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Ask HN: I'm an unemployed programmer in SF that will work for minimum wage
32 points by unemployedinSF 59 minutes ago   20 comments top 19
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6 points by ryanwaggoner 31 minutes ago 0 replies      
Can you write code and actually get things done? Do you have examples of your work that look good? If so, get some freelance work. Charge $50 - 75 / hr and find work by responding to people posting Craigslist computer gigs.

If not, then find some way to survive for a couple months and build some simple projects. Like, really simple. Hell, just setup some wordpress sites with good-looking themes from Woothemes or Themeforest. Having 2 or 3 of those will satisfy 95% of people looking for really simple code-monkey work on CL. You won't get rich, but you can build up your list of clients in 6 months. Then you can either keep freelancing or roll that into a fulltime job ("I've been doing contract work for the last year...here are some example projects and client references.")

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8 points by russell 35 minutes ago 0 replies      
Forget free. It's illegal, even fro interns, where you produce value for the company. I would consider it unethical for me to hire you for minimum wage, cheap is OK. You are in an oddball situation, so HR types wont pass your resume on. Forget BofA. Startups probably cant take the chance. However, there are usually a few companies on that advertise entry level. Non-profits are also a possibility, because they cant pay so well.

Your post is a good bet, so I upvoted it.

EDIT: I checked your profile. You dont have contact info. A job cant find you.

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1 point by z2amiller 0 minutes ago 0 replies      
I don't think 6 years "trying to do a startup" is the same as a complete lack of work experience, unless you spent the entire 6 years trying to raise money and making powerpoint slides. If you did any real programming work during that time, it still counts. I've seen plenty of resumes with "sole proprietor" type jobs. Maybe you don't get a job with a large company, but someone who is versatile and used to doing whatever it takes is perfect for someone else's startup.

I don't think it is wise pitching yourselves to companies who are hiring 100K+ engineers saying you are willing to work for minimum wage. It shows a lack of confidence that you are selling yourself so far under market. Pricing is often a signal for quality. More importantly, the cost of a bad engineering hire is far greater than the salary you're being paid -- a bad engineering hire takes time to get rid of, and often produces negative work output. People end up cleaning up a mess, opportunities are lost while a bad engineer flails at what should be simple code, etc. A bad engineer could work for free and still be a worse value for a company than an engineer making market rate. This is the signal you're sending when working for minimum wage.

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3 points by Mz 17 minutes ago 0 replies      
I was a homemaker for about 2 decades. And sick as hell while job hunting. It took a while but I eventually got a job. It started at about half the wage that GIS jobs I was applying for started at. It has nothing to do with anything I want to do or any of my background education.

A) If you haven't already, pick up "What color is your parachute?".

B) Work on your resume. It shouldn't say 'unemployed for 6 years'. Mine did not say "unemployed for about 2 decades". Mine listed my education and I told employers that I was a "homemaker and homeschooling mom going through a divorce".

C) Whatever your buggaboo, stop harping on it. Mine was my health. I talked incessantly about my health crisis because I felt I needed to be "up front" and because it was uppermost in my mind...yadda yadda. The very first interview where I did not mention my health issue was the job I got.

I applied to a large company and got a phone call "According to your resume, you qualify for the following three jobs: blah blah morning shift, blah blah evening shift, blah blah evening shift." I knew I was too sick to work morning shift. I replied 'Put me down for the two evening shift jobs.'. I went in for additional testing. Afterwards, I was told "You still qualify for both jobs. Which would you like?" I said "I have no clue what either of these jobs really entails. I've been a homemaker forever..." and we chatted a bit about it. I think a contributing factor to the decision was one of them started two weeks earlier than the other, and that was what I went with.

I still have that job. I feel underemployed and so forth. But it has allowed me to keep a roof over my head, work on my health issues, get through my divorce and start my life over. In the aggregate: It's all good.

Good luck with this.

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6 points by aphyr 22 minutes ago 0 replies      
Where's your github profile? Personal site with demos? Projects you contributed to? Anything counts, man! Even toy projects you built in a weekend just for fun, if they show your ability to reason about a problem.
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6 points by softbuilder 24 minutes ago 0 replies      
I'm convinced you're unemployed. Now convince me you're a programmer. You have a CS degree, but that doesn't make you a programmer. What makes you a programmer?
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2 points by atlantic 5 minutes ago 0 replies      
Looking at the way you describe yourself, a big problem is that the description is inconsistent. What are you: an entrepreneur, a project manager, or a developer? If you're a developer, then what is your speciality: architecture, database, middle-tier, UI? You presented a list of technologies, but did not indicate your level of experience in each or how they tie together. It's a laundry list, not a picture of the man behind the qualifications.

You are too self-deprecating about your startup experience. Even if it didn't pan out, you must have learnt a lot, both on the technical and on the business side. You really have to reconnect with your passions and your strengths; if you are aware of your value, it is fairly easy to get the message across to others. What was driving you for so long when working on your startup? What was the vision? That's where your value is.

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1 point by jedsmith 22 minutes ago 1 reply      
Change of venue, maybe? Perhaps widen your net? I think San Francisco is your problem here.

A four-year degree is a solid leg in for a lot of backwards HR departments (isn't it? everybody telling me to finish mine seems to think so), so I'm surprised you're having difficulty. A bachelor's should at least get you into support somewhere, and you can start there. This makes me think that everybody who can operate a command line has descended upon San Francisco for the startup culture, and there's a saturation there. That wouldn't surprise me at all.

Last time I was there it was to visit my sister and do nothing computer-related, so I might be wrong.

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9 points by oniTony 31 minutes ago 0 replies      
To be fair, $100k+ SDE positions and burger-flipping positions are in completely separate markets.

If you were working on a startup, then you were "self-employed", not "unemployed". Market yourself as such. And as others have already mentioned -- if you can't point at jobs held, then point at code/projects that you wrote. Some startups would rather look at your GitHub profile than a CV.

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2 points by magic5227 8 minutes ago 0 replies      
Email me please if you'd be interested in Box.

adunn[at]box.net

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1 point by pnathan 4 minutes ago 0 replies      
I have no idea.

