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What it's like in Egypt: An email from my mom
155 points by zefhous 4 hours ago   36 comments top 7
70 points by elliottcarlson 3 hours ago 2 replies      
"Of Egypt's 80 million people, 10% are Christians. Some Muslims have been guarding Coptic churches while Christians pray, and on Friday, Christians were guarding the mosques while Muslims prayed."


I hate it when people use that - but if anything deserves it, it is "This."

10 points by dkarl 2 hours ago 1 reply      
I will include a photo of the scene

zefhous, do you have this photo? Can you make it available?

Amazing submission, thank you.

2 points by rahooligan 14 minutes ago 0 replies      
The US gives over a billion dollars in military aid to Egypt for strategic reasons and also to maintain peace between Israel and Egypt. This aid is not meant for Mubarak but it is for any government Egypt supports. So US should continue providing such aid even if Mubarak is toppled. Hope peace is restored soon. Thanks for posting the email. So informative.


10 points by drndown2007 2 hours ago 1 reply      
Thanks for sharing that. After reading about how the Christians and Muslims are protecting each other, I think Egytians in general must be pretty awesome people.
13 points by jalgebra 3 hours ago 1 reply      
The tear gas company referenced above, which is located in Pennsylvania:: http://combinedsystems.com/
3 points by phunel 2 hours ago 6 replies      
"...he brought us home a tear gas canister so that we could see “the gifts that America sends to Egypt”. It was made on Kinsman Road in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, 16134."

I've seen this covered all over the news and can't understand the logic. Despite the fact that the United States has publicly backed the will of the Egyptian people, calling for an orderly transition - there seems to be a pathological need to throw some egg. No one is grabbing the 7.62 casings from the Misr-AKM and saying, "see the gifts Russia sends to Egypt?"

-1 point by mindctrl 14 minutes ago 1 reply      
Looks fake to me.
Ask HN: Review my startup idea, Algonaut
9 points by abhijitr 28 minutes ago   1 comment top
1 point by scottkrager 5 minutes ago 0 replies      
Ask HN: What is legally required to run a small service-based web application?
62 points by IgorPartola 7 hours ago   53 comments top 8
35 points by patio11 6 hours ago replies      
You don't need a legal structure to charge people money. Sole proprietorship is the most common form of business in the United States -- by quite a large margin. For example, BCC is structured as a sole proprietorship: when someone pays me for bingo cards, they're really paying me for bingo cards.

You will probably find that no B2C customer actually cares about the structure of your business, legally. Your website design matters 10,000 times more in terms of trust gained. Your mileage may vary if you sell B2B, particular B2BigFreakingEnterprise.

With regards to liability: your main defense against liability is not your corporate structure or your terms of service. It is not pissing anyone off so bad that they decide to sue you.

You can, if you choose, get an LLC and create a Terms of Service. These are more to allow you to sleep better at night than insurance against catastrophe: no matter what you do right now, if you get sued, life is going to suck.

You want to sell subscriptions? Paypal Website Payments Pro + Spreedly. You can do it in two hours of coding and about two days or so in time it takes Paypal to review your business. I do not recommend doing yearly subscriptions until you have history: doing so increases your risk profile.

Your main regulatory issue for the typical SaaS app is simple: you owe income taxes on it, both to the US and to North Carolina. Luckily, you will have very good records of sales (because you'll be able to grab them from Paypal). If you want to deduct expenses, make sure to record them and keep proof of them (generally, receipts work fine -- for e-receipts, print to PDF and put it in your Dropbox so that you don't lose it).

5 points by mgkimsal 5 hours ago 1 reply      
Where abouts in NC are you? I'm in Raleigh, and would be happy to meet up and show you some of how I'm setup. I charge yearly subscriptions for digital content, as well as one-off sales. I use both GC and PP for checking out - no sense in limiting yourself too much, imo. I have sales from around the world, and GC and PP have covered the overwhelming majority of those sales.

EDIT: Ahh... you're in Durham. I've got to be in Durham this afternoon. If you'd like to get together, ping mgkimsal@gmail.com. Also, I'll be at the tripug PHP meeting in Carrboro next Wed evening at 6:30 if you'd care to meet up and review stuff in more detail.

Good luck.

4 points by haploid 6 hours ago 3 replies      
Why paypal/google instead of a real payments gateway like authorize.net?
2 points by damoncali 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Paypal is a nightmare compared to real merchant accounts. Talking to customer support there is like smashing your hand in a car door.

In the long run you're better off with either Braintree (which is fine all by itself) or Auth.net + Chargify/Spreedly/etc. I would switch to one of those options as soon as you validate the business, as the cost is significant early on.

5 points by kmanlives 6 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm in the US (Georgia), and the first thing I did to limit liability is to form an LLC (simple overview: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limited_liability_company)
3 points by nolite 6 hours ago 1 reply      
Some important factors.. what country are you in? What country are your subscribers in? Can you incorporate in a 3rd country?

Regarding payments, there are nothing but horror stories regarding Paypal, and Google doesn't sound that much better. Look carefully concerning this..it could kill your business

1 point by escanda 6 hours ago 1 reply      
About the second point you would ask your bank if they offer a payment gateway service, and offer Paypal or Checkout as a second option. When I am going to buy something online I trust more a service which charges me through a recognised bank, it feels safer in case I have a problem.
2 points by EnergizerBunny 6 hours ago 1 reply      
I think you mean exorbitant :)
Ask HN: How do you read the news efficiently?
8 points by ekpyrotic 2 hours ago   7 comments top 5
1 point by ascuttlefish 23 minutes ago 0 replies      
I read the paper editions of The Economist and Macleans and I read CBC news online and listen to the hourly news on the radio.

I've chosen a couple sources that I enjoy. I don't worry too much about missing much or whether I'm getting the whole story; I assume that what I miss will either become important enough to crop up in one of my sources or it won't and that the whole story is impossible to get.

I think the reason the slants are not very different between sources is the fundamental laziness of journalists who rely heavily on material provided by government and corporate press releases.

2 points by keiferski 2 hours ago 1 reply      
I really don't read the (general) news. As bad as it sounds, I still manage to stay relatively informed. I think there's three reasons for this:

1. If it's big enough news, I'll hear about it from my friends/co-workers/etc.

2. If it's big enough news, it will usually pop up on a site that I do frequent (like HN.) For example, the abundance of stories about Egyptians using technology informed me of what was going on RE the revolution.

3. Most of the news out there is completely irrelevant. "Don't miss" on CNN.com: Groundhog predicts early spring, Charlie Sheen, How to Avoid Salt, and something about Bush's daughter.

1 point by taylorbuley 2 hours ago 0 replies      
From what I gather writing yet another news aggregator is al laughable endeavor -- I think I read some piece on HN that said, basically, "give up, you're not the first person to try this."

I've been working on a personal news aggregator for over a year now, trying everything and anything new and different with an open mind, and yet I've still yet to find a good news experience to beat what I've come up with.

All of this is to say "be patient." Based on what I've been working on, I think with new technologies like IndexedDB and Web Workers people are going to blow away what's out there today.

1 point by HeyLaughingBoy 1 hour ago 1 reply      
First, if it's important, then by definition it's not a waste of time.

Second, most of my news comes from listening to Public Radio on the drive to work so it overlaps my commute.

1 point by thebigredjay 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Well, I have a few topics that I watch closely. I've set up Google Alerts for relevant keywords and then send those to an RSS reader. There's quite a bit of overlap, so I've been paring my words down. Now I've got a limited number of keywords that provide the most relevant results from Google Alerts. That's how I get news on topics specifically important to me.

For general news I usually just stumble around on Reddit, Hacker News, and Fark. That, and I still frequently buy various science and business magazines.

Ask HN: Who's hiring Summer interns? (January 2011)
5 points by rgbrgb 1 hour ago   1 comment top
1 point by philfreo 1 hour ago 0 replies      
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - (on-site only, we can help relocate)

Quizlet (http://quizlet.com/) - creating a better way to study, over 1 million users, great JavaScript games, voice recognition, text-to-speech audio

Check out jobs page for real-time stream of what people are studying: http://quizlet.com/jobs/

Looking for: great back-end (PHP5, Memcached, MySQL) and front-end (JavaScript/Ajax) developers who want to work on products to help making studying better for 3 million people/month.

Ask HN: How do you read Hacker News?
4 points by pud 1 hour ago   discuss
Ask HN: What's your biggest programming mistake?
9 points by lostincode 3 hours ago   9 comments top 8
1 point by bmelton 23 minutes ago 0 replies      
In the process of working on SUN Java Access Manager, we kept getting application server core dumps. To troubleshoot, I needed to grab all the logs and zip them up to send to SUN support. I'd been up and working on this particular problem for over 30 hours, and was very closely treading the line between asleep and awake.

I wrote something like:

tar -czf `date`.tar.gz $BACKUP_DIR/*

Anybody who's awake has probably already spotted that I tried to SET $LOG_DIR instead of LOG_DIR, and hence, ended up moving the entire operating system into my home folder.

