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Ask HN: Good app ideas to learn a new platform
9 points by davidbalbert 2 hours ago   10 comments top 5
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1 point by aepstein 2 hours ago 1 reply      
How about something for Hackruiter? Using your API? Plot all companies on a map? Contact form to sign up to meet you guys? Some type of programming-challenge checker?
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1 point by handler 1 hour ago 0 replies      
for web development, i feel like creating twitter is a nice small beginner project. anything that has a one to one, one to many, and many to many relationship would do the trick.
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1 point by HamiltonMD 1 hour ago 0 replies      
some sort of poll?

for iPhone:

1) thats what she said app(or some other phrase to play on command, and record audio)

2) location-based scavenger hunt

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1 point by nnythm 27 minutes ago 0 replies      
web browser
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1 point by MichaelGlass 2 hours ago 2 replies      
Conway's Game of Life
because it has a simple backend and a simple grid-based GUI
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Tell/Ask HN: Hit my 1,500 karma points goal What's your HN karma story?
4 points by thankuz 1 hour ago   6 comments top 4
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2 points by ryanto 6 minutes ago 0 replies      
Do you realize that when your only goal is to gain karma points the overall quality of HN suffers, thus decreasing the value of each karma point?

All of your posts are just tech/startup gossip. Kinda boring, no?

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1 point by turar 0 minutes ago 0 replies      
What's the point of having a "karma goal"?
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2 points by lylejohnson 56 minutes ago 1 reply      
What's the conversion rate from HN karma points to Schrute Bucks?
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1 point by haasted 29 minutes ago 1 reply      
Why did you decide on 1500 points as a goal?
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What do you think is the most beautiful algorithm?
5 points by itamarb 2 hours ago   4 comments top 4
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1 point by rudiger 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Euclid's Algorithm [1]; it's one of the oldest algorithms still in use, simple, elegant, powerful, has lots of generalizations, many theoretical and practical applications...

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euclidean_algorithm

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1 point by rch 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Algorithm or equation? Either way, I'd suggest the Navier-Stokes system of equations, and associated numeric solutions.

Have a look at Chung's 'Computational Fluid Dynamics' (2010) via Google books:

http://books.google.com/books?id=Cq6tqmMVJREC&lpg=PP1...

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1 point by sagacity 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Read only if you're up for a good laugh: ahem... Bubble Sort!! ;-)
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1 point by HowardRoark 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I think Binary search algorithm is very elegant.
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Ask HN: Feeling Sick
13 points by thrwaway 5 hours ago   10 comments top 9
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3 points by awwx 2 hours ago 1 reply      
I asked myself if i could do anything, what would I want to do, and really I have no idea.

First, before I get to the advice part, a note: Our ability make decisions in the present based on our current emotional reaction to scenarios we imagine happening in the future is an amazing evolutionary advance (compared to, e.g., what even chimpanzees can do), but where it breaks down is that we have only one emotional response circuit, which got reused by evolution for us to evaluate future scenarios, and it doesn't distinguish between the present and the future.

Thus to ask yourself "what would I want to do", and to have no idea, is completely normal. A standard brain limitation. You're in a funk, where you feel sick. You think of some future scenario, something you could do, and check in with your emotion circuit. It says, "blah" and "feel sick". So do you feel like you want that future scenario? No, you feel sick.

So keep in mind that your emotional future predictor circuit is going to be offline while you're in a funk. Being experimental is a reasonable idea: you can go out and try things like going jogging or meditating or getting a hug or getting more sleep or cutting out the caffeine or taking a vacation or painting your room purple or doing nothing for a day and observe whether you feel a bit better or not, but when you imagine doing things you're not going to feel like you'd want to do them.

Another thing I notice is that in your description you describe your feeling bad as a result of not getting thing done ("I can't focus, and this driving me crazy"; "I asked myself what would I want to do"). I'm imaging that you have, in the past, felt good about getting things done, and so when you are unhappy and not getting things done, your hypothesis is that you're unhappy because you're not getting things done.

I suspect that causality may be going the other way: that is, you're not getting things done because you're unhappy, and when your emotional equilibrium is restored, your natural ability to get things done that you want to do will also be restored.

In the meantime, you need to triage your tasks: what are the things that you actually need to get done (to avoid starvation or homelessness, etc.); and what are the other tasks you "should" or want to get done. If you're having trouble with tasks in the first category, ask for help in getting them done from friends and family. For the rest, set them aside and don't worry about them until your emotional equilibrium is restored.

When you're in a negative emotional state, you need to first get to neutral. Once you're in neutral, working on aspirations and productivity tools are ways to then get to positive. But you can't go from -10 to +10 in one jump. You need to get to zero first.

I went through a period of depression, so I'm quite familiar with the feeling of not wanting to do anything, and being unhappy about it. I found therapy enormously helpful in getting myself up to zero. Eventually I got to zero and stopped going to therapy because I had outgrown it.

So this is my advice, since I've been in this situation and this is what worked for me: get therapy. Recognize that the goal of therapy is to get you reset, to get you up to zero. Once you're at zero, and start feeling like doing things again, that's the time to pursue GTD or whatever that you find useful. Therapists are typically not going to help you much getting past zero, but getting you out of your negative condition and up to zero is something that they're really good at.

Please feel free to email me at andrew.wilcox@gmail.com if there's anything you'd like to ask or tell me privately.

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1 point by aaronblohowiak 2 hours ago 0 replies      
You're burnt out, in the true sense of the term. If you don't take care of yourself now you may end up this way for good. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burnout_(psychology)
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3 points by eengstrom 3 hours ago 0 replies      
One piece of advice: talk to a licensed professional therapist or some other trusted and professional source of counseling.
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1 point by swombat 4 hours ago 0 replies      
What are you trying to get done? Why? What would you do if you didn't have to do this stuff you're trying to get done?
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4 points by gharbad 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Work to live, don't live to work.

Stop worrying about your productivity and indulge in life. Ask that girl if she'd like to disappear overseas for a week or two.

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1 point by ulisesroche 56 minutes ago 0 replies      
I understand if you don't want to share, but what was the reason behind you and your girlfriends break-up? Is it possible that it has something to do with the way you feel now?
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1 point by ww520 3 hours ago 0 replies      
What are the things that you were trying to do but couldn't do? Is it a particular thing or things in general? If it's a particular thing, may be your subconscious is telling you the task is not ready to begin.

I have similar experiences in not able to start on a particular development task and later it turned out that the design was bad. All the effort would be wasted if I have started anyway.

It's better to just relax and do something else enjoyable. When things are ready, you can jump right in.

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1 point by autalpha 3 hours ago 0 replies      
I think you will find your answer or at least some breadcrumbs leading to it in stillness.

Every time you're feeling the way you are, as I suspect your post was written in a heightened state of your emotion, drop everything at hand and go to a quiet space. Grab a cup of tea and just sit and look at the smoke coming out of the cup. Clear your mind and purge yourself of all negative thoughts.

I understand the feeling every well as I think many here will say the same. We all want to do a lot of things, and sometimes that myriad of "things" we want to do can get overwhelming. When it gets overwhelming, just drop everything and regain your footing. I do make it a point to do "nothing" sometimes :)

When I say stillness, I really mean it. No computer, cellphones, electronics nothing but your collected self and perhaps a cup of tea. No watch either. You are the master of your self, space and time. Everything is as you say and execute.

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1 point by dowskitest 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Take some time to forget about being productive and be creative.

Draw a picture. Bake something delicious. Write a poem.

Then share it with someone.

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Tell HN: I'm going to be on TV & want to wear your company's swag.
6 points by tourbillonfunk 4 hours ago   2 comments top
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1 point by sagacity 4 hours ago 1 reply      
Clickable:

http://sponsi.com/

(Looks cool, BTW :-))

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Ask HN: Review UI of my app - Addpiks
15 points by feelin_tired 7 hours ago   13 comments top 7
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3 points by pedrokost 6 hours ago 1 reply      
There is no focus in the app. I have no idea what to do when I see the UI.

Try removing all the unnecessary lines and complexities, such as the borders of the images, the dividing line between the top bar ("Journal") and the subheading("recent").
Remove the gap at the bottom between green stripe and the phone UI.

I think there are too many colors, that don't match well.
You could make the color of the titles ("Dress I need...") like the color of the UI.

That would probably make the app easier on the eye.

Then you could also not italicize the description of each item ("Me, 61-73...") to make it easier to read.

On the right screenshot:
Don't allow titles of images be too long. "Movies to Wa..." seems broken, use "Movies" instead.

Hope this helps. These observations are only based on the screenshots provided, I haven't tried the app.

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2 points by tomelders 6 hours ago 1 reply      
This will sound harsh because I'm going to keep it short, and it's also pretty harsh.

Nothing in the UI looks considered. None of the elements seem to have space to breath. The colour palate isn't one I would have chosen. Overall, it looks amateur.

That said, it's clear what each element does and what the UI is trying to tell you. So it isn't a UI disaster, but the experience of looking at it isn't pleasant.

As with all the apps I download, free or not; If I were to choose between this app and a similar app with a nicer UI, i'd go with the nicer UI because it implies quality. What constitutes "nicer"? You'll know it when you see it. As will everyone else.

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1 point by ozziegooen 5 hours ago 0 replies      
I personally like like interface. It may be a bit cluttered, as some suggested. But "no focus"? Really?

One thing that is quite confusing from the given pictures are the given descriptions. I kind of get that I could make notes of those products, but the specific examples you gave are really poor. It's hard to tell what's default text and what the user has inputed. (For the first and third screenshot)

1st shot: It took me quite a while to realize that the big text in green is inputed by the user, and the stuff in the grey is the location (I thought that was the note!). I'd suggest first changing the name "Dress I need" to something like "Remember to purchase", "Dress I need" threw me off. For location, write "Place: _____"

While these may not be needed for the user, they would make that first screenshot much more obvious.