But you might try selling your abilities. Can you demonstrate your failed startup's code?

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1 point by rdouble 6 minutes ago 0 replies      
Move to NYC. The companies there are desperate and will hire anyone.
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1 point by sokoloff 29 minutes ago 0 replies      
Ditto what mindcrime said about posting examples of your work/abilities if you can.

I'm starting a company 4/2 after my last day of full-time work on 4/1, and while I wasn't planning on hiring anyone right away, I do have a fair bit more work that needs doing than I can personally do, so I will be hiring contractors for some of it and if you're a fit, would consider hiring you remotely, assuming your skills matched up and you could handle working remotely (not everyone can).

I suspect you'll find a better offer on HN anyway, but if not, reach out to me with some details mid-month,

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1 point by glenra 14 minutes ago 0 replies      
In 2000 I was unemployed for a bit in the Bay Area and wanted to take a short break from techie stuff. Looking for interesting work I browsed the craigslist job boards, specifically the "ETC" and "part time" sections. You never know what you'll find there - I ended up working as an "extra" in the Matrix sequels. beaubonneaucasting needed people to drive in the background on a fake freeway in Alameda while cars were crashing/exploding/chasing each other. Paid about a hundred dollars a day, gave me some great stories and experiences to talk about at parties or in interviews, got me some random followup jobs...and now my Bacon Number is 2 and I have a good start on an entirely separate "performer" resume in addition to my techie one.

Having something recent - anything - on your resume is a big improvement on having nothing; having something "cool" that you enjoy talking about is better still. So I'd try that - think about your hobby interests and cast a really wide net to find things you wouldn't otherwise have considered. And use Craigslist.

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2 points by evo_9 51 minutes ago 0 replies      
Post some examples of your work. If you don't have anything then create a project to showcase your skills. That's where I'd start if I were in your shoes and it will generate interest if you have solid skills.
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1 point by mindcrime 51 minutes ago 0 replies      
F!%# bro, that sucks. If I had a job to offer, I'd try to help, but I'm in the middle of the bootstrapped, funded-by-my-dayjob model myself, so I have no money to employ anybody. All I can offer is my best wishes and encouragement. The HN community is really awesome, so I'd bet there's a good chance somebody here can help you out. Keep your head up, things will get better!

Oh, and if you've worked on anything open-source, or you have any code you can open, make sure you put it up on GitHub so you can show it off. Code talks and bullshit walks, as they say.

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1 point by espeed 6 minutes ago 0 replies      
Contact me -- my info is in my profile.
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1 point by OstiaAntica 25 minutes ago 0 replies      
What was the startup? You should be able to make an interesting pitch to other companies in the same field. You can present the idea, and what you accomplished-- it may be that a company in the same space would hire you and even buy your code.
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2 points by petervandijck 34 minutes ago 0 replies      
Do you have a site where you showcase your skills?
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Ask HN: Please destroy my startup idea so I don't waste time on it
24 points by rcavezza 1 hour ago   20 comments top 8
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2 points by asanwal 20 minutes ago 1 reply      
We run a niche, high-value newsletter and so from experience, I think there is a market for this.

To validate, I'd find a newsletter(s) you think you can sell an ad(s) in and talk to the newsletter creator and say "If I can get you a sponsored ad for $x, would you (1) want it and (2) give me a Y% cut?"

If you get positive response from them, then try like mad to sell the ads you promised.

I'm not sure the size of the market but given how much Bob Pittman, Lerer Media and the guy at HARO like email newsletters, there is prob something here. We think so.

Also, IMO, I don't think startups is a great demographic from a monetization perspective unless you can slice it more finely, i.e., venture-backed startups or startups who are hiring.

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1 point by mattcurry 18 minutes ago 0 replies      
You may want to checkout http://www.heyamigo.net and http://www.barenakedapp.com/category/amigo/

HeyAmigo sounds like exactly what you are talking about. It was built by Carsonified a few years ago and sold (I think). The Bare Naked App blog was a chronicle of them building it.

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6 points by nedwin 1 hour ago 1 reply      
Advertising sales is really hard. You can create a marketplace and get connected to a bunch of newsletter publishers but then you need to convince a whole heap of people to give you money.

Publishers are also (usually) particular about what kind of advertising they run in their emails. They want to make sure that it's "on brand" because if it's not then people might stop opening or reading their emails.

It's the classic problem of the 2 sided marketplace but the easiest way to start out here (IMHO) would be to find a newsletter or two and go out there selling their inventory. When you're oversubscribed go and find another relevant newsletter and sell their inventory. Wash, rinse and repeat.

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2 points by jonkelly 29 minutes ago 0 replies      
I actually like the idea a bit. Chicken and egg problem for ad networks is difficult, but not insurmountable. I can tell you that there are many big newsletters out there that are under-monetized. It' not about spamming, either, it's about providing a quality offer that makes sense for the audience. Feel free to reach out to me if you pursue this (you can find me through my profile).
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1 point by wolfrom 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Besides not being a subject matter expert, I don't have any evidence to support this assertion:

It feels like you're looking to get involved in an industry that's being disrupted (unless e-mail newsletters are going to continue in their current form, which I don't believe), but that your idea isn't causing this disruption. I feel like there's a pivot somewhere here, after some more time on it.

So in essence, I'm giving you the opposite of what you want; I think if you start looking into this further, you may hit upon the true solution. At least it sounded to me like you had the knowledge and interest to make it happen.

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1 point by jasonlynes 1 hour ago 1 reply      
who the hell signs up for newsletters? interesting how your other business was created because newsletters are lame.

these problems don't seem like ones normal people deal with. they're just problems for people trying to add something to their domain squatting businesses. spam my inbox with lame content, and then spam the newsletter with ads? ugh.

how about, people want really good content through email (huge assumption), but great content publishers aren't publishing content due to low advertiser involvement. the service could hook writers up with relevant advertisers who could add something to the conversation, giving the user something other than a text ad or banners. if it's a small market, the service could be very specialized and deal with people/advertisers individually.

but honestly, there's probably more money in viagra ads than there is in email newsletters.

