hacker news with inline top comments    .. more ..    5 Nov 2011 Ask
home   ask   best   8 years ago   
Best approach for self-taught developer looking for job?
29 points by stc  1 hour ago   19 comments top 12
grayrest 6 minutes ago 0 replies      
Pulled up your github account. Aside from you accidentally adding your home directory, you're making good progress. If you're looking to get a job quickly, I'd encourage you to focus on one area and I think your shortest path is the front end technologies. Pretty much every firm I know of in NYC is hiring front end developers and the main limitation is finding people who actually know javascript.

If you know (not just read, know):



And you can demonstrate it by sticking something on github (fix a ticket on stylus/express/some other node.js project, write a jquery plugin, help out with the django admin) then go to some meetups in SF and talk to people who say "we're hiring frontend developers" which is pretty much everybody. Being able to design entire applications isn't generally required since what people are usually looking for is someone they can say "go make this new dialog" and you go do it using their established design patterns. It is crucially important, however, that you can demonstrate knowledge since I have yet to meet a developer who doesn't "know" javascript.

If you do this and want to work in NYC, shoot me an email. I'll at least give you feedback and probably give you a referral for contract to hire. Nobody cares about your education/work background as long as you can get the job done.

This assumes, of course, that you actually like front end development since quite a few people don't.

teamgrep 0 minutes ago 0 replies      
Awesome! I think you're on the right track.

I'm a big believer in public portfolios. When I've been on the hiring side of things that's the first place I look. Now it's just a question of improving the both the quality and quantity of projects you're showing off.

How about getting a mentor to review your project(s)? You're not in an organization yet, but you can pretend you are--request a code review from a programmer you look up to.

Teaching others has helped me learn myself in the past. You didn't mention activity on stack overflow--answering questions there can improve your skills and visibility since SO is integrated with SO Careers as well.

Great luck to you!

llimllib 57 minutes ago 0 replies      
Go to conferences and meet people! Make a network in your city/closest metro area and use it.

Having a github is a great start, that's one thing I want to see before I bring you in for an interview. andrew_k has good advice as well.

angelbob 21 minutes ago 0 replies      
The github account is nice, but it requires effort to explore, and you're trying for an entry-level position. You may need a better presentation of your skills.

That probably means an online portfolio with tools, summaries and screenshots. It's not hard to put one together, but here's a really simple "step-by-step" one that you can push to Heroku within about 15 minutes: https://github.com/noahgibbs/bobfolio

ETA: My own portfolio is here, for comparison: http://angelbob.com/portfolio

AlexMcP 1 hour ago 1 reply      
I was in the same boat. I graduated from a liberal arts college with a degree that no one has ever asked about. After lots of non-profit work after school I was tasked with 'updating the website' one day. Cut to 3 years and $100+ in library fines later and I've been the lead developer on Fortune 50 websites and now work for for a 'rent a Rails shop' company. Here's the advice:

Learn how to interview well. Knowing what github is, having actually launched a site, and wrangling some freelance work together puts you ahead of 90% of the people I worked with at my Big Co. job, you just need to be able to prove it and convince people of it. The competition for most positions consists of bored CS grads from Java schools who never learned how to use version control and for whom programming is just a job. You have passion it appears, and that can't be overrated.

I was willing to be aggressive with my first interview, noting that I would be able to accept a lower-than-market rate if they would do a salary review shortly after I started. Not everyone is in the position to do so, but I took a 'whatever it takes' attitude to get started, with the confidence in myself that once people saw how effective I could be, things would get better. Programming is as close to a meritocratic profession as exists, so get in a position to prove yourself.

angelbob 14 minutes ago 0 replies      
Well, do you have a resume? That's the big obvious box to check, and what I'm surprised not to see here. You can include personal and class projects on your resume, as well as links to your github account and, if you have one, a portfolio or other online project(s).
andrew_k 1 hour ago 1 reply      
Assuming that this project on GitHub is yours https://github.com/cirsteve/courseslate and you show it to potential employers, I would recommend you to learn pip/virtualenv, read about django best practices,
Also I would recommend to cleanup your repository from files that are not completely necessary (varios .tar.gz files, .ssh folder, .bash_history, etc.) Those things give you away as a beginner.
mark_story 36 minutes ago 0 replies      
I come from a similar situation. I graduated with a degree in commercial art and illustration. After slinging coffee for a year, and trying to get freelance work started unsuccessfully, I threw in the towel.

I went into programming, as it was a good fit for me. Since I too had no formal experience, I got involved with open source as a way to gain experience and learn from people who were more experienced and knowledgable. Getting involved in open source, was probably the single best move for my career that I ever made. It opened opportunities I would have probably never had, allowed me to talk to really brilliant people, and gave me visible experience that has helped me land all of my employment. I highly recommend contributing to an open source project as a way to get experience and exposure.

cypherpunks01 45 minutes ago 0 replies      
Help us build the Permabank project for #occupywallstreet! https://github.com/FLOSolutions/permabank

It's a Django gifting platform that will be pretty well-trafficked once we launch it in a couple weeks, that we hope to turn into a full-blown alternative economy platform one day soon. We could use dev help and have lots of people down here who could offer pointers for dev job opportunities to good coders. We're on irc.freenode.net #nycga-iwg. Best of luck!

jfeldstein2 20 minutes ago 0 replies      
Use the same approach that works well for classically trained engineers:

Make something good, keep learning. Then show you are doing both of these.


codeslush 51 minutes ago 1 reply      
Where are you geographically located now? From your prior comments, I've seen NY and SFO.
andrewljohnson 27 minutes ago 1 reply      
Make an iPhone app, make some money, and never get a job.

I would recommend you either make a Bible app, or a Menstruation Calendar app. Those would both not require any server-side programming, and they are proven ways to make money.

Ask HN: Review my startup - EventSnag
7 points by escalona  4 hours ago   4 comments top 2
cpt1138 2 hours ago 1 reply      
Can't understand why this is not getting upvoted. Nice execution, great idea. How much of a discount are you negotiating. Since this is inherently a one-shot deal (no repeat customers for a one-time show) it probably can't be too steep, but it could be cool to fill up empty seats of shows that would never sell out on their own.
sebsoler 1 hour ago 1 reply      
Just some website testing feedback I can't scroll the deals.html page while surfing on my iPad, the page is cut off, really bad when I'm browsing in landscape, almost half of the page is cut off, can't scroll down
Ask PG: Are there IP blocks?
41 points by halostatue  13 hours ago   26 comments top 11
pg 11 hours ago 2 replies      
Yes, we block IPs that seem to be crawlers ignoring robots.txt. We've always blocked abusive IPs, but I tightened up the blocking a few weeks ago. A lot of people were crawling HN, most of them unnecessarily because they were doing things they could have done more efficiently through HNSearch's API.

Some users may remember that the site had gotten really slow a few weeks ago. One of the reasons it's faster now is that we cracked down on crawlers.

bialecki 11 hours ago 0 replies      
I got blocked two weeks ago when I was playing with creating a "realtime" view of comments so you didn't have to refresh the page. To test I had it polling one story every five seconds and I think I left it running overnight. (Sorry about that.)

Next day, no HN, so I spent the next week browsing HN on Firefox with a proxy setup through an EC2 instance. Thankfully, my IP changed or the ban is gone.