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2 points by Sodaware 6 hours ago 1 reply      
I'd change the perspective on the icons so they're flat, rather than at a slight angle. They look a little out of place to me.

Also, the CSS and all images on http://www.addpiks.com/ are returning 404 errors.

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1 point by OoTheNigerian 6 hours ago 1 reply      
Sorry bro,I am the robot ilk. Put a clickable link in the comment area.
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1 point by LeonW 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Hi Iqbal, really like the app. I totally understand what I am supposed to do and see a clear purpos. I know this feedback might not be overly helpful to you, but I have nothing else on my fingertips right now. :)
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2 points by zaph0d 6 hours ago 1 reply      
Noisy.
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Ask HN: Which sites are there for idea sharing and brainstorming?
4 points by anujkk 6 hours ago   4 comments top 2
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1 point by sandipagr 2 hours ago 1 reply      
http://shapea.com I am the founder) is trying to do this. We are currently in beta (though you can sign in publicly). The main goal of Shapea is to help validate your startup ideas and one of the thing we do is allow you to share your ideas and get feedback from the community. Would love to hear what you think about it.
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1 point by craigkerstiens 3 hours ago 1 reply      
There's a couple of similar sites that exist. They're lighter on the features of brainstorming, but I could see both easily expanding to have these types of features.

The first: http://www.startedby.com is specifically for throwing out ideas and starting to converse on them. It's very much for getting an idea out there and beginning to coordinate with others on it.

The second: http://www.builditwith.me is a bit larger and for the latter part of the idea stages. It seems the ideas are usually defined and its people looking to connect with the opposing skill set either designer or developer of what they need.

Obviously there's definitely a need, the hard part is how do you target and what features do you offer. Are you targeting a technical or non-technical crowd. Are you hoping to focus more on the idea process, or helping connect others that already have the idea but can't execute?

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Ask HN: Who is Hiring? (March 2011)
9 points by kevinburke 10 hours ago   1 comment top
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1 point by robinwarren 8 hours ago 0 replies      
There is this one which seems the most popular at the moment. Put your weight behind that and see if we can get it where more people will see it.

http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2270790

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Show HN: Eeegl startup pros
3 points by balajiviswanath 5 hours ago   5 comments top 4
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1 point by craigkerstiens 3 hours ago 0 replies      
I feel like a lot of startups might find value in outsourcing some of these items, but depending on the startup many of those things will be core competency. Server setup isn't something you want to completely outsource because without it you have no startup. Project Management tools are equally as critical and will vary based on the team. Some teams work well with items like Pivotal Tracker, some with basecamp, others prefer a much more structured waterfall execution with a long planned gantt chart. It sounds like a lot of these items are either a key part of how the team executes personally or are very low touch items. The general of idea of this I like but the specific services I feel are off base in what startups would like to outsource.
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1 point by sagacity 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Looks like something that could be useful to many startups coming up in the mushrooming boom and the thriving Internet economy.

I guess a 'Why us' type page would inspire more confidence and make more people sign up for your beta.

HTH

Edit: You might want to check this thread and perhaps, think about a strategic alliance with the OP:

http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2276344

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1 point by tfitzgerald 4 hours ago 1 reply      
That baby is pretty creepy. Also, you may want to get a native English speaker to look over your copy. There are some weird grammar / structure things going on there.

Who is your customer? Are you targeting non-SaaS startups? I would imagine that any SaaS startup would want to be hands on with server choice and setup.

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1 point by balajiviswanath 5 hours ago 0 replies      
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I'm 15. I just got covered on Mashable and TNW
33 points by jamie_maddocks 20 hours ago   23 comments top 13
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10 points by karanbhangui 16 hours ago 1 reply      
Anyone who's downvoting or ripping on him for creating something similar to threewords.me, just remember that he's 15. My little brother is 15 and I'd be very impressed if he was this motivated and focused about life and entrepreneurship.

Good job Jamie. Enjoy the press, but remember that success is a long journey.

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4 points by sagacity 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Congratulations. You have every right to be thrilled. :)

Enjoy the ride and continue building new and useful things.

Clickables:

http://mashable.com/2011/03/01/find-out-how-well-your-friend...

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2011/03/02/15-year-old-creates-vi...

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2 points by lachyg 17 hours ago 0 replies      
Site sold too domain squatter in 3...2...1...
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1 point by rick_2047 14 hours ago 3 replies      
Doesn't anyone else find this post obnoxious? Well I do. Okey, you are young and maybe smarter than me, but still I would have much more respect for you if you didn't go flaunting about it.
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2 points by zaveri 19 hours ago 0 replies      
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6 points by benguild 19 hours ago 1 reply      
Lol, it's just like Mark.
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1 point by keo 8 hours ago 0 replies      
congratulations, that's a nice achievement, especially at 15 :
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1 point by jamie_maddocks 19 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm going to sleep for the night. I'll be back at about 4pm GMT tomorrow to answer any additional questions. :)
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1 point by middlegeek 19 hours ago 1 reply      
Congrats!

How did did you build it?

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1 point by amathew 18 hours ago 0 replies      
wow, I wish I was as productive as you when I was 15.
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0 points by jranck 19 hours ago 0 replies      
Congratulations on getting some nice media coverage. How is this different from Formspring or the hundreds of other annoying quiz apps on Facebook?
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1 point by Rariel 19 hours ago 0 replies      
Congrats!! You should be amazed!
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1 point by allanscu 19 hours ago 1 reply      
Congratulations!
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Ask HN: Who's Hiring? (March 2011 Edition)
53 points by meadhikari 2 days ago   17 comments top 16
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2 points by klochner 15 hours ago 0 replies      
RentMineOnline (San Francisco, based in the Presidio).

We would consider interns, remote, and part-time or full-time.

Rails dev: you would be our #2 full-time developer, coding, refining our tech stack as we grow, and helping to coordinate our remote developers. Our current stack is {slicehost,nginx,passenger,rails,delayed_job,MySQL}. We recently upgraded to Rails3, and are adding fun stuff like varnish/redis/memcached next. We also use some amazon services {s3,rds,sdb} and have a fairly deep integration with facebook platform.

UX: prototype or jquery with a dash of design sensibility & a knack for user flows. This could be remote or part-time, but we prefer SF-based and are ultimately looking to fill a lead design role.

contact me - kevin@, and include #job somewhere in the subject so I don't miss it.

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2 points by necrodome 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Here is a RSS feed for this thread's parent comments (which are mainly job postings):

http://whoishiring.heroku.com/rss/2270790

Thanks to Ronnie Roller (http://ronnieroller.com/) for Hacker News API.

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2 points by GavinB 2 days ago 0 replies      
New York City

We're looking for an Assistant Project Manager to help build online games for a major publishing company (we're not dead yet!). Game design, wireframes, puzzle creation, customer service, documentation, QA--this position is a little of everything and we'll find a way to use any skill you have.

Shoot me an e-mail for further info: gbrown at scholastic.com

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2 points by jplewicke 1 day ago 0 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're mainly hiring for 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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3 points by ig1 2 days ago 0 replies      
I run CoderStack, a developer job board (currently UK focused) we have lots of startups advertising at the moment:

http://www.coderstack.co.uk/startup-jobs

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4 points by squirrel 2 days ago 1 reply      
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. Some of you may know us from our sponsorship of Hacker News meetups in London. We're hiring developers and other smart folks of many kinds. See https://dev.youdevise.com and http://www.youdevise.com/careers.

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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2 points by exline 1 day ago 0 replies      
San Diego, CA. Remote ok.
Klatu Networks: A wireless sensor networking startup that focuses in biotech monitoring. We are a small, bootstrapped, profitable start up. We are very selective on our hiring so you will only be working with other great engineers.

The most important requirements is to be passionate about creating software and be able to quickly grasp new technologies. Other requirements include strong knowledge of Javacript, experience with Ruby, Java, SQL, Git.

Contact me directly if you are interested, email is in my profile.

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2 points by BenSchaechter 1 day ago 0 replies      
Palo Alto, California

www.GoPollGo.com is a social polling platform and we're looking for rock-solid talent. Our stack is Ruby on Rails / JQuery / HAML / SASS / MySQL / Nginx / Passenger / Git. Competitive pay + options.

Check out our opportunities: http://gopollgo.com/about/jobs

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1 point by cdrw 9 hours ago 0 replies      
London, UK

Commercial Security International provide internet monitoring services focused around intelligence gathering, asset and brand protection.

We're looking for a developer to join our team working on our MS stack using ASP.NET MVC, jQuery and TDD in an Agile environment.

Checkout our website at http://comsechq.com or email: jobs at comsechq.com if your interested.

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2 points by krallja 16 hours ago 0 replies      
Cheezburger is looking for an Experienced ASP.NET/C# Developer - http://jobs.cheezburger.com/job/detail/4324-experienced-asp-...
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1 point by techscruggs 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Austin TX

Ruby Developer for AcademicWorks

More details here: http://www.academicworks.com/careers

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2 points by madisjc 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Austin, TX (not remote)

Quickly growing startup making test and measurement equipment in solar industry. http://www.atonometrics.com/careers/software-engineer

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2 points by us 2 days ago 0 replies      
We're a small startup local to the SF Bay Area looking primarily for developers right now and designers in the near term.

Ideal candidate would be a PHP dev with JS, jQuery, HTML, CSS, etc. C++, Python, Objective-C, etc are bonuses.

We're currently focused on solving an consumer ecommerce experience problem.

