Borrow someone else's existing audience.
There are a couple ways to do this. The most straightforward is literally asking them for it. Somewhat surprisingly, people do say "yes" to this. (Joel Spolsky had a subreddit back in the early days, to share links with his fans. </trivia>)
There are various flavors of this in many services. Lady Gaga says all good little monsters follow her on Twitter, etc.
There are, of course, less savory options. The go-to option for many people is spamming Craigslist.
Cuuute.com was going to be a social news site for cute shit (cat, dog pictures, etc...). It failed because I created a text based social news site rather than a image based one, and because after working on it for 4 months, I couldn't look at a kitten picture without wanting to vomit.
Newsley.com was my second attempt. It started out as a social news site for financial news. I worked hard at getting an initial audience for about 6 months. Finance types generally didn't want to talk about financial news, they want the news that's important to them, and they want it now. So, I pivoted to turn Newsley into a financial news search engine. That was going really well. Traffic was (and still) doubles every 6 weeks even though it's crap, alpha and buggy as hell.
<aside>Hackers & Founders started exploding this winter, and we had to choose either Newsley or H&F. Having a chance to hack Silicon Valley is a bit too enticing to pass up, so we're focusing on H&F right now. You'll hear from us soon.</aside>
The large social news sites, Digg, Reddit, HN have all had large geek audiences at inception. Digg had Kevin Rose's following from TechTV. Reddit and HN got a _huge boost from the people that read pg's writing.
The only other social news site that I'm aware of that's gotten anything close to successful has been Tipd.com. That was started by Digg power user refugees, and focused on a highly monetizeable audience.
Normals don't get social news. They don't get the concept of voting, checking back on a regular basis, and contributing to the conversation. If you're approaching a non-geek niche (like I did for both my social news sites), you're facing an uphill battle. That may change in a year or two as Reddit grows, but Reddit's a juggernaught right now, and it's done a great job of sub-reddit communities.
I firmly believe that starting (like I did) with a social news technology, is the wrong approach. I took a technology and tried to jump start a community around that technology. What I should have done is to create a community and then create technology to support and scale that community.
Adam Rifkin is doing that at 106miles.net for the 106 miles meetup. I'd put a lot of money on him succeeding. Adam has been building the 106 miles community for 6 years and recently opened it up to the public the last 18 months. His team only recently started writing code to support online conversations for that community. Their approach is to build online tools that help their physical community continue interacting.
Start with the community first, and build the technology to support it.
I started by posting it here, forrst, startupguild and HN FaceBook group then I got picked up by a couple of other places and used that to then ask yet other places to have a look.
People have so far been very positive and that have helped me gain even more traction. It also help that I have actually connected all projects in need of help with someone who have offered to help.
Next step is to write about all the things I have learned from it. I am working on the website (got people to help me there in the spirit of WH)
What I have learned is 3 things.
1. Create as little friction for sign-up as possible. Be concise. Be personal. Be honest. The majority of my signups read the FAQ.
2. Think about social very broadly. For instance with WH I am sending out a mail with the projects structured, curated etc. Instead of people having to go to the website all the time, they receive a mail with the projects. So right now I am not depending on traffic. I am depending on making sure that everyone who have a project get offered help. (100% success rate so far). If it works by mail it will work by other means too.
3. Create boundaries for what your site is about. WeekendHacker is for very small projects. It might expand later on but now we are keeping it simple and exploring how far that will take us.
Hope this helps. I will make a bigger post about it all and then numbers next week.
So if you are an hacker, just invite a few of your friends and start sharing links, and the community will start growing...
Soon or later I want to create some kind of no profit organization to create something very similar to HN but with a more open model (not YC focused and so forth) and with more features that can be interesting to experiment with.For now I don't have time for family and work issues, but hope to find some time in the next months.
My community site (hubski.com) is starting to get some energy after a few months. Personally, I believe it's because my view of the site has changed a bit. A bit of digression...: I started the site to teach myself programming. I grabbed the HN code, figured it out, and began to change it. I was an early Redditor, have been on HN some time, and I had a number of ideas I wanted to try. Slowly but surely, I began to build something I personally wanted to exist. I now know exactly where I am going. As for a seed community, I was very lucky to have some friends interested in giving feedback and to mess with it. Some were Redditors too. My wife is a loyal active member as well.
I only have a few months of experience, but IMO best way to build community is to engage and importantly, enjoy the site. Take the time to post the kind of things that you really want to see (not just filler content), and definitely take the time to get to know users. I am glad I did, because I've met some very cool people in the effort. You can't fake community. Don't waste your time trying. People can see through it. It's like a restaurant. If the food is good, people will come back.
I don't know what our trajectory will be, but I don't expect a steep climb. Actually, if you want a steep climb, you are in the wrong space, as a steep climb is antithetical to a quality community. At least the type I am interested in. If you are going to build a community, enjoy the process. -If you don't, you probably won't succeed.
Thanks for emboldening my reply. I am not at all in pg's league as an influencer of online communities, but I've had a personal website with information and a point of view since 1995, and have been very active in online communities since before most members of the general public had ever heard of the Internet. (I started out on commercial online services.) Any online community allows an opportunity for a member to become conspicuous by contributing good content. Quite a few online communities are organized around an initial common interest everyone has (e.g., homeschooling or education reform or gifted education in the communities I'm most active in) and every community broadens its topic scope over time as people form friendships and share other interests.
Were I to set up a social news forum (presumably as a subpart of my personal website, to which I have devoted very little maintenance attention for years), I would announce that first to my 566 Facebook friends, most of whom I have met in online communities. (Many of them I have since "face met" at conferences around the country about the issues we all care about.) Many of them would be good moderators of a forum, and would be happy to help in return for finding new, good content and sharing that with a broader community of readers. I'll have to try the experiment, as soon as my busy technical adviser (my oldest son) squeezes some time together to upgrade my website.
P.S. Is there already a good site of this nature for news and discussion about education policy, or will I have to build my own? There is no sense in reinventing that wheel if a good wheel is already available.
Seems to me there are two different issues to deal with:
1) How minimise the negative consequences of not having users ("ghost town effect").
- One option is to structure the product so that the number of users is not obvious. Since at this point there is little value to showing all the users of the system at once, or highlighting aggregate activity, perhaps it's fine to not include these features, or at least not make them prominent. So a UI like StumbleUpon might fare better than one like Digg, where the aggregate activity is shown prominently.
- Or, pick another MVP with lower critical mass, and then build the community later. Delicious was great because it was useful if only you are using it, but better with others. (though still no where as good as it could be.... Chad, i wish you luck!).