For what I was doing the HNSearch API wouldn't have helped, but if there was an API like the one at ihackernews.com that's running and live, that'd be great.

Pent 11 hours ago 1 reply      
Beware of a Chrome extension called "Hacker News Sidebar", it presumably got me IP banned this week. It cross checks every page visited with HN to see if it has a thread and if so, displays the thread.

Here is the extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hhedbplnihmkekhgma...

sixtofour 12 hours ago 1 reply      
I was automatically banned awhile ago, after doing something silly (checking all my bookmarks for dead links). The explanation was that the server thought I was DDOSing. It was OK after a week or so. Maybe it'll work out for you too.
tlogan 11 hours ago 1 reply      
Question: Is there are software which can be easily installed on apache or inside app to detect crawlers?

We use ipban but that is not what we want: we want a system which can easily detected "bad" crawler or "abusing" user and ban them for some time.

As of now, we have a simple script going thru apache logs and sending list us list of IP and their activity.

ronnier 10 hours ago 0 replies      
At Amazon, it's not uncommon for both ycombinator and twitter to be unreachable because of our IPs being blocked.
rwl 12 hours ago 1 reply      
I also get empty responses when I try to browse HN over Tor. I assume this is because my IP address looks like a spammer's. I, too, would like to know if there are IP blocks, and what (if anything) legitimate users can do to get around them.
ctide 11 hours ago 2 replies      
Our work got blocked as well this week, it seems. I can still browse HN via https though. I don't know if that's intentional or not. :)

Have you tried loading: https://news.ycombinator.com/?

tomh- 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I have a similar problem visiting HN from my mobile network. I get a 502 response then.
ajju 12 hours ago 1 reply      
Isn't it likely that the admins at work blocked HN via a proxy? A few years ago my comments to HN were being mangled by a web proxy at work.
tonyarkles 12 hours ago 0 replies      

Is there a proxy at work? I was experimenting with an HTTP proxy as part of my thesis work a few weeks ago and found similar results. I didn't end up ever solving my problem though...

Ask HN: What is your development setup?
2 points by vaughan  1 hour ago   4 comments top 4
there 11 minutes ago 0 replies      
11" macbook air, usually looking at 3 tiled xterms under ratpoison on desktop 1, firefox in desktop 2

standup desk - http://www.flickr.com/photos/symmetricalism/5488994391/ i've since gotten rid of the cinema display)

jfb 47 minutes ago 0 replies      
Bigass Macbook Pro with 27" monitor. Kinesis keyboard, J. Random large mouse (I have huge hands). Software, primarily Emacs, some Xcode.
mcarrano 11 minutes ago 0 replies      
Macbook Pro 13' 2011, Acer 24" Monitor
vaughan 1 hour ago 0 replies      
MacBook Pro 13" 2009 C2D 2.66 4GB

Dell 24"

Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0

Ask HN: Need advice on raising money with a part-time founder.
5 points by throwaway12464  5 hours ago   discuss
Ask HN: where have all the designers gone?
8 points by ceprim  9 hours ago   5 comments top 4
noahc 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Have you considered using a framework like Twitter Bootstrap or something of that nature? It sounds to me like that's the way to go to launch quickly.

I expect what you'll find is that even though the designer may have made an awesome design the requirments change and you'll need to 'redesign' sooner rather than later. So, you'll be stuck in the same place again. Twitter Bootstrap lets you get around this problem and provides you'll be able to maintain it long term.

eps 6 hours ago 0 replies      
It might help to know that there is typiclly a design step and there is a slicing step. Former yields a pixel-perfect Photoshop sketch of the UI flow, and slicing is what converts it to the actual CSS/JS/HTML. You may try and check if divorcing these steps by using a designer for one and a dedicated slicing service for second (there is a lot of them out there) - if this would help reducing the cost.

For middle-tier designers, design students and affordably priced wannabes have a look at Forrst. That's the core of their user base and they have also recently launched a job mediation service.

poppysan 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Sounds like you may need a template. that is, at least until you can afford a ux guy.
tedkimble 7 hours ago 1 reply      
You haven't provided enough information to be sure, but $3k might just be what's required for the scope of your project.

If you put your email in your profile I'd be happy to contact you and discuss more (or feel free to email me).

Ask PG: Why don't my votes count?
53 points by agotterer  13 hours ago   14 comments top 8
JoeCortopassi 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Why don't you think your votes are counting? The rank algorithm for posts/comments doesn't have a straight correlation between the # of votes, and placement on the page like Stackoverflow.com or something. It takes how old the post/comment is, coupled with it's growth/momentum (i.e. how many replies/votes a comment has had in the near past), and finally the raw vote count. Couple this with the fact that you can't see how many upvotes other posts/comments have, and it's easy to see how your vote may seem to not count for anything.

Disclaimer: I don't know for sure how the algorithm works, this is just my guess from what I've seen.

DanielRibeiro 13 hours ago 1 reply      
I don't know if that is the case, but if you vote on a post, refresh the page, and it is not up by one, then you are in trouble. Try again, as Hacker News is not eventual consistent, and sometimes it doesn't record upvotes.

For comments: you can see if your upvotes are being counted by looking into the user's karma. You can't give lots of karma to one user though. After a few upvotes to a single user, the system will stop recording them. I guess this is a way to prevent karma inflation, and a group of friends cheating themselves into lots of karma.

JoachimSchipper 13 hours ago 0 replies      
You may have fallen afoul of the voting ring detection scheme.
ntoshev 13 hours ago 0 replies      
Probably your votes do count, but you don't see the results immediately because the site uses caching extensively.
suivix 13 hours ago 0 replies      
It's because HN can only give out a certain number of votes per day before it reaches max capacity.
itsnotvalid 12 hours ago 0 replies      
At least your post this time get upvoted.

We get to look into the source code to see what is really happening.

eslachance 13 hours ago 1 reply      
Perhaps (and take this with your grain of salt) you're voting on comments and posts that aren't actually popular with the rest of the users. If you're upvoting comments that other people ignore or downvote, then it would seem to you like your votes are always ignored since the posts and comments end up in the bottom.

Again, only a theory, I mean nothing by it.

joeteplow 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Ha... I tried to Upvote this but my votes dont count either!
Ask HN: What's after learn python the hard way? too easy.
3 points by willpower101  6 hours ago   4 comments top 3
andymoe 5 hours ago 1 reply      
Do. Next is to come up with a web app and build it! Come up with a "simple" idea. Write out a spec or outline. Pick some small WSGI based tools like Flask or web.py or something else that strikes your fancy (Not anything monolithic and huge like Django) and find out where on IRC people who use this tool hang out. Hit a problem, ask someone or google. Rinse and repeat...

Oh and finish LPTHW because Zed gets into the basics of a web app near the end and thats a fine start.

khakimov 5 hours ago 0 replies      
nothing new, the easiest way to learn a programming language is to first learn the basics and then try to build something with it (learn by practice). And it's better if you are building something you are actually interested in rather than something out of a book because it will get you to think about the problem and be more meaningful.