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2 points by thomd 1 day ago 0 replies      
UK, Cambridge or Brighton (no remote) - Aptivate

We are an established not-for-profit IT consultancy working in the International Development sector. We're looking for multi-skilled web developers willing to participate in all aspects of the organisation.

For details http://www.aptivate.org/job-web-developer

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2 points by ynn4k 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Intelligent app search and discovery startup is looking for a business development person and a UI designer.
http://iApps.in/jobs
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2 points by zeroprofit 1 day ago 0 replies      
i'm looking to hire people with php, jquery, and postgresql skill.
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Ask HN: When your non developer friend wants to work in your startup..
4 points by bo_Olean 7 hours ago   8 comments top 5
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6 points by RiderOfGiraffes 7 hours ago 1 reply      
My $0.02, YMWV

Sometimes when you say things, you need to word them in a way that conveys the correct information to them, even if the same phrase when spoken to you would mean something different. I believe this might be one of those cases.

Your friend needs a job, and sees you as having a company. He needs to be told, perhaps quite bluntly, that you don't have a company. You have something which may eventually pay off, but at the moment, it's a stuggle to make ends meet even just for you alone.

Putting someone on won't increase your revenue, so you can't pay him. Taking time away from what you're doing will decrease your revenue, so you can't mentor him.

In short, he needs to be told that you don't have a company, and in some senses you don't have a job. You have an activity that you spend all your time on, with none to spare, and you don't make enough money yet for yourself.

All the above may not quite be true, but you need to get that message across in terms he will understand. You may want to say something like "As a friend I'm sure you'll try to see things from my point of view" but that message might not be heard.

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3 points by maushu 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Bad idea. Never, ever, give a job out of compassion when the only reason is sympathy.

You will end up frustrated with a worker that doesn't bring much and your friend will also end up discomfited with a job that doesn't fulfill him.

Be a great friend and help him find a job, you are the smart one.

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1 point by AngeloAnolin 5 hours ago 1 reply      
You did mention already that you are a 'struggling startup' and it would be unwise to take your friend, who may add burden to the finances of your entrepreneurship.

You can't hire someone in the first place who does not know what he wants to do except get paid. What I would suggest is for you to simply help your friend realize where s/he is good at help him/her find work which would unlock that potential.

If hiring him does not make things better for both of you, then it would be best not to do it. Sometimes, doing the right thing may be a bit painful on the 'friendship' side of things.

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1 point by MichaelStubbs 7 hours ago 1 reply      
While I have never faced such a situation, from what you have described I would have to say "no".

I just don't see where this turns into an employment opportunity. Some people wake up in the morning and say "today I want to be a chef", but they are not a chef until they learn how to cook - no company would employ a chef that couldn't cook. The same analogy can be applied to coding.

While he's willing to work for free anyway, I'd say there needs to be some independent learning and thinking before moving forward. To me, it sounds like he is very desperate for a job and making decisions without fully thinking them through. For example, what if he turns out to hate coding? He may be willing to work for free, but time most certainly isn't free and he could end up wasting a lot of your and your companies time.

My final advice to you would be to say if he's serious about becoming a coder then start coding as a hobby, then get serious if he finds he enjoys it and is good at it. He can look for other jobs in the mean time, he can even get another job in the mean time and practice coding on evenings/weekends, but there has to be knowledge and understanding before there can be employment.

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3 points by wirebane 7 hours ago 0 replies      
I like to put here the Rework from Jason Fired quote "When you don't need someone, you don't need someone". Don't give a job just to give a job to someone, wait for a position that fits him properly an then, if you wish, put him on your company.
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Ask HN: Great idea but true passion lies elsewhere. What should I do?
5 points by massiveflake 9 hours ago   3 comments top 3
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1 point by kunley 9 hours ago 0 replies      
I think there's nothing wrong with doing your project with as much passion as you can, then sell it and totally switch to that other passion. You should just be clear about it from start when speaking with potential cofounders.
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1 point by anujkk 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Here are some options :

1. Work on your idea fulltime to make it successful and then sell the web app. Invest the money into your real passion.

2. Do it as a part time project i.e. on weekends and an hour or two here and there. Once it becomes stable product sell it.

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1 point by wirebane 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Nothing wrong with you, I work with software dev but my passion is about games, sometime ago e had a great software idea and I'm working in it. For me its a win-win situation because I want to succeed to invest in my passion, that is games.
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Who's hiring interns?
83 points by RichardPrice 1 day ago   78 comments top 56
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11 points by RichardPrice 1 day ago 1 reply      
Academia.edu is hiring intern engineers in San Francisco.

Academia.edu helps academics follow the latest research in their field. Here are a few bullet points that sum up the atmosphere in our team:

- obsession with exceptional engineering

- obsession with building a great web product, and a great user experience

- intellectually inquisitive - we like delving into ideas, whatever the ideas are about

- fun and friendly - we enjoy each other's company a lot, and have a great deal of respect for each other.

We are hiring intern engineers. Here are some of the technologies we work with: Rails, Nginx, Node.js, Redis, Memcached. We are based in downtown San Francisco.

More information about the team, and about how we think about software engineering and product development, is here http://academia.edu/hiring. Specifics on our developer internship program are here http://academia.edu/hiring/developer_intern

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13 points by mhp 1 day ago 1 reply      
Fog Creek Software is hiring interns in NYC. $5000/month plus free housing and metrocard and lunch.

http://www.fogcreek.com/Jobs/SummerIntern.html

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5 points by michaelfairley 1 day ago 0 replies      
1000Memories is looking for an engineering intern. http://1000memories.com/jobs#engineer_intern

We're trying to change the way personal history is recorded. Right now, we're focused on letting families and friends remember the lives of those who've passed away.

If you're interested in working for a small (but very well funded) YC company in SF, get in touch with me at michael@1000memories.com.

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9 points by DTrejo 1 day ago 1 reply      
Please specify if you are hiring unpaid interns! Also, remember that no one likes an unpaid internship ;)

(RichardPrice, please add this to the post?)

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4 points by klbarry 1 day ago 1 reply      
www.recojeans.com (site is getting a new skin right now and is a a little ugly)

We're a sustainable fashion start-up that has a full time developer but could use some tech help. Our fabric is made from denim factory scraps. It would be a good way for a programmer interested in business to learn marketing (I've learned a huge amount over the past 8 months).

Just shoot me a message at kevin@recojeans.com if you're interested.

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4 points by CGamesPlay 1 day ago 1 reply      
Facebook is always looking for interns (SW Engineering isn't listed on the intern page but I'd be very surprised if we were already full).

http://www.facebook.com/careers/
http://www.facebook.com/careers/department.php?dept=interns

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2 points by jluxenberg 1 day ago 0 replies      
Nest Labs is hiring interns in Palo Alto.

Nest is building a very exciting product aimed at energy conscious
consumers. You'll work with seasoned veterans of the consumer products
industry who have a proven track record of bringing products to
market.

We're just getting started and are still shopping technologies. Part
of your job will be to figure out if these are the right ones: Chef,
Cassandra, Hive, Hadoop, Nginx, Netty, HornetQ, Node.js, EC2,
S3, ZooKeeper.

We're looking for talented software developers with a passion for
building amazing products for real customers. Join us!

Contact me at jared@nestlabs.com for more details.

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1 point by nilobject 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Core-apps.com is hiring paid interns with the ability to telecommute. Our primary web stack is Ruby (Sinatra) backed by a blend of CouchDB, Redis, and PostgreSQL. We also have native iPhone and Android clients, but we're only looking for iPhone interns at the moment.

Small startup, self funded, fast moving. Feel free to email me at jon at the domain above for more info!

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3 points by sx 1 day ago 2 replies      
Pattern Insight is hiring interns in Mountain View, CA

http://patterninsight.com/about/careers.php

We develop solutions for searching and analyzing vast quantities of semi-structured data. Many of the biggest tech companies (Cisco, Qualcomm, Juniper, Motorola) rely on Pattern Insight for their internal search.

Many of our team members joined the company after working part-time or as interns

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2 points by schindyguy 20 hours ago 0 replies      
The startup incubator I work for in Beverly Hills is looking for an intern. They posted the listing below on craigslist a few days ago, so email job-5k6be-2228641808@craigslist.org if interested and in the subject line include Hacker News.
--- http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/bus/2228641808.html

Curious Minds brainstorms business ideas with the potential to shake up the status quo. As a technology incubator, we whittle sophisticated algorithms into simple, intuitive solutions. Our businesses have landed partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and nationwide press from ABC, CBS, CNN, NPR, Fox TV, KCAL 9, Good Morning America, CNET, Esquire, and USA Today.

We're seeking an assistant to perform routine business development tasks. You should be tech-savvy, outgoing, and eager to get the job done.

Responsibilities:
- Transfer data from online databases into spreadsheets
- Actively seek new accounts through cold calls, emails, and faxes
- Research and write answers to support healthcare technology projects
- Resolve issues throughout the project cycle
- Develop new marketing collateral
- Write emails

Qualifications:
- Consistent, reliable, hardworking (e.g. we can count on you to show up and produce accurate work)
- Superior organizational and time-management skills
- Good writing and communication skills
- Ability to adapt in a rapidly-evolving entrepreneurial environment
- Positive, easygoing, nice, fun, smart, low-maintenance

Benefits:
- This is a paid (hourly) internship
- Has the potential to develop into a full-time position as an early employee in the company
- Exciting work environment that serves as an entrepreneurial training ground
- Assist in driving and managing one of the fastest-growing startups
- Kitchen filled to the brim with delicacies
- Beautiful office in the middle of Beverly Hills

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4 points by kitcar 1 day ago 1 reply      
If any CompSci students in the Toronto Area are interesting in working on a Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game this summer, shoot me an email -
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4 points by bmm6o 1 day ago 0 replies      
The thread from last month is probably still relevant: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2171315
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2 points by jplewicke 1 day ago 0 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 have a paid internship that is similar to our full-time analyst position: http://www.mdtadvisers.com/careers/qea.jsp , but that isn't on our website yet.