2) what assets can we use (or create) to acquire users efficiently?
Zince we don't have users to work on word of mouth, you have to have something else. Some options:
- A unique value proposition that will excite someone with influence to give you access to their audience. - a unique product structure - a quid pro quo for the influencer
- A "story" that will entice a blogger to want to talk about you. - make it controversial (e.g. blippy ) - make it human interest ( e.g. man sells spot on iPad line using AirBnB).
- A unique marketing opportunity - the greatest ever was when Facebook opened up their platform to intense viral (spammy) promotion. - You may not find a gold vein that rich... but there are always more opening up. Perhaps you were early to find a burgeoning high quality community, and built a persona there with influence.... - find a news story and attach yourself to it. (reputation.com connected with people who had some crazy bad google results, to the degree they could get into the news. )
- An asset you have already. OK, you're probably not PG if you are reading this, but maybe you: - Know a lot of people in area X (which is why that is where you should focus your community). - Have a good story to tell, and can link it to your product - Know ONE person who has enough influence to help you if your pitch is good. As a VC I felt like this was a role central to the job, whether I planned to invest or not... everyone loves to help someone that they think should and will succeed.
petewailes made some interesting comments, in my humble opinion reddit was likely helped along more by leveraging an existing community that already communicated well than it was by PG essays - although all things helped and I'm sure the essays played their part as well.
I never really looked into whether there's any obligation to notify me, because I'm not responsible for any fraudulent transactions anyways.
Great job tho. I like the idea and I'll be using it when I get home.
Apple has previously tried to do a deal with Facebook to presumably implement similar features - those negotiations weren't fruitful, perhaps a stroke of good luck for both Twitter (#2 in the space) and Apple (Twitter less likely to be a competitive threat to Apple).
In some respects this is dangerous for Twitter too. If Apple users get used to these features and use them appreciably, Apple may move to re-implement on their own platform a la iMessage (a replacement for carrier SMS). The smart guys at Twitter probably have a pretty good understanding of how this commodifies some of their platform and how to manage that over the long term.
As for what Apple stands to gain? I don't know for sure but it would be a good experiment for them to see how many people would use a social feature like twitter when integrated and how people socialize and leverage that data both for learning how to improve their own social elements as well as maybe strike a monetary deal later. Who knows. It's too difficult to speculate. For all we know, its just good UX that could draw in more love for Apple products.
However, I don't think that it really makes a big difference either way but it is a nice idea.
Also: creativity does not mean not rejecting ideas. Creativity involves rejecting vast quantities of ideas. It just also involves creating more ideas than you reject. So one important phase of being creative is uncritically spawning vast numbers of ideas. Another important phase is critically evaluating them. Hemingway (apparently - this is potentially apocryphal) said "I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to throw the shit in the wastebasket."
Often times, even some of the biggest ideas out there (and small ones too), sounds ludicrous at the start with hordes of doubters. There are also ideas that have failed, not because the concept or idea itself is bad but the execution was wrong or they took the wrong approach, bad timing, wrong features, etc... and were later found to be a success by someone else.
Some ideas may sound dumb (think pet rock) and yet end up making money or are their own success in their own right. You may think that is a one-off example but I've witness enough (and done my own fair share of ideas even I think is ridiculous) that saying you know the idea is doomed to fail is in my honest opinion a bit ignorant and arrogant.
As many have said before me, experience is both a blessing and a krytonite in that sometimes experience hinders you from trying what you think is to be a failure until someone else manages to make it a success. Experience is valuable but so is the willingness to try things even if it goes against your belief.
That said, whoever said you had to spend months developing and prototyping? You can seek the right crowd (potential users/customers) to iterate whether there is a market or not without a product and in many cases, without a prototype of any kind. If you guys always wait till you have a working MVP to determine whether or not an idea is worth building (although in some cases you absolutely need one albeit rare), then you're probably not doing things right already (especially if this is a common topic that comes up amongst yourselves).
"Paired Design Meetings
This was really interesting. Every week, the teams have two meetings. One in which to brainstorm, to forget about constraints and think freely. As Lopp put it: to "go crazy". Then they also hold a production meeting, an entirely separate but equally regular meeting which is the other's antithesis. Here, the designers and engineers are required to nail everything down, to work out how this crazy idea might actually work. This process and organization continues throughout the development of any app, though of course the balance shifts as the app progresses. But keeping an option for creative thought even at a late stage is really smart."
So to answer your question, it depends what mode you are in. Are you still in the idea gathering phase? Then let bad ideas in. If not, then it's time for critique.
(I base these off of a talk I heard by Craig McNair Wilson, a Disney Imagineer. Here are some notes someone else took on the same topic.)
I'm not sure this helps you much with your situation. In retrospect we should have spent the time doing market research on some of our other ideas which might have been more commercial. Perhaps this is something you can do with your pals? Follow Steve Blank's advice from "Four Steps to the Epiphany" and start talking to your potential customers before you do much serious product development.
While I agree with steventruong that no-one can predict what will make money, there are psychological factors to consider: if you really think the idea is a waste of time, you won't fully commit to it and that might make it more likely to fail...
Sometimes jumping from one sort of work to another is a sign of energy, and sometimes it's a sign of laziness. Are you dropping out, or boldly carving a new path? You often can't tell yourself. Plenty of people who will later do great things seem to be disappointments early on, when they're trying to find their niche.
Is there some test you can use to keep yourself honest? One is to try to do a good job at whatever you're doing, even if you don't like it. Then at least you'll know you're not using dissatisfaction as an excuse for being lazy. Perhaps more importantly, you'll get into the habit of doing things well.
Another test you can use is: always produce. For example, if you have a day job you don't take seriously because you plan to be a novelist, are you producing? Are you writing pages of fiction, however bad? As long as you're producing, you'll know you're not merely using the hazy vision of the grand novel you plan to write one day as an opiate. The view of it will be obstructed by the all too palpably flawed one you're actually writing.
"Always produce" is also a heuristic for finding the work you love. If you subject yourself to that constraint, it will automatically push you away from things you think you're supposed to work on, toward things you actually like. "Always produce" will discover your life's work the way water, with the aid of gravity, finds the hole in your roof.
Take a minute and read a few of those cheap bids. Do they inspire confidence? If you were an employer, would you honestly believe that the person who wrote that bid is capable of building the thing you're trying to build? Of course not. They all sound like a bunch of desperate children trying to get away with something. If you want to take work from them, all you need to do is not sound like a desperate child trying to get away with something.