It was a virtual instance, using Sun's zone virtualization, so fixing it proved to be trivial, but it was on a production system serving a federal agency, and that wasn't the only thing on the server.

Oddly enough though, after the script ran, the Access Manager (having loaded everything into memory, I assume) still worked like a champ, though everything else failed completely.

2 points by notaddicted 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Before I had figured out VCSs I didn't know how to branch in subversion. I had a site that was based on a checkout from about six months before, but I had made a bunch of hotfixes to it while development continued on the main branch. I wanted to make a backup copy of the code on my workstation so I logged into the server and typed:

    $ tar xzf archive.tgz live-directory

So by typing x for extract instead of c for compress I accidentally overwrote everything right at the moment I wanted to back it up. Two hours later I had the site working again, six hours later I had it back to where it was before I deleted it. It was painful to spend a whole stressful day undoing the damage from a one character typo.

2 points by RiderOfGiraffes 3 hours ago 0 replies      
While testing a live update to a safety-critical traffic monitoring system I had four sessions running. Development, deployment, shadow, and a link to the live system.

I was checking the deployment to the shadow system, repeatedly running over the check-list to ensure that the deployment went smoothly, and then running a comparison between the shadow system and the live system to check that the update took place properly.

Between each test I took down the shadow system and brought it back up in a clean duplicate of the live system. Except on this one occasion when I had a brain-fart and killed the live system.

It all came back as designed within 30 seconds, re-initialised and restarted without loss of data, but it was a scary moment.

3 points by svmegatron 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Once, on purpose, I wrote a login system that enforced globally unique passwords. Ie. no two users could share the same password. I can't even remember why it seemed like a good idea while I was designing it, but the problem quickly became apparent once anyone started trying to use it.
4 points by camperman 1 hour ago 0 replies      
dd if=outfile of=infile

An entire month to fix.

1 point by bit101bit 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Mine... Leaving 'test code' that should have been commented out.
When run the code just produces test results not matter the input... and i was telling the panel the code was ok.
2 points by henryfarbles 1 hour ago 1 reply      
I've accidentally done this more times than I'd like to admit:

rm * .png

1 point by Khao 3 hours ago 0 replies      
My biggest mistake was uploading ASP code right onto a production server to fix an urgent bug when there were a few hundred people passing exams online. I didn't realised that changing pages would not bother but changing code in the APP_CODE section would make the website recompile the code behind and every data stored in cache or in viewstate would be invalid since the dll version had changed. Everybody online then hit a 500 error page when they tried to continue.
Show HN: Because most of us suffer from AD(H)D, here is too-long-didnt-read.com
4 points by christophe971 2 hours ago   11 comments top 5
2 points by codeslush 2 hours ago 2 replies      
I visited - didn't know what to do.

Definitely need to show a listing of submissions and summaries. As per the example you provided, looks great. Would love to use a service like this.

Categorize/tag them so I can browse startup-related articles (or whatever category I want)

Auto-fill url's as people are typing.

If the story I'm interested in has already been summarized, take me to it.

Just a few of my ideas. Could definitely build a mini-newspaper/ezine type of thing around this.

Good job! Keep the iterations coming.

EDIT: Don't force me to use my twitter account to do a submission - please!

2 points by charliepark 2 hours ago 1 reply      
Looks like it could be a good service, like a blog / newspaper version of http://800ceoread.com/.

Posting a list of recently-posted summaries (blog-style) to the front page " especially with an RSS feed " would be a good way to generate traffic / views / traction.

1 point by shortlived 1 hour ago 1 reply      
I'm sorry to be "that guy" but most of HN readers probably do not suffer from ADHD. There is a big difference between being distracted on the net and real ADHD. So please just call it "internet attention span" or something.
1 point by christophe971 2 hours ago 0 replies      
1 point by rgarcia 1 hour ago 1 reply      
http://tldr.it/ does this automatically
Ask HN:What job roles are suitable for a generalist?
9 points by confuzed 4 hours ago   3 comments top 2
3 points by mindcrime 4 hours ago 1 reply      
Sounds like you could easily transition into a number of roles... maybe project management, maybe business analyst, maybe even product management, or just general engineering management. Or if you really like the business side of things, but want something with a technical flavor, study up on business process improvement stuff and set yourself up as a consultant in that space. Or you could focus on software process, IT management, etc. and do something there.

I'm not necessarily advocating any of this buzzword stuff in the general sense, but... if firms in your part of the world are using CMMI, or Six Sigma or ITIL or any sort of formal methodology for managment / process improvement, you could probably make bank by specializing in one of those areas. If Agile methods are popular, you could become an Agile consultant.

Or you could become a lean startup pirate ninja rockstar and specialize in helping startups iterate. [1]

[1]: http://www.startuplessonslearned.com/2011/01/lean-startup-ju...

1 point by mindaugas 17 minutes ago 0 replies      
I think I'm in a similar situation and I have a question:
how does one switch careers to Lean, ITIL or CMMI without necessary experience under his belt?
Ask HN: Is NJ a cool place for a startup?
3 points by dlsay 1 hour ago   3 comments top 2
1 point by nika 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Don't know NJ well, but having been there for awhile I can say that I would much rather live in a cost effective area and have a good daily commute than work in NYC. It may be "cooler" but it is a lot more expensive, and a lot less convenient.

Pursue employee happiness and productivity over panache anyday. Chasing panache will get you nowhere, and it is ultimately going to exceed your budget.

1 point by friendstock 1 hour ago 1 reply      
The "panache" is not the issue... the issue is whether your startup is in a location where young people want to live or commute to.

I worked at a telecom startup located in Bedminster and must say that it was not a convenient location for those who want to live in the city, since it required driving 45 minutes each way...

I would suggest Jersey City (e.g. Grove St.) or Hoboken -- some place that is accessible by PATH or other convenient public transit.

Ask HN: Have any successful businesses been built around Amazon Devpay?
5 points by pprasad 6 hours ago   2 comments top 2
1 point by jasonkester 4 hours ago 0 replies      
I use DevPay for S3stat.

They built it as a way to upsell Amazon Web Services, but I don't use it that way. It turns out that it's also a dead-simple way to handle recurring payments for a web application. It's orders of magnitude less work to implement than Amazon's other payment services.

The downside is that they don't put much love into it. Obvious features, such as manually cancelling a subscription or being notified when somebody cancels are missing, so there is a bit of pain to offset the ease of getting it up and running.

That said, I'd use it again.

1 point by cschmidt 5 hours ago 0 replies      
I know one good example. Gurobi (http://www.gurobi.com/) sells a very advanced Linear Programming (LP) and Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) solver. The software is more than 10K+ for a license. They use paid AMI's that let you run their software for $4-8/hour, depending on the instance size (High Memory Extra Large to High Memory Quadruple Extra Large).

I imagine is it a good way for them to get over the chicken and egg problem. It is hard for developers to convince their managers that it will solve their problem without trying it, and they can't try it without the software. It also allows people like me to experiment with Gurobi without much up front cost.

A Missing Link in Start-Up Ideas: "Insights"
11 points by evac 12 hours ago   2 comments top 2
1 point by keiferski 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Agree with you 110% on the technical issue; most apps and websites attempt to solve problems in a technical way, which isn't always the best method.
1 point by allantyoung 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I sometimes describe something as 'insightful' when it fundamentally changes my point of view or long-held beliefs.

But why do we need to fundamentally shake someone's core behavior or worldview? By definition, most startup ideas are not gamechangers. They're merely modest solutions that require a lot of hard work to produce.

I do agree that if you arrive at an unexpected psychological insight, you have an opportunity to change culture and create massive value. But that would be an unrealistic expectation for every startup to fulfill.

Ask HN: What are the facts in the Google v Bing scuffle?
8 points by mey 9 hours ago   4 comments top 4
3 points by user24 8 hours ago 0 replies      
I think that Google are claiming that Bing were specifically spying on Bing users clicking on Google results.

My position is that it's simpler to assume that Bing were spying on Bing users regardless of what page they were on, a side-effect of which is that Google had a lot of influence over-all, especially noticeable on 'long tail' queries.

"How exactly did Bing violate Google's terms". I don't know.

"Who "owns" the content the user "created" by typing in a search term and clicking a link?" Good question, I don't think there can be a definitive answer to this. Google can make a decent case that they own it (just like they own the directions given between two points on google maps, it's a consequence of their algorithm). But I think that's missing the point that, if I'm right, Bing weren't just targeting Google, they were targeting everyone.

Obvious sarcastic reply: "Oh it's all ok, Bing were spying on everyone guys, not just Google users, yay!" but that neatly brushes under the carpet the fact that everyone who runs a website spies on their users to some extent. This underpins the entire business model of most web businesses, especially search.

1 point by HardyLeung 2 hours ago 0 replies      
In my opinion, Bing did not violate Google's TOS because Bing did not use Google's service. The user did, and by installing Bing Toolbar the user gives Bing permission to spy on his/her search (per the Toolbar's TOS, which I presume is carefully written).