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2 points by jim_shook 1 hour ago 2 replies      
Personally, I think you are thinking too small. IMO there is a larger opportunity for a marketplace to buy and sell promotion for the long-tail of the web (niche content providers and small startups selling to a niche audience) across many mediums including newsletters but also company blogs, social media presences, forums, etc. Buysellads.com does it well, but I think there is room for another player who can execute in slightly different ways.

I actually have been thinking about this idea for a while and would love to chat more about it. I've been working on a travel industry startup for 2 years that has had a difficult time finding great/targeted advertising opportunities.

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1 point by adrianbye 1 hour ago 1 reply      
its a massive market. the problem is the targeting. how do you target ads appropriately? everyone wants the high CPM ads, but nobody knows how they will perform. and you have to do a separate mailing each time
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Dial-up for Libya
7 points by cocoon 1 hour ago   discuss
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Tell HN: Get feedback about your YC application from YC alumni
26 points by eddylu 4 hours ago   17 comments top 11
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1 point by wolfrom 2 hours ago 3 replies      
Barring a new remote dining edition of Grubwithus, I'll have to wait for the Winnipeg dinners for YC alumni. :)

But in all seriousness, I'd love it if someone would consider taking a glance at our application. People who should know have been telling us we're on to something, but I worry that we're just not communicating that effectively. I could pledge to eat during the feedback process if that helps.

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6 points by eddylu 3 hours ago 0 replies      
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1 point by callmeed 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Just joined the group and am looking forward to this (I'm a 4 hour drive from SF).

Are there any tentative dates or thoughts on what day of the week this might happen?

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1 point by tourbillonfunk 40 minutes ago 0 replies      
This sounds awesome!

Any alumni up for a weekend in Vegas? Me and my co-founder will show you around town. :)

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1 point by zaveri 1 hour ago 0 replies      
any YC alums in the DC area?
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2 points by Jsarokin 3 hours ago 1 reply      
Wish I was there. You should do some sort of online thing too ;)
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1 point by kerben 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Sounds awesome, just joined. Would appreciate a few days notice if possible since I'd be coming to SF from NYC. If any YC alums are up for doing something similar in NYC please let me know too. Thanks again
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1 point by kovar 2 hours ago 0 replies      
I am about two hours south of Chicago and am really looking forward to this opportunity. If you have any tentative dates, the information would be most welcome.
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1 point by dreamux 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Please give as much notice as possible, last minute plane tickets are prohibitively expensive.
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1 point by ffumarola 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Great idea, wish I was in one of those 2 areas.

Best of luck to all who take advantage of this offer! :)

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1 point by wengzilla 2 hours ago 0 replies      
any yc alums up for a weekend dinner in nyc?
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Ask HN: Programming in front of a projector rather than monitor?
4 points by mapleoin 1 hour ago   2 comments top 2
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2 points by sokoloff 20 minutes ago 0 replies      
I had a 9 foot wide 1080p setup in my last place (as a home theater). I could do casual work on it (light excel, web surfing for star wars boy or other idiotic YouTube videos, some email), but it wasn't at all suitable for coding or substantial lengths of time reading text. It also required the lights to be out or very dim, which made working with a printed reference very difficult.

Looked at another way, the tech is available and certainly cheap enough (and somewhat "obvious"); if it were advantageous, you'd hear about loads of people doing it. The tech has been out for years, and even in the early days they were well under $5000 (way, way under that now). Another thing to note, the bulb projectors dim over time, and the bulb replacement costs are not insignificant if you replace them at the point the picture quality starts to suffer (as opposed to when they completely burn out).

Walk into any company conference room and try it out. I predict you'll hate it.

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1 point by bane 54 minutes ago 0 replies      
There would be a lot of eye movement

I've tried a similar setup in the past and found it too be just too much work. It turned into lots of head movement. If it was about 4-8x the res then maybe it might work as you could segregate it into 4 or 9 workareas and just focus on one at a time. But it's simply too low resolution to work for that right now -- you'll end up moving so far away from it that you may as well just get a big monitor and a desk.

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Ask HN: How did you become a hardcore back-end developer?
161 points by andywood 1 day ago   26 comments top 12
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71 points by SpikeGronim 1 day ago 5 replies      
I'll share my experience, which may differ from other people's. The largest system that I've worked on was Amazon S3. At the time that I worked there we were doing 100,000+ requests per second (peak), storing 100+ billion objects (aka files), and growing our stored object count by more than double every year. The most important skills for that job were distributed system theory, managing complexity, and operations. I can't explain all of these skills in depth, but I will try to give you enough pointers to learn on your own.

For distributed systems there are two main things to learn from: good papers and good deployed systems. A researcher named Leslie Lamport invented a number of key ideas such as Lamport timestamps and Byzantine failure models. Some other basic ideas include quorums for replicated data storage and the linearizability consistency model. Google has published some good papers about their systems like MapReduce, BigTable, Dapper, and Percolator. Amazon's Dynamo paper was very influential. The Facebook engineering "notes" blog also has good content. Netflix has been blogging about their move to AWS.

Every software engineer needs to manage complexity, but there are some kinds of complexity that only show up in big systems. First, your system's modules wil be running on many different machines. The most important advice I can give is to have your modules separated by very simple APIs. Joshua Bloch has written a great presentation on how to do that. Think about what happens when you do a rolling upgrade of a 1,000 node system. It might take days to complete. All the systems have to interoperate correctly during the upgrade. The fewer, simpler interactions between components the better.

The best advice I know of about operating a big distributed system is this paper[1] by James Hamilton. I won't repeat its contents, but I can tell you that every time that we didn't follow its guidelines we ended up regretting it. The other important thing is to get really good with the Unix command line. You'll need to run ad-hoc commands on many machines, slice and dice log files, etc.

How did I learn these skills? The usual mix of how people learn anything - independent study, school, and building both experimental and production systems.

1. http://www.usenix.org/event/lisa07/tech/full_papers/hamilton...

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23 points by jerf 1 day ago 1 reply      
1. Find bottleneck.

2. Remove bottleneck.

3. Repeat.

4. Every once in a while, make a bold move to throw something out that can no longer work that way and replace it with something more scalable. But while this is important, it comes up less often than you might think.