Start with simple idea. For example scrap instagram images trought their api and create wallpaper from 80 images (10x8 small thumbs 150x150 size each). Similar idea would get into basics of language like string manipulation, url fetch, handling exceptions, etc. For this stage all you need is diveintopython.com and stackoverflow.com (google.com).

trip42 5 hours ago 0 replies      
Check out Pyramid, it's full featured but with a little less "magic" than Django. Though, Django is great for rapid development of content based sites.
Ask HN: Favor performance after resignation or success in next job?
3 points by theturkey  8 hours ago   1 comment top
bartonfink 8 hours ago 0 replies      
Right now, you should really just focus on damage control and ensuring a smooth departure. People aren't likely to remember you as the guy who got a lot done when he was out the door - the fact that you're out the door is going to overshadow that. People WILL remember you if the last thing you touched breaks two weeks after you're gone. Try not to leave a bunch of unfinished work in everybody's lap, but it's better to tell people "hey, I'm not going to be able to finish that" than to risk breaking something.
Does HN have an open source code?
6 points by lsq  21 hours ago   1 comment top
nostrademons 21 hours ago 0 replies      

Dunno how closely it tracks the version that's actually on the site, I think it was forked from PG's release a while back and various people have patched it.

Ask HN: Someone released my startup before me - now what?
10 points by asdfqwer1234  1 day ago   10 comments top 7
noonespecial 1 day ago 0 replies      
If it really is a good idea, then you're going to be launching in a crowd and "first" might not mean that much(1).

The question you'll want to ask is "can we do this better than everyone else who has launched or will launch right after us?" If you're not sure you're going to be the best, don't bother. It won't matter if you're first, third, or seventeenth to launch if what you launch is second best.

(1) You might not want to show up a year late though!

jacques_chester 1 day ago 0 replies      

    I returned, and saw under the sun, 
that the race is not to the swift,
nor the battle to the strong,
neither yet bread to the wise,
nor yet riches to men of understanding,
nor yet favor to men of skill;
but time and chance happens to them all.

gregw100 1 day ago 1 reply      
I would assess the strength and execution of your competitor's product, then decide whether you think you can build a better product. Google didn't quit building a search engine because Yahoo beat them to it. They just figured out a better way to do it. Depending on the potential size of your market, there may be room for multiple companies, even if you do come to market second.

On the other hand, one month's work is not very much and if you have another great idea in a more promising market, I would say get working on that and try to make sure you get there first. But, like I said, it's not when you launch, it's how your product compares with competitors. Just my $0.02.

tabdon 1 day ago 1 reply      
I like the other posts. Another thing you could do is break the market down even further. Find a niche that the other companies aren't serving. Serve that customer better than anyone. Then when you "win" the majority market share for that niche you can expand (a la crossing the chasm).

You might also go all out lean on these mo fos and put up a landing page, then start reaching out to customers and have one on one conversations to see if anyone will even buy your product. There's nothing like a real life customer willing to buy your product to get you back in the right mindset.

jaypreneur 23 hours ago 0 replies      
It doesn't matter when you get there (well, unless you're so late that the market is flooded and it's impossible to get your name out there). If you were to be first to launch, they'd come after you with overlapping features. Then what? And what about another company that comes to try to take advantage of the same space? And another after that...

If it truly is a good market, it will be crowded soon. As long as you aren't entering a crowded market (and one competitor is not crowded) than I'd go for it. This assumes you can do a better job than the competitor and have something to differentiate yourself with. If you are truly overlapping than pivot. Hell, even a change in your marketing strategy alone could be tremendous. Just differentiate through the way you position and brand your product.

You do have only a months work into this, so feel free to abandon it. However, if you get into the habit of abandoning anything where you're not first to the market... I can only assume you'll never go towards anything because, let's face it, what are the odds you'll ever be first in something entirely new? Very slim.

abbasmehdi 22 hours ago 0 replies      
I would see this as validation and simply carry on while learning from their mistakes. Also the day you launch you'd be exposing yourself and the idea greatly, so a month before or after means nothing.
tamle 1 day ago 0 replies      
I agree with most everyone on here and want to add two more points:

- google was not the 1st search engine
- intuit was the 40th company into the small business space

Look at them now.

Evaluate. Test. Learn.

Ask HN: Buying a cheap laptop without an OS?
7 points by thetabyte  1 day ago   13 comments top 11
stuff4ben 1 day ago 1 reply      
I doubt the actual price of a Windows license is accounted for in the price of a cheap laptop. Odds are they get it for much less than $100 a license...
dpapathanasiou 1 day ago 0 replies      
If you don't mind buying an older model off lease, both AscendTech http://ascendtech.us/items.asp?Cc=NTB&iTpStatus=1&Tp... and Tiger Direct http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/search.a... have a few for under $300
cylinder714 1 day ago 1 reply      
I've just been poring over the Lenovo site, and they sell Thinkpads without an OS: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/thinkpad-laptops-with-dos.shtml but the prices are still rather high. Keep looking, though, as they're constantly running promotions, like free RAM and hard drive upgrades.

They also have an outlet with refurbished and overstock items: http://outlet.lenovo.com/

3dFlatLander 1 day ago 0 replies      
Over the years I've bought a few laptops off ebay that have worked out very well. Dual core Dells with two gigs of RAM are in the $300 range. Sometimes the batteries can be iffy, but otherwise they work out great.
brudgers 1 day ago 0 replies      
Dell sells off-lease equipment much of which is in the price range:


moreorless 1 day ago 0 replies      
The cost of the laptop might actually be more expensive if you went without the OS. Sounds crazy doesn't it?

If you're on such a tight budget, deals can be had on http://craigslist.org depending on where you live. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are quite a few such laptops advertised for your price range.

byoung2 1 day ago 0 replies      
Dell lets you choose Ubuntu when you customize a laptop:


It looks like the Linux versions are about $60 cheaper than the Windows 7 version.

whiterabbit 1 day ago 0 replies      
The cost of the Windows license is partially offset by the crapware bundle the manufacture infects the machine with, so you won't save much buying a blank PC and your options will be severely limited. However, you may still be able to get a refund on the license post-purchase, if you're dedicated (and lucky):


Don't forget to reroute some of your winnings:


MatthewPhillips 1 day ago 0 replies      
The thing to worry about cheap laptops is that your battery life is going to be non-existent. For me that's a deal-killer after having a couple of laptops with excellent battery life, I never want to go back to the 1.5-2 hour days.
davidw 1 day ago 0 replies      
Dell used to do this, but I don't see the option there anymore, which is a pity.
ZooteoInc 1 day ago 0 replies      
Definitely interested in the answers you get, however I do not have one to offer myself.
Ask HN: Freelancer? Seeking freelancer? (November 2011)
70 points by whoishiring  3 days ago   77 comments top 64
mikeryan 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - SF, CA / Remote Possible but likely it will have to be in the US at this point. We pay competitive market consulting rates.

A Different Engine is looking to expand our contractor portfolio.


A Different Engine is an interactive agency which builds advanced media applications for our clients. We've been focused on TV applications on Connected TV's (Yahoo Widgets, Samsung SmartHub) and Over the Top Boxes (Roku/Boxee/GoogleTV) but have been moving to doing more mobile work (particularly on tablets) and some traditional web (most of our web work is for web services which power out TV and tablet apps instead of consumer facing web apps). This is a bespoke design and development business. We've worked with CBS/NBC/Comcast/The UFC and others.

We currently have a few inbound projects which may exceed our current capacity so we're looking for a few contract folks to help bridge the gap. We tend to prefer local folks (SF, NY and we have some folks in Cleveland) though we will go remote for the right fit.