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

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4 points by philfreo 1 day ago 0 replies      
Quizlet.com is hiring software engineers in San Francisco

http://quizlet.com/jobs/

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1 point by ashrust 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Klout is hiring interns. We want awesome people who will crush code: http://klout.com/careers
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6 points by neilkumar 1 day ago 0 replies      
Yelp.com is hiring interns (paid internships) winter/spring/summer and fall - apply here if you are interested http://www.yelp.com/careers?jvi=ozXeVfwp,Job
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2 points by jhugg 1 day ago 0 replies      
VoltDB is looking for Summer 2011 interns in Boston area. We're small, so our interns basically become engineers for a few months, and have lots of flexibility on what they want to work on. Also, as an open source company, you can point people to actual shipping code you wrote in a future job interview.

http://voltdb.com

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2 points by gommm 1 day ago 0 replies      
We're based in Shanghai and looking for interns. We are a startup doing consulting on the side to finance our product.

We mostly work with Ruby on Rails but also have a new project in Node.js. When something is a better tool for the job, we use it and if you come and convince us that it's the case for a part of your project, we will listen to you.

So if you're interested, send an email at intern@agiletomato.com

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2 points by thinkbohemian 1 day ago 0 replies      
http://Gowalla.com/jobs

(though it doesn't list it, we're hiring interns).

Blackberry, iOS, Android, or Ruby experience is a huge plus. If you've got the hacking spirit or some projects on github, let us know!!

Keep up with your friends and discover new places, with Gowalla!

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5 points by dangoor 1 day ago 0 replies      
Mozilla is (take a look at the College Recruiting section of our jobs page):

http://hire.jobvite.com/CompanyJobs/Careers.aspx?k=JobListin...

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2 points by mhansen 1 day ago 0 replies      
I interned at Google Sydney over the summer, and I really enjoyed it. They're always looking for interns.

http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/students/

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3 points by cambriar 1 day ago 0 replies      
I applied to MindSnacks this month. They're hiring.

http://mindsnacks.tumblr.com/

cough I'm seeking an internship for the summer. 2 semesters away from a BS in CS. Just got my first 'fun' test app onto the iOS market, cloudedbox.com/supersoaker.html. I'm still working on the proof that I'm worthy, but I cannot tell you how much I'd like to experience the techniques and tribulations of software engineering with a company anywhere in North California. More about.me/cameronbriar uncough

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2 points by dguido 1 day ago 0 replies      
iSEC Partners in NYC, San Francisco and Seattle

http://www.isecpartners.com/careers/

"We are a security research and consulting company that is fortunate to work on some of the most interesting software products and problems in the world. We are looking for motivated students to work with us as a paid summer intern."

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2 points by exline 1 day ago 0 replies      
www.klatunetworks.com is looking for paid intern in San Diego. local is best, but remote is also a possibility if the person is a good match. Looking for someone who can start soon, rather than waiting for the summer. Contact me directly if you are interested, cexline at klatunetworks dot com.
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2 points by avree 1 day ago 0 replies      
Getaround is looking for interns on both the tech and business side.

We are a San Francisco based startup changing the way people use transportation. We have both paid and unpaid internships available and can provide transportation reimbursement for interns looking to commute to the city.

Shoot me an e-mail at avery@getaround.com if you're interested.

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2 points by david_shaw 1 day ago 0 replies      
Redspin, Inc is hiring interns and Jr. Security Engineers working out of Carpinteria, California (near Santa Barbara).

We perform security assessments and penetration tests for large enterprises. If information security sounds exciting (and you can work out of Carpinteria--about 90 miles north of Los Angeles), send a cover letter and resume to jobs@redspin.com!

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2 points by imaginator 1 day ago 0 replies      
http://buddycloud.com is hiring interns to solve federated social web problems and build beautiful products.

Remote working is not a problem. Ping simon simon@buddycloud.com directly if you are interested in finding out more.

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2 points by gnubardt 1 day ago 0 replies      
Brightcove is hiring interns in Cambridge, MA & London, UK:
http://www.brightcove.com/en/company/careers

I'd be happy to answer any questions (I'm an intern :), email in profile.

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2 points by sanj 1 day ago 1 reply      
TripAdvisor. Newton, MA.

Come help me build me be cool stuff!

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2 points by abstractwater 1 day ago 0 replies      
We are very actively hiring (interns and junior developers) at Goodreads, in SF:

http://www.goodreads.com/about/jobs

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3 points by kola 1 day ago 0 replies      
Mertado is hiring interns in Palo Alto, CA.

http://www.mertado.com/index.php?spact=cms&cmpg=jobs&;

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2 points by drewcoo 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm the test lead at Animoto. I can't speak for the dev team here, but I, personally, would love to hire a test dev intern here in NYC.

Want to create a model-based test for our platform layer (in Ruby)? Want to create an AI to combat our back end Java "director" AI (yeah, in Java, of course or tell us how you'd rather do it)? Want to test render code (as in "game dev" sort of render code - perf-sensitive code that grids out video and sync'd audio to the limits the hardware will allow)? Do you hate "the cloud" (Amazon's in our case) and want to show everyone how fragile that is? Well . . . I would welcome an intern who wants to understand any of those things deeply and break dev code. So pick one and tell me how you want to break it.

The company supports open-sourcing your test code. Share it. Put it on your resume. Put us on your resume!

I only want someone who wants to blow up and/or set fire to and/or just do horrible, horrible things to the dev code.

My name is Drew. I break things for a living.

You? Write code and want to SMASH things? Obliterate them? Pulverize? Have other destructive fantasies but don't want to talk about it? Ask for me at devjobs@animoto.com with the subject "SDET Intern".

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3 points by cmeiklejohn 1 day ago 0 replies      
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3 points by kathishah 1 day ago 0 replies      
Justin.tv is also hiring interns: http://jobs.justin.tv/software-engineer-intern.html
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1 point by proofpoint 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Proofpoint, Inc. offers paid internships providing undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to build industry awareness, technical experience and exposure to a corporate culture through work-based learning.

Proofpoint, Inc. is the leader in SaaS eDiscovery, Compliance and Security. Proofpoint focuses on the art and science of cloud based email security, archiving, eDiscovery,and compliance solutions.

The following internship opportunities are available -
Graduate Student Internships:
Marketing Intern
Web Production Intern
Product Manager Intern
Product Marketing Intern
Public Relations Intern

Undergrad Internships:
Software QA Engineer Intern
Software Development Intern
Software Engineer - Encryption Services Intern
Software Engineer - Spam Services Intern
Sales Operations Intern

Learn more about Proofpoint and visit us online at www.proofpoint.com
and submit resumes to
jobs@proofpoint.com

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3 points by jonkelly 1 day ago 1 reply      
We are at thisorthat.com. We're helping users compare anything (and we're hosting the TechStars Startup Madness tournament) -- looking for developers and writers/editors
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2 points by jhuckestein 1 day ago 0 replies      
campfire labs in downtown SF is looking for one or two engineering interns. http://campfirelabs.com/

Come say hi :)

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2 points by aed 1 day ago 0 replies      
The Receivables Exchange, a New Orleans based startup, is hiring interns all sorts of interns.

Go the bottom of the page: http://receivablesxchange.com/about_us/careers/index.html

The internships@ address goes directly to me, so if you mention HN, I'll be sure your resume gets to the right people.

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2 points by coryfoo 1 day ago 0 replies      
Guidewire Software (San Mateo, CA) is looking for a half dozen or so software interns this summer. Paid, naturally, because who wants to work for free? We've got tons of fun things to work on, possibly including updating our outdated website!

http://www.guidewire.com/careers

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2 points by robertjmoore 1 day ago 0 replies      
RJMetrics in Philadelphia is hiring both programmers and marketing interns for the summer.

http://www.rjmetrics.com/jobs

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2 points by annoyed 1 day ago 0 replies      
Located in San Mateo, Hara.com is hiring. Our environment includes Java, Hudson/Jenkins, Ruby, Selenium, and Flex.
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2 points by circuitbreaker 1 day ago 1 reply      
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2 points by sharpemt 1 day ago 0 replies      
Looks like Akamai Technologies just posted for a number of intern positions: http://www.akamai.com/html/careers/index.html
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2 points by adjohn 1 day ago 0 replies      
Midokura is hiring intern engineers in Tokyo. Check us out at http://midokura.com
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2 points by TedBlosser 1 day ago 0 replies      
Box.net, mobile intern at hq in Palo Alto, http://www.box.net/company/careers/job_openings
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2 points by dloft 1 day ago 1 reply      
Twitter is hiring software engineering interns in San Francisco. http://twitter.com/jobs-university.html
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2 points by wilsonguaraca 1 day ago 0 replies      
If any Computer Science students in the NYC, Boston, or Philadelphia area are interesting in working on a crowdsouring startup, shoot me an email at wguaraca@haverford.edu or my partner at samuel.peprah@brown.edu.
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2 points by mattthered 1 day ago 0 replies      
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2 points by mynameisraj 1 day ago 0 replies      
Looks like Mixpanel is. http://mixpanel.com/internships
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2 points by vidovichn 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Our Cyber Security team is looking for full time employees and paid interns,

EE and CSE - please send me your resume!

