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Ask HN: Coming to Silicon Valley for 14 days, some help needed
5 points by CWIZO 51 minutes ago   7 comments top 4
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2 points by Swizec 18 minutes ago 2 replies      
Let me convey some advice as a guy from Slovenia (EU) who just went through such a trip last October. You are also required to buy me a cup of tea somewhere in the next few weeks when I'm done with exams :P

Here are some random notes in no particular order.

1. Decide what you're going there for, just doing a general soul search and so on can get pretty wasteful. Have events/conferences lined up, if you can also have meetings with interesting people lined up. A fortnight blazes away sooper fast if you don't know what you're doing!

2. Go see the Golden Gate Bridge, I didn't, it still feels weird telling people I was to SF and didn't see it.

3. Alcatraz is over-rated.

4. I can get you contacts with a guy that might be willing to get you a tour of Apple. He's a friend of a friend and works there. You won't be able to see much more than the restaurant and backyard. They're hellishly secretive.

5. Google is a bit less secretive, but you need to find someone who will give you a tour. I was lucky enough to get in with the Startup School tour last year.

6. A lot of everything seems to happen in Palo Alto, so perhaps try staying somewhere close by. You should definitely check out University Street, it's pretty nice.

7. Cheesecake Factory is not just a thing from The Big Bang Theory, it exists and the cheesecake is absolutely delicious. (university street Palo Alto)

8. Five starbucks checkins get you a free coffee.

9. There are only two starbucks open after midnight in the whole general area.

10. Use yelp and foursquare to find good places to eat. Foodspotting might be a good choice.

11. Do visit San Francisco, Mission is pretty cool because that's where the hipster/startup scene is. Go visit the mom&pop coffee shops to get a blast from the past and an awesome experience of how homely something can be (also awesome places to work from)

12. Don't buy the large Cola if you go to the cinema. It's something like a liter of cola.

13. If you're into that sort of thing, there's a lot of cool culture to be seen in Mission, Victoria theatre seemed awesome.

14. Don't forget to go partying at Ruby Skye one night. You can get in for free if you sign up via the internet a day before. It's the club where Zuckerberk meets Timberlake in the movie.

15. Everywhere you will eat the portions will be way too large, everything other than fast food can get pretty expensive. You will likely eat meat at least twice a day, try to avoid this, I nearly died ... but it's hard to find somewhere that doesn't serve primarily meat (or maybe I'm just very silly in finding places to eat)

16. For a cool shopping experience visit the huge mall in SF financial district, it's about the size of the downtown area of Ljubljana.

17. We mostly stayed in motels, they're very cheap and they all mostly have wi-fi. I think we ended up spending something like $20 per person per night.

18. The weather is very warm, but you will acclimatise quickly and start feeling cold at anything below 20C.

19. Remember that this is the US. Everything is very far away. Plan accordingly. If you're savvy enough I'm told it's possible to get super cheap rent-a-car at the airport. Think we ended up paying something silly like $20 per day for the car.

20. Visit Dog Patch Labs at Peer 13, it's an extremely pretty incubator and overall awesome.

21. There is a nearby chocolate startup, we didn't visit, but I'm told they hand out free chocolate.

22. Fly with Lufthansa, it's cheap and sufficiently comfortable.

Ok I can't think of anything more, if you buy me tea I might come up with more little tips I picked up along the way.

PS: don't get lulled into spending too much money. Everything is at a roughly 40% discount in regards to the Euro and it can get you spending really really quickly.

PPS: http://meetup.com, go find meetups.

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2 points by cgart 18 minutes ago 0 replies      
Hi, my suggestion on the hotel is the Cardinal Hotel in The heart of Palo Alto. I've stayed there couple years ago for a week. For the price they ask this hotel has anything one do need. The university ave is jus couple of blocks away and Palo Alto, at least in my opinion, is the heart of Sillicon Valley.
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2 points by waseemsadiq 27 minutes ago 1 reply      
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Ask HN: Its the year 1996
7 points by clistctrl 1 hour ago   8 comments top 7
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2 points by perlgeek 1 hour ago 0 replies      
That's a fun thing to think about. In 1996 I was 12, and quite shy. So I'd probably start to have fun with soon, being a lot more confident than I was back then.

I'd be terribly bored in classes, and thus I'd start to get bad grades. Still I might catch up on some foreign languages that I neglected in school.

I'd immediately start to play my favorite sport (table tennis) in a club, and thus have chances to actually excel at it.

At the end of my school career I'd invest a bit of money in companies that I happen to know turn out to be quite successful.

But most of all I'd enjoy having time and energy for studying another topic besides the ones I'm relatively good at. And when bored, I could try to write a good, distributed version control system, or some fun web application that nobody thought of back in the days...

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1 point by eftpotrm 31 minutes ago 0 replies      
In 1996 I was in school and broke :-)

One major difference for me in the intervening period is the availability of free development platforms. In 1996 I couldn't have coded up a basic LAMP webapp even if I knew how and options for free desktop app development were rather restricted; the idea of, as a relative novice, coding what I could with today's tools but in gcc and a text editor just doesn't bear thinking about. The barriers to entry were just so much higher.

Plus, as you mentioned, if you want to host online then that becomes vastly more expensive too. A good part of the explosion of technology that we're enjoying now is a product of it becoming far more viable for students to play and produce something of comparable quality to commercial endeavours, at least superficially.

All that said:

It took me years to learn that action today is almost invariably better than action tomorrow. Still not always great at putting that knowledge into practice. I'd have drummed that into myself, hard. Tinker. Experiment. Test concepts. Remember that what isn't viable today may be perfectly viable in a few years time as technology and adoption levels improve. Ideas multiply when you execute because you gain a better insight into the possible.

Don't just think, do.

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1 point by dutchrapley 3 minutes ago 0 replies      
I would have bought basketball.com. Looking back, it was a deal back then.
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4 points by atgm 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I would convince my parents to buy tons of Apple stock.

I would ask that girl on a date and follow through.

I would get a cochlear implant sooner.

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2 points by palish 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Personally, I would write a game such as Quake.

But I have about ten years experience with game dev, which is probably a special-case situation.

(P.S. tasteful use of C++ features allows you to approach the productivity level of other languages.)

(But the fact is I tend to prefer writing in C over C++, and Lua over both.)

(But yeah it would be silly to write a web app in C or C++.)

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2 points by PonyGumbo 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I'm in my mid-30s, so I sometimes look back and wonder what I could have done differently. I launched my first ecommerce site in 1997, and it was just much too early. If anything, I wish I had just spent more time thinking about domain names to register and keep.
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2 points by petervandijck 1 hour ago 1 reply      
1. Get a crap job, live with your parents, and start buying domain names.

2. Spend a year writing your own scripting language.

3. Then start building basic services (free email service!).

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Who else is hacking a project instead of watching the Super Bowl?
121 points by bdclimber14 15 hours ago   132 comments top 99
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18 points by jedberg 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Can't I do both? :) I'm on my laptop hacking while sitting in front of the TV.

Also I'm watching my website traffic do this:

http://www.reddit.com/tb/fgjid

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22 points by sudonim 15 hours ago 1 reply      
What's a superbowl? Im at the office building a desk for a new dev starting tomorrow, doing some wireframes, and then working on my side project.
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22 points by NZ_Matt 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Oh America are playing their version of rugby today? I did wonder why my twitter timeline suddenly filled up with tweets about commercials :P
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8 points by jrockway 14 hours ago 1 reply      
I didn't even know it was today until all these Super Bowl articles started showing up.

I was happy that the Bears lost a few weeks ago because it means I have another year to be able to walk around in my neighborhood without being hit by drunk drivers. (I live right by soldier field, and it seems they don't let you drive away from it unless you are utterly tanked. Someone ran a red light and was inches away from hitting a baby in a stroller. What the fuck.)

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4 points by raganwald 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Got dynamic class loading working for my Faux framework yesterday. I guess I really ought to write a blog post about it tonight, but for now this sketchy overview will have to do:

https://github.com/raganwald/homoiconic/blob/master/2011/02/...

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11 points by xenophanes 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I had no idea the super bowl was on today. Or this month...
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4 points by jarin 13 hours ago 4 replies      
I'm doing both, since neither team is my team I'm only half paying attention to it.

I also think it's hilarious how so many techies love to brag about not caring about football. I'd have thought that hackers would enjoy the complexity of the game (most of the programmers I know love football, and meeting up for beers on football Sundays is a ritual for us).

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16 points by sabj 15 hours ago 1 reply      
If by hacking project, you mean, "writing my senior thesis," then yes!

And if by "writing my senior thesis," you mean, going onto HN instead, then double-yes!

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3 points by vito 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm putting together the release notes for the most substantial update for any project I've ever done. Probably shouldn't release yet if everyone's watching the Superbowl. Tomorrow it is?

http://atomo-lang.org/notes/0.4

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7 points by danenania 14 hours ago 0 replies      
The only competition going on that I'm aware of is a three-way match-up between python, javascript, and my brain.
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4 points by mindcrime 15 hours ago 1 reply      
Count me in; I'm lying in bed with my laptop, hacking (and checking HN every now and then) right now. ATM, I'm trying to remake myself into a UI person (well, at least a half-assed UI person) and trying to clean-up the user-profile form for Quoddy[1]. To hell with football, the Dolphins aren't in the SB, and there's code to be written...

[1]: https://github.com/fogbeam/Quoddy

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5 points by rudle 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Doing both is certainly not difficult, football games feature a lot of downtime.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870428120457500...

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1 point by blhack 12 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm working on setting a new layout for thingist (the current one [http://thingist.com] looks terrible).

The new layout is here: http://dev.thingist.com/index.html nothing here will work properly, though, and it will probably blip in and out of actually working (it's a staging server [well, a virtual one]).

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1 point by cperciva 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I was playing music from Borodin's Prince Igor at an orchestra concert this afternoon; does that count?

(We had a good audience, too -- I have a feeling that the set of people who attend classical music concerts doesn't overlap very much with the set of people who watch football.)

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3 points by shaunxcode 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I've been working on finally beating zelda 2 on virtual console, catching up on client work and thinking about my next move with the TryAPL (https://github.com/shaunxcode/TryAPL) project I've been hacking on.
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2 points by mcantelon 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Yup... added support for ignore files to my CLI util (written in node.js) for managing dotfiles using git: https://github.com/mcantelon/node-deja
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4 points by coderdude 15 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm working on my startup. I figured if I can be watching the game I can be working just as well. Work won. :)
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1 point by andywood 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Sort of. I'm finally getting around to making a bandcamp page for my unreleased music:

http://cubit.bandcamp.com/

This is a direct reaction to seeing this excellent chart from the "Knack for Getting Money" thread, and wanting to move as much finished work as I can from the middle category to the right-hand category:

http://joeyroth.com/charlatan-martyr-hustler/

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2 points by cgranade 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I am. Playing around with Google App Engine and Honeycomb at the same time, making some tools for tabletop gaming. Just uploaded first revision (very feature incomplete) at https://github.com/cgranade/ProjectUmbra/.
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4 points by gsivil 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Count me in!
I am in a bookstore checking HN and putting together some physics related data in Lisp (if this can be considered hacking of course).
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1 point by pjscott 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I noticed that there seems to be no easy way for Haskell programmers to use bcrypt, so I made something similar, with the goal of making good security trivial. It's just a slick API around PBKDF1, with painless support for increasing the number of iterations:

http://hackage.haskell.org/package/pwstore-fast

Now I've just got to persuade a few people to switch away from insecure methods.