Take 10 minutes and write a good proposal, with a summary of the project, your basic approach to solving it, and what you think it would realistically take to do the job. Quote your full rate, and don't worry even for a second that your bid is ten times higher than the next highest one. You're sending a message that "I can actually pull this off", and the best way to do that is to distance yourself as far as possible from the herd.
If you succeed, the project owner will end up looking at two stacks of bids. One stack will have 150 flaky looking quotes to do the whole project for $300, none of which stand out as inspiring much confidence. The other stack will have a single well written proposal, quoting a bit more than he'd expected to pay, but clearly from a guy who has done this before and can do it again.
His choice is now: Sift through that rubbish pile and hope I get lucky, or go with the expensive guy.
That's a pretty good place to be.
Can I strongly suggest you make a small investment in improving your business skills, get clients in the old- or new-fashioned ways without a marketplace site, and laugh in the general direction of a $20 bill rate? Also, don't call yourself a freelance programmer. You solve problems for businesses. Many businesses have problems such that there is no number they will not pay to get them resolved.
Instead, put your attention on getting good ratings from past clients. That makes all the difference in the world.
Even consider using their platform when doing work for friends or existing clients. Do it through the site, letting them take their cut, because it's worth it for getting a good strong history of past-projects there.
I'm working with an animator on Elance, and even though we've done 5 projects together, have 10 more upcoming, and do all our communication directly by Skype, he still wants me to keep all project posting & payments through Elance. It's good for both of us. (After each project I give him 5-star ratings, and he does the same for me as an employer.)
I get plenty of invitations for projects at a rate slightly above $60/hr. I haven't bid on a project in many months, and I even hid my profile for a while when things got too busy at my day job.
There are a few things you need to do to be successful on odesk. I've never done a project on another site, so I don't know if these tips translate, but some of them should.
1) Get some feedback as soon as possible. Find a small project to get your feet wet and bid a low rate to get the job.
2) Answer requests from the prospective client as soon as possible.
3) Use your best grammar. I find it helps me to speak to the prospective client on the phone. YMMV.
4) When you apply to a project, read the project and ask questions. Don't just make some generic cover letter and spam the clients.
5) When you apply to the project, if you are particularly interested in the project, have past experience with the project, or have some interesting piece of information to share with the client, make that clear. It helps you stand out.
6) Take the English test on odesk and do well on it.
7) Fill out your profile. Put relevant projects (even those you didn't do on odesk) in your portfolio. Provide links to your work.
8) Do good work. Make your clients happy. Get good feedback.
9) Remember that price is a signal. Many US clients will assume that you must be good to charge such a high rate.
I used to post on HN as briancooley, but I added one too many zeros to my noproc setting and put myself on about a 694-day hiatus instead of a 69.4-day hiatus. oops Can't say that I miss posting much, but I thought I would offer some suggestions. At least for mobile development, the market seems crazy to me.
People will pay a good premium if they are reasonably certain their project will be completed fast and with high quality.
I rather doubt that. Nobody does really good work at that rate, not in this field. Cheap programmers do legendarily shoddy work on projects of any scale, and the employers worth working for know that.
Offer great work at a fair wage, and you'll be fine.
To paraphrase Howard Taylor, if you want to succeed as a freelancer, you need to be (A) the very best at what you do, (B) a great communicator, and (C) everyone's favorite person to work with. And I'd add that you need to be able to prove to a prospective employer that you are those things.
My strategy starting out has been to communicate relentlessly and deliver spectacularly. Really understand a client's needs and ask a lot of questions (and make a lot of comments) about a project before even putting in a bid. Do tiny $50 trial contracts well and quickly, and then offer to finish the job at a fair price. Always respond to messages the same day. Always get working software into the customer's hands as fast as possible, and polish the living daylights out of it jointly.
If you're awesome and people know it, nobody will want to hire the $10/hr crowd when they could get you.
In the beginning you might have to bid at a lower hourly rate so you can get a few projects under your belt and good reviews.
Once you have established good reviews and show some experience on the site start bidding at your target hourly rate. You may not get as many projects as the $10/hr crowd but you'll be working at your target hourly rate.
Your reviews are golden, don't take on too much work or drag your feet on a project, as good reviews are your ticket to more work.
Read the jobs carefully, get a feel for the vibe from the client. If you get a feeling they might not be good to work for during the bidding, messaging or emailing do not accept the work. You don't want to work with bad clients that are unreasonable and will be a pain to work with plus could give you a negative review.
Write a custom proposal for each project to show them you're not just using a standard blurb.
Copy and paste their requirements into you bid then go through them line by line rewriting them as part of the scope of work adding any suggestions you can add from your experience.
Link to any similar projects you have completed.
If it's a simple task link to a quick mock up or proof of concept so they can see you're capable of the task.
Link to a portfolio.
List your years of experiences and services you can provide so they have an idea of your capabilities.
If you aren't hungry for work bid only on projects that match your target hourly rate.
If you are hungry for work, lower your target hourly rate for a while.
Market yourself via family and friends, mention that you are a freelancer if they know anyone who needs a website/programming.
Keep learning new things and expanding your capabilities. As your skills improve your profits will as well. You'll complete simple tasks more quickly and more complicated work pays more.
Repeated response: > No, you aren't. No programmer does good work for $10/hour or less.
The implication: We are obviously worth more than $10/hour, and the problem is just that employers don't know that or can't find us.
This is a dangerous economic oversimplification. It implies that you just need to keep doing the same thing, but advertise better. That is not the problem here.
Yes, the work you do produces a great deal of actual wealth for your employers, more wealth than is generated by the middle manager they pay $50/hour. Similarly, fresh water is much more valuable to me than an iPhone, yet I can buy hundreds of gallons of water for the price of an iPhone.
We have had several decades during which the vast majority of the worldwide supply of programming talent was excluded from the hiring pool. Even within the U.S., a programmer located in certain states and cities has been able to command a higher wage on that basis. When you have been the beneficiary of artificial scarcity and consequential producer surplus [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_surplus], it is easy to proudly and mistakenly relate your economic value with your actual value.
Don't get depressed when you see your work performed for $10/hour. You have not grown less talented or even less unique than you used to be; you had simply overestimated your uniqueness based on confounded experimental data. The great news is that in the meantime there has been someone exactly like you, someone who happened to exist in a different geography, whose wage has now gone up to $10/hour.
The only fix is niche work. Make yourself more unique. This won't work as well as it used to, since non-Americans can learn new skills too, but that is how capitalism works.