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1 point by YairR 1 day ago 1 reply      
We have about 50,000 companies hiring interns at http://www.internships.com - and it's FREE for employers to post positions and for students to search... Good luck to all!
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2 points by judegomila 1 day ago 0 replies      
Heyzap is

www.heyzap.com/jobs

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2 points by normally 1 day ago 1 reply      
Stylewok, an algo-based fashion startup, based out of NYC is hiring interns for front-end development, UX design and copy writing. {info} at stylewok com
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2 points by benhatten 1 day ago 0 replies      
We're hiring intern engineers at EverFi.com - we're based in DC.
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2 points by dc-tech-fan 1 day ago 0 replies      
OPOWER in Washington, DC. Msg me for details.
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-2 points by jay_kyburz 1 day ago 1 reply      
Why would a reader of Hacker News want to intern anywhere? Go start a start up!
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Ask HN: Awesome founder looking for awesome-er co-founder
14 points by bherms 19 hours ago   13 comments top 6
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5 points by swombat 18 hours ago 2 replies      
edit: forgot to mention... I've put in plenty of time and effort already, but split will be 50/50. I want you as personally invested as I am.

Admirable and, imho, smart. One word of warning, though: set up a vesting schedule. Don't just give the 50% outright.

Since you've been at it longer you should start with more shares, but perhaps have your cofounder accrue shares faster so that within a year or two you'll be at 50/50 - but don't give 50% right off the bat with no protection for yourself against the risk of your cofounder just walking away...

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2 points by codeslush 4 hours ago 1 reply      
Before you go off and give ANY part of the company away, please do another AskHN post or see a startup lawyer or SOMETHING! You could easily screw things up at this stage that will affect you longer term (i.e. YC). Many startup lawyers will work on delayed charges (i.e. you pay $400 up front, rest of charges accrue and only become due on a funding event, etc...).

You sound like a great guy! I LOVE your attitude. Wish I was younger and closer to OH cause I would be happy to help.

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2 points by sagacity 9 hours ago 1 reply      
Sounds awesome! Congratulations on all achieved so far and all the best moving forward.

Your mention of the restaurants sector reminded me of one of one of our sites that we built (mainly for experimental purposes) a couple of years ago. You can take a look at it at convenience and let me know if it (the site) and/or the associated data could be of any use to your startup. I'll be glad to help however I can, under a 0/100 split (0 - me, 100 - you ;-)):

http://www.USRestaurantGuide.info

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2 points by curt 15 hours ago 1 reply      
Talk to some people at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute I'm sure you can find a skilled undergrad there that would love to work with you also IU Bloomington has a pretty good PhD program in CS. Otherwise it's really hard to find skilled people in Indy most leave. Went to Rose-Hulman and then IU for grad school so I'm familiar with the difficulty. You might have to look towards Chicago, but most of the available good programmers got taken by Groupon.

Let me think about it, I might know some people (lived in B-town for quite a few years)

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2 points by netmau5 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Will be happy to bounce ideas with you and perhaps we can work together if it fits. I'm just starting with Rails but have tons of web dev experience in other languages. Expert in JS, decent by my own estimation at design. Email in profile if you'd like to chat.
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1 point by bherms 16 hours ago 0 replies      
Can't edit, but I liked the suggestions below. 51/49 with the 49 being accrued on a vestment schedule that focuses on contribution and meeting deadlines. Clearly I don't want someone to jump in, sign away 50% of my company, and then have them do nothing without protection.
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Ask HN: Bootstrappers, what do you use daily?
13 points by netmau5 19 hours ago   13 comments top 8
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2 points by gregschlom 18 hours ago 1 reply      

    - Coffee
- A laptop
- Windows 7
- Spotify
- Google Chrome
- Everything (Instant filename search. If you've never heard of it,
do yourself a favor and check it out: www.voidtools.com)
- Qt Creator for the C++ IDE
- Communities Qt and KDE
- Mercurial + Bitbucket to version the code
- Notepad++ to take notes
- MindManager to organize my ideas

And that's all :)

Why the question?

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2 points by craigkerstiens 3 hours ago 0 replies      
(Apps)

    - Chrome
- TextMate
- Terminal
- Twitter for Mac
- Sparrow
- DropBox

(Sites)

    - Google Analytics
- Much of Google Suite (Docs, Spreadsheets, Sites, Calendar)
- Quora
- LinkedIn
- Pivotal Tracker
- GetSatisfaction

Also just signed up for sparkmuse, curious to see it as well.

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2 points by mishmax 17 hours ago 0 replies      
- Evernote to take notes
- Gmail
- MacBook Pro
- Vim, Terminal, and standard unix commands
- Blink (Sip Client), or Google Talk

That's what comes to mind.

I wish there was something that can track how I spend my time better. I used rescuetime before, but their free version is very limited, and I'm too cheap to upgrade...

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2 points by tluyben2 17 hours ago 0 replies      
- A standing work table
- A very good chair
- A Macbook and a normal laptop
- Mac OS X & Ubuntu
- VirtualBox for testing / using multiple platforms
- EverNote (how did I live without...) for taking quick notes
- A Mont Blanc pen & notepad for sketching
- iPad for documentation / books & reading github
- Flipboard for keeping up to date without spending too much time (Means Twitter, Facebook and more)
- Flexlists for (todo, very finegrained tasks) lists
- Balsamiq for online sketching
- Backblaze for backup
- SplashID for passwords
- Jedit for programming
- Dropbox for sharing
- GrabBox for screenshots
- Gmail for mail
- Github for versioning
- GitX (the fork) for easier versioning
- Xmind for mindmapping / high level optimizing
- AWS (just about everything) for my cloud needs for fun and profit

I would need all these tools or equivalents; cannot imagine living without them.

What I would really like is something which would allow me to program on the iPad, offline (synching) without having to type too much text (so not 'regular' programming). Or something which would allow me to program while walking through the forest :)

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2 points by epeloke 8 hours ago 0 replies      
- MacBook
- Gmail
- Google Calendar
- homegrown Dashboard
- Ringio
- Rackspace cloud
- Aptana
- XCode

Those are some of the tools we use at blue shoe mobile. We've tried a few pm/ticket tracking tools but haven't yet found a free one we like

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2 points by coffeejunk 12 hours ago 0 replies      

  - My trusty old Bialetti  
- MacBook + OSX
- alfred (app launcher and more)
- iTerm
- MacVim
- git + github
- ssh
- hn
- GMail
- Google Calendar
- Google Docs
- Google Talk
- Google Chrome
- StayFocusd (Chrome Plugin)
- Skype
- Billings
- Skitch
- Dropbox
- VirtualBox
- a keyboard with us layout! the german keyboard layout is a mess!

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1 point by mapster 2 hours ago 0 replies      
(sites)
- HNews
- Quora
- Mixergy
- Sparkmuse
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2 points by ffumarola 17 hours ago 2 replies      
I don't qualify as a bootstrapper, but white boards have always added to my efficiency in my line of work. It seems silly, but they're really awesome to flush out ideas and then hash them out with a group of people.
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Show HN: Newtiny - Forget Bookmarking and Record your whole Web History
6 points by kuldeep_kap 14 hours ago   7 comments top 4
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1 point by sorbus 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Chrome already has full-text search of every page I visit (and keeps it around forever, as far as I can tell). The only advantage this seems to offer is letting it be accessed from anywhere, and storing it in the cloud. I'm very unsure whether it's worth the risk of funneling every page I visit to a third party. Yes, you have a privacy policy; that's great. What are you going to do when someone hacks into your service and steals all the data that you've collected? Is the data encrypted - and if so, does anyone other than the user have the key to decrypt their data? Why doesn't your site support ssl? You offer users the ability to delete all their data; how long will it persist in back-ups? If you have to restore from backup, how will you make sure that deleted data doesn't get back in? What measures are you taking to ensure that no one steals your backups?

EDIT: Oh, and some questions about the interface: Chrome's full-text search only finds instances of the word. What additional features does yours have? Can I specify a date range to search within? Does it support operators; can it give additional weight either to frequently visited websites or infrequently visited sites? (a "the thing I'm looking for was on a site I'd never been to before" checkbox, or something like that). Is it technically feasible to present a demo account to let people play around with the interface and see if your service is worth it before giving you their data?

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2 points by maxbrown 12 hours ago 2 replies      
The privacy stuff looks good, and is of course very important.

A few notes/thoughts FWIW:

1. Typo - "Newtiny stores all your web history allowing access from [anywhere] and makes it easily searchable."

2. The screenshot doesn't do much for me, maybe you could use that real estate better? Some other page in the app?

3. Can the Sign In / Sign Up not be two separate links going to the same page? That was confusing. In fact, might be even better to stick that on the front page.

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2 points by rubypay 12 hours ago 1 reply      
Interested in the code for a Firefox extension that does the same thing as your Chrome extension? I made this exact service two years ago, while also saving visual snapshots of every webpage. The database which stored text from webpages quickly became massive, but nobody was willing to pay for the service so I shut it down.
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1 point by kuldeep_kap 14 hours ago 0 replies      
Clickable - http://newtiny.com
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Ask HN: Tools to make some online lectures tutorials
3 points by digamber_kamat 11 hours ago   1 comment top
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1 point by mapster 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Students use vidinotes.com to summarize video lectures.
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Ask HN: Who's Hiring (March 2011)
26 points by robinwarren 1 day ago   11 comments top 11
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1 point by klochner 15 hours ago 0 replies      
RentMineOnline (San Francisco, based in the Presidio), would consider interns, remote, and part-time or full-time.

Rails dev: you would be our #2 full-time developer, coding, refining our tech stack as we grow, and helping to coordinate our remote developers. Our current stack is {slicehost,nginx,passenger,rails,delayed_job,MySQL}. We recently upgraded to Rails3, and are adding fun stuff like varnish/redis/memcached next. We also use some amazon services {s3,rds,sdb} and have a fairly deep integration with facebook platform.