I find this bickering between Google and Microsoft amusing. Instead of the concerted public humiliation, a simple private call to Dean, and a public "Yeah, they copied us, and you know why" would suffice.

1 point by coderdude 8 hours ago 0 replies      
>Who "owns" the content the user "created" by typing in a search term and clicking a link?

I'm not sure that's the issue here. Unless I've misunderstood, what Bing is doing essentially lets them duplicate whatever improvements in results that Google innovates on. Google doesn't want Bing to reap the benefits of their hard work and money spent on improving their tech. I believe what Bing is doing is preventing Google from competing on a technical level. Honestly though, I'm still a little lost myself. There is a lot of back-and-forth going on here so it's difficult to distill the facts and weed out what is simply opinion.

1 point by stevenae 8 hours ago 0 replies      
My impression is that Google is not claiming a violation of terms, and certainly they have not stated an intention to take legal action. Google is claiming instead that any comparison of its own results with Bing's should be taken with the grain of salt that Bing (apparently) is not above "Googling" queries it doesn't have an answer to itself.

Hence why the last line of the official blog post on the matter is "we'd like for this practice to stop," and nothing stronger. This is PR, not litigation.

Ask HN: How should site owners respond to complete data compromise?
4 points by ivanstojic 7 hours ago   2 comments top
9 points by cperciva 7 hours ago 1 reply      
If a bug in my code put my customers' data at risk, I would fix the vulnerability; make sure I fully understood its scope; make sure there were no other similar bugs; write a blog post alerting the world to the problem and providing any mitigation strategies; and email all my customers to make sure they saw the blog post.
Tell HN: There is a Scammer Amongst Us
324 points by lrm242 1 day ago   74 comments top 9
169 points by requinot59 1 day ago 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.)

11 points by lrm242 1 day 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.
6 points by raganwald 1 day 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.

21 points by lwat 1 day ago 1 reply      
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.
7 points by OoTheNigerian 1 day ago 0 replies      
This BrianHolt dude is obviously NOT clean http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1299094. Why did you not do basic research on who you were doing business with?
7 points by rknight 1 day 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.

5 points by coderdude 1 day 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.
34 points by japherwocky 1 day ago 3 replies      
can we get a tldr on this?
I know there isn't much HN can do about it but can we stop opinion-based voting?
19 points by TimothyBurgess 14 hours ago   13 comments top 8
2 points by DarkShikari 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I haven't seen this problem quite so much on Hacker News -- or at least, it's nothing compared to more mainstream sites. On Reddit you can actually watch (particularly on slower sections, like proggit) as single people come into the thread and every single post expressing opinion X loses one point.

I don't think it's caused by disagreement per se. I think it's because people (whether they realize it or not) want to promote their opinion on certain topics. An upvoted comment expressing a contrary opinion seems like an endorsement of that opinion by the community (even if it isn't). So they downvote it to try to reduce the appearance of that endorsement, thus promoting their own opinion in its stead.

2 points by rlpb 7 hours ago 1 reply      
Most of my downvotes are not solely because I disagree with a particular point of view, but because the opinion presented seems to have been formed because the poster is missing a fundamental fact that is crucial to the opposite point of view.

I can't tell if he is ignorant of this fact and would change his view if he knew, or if he holds his opinion despite it. Expressing a contrary opinion requires suitable acknowledgement and refutation of the arguments going in the other direction if it is to have any merit.

If such a fact is acknowledged and refuted, then I am happy to upvote.

1 point by clojurerocks 5 hours ago 0 replies      
HN is becoming a victim of its own success. It really needs to be taken to another level so its easier to use. Right now its alot of noise which is increasing on a daily basis because more people are using it and is making it more and more difficult to use. The voting system is just one problem.
1 point by revorad 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Unfortunately your own post is mostly an opinion and is not providing much intellectual stimulation. If you have any ideas to control opinion-based voting or detect patterns, then that would be more interesting rather than an emotional appeal.
1 point by JoachimSchipper 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Let's just focus on keeping politics off HN; the worst opinion-based voting seems to be politically motivated.
2 points by pzxc 14 hours ago 1 reply      
I voted for this post because I agree with it, we should definitely stop opinion-based voting.


1 point by veb 12 hours ago 0 replies      
What? In the real world, if you say I'm fat, that I should stop eating fast food, and I'm a douche-bag, then that's your opinion.

My opinion is that I am am very fit, I have awesome pecs, I can lift a burning car off a pregnant mother etc.


1 point by _0ffh 14 hours ago 1 reply      
Which is why simple voting sucks!
See http://frankhirsch.net/nbtsm.html#nbtsm
Ask HN: How do you overcome the chicken and egg problem?
12 points by jwwest 21 hours ago   18 comments top 12
2 points by rcavezza 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I would create two separate services for each side - services that doesn't require the "egg" or "chicken".

Once you hit critical mass, you can start integrating the futures.

Let's say you want to create a "find a cofounder website".

=====Very Specific Example Here =====

For tech entrepreneurs, you might create a tool that helps with adwords or business development. Maybe a directory of similar startups in their niche & pre-typed business development sample emails.

For business entrepreneurs, maybe create a lean website testing quick app that will test if their idea is viable. Idk, fake pricing page, fake screenshot, and they'd put in their prices, features, and sales copy.

Maybe you can go even simpler and create one of those dumb quiz sites: Are you a tech cofounder or a business cofounder quizzes - make it funny and you can get email addresses on both sides of the coin. Just getting the email addresses alone can potentially help solve the problem.

2 points by keiferski 18 hours ago 0 replies      
This isn't the answer you're looking for, but I'll give it anyway:

Reframe your site so that you don't rely on the community to power it -- make it so each user can use the product to its fullest extent without a single other user.

We had this same problem during the early planning process for our (currently just my) startup. Ultimately we realized that we were looking at the problem the wrong way. Instead of making the tool community-powered, we made it individual-user-powered. This lets us be "successful" with far, far less users.

Obviously this probably won't work for your site, but maybe it's just a useful thought exercise.

5 points by veb 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Make 20 different user accounts. Create 20 different pieces of content, from 20 different people. Rinse and repeat.

To a new user, it'll look like there's some serious activity, and they'll join in.

I believe this is what Quora did.

3 points by Mz 20 hours ago 0 replies      
I think that depends in part on what type of content you are aiming for.

I did gather a few links to previous discussions on this topic (and a couple of related articles) here:


1 point by solipsist 15 hours ago 0 replies      
As other people have already posted, the founders of Quora and Reddit have admitted to generating "fake" content on their own to attract users to the site. Reddit supposedly did this for the first few weeks until it got going. I also remember reading that Quora put in a lot of hours generating the "fake" content, but it has seemed to pay off quite well.

When looking at your community, find ways that you and your friends/cofounders can easily generate lots of hiqh-quality content. It's important to set the tone of the site when you're generating the content. If you make lots of spam or low-quality content due to time constraints, the site will get a poor reputation and new users will continue the trend of making bad content. So make sure you generate the content wisely from the beginning :)

3 points by asanwal 21 hours ago 0 replies      
In general, you to have seed one side.

Would also recommend checking out this HBR paper - Strategies for Two-Sided Markets. It's talk of the "money side" and "subsidy side" is quite good.

4 points by antidaily 20 hours ago 0 replies      
The Reddit guys faked submissions for months until the site caught on.
1 point by kongqiu 19 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm tackling this problem at my startup, ParkGrades.com, by:
1. Seeding the site with as much quality information as I possibly can (given my limited resources);
2. Incenting users to add content through giveaways;
3. Testing the giveaways to see which incentives work best.

Once a given area/topic has a certain amount of information, it's then much easier to promote that area/topic with additional marketing and incentives.

1 point by Swannie 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Find another source of this same content.

Based on the licensing of it either: use it directly, quote and reference to it, approach the best contributors and offer to pay peanuts for their content, approach the site and pay for a bulk license.

Or just outright steal it and deal with the repercussions later :-O (It worked, albeit indirectly, for YouTube etc.)

Or if you wish to go the normal route, add an incentive. Free "pro" accounts to the top contributors, ad-revenue share (with a minimum payout set to something sensible, like affiliate programs, so you only deal with the best contributors). Or something as simple as a points system (works well at somewhere like HN & StackOverflow).

3 points by catshirt 20 hours ago 2 replies      
am i the only one who cringes at the thought of faking users?
2 points by jonafato 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Depending on the type of content you need, you could try leveraging Mechanical Turk. Or, as others have said, fake it. Also, posting a link here couldn't hurt (providing it is live).
1 point by derrida 17 hours ago 0 replies      
Have a conversation with yourself and 100's of usernames. Worked for me first time I made a forum in the late 90's Within a couple of weeks the site membership was exponentially increasing and out of control.
Ask HN: Review my startup: What the Trend
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2 points by revorad 6 hours ago 0 replies      
1 point by bkaid 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Love the service - discovered it when the iPhone twitter app implemented. I've always wondered why you haven't tried to increase traffic to your site and run ads.
Ask HN: Who's Hiring? (February 2011 Edition)
197 points by meadhikari 2 days ago   225 comments top 141
1 point by mtsmith85 13 minutes ago 0 replies      
New York, NY

Thrillist - We're a leading men's lifestyle newsletter.