The difference is that you spend a lot more time in that loop than a desktop dev, but if you understand programming it isn't a special black art until the very, very top end.

The other thing to get is that it's always about buying time rather than solving the problem forever. The goal is to have bought enough time that you don't have to be stuck in a local optima or make panicked decisions.

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11 points by ismarc 1 day ago 0 replies      
Ride on others coat tails, stand on others' shoulders. It's not that it's any harder, it's that the skills used day to day are different. The single skill I picked up that served me best was being able to rationalize about what complex , highly concurrent code was doing and the performance implications of it. And I got this by reading code, and not just little programs, but things like the udp packet handling in the Linux kernel, or the storage and firewall rule insertion mechanisms for iptables.

But, nothing beats working directly with geniuses. Earlier this year I made a change (at my last company) that increased the number of simultaneous users by well over an order of magnitude. The change was known and had been tried by others in the group, but was deemed infeasible. I didn't come up with the magic change needed, I found how to apply it. And what I learned in the process is applicable outside of that. Without working directly solving the problems, it's hard to learn how.

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4 points by fingerprinter 23 hours ago 0 replies      
I've was mostly a web guy, riding the internet from '94 until about '06 when I started to get into more serious stuff...up until that point it was C, Perl, Java etc , but it was mostly pushing business data around, which is what I think 90% of all commercial programming is these days (so don't knock it...it pays the bills).

In '06 I joined a startup and we needed to scale. I hadn't had experience with this stuff and neither did most people on my team...so here is what we did.

* Try new things, but basically find out what most people are doing that have already gone down this path (stand on shoulders of giants, as someone mentioned)

* Read, read, more reading...talking to other devs...network...DO NOT REINVENT SOMETHING (I also call this the Kiss of Death). Unless you are Google, Amazon or Facebook, use off the shelf if you can.

* Use technologies that will work for your problem. We chose Erlang for ours b/c it of what we were doing. Something like Java would have worked, but would have made the job 10x harder. C would have been ideal, but we would have to reinvent nearly all of Erlang, so just choose Erlang.

* LEARN about things like good architecture design, SOA and failure (when a system goes down, what happens...).

*Invest in a good test suite or test infrastructure, but realize that it will be nearly impossible to test at scale.

During that time I felt like I was constantly reading every paper I could find, blog on scaling and back-end systems and talking to every dev or had ever done it. It was work, but not the type normally associated w/ dev....but was 100% worth it.

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7 points by davidhollander 1 day ago 0 replies      
I would start by viewing it as tree structure optimization problem. Draw a tree where each node is a physical server and the root node is the domain name server. Now try to maximize throughput of random lookups while minimizing height (complexity). For each level of the tree, come up with a list of everything you can think of that might affect the traversal (processing\lookup) time when a node (server) in that level is entered. Also create a list of everything you can think of that might affect the lines (connections) between nodes. This exercise should give you a good idea of what you need to learn and help generate more specific questions.
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5 points by diego 22 hours ago 0 replies      
I started writing my story but it became too long so I posted it here.

http://dbasch.posterous.com/how-did-you-become-a-hardcore-ba...

Tl;dr: in 1998 I created an mp3 search engine that got significant traffic, had to learn on the fly, ended up going to Inktomi where I joined a team tackling much bigger problems. We all learned a lot over the next four years.

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3 points by justin_vanw 20 hours ago 0 replies      
There are maybe 20 people the world who 'know' how to scale a website up to millions of users. There are lots of teams of hundreds of people who actually do it.

Don't get worried that you won't be able to go in and run the show on the first day. There isn't any secret sauce, and sites that scale to this level are so rare that they probably each have their own arcane and complex way of doing it that has evolved over years of people trying different approaches and failing.

Anywhere that is worth working isn't looking for someone who knows how to scale a website to millions of users, they are looking for smart people who can contribute. Their development budget is probably in the millions of dollars per year, they will be more than happy if you can help.

TLDR; Nobody is going to write a book on this, since only 500 people in the world would benefit from reading it. There is no single answer.

To address the specifics of what you are asking, there is basically a balancing act of consistency vs performance. You need to find the exact balance that is 'good enough' for every problem. The oft quoted 'there are two hard problems in CS, cache invalidation and naming things' pretty much sums it up.

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7 points by mathgladiator 1 day ago 1 reply      
The simplest way is to just do it.

You are fortunate that you live in the age of cloud computing. For instance, you can spend $10 for a day and get access to more compute resources than most people could hope for after months of budget proposals.

Find a problem, solve it, launch it, test it, find bottleneck, kill it. Repeat this enough times and you can start to a feel for where bottlenecks will happen and how fail happens.

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7 points by CyberFonic 1 day ago 0 replies      
For me the path the heavy duty back-ends was Unix and C. Most of the work for large corporations, in addition to the mainframes, involves big systems; IBM: AIX, HP: HPUX, Sun: Solaris. Helps to know a bit about storage: EMC, Hitachi, NetApps, etc. And of course databases, DB2, Oracle.

The best news is that these days, you can build up these skills using a $1k box with Linux or BSD. Years ago, you needed to get a job first because systems were in the order of $millions and they wouldn't fit in your average spare room.

You'll also need to demonstrate so CS/SE chops, because mucking up a big back-end system is not like a web page that occasionally crashes, it can cost $10k's per hour while it's down.

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4 points by jsarch 20 hours ago 1 reply      
@andywood,

Can you take a moment tomorrow and add an edit to your post giving a summary of whether you felt the comments answered your questions?

I ask simply because my first read of your post focused on "How do I get there?" and not "what was your path?" As such, I was surprised to be reading life stories of fellow HN'ers. Since we all absorb info differently, I'm curious to know if the stories helped and what you gleaned from them.

All the best in your endeavor. -- A fellow large-scale enthusiast.

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2 points by Pahalial 22 hours ago 1 reply      
<Obvious answers here>

When you discount "learn on the job" and "read books", i'm really not sure what's left, or what you expect the people who have achieved success by doing these things to tell you (while omitting those things.)