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4 points by consultutah 15 hours ago 0 replies      
That's what I'm talking about. I'm sure that the super bowl is awesome, but now that I have my weekend project (http://goo.gl/JdBqR) out of the way, I am working on the backend.
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1 point by jff 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Oh that superbowl thing? Yeah I just found out they played one last February, I guess that's cool, does it happen every year? I wouldn't know, I'm not one of those proletariat mouth-breathing football fans, it's not even real football anyway. Instead I've been hacking a RESTful Ruby on Rails application that combines social media, blogging, and Markov chaining, all in 200 lines.
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1 point by GiraffeNecktie 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Some of us just weren't born with the sports-watching gene. You'd have to pay me, and pay me well, to watch the SuperBowl or any other TV sports (they're all equally tedious, in my eyes). And, in answer to your probable question, no I'm not female or gay.
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3 points by peregrine 15 hours ago 0 replies      
In Wisconsin it is sacrilegious to not watch a Packer game; that said I am still on HN.
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2 points by jdp23 14 hours ago 0 replies      
me -- social hacking rather than code, but still ...

http://bit.ly/no2hr514

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1 point by gourneau 11 hours ago 0 replies      
I was able to get shoehorn jquery-facebook-multi-friend-selector (https://github.com/mbrevoort/jquery-facebook-multi-friend-se...)
To work for a beautiful mobile app I am working on, that I hope to show off soon.
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2 points by burgerbrain 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Does brewing beer count? -dashes off as his wort boils over-
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2 points by developingJim 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Just got done with a 2-3 week binge of programming, taking time to regroup and refocus.

Just got done reorganizing all of my research in one note, loaded up on skydrive (impressive how far live has come since I last looked).

Ran across this device which I must own: http://www.wirelessgoodness.com/2011/02/04/noteslate-the-100...

Toying with the idea of dumping all of my research out of one note and into the interwebs, raw. Haven't decided one way or another yet.

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1 point by Vivtek 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Super What now?

Oh, you mean that new-commercial showcase everybody talks about? Most of them were on YouTube yesterday.

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5 points by pdenya 14 hours ago 0 replies      
...is that today?

I've been busy hacking for weeks, didn't even notice.

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1 point by Pyrodogg 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Working on personal projects tonight. Nothing that'll make me money directly but it's enhancing my skill set.

Don't have the game on in the background even, no tv reception. It simplifies life quite a bit.

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2 points by RiderOfGiraffes 15 hours ago 1 reply      
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3 points by bluecobalt 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Working on my startup, getting ready to launch this month, although I think its wonderful that the rest of my nation is really into a Superb Owl.
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3 points by PureSin 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Multi-tasking! Programming isnt really something you can multi task, but I'm only watching forthe commercials and half time show.
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3 points by DarrenLehane 13 hours ago 0 replies      
There are two types of people:

Those who watch the Super Bowl, and those who run ads during the Super Bowl.

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1 point by bdclimber14 14 hours ago 0 replies      
My bowl game happens to be between Postgre and MySQL. My development environment MySQL instance and Heroku's Postgre are very different with aggregate functions.

i.e. How can I possibly select parent rows where ALL children match a certain criteria.

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1 point by jc123 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Watched a little and spent time debugging why Facebook invites with fb:multi-friend-selector were not working (serverfbml leading to 404). I solved it and Facebook's new https feature, if enabled by the user, is the cause :(
Filed bug: http://bugs.developers.facebook.net/show_bug.cgi?id=15066
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1 point by mgkimsal 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Doing project work (not my own though) but definitely not watching the super bowl. Had a nice dinner with my wife, now back to hacking.
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3 points by michaels0620 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Why choose? :)

I am watching the game (Packers just scored) while working on a hobby game project.

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3 points by 37prime 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Define "hacking" and "project" please.
Well, I'm doing something with PHP and CSS. Does it count?
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2 points by zinssmeister 14 hours ago 1 reply      
Totally! Hacking away since 24h on my project: http://www.virtualrockstars.com

My wife across the room is also hacking on something for SXSWi. Love being married to another coder!

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1 point by paylesworth 12 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm hacking my pantry. Right now, making chicken stock by using leftover carcasses from whole chickens that I cut-up myself in the last few months. Will freeze the stock to keep it up to 3 - 4 months and during that time can cut-up some more chickens to use in the next cycle. The stock is very simple to make and involves mostly inactive cook time (3-4 hrs simmering) and it teaches you to work with whole chicken rather than cut-up parts, making it more economical. And, it makes your house smell wonderfully delicious :)
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2 points by pbreynolds 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm in the home office with a hot cup of Casi Cielo working in the bowels of CoreText and Quartz for a huge feature update to my iPhone/iPad app. When I need an eyeball break, I walk into the living room to see if I can catch a cool commercial)
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4 points by snguyen 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm tutoring a compsci student. Does that count?
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1 point by zmitri 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Wow, I didn't even think of it, but yes, I am hacking on a new rails project instead of watching the superbowl.
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1 point by atgm 11 hours ago 0 replies      
I am. I come up with a dumb little site idea and decided to implement it using PHP and the 960.gs system, both things I want more practice with. Also tried out some new (to me) Photoshop techniques to try to modernize my design style.
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1 point by pinchyfingers 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Visiting my girlfriend's dad at the cancer center. He is a lifelong Steelers fan. I am a lifelong coder. The game is on, but I am sitting here working on a Django app.
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2 points by reneherse 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Working on my site so i can launch my freelance web design & UX business!

Time to get back to wrestling with the CSS, which isn't always easy for us right-brained types :)

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1 point by joe6pack 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm not naturally a sports fan, but I always find it good for social purposes to stay at least marginally aware of them (at least the major events). So, hacking in front of the TV for a change.

That said, football brings to mind a great PG quote: "Kids are sent off to spend six years memorizing meaningless facts in a world ruled by a caste of giants who run after an oblong brown ball, as if this were the most natural thing in the world."

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1 point by eswat 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Ever since I left my old job (heavy football culture) I haven't really gave a damn for handegg. Working on my local city bus webapp instead.

The new FUEL PHP framework is great, BTW.

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2 points by bdclimber14 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Just for the record, I am multi-tasking as well.
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1 point by kgutteridge 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Well actually just given up as its late UK time, always get a lot done in the quiet time on Sunday evenings when no one else is about!
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1 point by AdamTReineke 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm watching Murder! by Hitchcock as homework for my film studies class. First time in years that I haven't watched the game.
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1 point by adnam 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm watching my first ever super bowl, and I'm full of chilli dogs. It's 2.30 am and I'm at work in 5 hours :-/
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1 point by brennannovak 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Yup! Hacking happily away on http://social-igniter.com couldn't care less about the Super Bowl- I don't even know who's playing.
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1 point by jenn 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I've been taking a break from working on http://101in365.com to watch the commercials sometimes, but yeah... hacking on a project is way more fun! Managed to get a lot done today too! Good that my friends have all be pre-occupied by the game so I can concentrate!
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2 points by ylem 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Does running an experiment count?
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1 point by tony_landis 11 hours ago 0 replies      
SuperBowl?

http://github.com/tony-landis/PonyExpress

It needs a few more hours of for docs and testing before it is ready.

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1 point by ericmsimons 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Watch a few dozen guys play with balls for a few hours or work on an unbelievably cool project...I'll stick with the latter :)
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1 point by girlvinyl 11 hours ago 0 replies      
I've been working on my project non-stop this weekend and yesterday was my birthday. Took a dinner and cake break and got back to it. When you're really into something, it's all you can think about!
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1 point by ajray 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Doing circuit board layout and ordering samples online for my next embedded electronics project.
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1 point by oxtopus 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I plotted the week's hourly average Locational Marginal Pricing (LMP) as reported by ERCOT, looking into the "rolling blackouts" in Texas.

http://bit.ly/f1lXqk

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1 point by lewq 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Building a query cache for the distributed proxying layer in http://www.hybrid-sites.com/tech/ - much better than this "football" of which you speak ;-)
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1 point by Breefield 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm working on an AM/PM taskmanager circle-clock.
http://breefield.com/lab/days/
Japanese characters are via Google translate, probably horribly wrong, but mostly for aesthetic.
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1 point by espeed 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Yeah, just started it two days ago -- http://developers.propagandaproject.org
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1 point by jasongullickson 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Working on my new smartphone project.
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1 point by sigzero 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I am in a Python class getting to take a quiz.
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1 point by peter_l_downs 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I am! I've been fixing up my side project, www.bookshrink.com, which I recently submitted here and got a bunch of feedback on. What project are you working on?
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1 point by emartin24 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm doing a bit of both ;) Hacking a WordPress theme for http://beyondthefocus.com while watching bits of the game & commercials.
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1 point by olalonde 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Mostly watching the commercials...
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1 point by covati 13 hours ago 0 replies      
For sure, I'm hacking away on some utilities ArgyleSocial.com, while the wife watches a Masterpiece Theatre movie.

The Super...what is on tonight? :)

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2 points by FirstHopSystems 14 hours ago 0 replies      
The super bowl isn't going to code my start-up project for me!
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1 point by efnx 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I am! I'm working on a modular synthesizer. But I've taken a couple breaks to get food and catch up with friends partying downstairs...
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1 point by flipdeadshot 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Did anyone else have the misfortune of seeing the halftime show? The biggest stage in the world, and they get the black eyed peas to perform?
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2 points by johnnyjung 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Starting a project for my cs class...due tomorrow.
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1 point by hydrazine 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Pacman AI > Superbowl!
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1 point by arjn 12 hours ago 1 reply      
I have zero interest in football (and its not really football anyways ;)
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1 point by keithba 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Too true - I've been leanring Ruby on Rails 3 + Koala + omniauth today. Lots of fun...
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1 point by ajaimk 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Amen to that
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1 point by Skywing 15 hours ago 1 reply      
if i'm doing both, does that count?
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1 point by anigbrowl 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm doing both...
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1 point by irae 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Not realy hacking, bug I'm bugfixing as webOS app =)
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1 point by sim0n 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Yep! Working on my startup: www.interstateapp.com :)
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1 point by digiru 12 hours ago 0 replies      
The super bowl is today? I'm hacking Spork!
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1 point by LeachyPeachy 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I am working. I am the CTO for Alliance Acquisitions (http://www.alliance-acquisitions.com) Much left to get done.
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1 point by cmeiklejohn 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Definitely. Startup work in full effect.
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1 point by Mmccue 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm drawing sketches for next ver of Flipboard while watching superbowl on twitter on flight to SFO. Does that count?
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1 point by h3xdump 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Oh. Wait, the Superbowl was this weekend? Oops. All I knew was that Pittsburgh was playing Green Bay.
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1 point by daspecster 12 hours ago 0 replies      
...Are you stalking me?
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1 point by ronaktal 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I've been working on Datkey.com for a white and it's way more fun than superbowl...that's just me though
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1 point by apperoid 11 hours ago 0 replies      
What is Super Bowl?
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1 point by Mmccue 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm drawing sketches for new version of Flipboard while watching game via twitter (on flt).
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1 point by derrida 13 hours ago 0 replies      
What is the "Super Bowl"?
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1 point by thascales 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm chipping away at rewriting my uni's timetabling system. I am very full of caffeine.
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1 point by keithburgun 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Oh crap, was that today?
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1 point by d3fun 14 hours ago 0 replies      
there are bugs to fix..
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1 point by manus 12 hours ago 0 replies      
My bowl is business casual, wearing glasses, raised in Kansas.
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1 point by jamesmiller5 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Definitely working on my blog.
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Ask HN: Is there anyone with a top school MBA that regrets it?
4 points by paolomaffei 3 hours ago   2 comments top 2
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1 point by blizzy 51 minutes ago 0 replies      
It depends what you are trying to do - if you want to build stuff and create businesses, it's probably better to spend those two years doing just that. My B School was totally paid for through scholarships, but it still meant that I didn't make any money for two years. I would have been better off not making money for those two years, getting a cheap apartment and building stuff.

That said, things I am glad I have from the B School experience: 1) A network and some great friends I wouldn't have otherwise met; 2) Efficiency of thinking - I can get to answers very quickly; 3) Job opportunities - but, again, if that's not what you are looking for (wasn't what I was), then this isn't much of an advantage.

On balance, I would say it's better to just go build than go to B School, but that's probably too general off a response.

Happy to answer more.