To most employers, the actual rate you charge is not that important. The basic reason is that we view our time as the most valuable constraint on a project. That is, we are far more likely to pay more, if it assures us that it is going to save us time in the long run.
Time can be taken up by having to re-do a project, poor communication, misunderstood requirements, etc etc.
The most important thing you can do (as many below have said), is to read the job description I have posted, and provide a customized proposal to it. I am not asking for a detailed in depth proposal, but I would like to see that you have put in say 20 minutes or so of work on it.
The comment here, http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2619472 is also applicable. My description of the job is likely not going to be exhaustively complete. Ask me one or two questions about the job.
Better yet, if i've missed a very important part of the description, ask the question, but then make an assumption and say, "if I assume this is the task, then I would do y, and my timeline would be x"
Also, use bullets in your reply to me, I'm going to be scanning a ton of applicants, and bullet points help me quickly read through your application.
Hope that helps.
There is, however, a smaller set of jobs which you are qualified for based on your unique skillset and which will recognize quality and ignore price. If you can convince these employers that you are the best for the job, you can get some decent, well-paying work.
The problem is, with ubiquitous "race to the bottom" low bids on nearly every project (many of them automatically generated and of extremely poor quality) it's really hard to tell the difference between the two. Just apply broadly and don't set your heart on any one project - you can't know what the person behind it is really like, or if you ever really had a shot.
If people have past projects I can see: "they built X app for Y price." But if you're new, all I see is an hourly rate, which means nothing.
You can solve this 2 ways
1) lower your rate so low that someone hires you, and build up your experience so you can charge more
2) show examples of your work, with prices. "I built this. If you wanted a site just like this, it would cost you $XXXX (XX hours)".
No one does the latter. I wish they would.
I have shifted my attention to Elance. Quality work,good pay, and more employees wanting Americans. Just insanely competitive.
I got my first bid accepted after shelling out an extra $10 after using my first 10 connects. I made the money back but even with a good rating it is still difficult.
Just as an example, I have seen some bids request that the person speak fluently English. Obviously, the person posting the project has been bitten in the past with communication issues with their outsourced resource. That's one of your strengths.
How professional and thoughtful are your answers? They'd better stand out if you want to justify charging more.
So yes, apply, show interest through your initial contact, and have a kick-ass portfolio. You'll get work.
But if you have good portfolio, audience, contacts, you won't face much problem.
If somebody is cheaper, there's a reason why they are cheaper.If you are good at what you are doing, people will be happy to pay you what you are worth.
Good Luck :)
Represent yourself with class and show a portfolio of quality work. Not everyone goes for the lowest bidder, and you definitely want the clients that are looking for quality. Do you really want to work for someone who expects you to work for 12$ / hour?
Another data point: a friend who wanted to move from Microsoft to NYC had multiple job offers within a week of posting his resume to an NYC tech mailing list.
If you're interested in speaking more, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you're not interested in Art.sy, I'm happy to intro you to other NYC startups you might be interested in.
 Here is a link to the Quora thread of all NYC startups that are hiring: http://www.quora.com/Startups-in-New-York-City/Which-startup...
Once you're in NY, drop Hackruiter a line. They're YC alums [EDIT: and apparently YC funded again as recruiters] and based out of NYC, doing recruitment for startups (mostly YC alumni themselves). They got me my current contract and they're all-around great guys that, as both recruiters and engineers, understand the scene as well as anyone. They also run a weekly meetup called BrainDump, which is about as techy as a meetup can get (in a good way), and a mailing list "LinkedList".
They seem to be all about meeting smart, motivated people and making meaningful connections, as opposed to just playing matchmaker - so even though you're not looking yet, I bet they'd be up for a chat. Heck, if you're interested, I'll point them to this thread.
But thanks to things like the Mythical Man-Month, engineering is a field where people would rather have 1 incredible engineer than 10 mediocre engineers for the same price. So for someone with talent and the right reputation, there's arguably no better field to be in than engineering.
So basically, if you're good at what you do, engineering is one of the hottest job markets in the country. (In NY, the hotness is particularly exaggerated, because the startups there are the companies most likely to want to keep their teams small, and hire the best - and they have to compete with the financial sector, which provides large numbers of engineers a steady job with high pay.)
If you're not good at what you do (or even if you just want to get better at what you do), don't assume the hotness of the market will get you a job. The market is hot for engineers, but I'd say it's only hot for good engineers, again, due to the Mythical Man-Month effect.
But don't be discouraged. Just by being proactive getting internships and participating on Hacker News, you're probably better than 80% of the applicants your age out there. That's why so many of our answers are assuming that you're a good candidate - because odds are, you probably are. :)
 If you haven't read this, take a few moments out this summer to do so. It's a quick, breezy and incredibly informative read. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mythical_Man-Month
Stop using Craiglist. If you're going to use a service, use Indeed, Authentic Jobs, the 37 Signals job board or something else. "Inside Startups" is a great newsletter that lists jobs weekly.
Ideally, though, you want to meet people in person. There are multiple parties, events, and meetups every week.
To start, go to any of the tech meetups listed on Meetup.com. Garysguide.org has a lot of events listed as well. (Those Meetup groups have email lists, watch them for job postings.) Get business cards and follow up with people.
You're going to get offers faster than you expect. Decide what you want (big company, small company, front-end, back-end, python, ruby, etc), and learn to say "no". Before saying "yes", ask other nerds about them (at the Meetups, for example).
Just kidding, but yeah, if you're good and you're in NYC, you'll be slurped up by the startups here. Everyone has problems hiring in NYC.
When you are ready to start looking, change your LinkedIn profile to say you're a <whatever> consultant located in NYC. You will start getting contacted by headhunters within a few days.
Edit: no hijack intended; there are a bunch of hackers in Foz do Iguaçu, if that matters.
Nomadic - currently in Hong Kong, will be in Albuquerque next week and possibly LA/SF around the end of the month.
I've worked professionally with python, ocaml and erlang. I've worked in search ( http://bit.ly/ji-texsearch-opt , https://github.com/jamii/texsearch ), testing ( http://bit.ly/ji-fuzzer , https://github.com/jamii/ocamlcheck ), distributed systems ( http://bit.ly/ji-mealy ) and am making inroads into p2p ( https://github.com/jamii/dissertation , http://bit.ly/ji-telehash , https://github.com/jamii/erl-telehash ). I have a strong background in math (real analysis, probability, discrete maths) and computer science (randomized algorithms, AI / epistemic logic, machine learning).