UX: prototype or jquery with a dash of design sensibility & a knack for user flows. This could be remote or part-time, but we prefer SF-based and are ultimately looking to fill a lead design role.

contact me - kevin@, and include #job somewhere in the subject so I don't miss it.

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5 points by egor83 1 day ago 0 replies      
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2 points by martharotter 20 hours 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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1 point by xsmasher 17 hours ago 0 replies      
TinyCo, San Francisco

A mobile games startup, but profitable with shipped titles!

Seeking iPhone and Android devs, veterans of other platforms, and generally smart folks.

http://hire.jobvite.com/Jobvite/jobvite.aspx?b=nnEMjgwR

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1 point by BenSchaechter 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Palo Alto, California

http://www.gopollgo.com is a social polling platform and we're looking for rock-solid talent. Our stack is Ruby on Rails / JQuery / HAML / SASS / MySQL / Nginx / Passenger / Git. Competitive pay + options. Sadly, we are not accepting remote workers right now.

Check out our opportunities: http://gopollgo.com/about/jobs

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1 point by cdrw 9 hours ago 0 replies      
London, UK

Commercial Security International provide internet monitoring services focused around intelligence gathering, asset and brand protection.

We're looking for a developer to join our team working on our MS stack using ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, EC2 and TDD in an Agile environment.

Checkout our website at http://comsechq.com or email: jobs at comsechq.com if your interested.

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1 point by techscruggs 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Austin TX

Ruby Developer for AcademicWorks

More details here: http://www.academicworks.com/careers

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2 points by robinwarren 1 day ago 0 replies      
Taunton, England (near Bristol)

Java developers wanting a great working environment, in Taunton. We've an expanding thick client app, we're already market leading in the UK for public sector and currently looking to expand into other markets and product areas. We hired the last guy who responded to a who's hiring post on HN and now need another excellent dev wanting to work in Taunton.

http://www.covalentsoftware.com/company/careers.php

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1 point by Roedou 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Seattle WA: Distilled - Sales Role

We're a Search Marketing consultancy; HQed in London UK, we opened a Seattle office in 2010. We work for plenty of large brands - though we have a bunch of startups amongst our client list as well.

Looking for a Sales Exec with some experienced to join the team and keep us growing fast.

http://www.distilledconsulting.com/jobs-opportunities-seattl...

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1 point by drallison 1 day ago 0 replies      
Maxeler Technologies (London,England and Palo Alto, California USA)

HPC Applications Acceleration engineers, CUDA/GPU programming, Software tools and systems programmers, FPGA/Hardware engineers, Systems Administrators.

http://www.maxeler.com/careers/

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1 point by jmbailon 17 hours ago 0 replies      
Box.net- Palo Alto, CA
https://sales.box.net/company/careers

Sales, Engineering, and Tech Ops

email me at joel at box dot net

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Did YC pay our site a visit?
4 points by mschonfeld 18 hours ago   3 comments top 3
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1 point by ryanto 3 minutes ago 0 replies      
might want to remove that ip, regardless of if it is yc or not.
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1 point by nickfos 19 minutes ago 0 replies      
If you read the general guideline about using hacker news, it says that if you want to ask a question about YC you have to email them and not post here.

Besides it is not very polite to post an IP, either it is from YC or not.

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1 point by JonathanWCurd 17 hours ago 0 replies      
If they did, that would be due diligence on their part and expected. Best of luck to you either way.
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Offer HN: Building Prototypes/MVPs
10 points by jagira 1 day ago   8 comments top 4
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1 point by sagacity 5 hours ago 1 reply      
You might want to check out this thread:

http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2279571

A strategic alliance, perhaps?

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1 point by lachyg 18 hours ago 1 reply      
How about this? Worked on this project for a very long time, had a few problems with partners, etc. Here are the design files: http://cl.ly/2Q0m001I3g0n1d12152e Lemme know if interested! :-)
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2 points by petervandijck 22 hours ago 1 reply      
Q: you are willing to offer your help, free?
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Ask HN: What do you use for time tracking?
12 points by soapdog 1 day ago   10 comments top 7
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2 points by billswift 1 day ago 0 replies      
I use pen and paper for that. One reason is that having to stop and make a written note raises the costs of changing activities, which can help keep me on track. Naturally, this won't help much if you can't remember (or be bothered) to actually do that, but it is an alternative; actually, I found the notebook lying off to the side of my desk to be a decent reminder in itself to make notes.
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1 point by tnorthcutt 1 day ago 1 reply      
I've had some success with Toggl: https://www.toggl.com/

I say some success, because I generally find time tracking to be an annoyance and not an accurate way to gauge performance. I prefer measuring outputs to measuring inputs.

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2 points by ninjastar99 1 day ago 1 reply      
Harvest (http://www.harvestapp.com) has been great for us. Simple, effective, and works.
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2 points by ajarmoniuk 1 day ago 1 reply      
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1 point by Sodaware 1 day ago 0 replies      
Another happy Toggl user here.

I've used RescueTime (http://www.rescuetime.com) in the past, and it's great for automated, general time tracking. Sadly the Linux client hasn't been updated for ages so I don't use it anymore.

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1 point by asr 1 day ago 0 replies      
http://www.toggl.com/

I was a big fan of Toggl when I was being billed out by the hour... I never needed to share the data but they claim it's very easy to do.

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1 point by dwrowe 1 day ago 0 replies      
http://www.goot.us/ - Tracking time is as easy as creating a calendar entry. Then, it aggregates the time based on tasks, etc.
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Ask HN: Why isn't a content addressable cache built into the Internet?
4 points by mckoss 21 hours ago   12 comments top 6
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4 points by wmf 20 hours ago 0 replies      
I think CCNx is going in this direction. There's also IETF DECADE and the older Internet Backplane Protocol.

IIRC the DMCA has an explicit exemption for caches.

To get ISP caches deployed, you have to convince ISPs that they'll save money. CDNs actually work against you here because they are either free or in some cases paying ISPs, and if an ISP allows CDNs to get close to its POPs then CDNs are just as efficient as ISP-operated caches.

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2 points by tobylane 7 hours ago 1 reply      
It's done manually, when the iPlayer was new there was talk of this being done, that you can rent servers in every exchange. BBC are really relaxed about piracy (in comparison to others) so this might not be common.

Too hard to work out what should be cached. Should BBC send the latest episode of Eastenders, Hustle, Tudors etc to every ISP before it's up for download? (Yes) Should Youtube try to guess which of its popular videos will be in demand next week? (No) Should Steam send out its new games? (Yes) You have to pick services where there aren't too many options, the iPlayer and Steam together have less than 2k items, and have a fairly predictable future demand.

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3 points by devicenull 19 hours ago 2 replies      
How do you do any sort of security on this? I doubt any copyright holder is going to be happy when anyone with a list of hashes can download their movie. Using most types of encryption is out, so there goes most DRM solutions. Using IP or host based access lists defeats the purpose of the caching system, so that's out as well.
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2 points by slysf 18 hours ago 1 reply      
I worked at a big streaming media company and there are significant DRM challenges with serving video in a way that protects the content. When you're trying to get serious content deals from producers they will dive into the deepest level of how you handle their content to make sure it meets their own internal standards before agreeing to anything. Companies like BitGravity are developing solutions that meet these requirements. One idea might be to expire the hashes in a 5 minute rolling window which would still give a huge caching advantage to ISPs:

1. ClientA is authorized with video service.
2. ClientA gets 50mb of hashes to buffer
3. ClientA starts downloading hashes sequentially, requesting more hashes from the service as the queue is emptied.
4. ClientB is authorized with the video service.
5. ClientB requests same resource and gets same list of hashes.
6. ISP can cache the hashes for 5 minutes and get some savings for popular content.

I think this would be a very good solution for live broadcast where you're looking at a huge number of people requesting the same content, but for VOD it would have limited return.

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1 point by mckoss 21 hours ago 0 replies      
P.S. I also asked this on Quora - as an experiment to see what kind of answers I'll get there vs. here.

http://www.quora.com/Why-isnt-a-content-addressable-cache-bu...

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1 point by alastair 9 hours ago 1 reply      
It's called Bittorrent.
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Tell HN: Readability bookmarklet now redirects to readability.com (here's a fix)
7 points by forgotusername 1 day ago   1 comment top
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1 point by Zakuzaa 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Works!! Can't thank you enough for this. :)
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Sold my dipshit company for $5m, where to invest?
34 points by to_the_top 1 day ago   57 comments top 32
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6 points by ChuckMcM 1 day ago 1 reply      
An interesting dilemma is it not? As you're young and inexperienced you are not unlike the 3 or 4 folks who become millionaires under the California lottery each year.

So good news and bad news, good news is you have choices, bad news is commercial real estate is (by some estimates) the next thing to go into the crapper).

Lets say you had $5M clear to work with. Yes, the 2 - 4% "return" is currently 'safe' money (which is to say treasury bill equivalents) so take $2M and buy a treasury bill 'ladder', these things are sold by the government quarterly and you can buy them at all maturities, so you split $2M equally into 40 parts, buy 10 year T-bills with their 3.5% return and you end up with about $70,000 a year (in the US at least) which is tax free. (So that is like having a salary of $110K/year before taxes.)You buy a place to live and if you want, you create another income stream to cover the taxes for that place.

At that point you've insured you're not going to go homeless or hungry and you are left with between 1.5 - 2 million to be a bit more speculative with. Putting .5 - .75M into equities is a reasonable way to capture that growth and it gives you a way to augment some of your return. If you want to just "participate" then buying index funds on the S&P 500 can do that with minimal hassle.