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1 point by known 10 hours ago 0 replies      
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Ask HN: Facebook alternative, are users willing to try something different?
3 points by thatusertwo 2 hours ago   4 comments top 2
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2 points by mindcrime 1 hour ago 1 reply      
A few thoughts... all of this is totally unscientific, unverified, subjective, biased, and may be a combination of wishful thinking, drug-fueled fantasies, fever induced delirium, etc. It's almost certainly contradictory, not self-consistent, and comes with no warranty or guarantee. IANAL, YMMV, HTH, WTFBBQ.

1. Facebook can be knocked off their perch. Facebook almost certainly will be knocked off their perch, probably sooner than later.

2. The "net crowd" is very much a trend-following herd... if something catches the attention of the right set of early adopters and the avalanche starts, it'll carry through to its inevitable conclusion.

3. You won't beat Facebook by building a better Facebook. Nobody cares about something that's just like Facebook but a little better or has a couple of new features. One killer new feature, maybe. But what?

4. Facebook is not cool anymore. Facebook is a utility, like the phone company or the people who provide your electricity.

5. The way to beat Facebook is to build something that is new and unique, but subsumes (most) of what Facebook does. Think telephones replacing the telegraph. A telephone isn't a telegraph, it's a whole new tool, but it obviates the need for the telegraph.

6. Remember what Henry Ford said "If I'd asked my customers what they wanted, they'd have asked for a faster horse."

7. Go back and find and read Om's article about how "social networking is just a feature." That vision is partly coming true, but Facebook is fighting to extend their tendrils into every other site, rather than letting other sites implement their own social networking features and (possibly) combining them using open standards to build a federated social network.

8. Relative to (7) above, see: http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/federatedsocialweb/ and also research what Appleseed, Diaspora, etc. are doing. There may still be a chance to gain some traction for this federation stuff. That would open up some interesting possibilities down the road and could disintermediate Facebook.

9. I'm going to guess that whatever replaces Facebook will have a basis in the mobile app world, first and foremost, not the traditional web world. The smartphone carrying, app using early adopters will latch onto something cool that comes along...

10. Your mom, your grandma, your uncle, your boss, your ex-wife, your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend, etc. are all on Facebook. Your neighbors dorky 8 year old kid is on Facebook. The nerdy guy in Chemistry class who's always undressing you with his eyes, is on Facebook. Facebook is generic and boring... it has utility because of network effects, and because everybody is on it... but it sucks and is lame and isn't cool because, well, everyone is on it.

11. It's cool to hate on Gladwell, but read The Tipping Point if you haven't already. Then chase down some of the stuff by Watts, Barabasi, etc. on network science. Maybe even read Diffusion of Innovations by Everett Rogers. There's a growing body of science that speaks to how things happen in networks... there may be something interesting that falls out of thinking about "preferential attachment" and power law distributions and scale-free networks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preferential_attachment

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scale-free_network

12. Also, go read this old Jamie Zawinski piece: http://www.jwz.org/doc/groupware.html Keep this bit in mind:

That got me a look like I had just sprouted a third head, but bear with me, because I think that it's not only crude but insightful. "How will this software get my users laid" should be on the minds of anyone writing social software (and these days, almost all software is social software).

IF I had to bet money on any of this being relevant, I'd say (4), (10) and (12) would be the most likely to be so. Facebook just isn't cool anymore. At least not cool for specific niches, like, say, "teenagers" (what teen wants to be on a social-network with his mom and dad, or his geeky little sister, etc?) or college-students ("eeeew, high-school kids!" "eeeeeew, OLD people"), etc.

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1 point by spitfire 33 minutes ago 0 replies      
All of facebooks users are willing to try something different. Just like all of geocities users, all of yahoo searches users, all of myspaces, friendsters and orkuts users were. Simply put internet companies don't have a durable competitive advantage.

They have an advantage for a little while, then someone bests them. But no one has figured out how to build a rolls-royce, goyard or even coca-cola internet service yet.

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Offer HN: Advice for Landing Page Optimization to improve conversions
7 points by hackernewsoffer 4 hours ago   3 comments top
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1 point by hackernewsoffer 4 hours ago 1 reply      
I don't see this post on HN anymore. Did we do something wrong?
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Ask HN: Question about salary expectations, raises, and bonuses
3 points by jensv 5 hours ago   6 comments top 3
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2 points by brudgers 2 hours ago 0 replies      
>"How much experience will I need before I can start to expect making the 'average salary'?"

Assuming that "average" refers to median, half of all people earn less and therefore there is a significant chance that you may never earn it.

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1 point by us 4 hours ago 1 reply      
Every employer look at performance differently. Beyond the ability to code as a software developer, what other personality and characteristics do you display that meet other requirements that make you invaluable beyond your ability to write code. Writing code is one thing. Writing great code is another. Then add onto that the ability to contribute beyond just writing code is something entirely different. When you add all those factors together, raises and how much they increase vary a LOT even with known ranges within a given company much less comparison within an entire industry in any given city.
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1 point by ffumarola 5 hours ago 1 reply      
I can't speak to a lot of your direct questions. However, when researching salaries of your company and trying to determine if you are being paid market rate, I've always found Glass Door useful.

It's all user generated and breaks the pay down into salary, commission, bonuses, etc.

http://www.glassdoor.com

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Tell HN: I've decided to give my software away for free
13 points by leftnode 13 hours ago   5 comments top 4
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2 points by leftnode 11 hours ago 0 replies      
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2 points by sagacity 9 hours ago 1 reply      
Thumbs up for you!

I'm tempted to take up instakill's suggestion posted here.

I'll download and hopefully install/config it on one of our spare domains early next week. If I do, I'll post the URL on this thread.

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2 points by instakill 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Someone that's got VPS hosting should download this and make an HN-based social network. Just for shits and giggles.
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2 points by mrleinad 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Kudos to you, Mr.
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Peter Tattam created Trumpet Winsock and got very little: Let's set things right
448 points by jacques_chester 2 days ago   122 comments top 60
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111 points by seldo 2 days ago 1 reply      
Donated. As a closeted gay teenager, Trumpet was the software that got me in touch with the people who literally saved my life. I could never thank this guy enough.

(Edit: if you felt like making another worthy donation, the Youth Guard mailing lists are the people I'm referring to -- http://www.youth-guard.org/youth/ . I cannot overstate the impact they had on my life.)