I'm willing to work on anything but my main interests are distributed systems and p2p networks. My current project is described here http://bit.ly/ji-mist - if you are working on something similar or interested in collaborating please get in touch.
Resume - http://bit.ly/ji-about
Blog - http://bit.ly/ji-blog
Github - https://github.com/jamii
References - http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=65525388#recommendat...
We need an iOS developer with experience building games or picture book apps. We'd love to talk to someone who has also done Android development or used cross platform tools like phonegap or titanium, but that's not required.
Please send a link to an app I can install, a video of an app, or something else that demonstrates how great you are. email@example.com
Remote or on-site in Jacksonville, FL. I will travel at your expense if requested.
Stuff I want to do: Clojure, Ruby (with or without Rails), Haskell, Lisp, Lua. I tend to prefer backend to frontend but I'm up for anything. Machine learning and AI stuff is especially interesting to me, but I'm content making website backends, desktop apps or anything else.
Nomadic - in Boulder, CO for at least the next two months.
Generalist developer looking to build up clientele. I have a strong background in scientific computing / algorithms, but I've been recently working with Node.js and websockets and have been loving it.
Got some number-crunching that's dog-slow and don't know why? I'd love to talk to you. I love a challenge.
C, C++, Python, Numpy + Matplotlib
Currently working with: Node.js, MongoDB, jQuery, underscore.js
Would love an excuse to learn: Clojure, backbone.js, Erlang, OpenCL
Resume: http://bit.ly/jeremy_resumeEmail in profile
I'm a Drupal contractor in search of a good Drupal themer who can help me on projects. I have one immediate project and others coming down the pipe over the next few months. I would build the back-end and provide you with the functional site and PSDs so you can build the theme.
I'm looking for someone who:- Already has experience building themes for several Drupal sites- Is comfortable using the Zen theme- Never, never uses !important in stylesheets- Knows the difference between _padding-right and %padding-right.- Prefers to reuse CSS classes wherever possible rather than duplicating style declarations- Knows what l() and t() are and uses them- Generally available and responsive to emails in the 9a-5pm Pacific timeframe
It's a bonus if you know jQuery and excellent if you know PHP.
If interested please send me an email with a brief note about yourself and some links to work you've done. My email is in my profile. Thanks!
Currently in London, UK.
My GitHub - https://github.com/jasonlEmail: jason [at] jasonlangenauer.com
Languages/Frameworks I love: Ruby on Rails, PHP/CodeIgniter, Python/Django, CSS3, Prototype, Scriptaculous
Languages I won't touch with a ten foot pole: C/C++, Perl
What I'm into lately: iPhone/Android mobile development, Readability/Instapaper APIs, RSS
What motivates me: Freedom. Being professional, but working the way that's best for me. Hard problems that can be solved with finesse.
Github Link: http://github.com/jwwestMy 'lil LLC: http://www.treehousemobile.net/My blargh: http://www.thefuturewithjetpacks.com/
References available upon request, natch.
will code for Bitcoins
I can do Machine Learning, clustering, data mining, data cleaning, scraping, etc. Python and C++.
Remote (close to EST) or on site in NJ.
Looking for a p/t freelance rails developer, and a designer/front end UI/UX person to assist me with new product/service features.
Our current stack is: (for all you developers)
Linode VPS w/ S3 & SES
HAML/SASS (and soon coffeescript)
We also use git and capistrano for versioning and deployment
Ideal individuals would be those who have experience in the music industry building services to stream (and scale) content to end users.
Please contact support [at] dblsystems [dot] com with the header "HN DESIGNER", "HN DEVELOPER", "HN UI/UX" or some similar combination so it doesn't get buried.
Be sure to send code/design samples, links to linked in, github, and all the other usuals stuff....
I'm looking for a freelance Rails dev to help me with Talkbee (http://talkb.ee). It's a knowledge marketplace where you can book sessions with experts.
I'm in Paris, France but remote work is no problem. I'm looking for someone who's motivated by the project, but unlike most of the "join my startup so we can become the next Facebook" things I'm definitely willing to pay you for your time.
If interested, email me at hello[at]talkb.ee
I am equally well-wersed in server-side stuff (PHP, MySQL and RoR) but currently not interested in this kind of contract just that my domain knowledge there will be helpful and make communication easier.
Preferable tasks: design to code implementation, front-end optimization.
REMOTE only.I am in Vilnius, Lithuania.
I live in Italy, and do Rails work, mostly, these days, although I've done Erlang, C, Tcl, Java (mostly related to mobile) and other things in the past.
Web UI designer - HTML5/CSS3/JS - from concept to finished product, no bullshit.
Experienced working with developers, version control, template languages, Sass, Stylus, etc++ across time zones.
Portfolio site -> http://nylira.com
Mountain View, CA, remote
Preferable tasks: frontend optimization and scalability consulting. About 10-15 hours/week availability.
Lots of Ruby on Rails and Objective-C experience. I like coupling Rails backends with Objective-C frontends. A good example rails site that I've built is http://barsannapolis.com/.
Remote or New Hampshire/Boston
I'm a web developer with equal experience on the backend with Rails and the frontend with HTML/CSS/jQuery. I have been central in the development, deployment, and maintenance of 3 production websites and 1 production web app. Here is a little background on a couple of my previous projects:
At one company, I inherited the company's existing intranet “project management” Rails web app (http://metro-tek.org). I added major functionality including timesheets for payroll (covered by unit tests), automated email reporting, model and form validation, and PDF rendering. I fixed bugs and set up automated error notifications, backups, and deployment. I also wireframed, programmed and deployed a new corporate website (http://metroelectrical.com) written in Rails. I developed an internal CMS platform to update the website, and integrated CopyCopter for production copy editing.
For my freelance website (http://soliddesigngroup.net), I developed a custom blog platform and CMS for internal use. I developed the information hierarchy and wireframed the website. I translated the website from a PSD layout file into production code, including social media integration, server and client-side form validation, and dynamic front end programming. I created custom jQuery plugins, and set up error notification, automatic backups, and automated deployment.
Here is a sampling of the "best practices" software I roll in my Rails stack:
* web server - Nginx + Passenger * version control - Git + Github * automated deploys - Capistrano * error notification - Hoptoad * automated backup - Backup * cron jobs - Whenever * HTML/CSS templating - Haml/Sass/Compass * Production copy editing - Copycopter
This is by no means the limit of my abilities or experience, but a small sampling. Please contact me at the email address in my profile for a copy of my resume, and references upon request. I look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have for me!