We're looking for a jQuery developer who's also an experienced PSD-chopping, HTML-cleaning, CSS guru to write clean, lightweight code and keep our pages SEO-friendly. You'll be owning the frontend of our site, and helping us to make it lean and mean. This position reports directly to the Director of Technology.

- Minimum 2+ years of experience doing front-end work for a web-based business or web-focused agency
- Minimum 2 years experience with Javascript/jQuery/Prototype/etc
- Able to hand-code efficient tableless CSS layouts
- Up-to-date understanding of SEO best practices
- Strong dedication to cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility
- Capable in Photoshop

- Familiarity with the pitfalls of HTML email design a huge plus
- Git or SVN knowledge
- Flash skills a bonus
- Knowledge of Drupal theming a plus

We've got a bunch of fun applications in development. You'll work hard, and you'll learn a lot. Compensation commensurate with experience.

*Candidates MUST be available to work from our offices in Soho, NYC (though we're flexible about telecommuting a few days a week). No offshore/remote (sorry). Principals only, no recruiters please.

Join up: send resume and cover blurb with salary requirements to techjobs@thrillist.com with 'Interface Developer' in the subject line.

Read more: http://www.thrillist.com/jobs/#interface_developer

6 points by smanek 2 days ago 1 reply      
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.

24 points by timcederman 2 days ago 6 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 2 days ago 1 reply      
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 nixme 1 day 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.

4 points by pquerna 2 days 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:


6 points by holman 2 days 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.


8 points by sachinag 2 days 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

3 points by akeefer 2 days 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).

17 points by Macca 2 days 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.
39 points by kamens 2 days 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

4 points by flyosity 2 days 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 malbiniak 2 days 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.

1 point by dawson 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Cambridge Healthcare, Cambridge, UK (remote considered)

We are a healthcare start-up, creating a unique and innovative healthcare application framework and marketplace. We are working in partnership with the NHS and will pilot regionally, then deploy nationally.

We're looking for a CTO and or Senior Engineer, who thinks that a Ruby/Rails 3 and Amazon RDS stack with AMQP and Distributed Memory Caching is cool, but not enough.

Competitive salary and employee stock options.

For more information please don't hesitate to get in contact, email and Skype in profile. The sites are http://nhs.info and http://about.nhs.info

7 points by nathanh 2 days ago 1 reply      
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 david927 2 days 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.

5 points by lecha 2 days 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...

4 points by drusenko 2 days 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)

3 points by lpolovets 2 days 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

5 points by techsupporter 2 days 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 newhouseb 2 days 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 thinkcomp 2 days 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 2 days ago 2 replies      
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.

4 points by jack7890 2 days 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

3 points by SpikeGronim 2 days 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 mace 2 days 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

3 points by agotterer 2 days ago 3 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.

3 points by felideon 2 days 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.

7 points by squirrel 2 days 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.

3 points by rbxbx 2 days 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 :)

1 point by shadchnev 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Forward Internet Group in London, UK: http://www.forward.co.uk

We're a young entrepreneurial company that bootstrapped its way from its founder bedroom to a 150-strong company with very healthy profits in 6 years without any external capital.

We are behind uswitch.com, getinvisiblehand.com, omio.com, justcages.co.uk, petvillas.co.uk, forward3d.co.uk etc.
You can take a look at who we are and what we do at http://www.forwardtechnology.co.uk.

One of our guys created statefulapp.com during the recent Rails Rumble (been on the frontpage of HN), many others contribute to open source.

We have been doubling our revenues every single year (up to £118m in 2010) and plan to continue to expand. So, we need great people!

We're looking for great developers (and many other roles too) to work on a variety of exciting online projects. We use Clojure, Ruby, Hadoop, Node.js, Sinatra etc.

Above all we're looking for smart, ambitious, entrepreneurial people. Full job spec is here: http://www.forward.co.uk/careers or here: http://www.forwardtechnology.co.uk/

And it's fun to work here: you choose the hardware you want, you buy the books you need, the hours are flexible, no dress code, free classes (language, music and even poker), the people are reasonable and the entertainment budget is generous: for example the entire company hangs out in Las Vegas night clubs and casinos for 4 days every December and we've recently returned from Disneyland in Paris (birthday celebrations).

To find out more email me at evgeny.shadchnev@forward.co.uk with your CV.

p.s. sorry, all our devs are on-site, we don't hire remote devs. Also, given the recent changes to the immigration laws in the UK, it will be very challenging (maybe even impossible) for us to arrange a visa unless you're an EU national or already have a work permit.

2 points by nethergoat 2 days 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!

6 points by buymorechuck 2 days ago 0 replies      
Palo Alto, CA - Flipboard

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


[NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@+HN@%@.com", @"charles", @"flipboard"]

3 points by jbenz 2 days 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:


1 point by blacksmythe 1 day ago 0 replies      
Calient Networks (no remote, should be willing to relocate to Santa Barbara CA) www.calient.net

Hiring for several positions.

1. Software Engineer: Deliver fast-track software solutions for Tier 1 Data Center Customers and Telco Equipment Partners, beginning from product definition, development, and validation through deployment.

  The successful candidate should be capable of developing real-time embedded 
software including implementation and integration.

- 5+ years in designing and developing embedded software development using
embedded operating systemS (RTOS / embedded Linux)

- Experience with SNMP would be useful

- Experience with high availability systems would be very helpful

2. DSP Software Engineer

  - Develop and test control of MEMS with an embedded
PowerPC or DSP processor.

- Work closely with hardware engineers

- Familiar working with embedded Linux

  - Should understand resonance frequency, Fourier transforms,
and have some understanding of control theory.

3. Manufacturing Software Engineer

  - Apply machine learning to manufacturing automation of complex system.

Presently manufacturing data interpretation requires a highly intelligent person.
The software needs to perform diagnostics to allow an average person
to manage the manufacturing process.

- Must have a passion for manufacturing in volume

3 points by nfriedly 2 days 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 GavinB 2 days 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

2 points by trunnell 1 day 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.

2 points by MediaSquirrel 2 days 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

4 points by hyyypr 2 days 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

1 point by petervandijck 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Developers in Montreal.

Hiring developers in Montreal. Full-time job with benefits, we pay well, and you get to work on startup-y projects (ie. agile, small teams, etc.) You get lots of freedom, ownership (projects are starting from scratch, no legacy projects here) and little corporate crap.

Specifically looking for:

- Javascript person: you should be really good at javascript, jquery etc. You'll be writing from scratch a gmail-like browser app (simpler though), using something like Sammy js, accessing data from a json backend api. When applying, show me something you've done in this spirit.

- Windows, Mac developers. You'll write a Dropbox-like app that runs on Windows and/or Mac. (It's pretty different from Dropbox but that's the closest I found.) Make sure it doesn't crash or slow down the computer. Make it Just Work. Show me something you've done when applying.

You must be located in Montreal. Contact info in my account info.

3 points by tocomment 2 days 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.

3 points by wmoxam 2 days 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.

2 points by GavinB 2 days 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

4 points by StyleOwner 2 days 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.

3 points by lovitt 2 days 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...

3 points by qixxiq 2 days 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 takrupp 2 days 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 cristinacordova 2 days 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.

9 points by gsiener 2 days ago 0 replies      
Hi all. I curate the NYC StartupDigest Jobs list -- email me if you'd like to see your posting included.
2 points by apike 2 days 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.

3 points by aschobel 2 days 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. =)


9 points by benji-york 2 days 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/
2 points by joshuaxls 2 days 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.

7 points by magicseth 2 days 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.


2 points by jonshea 1 day 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.

4 points by YammerMel 1 day 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 roobeast 2 days 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.

3 points by ashearer 2 days 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.

2 points by goatforce5 2 days 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

2 points by usaar333 1 day 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 cal5k 2 days 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:


4 points by kshashi 2 days 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

5 points by vide0star 1 day 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.

3 points by 20thr 2 days 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.

1 point by _mattb 1 day ago 0 replies      
Redwood Systems -- Fremont, CA (sorry, no remote) http://redwoodsystems.com

We're a 50 person startup that makes an LED lighting controller and sensor system for commercial buildings. Our system saves a lot of energy and we get a ton of sensor information that's lately been leading to some interesting analyses and visualizations.. We're putting physical systems on the web and it's pretty exciting! There are Engineering openings in our UI, Embedded C++, Test, and Sales Applications groups http://redwoodsystems.com/about-us/careers. We're also looking for summer interns if you're still in school (contact me directly).

I'm relatively new and it's an awesome time to work here. We have big name clients in the valley and we're constantly working with them to make a better product.

2 points by drallison 1 day 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.

3 points by phillytom 2 days 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

1 point by bharatvasan 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Basis (mybasis.com) - Health/Fitness Startup in San Francisco

We are a team of alums from places like Google, Microsoft, EA and NASA building a product to improve the health and quality of people's lives. We're looking for smart, seasoned people who want to build interesting stuff, solve large problems and save the world :-) So, ping us at jobs@mybasis.com if you're local to the Bay Area (no remotes pls).