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1 point by guynamedloren 3 hours ago 0 replies      
I can't comment, but I can tell you that I currently regret having spent the last 3.5 years of my life in one of the top engineering programs in the world (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). If this is considered "education" these days, count me out. I can honestly learn more on Wikipedia and Hacker News. What a waste of $100,000.
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I took Gabriel Weinberg's Advice and cloned ThreeWords.Me with Pictures
7 points by barmstrong 7 hours ago   3 comments top 3
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1 point by barmstrong 7 hours ago 0 replies      
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1 point by revorad 2 hours ago 0 replies      
How about three captions for a picture instead?
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1 point by atgm 5 hours ago 0 replies      
It might be more inherently viral if anyone could pick a picture for anyone.
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You have hacked together a site, now how do you promote it?
7 points by hybrid11 9 hours ago   3 comments top 3
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5 points by matthodan 8 hours ago 0 replies      
There are a bunch of paid ways to promote an app, but I've focused on what I usually do to get free exposure:

1) Post a 'Ask HN' post to get some feedback

2) Search for blogs that discuss the problem your product solves, then comment on those blogs (don't spam!)

3) Email the tip lines of each of the major tech blogs

4) Submit your site for inclusion in site directories (e.g. webapplist)

5) Contact sites that rank highly on your target keywords and see if they'll link to your site

6) Search Twitter for people who have the problem that your product solves, then refer them to your app

7) Post updates to your personal Facebook / Twitter

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1 point by eunomad 7 hours ago 0 replies      
I like your list but you are not using video to your advantage. I don't know what kind of website you are trying to promote but you can get a substantial following by using youtube videos. Your videos would focus on what your audience wants (tutorials, editorials, vlogs) I have been following several websites who are successfully using this medium for their website marketing and I plan on using it for mine when our site is ready to go live.
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1 point by trbecker 8 hours ago 0 replies      
One of the best ways to do it is to ask for promotion for other websites that have the same target audience as yours. This is usually done with cold pitch and a link exchange. Then ask the user to subscribe to your twitter account or rss feed (if you have one), and create content that can be retwitted or shared on Google Reader.
Also, engage with your community as soon as you have one. Treat them well and they'll be more likely to help you promote your business. Good luck.
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Ask HN: Getting over the web design wall?
11 points by rufugee 13 hours ago   14 comments top 8
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3 points by morganpyne 10 hours ago 0 replies      
This may not be what you want to hear, but have you considered partnering with a designer? Is there some reason that you feel you need to also cover this part of the project too? It's difficult enough to master and stay on top of all the technologies that have listed, and design is a huge topic which in and of itself could consume you. It's also in many ways quite tangental to your existing skillset.

That said if you do insist on being the fully rounded person and doing all aspects of the project (which I often find myself doing :-) I would second the advice given here to simply borrow design elements from sites that you like (90% of 'design' is simply this anyway, with a relatively small number of people putting actual design principles to use and even even smaller number of thought leaders doing interesting and innovative design work). This should give you a start on getting something that looks somewhat decent, and give you time to think about how far down the design rabbit hole you wish to dive so that you will at least start to understand the underpinnings and theory of the things you had been cargo-culting.

Design is not how something looks - it's how it works. Think like an end-user and step back from the myopic view most developers have of their own applications. Ask yourself questions like "Is it obvious what to do here? Does the UI help me achieve my goals or hinder it?" The actual visual representation is only one part of achieving these goals. Remove redundant, confusing or cluttered elements on screen. In good design every pixel pulls it's own weight and white-space is used judiciously. Perfection is achieved when nothing more can be removed.

Pay attention to color schemes - there are plenty of sites now which will help you pick a nice color palette. Pick colors which work well together and are readable. Colors convey a message.

Don't ignore typography either. Googling will give you good suggestions for fonts which work well together and carry certain types of messages and associations. Don't use too many fonts on page. Vertical rhythym and letter/line spacing can make a big difference to a sites appearance.

Something I do before starting sites is to make a proof sheet - sample content of the basic types of tags, elements and markup you will encounter, and a CSS stylesheet defining the appearance of these elements. This may help you visualise the site a little better and will keep you consistent as you build it out.

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2 points by guynamedloren 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Practice, practice, practice. Duplicate. Practice. Duplicate. Create.

If you aren't feeling very creative, duplicate the work of others. Heck, even if you are feeling creative, duplicate anyway. Try to copy the iTunes interface. Figure out exactly what methods and techniques are used to design certain buttons. Then move on to other parts of the interface. You'll learn about subtle gradient use, shadows, insets, opacities, font, color palettes, and more. Before you know it, you'll have duplicated the entire iTunes interface and picked up a huge skillset along the way.

Then do the same with the most beautiful websites you can find. And the whole time, tell yourself it's not impossible to design that beautiful website because somebody already did it. If you get stuck, google the specific problem. Somebody was in your place before. The only way to really learn design (or anything, arguably) is by doing. When I browse the internet, I subconsciously examine every single piece of the design and figure out how they did what they did. For most websites it doesn't take more than a few seconds because they're remarkably simple once you know a little bit about design. For those tricky ones, I look a little closer and can figure it out within a minute or two, sometimes resorting to opening the source and looking at how the images are sliced up. If something's really busting my brain, I'll fire up Illustrator and give it my best shot.

Eventually you'll figure out what works for you and what doesn't. You'll gravitate towards certain techniques and ditch others. If you're smart, you'll even end up with a "graveyard file" containing all the little pieces that you might be able to use in future designs. With that graveyard file, designing gets exponentially easier - it's like having a box of magical tools at your fingertips.

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2 points by damoncali 12 hours ago 1 reply      
I can't say I'm the coder you are, but I know what it's like to have lackluster design skills.

Accept that you suck at design and start copying. Find sites that you like, and recreate the elements that catch your eye. If your experience is anything like mine, you will wind up with a look that's worse than what you're borrowing from, but it will be better than what you would have done on your own. In the process you get to see why things look good or bad. Note that I don't mean snagging CSS and images, I mean actually recreating the elements from scratch.

Do that lots of times, and eventually you go from sucky to decent. Not sure how to get from decent to good.

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2 points by georgecmu 10 hours ago 1 reply      
Is your design block general or web-specific? Can you make a decent-looking presentation in powerpoint? Do your word documents look like geocities web-pages ca 1996? Any useful advice would necessarily be context-dependent.

In any case, my specific advice for dealing with web page design is to 'outsource' it. Build your sites in a themeable CMS and just play with themes. It sounds like you can tell a good looking design from bad, so just spend the time trying different looks, and something will come out in the end.

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2 points by alexchu 11 hours ago 2 replies      
I'd say that web design in today's market is as deep of a rabbit hole as development and coding itself. You really have to know the fundamentals of design, grid system, the trends, psychology of UX, and know-how to using the software packages.

Once you have a good grasp of the fundamentals of design theory (golden ratio, rule of thirds, color theory) it's really easy to adapt to different trends as you see fit to what you're working on. I agree with what some of the other guys suggested here, a quick way is to just copy what other sites are doing instead of trying to invent something yourself.

By copying, i don't mean a verbatim clone of other website's visuals. Look deeper into how a site is laid out, where certain elements are positioned, and try to figure out why the designers visualized the content the way they did.

All this would be assuming that you have a good understanding of photoshop/illustrator. If you don't feel comfortable using photoshop. I'd suggest you to either spend some time to pick it up (sites like tutplus have some basic tutorials that are pretty easy to follow http://psd.tutsplus.com/category/tutorials/interface-tutoria...), or you can just buy a prefab theme from themeforest like pius11 suggested.

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3 points by _pius 12 hours ago 0 replies      
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1 point by gexla 12 hours ago 1 reply      
"I PHP'd it in the PHP3 days when it wasn't really cool."

Are you saying PHP is cool today?? ;)

This is a tough issue to get around. I could list some ways to get better a web design but it's probably a waste of your time to try it. Like with programming, a good eye for design comes with a lot of practice.

There was a post the other day about how someone used crowd sourcing sites to create a decent design, perhaps you could look into something like that.

Otherwise, on a very low budget you might just use freely available templates. Once the site starts paying it's own rent, then you could start looking into hiring someone to create a more unique / branded design.

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1 point by Dramatize 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Web design is mostly typography/copy.

I'd put most of your effort there.

Have a look at sites like Pinboard or Instapaper for good examples of simple type based design.

Sites don't have to be flashy to be successful.

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Ask PG: Have You Ever Considered Creating A Designer News?
5 points by dglassan 8 hours ago   4 comments top 3
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1 point by splatcollision 14 minutes ago 0 replies      
Design is Hacking or Hacking is Design - if you're interested in design links, post them. I'll upvote them!
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1 point by hassaanm 7 hours ago 0 replies      
I think there is one, with a similar design to HN. I can't seem to recall the site's name though. Sorry.
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-1 point by vorador 7 hours ago 1 reply      
Here it is : http://undrln.com
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I just received my CR-48, now what should I do?
9 points by joejohnson 11 hours ago   10 comments top 7
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2 points by IVirOrfeo 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Get GSM up and running using an active SIM Card.
Get SubSonic Up and running on a server and access it via Cr48
Try Wiz-help
Cloud-in some non existing apps like xmame with tonido
If your cr48 is a FISH, open it up and document the inner configuration, I am certain that it is different from the PONY.
Find a way to check hardware specs without opening the machine.
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1 point by anigbrowl 10 hours ago 1 reply      
Me too. The one thing I can't do with it that would be really useful is reading from a USB stick/drive.

Mac OS has already been done and Google themselves give instructions on how to stick Ubuntu on it for replacement or dual boot.

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1 point by IVirOrfeo 10 hours ago 0 replies      
when you are done, come here http://www.reddit.com/r/CR48/ and document your results.
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1 point by IVirOrfeo 10 hours ago 1 reply      
I would love to see a hacker news CR-48 User group.
I feel that hacker news played a big role in me getting one.
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2 points by Zpirate 11 hours ago 0 replies      
See if you can install a Linux distro.
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1 point by IVirOrfeo 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Quite frankly, I would love to have my social networking done here instead of other places.
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1 point by kemsiro 10 hours ago 0 replies      
you can install Mac OS X on it :-)
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Wow (created: 1234 days ago) yet I am still happy to be here.
10 points by Retric 14 hours ago   discuss
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Ask HN: Acquisition interest in my part-time startup
8 points by mookie_blaylock 13 hours ago   3 comments top 3
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3 points by jasonmcalacanis 12 hours ago 0 replies      
if you want to use my attorney Joey from Fortis he's very good about controlling fees--especially with first time entrepreneurs.

Tell him I sent you.
http://www.fortisgc.com/joey_m_tran.html

1. In terms of deal structure you should let them make an offer--always. There is no reason to "negotiate against yourself."

2. You would do well to find a second bidder on the project/your services. Nothing like the marketplace to set the best terms for a deal.

3. I'd also select three or four angels or VCs you like and "ask them for advice." You never know, maybe your side project could be something much, much bigger and you're giving away the farm.

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1 point by brudgers 9 hours ago 0 replies      
If you were using runway, the situation would be different. As it stands, there is little reason not to talk with them...consider it as a job interview with the product acquisition as a windfall. Since it appears that big company is looking at the deal as talent acquisition at least as much as product acquisition, the first issue is to determine if the work will be satisfying. If so, then that would seem to be the time to get an attorney to handle the product acquisition and employment contract (and IMO, you probably want an employment contract when you are furnishing existing IP to your employer upon hire unless the IP is purchased directly for cash).

Good luck.

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1 point by MatthewDP 13 hours ago 0 replies      
I can answer a bit on the tax situation (IANAA). The whole deal would be taxable at your marginal tax rate, minus whatever your basis would be. Your basis would be any money that you put into the business. Since it would be additional income that would be taxed at a personal rate, you would be well to sack everything you can away on a tax deferred basis (IRA, 401ks, 529 plans for kids) to avoid a beating on taxes.
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Ask HN: Machine learning in 5 papers. What should they be?
4 points by snikolov 9 hours ago   1 comment top
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1 point by cschmidt 21 minutes ago 0 replies      
I would cover some fairly basic topics:

1. Naive Bayes (with review of probability needed to understand)

2. Linear Regression

3. Decision Trees (for a nonlinear model)

4. Boosting (and why it doesn't overfit much)

5. k-means (and other clustering)

Be sure to emphasize cross validation or a holdout set to evaluate all these models.

The new edition of the "WEKA" book would be a nice text, rather than the original papers.

Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques, Third Edition
Ian H. Witten, Eibe Frank, Mark A. Hall

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I'm young... Maybe a little too young
9 points by Aleco 19 hours ago   7 comments top 7
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4 points by cdsanchez 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I'll echo some of the sentiments already put forth: do you actually need funding at this stage? How much do you think you will need? Have you and your co-founder thought about asking your respective parents for seed money?

I think the answer to the question at hand is really quite obvious. Yes, since you are relatively young, they will take your age into consideration. They will also take into consideration your experience, your maturity, and similarly, your ability to handle responsibilities. I'll play the skeptic and conjecture that you probably don't excel enough in all three of these traits to make up for the risk presented by your age.

If that's the case, then at this point in your start up and with all things considered, I would say the best route would be to attain seed money from family, friends, etc. and once your start up starts getting buzz or generating nice revenue, you would be in a better position to start looking for funding from larger institutions or venture capitalists.

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3 points by lachyg 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Email me if you want. I'm also 16, am doing very well for myself and working on a 'proper' startup. Set up a side project this month that made mid-high $xxxx in profit this month.

I might be able to help some.

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3 points by brk 19 hours ago 0 replies      
You may run into issues simply because you are too young to enter a legally binding contract, among other things.

You've probably also read that the investment is as much in the people as the product/concept, so age plays a role, even if just subconsciously.

Do you have an idea of what you are looking for in terms of size of an investment? You might be better off with a local angel sort of investor vs. A traditional VC route.

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2 points by scottkrager 19 hours ago 0 replies      
If your idea or business is good enough...the VC's will figure it out for you. Go ahead and pitch them, the age issue can be overcome!
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2 points by andrewstuart 18 hours ago 0 replies      
You don't need funding. You are young and smart and have all the time in the world.

I could see you might need money for hosting and a domain name but everything else you should be able to do on your own time.

What exactly do you need money for?

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1 point by guynamedloren 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Do you have parents?

Then you have investors.

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1 point by wslh 19 hours ago 0 replies      
If your live with your parents try to bootstrap your company without investments.

I think you must be emancipated to own your own business at your age. Think in young actors.

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TrendMicro sends passwords in plain text - that's security
4 points by syrnick 10 hours ago   3 comments top 2
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1 point by yuhong 8 hours ago 0 replies      
They are not the only ones. Many websites do this. Not only with signing up, but also with "forgot password" too.
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1 point by FirstHopSystems 10 hours ago 1 reply      
Yes, sending credentials in plain-text is bad. I would be more worried about your password being stored in plain text. That data is just sitting there...waiting. defended by super 1337 TrendMicro security!
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Ask HN: Please review our Startup BusFeed
4 points by okeumeni 11 hours ago   5 comments top 4
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2 points by jcr 10 hours ago 1 reply      
Read This:

http://www.jacquesmattheij.com/The+Unofficial+HN+FAQ

And resubmit latter with your site as the URL when all the superbowl (US) nonsense has blown over.

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1 point by jcr 10 hours ago 0 replies      
okeumeni,

If I were to change your copy, I'd stick with just "Sales Innovation" rather than "Sales 2.0 Innovation."

Though I'm sure opinions will vary, I personally feel the "Something 2.0" nomenclature is trite. I tend to be unfriendly towards buzzwords. On the other hand, I'm most likely not your target market, so it may be good marketing and I just don't get it.

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1 point by coryl 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Needs screenshots or video demo on the homepage. Takes a bit while to figure out what it is (I don't want to schedule a demo yet, I just want to see what it is!).
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1 point by okeumeni 11 hours ago 0 replies      
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Ask HN: Where are the Windows Phone Marketplace Millionaires?
3 points by josephcooney 10 hours ago   4 comments top 3
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1 point by josephcooney 3 hours ago 0 replies      
I found the following AppHub forum posts where some developers talk about their sales/download/trial numbers http://forums.create.msdn.com/forums/t/69061.aspx in early to mid Dec most devs were posting numbers < 100. The highest I saw was the Farseer games guy(s) that had ~1K). Some free games were > 10K.
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2 points by pedalpete 9 hours ago 1 reply      
with < 2 million devices sold at this point, I doubt you're going to see millionaires yet.

Assuming you'd need 1 million downloads to make $1 million, check back when WP has 20 million+ devices in use.

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1 point by gsivil 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I am just one data point but I have not heard any. I would not be posting that if I was not sure that this would resonate with many HNers here.
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I pitched YC, was rejected, just closed a multi-million dollar round.
179 points by ycreject 3 days ago   49 comments top 22
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166 points by joshu 3 days ago 1 reply      
a decent chunk of the energy for writing delicious was in response to getting rejected by google years ago...
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42 points by zhyder 3 days ago 2 replies      
A friend of mine got rejected from the current YC batch, but raised $1M from prominent investors less than a month after the YC interview.
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40 points by smoody 3 days ago 1 reply      
totally agree with the 'if at first you don't succeed' aspect of this post, but you have a different co-founder and a different concept now, so your prior rejection, while interesting, is not really related to your current situation.
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11 points by edge17 3 days ago 0 replies      
I know one company that was rejected by yc that is happily investor free, profitable, and doing quite well for themselves.

I know another guy that was rejected from YC and just sold his company to another company all of you have heard of.

YC is great, but it's one of many paths. Every time I read, "YC rejected me but....." it sounds like "Harvard rejected me, but somehow my life didn't end."

Sometimes you wonder how a company managed to exit with their idea but people count for so much. I have friends that, if they had the dumbest idea in the world, I would put my money down because betting against them is a losing game. If it sounds ludicrous, is because you've never had friends like that.

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8 points by Mz 3 days ago 1 reply      
To quote Randy Pausch: "The brick walls are not there to keep us out, they are there to give us a chance to show us how badly we want something."

They are all in your head anyway. I've been thinking about the Harry Potter thing of how they get to the train station for wizarding school by running straight at the brick wall with confidence, which carries them through it and to a different world, where a train awaits to whisk them off to a magical place, a place to learn yet more magic. I think it's a great metaphor. The brick walls aren't really there. Just go at them head on, believing they aren't really there.

Oh, and there's no spoon either.

Best of luck.

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4 points by azharcs 2 days ago 0 replies      
Just because you are rejected by VC's or YC doesn't mean anything. Even best of the VC's make mistakes, here is a firm which missed companies like Apple, Intel, Google, Paypal, Ebay etc...

http://www.bvp.com/Portfolio/AntiPortfolio.aspx

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4 points by pedalpete 3 days ago 1 reply      
Congrats on closing a round of financing, but have you had your YC rejection in the back of your mind all along?

If you had pitched with the same co-founder and same idea and still got funded, you could have given PG a big 'told ya so', but different idea, different co-founder, is really a different sitation. Plus, I'm sure YC doesn't invest in many ideas/people that they wish they could, as they have to make selections on very little details.

Out of curiosity, what stage are you at with the new company? Did you close your round with a working prototype? moderate user traction? existing customers?

Again, congrats on the funding. Best of luck with the new biz.

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7 points by thewordpainter 3 days ago 2 replies      
i don't mind rejection. in fact, i kinda thrive off of it.

when YC has told us no in the past --> just sparked the fire that much more.

my personal motto: doubt me...please do ;)

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1 point by dstein 1 day ago 0 replies      
Getting rejected by YC was the best thing to happen to my startup and to improve my motivation.
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3 points by bdclimber14 3 days ago 0 replies      
I believe YC applications are open now, so its great timing actually!
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1 point by InclinedPlane 3 days ago 0 replies      
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2 points by jmtame 3 days ago 0 replies      
i'd be interested in talking to you, can you e-mail me? it's on my profile
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4 points by hoag 3 days ago 0 replies      
This is a fantastic story. Congratulations, let us in on the loop when you're ready to share!
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2 points by axod 3 days ago 4 replies      
Why do people say they got funded as if that's it. They've made it. Job done. Success is now a given.

I'm not convinced ability to get funded matches with likelihood of profitability.

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2 points by aditya 3 days ago 0 replies      
Congratulations. :-
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2 points by _pius 3 days ago 0 replies      
Congratulations!
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2 points by lancepantz 3 days ago 0 replies      
just so we're all clear... the goal is more than raising money... right?
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1 point by ankitgupta 3 days ago 0 replies      
If everyone is unanimously excited about your company and agrees with your vision, then there is definitely something wrong there!
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1 point by zizee 3 days ago 1 reply      
So, is your start up in stealth? Or are you just trying not to brag? Why the anonymity?
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1 point by afinlayson 2 days ago 0 replies      
I love the tenacity, Best of luck boys!
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-1 point by SemanticFog 3 days ago 0 replies      
It's impressive that YC helps founders succeed by putting them through a short but intense program.

It's even more impressive that YC helps founders succeed by rejecting their applications, and motivating them to try harder.

The latter is a truly scalable business model. Maybe YC should get a chunk of stock simply for letting companies apply to the program...

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-1 point by yuhong 3 days ago 0 replies      
>(if you know who I am, please keep my identity a secret, thanks!)

Personally I wouldn't require this whatever possible, even in that case, but that is a different topic altogether so...

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Don't support objectifying women? Boycott GoDaddy.
18 points by jpadvo 14 hours ago   15 comments top 8
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3 points by JoachimSchipper 2 hours ago 0 replies      
I didn't see their commercial, but you missed the opportunity to point out that they have lots of loudly unhappy customers (http://nodaddy.com/), shut down sites for no good reason (http://seclists.org/nmap-hackers/2007/0 and the recent spate of 'seized for infringing copyright'), etc.
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8 points by mindcrime 14 hours ago 1 reply      
Oh please... spare us the righteous indignation over the "war of the sexes." The various diamond retailers - who run commercials insinuating that a man's value to his (wife|fiancee|girlfriend) is based on the kind of diamond he buys her - are just as "disgusting" as Godaddy... but where's the outrage over that?

Godaddy is a fair domain registrar with relatively cheap prices... they get my business because they do what I need them to do, for a reasonable price, no more, no less.

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3 points by jdp23 12 hours ago 1 reply      
Already boycotting, and recommending other alternatives to my friends. Nice of them to remind me that it's the the right thing to do.
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4 points by MatthewDP 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Agree. GoDaddy is horrible, especially when they try to up-sell you. No one should have to pay extra for "domain privacy". It shouldn't be too much to ask to just buy a domain without having to say no to a hundred different offers.
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1 point by eunomad 6 hours ago 0 replies      
GoDaddy is not the only company doing this kind of advertising. It doesn't make me upset rather it puzzles me how technology companies ignore the 50 percent of the market that buys their products (the female market) Imagine what kind of revenues they would make if they targeted women and tapped into that revenue stream instead of insisting on staying focused on the male market with their ads, a market that is very saturated.
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3 points by smoyer 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Never have - never will ... The second commercial was equally bad.
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0 points by huntero 10 hours ago 1 reply      
GoDaddy seems to draw more than their share of negative attention because they make really crappy commercials that objectify women.

Add a few more zeros to the budget and you end up with high quality commercial that objectifies women but gets far less complaints.

Bottom line: People hate GoDaddy commercials because they suck.

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-2 points by brudgers 10 hours ago 0 replies      
It seems you will trade objectification for paternalism. Your idea is that we should not respect Ms. Patrick's decisions. However, GoDaddy is the primary sponsor of Danca Patrick on both the IRL and NASCAR Nationwide circuits. It's very simple, she is a spokesperson because of they are a sponsor

Should we boycott Pepsi because Jeff Gordon appears in their commercials, too?

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Ask HN: Calculating salary
5 points by aDemoUzer 15 hours ago   5 comments top 3
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7 points by Tangurena 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I've always tried for at least 15% raise each move [1]. If you are desperate, they'll figure it out and lowball you. The last 3 jobs have been 50%, 50% and 33% raises. Confidence does sell, but you also have to produce your value [2]. I'm not at the top of my pay-band for folks of my age and experience, but I am slightly above median for Denver.

2000 and 2001 were terrible years for developers. You'll hear them described as all sorts of terms, including "dotBomb." It took me 8 years to get my salary back to the same dollar amount I was making in 2000. And that 8 year period included 2 years I was out of work (23 months spread over 3 gaps).