Currently do web dev front to back on Rails/jQuery/real life js/MySQL/Postgres. Can do PHP, Django, but usually only for porting to Rails. Rebuilt the .pro registry and did most of the Washington Post's 2008 online election coverage.
github: http://github.com/pushcxblog: http://push.cxemail: ph@ the blog
Let me handle your screencasting so you can focus on doing what you love: working on your code. I'm an experienced marketer and product manager who wants to help put your product on display and reduce your support volume. Let's reach your target market and better support your users.
Contact me: justin.burdett AT gmail.com
I will make your SQL queries fast.
I am most proficient in MySQL but can work with any major SQL rdbms (Postgres, Oracle, SQL Server)
Development projects I'll love: Content management systems (CMS), iPhone/iOS Development & web applications
I grok: Objective-C, Perl, Java, PHP, HTML/CSS/JS
Lots of experience in complex projects and mixed technology platforms.
Email with 'HN Freelance' to ben.shive /at/ gmail
PHP DeveloperInteresting CV: http://bit.ly/kjYYgFBoring CV: http://bit.ly/kxOVZJ
Portland, Oregon or remote
Kindle application development: I'm one of the handful of developers in Amazon's private SDK beta making "active content" for everyone's favorite ultra low power black and white mobile device. See http://keminglabs.com
Portfolio: http://www.dirigibleFlightcraft.comGithub: https://github.com/lynaghk/
* Interactive, responsive, and easy to use web applications
* Scalable Content Creation for SEO and targeted traffic generation.
I have a background in Math, Clinical Trials Management Software, BPM/Workflow, and Industrial Process Control/Monitoring
Expert: PHP (internals, optimisation, best practices, security)
Intermediate: Python, Django, Android, C
Familiar: Most modern programming languages. Coding is a lifestyle, right? ;)
I have experience from single-handed projects to leading enterprise teams.
Notable projects: Technical lead for http://five.tv/ (Drupal); technical lead for http://www.trustedreviews.com/ (Symfony).
Looking for someone who has experience of Contao (Typolight) CMS and is able to take PSD and make them work with the templating system in Typolight. Please only contact me if you can show me a Contao site you have done.Remote work is finepeteloaf [at] me.com
Easley, South Carolina USA (Willing to work remotely or on-site)
Can do front-end xHTML/CSS/jQuery/AJAX (expert in all) and even a little design
Can do back-end OO PHP (expert), MySQL (expert), LAMP stack (intermediate in Linux shell / Apache administration)
My site & Portfolio: http://jneal.com
Recently completed sites:http://www.instigateclothing.comhttp://www.alienantfarm.comhttp://www.12stones.comhttp://www.egyptcentral.nethttp://www.chris-adler.com
I can take an entire project from start to finish, or fit seamlessly into your existing team of designers and developers. Use contact information from my website if interested.
Looking for iPhone developer in the Chicagoland area to work on finishing a real estate app targeting professional users. MUST have submitted previous apps to the App Store, and preferable to have experience with Android and Blackberry as well.
Please email UniversalCapital1@gmail.com
I can build custom WordPress themes from scratch, help with minor tweaks etc.
I also have knowledge in Drupal, Joomla! and Magento.
here are my samples and you can contact me through the site too http://www.codeitforyou.com/gallery
Looking to build my clientele so I can work on the cheap (nothing below $1000) if necessary.
I have experience with HTML5, CSS3 jQuery, and Wordpress.
http://www.ryanglover.net for contact information.
Currently in the Philippines. New Zealand guys, I have a pending Skilled Immigrant Visa for New Zealand (application submitted last April 2011).
PM me if you want more details.
Boca Raton, FL
Mainly Ruby on Rails.
I've done work with HAML/HTML/ERB, CSS, some jQuery, and a multitude of gems to build fully functional websites and web apps.
Available immediately and able to communicate through IM, Skype, Phone and email.
Email is in profile
Github: https://github.com/gduplessy | Resume: http://gduplessy.com/resume.html |Blog: http://gduplessy.com/
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Remote work is fine
Need someone that care about my broken FaceBook game and is not just doing the work for the money i pay them.
The work requires a RoR programmer with FaceBook experience.
We can negotiate a pay rate based on your experience and performance.
If you're interested, you can take a look at the patient here: http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=107717989269...
New York, NY or remote
Please drop me a line.
My portfolio: http://websava.com
Throwaway account here, I haven't posted for freelancers before and don't know what the spam level will be.
We have a large volume of small discrete projects and could use some help in working through them.
You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to pass along a resume, portfolio site, github link, etc along with your current rate.
Generalist Developer seeking a good project to take on, fully proficient on LAMP architecture, and on frontend, vast experience working on marketing agencies, good practice is a given.
Have experience Scripting as well, Bash, Perl, Python, and even PHP on CLI, can help take on any DB Problem as well.
Dont Forget to check References on LinkedInhttp://www.linkedin.com/pub/ramon-roche/6/548/47
Looking for remote p/t work - I'm currently based in Auckland, NZ. But happy to work US hours.
Looking for work in Ruby/JS or ux/frontend design. Can also do any manner of wordpress/joomla theming etc.,
Also have iOS/Android mobile app development experience using Titanium and Phonegap.
cameron [at] ignite.co.nz
Availability up to 20 hr/week
Reference - http://in.linkedin.com/in/maheshsingh
Run personal Django websites for myself and friends, and am developing a complex sales/registration site in Django for a technical training company.
Experience with scientific programming in Python/C++ - notably in image processing.
Strong knowledge of Java (was a curriculum manager/developer and on-site trainer for Java for 2 years).
We are creating a reddit-clone aimed at girls 16-30. We plan to re-skin and make minor adjustments to the code base. We have a fantastic marketing solution to get initial users. We would prefer someone to work part-time for equity.
Contact me at chase.greiner12 AT gmail DOT com
I design interfaces and lead creative teams for websites and mobile apps. I've designed for some of the biggest companies in the world (HSBC, British Airways, Tesco) and numerous startups. Over 100 completed projects in the last 8 years.
I've got lots of experience (3.5+ years on the job) and a degree in CS. I'm getting bored of agency work and would prefer to work with a respectable startup or well-known company. I've worked on sites of large companies. I've got lots of open sourced material and a blog I'm willing to share. I'm FULL of ideas with an entrepreneurial spirit. Interested parties must be willing to hear my idea rants every so often and at least appear vaguely amused or interested :)
* LAMP developer
* SQL skills
* Frontend developer skills (a boatload of jQuery)
* Zend/Kohana/Subversion/Git/Cap/Network Admin skills
* Love creating scalable code and solving scalability issues
* Client/agency experience
* Worked with NoSQL solutions in production.
