the first place.

1 point by damoncali 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Get an accountant. You don't want to mess this up.
Ask HN: Should I Limit Users to 140 chars?
5 points by bpeters 12 hours ago   9 comments top 4
3 points by notahacker 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Unless your communication platform is designed to send SMS messages and/or tweets, I'd say a slightly more generous limitation would be better.

It is possible for communications to have the virtue of brevity without the need for URL shorteners and abbreviations everywhere.

2 points by pkamb 12 hours ago 1 reply      
Completely depends on what kind of "communication" you're trying to promote. Twitter wanted people to send short, timely messages so they limited message length. How do you want people to use your service? Put constraints on your product to encourage that particular behavior.
2 points by mariust 12 hours ago 1 reply      
I would do the following: for mobile users Yes, for PC's no. And here is why because when they send more then 140 chars on mobile it becomes 2 messages or more (more carrier fees).
2 points by timpeters 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I agree with respect to mobile device users and they would understand given limitations of text messaging and how they have become familiar with messaging with few characters. PC users will want to explain in more detail and this should be accommodated. That said I suggest not leave it open ended, but some limit so they net their feedback.
Ask HN: Local HN Directory?
3 points by bherms 12 hours ago   2 comments top
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