If you go the Angel route you can invite people to tell you how they are going to change the world and sponsor some of them. I suspect you will learn a lot doing this, but I would not expect it to be particularly profitable.

You can find another niche, create a company to fill that niche, build it up and sell it too.

Oh and I don't think you want a 'broker' what you want is a Financial Advisor (There is a separate certification for them, they don't trade stocks directly so they generally have less conflict of interest when it comes to fees).

Sounds like a nice problem to have, hope you do better than the Californians (the Lottery here has depressing statistics about how some very large percentage of lottery winners have lost it all in 18 months, sad really).

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12 points by pclark 1 day ago 3 replies      
Love to hear your "dipshit company" story. Do a post?
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2 points by gopi 3 hours ago 0 replies      
I am in a similar situation but i was so parnoid and keeping most of my money in a treasury money market fund for years. Now i am slowly trying to get into a 50/50 diversified bond-equity portfolio slowly in the next 2-3 years (via dollar cost averaging).

To all the curious people there are a lot of lifestyle success like this (which you wont read in techcrunch) from seo/ppc affiliates to viral websites to SaS companies, you just have to search for it.

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1 point by gobezu 3 hours ago 0 replies      
its surprising no one mentions it but let me tell you where the rush is - africa

ofc you need to be able to muster the challenges that will come with it but the return is one that you can't match

investment in agriculture is really one to consider in countries such as ethiopia with huge arable land available to investors with fees that are practically negligible and you get a whole lot of incentives including 5 year tax break
please look around just as the chineses, indians and arabs are doing and cash home instead of continuing the same simple minded real estate, start up, yadayada rubbish, which is as you really know either exhausted or close to fold

good luck

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2 points by rbranson 1 day ago 1 reply      
Until you figure it out, immediately dump half of it into a Vanguard 500 Index fund (VFINX). Vanguard's management fees are tiny (one quarter of one percent-ish). No other risk investment will do you better than the S&P 500 as it's compound annual growth rate has been 8.92% since 1897. Also, getting in and out of the fund can be done in $100 increments and there are no fees for it, so your money stays in a pretty liquid state.
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1 point by gte910h 1 day ago 2 replies      
If you're looking for longterm investments that are active, franchise businesses (7-Elevens, Dunkin Donuts, etc) are remarkably stable. Magic Johnson is a huge investor in these for this reason (and has a line of theaters)

Generally speaking, diversification is very very important.

Even though bonds, stocks, or other items might be doing poorly at the moment, diversification protects against a precipitous loss. So get some of each sort of security, some real estate, some counter cyclical stock (aka invest in companies that do fine in down markets). Make sure you get very comfy with your insurance agents as well: Liability and Errors and Omission insurance are very important now, as you're a target. Make sure you're properly covered on all your properties and that you use limited liability mechanisms with all your business ventures. Be very careful you understand what actions as a board member/fiduciary officer are not covered by the policies.

Additionally, keep more than you'd think is useful in a cash/near cash account. Opportunities arise quickly. The ability to write a 200k check this afternoon can make you many times your 5m sometimes.

A very serious aside:

At the same time, be very careful of deals with ??? in the plan, especially with people related to illegal drugs. If you're not sure what your money is going, it might be going to normal wasteful stuff, or it could end up related to drugs.

This is a good way to find everything of yours frozen, and you finding things getting seized (I looked at some of your old comments is why I mention this point, having known people who have had run ins when in a position like yours).

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1 point by chopsueyar 1 day ago 0 replies      
Look for an "exclusive buyer agent" in your area for real estate. http://www.naeba.org/

There are many good deals in residential and commercial properties (used for rental income and a store of value).

If you are interested in the southwest Florida area, check out http://truesarasota.com. Call and ask for Bill. Mention what you wrote above. He will take good care of you.

You may want to try one or two residential rental investments and see if you prefer residential or commercial. It really does depend on your strengths and having a trustworthy network of people (handymen, estimators, inspectors, plumbers, electricians, etc).

Rent out your commercial unit ASAP. Get some revenue, at least to offset the taxes. Collect first month's, last month's, and a security deposit equal to the month's rent for your commercial property.

When a commercial tenant breaks the lease, you may be responsible for removing any materials and heavy equipment the previous tenant has left. This takes time and money and you cannot rent the space again until it is taken care of.

You may want to reconsider a personal office and use a home office instead. There may be better tax benefits to that situation, while generating additional rental revenue for your newly vacant office. Build a new detached home-office/garage.

You also have enough money to buy enough solar panels to never have an electrical bill (provided your house is not too large). There are many tax incentives for this, too. Not paying for electricity seems like part of a good strategy to beat inflation. This may also work for your commercial properties.

Congrats on your success.

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1 point by brudgers 22 hours ago 0 replies      
To understand real-estate and its development, I recommend the Urban Land Institute [www.uli.org].

With "only" $5 million, you probably don't have enough to make a big enough impression on the commercial side to get preferential treatment. Real estate is similar to startup investing in that there are relatively tight communities of investors who do deals together. In my opinion, there is little reason to seek a real-estate license if your goal is to invest - commissions are just a line in your pro forma. What is valuable is insight into the market - not the conventional wisdom which floats around among agents.

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2 points by latj 1 day ago 3 replies      
How old are you? Are you married? Have Children?

I would suggest moving to New Zealand. They are looking for new citizens. You can buy a big ranch for nothing and live in paradise for the rest of your days.

Or, if you have young children, you could move to northern Europe- Sweden or Finland. Your children are very likely to receive quality healthcare and education.

Or, if you really have to stay in the U.S., I would invest a fraction of your nest egg in ammunition. Really. This stuff lasts forever and only goes up in value. Gold is almost useless to me.

Or, you could buy the abandoned house next door to me in St. Louis, MO. In the past it housed a hoarder and a grandmother of drug dealers. It has gone many weeks without a door and has been empty now for months. If you buy this house, I cannot promise to feed you for the rest of your life, but if you still live in America, are honestly trying to feed yourself, and are unable too- I will help you find something to eat.

Let me know.

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1 point by DanI-S 1 day ago 1 reply      
This dawned on me the other day: Invest in ski resorts in China. They've got a rapidly growing middle class, flush with money to spend, and there's nothing more middle class than skiing.
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1 point by nickbp 1 day ago 0 replies      
The best thing you can do right now is taking a good 3-6 months to figure out what you want to do with this money, framed in terms of what you want to do in your life. Just park the money in a safe place (eg money market fund, treasury bills) and work things out. There's no need to rush into things, the money will still be there when you know what you want to accomplish with it.

After you've done that, you should have some idea of when/whether you plan to use the money, and how comfortable you are with losing some of it. To be honest, you're probably best off just choosing a reasonable mix of stocks/bonds/cash which reflects your goals/needs, then going on with your life. 5mil sounds like a lot, but in investment-land it's not an unusual amount for a family to have saved for retirement. You would be well off to check out the Bogleheads wiki and forum at http://bogleheads.org. The forum would be an excellent place to post any questions you may have.

With regard to specific allocations, here are some example mixes between stocks and bonds, and how those behaved over 40 years. It's not the best chart, but it should give you some idea. Note that the author is subtracting out an annual 1% management fee from those returns, which is completely bogus. Go with good index funds and you'll be paying 1/15th of that.
http://www.fundadvice.com/images/stories/fundadvice_images/f...

Also, if you ultimately decide that you really want to get into real estate, you might want to consider REIT mutual funds/ETFs, rather than buying individual real estate properties and the risk/maintenance that comes with them.

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3 points by sagacity 1 day ago 1 reply      
Congrats on the sale first!

Have you thought about setting aside, let's say 5 or 10% of it for (angle) investing in a few promising startups?

HTH

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1 point by iworkforthem 1 day ago 0 replies      
Last time, I check real estate is about location, location, location. Every place has its own demographics and its own legislations. I dun know any books/sites can teach you all that.

I am familiar with how the real estate operating in Singapore, but across Malaysia & Indonesia, it's a very different case. The same is with you. You have to be there to know how people does business there.

Across the board, one thing I find some similar is that money move when investing in property quite a lot. Investors tends to seek out undervalued properties, buy in.... rent it out.... hold for a few years and sell.

Example... A few years ago, properties are hot in China, Hong Kong, etc.. Government come in... and it is no more.. Now it's going back Europe and USA again.

Take time to understand the location, why does the property make sense. Who does it make sense to? Financially how will it make sense for you in the next 3-5 years timeframe.

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3 points by k00k 1 day ago 0 replies      
Dude, you can't call your company something funny like "dipshit" and then not tell us what it was! That's just evil.
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1 point by d_mcgraw 1 day ago 0 replies      
Check out the book 'The Investment Answer' (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982894708). Its a great place to start when trying to learn about investing and long term money management. It also goes in depth on how to select someone to help manage your money.
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1 point by gw666 17 hours ago 0 replies      
I couldn't find the book that I really wanted to recommend in my earlier post. But now I've found it: "The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You'll Ever Need," by Larry Swedroe. It's the book I used to base my investing strategy on. Its ideas are backed by a simulation of using the strategy against 35 years of historical data--with long-term results of 9-11%/year. Highly recommended!
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1 point by chopsueyar 1 day ago 0 replies      
Al-Israil?
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1 point by gw666 19 hours ago 0 replies      
Check out http://www.sanfranmag.com/story/best-investment-advice-youll..., and optionally read "A Random Walk Down Wall Street." I've been using these ideas for over two years now and am very pleased with the results.
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1 point by woid 1 day ago 0 replies      
what do you guys think about covestor.com?

I'd like to play there with some spare cash...