* Love to learn, willing to pick up on technologies
* I'm on the east coast.
I consider myself more senior than junior. I've worked with my fair share of developers and realized I need to work with individuals sharing my passion.
Send details my way. I'll be sure to reply with a more appropriate introduction.
this is a throwaway.
Would prefer to work locally, but if you like what you see and have an interesting project for remote work don't hesitate.
Server: C#, WCF, OData, Windows Azure
REST enthusiast. Great at UX design. Not so great at graphical design but I can easily make a PhotoShop mock-up work. Based in Buffalo, NY.
Madrid, Spain or remote
I'm a Java developer mostly doing web-backend and frontend work. Also very much into Python development including Django
You wanna be awesome? You bet you do. I can see it tattooed on your forehead. It says "I wanna be awesome".
Right underneath that, it says, "I want my Wordpress blog to be awesome too. Please?"
Maybe Xzibit can pimp your ride and make you awesome, but guess what homesauce - I can make your Wordpress blog awesome.
I'm a critic, and I'll critique the hell outta that Wordpress blog you've got. Design, SEO, plugins, security, branding, navigation, post titles, and all that grammar. Whatever, player. You want it to shine? I'll do more than spit on it. I'll give you the insight you need make it awesome; awesome enough to pony up the cash for a laser tattoo removal. Maybe awesome enough to call up Xzibit and not have your voice crack when you ask for some new hubcaps. Word.
I develop with PHP, jQuery and MySQL/SQLite. And I offer other services, such as copy-writing. LinkedIn profile: http://linkd.in/jExicZ
We're building a shopping tool on Ruby/Postgres/jQuery and are looking for freelance developers
Email me at jobs (at) wantworthy (dot) com
I've done a number of Django apps and projects and am looking for some great ways to spend my extra time. Also know Rails and C#, but just greatly enjoy Python.
I like to develop web apps using Rails, Sinatra, and web.py. I'm also into Scala and C# development a bit.
New York City.
I married an American and (as of two days ago) I have permission to work in the US. I would like to stay away from Microsoft products for the most part but I would consider a mix.
Jack of all trades web developer/sysadmin/UX designer. For a complete skill set list see:
Available for 2 month projects or smaller, 1099 only.
I can be emailed at tim.white (at) zulius.com for rate/quote/questions.
I mostly do Python, Django and jQuery based projects.
The other market I'm seing targets users of the CMS system, i.e. the people who actually maintain the data. In most data centric projects I've been working on, you could be sure that the client will at some stage ask, how (not whether) he can change the existing data and add datasets after development has finished. This usually involved creating a CRUD user interface, which was tedious and in almost all cases, was never used.
Your front page focuses a lot on the former target group (create general datastructures, update and query them) whereas I think you might be offering more value in the latter group ("see how simple it is to add another recipe into your cooking app"). If you could combine the client's desire to control his money and time investment while making the solution easy to integrate for the developer, that might be good enough.
 CouchDB for iOS devices - http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2310863
 Amazon S3 for iOS: http://aws.amazon.com/sdkforios/faqs/
 Earlier discussion on StorageRoom: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1847115
We just integrated a purpose built CMS with a bunch of iPhone apps for a client and it was not a lot of fun so I'll give your product a try for sure.
As for feedback - the one thing with the UI is that having three different types of save buttons is a bit confusing at first but I'm not sure if there is a more efficient way to do it. Also, a big win would be if you added an etag along with the JSON with the location of the images to download. I do like very much that collections can be attached to multiple applications.
If your are ever in the Bay Area come by our weekly iPhone Meetup Monday nights in SF. (search iPhone in sf on meetup.com - our logo bleeds six colors...) or shoot me an email (profile)
Maybe I'm missing something? The closest thing I've found to what I'm looking for is: http://www.pureedit.com/ and storageroomapp.com seems very similar (although much better) judging by the Introduction Video.
We build a lot of mobile apps, and we use a combination of the Django admin, and django-tastypie. This gets a JSON API up and running with authentication in very short order, but a product in this space would be very welcome, especially as it allows the data model to be built with a GUI. Our programmers spend a lot of time on model development and being able to delegate that to less technical staff would be a big benefit.
White-label would obviously be a very strong requirement.
Then encourage them to get feedback from family and friends. Chances are if your assessment is correct then your client will get the feedback not only from you but from others whom opinions they respect. In the end this is about all you can do.
Having clients means often having to do your best within the parameters that they set for you. They are the ones paying and you are the one working after all.
The other thing that is very concerning in your post is that you think this one issue is so bad that you don't want to be associated with it. The truth is that this is going to happen over and over again in your career and you are going to need to learn to make the best of it.
Nothing says you can't be associated with a project and also discuss, on your resume or web site, how if you were allowed to make the decisions you would have done things differently. I think if you take this approach you can gain credibility with future customers so that it might make it easier for your opinion to count more.
Distancing yourself from too many projects in the long run will make you appear inexperienced and eventually may damage your reputation much more than being associated with a project you are not completely happy with.
Best of luck to you.
I use the "divide and conquer" strategy. I look for others who have similar management authority and get them to see a mock of what I'm suggesting. If they won't listen to you, they will often listen to someone else.
You might also get some good advice on other aspects of the design while you do it...
I had posted just a minute before finding this page: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2611775
As a side effect of scraping HN it would also have a lot of data that I'd want to aggregate/analyze/visualize.
We hope to release a version for public use then guides/itineraries and a beta of our mobile app.
ICS should bring a high level of hardware acceleration for both UI and applications to both tablets and phones.
It is one of the classic CS textbooks still used by Berkeley (CS61A) and MIT (not sure) intro CS courses. Its not trivial stuff. While it wont teach you obscure data structures like ropes, it will expose you to a wide variety of topics including but not limited to:functional programming, lambda calculus, OOP, logic programming, client/server programming, non deterministic programming, streams as data, the meta-circular evaluator, lazy evaluation, and concurrency. I had a fairly strong CS background before taking CS61A at Berkeley, but this book (thanks to Scheme) taught me how beautiful computer science can be. Now working in Java is a complete turn off ;)
Start here, follow the topics you have not tried yet:http://www.tuxradar.com/practicalphp
What's the best way to learn all the stuff I missed by not going to school?
how can I get a job that is asking for engineers to apply?
You need skills that those engineers have.