Our two most pressing needs are for frontend Javascript folks and Android Folks. On the JS side we do full Rich Internet Apps on TVs our main libraries are Jquery and Backbone. On the Android side we actually have a few inbound tablet projects and may have some work on the new GoogleTV platform (V2).

When we do backend work we like Rails, we've played with Node/Redis/MongoDB - we think this may be a good stack for some projects, and we sometimes have to deliver apps in PHP. We're really technology agnostic. Because we do bespoke, project based development we can't afford to be tied too much to specific technologies. We use the best tool for the job when we can, and sometimes we use the technology we're told to use. Thats the nature of our business.

You can reach me at mike AT a different engine DOT com with questions or even just to chat ;-)

theoj 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK (NYC or remote)
I am passionate about Android and Java development. I have worked on several large applications and smaller ones as well. Please take a look at my work here: http://www.bricolsoftconsulting.com/category/portfolio/
rscale 3 days ago 0 replies      
Seeking Work: Mostly Remote (based in the US, will travel to project kickoff / milestone meetings if preferred)

Ruby on Rails Engineer, using Ruby since 2002 and Rails since 2005.
Expert in SQL (primarily PostgreSQL and MySQL/RDS.)
Strong NoSQL: mostly Cassandra (wrote the cassandra-cql driver), some Mongo and Riak.

Strong "HTML5" expertise having made extensive use HTML5 & XHTML, jQuery, WebSocket, and pure JS.

Expert Unix operational skills using Linux, OpenBSD and FreeBSD on real and virtualized platforms. Can use nginx or apache as easily as I can use heroku.

Github: https://github.com/kreynolds
Blog: http://rubyscale.com/blog/tech_notes/

Experienced working with existing teams. Can offer strategic and tactical guidance, and can also do head-down coding. Comfortable executing large, complex tasks.

One recent client coined the term "man-people" to describe his opinion that despite being one person, I was doing the work of five men.

Prefer fixed-price/fixed-scope contract work, but daily rates are available.

contact: hello@rubyscale.com

brianmwang 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Mountain View, CA / Remote

Fitocracy is seeking an iOS freelancer to help build our iPhone app.


Fitocracy is a fitness social network that turns working out into a more addictive, social experience. We take all the addictive qualities of games like Everquest and World of Warcraft and use them to motivate users to exercise more. Fitocracy users earn XP, level up, unlock achievements, and beat quests, all by tracking their workouts. Our vision is to turn fitness into the most addictive, social experience possible.

We've bootstrapped our way to over 110,000 users in 8 months. We're projected to surpass 200k users by the end of 2011/early 2012. Our users spent over 5.3 million minutes on site last month.

We are part of Dave McClure's 500 Startups and just raised an angel round so we're ready to add some fuel to the fire.


We've been skyrocketing in popularity because we've hit on a pretty powerful idea: getting out of shape geeks fit by offering them something they already know - video game thinking. We've been featured on XKCD (http://xkcd.com/940/), Penny Arcade (http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/10/28), and CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/14/health/video-gamers-bodybuilde...).

Our team is small and nimble - decisions are made quickly and we stay incredibly well connected to our community. You'll have a huge impact on a lot of users from the first day our mobile app is released.


We're looking for an iOS developer who can take full ownership of building our iPhone app. You'll be working closely with the team to ensure the app jives with the rest of the Fitocracy product, collect user feedback, and iterate as necessary.

You should have experience shipping awesome iOS apps that actually get used. You should have an obsession with providing an awesome user experience. You ideally work well with teams and communicate quickly and constantly.


We're offering highly competitive rates for this project. There's also the good chance we'll hire you full time if you kick ass and work well with the team.



ssharp 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCE - Remote / Cleveland, Ohio

Budget is not established but is flexible. Expected initial duration is 3-4 weeks. Engagement will be limited after that, but potential for limited long-term help is there.



We have already done a lot of experimenting/testing with Drupal, but need someone with D7 experience to make sure we're doing things the right way.


A Drupal consultant to help us customize a Drupal installation profile to be used to power upwards of 50 individual Drupal sites.

We need to work together to define our needs and translate them into a Drupal system. In addition to creating a customized base Drupal installation, you will help us create a clear process for systems administration. Experience with Drush is critical.

In addition to programming, configuration, and other technical tasks, we really need you to to help us better understand Drupal best-practices and educate us on a few areaas. We will be creating a system that will empower close to 100 web content contributors, but will be maintained/adminted by a relatively small (and already very busy!) staff. We need to get things right from the onset to offset wasted time fixing things at scale.

Contact: scott.sharp@case.edu

Please do not reply if you do not have experience with Drupal 7 (multisite installs), Drush, or do not wish to have very active communications during the project.

tedkimble 3 days ago 0 replies      

I'm a bit of unicorn: a designer and a developer[0].

I practice responsive front-end design and implementation and enjoy using Sass, Coffeescript, and Mustache. I have a graduate design degree in architecture.

I have over four years Ruby on Rails experience; I enjoy Sinatra and have developed my own miniature Ruby web application library[1]. I have an undergraduate degree in physics.

[0]: http://kimble.co/web
[1]: https://github.com/tedkimble/bruter

Email in profile

johnnyg 3 days ago 0 replies      

Long term contract work. $29/hr. 90 hour 2 week cap. Paypal/Venmo.

Support a family of CPAP websites including CPAP.com, CPAPtalk.com and CPAPDropShip.com.

PHP/MySQL/jQuery/RabbitMQ/Asterisk. GM is a coder and manages the team.

Two HNers currently contract remotely with us and we are looking to add a third. I'm happy to put you in touch with them to get a feel for our company and the work ahead of starting.

Contact: johnny@cpap.com

egor83 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Python, GAE. Relatively new to these, though I did a few small things already, including one for HN [1].

Have prior experience with C# and embedded (C, asm for MCUs); also have some knowledge of maths and physics.

You can reach me at egor.ryabkov(at)gmail.com

GitHub page: https://github.com/egor83

Some more details, CV, more links:



[1] My HN tool - poll visualizer:


raquo 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK " Remote only (unless you're in Moscow...)


Full-stack web developer: UI design, frontend (JS, Backbone, jQuery, LESS, HTML) and backend (PHP, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Mongo, WordPress) development. So far this has served me well for building complete web apps and MVPs.

I also do native iOS app dev but don't have anything to show for it yet (coming soon).

JoeCortopassi 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK -- Remote (located in southern California)

2 years experience with the Php/MySQL/HTML/CSS/JavaScript stack, using a range of frameworks (Kohana, jQuery, Dojo, Blueprint) to build complex object oriented software on the web (lead management and delivery, cms, etc)

1 year experience with iPhone/iOS stack. Check out "Follow my Money" for an example of a simple app I've made.

Looking for steady work (wife and 2 kids)

Resume: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joe-cortopassi/24/76b/5b9

iPhone App: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/follow-my-money/id471808412?l...