A couple of roles we're looking for:

PHP (Zend) Lead (http://bit.ly/eB7dVK) -- Design, implement, and maintain major portions of the server architecture and data visualization apps. Create and maintain the various APIs used by BASIS's web and mobile applications.

Native App (Win/OS X) Developer (http://bit.ly/dE2N0g) -- Develop a critical component of our infrastructure -- the native application (Windows 7, Vista, XP and OS X) that talks to our USB/Bluetooth-connected device and our web back-end. Evolve the drivers, SDK and APIs that enable our team and 3rd party developers to access data from our platform.

What we can offer:

- awesomeness all around, on team and product

- an early stage opportunity where you can exercise your creative muscles without big company politics

- competitive compensation, early-stage stock and the stability of a venture-backed company

- a unique gizmo (the Basis Band) that no one else has and all sorts of cool office perks that make you happy

If you care about building a product that can improve the health of millions millions and analyzing the world's single largest repository of vital signs, we want you.

Ping us at jobs@mybasis.com!

3 points by NetMonkey 2 days 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.

4 points by svec 2 days 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.

1 point by martharotter 17 hours ago 0 replies      
Nomad Editions - New York (sorry remote not an option for this role)


Developer for Digital Magazine Startup

Nomad Editions, a startup creating digital weeklies for mobile devices, is looking for an awesome web-standards focused HTML/CSS/JS developer to help build our content on top of Treesaver (treesaver.net), one of the most exciting new open source frameworks for digital news and magazine publishing.

The developer will be responsible for taking wireframes and translating them into standards-compliant web pages in Treesaver.

We're seeking:
- Expertise in standards-based web development with HTML/CSS/JS
- Experience with source control (Git or SVN)
- Ideal candidate would also have design skills
- Interest in working with a very exciting company doing something no one else in the digital publishing industry is doing: making digital content look amazing everywhere

If you're interested or have questions, please e-mail Martha Rotter at mrotter@readnomad.com

2 points by kyleslattery 2 days 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 christyyyjoy 2 days 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).

3 points by JonM 2 days 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.


2 points by kevindication 2 days 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 will_critchlow 2 days 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 wallacrw 1 day ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA (SoMa)

Early stage, well-funded web startup with SoMa office seeks talented developer as lead engineer. This is a core position; you will have a chance to influence every element of the company's technology, and you will receive a salary, options, and a desk in an office in SoMa. Must be local.

We're keeping our business plan under wraps, but the gist is that we're building a platform that will help local and state governments raise new money from an existing public resource. Read the paper: the time is ripe for this idea, local governments are going bankrupt all over the country. They are desperate for new solutions (see Governor Brown's State of California speech last night), and we will offer them a solution that will raise millions at the local level.

If you like novel solutions to hard problems, saving the US from bankruptcy and working at a company with a massive profit potential and an incredibly well-connected advisory board and investor roster, then tell me what you can bring to the table:


Must have several years' experience building scalable web applications, with a preference for folks interested in auction theory. You'll have to demonstrate that you can take an idea and implement it from the ground up, and that you can work closely in a small team as a co-founder.

3 points by jdfreefly 2 days 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.

3 points by imoawesome 2 days 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
3 points by mattyfo 2 days 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

2 points by xyzzyb 2 days 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.

2 points by Titanous 2 days 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).

3 points by beermann 2 days 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/

3 points by h3h 2 days 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 trefn 2 days ago 1 reply      
Mixpanel (San Francisco, CA)

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

We're also hiring interns!


3 points by ptornroth 2 days 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 tomh 2 days 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.

2 points by tungwaiyip 2 days 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 jbr 1 day 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 1 day 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.
3 points by dshah 2 days 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

3 points by cogg 2 days 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).


2 points by yume 1 day 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 dctanner 2 days 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 ericsilver 2 days 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

2 points by billpaetzke 2 days 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.


3 points by azeemansar 2 days 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

2 points by amduser29 2 days 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:


3 points by sgrock 1 day ago 0 replies      
AboutUs.org in Portland, Oregon

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


2 points by dustingetz 2 days ago 0 replies      
Blue Bell, PA (greater Philadelphia)

Full stack web engineer

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


2 points by lcm133 1 day 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

1 point by reedlaw 1 day 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 andrewwatts 2 days 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.


2 points by MarkSWeiss 1 day ago 0 replies      
Magnetic is a NYC online ad startup using search to target display advertising anywhere on the Web.

- Great mix of hard problems: low-latency serving, big data crunching, semantic analysis, elegant customer UI.

- Great mix of technologies: Ruby, Rails, MongoDB, Hadoop.

- Great team, including leading NYC Rubyist and technical founder with DoubleClick and Yahoo! pedigree.

- Perfect time to join: small engineering team, ownership of major parts of system, second-phase startup successful so far and building for next phase of growth.

- Competitive salary, excellent benefits, options. Perks include great views, pool table, after-hours beer and plenty of snacks.

2 points by chrismjohnson 1 day ago 0 replies      
CollegeHumor (New York, NY - no remote) is looking for both Front-End and Back-End developers. http://www.chmedia.com/jobs

Work on challenging problems and have a good laugh while doing it. Our sites reach over 12 million users every month and we're growing.

If interested, apply at the above link. Questions? Shoot me an email chris.johnson@connectedventures.com.

8 points by BBonifield 2 days ago 2 replies      
Anything in the Boulder or Austin area?
1 point by jqhacker 1 day ago 0 replies      
WOTI (Washington, DC; on site)

Ours is a small team of 3 in a company of about 150, on a small but involved ground-up project that's just starting to take on beta users. It's a web app that pulls together data from many sources and presents an easy-to-navigate graphical summary. We use mostly Python (2.7) in a Unix environment. On the back end, we munge a few TB of data using Python, Hadoop and Pig, and some in-house distributed Unix tools. The processed data goes into Solr/Lucene, is served up by CherryPy and Genshi, and presented by jQuery in IE7, IE8, Firefox 3.5+ and some COTS viz software. A lot of the job is extracting the juicy bits from various data sources -- e.g., personnel databases and news articles -- then normalizing, aggregating, and indexing it. The challenge is that it's way too much data for a single system, so we need to parallelize the process on dozens of systems. We also need to think about how the data is organized to keep search and retrieval fast. And of course you want an intuitive, powerful front end for all that functionality.

A bit about the work environment: we heart open source. We have nice dual-monitor workstations running RHEL 5 with root; you're free to set up your dev environment how you like (as long as it's secure). You can be as back-end or front-end as you like, or mix it up. We all try to do a bit of everything. We have proper sysadmins to help, but end up doing a lot of the server and network configuration ourselves; that way we get it right, plus we kinda like it. We take security seriously. Mercurial for version control; Jira for project management; just starting with Scrum for process. You get a real office with a real window, shared with one person. The job is a government contract, but in a fairly agile R&D environment (though a startup it ain't).

Eight-hour days with a half hour for lunch, whatever hours work for you as long as you're in between 10-3. Overtime is very rare; no comp time. There's a basic but serviceable gym and a good walking loop. It's South of the beltway on the Maryland side, a short commute with no traffic from Alexandria, Arlington, Suitland, or Southeast D.C. Unfortunately there is no public transportation that comes this way. Occasional local travel. Pay is about average for the area. Benefits and vacation are pretty good. There are opportunities to move to other projects within the company if you get bored with this one. And if this particular job ain't your cuppa but you like what you hear generally, drop us a resume anyway; we have several locations in the metro area and are always looking for good people.

http://woti.com/jobs.cfm The "Scripting Genius" posting)

2 points by levonjlloyd 2 days 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:
2 points by gobrien 1 day 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 bluelu 2 days 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 thibauld_ 2 days 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:
2 points by tarvaina 1 day 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.


3 points by joelbirchler 2 days 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 sandipagr 1 day 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.

2 points by srehnborg 2 days 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

3 points by curtischambers 2 days 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

2 points by ruff 2 days 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.

5 points by macov 2 days ago 2 replies      
Nobody in VA, DC? Feds pay too much to start a company?
2 points by n9com 2 days 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 ilamparithi 1 day ago 0 replies      
Chennai. India (On-site)

We are Valued Epistemics Pvt Ltd. (http://www.vepl.com), providers of http://www.GREedge.com an online academy that provides training for the GRE exam.

For more details, have a look at our careers page at : http://www.vepl.com/careers-rd.html

2 points by thesash 1 day 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.


2 points by semerda 1 day 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

1 point by wangthony 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Tobi (South San Francisco, CA + Portland, OR; no remote)

Tobi [http://www.tobi.com] is an online fashion boutique headquartered in the SF area. We have a small but strong core team, and are looking to add more talented engineers who want to build the next generation online fashion shopping experience. We view ourselves as an Internet product + technology company that happens to do fashion, and our team and strategy reflect that. Our stack is Ruby on Rails and Postgres, but we don't require previous RoR experience (none of us had it when we started, so that wouldn't be fair, now would it?).