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1 point by mmk 21 hours ago 0 replies      
hi there,
a couple tips/ideas
- almost all brokers are not investors, they get a commission when they sell you investment products - keep that in mind.
- probably invest 80% in stuff that retains value/grows steadily and 20% in high risk/return stuff.
- real estate is probably a good investment now. I would aim for places where a large amount of cash and ability to close quickly gives you a pricing advantage (ie vs a lot of small deals where other people bid up the price)
- within real estate, restaurants are poor credit risks (being hit driven), commercial real estate is down right now, and residential is down except in select areas like SF.
- residential real estate is counter cyclical, ie in a boom, its bid up, in a bust, people turn to renting, so it is a solid investment (assuming the surround location is a stable economy)
- US stock market in aggregate is going to be flat, due to a structural issues.
- areas of growth include tech, so buy what you know or emerging markets, so buy a multinational with solid exposure there.
- other possibilities include ETFs (like mutual funds) are more liquid, but be careful not all ETFs follow the intended basket of investments that closely.

good luck,
max, mba

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1 point by amurmann 1 day ago 1 reply      
I strongly recommend "Unconventional Success" by David Swensen (http://www.amazon.com/Unconventional-Success-Fundamental-App...).
The book reads a lot like a text book, but everything he sais just seems to make sense. The man is CIO at Yale university. SO he should know what he is talking about.
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1 point by RoyG 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Lots of good investment advice; my advice is to guard against losses:

1.) Keep the hookers and blow to a minimum.

2.) If you think you've met 'the one,' be sure to get a prenup.

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1 point by mdink 1 day ago 0 replies      
So I know people keep asking this, but I am dying to hear what industry / niche your dipshit company was in. Obviously you are out now, so no need to keep secrets?? :)
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1 point by baggachipz 1 day ago 0 replies      
First, tell me how you did this so that I can make that happen. Please.

Second, and I've always said that I would do this, take 2 million and put it in very safe liquid investments. As a baseline, you can live off the interest from that money forever. The rest you can treat as "house money" and do angel investing, real estate speculation, etc.

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1 point by ntulip 1 day ago 0 replies      
good real estate deals are hard to come by. i recommend you reach out to the biggest broker in your area or even outside. but the bank is where the good deals are. Talk to your banker.
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1 point by swampplanet 20 hours ago 0 replies      
What a place to be in. I would suggest you look outside of the Western World namely Central and South America. I'm a commercial broker and that's where I'm putting my money.
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3 points by antidaily 1 day ago 0 replies      
Max Klein?
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1 point by dbro 1 day ago 0 replies      
Read some good books. start with this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Intelligent-Investor-Definitive-Invest...
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1 point by turar 1 day ago 0 replies      
Is there a reason for secrecy around the name and nature of your dipshit company? Does it have a website?
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1 point by zaph0d 1 day ago 1 reply      
Buy Facebook shares on SecondMarket.com.
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1 point by jyan 1 day ago 0 replies      
I am curious--is that $5m after or before taxes, because it really matters?
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1 point by ante73 1 day ago 0 replies      
Make sure you diversify your portfolio. You don't want too much real estate in it.

Consider adding some municipal bonds. In most cases the income is tax free. Create a ladder of individual bonds and hold to maturity.

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Ask HN: Am I the only one who can't create a startup at the weekend?
20 points by mono 1 day ago   17 comments top 13
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19 points by tastybites 1 day ago 1 reply      
Those people aren't creating a startup in a weekend, they're creating a web app in the weekend. There's a big difference.

Web apps don't need legal structure, a brand identity, customers, revenues, profits, hell they don't even need a name.

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10 points by teaspoon 1 day ago 1 reply      
For one thing, you should take phrases like "weekend project" with a grain of salt. People who share their projects on HN know they're facing a tough crowd, and understating their time investment is one way to deflect the inevitable nitpicks. Add to that the typical hacker bravado factor, and you can assume the real figure is well more than whatever you read.

That's not to say that anyone is being deliberately dishonest. Most "weekend" projects borrow code from weekday jobs, layouts from ThemeForest, and ideas from weeks of idle brainstorming. It's easy to forget in retrospect all of the time that went into laying that groundwork.

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1 point by eengstrom 3 hours ago 0 replies      
My original idea for this venture started over a dinner. My mind had been churning on related business challenges for a couple of years. I was not only focused on highly visible opportunities, I was looking for the right time and right problem to solve. For me, this meant, how can I help my customers make a great deal more money?

I pulled a sheet of paper out of the printer, scribbled down 12-13 ideas, drew some logical relationships, circled groups, labeled the ideas and then spent about 2 months refining and testing the ideas through discussion and research.

At this point we're narrowed down to about 8% of the scope of the original concept, but that 8% is viable, has customer traction (already) and looks likely to earn 1.5-2mm per customer per year.

We expect to spend another week on the pitching to initial customers and try and get closure with our first enterprise customer in the next two weeks. How long it will take to reach the right funding, we don't know. It's enterprise software and we want to grow.

What's different here is that we haven't coded anything. We won't until we have directed feedback from our pilot customers. Oh yeah, and funding. :)

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3 points by latch 1 day ago 0 replies      
I wrote badg.ly a couple weeks ago, precisely to see if I could build it in a weekend. I already had the infrastructure setup, so that saved me a bit of time.

I also don't have a single user. That wasn't really the point of the exercise (I wanted to try new patterns out since I'm still learning Rails), but it reiterates what others have said - a startup and a website are two separate things.

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2 points by bmelton 1 day ago 0 replies      
Most semi-competent developers can build SOMEthing in a weekend, but the trick is making something that actually works at scale, or works for more than a single user, or providing any kind of audit trail. In short, almost all weekend projects are a hack.

The big features that people like, the UI/UX polish that makes it easy to use, the scalable backend that lets it work under load -- those things aren't generally even considered for a weekend project.

That's not to say that there aren't some people who don't produce brilliance over a weekend, but it really is the exception, not the rule.

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3 points by codeslush 1 day ago 0 replies      
I wish to express my gratitude for you posting this question.

I've been feeling rather inadequate lately because of all the posts about weekend projects. One thing I've had to try to convince myself of is that things always look different from the outside than the inside. The perfect marriage isn't always so perfect. The perfect family is often the most broken.

I'm trying to say that comparing myself to what I PERCEIVE to be the reality of others is a losing proposition. Someone will always be better, quicker, faster. All I can do is try to do what I'm able to do, little by little, day by day.

I bet people look at you and wonder how you do x in y time. Or how you do "x" at all! Your curiosity is not much different. You're looking at something from the outside - and it always appears easier from that perspective.

Keep your spirits up! You'll be fine.

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3 points by joelrunyon 1 day ago 1 reply      
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take - Michael Jordan.

"Am I the only one who can't create a startup at the weekend?" -- your title suggests that you've tried, but your words say you haven't.

Don't disqualify yourself before you try, because until you try, you really never know

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1 point by workola 21 hours ago 0 replies      
I've been working on my startup for over a year. It would be nice to have the skills and resources to create a site in a weekend but I don't and I've accepted the fact that my projects will just take longer. For me, it actually slows the development process down and lets the idea mature a little, giving me time to make decisions that are well thought out. I've also been able to reminded myself many times that if it's not cool or functional it doesn't matter how fast it was built. Plus, building it's just the first step. If anyone has any successful 'over the weekend' marketing plans please send them my way.
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2 points by Sakes 1 day ago 0 replies      
Keep in mind that the number of "weekend" startups compared to the number of people hacking on the weekend is very small. The quantity of successful weekend projects is even smaller.

Every now and then someone gets a good idea that is quick to implement and they are prepared/experienced enough to execute it well, but it doesn't happen as often as your post implies.

Stop beating yourself up! Get back to making something you think is cool!

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. -- Thomas Edison.

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2 points by mapster 17 hours ago 0 replies      
I paid an elancer to make my app. He did it over the weekend. I still take credit :)
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2 points by JonathanWCurd 1 day ago 0 replies      
Pick smaller more approachable projects / problems and you can.
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1 point by MattJ100 1 day ago 0 replies      
> I think, I wouldn't even try this...

Then maybe that's why you'll never succeed in it :)

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1 point by aussiesilver 1 day ago 0 replies      
I feel building a project from scratch with nothing in a weekend is no hugely likely. Most people I figure have all there ducks lined up so they are ready to hit the ground running 6pm Friday night.

An idea, maybe a rough wireframe all IDE's and tools ready to go.

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Ask HN: Converting traffic into revenue on a NSFW site?
7 points by YuriNiyazov 2 days ago   4 comments top 2
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4 points by true_religion 2 days ago 1 reply      
I've worked in this industry. Congratulations, you have what a lot of people dream off--content that can easily be categorized, tagged, and used to make targetted ads.

I'd suggest you get a system to figure out what content a post is related to, then use CPA ads on it.

You'll have to essentially roll your own ad network for this because the major players have really poor support for targeted ads.

If CPA doesn't work out for you, it means your users aren't motivated to doing anything. However, CPA usually works.

By the way, Adsense doesn't allow NSFW traffic so you may get booted from the system if the NSFW community takes over your site and gears it in that direction.

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3 points by proexploit 1 day ago 1 reply      
First, I'd remove the ads you've got right now and concentrate on gaining additional users. When I visited the page, it was running a banner for Netflix, a banner for Bathroom Vanities and text links to Bathroom and Bathroom Show Room. None of those are relevant and I doubt you'll make a significant amount of money from them. As for which ads to use? It's hard to say yet but I agree with true_religion that CPA is probably the way to go with this niche, just don't make it more prominent than your content.
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1 point by Andrenid 18 hours ago 0 replies      
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