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JoeCortopassi

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Cortopasta

Example Website I've done: www.temeculaprep.com

Rate:$75 an hour. Willing to go as low as $50 for W2 and benefits

CONTACT: joe(at)joecortopassi[dot]com

billpaetzke 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Los Angeles - http://www.leads360.com

OpenVBX Developer | Short-term, remote-friendly, US citizen only


ccarpenterg 3 days ago 0 replies      

Python, Tornado, Django, Google App Engine, Javascript (jQuery, learning Backbone.js), PostgreSQL, MySQL, Linux and VPS (Linode), MongoDB, RabbitMQ (Celery and pika), Twitter API.

My Github repos: https://github.com/ccarpenterg

Some work in Python:



Blog: http://ccarpenterg.posterous.com/

Contact: ccarpenterg@gmail.com (My name is Cristian)

rpwilcox 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (Harrisburg PA)

Ruby on Rails, iOS/Mac app development, Python (Turbogears, Django), C++

I've been using Ruby on Rails for the last 3 years, on a variety of projects (some 7 engineer, 18 month projects, some minimum viable products for startups). Been programming Cocoa for the last 8 years, likewise with Python. 5 years C++ experience.

I'm a big fan of quality work, communication with clients, and developing things in an agile manner (behavior driven development, tests, collaboration over contracts).

Check out my github: http://www.github.com/rwilcox

eftpotrm 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK: UK, Derby. Remote, travel or local OK.

Microsoft stack developer - .Net, (C#, VB.Net, ASP.Net, Winforms), MSSQL (v7-2008R2), VB6, ASP3. HTML, CSS and JavaScript too, SAS as well if that's your thing. Back end, front end, large or small, 11 years in industry now.

(Less Hacker related but I'm as at home with a camera if you're after a photographer.)

One day I'll set up a portfolio site - until then, contactable at gp dot webb at ntlworld dot com.

mike-cardwell 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Nottingham/UK

Perl programmer, web developer, Linux sysadmin, email administrator. List of stuff that I have done and can do: https://grepular.com/me

Business site : http://cardwellit.com/
Technical blog : https://grepular.com/
Github : https://github.com/mikecardwell

kingofspain 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (UK based)

Front end/PHP developer. HTML5, CSS/SASS, JS etc etc. I've worked on some pretty large sites. making many $$$ - even some in Perl. Also, iOS/Android development using Titanium (i.e. NOT ObjC - though I do dabble).

Happy with git (though I'm a hg user myself) and fluent with Photoshop.

URL's etc can be supplied on request.

Will relocate for the right project, but do prefer remote.

mattmillr 3 days ago 0 replies      

I'm a full-stack coder, my strengths are Python/Django, jQuery, iOS.

I would love opportunities in Android, MongoDB. I have experience with RabbitMQ, Celery, nginx, memcached. I've done plenty of PHP and Actionscript as well.

I always look forward to this thread, it has been the source for some of my best clients. Contact me at:

http://brooklynsoftworks.com - matt@brooklynsoftworks.com

templaedhel 3 days ago 0 replies      

Front end designer and developer - photoshop, html(5) and css(3), love javascript and responsive fast ajax applications.

Backend developer, fluent with node.js, mongodb, plus still familiar with LAMP from days long past. Also have done some work with AWS.

http://templaedhel.com for some work. If you're curious about seeing more, or hearing references, they exist. templaedhel at gmail dot com. I also hang out on #startups on freenode if you want to chat. Or gchat.

pdelgallego 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK. I'm based in the Denmark, remote/travel is OK, will relocate for the right project.

Web Developer: Ruby on Rails, Rspec, Cucumber, CSS/SASS, HTML/HAML, MongoDB, Javascript, Coffeescript, Backbone, Jasmine, jQuery, Git, and a little bit of Unix.

Portfolio: http://pdelgallego.com (work in progress)

Email: $irb> "%s.%s@gmail.com" % %w(pedro delgallego)

rate: ~$45/hour

Xixi 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Japan, Kobe. Remote, travel or local ok.

I'm a doing some freelancing while bootstrapping ShiningPanda (https://www.shiningpanda.com). My expertise lies in: Python (Django, RabbitMQ/Celery, etc.) and Continuous Integration with Jenkins. I've also done my fair share of HTML / CSS / JQuery and GWT.

Email in profile

kaffeinecoma 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (Cleveland, USA based)

Experienced Webapp dev: Java, Wicket, Lucene/SOLR, Hibernate, Google App Engine, etc.

I built http://appgravity.com, a search engine for Android Apps that currently gets ~65K pageviews/day.

Other work samples & contact info available at http://armhold.com/portfolio.

peng 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (Tokyo)

Interface designer from California. I work with companies around the world on application design, usability, and branding.

HTML5 / CSS3 (Sass, Stylus) / JS / Photoshop / iOS


Hrundi 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Argentina

My name is Victor, a 28 year old developer living in Argentina.




* JavaScript

* HTML 4 and 5

* C#

* Unix administration

Secondary skills:

* Java

* DirectX and OpenGL


I've been programming LAMP based sites for about 9 years and I'm currently working for a very large mobile games developer for 4 years now.

My work in there consists mostly of the following:

* Integrating customer billing for mobile sites, both North American and South American (closed carrier APIs and gateways such as Paypal and Amazon Payments)

* On-call support outside office hours (in which I solve issues with firewalls, programming mistakes made by developers, etc)

* Shop development and design. Basically, these are websites that display content and allow purchases with the aforementioned billing methods.I also focus on improving our custom, in-house developed framework that drives most of the websites.

Previous endeavors include:

* PHP programming and Unix administration at a large South American portal (from 2002 to 2005). It proved to be immensely informative, since we had to deal with a site that gathered several hundred thousands pageviews per day.

* PHP programming and database administration at a credit-report company (from 2005 to 2007). This also proved to be quite helpful, as I had to deal with an ill-maintained IBM Informix database, with poor normalization along with hundreds of millions of rows.

You can contact me at ar_freelancer AT yahoo.com

Thanks for the opportunity!

deno 3 days ago 0 replies      

Mostly Python, Javascript. I'm looking for small to medium-sized projects. Just starting out, but I've already put up some code online: https://launchpad.net/pylandro-collections-range https://launchpad.net/awkwardduet

I've used Python and JS professionally to solve various real-world problems and I can manage substantial complexity. I'm working on improving my online portfolio, but in the meantime I'm interested in really any kind of paid work.

For any offers or inquiries contact me at: hn@deno.pl .

taxidermyrobot 3 days ago 0 replies      

Freelance Artist/Illustrator residing in San Francisco Bay Area. I can work remotely.

I'm a graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration.

I can do:

* Mascots for your products

* Game Art (backgrounds, environment, items)

* Character Design/Development

* Flyers

Here's my portfolio site: http://www.taxidermyrobot.com

I am open to: Part Time, Freelance

Email me if you're interested in my work.

rglover 3 days ago 0 replies      

I'm a UI/UX designer looking to work with startups and smaller companies. My expertise lies in: Photoshop (visual design), HTML(5), CSS(3), and jQuery. I also have a fair bit of experience with Wordpress. I've recently gone full-time so I'm looking to book up my schedule for the next couple of months (reasonable rates always and flexible with smaller teams/projects).

Check out my work and get in touch: http://www.ryanglover.net

neilxdsouza 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK: Mumbai, Relocate? Yes, Remote? Yes

I quit my job in Apr-2010, in the Middle East to work full time on my compiler(s) for Market Research Survey and Data Processing.
The compiler is open source and hosted here:



The compiler is written in C++, Yacc.