You don't need to go to school to master the data structures and algorithms, for reference there are bunch of university resources available, and there are lot of implemented code for us to checkout. Refer links others have suggested here. Give some time to learn these advance topics.
Edit: added few lines
The short of it though is to study the same stuff. There is a lot that a CS background will fill in for you which you won't tend to learn on the job.
I was unaware of this fact when I made my school decisions, and my parents were mostly unaware of this fact as well (having been the first in both their families to attend college of any sort; to them the distinction was "went to college" and recognized little difference between "went to a good college" and "went to a bad college"), so I somewhat aimlessly attended a community college for four years. It took me about 5 years from finishing school to get to the point where I could work in high-paying jobs alongside people who had degrees from MIT, Caltech, Duke, etc. And the most important element in that process was probably writing a technical book and getting it published by a well-known publisher. I wouldn't have needed that book and other experience and getting such a job could have happened immediately after college had I attended a good school.
I've rarely let this bother me, as I've always known I wanted to work for myself, and I don't need to see a diploma to know what I can do. But, I can say that there have been a few occasions in my life where I desperately needed to be able to get a job in order to pay my bills (running your own business when you don't know how can lead to running up a lot of debt), and the jobs I could get were simply awful. Without a good degree, and without a solid trail of work-experience, you don't get the callback on high-paying jobs. There are always candidates with a good education who will edge you out in the selection process.
I believe you're going to need to take the initiative and fix your situation yourself. It won't happen by accident, and it won't happen by staying in one low-level position until your superiors deem you worthy of promotion.
I wrote a book, got involved in numerous Open Source projects, spoke at conferences, and did really good work whenever I found myself in a contract position at a really good company (on a few occasions that led to full-time employment offers, including an office with more Ph.Ds per square meter than any other place I've stepped foot). I feel pretty confident that at this point in my life, I could get a job working at almost any tech company in the world, because I have so much to show for my time since college. But, I've been out of college for 12 years...that's a long time to wait to start getting good jobs and making a good salary.
You don't have to go back to school to "fix" the problem, but you do need to do something dramatic. Start a successful company. Write a book for publication (preferably a good one). Start an Open Source project and make it really successful. Just going to work every day will not cause the world to begin to agree with you on your value in the workplace. If you believe you're being undervalued and underutilized, you're going to have to do something about it.
Basically, if your degree sucks, it will force the hiring manager to look much more closely at your other accomplishments. If you have none, you're screwed. If you have a track record of shipping products that other people want to use, nobody is going to care about your degree.
If you want to work on exciting things, work on exciting things. Demonstrate that you're halfway good at it and people will offer you money to do it for them. It really is as simple as that.
To me, the idea of a software developer seeking employment based on their degree is as ridiculous as a rock singer trying to book a gig on the basis of his BA. We work in a field where theoretical understanding is no guarantee of practical ability, but proving practical ability is straightforward. Developers who rely on credentials can't code and employers who rely on credentials can't hire. You want to keep the hell away from all of them.
I am 41 and have a couple of small companies (30 employees total). For my education, I barely graduated from public high school. I had my sister write a special make up paper so I could pass French. Without that I would not have made it. I am married now to a professor. I go to many parties with academics, and they are mostly impressed with the fact that I am self employed. I am impressed with all the degrees and publications they have. Nobody asks me where I went to school because that is not relevant to figure out if I am successful or worth talking to.
So to summarize - your place of education has an order of magnitude less importance than what you have accomplished. And the gap will get wider as you get older. So do something that people can see, and prove to the world that you are capable.
If you're looking to work for startup and/or small firms, it's probably not going to matter. You've got a gig right now, they're going to care about what you did and learned at that gig. I know that my company doesn't care about what your degree is in or where it's from. Hell, all that has become is a measure of how much debt you and your parents were willing to accomodate.
If you're looking to work for a big firm, I dunno, Google or something, it's probably going be something they'll use to vet resumes.
This is not new advice, but now that you have your degree focus on creating stuff. Do something in the open source community. Blog the things you learn here and there. Your experiences and your portfolio of work is far more important to a smart hiring authority than some damn diploma.
Also consider joining some large company that will pay for that master's degree.
In addition attending a mediocre local school due to limited options is different from traveling across country to do so as an explicit choice.
My guess is that most places you REALLY want to work won't care where your degree is from. Work on cool stuff, share what you do on github, and look for ways to learn and grow. It will be evident.
In any case, there is more to the employment world than Google, Facebook, or Apple. Want to work for a Fortune 500 business? Well there's 500 employers right there, most of whom aren't too concerned with where you went to school 6 years ago, but care more about what you did since.
I've been interviewing people for a few years and the only time the university is noticed is if it's Harvard or MIT or something well known. And even then it counts for absolutely NOTHING.
Don't even worry about what school you attended, worry about the things you know. Did you learn anything?
Worry about what your skills are, good companies could careless if you went to no school and know the skills instead.
Worry about what projects you have done and what you learned from each one, even if the project was by yourself.
My point is people are so hung up on schools and degrees, they forget the skills and experience out-way any degree.
So worry about skills and experience even if its on your own experiments. The passed is the passed, hopefully you learned something at the school at the least.
You just don't learn in schools.
A strong professional network will help overcome most deficiencies. Companies are concerned with reputability and a school name or a degree are just a part of that. In that same vein, there are other areas of your professional reputation you can bolster as well.
Just keep studying, do great work, and grow your portfolio; and I'm sure you'll do fine.
Take some time to set long-term goals for yourself, determine what steps you would need to take to get there, and then execute on the steps that are feasible for you at the moment.
I have found that the career growth paths at many companies are quite immature - there are more options available when you consider changing employers versus busywaiting on the scarce promotional opportunities available in your career track at a single company. Doubly so if you are trying to overcome prejudices about your skill set, like if you are trying to make the leap from software testing to development, etc.
Perhaps I'm slightly biased towards design, but the first few seconds I saw the site- I felt it was like one of those promotional scam no risk money back guarantee how to make money etc etc schemes online. It might be because it's too template-like, but it doesn't reach out to me at all.
Also, I understand that there is a money back guarantee- but how do I know that 50 reviews at $450 isn't just outsourced by a copywriter in India? How do I know that I will get paid for each website and app job completed? Is there a quality standard that users must abide by to write a review?I understand that there's no real way to prove any of this, but what really helps me would be seeing testimonials, (I know, even these can be fake) or even better- give reputable companies a free trial and have them write a testimonial.
It's really a cool idea, but the above would be questions I'd ask myself the first time to your site.