There is a saying that goes "make hay while the sun shines." Aside from the obvious agricultural meaning, it also means that you should make as much as you can during the rich years, and put some aside for the lean years [3].

My estimation is that there are really 2 job pools. One for junior level skills and one for senior level skills. There is a large gap in salaries. When execs and politicians whine about a shortage of experienced workers [4], they're complaining that the senior pool is too expensive. However, all their options of making colleges produce more workers, or opening the visa flood gates will only serve to increase the quantity of folks in the junior pool. It takes time, training and effort to move yourself from the junior pool to the senior pool. But it will be up to you - no company will do it for you, and indeed, with the constant demand for workers who can "hit the ground running" that shows that companies want the benefit of the senior pool without contributing to the succession from the junior pool.

Notes:

1 - Companies who ask what you are making now will usually try to limit you to 10-15% raises with your new position. Part of this is a cultural dislike for people moving up too fast. Victorian literature was full of tales of people who tried to move to another "station in life" and were found out then sent back to the lower classes they came from. This is the sort of mentality you'll find during interviews.

2 - Confidence will get you in the door, but you have to get work done to keep your job.

3 - This is not limited to retirement savings. By age 28-30, you should have about 6 months income saved up for the times when you will be out of work. By 35, you should have more like 12 months saved up. That is your lifeboat and the only way you can survive the ups and downs of the industry. Developers over 40 who get laid off can find it takes 6-12 months to get a replacement job.

4 - Mostly they want protection from the free market, but usually what's happening is that they think they need senior level workers but are only willing to pay junior level wages. So they want some sort of bailout from the government.

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2 points by nostrademons 15 hours ago 1 reply      
It's doubled every time I've switched jobs.

There isn't really a right answer to this, because it depends on your experience, the particular subfield you're in, and the company you're starting at. I'd start with GlassDoor and then aim high:

http://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/software-engineer-salary-S...

You can always negotiate downwards if you really want a job, but you may find that companies are willing to pay quite a bit more than you expect.

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1 point by alnayyir 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I tripled my income in my last upgrade. Don't cap yourself. Definitely aim for getting at least 15-20% upward motion in the next move though.
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Ask HN: How to start coding my product?
37 points by supervillain 1 day ago   28 comments top 22
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13 points by patio11 1 day ago 1 reply      
Cut back scope, pick something you can deliver in your typical attention span, then sit down and do it. If you have one little feature that makes lives better enough to pay, then just a wee bit more work adds the ability to charge for it. Just a wee bit more work gets you the first cut of a marketing site. ... repeats ad nauseum
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11 points by JonnieCache 23 hours ago 1 reply      
>I have everything already set, I bought my domain, I bought a VPS, S3

This is your problem. By taking these preliminary, preparatory steps, you are satiating your brain's motivational desire for action without taking any actual constructive steps. Thus you do not have the will or urge left to write the code.

Stuff like buying a VPS or setting up S3 is easy and quick, therefore your reptile brain makes it easy for you to do such things first, as it prefers instant gratification. This unfortunately depletes the motivational neurotransmitters that signal you to take action, because as far as your brain is concerned, action has been taken.

The answer is to do that stuff last. Or, in a business setting, get someone else to be responsible for it.

This is an extension of some ideas from the great Derek Silvers, which he relates in this TED talk, which you should definitely watch: http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_keep_your_goals_to_you...

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6 points by gabrielroth 23 hours ago 0 replies      
I suspect the stakes are too high for you with this personal project. You've been planning it for so long, you imagine it will revolutionize the industry and make you a billionaire. And sitting down to start coding makes it feel like, well, just another web app. So any small steps toward your goal feel, paradoxically, as though they're destroying that goal.

All you can do in that situation is step back and remind yourself that this project probably won't change the world but might be fun to make. Consciously work on replacing the grandiose fantasy with a more realistic one: Imagine yourself ... coding a neat little Rails app in your free time! Staying up late to fix an annoying bug, and then feeling satisfied when you've fixed it! Not being a billionaire but being a guy who made a cool little web app!

And then sit down and start coding, even if you're not really in the mood.

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11 points by flipside 1 day ago 2 replies      
Here's my take from having gone through a similar problem, it may or may not be relevant to you.

A few years ago I had a great idea for a product and would pitch it to whoever would listen. I had the domain, had a plan, just had to execute. I'd barely gotten started when I ran into a wall, instead of working I would just stare blankly at my computer. I had zero motivation to do any actual work.

And yet, I was still passionate and believed in the idea, which led me to a similar place as you where I'm wondering "what gives?"

This situation showed me that I had an internal problem, that while I could function in environments with external motivational factors, if I removed them, I had nothing. Something inside was holding me back.

It was only through a combination of months of therapy and soul searching that I was able to find the source of my motivational short-circuit, I had given up on the first thing I ever truly wanted without even trying to achieve it. After that epiphany, motivation has been the least of my concerns. Heck, I'm working on my plans for world domination at this very moment.

So here's my advice, take the time to debug your brain, it won't be easy, but it beats having that error message pop up for the rest of your life.

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4 points by wccrawford 1 day ago 0 replies      
You're letting the lack of requirements blind you. Depending on who you are, there's 2 ways to fix it:

1) Write some requirements! Clarify in your mind where the project is heading both in the short-term and the long-term. Agile-style user stories is one way to do both of those.

2) Start with the basics. Get the Rails framework set up. Get the DB set up. Start writing the schema. Etc. Once you've got the basics of every app (mvc, authentication, ACL, etc) then move on to what makes your app unique. Start with things that will provide benefit for you or your customers.

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1 point by jamesbressi 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Hire me as your boss. We write a contract. The contract stipulates that you have complete ownership of the idea, I get profit sharing for payment, but if you don't execute at a reasonable time pre-negotiated then I can throw the idea out there to have someone else get this project coded--with you still retaining complete intellectual ownership of the idea but they are added to the profit sharing pie.

=)

Logically your reaction will be heck no because you can do it yourself and keep all the money to yourself, but you have just then created a paradox because this is exactly what makes you execute and seems to be what is preventing you.

That was all in hypothetical fun of course but I think would work in practice. Sometimes people don't need to find or "hire" co-founders, rather a "boss". But to overcome your biggest challenge, which is yourself, @JonnieCache and others here definitely know what they are talking about.

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2 points by kiriappeee 1 day ago 1 reply      
You bought this you got that you have the technical skills.. but do you have a plan? do you have a design on paper or whiteboard which you can implement?

Here's something I did to get past my own wall two months ago. I told myself to shut up, set aside some time each day (after I started working it was a lot easier. The only time I had was after work hours till 10 30 in the night) and then follow these steps.

1) make sure you are fresh, preferably having had shower
2) phones, distractable media all shut off and put away. block everything except your resources on the net if you have to
3) put down what you are going to do either on a small A4 size like whiteboard, or an A4 drawing paper (blank white is best to focus)
When putting down the stuff do it this way
a) write down the features you want to implement in your current development cycle
b) draw up the screen designs if you need to
c) think through the logic and put down what's needed.

Get to Work!

Methodologies are there for a reason. They do actually work. Btw, before starting. Make sure you have a clean overall view of the project as well. Not just the 'pitch'. Put down your main use cases and the features for each use case there (two levels max you can elaborate during the main cycles).

What's wrong with you is not lack of motivation. It's a lack of focus. I've dealt with it when learning languages too. I'd spend hours reading the material and come away with nothing. You need to know what you will achieve and that within a practical time frame. If you are having a really bad case of not being able to focus, I suggest a maximum time frame of two days. I currently work on a functionality a week/fortnight basis.

Good luck :)

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1 point by dlevine 1 day ago 0 replies      
I've found that this sometimes happens because I have serious second thoughts about some aspect of the project (maybe I don't know how it could ever make money, or it seems like it would be difficult to acquire users).

The most effective thing seems to be getting someone else involved. That way, you are committing not to yourself, but to another person as well. If that person is a coder, then you don't have to do all the programming work yourself. If not, maybe they can help you to get around some of the shortcomings in your own skillset.

Some people just don't work well alone (I'm one of them). It's not that I can't do all of the work myself (I can), but just that I don't enjoy it. I've learned to accept that, and then to get around it by bringing others into my projects at an early phase.

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1 point by bfung 22 hours ago 0 replies      
"What's wrong with me?..."

How to beat procrastination: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2185174

Perhaps you feel that your idea doesn't help someone else, even if it is interesting to yourself (hence it's easy to do work for others). Convince yourself either the idea/product would help people (ask if people are interested?) or do it for fun/hell of it. Otherwise, cut your losses.

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2 points by SeanNieuwoudt 1 day ago 0 replies      
I think all entrepreneurs and engineers go through this kind of phase at some point in their life.

The best solution I've found is get yourself a partner, someone that can keep you accountable and motivated.

Remember not to take your code too personally, most of it will inevitably need to be rewritten again anyways - it does not have to be perfect in the beginning.

If there are certain aspects of the project that are frightening to you and stopping you from starting (UI, DB design etc), then bite the bullet and outsource those parts... makes things much easier.

If you have the funds available, consider outsourcing the entire project - this will leave you with time to get the business end sorted.

Best of luck!

Sean

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2 points by Jsarokin 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Fear of failure? If you never finish the project, you can always think / say what it could be. If you actually make it, then you have a chance to fail.

I'd say write 1 of the many features your trying to work on. It could be because you're overwhelmed with the whole project.

Also, it seems like you have a "sheep" mentality rather than a "wolf" mentality (when your employers asked you to make an app but wont make one for yourself). If you can recognize it, you can most likely change it.

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2 points by chrisgo 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Accountability - find a buddy (or anybody) that is remotely interested in what you are doing. Your boss (and even other people you interact with) probably asked you when it's going to be done and you are eager to "please". You may be one of those people that feel that if nobody else cares about your project, why should you. So find a person to work with on this project ... maybe a future client or user with the problem you are trying to solve.
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1 point by vanekl 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Your subconscious is telling you that it thinks there is a problem and you shouldn't spend time working on a project that it feels is going to fail if you continue down your current path. Spend a few days listening to what your subconscious is trying to tell you, and refute in writing all the negative things it's telling you. If you can refute everything convincingly, then your mental motivational block will resolve itself. Don't be afraid to free-associate until you get to the root of the problem. Don't worry about spending too much time overcoming this roadblock, because 1) your subconscious is telling you there is a real problem, and 2) many times it's right. Brainstorm solutions until you get your solution. I've sometimes spent many days mulling over problems until I come up with a solution, but once I do my motivation comes right back and I can't wait to get back to the project. Everybody occasionally runs into these mental blocks; it's nothing to be concerned with if you decide to systemically attack it by letting your subconscious feed you solutions until you find one that works. Just don't write it off to "lack of motivation"; there's something your subconscious is trying to tell you. Address it and your motivation will come back.
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2 points by LeonW 1 day ago 0 replies      
hmm, is the app you are planning something that will solve some of your own problems? Or is it something that your boss's client would appreciate.
I am guessing that it might be the latter in your case and that's why you have trouble motivating yourself, because your boss isn't there. If you would find something that solves one of your own problems and made your own life a lot easier, then finding the motivation to do it is far easier!
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1 point by terhechte 1 day ago 0 replies      
Just revise your thoughts. You're not doing it 'for yourself' but you're doing it for a future audience, for future customers. The reason why you work so well for your boss is probably because you like to impress him. But it's difficult to impress yourself. When you think about your product, think about what positive reaction you'll get from your future customers.

Also, this mode of seeing things will help you to deliver a better software experience to your end-users as you will always remind yourself that going for quick and dirty solutions (during development) might work if you use it, but not if others use it.

Also, in order to gain additional enthusiasm, you should find a good friend with whom you can talk about your project, and brag from time to time. Then you feel obliged to continue working on it because you don't want him to believe that you've failed on it.

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1 point by Swannie 1 day ago 0 replies      
I know that situation well. I figured out it's because I strongly prefer working in a team. Solo-founder is never going to work 100% for me. I do work individually great, but if there isn't at least one smart person to bounce ideas off, and who reflect back some real enthusiasm, I'm burned out after a few days.