I developed the ERP system for the company I worked in Dubai (TNS MEA) - Asp.Net/C#/SQL Server. Comfortable with Postgres.

I should be able to program in any language that you ask me to, although I will need a little time to get warmed up (have been reading up on Lisp, Python and Ruby).


Live demo of a survey:
(click "en" for English instructions)

Project website: http://qscript.in

Why? :

I pitched to a few companies in India, but they are not interested in getting into the products space.

Unfortunately, I have run out of time (I am 33), and have decided to freeze the project for now and get a job as I have to pay my investors back.

The negative Karma on my username, is because of a "smart" comment I made, when Wufoo was bought out by SurveyMonkey (I was just happy and overjoyed, that a company in the MR related field made it).

Contact: nxd_in@yahoo.com

zemanel 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK (Remote). Location: Porto, Portugal, EU

Backend Python/Frontend Javascript Developer

- Python: Django, Tipfy, Google App Engine [, virtualenv, pip]

- Javascript: Dojo Toolkit (including Dijits), JQuery, Node.js

- Java: Struts, Hibernate, Jboss Seam, Groovy/Grails, Solr; (many beers ago)

- *NIX shell and sysadmin skills

- Source control svn, git, mercurial

- Databases: MySQL, Postgres

- General: Good learner, passionate about the work, experience remote with multi-cultural/timezone/skilled teams

- Hang around on IRC ;-)

References on http://pt.linkedin.com/in/josemoreira

MattBearman 3 days ago 0 replies      

PHP/JavaScript/HTML/CSS developer. I'm based in the UK, and happy with local or remote work.

I've over 5 years experience in PHP, and have used many frameworks, including CodeIgniter, CakePHP and Zend.

I've also got a lot of experience with CMSs including Wordpress and Expression Engine.

My email address is on my profile.



bobds 3 days ago 0 replies      

Location: Europe (can travel to your location for limited periods)

Skills: PHP, Javascript, jQuery, HTML, CSS, SQL, Java, Wordpress, Web services, Web scraping

(more details: http://disattention.com/about/ )

_pius 3 days ago 0 replies      

Location: San Francisco, CA or Remote

Skillset: iOS Developer

I'm looking for an expert iOS developer to help our startup, BeCouply, go a little faster on the iPhone app. We've got a fun concept, we're funded by Mitch Kapor et al, and we're about to get some great exposure on a major news channel.

Reach out to me at pius@alum.mit.edu.

martey 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Washington DC; remote work is fine

I am a web developer with significant experience with Python/Django, Linux system administration, and HTML5/CSS3/JQuery. I understand both Git and Mercurial, and validate my code with both pep8 and the W3's HTML validator.

Contact me at hn-2011-11@marteydodoo.com

charlesdm 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK. Belgium. Remote, but have no problem travelling for certain things.

Mobile development; native iOS (Objective-C) and Android (Java) development. Past experience also includes C/C++ and desktop development (Windows & Mac).

Specialities: Low level programming in C/C++, multi platform software (desktop, mobile), porting of libraries, 2D/3D renderers, back end systems.

Portfolio work is up at http://pandaris.com. I'm also working on two other personal iOS projects (one is finished and ready for release), so get in touch if you want to hear more. :)

Market rate contract work only; email and skype are on my profile.

TamDenholm 3 days ago 0 replies      
Remote preferred but not required.

PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JS, jQuery. A lot of experience with Facebook apps, CMS's and API's.

contact@ [myusername] .com

bsenftner 3 days ago 0 replies      
Seeking work - remote or in person: Los Angeles, CA

Senior technologist, MBA, with specializations in automated business systems, Drupal sites with eCommerce & RESTful APIs, 3D animation production systems (8 high profile video games, 6 VFX heavy major release feature films, plus 24 other entertainment software products.) I mostly code in PHP, C/C++, & JavaScript; but I know and have professionally worked in Perl, MS Office VBA, assembly, BASH, and LISP. I create automated businesses, and automated existing business operations, with an emphasis on media production. I am also somewhat good at AI, having written AIs for several video games, and automated systems. I create and lead highly efficient teams, I mentor well, teach classes, as well as create entire operations solo. I was an Operating System developer for the original PlayStation. Whatever you're doing, I can make it better, and your work environment better too. I can be reached at www.BlakeSenftner.com.

decadentcactus 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Perth, Australia, remote ok

$50/hr, list of work and buzzwords at paimoe.com. I'll discuss what you want, then get access to a git repo and get started.

Mainly PHP, MYSQL, jQuery, HTML/CSS, Django/Python (less so). Built both large sites and side projects.

Contact hi @ above domain.

lynaghk 3 days ago 0 replies      
Remote or Portland, Oregon.

http://keminglabs.com does interactive data visualization on the web via SVG + JavaScript.
We use a lot of D3.js; formerly via CoffeeScript, now moving to ClojureScript.
Backend tends to be Ruby or Clojure.

We have a variety of upcoming projects that we could work with a freelancer on; web/iPad reporting tools in the healthcare domain, scientific publishing widgets, and a Google Calendar meets Command and Conquer application for the US military.

We do fixed-bid work with our clients, and we'll expect the same from you.
Talking talk tech arcana over beer is fun, but ultimately you're a professional that can delivers more results than code; you pick your tools, work enviornment, &c.

Contact me:

  email: kevin@keminglabs.com
Github: lynaghk

llambda 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK: Based in NYC, remote or local

Python hacker: Flask/Django

GitHub: https://github.com/maxcountryman

contact: maxc@me.com

brettvallis 2 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Cape Town, South Africa, remote and travel as required.
Enterprise Product Manager with experience in managing teams, and full product lifecycle development. Primary stack is Windows, ASP.NET, and major commercial software platform for the last 8 years has been SharePoint (2003 - 2010).
Experience includes working as SharePoint Product Manager for Microsoft Consulting Services (Reading, UK), and working with 100+ local, and regional government, parastatal, and private enterprise-sized organisations.
Looking to develop as a private freelancer with the view to establishing small ISV.
contact: brettvallis [at] hotmail [dot] com
guruz 3 days ago 0 replies      
We're a offering consulting/contract work around Nokia's Qt framework.
We're also interested in doing more general work in the world of open source, desktop, mobile.

If you're interested contact us via http://woboq.com/ We're based in Berlin but look for remote work everywhere.

ed209 3 days ago 0 replies      

UI+UX Designer for Mob (Android and iOS), Web. Also like building what I design in CSS, HTML, JS.

Some work at http://bit.ly/edlea-info and http://www.edlea.com

wltm SF based startups.

sidmitra 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote/Freelance

Python/Django/jQuery, with extensive experience building e-commerce marketplaces. I have a research background, data analysis, playing around with NLP right now.

I run a django dev shop, currently taking gigs. Here's my portfolio:

* http://www.sidmitra.com/portfolio.html

* http://www.cloudshuffle.com/

Srirangan 3 days ago 0 replies      

Node.js, Python, Scala

GitHub - https://github.com/Srirangan
Blog - http://srirangan.net
About - http://srirangan.net/about
Twitter - http://twitter.com/srirangan
LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/srirangan

Review19 - Next generation, real time story board for your projects - http://www.review19.com

New Delhi, India

Will work remotely?

rishi 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - San Francisco/Bay Area - Graphic Designer

This post is for Puja Bakshi (amazing designer), 9yrs experience. Needs H1-B Visa.