If you are interested in solving interesting tech problems in a fun space with great visibility, then get in touch with me at anthony@tobi.com. Thanks HN!

2 points by greenie 2 days 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 :)

2 points by jasoncartwright 2 days ago 0 replies      
Potato (London,UK)

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


2 points by mentat 1 day ago 0 replies      
Mocana (San Francisco, CA)

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


2 points by texodus 2 days 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

2 points by alchemyapi 2 days 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).

4 points by davidmat 2 days ago 1 reply      
Long shot, but anything in Central/Eastern Europe?
2 points by marcelcorso 2 days 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

2 points by poolhouse 2 days 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.


5 points by doorty 2 days ago 6 replies      
Who is hiring in San Francisco?
2 points by rancar2 2 days 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

2 points by spradels 1 day 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.

2 points by jjolma 2 days 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 notJim 2 days 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

2 points by adellecharles 2 days ago 0 replies      
Carbon Ads - Remote - Front End Web Developer
2 points by eprice 1 day 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...


2 points by mprny 2 days ago 0 replies      
Tinychat - New York City.

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


Ask HN: What's considered to be a good annual raise?
9 points by Whitespace 16 hours ago   10 comments top 6
3 points by jasonkester 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Try not to worry about annual raises within your company. Chances are you'll get anywhere between zero and cost of living, with maybe the best performer in your group getting an extra percentage point. It's just not worth getting worked up over.

Think instead about increasing your value as much as possible while you're at this company. Once you're demonstrably worth a lot more than you're currently making, it's time to move on. The next guy will pay you what you're worth, whereas your current employer will find excuses to keep paying you what they're paying you.

Repeat this every 2-3 years early in your career and before long you'll be where you belong, salary wise. It's a shame that it works this way, because often one of your first companies will be a really nice place to work. If you stay there, though, you'll stay underpaid throughout your career.

4 points by imcqueen 16 hours ago 1 reply      
I may advise you to think twice about trying to negotiate your raise. If you work at a good company that values your contribution they're going to bump your salary as much as they can reasonably afford, keeping in mind fairness to your colleagues and the current budget.

In most cases your opportunity to negotiate is during the hiring process. It's hard to push back about your pay once you're hired. The best case is they give you the money because they're afraid you'll leave, but then they'll likely take the necessary steps to make you less integral to the business in case it happens again.

You might be better off asking for the opportunity to go to a conference, a workshop, take grad classes, etc. It's easier for them to justify those add-ons because the company stands to benefit from what you learn. It also makes you more valuable, which will possibly get you more money down the road.

1 point by elliottcarlson 15 hours ago 0 replies      
4% to 5% is norm from my experience in NYC - however keep in mind how your company is doing.

As for squeezing out more - do as others have suggested and see if you are earning what you should be according to market rate in NYC and your level of experience. Bring any accomplishments to the table that have helped the company over the course of the last year.

Bottom line is, be fair to company in what you feel you deserve and be fair to yourself as well - don't be greedy.

1 point by brianwillis 16 hours ago 0 replies      
At a minimum, I'd expect a cost of living increase that's roughly at the level of inflation in your country.

From there, it depends where you are in your career, what your performance has been like, what the going rate for someone in your line of work is, what condition the company is in, and what condition the economy as a whole is in.

Spending a few minutes at http://www.glassdoor.com/ might be a good use of your time to find market rates for people in your job.

1 point by komlenic 16 hours ago 0 replies      
This is one of those questions where people tend to reply with semi-snarky advice like "as much as you can get" or "it's relative". And they are right in a sense.

Still, based only on my own past experience (assuming your review is a positive one) I'd say 4%-5% is fair... more than that seems like a clear reward and message that "we need to keep this person", and less than that seems like "eh, here's something".

EDIT: As to your second q: knowing what similar people in your industry and area are being paid might be a good figure to know (and if you can do it tactfully, bring up) - but being able to point out some of your accomplishments in the past year that the reviewer may not remember or be aware of will probably get you farther.

1 point by anon398u0 14 hours ago 0 replies      
netflix has it right: purely based on market rate at your given percentile. your percentile reflects your abilities, personality, hard work, etc.

which ties into...

there's a saying that the only way to get a raise in technology is to jump ship. i'm doing that right now and it's worked out to raise my salary by 21%. i'm in new york city. the place has seen a spike in 2010. the money's floating around again after a few tight years, there are plenty of people who think they have a good idea, and the only thing missing is more developers. all of you new yorkers out there, go get your raise. and don't accept any excuses.

ps: throw-away account.

Ask HN: What's your favorite bookmarked HN thread?
164 points by dot 3 days ago   42 comments top 24
33 points by patio11 3 days 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 3 days ago 1 reply      
14 points by chegra 3 days 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 3 days ago 0 replies      
This was a good one. The conversation was from an article titled "Double Your Price (no, I'm not kidding)":


12 points by revorad 3 days ago 1 reply      
8 points by patrickk 3 days 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 3 days 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.

7 points by simonsarris 3 days ago 0 replies      
5 points by rbxbx 3 days ago 0 replies      
Lots of great (consulting) advice in the "Why I bill hourly" thread.


7 points by zaveri 3 days ago 1 reply      
Where to look to learn UX/Design


2 points by tokenadult 2 days 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 wallflower 2 days ago 1 reply      
My all-time favorite News.YC comment:


About the success of failure from fiaz

4 points by mindcrime 2 days ago 0 replies      
4 points by keenans 3 days 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

5 points by amattn 3 days ago 1 reply      
An excellent comment by nostrademons on how to be an expert programmer:


2 points by solipsist 3 days 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.

2 points by jancona 2 days ago 0 replies      
I got a kick out log this one: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=393989
1 point by turar 20 hours ago 1 reply      
Is there a way to save/bookmark HN threads under my HN profile?

I see "saved stories" under http://news.ycombinator.com/saved, but don't see a way to save anything there. The only other option is to comment on something and then have it available under "threads", but that sucks.

Sorry, I'm a newbie around here.

1 point by jseliger 2 days 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.
1 point by lardissone 19 hours ago 0 replies      
This one is a good one: "Why Dropbox Succeeded and Syncplicity Didn't"
2 points by PankajGhosh 2 days ago 0 replies      
Not sure if this has been posted already: Ask Entrepreneurs: Productivity tips for a chronic procrastinator?


2 points by SupremumLimit 3 days ago 0 replies      
"How do you come up with new project ideas?": http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1916801
2 points by kenneth_reitz 2 days ago 0 replies      
Now, it's this one :
Ask HN: Who Is Hiring Remote Workers? (February 2011 Edition)
120 points by meadhikari 2 days ago   35 comments top 27
4 points by spudlyo 2 days 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 2 days ago 2 replies      
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.


1 point by pprasad 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Grow VC is hiring for following positions (remote workers):

- PHP developers with experience in Symfony framework

- UI and UX professionals

- video/animation rock stars

Apply at: http://www.growvc.com/blog/2011/01/08/about-2/join-us/

3 points by thinkcomp 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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

1 point by pprasad 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Grow VC (remote from anywhere). Some areas where we are currently looking for new resources:

- PHP developers

- writers to write catchy blog posts

- infographics for marketing

- Designers

- UI and UX professionals

- video/animation professionals

Apply at: http://www.growvc.com/blog/about-2/join-us/

3 points by cvinson 1 day 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 2 days 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

1 point by hundredwatt 1 day ago 0 replies      
I am looking for some PHP developers to work on an app in CodeIgniter and a couple e-commerce stores.

Also, I am looking for a part-time SEO consultant to run a lead generation website and advise a few other projects. Ongoing working, but probably only 5-10 hours per week.

Contact me via email (<hn username> at gmail) if interested. For PHP developers, please send along some example code.

3 points by sebilasse 2 days 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.

5 points by 20after4 2 days ago 0 replies      
5 points by sconklin 2 days ago 0 replies      

Many of these openings are remote

2 points by kris_schlesser 2 days 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.


2 points by dctanner 2 days 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 roder 2 days ago 0 replies      



2 points by kentf 2 days ago 0 replies      
Ewakened is always looking for Flexible Rails developers to work remotely.


2 points by datac 1 day ago 0 replies      
Freelance SilverLight Developer

We are development company based out of Seattle, currently looking for a freelance Silverlight developer to work with one of our clients on an exciting 2-3 weeks RIA project.

This is a remote position so you are free to work from where ever you are. US and Canada only.

If you are interested, please forward your resume and/or portfolio to freetechzone@gmail.com and we can talk further.

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


2 points by adellecharles 1 day ago 0 replies      
Carbon is hiring a remote front-end web developer.
2 points by mgarfias 1 day 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 ThomPete 2 days ago 1 reply      
No one looking for designers?
1 point by shennyg 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm looking for some part time LAMP developers who are well versed in github. See my profile for my contact info.
2 points by remotejob99 1 day 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 ohadpr 2 days ago 1 reply      
3D3R Software Studio (www.3d3r.com) is hiring JavaScript and iOS ninjas all over the world
Ask HN: What resource is the best for learning modern CSS and design techniques?
7 points by atgm 11 hours ago   4 comments top 2
3 points by pdelgallego 9 hours ago 1 reply      
I will go this way

Learn about Object-Oriented CSS.