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26 points by patio11 2 days ago 1 reply      
Suggestion: pay him by Mass Payment. You end up kicking in $0.50 in paypal fees, he doesn't have to pay to receive. It ends up that more of your donation reaches him net (if you donate above, let's see, $7.25 or so).

You'll need to save a text file. I think you guys can probably manage, but to make it copy/paste easy:

---

payments@petertattam.com (tab) 25.00 (tab) USD (tab) winsocks_rocked (tab) This is a totally optional comment.

---

Thanks for Winsock, by the way. You saved me hours of frustration when I was trying to get Compuserve and Warcraft 2 to work together, back in middle school. Crikey I feel old.

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158 points by p_trumpet 2 days ago 10 replies      
I can confirm that the email is the one I passed on to Jacques. The PayPal account is a legit one I have used in the past and is registered under the business name Tattam Software. If I encounter any problems I will look into the other option.

Thanks all... I had honestly thought the Internet had forgotten about me.

Peter

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21 points by ck2 2 days ago 1 reply      
Just a warning, if it's a new paypal account and there are a bunch of donations, PayPal will lock the account and keep the money for themselves until he runs their gauntlet.

Actually, they'll sometimes do that on accounts that are a decade old, but new accounts especially.

Maybe use WePay instead with a target amount?

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16 points by angrycoder 2 days ago 2 replies      
How much did a license for the original Trumpet Winsock cost?

Nevermind, in 1993 a single license for Trumpet Winsock cost $25 usd. Adjusted for inflation that is $38.10 today.

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9 points by acabal 2 days ago 0 replies      
Great idea. With all the Paypal horror stories out there I honestly hope you've set up the account so that it doesn't get wrongly frozen if the donations start ramping up.
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13 points by InclinedPlane 2 days ago 0 replies      
I feel like Dr. Sam Beckett, travelling back in time to put right what once went wrong.
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5 points by benwerd 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated $38.10, the amount declared as the inflation-adjusted registration fee. My message:

Thank you for my career.

I've run open source projects, built e-learning systems, helped charities in Colombia work together, worked with people revolutionizing journalism and (once, by accident) made a large number of Utah Mormons very angry. None of this would have happened without the software you created. Thank you.

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8 points by jacques_chester 2 days ago 2 replies      
Update: I've created a very simple site you can refer people to.

http://thanksfortrumpetwinsock.com/

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8 points by jedsmith 2 days ago 2 replies      
Hacker News giving Reddit a run for its money? Bravo.
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5 points by petercooper 2 days ago 1 reply      
You rich folks in the 90s.. all my computer could run was DOS so I used the then-popular KA9Q by Phil Karn. If anyone wants to start a donation drive for Phil... ;-)
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3 points by henrikschroder 2 days ago 1 reply      
So, how do I?

I don't have a PayPal account, and I'm trying to navigate their site to find out how to do a donation, but I can't find anything like it? The closest match is making an "International Payment", is that the one? And why do I need to select which country he is in?

Or should I sign up and perform some other action when logged in?

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3 points by xd 2 days ago 1 reply      
Demon internet used this, and I think maybe still do: http://echannel.www.demon.net/helpdesk/technicallibrary/sdu/... Funnily the images on the page actually show that they are using an evaluation copy!

I've sent them an email referencing this story to see if they step up and at least make a donation.

Would be great if some more people could email them as I don't see them taking a random email like I've sent seriously.

EDIT: Demon internet is an ISP based in the UK.

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3 points by davidmurphy 2 days ago 0 replies      
Literally don't have any extra money right now (and I used a Mac back in the day), but I tweeted this to help get the word out, and want to at least my thanks to you, Peter, for your important early role in the internet (I heard about this, even if I didn't use it as a Mac user), even if I can't give money, let me say: well done.

Pat yourself on the back and know your efforts were useful for a great many people. Well done, good sir!

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5 points by nl 2 days ago 0 replies      
I lived on Winsock + SLIRP + a university terminal account in 1994. Donated!
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5 points by rmason 2 days ago 1 reply      
Truly one of the unsung heroes of the Internet. Actually met him at a BoardWatch conference where he received a well deserved award.

Fondly remember Trumpet as the key that unlocked the door to using Mosaic. Jumping from text only to a browser was like going from black and white to technicolor.

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5 points by eps 2 days ago 1 reply      
Is there a way to make a donation without needing to create a PayPal account?
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4 points by prawn 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated. Thanks Peter. I had no idea that all of that mucking around trying to get things connected back then would lead to my career for the last 15 years and my own business for the last 13 years of that.
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3 points by Whitespace 2 days ago 3 replies      
I used to wake up in the middle of the night and sneak downstairs with my brother, lugging our family's first computer, a Compaq Presario all-in-one (similar to the gumdrop iMac) onto the dining room table so we could connect to the internet. With a 486DX2/66 and 4MB ram, we'd load up Tabworks and use the /worst/ browser in existence (don't recall the name, but it was probably a rip off of Mosaic) and dial out to IDT.net to connect to the internet.

Later on, after saving money to upgrade to a whopping 12MB ram and Windows 95, that same computer allowed to to play multiplayer Diablo, which was my first taste of IRC. Naturally it was all downhill from there, and I played Diablo for two years straight.

There were a lot of fights in our household over phone bills and busy dial tones, and I'm sorry that my sister was left stranded at school with no ride because I was busy downloading FreeBSD, but now I'm a successful software engineer and budding entrepreneur in the education space, and it's all thanks to those formative moments panicking at 3 am, trying so hard to muffle the sounds emanating from my 9600 kbaud modem as it connected me to an exciting new world.

Thanks, Peter. Thank you so much.

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5 points by yuhong 2 days ago 0 replies      
XP and later has a built-in IPv6 stack, but I remember reading that Trumpet Winsock later provided IPv6 implementations for older versions of Windows for the few people still using them.
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5 points by MichaelApproved 2 days ago 1 reply      
Is there an official story from Peter about how all this happened?
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10 points by koudelka 2 days ago 1 reply      
Donated.

Even though I was kicking around the net on my Macintosh SE/30, using MacSLIP/MacTCP, this is a great idea.