Portfolio/Website here: http://pujabakshi.com/

Full Resume located here: http://pujabakshi.com/contact/PujaBakshiResume.pdf

Contact Info located on her website

goshakkk 3 days ago 0 replies      

Languages & Technologies: Ruby & Rails, Node.js, some Python/Django

Other stuff: git, Rspec, Cucumber, SASS, HAML, CoffeeScript, MongoDB, jQuery, some linux administration.

http://goshakkk.name/ or directly via email me@goshakkk.name

I would like to work on great & interesting projects, if I can amaze me with your idea, I can do your project for free. (Inner desire to work on something cool, combined with need to fill up my portfolio)

robinwarren 3 days ago 2 replies      
$$ hope no one has a problem with me mentioning my site


There's some contracting/freelancing jobs on there. I got an email today from soneone who has already found work through the site. It's still a work in progress, but improving all the time. Happy job hunting :)

martynrdavies 3 days ago 0 replies      

Location: London, UK
Skillsets: Software Engineer, Client Side Developer, iOS Developer

Who we are:
Six Two are a London based API, web and mobile web development company specializing in building applications in the music/culture/entertainment space. We have a multitude of clients and 3 main products of our own that require more staffing.

More info: http://www.sixtwoproductions.co.uk/jobs

Zuviko 3 days ago 0 replies      

We have a position open in our small software/web services company. Combo work from home/come in to office (Roma Norte/Condesa area). We're expanding our web services and want someone keen to learn: we're flexible with what tools you choose to use but you should have a decent grounding in Javascript/CSS/PHP(or similar)/MySQL. Good english is important. We really love our industry and are the current leading service provider in our field, working with top clients internationally. Email us at hire.me.mex@gmail.com for info.

csomar 3 days ago 0 replies      

Looking for a $250-$400 gig. HTML/CSS/JavaScript (jQuery/Backbone) and PHP (WordPress/Fat Free). Email in my profile.

adamjleonard 3 days ago 0 replies      

Web developer that is passionate, social, and always learning.

Skilled in the following:

* PHP 5 & PHP 5.3

* Rails 3.0 & 3.1

* jQuery

* NodeJS

* CoffeeScript


* Linux admin

You can view my resume at http://www.adamjleonard.com/resume

infocaptor 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Remote/ Pittsburgh, PA

Need a freelancer for http://www.mockuptiger.com

Port to Ipad. Someone with good experience converting html+javascript app to Ipad. Please email nilesh@mockuptiger.com

stevederico 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK iOS Developer (San Francisco)
Contract work only. No full-time or equity gigs.
Portfolio: http://www.bixbyapps.com
rileywatkins 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Portland/Remote

I do web development with Python (Django and Flask), PHP, ColdFusion (and CFWheels), SQL, JavaScript (and jQuery), HTML, CSS, some Flex and AS3, etc.

I'm open to part-time, full-time, and freelance.


email: riley at rileywatkins dot com

brianjolney 3 days ago 1 reply      

Vita Coco - NYC

Looking for a generalist developer to run some projects internally, would need to be based in the NYC area. Half on site work, half remote.

Think PHP/MYSQL backend work, HTML/CSS/JS frontend work, social APIs (Facebook, Twilio, Mailchimp), Phonegap iPad apps, etc.

Email me: bolney@vitacoco.com

Mandar 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote or in Paris

Core skills: LAMP stack, with MySQL or MongoDB.

5 year experience designing high traffic web applications, doing security audits or system administration.

I'm good at understanding business needs and can lead teams.

Also, I'm certified on PHP5 by Zend.

bo_Olean 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote/Full Time

Preferred work : LAMP Stack / AJAX Apps.

Can lead a team, work on both frontend & backend development.
I don't do designs.

You can find contact info in my profile.

rizz0 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3184887
e_g 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK -- Freelance/Remote/Travel/Local

PhD in Information Retrieval graduate (9/2011, UK), 3yrs industry experience (IBM lab, and HP Consulting division)

Programming Languages: Java, C#, Python, Ruby, R, Perl, C

Research IR: Search Engines(MG4J, Lemur, Terrier), Evaluation procedures (TREC-style)

Research NLP: Semantic Vector Space models (LSA, HAL, COALS, PMI)

General Proficiency: Large scale text and document processing techniques (stop-wording, stemming, indexing, nosql (tokyo, kyoto cabinet))

Happy to answer any questions for more specific details and provide my CV and references on request.


haxoo 3 days ago 0 replies      

javascript expert

github profile: http://www.ozkeebo.com/github





  rate: 50/h
remote only

skbohra123 3 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK. India. Remote
Django.Jquery. PHP

Contact in my profile.

raizer 3 days ago 0 replies      
Seeking Work!

Technologies - TIBCO Product Stack (BusinessWorks,BusinessEvents, RV, EMS, AMX, Activespaces), C, Java

Work level: Senior Dev/Architect

Location : Toronto, Canada

Will work remotely?: Yes (Preferred)

Fulltime/Part-time?: Part-time preferred

Rate: $100 - $120/hr. Depending on role and contract length.

blckswn49 3 days ago 0 replies      
Seeking Work - Remote or in Taiwan

Technical writer, copy-writer, editor, content developer, academic writing, etc... available for jobs big and small. Have written content for the following websites: editing.tw, www.novaismed.com. Portfolio, samples, and references available upon request. blckswn49@gmail.com

JohnOBrien10 3 days ago 0 replies      
Also seems relevant to mention my site to help people track job applications, Job-Buddy.com. All feedback is welcome.
frogly 3 days ago 1 reply      

I'm a designer, but I can't code. I'm looking for someone who can code a template for a popular CMS. I'll do the design, and you can code. I'll provide more guidance if you contact me, with your skillset and experience. If you don't have much experience, don't worry! Just tell me what you're good at.

Estimated time required: a few weeks
Estimated cost: a few hundred dollars

Contact: jimduggan -- yahoo.com

Ask HN: I cannot afford to scale…
49 points by roblobue  3 days ago   43 comments top 30
Eliezer 3 days ago 0 replies      
Hi! This is the Market Economics Fairy! I help supply and demand equilibrate everywhere! If you're turning away customers it means you've set your prices too low! Raise your prices until you have exactly as many customers as you can handle!

Sincerely, the Market Economics Fairy!

OoTheNigerian 3 days ago 1 reply      
I think you have an 'easy' choice here.

1. Like other people have said, increase your price and fewer people remain. It is polite self selection

2. Outsource the actual job. make your job relating with the customer and pay people to do the translation (per job). your work will be to review what they have done and interact with the customer.

3. Focus on the one that had higher money/time ratio. So if it is the highly technical jobs or the phone apps, you chose.

Congratulations, you have a good problem :).

PS: NEVER reduce your quality.

rmc 3 days ago 1 reply      
Charge more. You seem to be stuck with the idea that if you charge more you will lose clients. Do you have any evidence that this is true? Have you talked to existing clients and said "I'm pretty busy, but if you pay X I can fit you in this week?" What did they say to that? Did you try putting out a new ad with higher rates? Do you get lower feedback? Or the same feedback.
brudgers 3 days ago 1 reply      
The big issue is not that you cannot afford to scale.