- A short intro: http://www.slideshare.net/stubbornella/object-oriented-css

- Reference: http://oocss.org/

- Nettuts tutorial [1]

Learn About Grid Systems.

- 960.gs

- blueprint

- Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design [2]

Learn about new CSS languages

- Sass & Scss

- Less css

Learn Css 3

- New Css selectors

- New Css new attributes

- Media Queries

- Modernizr and how to degrade in old browsers

- Book: Stunning CSS3: A project-based guide to the latest in CSS

- Book: Hardboiled Web Design

[1] http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/html-css-techniques/object...

[2] http://www.amazon.com/Ordering-Disorder-Principles-Design-Vo...

2 points by olalonde 11 hours ago 1 reply      
Check out:

- http://diveintohtml5.org/


Ask HN - Review my startup: Localmind
30 points by lennysan 22 hours ago   27 comments top 13
2 points by rabidonrails 3 hours ago 1 reply      
I like it and I see why a service like this would be helpful. But, is there enough incentive for your users to answer the texts?

For example, if I'm at a bar in NYC drinking with my friends and I get a text (from a stranger) asking how much a pitcher of Coors is, I'm likely to answer because it's a quick text back. But, if someone asks me to list what's on tap, I'm likely to ignore the message because it's a lot of work and the payoff seems very little.

Also, I would have been quicker to signup if I didn't have to use a third party.

Overall, I think it looks awesome.

8 points by veb 22 hours ago 1 reply      
"Choose an existing account to sign in with (click one below):"

I don't like dicking my accounts! :-P

EDIT: epic fail, but honestly it looks like dick: http://imgur.com/c44Hf

3 points by joshontheweb 17 hours ago 1 reply      
I really don't like it when applications require me to sign in through a third party account. As an option it is good, but not as the only option. Especially with a new service that I am unsure how they will use that access. I wasn't able to try it since I was unwilling to hand over the keys to my facebook account to an untrusted service.
2 points by erichcervantez 21 hours ago 0 replies      
I like it...great concept if you can pull it off.

I came up with a similar/not-so-similar concept that I'm still working on (http://www.xuland.com) only I'm not leveraging Foursquare, Facebook or other location-based apps. I'm depending on folks actually logging into the application and posting/replying.

Of course, my app is also done in Flash (jury is still out on whether that proves to be a good idea or not) but I discovered well over a year ago that it would be great if I could find out what was happening at this very moment in a given location so kudos to you and your team for recognizing a need. Good luck!

2 points by boha 21 hours ago 0 replies      
I've been privileged to try out early releases of Localmind, and it looks very exciting. A friend of mine was at dinner last Friday and answered an unsolicited Localmind query on the spot--and he wasn't entirely sure where it was coming from!

I think users will enjoy feeding data into the system as long as it's fun and they get a sense of accomplishment from helping out their fellow man. Robust, rapid answers will definitely be the hinge on which the app relies.

2 points by ctide 21 hours ago 1 reply      
You should let people know that you're going to SMS them before you do. Having skimmed the blurb and just signing up, I was surprised when my phone started buzzing. Thankfully I had my google voice number tied to my foursquare vs. my actual number (which doesn't have a text plan anymore.)
2 points by silent1mezzo 21 hours ago 2 replies      
I don't like that you show accounts for Twitter and Google and then just say they aren't available...I understand the reasoning behind it but just show the images and don't provide links.

EDIT: On a 13" MBP the "Have an invite code" link is below the fold and was difficult to find at first.

1 point by kris_schlesser 20 hours ago 0 replies      
I'd like to be able to control exactly who sees my questions and answers. If I'm at a place that I think is awesome, it might be because everyone else in town isn't there in which case I'll have incentive to misinform any/all strangers. For what it's worth I recently released something like Localmind for surfers, so I look at it from that perspective. When the waves are good, we only want to tell a few specific individuals with whom we'd like to share the experience.
3 points by jparicka 22 hours ago 1 reply      
1 point by krisrak 20 hours ago 0 replies      
I had created similar app to find out where people are hanging out or checked-in: http://misotrendy.com , it allows you to get a snap shot of checked-in people at a place anywhere - its a Web app and html5 mobile web app - @krisrak
1 point by tomhallett 20 hours ago 0 replies      
One very powerful use case for this would be "Is the snow affecting the train to x?" - because the public transportation's websites are always so delayed but the answer is finite/simple enough that it'll probably be answered.
1 point by HackrNwsDesignr 15 hours ago 0 replies      
lenny I'm starting a startup blog, would like to review, email me laksman@gmail.com
2 points by cachemoney 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Like the name.
Ask HN: I dropped out. How do I continue my CompSci education?
54 points by sthatipamala 1 day ago   32 comments top 18
8 points by nika 1 day ago 0 replies      
Congratulations, you made absolutely the right choice, even if the startup is a total failure.

As someone who has worked with many right-out-of-school CS graduates, I'd strongly suggest you pursue a lot of code writing. I'm sure you'll be doing this at the startup. But spend as much time as you can doing it, and learning from errors in production, and in review.

The real thing that CS programs lack is teaching people how to program. I mean that seriously. They focus on theory, but rarely on actual programming. If your startup does not consume absolutely all of the programming energy you have, then work on a cutting edge open source project on the side as well.

If you wish, there are classes in iTunes university, and you can surely peruse the catalog of the university you left, find the classes you would have taken, and buy the books, or comparable (cheaper) books on the same subjects and study them. I've done this in the past, but found that books targeted at practitioners in the field are generally more effective (and at the same cost or less) than those targeted as textbooks. (Back when I was younger, when I'd be going into a new area and wanted to research it, I'd wander into college bookstores looking for things like machine vision, etc.)

The industry oriented books won't have tests and problem sets for you to do... but you don't need them because you're pursuing this knowledge to help you complete some goal, right? For instance, maybe you want to build a robot that can compete in GPS Magellan and you need computer vision expertise for that? (That's what I did.)

When you are excited about a project, you will go and devour what you nee to learn, and you will learn it much more deeply and fundamentally than any class can teach you.

So, find projects and pursue them.

5 points by kabdib 1 day ago 1 reply      
I dropped out, too (it was to a programming job). This was quite some time ago (1982).

I tried to finish school later, but work always won. I never had the discipline to do both.

To keep up:

1. Read CS textbooks and do small projects to make sure you understand the material at a practical level.

2. Join the ACM and keep up with interesting publications from their electronic library. (The Usenix papers are free, but more limited in scope).

3. Learn a new programming language, server technology or OS environment at least every year. Keep your level of exposure to new things high and don't get too comfortable in one thing. Don't be a zealot and don't get stuck.

4. Read a LOT of code. (I read through the Unix sources, the source for TeX and a bunch of other largish packages just because they were there).

More recent things that I didn't have access to: Publically available course videos and material. My guess is that these are as good as the amount of time you put into them.

8 points by stcredzero 1 day ago 1 reply      
"NAND to Tetris" will give you a good grounding in the basics of hardware design, the low-levels of operating systems, implementation of languages. Basically, you get a good overview and practical experience tinkering with the whole thing.


I got the same thing from my CS education, but by accident. You can get it packaged neatly in one place from this course. This alone will put you in the top half of the programming community with regards to knowledge and overall understanding.

17 points by joshu 1 day ago 2 replies      
Finish school. Startups will wait. In the meantime, see me re an internship.
3 points by ohyes 1 day ago 2 replies      
I know that some people will disagree with me violently, but you can self-learn pretty much any topic in CS as long as you are willing to put in the effort (any topic in any subject, really, the main factor is motivation). As someone who skipped straight to a masters, I know it is certainly doable to self educate.

MIT open courseware might be a good place to start, although I've never used it myself.


I would personally focus on topics that are either historically difficult, or pragmatic.

So stuff like compilers, computability and complexity, operating systems, database systems, cryptography, machine learning, web applications, linear programming, networking. Learning the basics of hardware is important too, although it is more electrical engineering and math theory.

3 points by cgart 1 day ago 1 reply      
I might make me here unpopular, but I would say: No, you did it wrong! Let me clarify on this:
Yes, in CS you might not learn how to program well, this is true. However, when you study you get knowledge about several interesting computer science problems and how to solve them. You will see that problems later in your programming carrier however now you have a good background to solve them. Just a simple example:
You given an array (let's say integeres). How would you remove all duplicates? A naive solution would be to check for every value, if there is more of this in the array. This has a running time complexity of O(n^2). The better way would be first to sort your array and then just iterate and remove all neighbours which are equal. This corresponds to O(nlogn) + O(n) complexity.

What I try to say, as a young "coder" you might not see all the troubles (in this case performance) you make when coding just straight away. You need to understand what you are actually doing, for this CS study gives you a good background.