If anyone figures out how to trick yourself then I'm all ears!

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1 point by pnathan 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Sketch out the app. Do a SDUF (small design up front).

What do you need to do, and in what order?

What is the minimum viable product? What does that need to do, and in what order?

Now, what's the first thing that needs to happen for the MVP, and what is the smallest piece in it that can be done in an afternoon of coding and uploading to your VPS?

0: Do it.

1: Now, what's the next task in the chain towards MVP?

2: Do it. If the MVP isn't done, GOTO 1.

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1 point by mapster 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Ask yourself, if 3 years and I haven't made my app will I be disappointed? If yes, then set 30 mins a night to work on your singular project. Write a general plan of attack, then flesh out the 1st 20 objectives. If it helps, pretend your boss asked you to complete this project. good luck!
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1 point by raffles 23 hours ago 0 replies      
I have been in a similar position as, like you, I find it easier to do stuff when someone else is expecting me to do it. In the absence of a co-founder, one of my strategies has been to create that sense of expectation by outsourcing parts of the work which then requires work from me to provide the outsourced person with what they need to do their bit.

On one recent project, I got going by knocking out a rough plan in Pivotal Tracker and then doing some pair programming on some portions of the code with someone I hired on oDesk. Having booked someone for a couple of hours a day for a week or two meant that I got started, and by using them only for small portions of the functionality meant that it didn't cost too much and I was motivated to get the other bits done myself that were dependencies for the next bit of functionality I was going to be working on with my pair programmer.

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1 point by aderaynal 18 hours ago 0 replies      
Have you looked for a co-founder ?
Having someone else to work with or rely on is a great source of motivation...
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2 points by givan 1 day ago 0 replies      
Is the lizzard brain that is fighting back, is trying to protect you from failure
see this http://vimeo.com/5895898
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1 point by jparicka 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Sit down, roll up your sleeves and get to it. 2500 commits later and you may get somewhere with this...
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Offer HN: I'll help you become a hacker
26 points by jpadvo 1 day ago   12 comments top 6
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6 points by jpadvo 1 day ago 1 reply      
Disclaimer: I'm not an expert in these areas, I'm just a regular hacker. You won't become a Rails ninja-rockstar-guru under my tutelage, for example. What you'll hopefully become is a confident beginner who has knows how to learn. Like the old saying:

"Teach a person to hack and they'll hack. Teach a person to learn to hack and they'll gradually become a ninja-rockstar-guru over the rest of their life."

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2 points by tst 1 day ago 1 reply      
Maybe you also want to go on http://hackerbuddy.com. It's a site where hackers can help other (future) hackers
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1 point by atgm 1 day ago 0 replies      
I've applied, and regardless of whether or not I'm accepted, this is an outstanding offer. Kudos!
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2 points by htp 1 day ago 1 reply      
If you were looking for help with all of this, what would you be looking for?
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1 point by matdwyer 1 day ago 1 reply      
This certainly sounds interesting, but is it something that will turn into "pay me $xxx/hour" after the first month?
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2 points by naithemilkman 1 day ago 1 reply      
Why are you doing this?
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Ask HN: What is a startup?
4 points by DanielRibeiro 1 day ago   2 comments top 2
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4 points by hugostevens 1 day ago 0 replies      
I like Steve Blank's definition of a scalable startup:

A scalable startup is [a business] designed by intent from day one to become a large company. [1]

http://steveblank.com/2010/01/14/a-startup-is-not-a-smaller-...

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1 point by jparicka 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Startup is a modern day slavery.
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Ask HN: Anyone Else Sick at the Groupon Commercials?
7 points by maukdaddy 10 hours ago   10 comments top 4
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6 points by jcr 10 hours ago 1 reply      
Sure, one could take offense at Groupon leveraging the situation in Tibet for financial gain, but there is a better way to think about it.

My first thought when seeing the ad was, "This will be banned in China."

My second thought when seeing the ad was, "That was an extremely clever way of raising (general public) awareness about Tibet on a massive scale while still advertising their service.

The fact some people are angry, and talking about it, is actually a good thing for Tibet. --It's far better than the usual silence.

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5 points by Skywing 10 hours ago 1 reply      
Maybe I'm wrong here, but no - I take the commercials for what they are - they're super bowl commercials. They're also doing exactly what Groupon wanted. People are now discussing them because they were slightly controversial. I also feel like they got the point across very well. When it's all said and done, I'm willing to bet these will have been a success for Groupon.

I mean, really, who did these anger? I think the media only writes articles saying that these angered people to make people think others are angry. But really, who is angry? It's a commercial.

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1 point by anigbrowl 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Yes indeed. I was really offended, and my in-laws (who are Asian) were first astonished and then furious. We shop a lot online, and have been fairly regular Groupon customers (on higher value items), but not any more.

I'm amazed they would degrade their brand that way. Marketing director should be fired immediately, They need to spend way more on charitable donations now than the $3m they spent to insult a variety of popular causes and the people who support them.

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2 points by pekinb 9 hours ago 1 reply      
I think you guys need to start exercising or something
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Ask HN: Please critique my resumé
3 points by BrandonM 16 hours ago   11 comments top 6
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3 points by _corbett 15 hours ago 1 reply      
A few scattered thoughts:

o I would divide into specific positions, and for each position mention responsibilities and accomplishments

o Omit any irrelevant unless you have extra space on the single page (Cashier, etc.).

o "Advisor: my advisor" seems off-guess that's part of the template.

o Why not do everything in latex, it looks more professional and you'll have more control?

o I'm not surprised you are an extrovert. Hackers come in all personality types, stereotypes otherwise.

o It's irrelevant that the person you tutored was on the swimming team.

o While it's true you may be fun to be around, better judged by interaction than by a statement on a resume.

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2 points by starpilot 15 hours ago 1 reply      
Overall, too breezy and conversational. Objective should be more like "To become a Python or C software developer in [field of interest or company]." There's a lot of "I'm personable and a hard worker" fluff. They'll tell if you're a social fit from the interview, not the resume, and work ethic should be demonstrated by your experience and education. (If a person says they're smart, they're immediately doubted. They should show it.)

Experience section could include much more detail and should tie-in with Expertise. Take the first entry. "Performed major system upgrade," doing what? Setup 30 servers, migrated from Windows to Linux, something else? "Developed software tools," which did..? What languages did the projects use (should support Expertise)? “large sets of data” how large? What kind of data? Mentoring a new hire should also be much more prominent. Bullet points should start with the most impressive bits first. Receiving a fellowship should be a part of Education, not Work Experience.

Tightening is possible throughout: “Worked part-time through college to maintain financial independence.”

Those are my random critiques. Hope they help.

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2 points by staunch 14 hours ago 1 reply      
I've looked at thousands of resumes over the years. All I care about is What You Know and What You Did. I can see both pretty clearly from your resume. The rest is just noise (to me).

If I was looking for guy to write primarily Python or C in a Unix environment I would definitely follow up with a request for code samples and a phone screen.

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2 points by jasiek 15 hours ago 1 reply      
I think you should point out more things that set you apart from other candidates. While an interesting detail might not land you a job, it might get you an interview.

Also, be more specific in what impact your work has had on the company. For instance, when you mention that you've developed tools to aid in internal operations - be more specific - say that "my tool has reduced the time to prepare a monthly report from 2 days to three minutes".

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2 points by consultutah 15 hours ago 1 reply      
That looks like the standard resume that I see on my desk every day. Nothing spectacular, but probably nothing really wrong with it either.

I guess I should say that I'd also never read the whole thing. A little less wordy might give me a better chance of reading the whole thing.

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Ask HN: A Syllabus for Modern Web Development?
42 points by ssn 1 day ago   16 comments top 11
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6 points by pamelafox 1 day ago 1 reply      
I would suggest checking out the WaSP interACT curriculum:
http://interact.webstandards.org/curriculum/
It's a bit on the academic side, but it does do a good job of listing the many different competencies involved in web development, as it's easy to forget how much is involved.

I just helped in putting together a proposal for an advanced web dev course for a university, and it involved:
semantics, offline/storage, graphics/3d, device access, multimedia, performance, cross-browser debugging/optimizing, user experience (web apps/mobile), SEO, and analytics.
That course is frontend-focused and presumes previous experience with basic web dev technologies (HTML/CSS/JS).

Also, if you need HTML/CSS teaching materials, I've put some here:
http://www.teaching-materials.org/htmlcss/
(JavaScript materials coming soon)

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3 points by Shakakai 1 day ago 0 replies      
This is the order I learned web development - I think it should be broadly applicable:

1. Static website dev - modern HTML(5) & CSS http://www.http://htmldog.com/

2. Scripting HTML and CSS - Javascript (use standards based browsers only - avoid JQuery/libraries at first) http://javascript.crockford.com/

3. Intro Server side programming to template HTML pages - PHP (easy to grok for beginners - combine previous lessons with some simple dynamic data) http://php.net/manual/en/introduction.php

4. Intro to SQL - MySQL (give them the basic CRUD commands and show them how to hook those up with PHP) http://code.google.com/edu/tools101/mysql.html

5. Cross browser Javascript with the help of JS Libraries - JQuery http://docs.jquery.com/Tutorials

6. Using XML/JSON Web Services - Last.FM API (its a simple REST interface - avoid OAuth complexity) http://www.last.fm/api

If you covered all that in a semester, you would have some semi-competent (there's always more to learn) web developers. Good luck!

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2 points by sayemm 1 day ago 0 replies      
Philip Greenspun has two solid resources:
- http://philip.greenspun.com/seia/?
- http://philip.greenspun.com/panda/

I would also guide myself by looking at the top languages on Github: https://github.com/languages

Best way to start though is to work on a project on your own using the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP), that'll give you a good overview of all the different pieces involved.

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4 points by atgm 1 day ago 2 replies      
What are the prerequisites for the course? Do they already know HTML? CSS? Will there be other courses after this one?

Definitely teach about accessibility, standards compliance, and the necessity of bending to the browsers your audience uses.

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1 point by guynamedloren 1 day ago 1 reply      
There's no better way to learn than by doing. Assuming we're talking about basic web-development here for people with limited prior knowledge, I would design the syllabus around a final goal of building a fully-functioning website. Better yet: have a really specific goal. Maybe decide that the website should be a one-page online store. This makes it easy to split the syllabus up into smaller, manageable chunks and everyone will know what they're shooting for, even if some pieces get a bit tricky. Also, this way they only get the stuff they need. Let's be honest, nobody cares about the theory behind web development.

I would start with registering a domain name, setting up hosting and DNS, creating and modifying the index.html file. Then add a css file and run through the basics of html and css standard practices. Limit the design to basic colors and fonts at first. Just when they start to get the hang out it, bust out a crash course in web design with Adobe Illustrator and make those sites pretty. After that, utilize something like Paypal's webmaster tools to set up an extremely simple shopping cart. If time allows, dedicate a session to Jquery UI to spice up the sites even more. In the end, there will be some really polished final products with plenty of new skills and lots of invaluable experience.

That's what I'd do. Good luck!

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2 points by collypops 1 day ago 0 replies      
I personally think that the topic is far too wide to provide a solid grounding in just one semester. What I would advise is that you should find out the common ways that that the students would use this knowledge, and explore the concepts that relate to their work.

For example, I recently put together a 10 week course (1 hour per week) to introduce HTML and CSS to the marketing/sales/editorial staff in my department. I work for a prominent Australian news/media company, and we draw inspiration for new site features and improvements from across the entire department. We (the developers and product team) felt that the rest of the department would feel more confident in suggesting ideas (or making judgements about feasibility) if they knew what work goes into the presentation/interaction side of our websites.

We spent the first 2 weeks introducing the web and giving a bit of back story, and heavily enforcing the most up to date web standards. We then spent the remainder of the course jumping between HTML and CSS, and eventually had the team dreaming up ideas for widgets that we could add to the sites, and being more creative with inline content in our stories (having fun in the HTML mode of the WYSIWYG editor that they never got to see before).