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9 points by lanstein 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated. Winsock + Slirp - truly life-changing.
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14 points by jacques_chester 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated.
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15 points by cema 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated.
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2 points by gbhn 2 days ago 0 replies      
I'm happy to be able to say both that I realized how awesome Trumpet was back in the day, and that I made the choice to send Peter the $25 registration back when that was a harder choice than it is now. It's nice to be able to remember and renew my license, as it were. :-)
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4 points by true_religion 2 days ago 2 replies      
This actually sounds like a job that WePay would be better for.
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4 points by p0ppe 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated. From one Peter to another.
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3 points by gkn 2 days ago 0 replies      
Hello HN.
Here is a campaign I set up today for this cause

http://vinatta.vinattaengine.com/Email/EmailInvite?campaignK...

It might help to get the message out to a wider audience.

Shameless plug: This is a part of my Internet Startup. You can opt in to have your name (or alias) published.

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2 points by ghostDancer 2 days ago 0 replies      
Just when i think nothing can impress me more, i find that in HN you can, i'm not technician, not a programmer and not and entrepreneur. I follow HN because i like the news and mainly the discussions, seeing different points of view, etc ... and from time to time in HN you make a thing that surprises me and show the power you have inside you. Like now from a video , came a comment about the old days , you found the person and so many years after you organize a tribute, because apart from the money this really is more of a tribute to a man whose work you admire. HNers you are great. Maybe the vets say that this is not the original HN but i think the spirit of HN is there.
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10 points by tobych 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated. Warm thoughts, Mr Tattam.
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1 point by kingofspain 2 days ago 1 reply      
I had to pester a schoolfriend for weeks until he copied me this onto a disk when I was a poor 14 year old (no idea if he paid for it, but I doubt it given his rep!)

I probably would've gone into this field without it but I got a big head start regardless. I'm donating.

I should probably send some money my parents way too. Long distance modem calls weren't exactly cheap back then!

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3 points by hanifvirani 2 days ago 1 reply      
There is a big difference between thinking of doing something good and actually making it happen. Kudos to the guys who arranged this. It's great to see everyone donating. Just goes to show how many lives Peter impacted with his work.
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1 point by heresy 2 days ago 0 replies      
Being online via Trumpet Winsock was how I downloaded my first Linux distribution.

Knowing Linux at the right time (1998) was how I got my first job.

Donated.

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3 points by evgeny0 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated.

Thank you for opening up the online world to me, back in the days when just trying to connect to the Internet was a bit of an adventure!

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1 point by metageek 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated. I never used Winsock, but I worked for Netscape, which would've been worth a lot less without Trumpet getting users online.
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2 points by floatingatoll 2 days ago 0 replies      
I would be happy to donate to Peter personally, except that Paypal is will likely freeze his account in the next few days specifically due to a high volume influx of varying dollar amounts from a variety of sources without a physical product or service provided. So my donation must go elsewhere than him personally, and that makes me very sad :(
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15 points by onethumb 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated.
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5 points by joshfraser 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated.
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1 point by gfodor 2 days ago 0 replies      
Trumpet was a truly magical piece of code, basically the gateway to the world we live in today. Donated.
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14 points by bennytheshap 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated.
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3 points by cdeutsch 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated! Trumpet Winsock was the gateway to my first internet experience. Thanks Peter!
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13 points by aedocw 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated.
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13 points by bpfh 2 days ago 1 reply      
Donated.
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1 point by Daryl_Hatton 23 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm Daryl Hatton, CEO of FundRazr. As an "old guy" in this industry, I really benefited from Peter's work. I've set up a FundRazr campaign on Facebook to help collect money for Peter. The money goes directly to Peter's PayPal account. I will refund our portion of the PayPal fees back to Peter when the campaign is finished so that this doesn't make us any money.

Check out the campaign at http://bit.ly/fDzVOF

Make a donation but, at the very least, share it with your friends so that we can get Peter some of the money he deserves.

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2 points by Kukasauto 2 days ago 0 replies      
Well, it appears that I cannot send the money I wanted because Paypal has assigned my credit card to another account.

Thanks, Paypal, I didn't authorize that. I do not WANT you to lock my account, or have anything to do with you and your freezing account policy crap. I just want to donate to worthy causes.

That said, I'm in Finland. US-Only solutions don't work for obvious reasons (among them, outside the US we don't have 30-day-waits for check cashing...) so I'm looking for a way to set this right that I can use here.

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5 points by petdog 2 days ago 0 replies      
He should do a reddit AMA
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1 point by zandorg 2 days ago 0 replies      
I never knew what a 'winsock' was, but at my college in '97, we used dial-up to connect to Demon on Windows 3.1, and it worked great. I used to FTP Amiga demos.

Will donate!

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2 points by georgeott 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated. Ah, the memories of surfing the real web in 1994. (Not some Prodigy/AOL version of it)
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8 points by abend 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated.
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2 points by nicpottier 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated.
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2 points by michaelcampbell 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated
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2 points by jhuckestein 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated
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2 points by guruz 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated.
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2 points by ljonesfl 2 days ago 0 replies      
I love this.
Donated.
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1 point by echion 1 day ago 0 replies      
Nice work; donated.
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1 point by marcing 2 days ago 0 replies      
donated and twitted around
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1 point by ramarnat 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Donated
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1 point by laxbobber 1 day ago 0 replies      
I love it, spread the word people! +1 donation from me!
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2 points by ak1394 2 days ago 0 replies      
Donated
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Ask HN: Who's Hiring? (March 2011 Edition)
64 points by meadhikari 5 days ago   29 comments top 25
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2 points by niyazpk 2 days ago 0 replies      
Bangalore, India (Sorry, no remote).

We are looking for Java and PHP programmers.

We are a well funded ecommerce Startup. We already have an experienced team working on the technology side. Here are some interesting problems in this space: - Scaling - Data Mining/Retrieval - Analytics.

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

(Freshers and interns are welcome too).

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3 points by astockel 2 days ago 0 replies      
BuzzGenie - Los Gatos - Remote is OK, but must be able to attend on site brainstorming and status meetings near Hwys 17 & 85.