The other really important point is: Startups fail with very high probability! CS diploma (or whatever this is in your country) gives you a solid background on which you can relay, when looking for a job position after your startup time.
So, complete with your study is maybe a very classic way, however this is the most secure way for a long term.

3 points by petervandijck 1 day ago 0 replies      
Doing the startup will be an education in and of itself. Just follow the lead of what needs doing. Need to scale? Learn about scaling? Need algorythms? Learn algorythms. Etc.
3 points by jey 1 day ago 0 replies      
> What are some topics in CS that I can self-learn?

Any. Pick ones that interest you and start googling.

2 points by brooksbp 1 day ago 0 replies      
2 points by patrickk 1 day ago 0 replies      
Links to free ebooks:


Which programming book you just couldn't stop reading from start to end?:


1 point by gawker 1 day ago 0 replies      
Congratulations on your startup!

In my opinion, you could check out what kind of courses they typically offer in their curriculum at MIT/etc and check out their corresponding courses on OCW. Since you're doing this out of sheer fun, don't be bothered getting too caught up with the structure of it. If you see anything you like, just read up on it.

Usually the ones you've mentioned are a good stepping stone towards more advanced ones though you mentioned you don't want advanced ones. Here are some you can look into:

1. user interface designs (helpful with any startup I think)
2. software engineering (teaches you a little bit of structure in a development process)
3. courses about testing, testing methods
4. operating systems (not crucial but it's fun to read, kinda helps with ideas about distributed computing)

Good luck!

1 point by tomh- 1 day ago 0 replies      
Those seem atleast the core fundementals! Maybe pick up compiler design, functional programming and software engineering/architecture
1 point by anonymoushn 1 day ago 0 replies      
More algorithms and theory. In my experience the first algorithms course you take glosses over a lot of things and outright omits a lot of other (very cool!) things. I also enjoyed compilers and OSes, but I ended up doing high level stuff so I haven't had to care about either since school.

These topics aren't strictly computer science, but I highly recommend studying number theory, abstract algebra, and graph theory.

As far as resources go, I would use CLRS/OpenCourseWare/whatever you can find. I don't think the texts I used to study the above topics were exemplary, so anything you find on them will probably be as good.

Also, this place: http://www.topcoder.com/tc?module=Static&d1=tutorials...

2 points by icandoitbetter 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'd suggest you look into machine learning. It's probably going to be the single most important area of computing in the years to come. Start with the Stanford course online.

Also, if you haven't already, learn functional programming.

1 point by cmadan 1 day ago 0 replies      
An operating systems course and a compiler course are what would complete your fundamentals. I have no idea how good the OCW courses are on these subjects (or if they even exist at all), but if they sound something like "build your own OS/compiler" then you're probably on the right track.

Bear in mind these two courses will contribute minimally (if at all) to your startup but its a nice to have a basic knowledge of how these two things work.

1 point by slavak 1 day ago 0 replies      
Some familiarity with Numerical Analysis is, in my opinion, a must to a practicing Software Engineer. The official course book where I took the course was Dahlquist,G.L., Bjorck,A. Numerical Methods. I didn't use it too much so I can't comment on readability, but it does cover the material well.
1 point by oliverkrystal 1 day ago 0 replies      
Go to your local community college and take some classes. Maybe not a full load, but a few.
1 point by kleech 1 day ago 0 replies      
I would highly recommend iTunes University, its has many high quality recordings of lectures from many of the top universities. I've been programming for 10+ years and am self-taught, however I'm currently 'attending' the Programming Methodology course from Stanford University.
Ask HN: Where to live internationally while learning to program?
14 points by hackandtravel 19 hours ago   11 comments top 7
3 points by sudont 16 hours ago 0 replies      
You might want to look into an internship or classes abroad: really, any sort of structured program. Unless you're a hardcore autodidact, the combination of interesting everywhere and an unfamiliar, difficult subject might be too much, and you'll end up not learning at all. This is almost a cliché with writers and artists, where they go abroad to be inspired and make art, and only come back inspired. As Dorothy Gambrell put it:

"Someone who shouldn't be in charge of these things gave me a grant to make a short film about tourism in Western Europe. So between the manufacture of the last cartoon and this one I left North America for the first time, spending about three weeks in the UK-France-Germany-Italy. What did I get out of the trip? 'Elgin waffles.'”

2 points by toumhi 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Asia or Latin America: a bit broad my friend :-) Do you prefer big cities or relaxed countryside? What kind of things would you like to do? If you don't like mountains, Nepal is not the right country etc.

If I had to pick one place in each:

South America: Buenos Aires, Argentina. A european touch, affordable prices, great culture & nightlife, a beautiful country. There are also a few tech companies there so there might be user groups etc

Asia: I haven't been there, but I heard good things about Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is quite a diverse country, and there is a thriving developer & entrepreneur community there.

Coincidentally, I'm about to live internationally and start my business. I'm going to travel 5 months in South-East Asia, staying for a few weeks/months in each location. My first stop will be... Kuala Lumpur :-)

2 points by pdelgallego 9 hours ago 0 replies      
If you are not very traveled in Asia I recommend Singapore, everybody speaks English, the food is terrific, the weather is warm, and have a nice tech scene. I really like Philippines, a easy going and down to earth people. Good food, not as good as the Thai or Indian cuisine.

I know much better South and Central America. I recommend you Colombia (Cartagena de Indias is quite popular among Americans, but I prefer other places) and Costa Rica.

(Disclosure I am from Spain, but I haven't been there for ages).

Spain is also a great place to live. Very easy going people, lots of expats in South Spain, Barcelona Madrid or Bilbao. An world class food experience, extremely 'Fiesta' oriented and vibrant culture. In cities like Granada or Malaga a share flat with two people can cost around $250. From Malaga using Ryan Air and other low cost companies you can fly almost to anywhere in Europe for around $50-$70. You can also try to emulate Hemingway and be a bull runner in Pamplona.

Dont forget about Mexico!

1 point by pso 18 hours ago 1 reply      
If you've not travelled much, then perhaps South America might be an easier introduction than asia, and some basic Spanish is probably easier to pick up than the majority of non-European languages.

Im currently in medellin, colombia, 2Mb/s broadband with cable tv,phone, costs around $50/month, and my reasonable sized apartment is $370/month (6 month contract). In buenos aires, rentals were almost double for something similar (capital city pricing), and rio was slightly more expensive again (the Brazilian Real is very strong at the moment). If you would prefer not to stay in one place then most countries have 3g in major cities and usually you can find a prepaid plan which is reasonably priced as long as you use it for browsing rather than lots of youtube.

India, and thailand are less expensive than latin america, but it would be harder to learn the language and you'll more likely be spending time with other travellers. Although, given you're on a gap year, then travellers hangouts in asia (beachs, mountains etc) could be fun. I enjoyed Salvador in Brazil, lots of live music and dancing, Rio not so much, Buenos Aires feels very european in a good way, and it has the liveliness of a capital city. I've heard good things about Chang Mai and the islands in Thailand. I spent several years in India and it is very cheap and very different , but except for Goa is generally not so much of a party place compared to say, Thailand. In some places, craigslist will give you a rough idea of apartment pricing - although often there are many agents charging ridiculous prices, so find ads from private landlords to get a rough idea. Otherwise use hostelbookers.com or hostelworld.com , as a proxy for rental prices. Lonely Planet thorntree forums are probably worth a search to get some kind of idea of a destination and/or prices.

1 point by mapster 18 hours ago 1 reply      
Rent an apartment in Italy, Amalfi coast or Florence, and when not studying, meet and greet beautiful girls!

But if you don't speak foreign languages, I would consider n. Europe as many of them speak good English and you won't feel so alienated. You can also sign up for prog. courses in English abroad. Also, if you are not a super duper independent learner, being in a class or in a study group will get the best bang in the shortest time.

1 point by nolite 19 hours ago 0 replies      
SE Asia.. cheap once you're there, easy to travel around. great experience. They might have slow internet though
1 point by adrianscott 19 hours ago 1 reply      
Consider Panama
Tell HN: AWeber uses deceptive pricing
10 points by vaksel 1 day ago   3 comments top
1 point by amarcus 17 hours ago 1 reply      
I haven't used them before but my assumption would be that they charge you based on the number of emails sent rather the size of your contact list.
Ask HN: What meetups am I missing out on (in NY)?
5 points by elliottcarlson 14 hours ago   7 comments top 3
3 points by CPops 14 hours ago 1 reply      
It really depends on what you're interested in because there are a ton of neat things to check out in NYC, but often the most interesting and entertaining one is the Web Performance Meetup.


1 point by Hovertruck 4 hours ago 1 reply      
Hack and Tell (http://www.meetup.com/hack-and-tell/) is a popular one that a coworker of mine runs.
1 point by newyorker 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Any founder/programmer meetups in the city?
AskHN: Are there online communities for technical startups not related to web?
4 points by knowledgesale 13 hours ago   2 comments top
2 points by olalonde 13 hours ago 1 reply      
http://StackExchange.com has a growing network of niche Q&A communities.
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