So to wrap this up:

* engage your audience

* find out what they plan to use the skills for

* lay out coursework that works towards them achieving their personal challenges

You'll find them more attentive, more eager, and looking forward to whatever the next semester contains.

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1 point by ssn 1 day ago 0 replies      
I found Opera's Web Standards Curriculum from 2008. Going to take a look.

http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/1-introduction-to-the-web...

Also found this monograph -- Teach the Web -- where several experts were interviewed about how to teach web professionals.

http://teachtheweb.com/monograph.php

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1 point by jschuur 1 day ago 0 replies      
Whatever curriculum you come up with, make sure that by the middle of the semester, students have a working and public site, so that they can spend the rest of the semester experiencing how actual end users use and respond to it and you can discuss the process by which developers decide how to deal with user feedback.

Basic product/project management techniques should also be covered, including a brief intro to agile development.

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2 points by Jsarokin 1 day ago 0 replies      
Its not really a syllabus per se, but it shows the key technologies, concepts, how to learn them etc.

http://lifehacker.com/5401954/programmer-101-teach-yourself-...

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2 points by ideamonk 1 day ago 0 replies      
Should also be aware of http://w3fools.com/ before reading any w3schools.
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1 point by fragholrok 1 day ago 0 replies      
I know I'm not the one that asked the question, but I've been looking for these types of resources for a longtime. The w3fools one was especially eye opening, and the topics at greenspun are very interesting too! I'm off to learn, yeay!!! Thanks HN, you guys are awesome!
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Ask HN: What to look for in a NON-technical cofounder
4 points by sgallant 1 day ago   4 comments top 3
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1 point by mindcrime 1 day ago 0 replies      
Is there even a need for this person in a small startup?

I guess it depends on the nature of the startup. If your startup is a threewords.me type thing, then maybe you don't need a "business person" early on; you just need to launch the app, promote it a bit, and if it goes viral, slap some ads on there or what-have-you.

But if your startup is a B2B enterprise software startup, and you're a purely technical founder with no background in sales, marketing, prospecting, lead generation, etc., then I'd say you absolutely want a "business person" on-board from very early.

I recall reading that 37 signals doesn't hire anyone who doesn't have a strong technical skill set; no one whose only role is to manage others.

Just because they're "non-technical" doesn't mean their only role is to manage others. A "non technical cofounder" could/should be participating in: doing customer development, developing a marketing strategy, prospecting for leads, closing sales, finding funding, negotiating funding deals, doing business development (partnerships, etc.), developing a channel strategy, talking to channel partners, etc., etc., etc.

What should a non-technical cofounder bring to the table?

Again, depends on the situation. What I'm looking for in a non-technical cofounder includes:

experience selling enterprise software, experience developing marketing strategy, experience with customer development, knowledge of positioning, existing relationships with potential customers and partners, relationships with potential investors, and the ability to sell ice to Eskimos (or Bibles to the Devil.)

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3 points by Janice 1 day ago 1 reply      
Non-techie checking in.

As an outsider, this diminution of the non-techie into the "sales and marketing" box seems pervasive throughout the hacker network. And a bit dangerous. Is is not I, the non-techie, who is responsible for your sacred traction, which is required so that you may be crowned a success?

Perhaps I've other contributions, relevant to the actual product you want me to sell, that might be of value.

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1 point by rachnaspace 1 day ago 0 replies      
If you're a technical founder, with some interest and understanding on how to create some buzz around your app and get in users - I'd say, you don't really need a business / non-technical founder early on. Though, at some stage when you start scaling up, you will need someone (could be technical or non-technical) who can help on the business side. Andrew Chen's recent post has some good points on this -

http://andrewchenblog.com/2011/02/05/stanford-cs-major-seeks...

"What do geeks really need help with? It's very simple- there's a class of purely business-related stuff that adds value:

selling stuff and making money
getting partnerships and marketing/distribution of the product
funding the company
scalable marketing/monetization strategy (ad arb / viral / freemium / etc.)
team recruiting, particularly of other engineers and disciplines (not other MBAs please)
If you are an expert at any of the above and can show it, then there's a lot more value. Very few business folks, particularly newly-minted MBAs (with the exception of Stanford folks) or industry-switchers can really deliver on these though, which is why they're not bringing much to the table.

Then there's a class of things that are much more product-oriented, and while it overlaps with the skillset of some engineers, if you have great skills in any of the following, they are clearly valuable too:

design, especially visual design
UI/frontend skills " HTML/CSS/JS " even if mediocre!
copywriting within the product for help text, marketing, etc
user research and customer development
usability testing."

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Rate my app: adore.ly - like your Facebook friends anonymously
14 points by fjing28 2 days ago   7 comments top 3
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3 points by olivercameron 2 days ago 1 reply      
This is actually a pretty neat idea. One problem I see is 99% of Facebook apps in this genre are complete spam, meaning you could get grouped in with them and ignored.
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1 point by younata 2 days ago 1 reply      
Wow, I'm glad that this is limited to 3 adores.

awesome, so me and my (currently 20) low friend count remain anonymous because nearly all of those 20 friends have 250+ friends.

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1 point by maze 2 days ago 0 replies      
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It seems my Chinese supplier has stolen $50,000...do I have any recourse?
17 points by mistermann 2 days ago   17 comments top 7
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8 points by anigbrowl 2 days ago 1 reply      
There are several American law firms with branches in China. Ask your existing lawyer for a referral. If you don't have a lawyer, call your state bar association for a referral. You might also find some resources at trade.gov, but I imagine the information there is targeted at larger companies.

Sorry to say so, but this sounds like a classic case of 'a stitch in time saves nine.' I appreciate that you were nervous, but you should have brought in outside help/advice when you first realized you had a cash flow problem. They may have been scamming you, but then again you may have caused them a major cash flow problem; manufacturing margins are relatively slim, and $50,000 is a lot of money by Chinese standards. Suppose the factory has had difficulty paying its workers or your broker has been prosecuted over unpaid bills? At the very least, your broker has suffered a major loss of face, and serious damage to her commercial reputation. Meanwhile, you have not just lost $50,000, you appear to have lost your entire supply chain - and it's possible that you now have a reputation as a buyer who doesn't pay on time, and will have difficulty negotiating terms with alternative suppliers in addition to the more generic problem. Although you might have had to spend a few thousand for legal assistance a few months ago, look how much more it has wound up costing you.

So, get help immediately. A lawyer is like a doctor for your business in this situation, and your business has developed a serious problem. As well as the legal costs, you may have to pay compensation to your Chinese broker or supplier, and possibly go there in person to demonstrate your sincerity and restore their reputation as well as yours. You should also be exploring alternative avenues of supply, commercial credit, and how less flexible payment terms might impact your cash flow. It's going to be a lot of work. Good luck, and I hope it all works out for you and your firm.

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3 points by staunch 2 days ago 2 replies      
http://www.hipmunk.com/results?from=SFO+-+San+Francisco+Inte...

Seriously though. Why not just fly there? It's a couple grand to likely get back $50k (cash or merchandise). People are far less mean in person.

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3 points by curt 2 days ago 1 reply      
Nope you can't do much. But if you really want to do something the best would be to go there and contact the authorities (local party officials forget the police, bring cash, wink wink) and get them involved.

In the future it's best to have an expediter in China that can check the facts on the ground. Also you should not have to pay for manufacturing before the product is shipped or at least checked by an independent contact in China. Usually terms are around 30-90 days depending on the industry and product (sometimes up to 6 months).

I put up a manufacturing guide a few months ago where I talked a bit about this: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1840896

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3 points by confusalyst 1 day ago 0 replies      
Just a note for people who deal with export/import of goods costing this much or more: it can be very worthwhile looking into credit insurance (specifically, trade/business credit insurance) facilities.

Most of the larger companies have offices in places like Singapore and China so can offer help there, and for reasonable premiums you can be completely covered for things like this (legal fees, collections, remediation, etc.).

I've never had a need, but some friends who run physical goods companies swear by it for reducing risk and, arguably more importantly, stress (big losses from complicated situations like this are almost entirely mitigated).

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3 points by vabmit 2 days ago 0 replies      
This is a question for a local lawyer with expertise in import/export law. You'd likely have no problem at all finding a lawyer or firm with experience and specialization in Chinese trade. They'd have not only knowledge of Chinese law, but infrastructure like local contacts and representatives in China. There are a number of such firms in California.

In my experience legal advice from people that do not practice law is rarely helpful and potentially harmful.

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1 point by rexreed 2 days ago 1 reply      
This is what good insurance is used to cover. Having operated a business that sourced goods from China, your story is not surprising. I've had materials held hostage at customs because they wanted an upfront, wired payment.

In my experience, Chinese manufacturers have very little incentive or desire to provide credit or terms of any kind. They also have little desire to problem-solve issues or defects. So, it's no surprise that your problem is (according to them), your problem. I don't know if there is even a Chinese equivalent to the saying "the customer is always right".

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1 point by mblx6jr2 17 hours ago 0 replies      
I have a friend in Guangzhou, British and fluent Chinese. specialises in this type of thing. If you are serious in getting it resolved contact me joel@heliguy.com.

Thanks

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Ask HN: Who's Hiring? (February 2011 Edition)
201 points by meadhikari 7 days ago   discuss
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1 point by niyazpk 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Bangalore, India (Sorry, no remote).

We are a well funded ecommerce Startup. We already have an experienced team working on the technology side.

We are looking for good Java and PHP programmers.

Here are some interesting problems in this space:
- Scaling
- Data Mining/Retrieval
- Analytics

Please get in touch and I will convince you to join us :)

(Freshers and interns are welcome too).

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6 points by smanek 6 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."

https://www.greplin.com/jobs

Sorry, no remote work.

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24 points by timcederman 6 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?
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8 points by pchristensen 6 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.

Benefits:

- 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.

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5 points by nixme 6 days 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.

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6 points by holman 6 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.

http://jobs.github.com/positions/93a9f09a-2a4e-11e0-9546-9a4...

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8 points by sachinag 6 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

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4 points by akeefer 6 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).

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4 points by pquerna 6 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:

http://jobs.rackspace.com/search/?q=san+francisco

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40 points by kamens 7 days ago 3 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

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17 points by Macca 6 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.
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7 points by nathanh 6 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.

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4 points by flyosity 6 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.

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5 points by malbiniak 6 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.

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3 points by david927 7 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.

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5 points by lecha 6 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...

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3 points by lpolovets 6 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.

http://www.factual.com/jobs

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

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3 points by thinkcomp 6 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:

http://www.thinkcomputer.com/corporate/jobs/index.html

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

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4 points by drusenko 6 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)

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5 points by techsupporter 6 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.

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3 points by newhouseb 6 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

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4 points by jplewicke 6 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.

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4 points by jack7890 6 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

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3 points by SpikeGronim 6 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:

http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/21/time-to-meet-wavii-the-supe...

http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/17/wavii-waviimania-investors/

jobs@wavii.com

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3 points by agotterer 6 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

---

P.S.
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.

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3 points by mace 6 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.

Benefits/perks:

- 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

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3 points by nfriedly 6 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.

http://www.sociablelabs.com/

Contact nathan @ above website if you're interested.

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3 points by felideon 6 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.

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7 points by squirrel 6 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.

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3 points by rbxbx 6 days ago 2 replies      
We're hiring at Hashrocket.

http://hashrocket.com/jobs

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 :)

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2 points by nethergoat 6 days ago 1 reply      
EA2D - Redwood Shores, CA (SF Bay Area)

http://www.ea2d.com

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!

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6 points by buymorechuck 7 days ago 0 replies      
Palo Alto, CA - Flipboard

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

http://www.flipboard.com/jobs

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2 points by GavinB 6 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

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3 points by jbenz 6 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:

http://www.techlifeohio.com/blogs/open-position

Find links to our sites here:

http://eretailing.com/

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4 points by hyyypr 6 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

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2 points by MediaSquirrel 6 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:

-Scaling

-Scaling

-Scaling

-Improving our autonomous QA system

Responsibilities:

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

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2 points by GavinB 6 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

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3 points by tocomment 6 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.