BuzzGenie is a social network/news/blog/action Internet portal. We address an individual's need to not only voice their opinions, but to make a difference, enabling them to discuss and blog interests and act on causes, issues, events, topics, and persons of interest while keeping their identity private to the Internet at large. BuzzGenie combines the best features of Facebook, Huffington Post, WordPress, Yelp, and Twitter by integrating the friends feature; recent activity feeds; interest-based news feeds, blogs, and Tweets; and connecting people using an interest-based social graph. We have a solid revenue model which gets us to profitability in about two years.

Looking for LAMP and mobile developers, as well as Unix/Plesk admin.

Also looking for activists-bloggers.

You will play a key role on a very small team. Since we are at very early stage, you can become a major player in a company that wants to change and improve the way people interact on the things they care about. This is a very hot, competitive space with a potentially huge payout for the team first to get traction in the market. Great achievers will be rewarded accordingly.

Benefits of working on site has the additional benefit of three free gourmet meals a day (including Indian/vegetarian), an outdoor patio work area, hot tub, home gym, and unlimited gourmet espresso/cappuccino/coffee (it's a private residence). Imagine upscale 'garage' start-up. Walking distance to park with basketball, tennis courts, running track, and par course. Across Bascom Ave. from Los Gatos Creek trail for walking, running, roller blading, and biking.

Have a look at the site and see if it interests you. Helps to have some activist in your blood.

Compensation is accomplishment based until funding is closed. Founder's stock available.

astockel at buzzgenie com

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2 points by elliottcarlson 2 days ago 0 replies      
CellDivision - New York City - Local only, no remote

We are an established company - not a startup and not your traditional type of agency you would normally see on here - basically we work in the pharmaceutical/medinfo sector. Just because our standard business is old school - the technologies we use aren't.

We are a PHP shop, but make heavy use of MongoDB, Node.js, RabbitMQ, Solr, Haxe and any other technologies that are the new cool thing - but that also are indeed the right tool for the job. Other cool things we are playing with include the Kinect and RFID technology.

We are looking for a full time senior PHP developer. You need to be comfortable using our in-house framework and be quick on your toes in coming up with ideas. Ideas are welcome - but be ready to execute on them as well.

Send your resume, or any questions you might have to carlson at celldivision com

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2 points by klochner 3 days 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 GavinB 5 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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5 points by squirrel 5 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 tungwaiyip 2 days ago 0 replies      
Kontagent (San Francisco, CA)

We are looking for sales and engineers!
http://jobvite.com/m?3zGZ1fwZ

Kontagent measures people, not pages, and is a leading analytics platform for
social application developers. The platform has been built to provide deep
social behavior analysis and visualization that provides actionable insights via
a hosted, on-demand service. It works with many of the world's largest
developers and brands, tracking thousands of social applications and games with
over 100 million monthly active users and over 15 billion messages per month.

http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/10/facebook-analytics-platform...

http://venturebeat.com/2011/02/28/kontagent-launches-real-ti...

Email me waiyip.tung at kontagent.com if you need more information.

Wai Yip Tung

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3 points by exline 4 days 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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3 points by ig1 5 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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2 points by jplewicke 4 days 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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2 points by btstrpthrowaway 3 days ago 0 replies      
Cambridge, MA (AO Games)

We're an online retail/games startup based in Cambridge, MA looking for someone to fill a full-time position as a Lead Developer of web applications.

We compensate very well, paying market rates or above for real talent. You may choose to substitute some equity for salary, but that is not mandatory. A remote working option is available at the start, though in the long term the job is at Cambridge, MA.

We are looking for someone who:

- Has experience building complex web apps (think Facebook).

- Has experience / enjoys the challenge of optimizing complex, time sensitive, applications.

- Has some familiarity with PHP in LAMP (though PHP doesn't need to be your favorite language; I'm looking at you Python/RoR evangelists!)

- System / Database administration familiarity is a plus, since this will be helpful for optimization.

A little about us: we are a small startup that is highly profitable. We bootstrapped our way to profitability by using minimum money and time (8 months). We are expanding to take on larger challenges and need a great programmer to work with us.

Contact me at ao.hiring@gmail.com for more info, or check out our posting here: http://careers.stackoverflow.com/jobs/9293/profitable-startu...

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4 points by necrodome 3 days 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 martharotter 3 days ago 0 replies      
Nomad Editions - New York city area (sorry remote not an option for this role) http://readnomad.com

Web 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
- Ideal candidate would also have design skills
- Interest in working with a very exciting company doing something no one else in the digital publishing industry is doing: making digital content look amazing everywhere

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

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2 points by BenSchaechter 4 days 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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2 points by Roedou 3 days ago 0 replies      
Seattle WA: Distilled - Sales Role (Non remote)

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 experience to join the team and keep us growing fast.

http://dis.tl/sales-exec

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2 points by cdrw 3 days 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 us 5 days ago 1 reply      
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 dlsay 3 days ago 0 replies      
New Jersey early stage startup is looking for locals. Show your NJ love.

Hiring software engineers and mobile app developers.

Java, JavaScript, AJAX (JQuery, Prototype, ExtJS) with a working knowledge of Spring MVC Framework and a sprinkling of C# wouldnt hurt.

jobs@iqtell.com

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2 points by mpd 2 days ago 0 replies      
Stipple is looking for an engineer. San Francisco, local only. http://stippleit.com

We do Rails, jQuery, and TDD. Lots of Javascript. We write our own CSS (with SASS/Compass). We move quickly by exploiting the best tools we can find.

You would be the #2 engineering hire, and would work with myself and our other engineer.

Our awesome office is in South Beach, close to AT&T Park. I'll tell you the story about it when you get here.

Please send resumes or questions to mpd at stippleit.com, and include HNJOB in the subject.

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2 points by krallja 3 days 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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2 points by madisjc 4 days 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 techscruggs 3 days ago 0 replies      
Austin TX

Ruby Developer for AcademicWorks

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

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2 points by thomd 4 days 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 4 days ago 1 reply      
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 5 days ago 0 replies      
i'm looking to hire people with php, jquery, and postgresql skill.
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