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2 points by trunnell 6 days ago 1 reply      
Netflix has many open positions in Los Gatos, CA.

http://www.netflix.com/Jobs

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.

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3 points by qixxiq 7 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.

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3 points by wmoxam 6 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.

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3 points by lovitt 6 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):

http://www.sbnation.com/jobs/developer

http://www.sbnation.com/jobs/designer

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:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mlovitt/4507489423/in/set-72157...

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...

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3 points by takrupp 6 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.

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9 points by gsiener 7 days ago 0 replies      
Hi all. I curate the NYC StartupDigest Jobs list -- email me if you'd like to see your posting included.
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4 points by StyleOwner 6 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:

http://jobs.37signals.com/jobs/8105

and

https://jobs.github.com/positions/a06703dc-1e86-11e0-8f66-20...

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.

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3 points by cristinacordova 6 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.

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3 points by aschobel 6 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. =)

https://catch.com/jobs

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9 points by benji-york 6 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/
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2 points by apike 6 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.

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2 points by joshuaxls 6 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.

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1 point by blacksmythe 5 days 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

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7 points by magicseth 6 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.

http://bu.mp/jobs

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4 points by YammerMel 6 days 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

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2 points by jonshea 6 days 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.

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3 points by roobeast 6 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.
http://www.trulia.com/jobs

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3 points by ashearer 6 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.

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2 points by usaar333 6 days ago 0 replies      
PiCloud (San Francisco, CA) is hiring engineers, marketers, and salespeople.
http://www.picloud.com/jobs/

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.

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1 point by witten 2 days ago 0 replies      
Seattle, WA

EnergySavvy - We make energy efficiency easy for homeowners. We're passionate about doing it with well-designed, accurate and easy to use software.

We're hiring back-end and front-end web developers. We use Python and Django.

http://www.energysavvy.com/jobs/

Absolutely no robots.

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2 points by goatforce5 6 days ago 1 reply      
Avid Life Media - Toronto, ON

http://www.avidlifemedia.com/careers.html

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

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2 points by cal5k 6 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:

http://www.myplanetdigital.com/digital_strategy/blog/myplane...

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4 points by kshashi 6 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

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1 point by dawson 5 days 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

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1 point by petervandijck 5 days 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.

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3 points by 20thr 6 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.

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5 points by vide0star 6 days 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.

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3 points by phillytom 6 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

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2 points by will_critchlow 7 days ago 1 reply      
London, UK (no remote) -- Distilled

http://www.distilled.co.uk/blog/distilled/introduce-awesome-...

Apply:
http://www.distilled.co.uk/company/jobs/search-consultants.h...

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...].

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3 points by NetMonkey 6 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.

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1 point by earthaid 2 days ago 0 replies      
Earth Aid - http://www.earthaidjobs.com
Openings in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Providence & Cambridge

Looking for rails developers to change the world!

Knowledge & Experience

    * You have a love of computers, software engineering, architecture design, and application development.
* You consider solving computer science and engineering problems your craft, and are always seeking to hone your skills.
* You are mathematical in your approach to problems and are highly analytical.
* You are independent and driven. You will be given areas to manage and lead, and need to be able to do it without close supervision.
* You have at least 2 years of professional experience in software development.
* You have demonstrated success in a deadline driven environment.
* You have interest in energy efficiency (working experience in this area is a plus).
* You have strong interpersonal, communication, and facilitation skills.

Technologies Used

    * Languages: Ruby, JRuby, Java
* Database: SQL, MySQL
* Operations: Amazon EC2/ELB, Heroku
* MVC Frameworks: Rails/Django
* Source Control: Git/SVN
* Gems/Libraries: Devise, Celerity
* Testing: RSpec, Factory Girl, Cucumber

Tools Used

    * Application IDEs / Editing Tools: Textmate, Netbeans
* Social Network Platforms: Facebook, Twitter
* Cloud-Computing Management Systems: AWS Tools
* Source Management: Github

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4 points by svec 7 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.

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2 points by kyleslattery 6 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.

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2 points by drallison 6 days 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.

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3 points by JonM 7 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.

http://www.pitchero.com/jobs/

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3 points by christyyyjoy 6 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

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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).

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2 points by kevindication 6 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.

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3 points by jdfreefly 6 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.

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1 point by flignats 2 days ago 0 replies      
SF Bay Area
SkillAddiction is seeking its first CTO!

SkillAddiction hosts skill gaming tournaments where players compete for cash and prizes. We've been online since 2009 and growing strongly in the skill gaming sector. We've awarded over $300,000 in cash and prizes to our players and hosted over 750,000 skill gaming tournaments.

We're expanding our team for the first time and looking for an All-Star developer ready to make an impact on thousands of active users. Our brand is currently being re-imagined (not the service, just the look and feel), revenues are growing, and our industry is hot! Anyone interested, please get in touch with us directly - jobs@skilladdiction.com OR

Take a look at our job post over at StartupHire - http://www.startuphire.com/job/chief-technology-officer-1170...

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1 point by seanb 2 days ago 0 replies      
St Cloud, MN (An hour west of Minneapolis)
No remote, unfortunately.

eBureau (http://www.ebureau.com, http://www.apple.com/business/profiles/ebureau/)

We're looking for a (junior) programmer. Must be comfortable on a unix-like OS (we use OS X and FreeBSD), and able to take on projects involving C, C++, Objective-C, PHP and SQL. You'd be part of a small group of developers, and have a lot of independence. We use git and SVN.

Email me (seanbillig@ the URL above) links to code you've written in any language if available, eg. github, bitbucket, personal website, etc, and we'll have an informal chat. Attach a resume and cover letter for HR.

We're also looking for a mid-level account manager/sales support person. Brief HR description: Account Manager - Finance is a mid-level position. It requires a B.S. in finance or accounting, strong analytical skills, and work experience in a similar role. Send resumes to jobs at ebureau.com

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2 points by Titanous 6 days ago 1 reply      
Ottawa, ON - Shopify

http://www.shopify.com/careers

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).

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3 points by mattyfo 6 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

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2 points by xyzzyb 6 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.

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1 point by philjr 4 days ago 0 replies      
Pleasanton, CA (East Bay)

Dublin, Ireland

Workday - ERP space - Hiring Infrastructure / Systems Engineers

Working on some interesting problem sets, with large groups of data and some very progressive Java technology. All Linux (CentOS) based, we're really looking for some talented people to help out on the Linux side of things. We're kinda looking for Linux or general *nix whizzes with production experience and with a broad range of skills.

We're interested in a candidates with appropiate visa / working permits in either Ireland or the US and are willing to relocate the right candidate(s) (no remote)

Email me - philip dot reynolds at workday dot com for more info!

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3 points by imoawesome 6 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
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3 points by beermann 6 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/

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1 point by shadchnev 5 days 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.

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3 points by h3h 6 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.

http://gowalla.com/jobs

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3 points by ptornroth 6 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!

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2 points by tomh 6 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.

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1 point by _mattb 5 days 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.

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2 points by trefn 6 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!

http://mixpanel.com/jobs

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3 points by dshah 6 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

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2 points by tungwaiyip 6 days ago 1 reply      
Kontagent (San Francisco, CA)

We are looking for developers and sales:

http://www.kontagent.com/jobs/

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.

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2 points by cameldrv 6 days 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.
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1 point by mtsmith85 4 days 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.

Requirements:
- 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

Nice-to-haves:
- 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

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2 points by jbr 6 days 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.

https://spreadsheets1.google.com/viewform?formkey=dHVKUzBYYk...

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3 points by cogg 6 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).

leaderswanted@zag.com

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2 points by dustingetz 6 days ago 0 replies      
Blue Bell, PA (greater Philadelphia)

Full stack web engineer

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

dgetz@wingspan.com

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2 points by ericsilver 6 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

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2 points by dctanner 6 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

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3 points by azeemansar 6 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

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2 points by billpaetzke 6 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.

bpaetzke@leads360.com

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2 points by amduser29 6 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:
http://life360.jobscore.com/list

Or, contact me directly:
alex@life360.com

Cheers!

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2 points by yume 6 days ago 0 replies      
Redwood City, CA - YuMe is hiring (www.yume)
A full list of our job openings is on our web site:
http://www.yume.com/content/open-positions

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.

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1 point by wallacrw 5 days 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:

wallacrw<at>yahoo.com.

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.

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8 points by BBonifield 6 days ago 2 replies      
Anything in the Boulder or Austin area?
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2 points by andrewwatts 6 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.

http://www.truecar.com/hiring.html

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1 point by reedlaw 6 days 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.

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2 points by lcm133 6 days ago 0 replies      
Sawbuck.com is seeking to hire front-end (html, css, js) and back-end (c#, xml, sql) engineers. Full details here:
http://www.sawbuck.com/about/jobs

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

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3 points by sgrock 6 days ago 0 replies      
AboutUs.org in Portland, Oregon

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

http://www.aboutus.org/careers

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2 points by levonjlloyd 6 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:
levon@generalsentiment.com
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1 point by martharotter 5 days ago 0 replies      
Nomad Editions - New York (sorry remote not an option for this role)

http://readnomad.com

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

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2 points by bluelu 6 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.

http://blog.trendiction.com/tag/joboffer

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2 points by gobrien 6 days 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.

http://www.yume.com/content/careers.

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2 points by thibauld_ 6 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:
http://www.linkedin.com/jobs?viewJob=&jobId=1332191
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2 points by chrismjohnson 6 days 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.

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3 points by joelbirchler 6 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.

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2 points by tarvaina 6 days 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.

http://leonidasoy.fi/

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2 points by srehnborg 6 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:
http://bandwidth.com/about/join/careers.html

Contact me with any questions. Email in profile

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2 points by ruff 7 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.

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5 points by macov 6 days ago 2 replies      
Nobody in VA, DC? Feds pay too much to start a company?
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2 points by n9com 6 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.

http://www.fiplab.com/aboutus/careers/

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2 points by sandipagr 6 days 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.

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3 points by curtischambers 6 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

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1 point by jqhacker 6 days 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)

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2 points by thesash 6 days 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.

http://www.inthemo.com/homepage/careers.aspx

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2 points by MarkSWeiss 5 days 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.

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2 points by greenie 6 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:
http://idioplatform.com/2011/01/rockstar-developers-wanted/

P.S. we have AR.Drones :)

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2 points by semerda 6 days 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

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2 points by jasoncartwright 6 days ago 0 replies      
Potato (London,UK)

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

http://www.potatolondon.com/people/jobs/python-web-developer...

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2 points by texodus 6 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

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1 point by bharatvasan 5 days 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!

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1 point by kreem 2 days ago 0 replies      
Nelnet Business Solutions - Lincolnshire, IL is hiring entry-level Java web developers.

See http://www.nelnetbusinesssolutions.com/.

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2 points by mentat 6 days ago 0 replies      
Mocana (San Francisco, CA)

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

http://www.mocana.com/careers.html

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2 points by alchemyapi 6 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.

http://www.alchemyapi.com/company/jobs.html

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).

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4 points by davidmat 6 days ago 1 reply      
Long shot, but anything in Central/Eastern Europe?
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2 points by marcelcorso 6 days ago 0 replies      
Amsterdam - The Netherlands
http://shuffler.fm

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

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2 points by poolhouse 6 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.

http://www.poolhouse.ca

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5 points by doorty 7 days ago 6 replies      
Who is hiring in San Francisco?
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2 points by rancar2 6 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:

http://triteksol.com/careers.html

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

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1 point by ilamparithi 6 days 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

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2 points by spradels 6 days ago 0 replies      
Cyan (Petaluma, CA)

http://www.cyanoptics.com/company/careers

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.

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2 points by jjolma 6 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.

http://animoto.com/blog/category/company/jobs/

Email devjobs at animoto for more details.

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1 point by notJim 6 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

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2 points by adellecharles 6 days ago 0 replies      
Carbon Ads - Remote - Front End Web Developer
http://jobs.37signals.com/jobs/7990
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2 points by mprny 6 days ago 0 replies      
Tinychat - New York City.

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

jobs@tinychat.com

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2 points by eprice 6 days 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...

jobs@walkerart.org

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1 point by wangthony 5 days 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!

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