It is that your business model cannot scale - effectively, you are hand crafting widgets, not leveraging technology to increase productivity.

Adding another translator, adds approximately one unit of capacity. Another document, well, that adds approximately one unit of work. Sure, growth can occur arithmetically, but there is no possibility of exponential or even geometric growth.

To make the issue more intractable, the iOS ecosystem provides less opportunity to acquire and apply more efficient tools - there is a significant degree of rigidity in the technology stack (i.e. you can't employ a tool written in LISP easily in order to improve throughput).

What you have is ownership of a small business - which is entirely consistent with your initial goal of owning a company. And you are facing the same issues all small businesses face - the problem of hiring people who might not do things exactly the same way you would.

Good luck.

apinstein 3 days ago 0 replies      
A good strategy for pricing in this situation is with an "express service." This allows you to keep your existing "list price" but of course the delivery time for that will go up by days/weeks/etc. Your express service has a guaranteed quick delivery at a much higher price. You now have a way to capture a premium for customers that are in a rush. It's a win-win with no risk of downside due to a complete price change.
maratd 3 days ago 0 replies      
> I can't increase costs because of competition, even though I am sure my service provides a much higher quality translation.

Self-limiting belief. Self-fulfilling prophecy. Whatever you want to call it, this one single sentence will kill your business.

If you are providing a higher quality service than the competition, then guess what? You should be charging more.

If you're not getting the clients you need when charging more ... well, your marketing sucks. Position yourself as a premium service. Provide a better experience and charge for it. Get customers by encouraging referrals, etc, etc.

Look at Apple. They charge twice as much as their competitors for the same hardware. Why? They provide a premium experience and they charge extra for it.

Why are you competing on cost?

dools 3 days ago 0 replies      
Speaking as someone going through the process of commoditising at a fixed price what is traditionally a very variable price service business, my biggest piece of advice is figure out how to be profitable at one type of job in this space, systemise and do only that, and say not to everything else.

Once you're profitable at that one type of job ("type" here could be size of app, type of client, whatever) you can repeat the process. Rome wasn't built in a day and you don't have to cater to everyone immediately.

Work out how you can automate each step, but most importantly the qualification step that will tell you if the client is a profitable one for your process or not.

Once you've done this, you'll find it easier to outsource each part of the process.

roblobue 3 days ago 1 reply      
Hi Guys,

Thanks for all the answers so far - much much appreciated. A few points I should clear up.

1) I do outsource translation. I work closely with a group of freelance translators who I interviewed back in January when I started up. I wish I could speak 20 languages, but I don't ;-)

2) Running a business unfortunately isn't just Project Management and Project QA. There's also finances, marketing, the website to maintain. Certain things can be outsourced, and I have for the smaller jobs.

3) I am happy to make some investments to improve long term returns. Indeed, I didn't pay myself last month to pay for a few improvements. Not ideal when you have rent, but sometimes sacrifices have to be made and I'm ok with that.

4) After reading your comments I'm a little less nervous about increasing prices. I worry, of course I do, that'll I'll be too expensive. Pricing is definitely something I am learning, it isn't easy.

What do you guys think about partnering with someone? Perhaps taking on a junior partner so we can work together towards common aim of Applingua… Is this ever a good idea?

geuis 3 days ago 0 replies      
Two things I would recommend:

1) Charge more. Lots of other people have said that too. If you have to turn away customers, then you know you can raise your rates. You need to do a/b testing on this (i.e. high-low) until you find the proper rate at which the number of customers is balanced by the price you charge.

2) You need to automate some stuff. If I were you, I would invest a little time into writing a simple tool where you can enter the corpus of text and translate it via Google Translate. If you set up your tool to allow multiple inputs, you can easily start a project by filling in all the text to be translated and hit "Go". Afterwords, you just go through each translated entry and correct things. This should be significantly easier than doing every single thing by hand, over and over.

Daniel_Newby 3 days ago 0 replies      
> You all know client work involves last minute changes and lengthy email discussions.

For which they should be billed. By the hour.

If they want a fixed price contract, they can go elsewhere and find a job shop that will never go the extra mile when the time runs out. Emphasize the value proposition you bring by providing in-depth professional services. Emphasize the fact that your extra billable hours are pay-as-you-go: every time something gets worked out, they are getting proof of just how much you are worth.

tomgallard 3 days ago 0 replies      
You say you cannot increase costs because of competition? Are you sure about this? I understand its scary to price yourself above competitors, but that doesn't mean you can't do it.

For example, the software I sell is more expensive than all of the competing products. However, I know that as we have similar fixed costs, I only need to sell around 1/3 the volume that they do in order to make a similar profit. People don't always go for the cheapest option- indeed most people avoid it.

Until you've tried raising your price you really don't know what you can get away with (and I think you may be surprised, especially if you're getting people coming to you via personal recommmendations). Companies like Apple have made enormous amounts of money selling products which are more expensive than the competition.

This doesn't address your scaling concern though. Are there parts of the process that are automatable? For example- could clients preprepare their app in a certain way that makes it easy to extract and translate all the data.

profitbaron 3 days ago 0 replies      
The problem isn't that you can't scale, the issue is that you can't scale with the current business model.

Looking at your website (Applingua), I have noticed a few things which can be done to solve this.

First of all, your pricing strategy is wrong and part of the reason is what, you yourself admit that you don't charge enough as a small project is costing you money and a large project costs you time.

To fix your pricing strategy, I would implement the following changes:

First of all, I would implement a set fee for a certain amount of words and then $0.xx per word afterwards. This would instantly prevent "small projects" costing you money as for example you can decide upto 500 words = $xx then $0.xx per word after so words under this amount would be "profitable" for you so to speak since you're getting paid for more words than you are actually translating.

Additionally, I would also offer an "express" service like PSD to HTML services offer with premiums being charged on delivery times. Many small teams/single devs use these and pay for the "premium" feature of express service - you definitely should implement this into your service.

For example, turnaround time would be offered to all customers for instance at 5 working days, and then they can pay an additional fee for the express service i.e. $10+ for 3 days, $20+ for 48 hours , $35+ for 24 hours and even $50+ for the same day (providing it is before a certain time) - Obviously, these are example express pricing fees and turnaround times so you can edit these to suit your needs.

Upon, doing all of this I would also slightly increase your prices slightly by a couple of pennies on each of your offerings.

This would mean that you would have a new pricing structure, that would give you an inital set fee for your work and even more money for certain jobs than you would initally receive as well as, additional revenue from your express service. Likewise, the slight increase will also help your profitability and help solve the fact that you don't charge enough.

With regards to being able to take on more work via employing someone then, there are a few methods and options available to you for this.

First of all, you could employ a student on a part-time basis (since you can't guarantee a full time position) meaning you could take in more work as well as, provide them with relevant work experience especially if they are a language student.

Secondly, you should focus on automating as much of your service as you can - even more than you are already doing. This may mean having to refer to vWorker or Automated tools etc for various aspects and using your language/freelancers language skills to "tidy" up the work so to speak whilst, maintaining the quality.

Moreover, you could also employ a Virtual Assistant as well to automate/scale-up some of aspects of your work. You can hire some VA's for $250/month and they'll work pretty much full-time for you - and you can "train" them to do various tasks for you - whether thats focusing on the marketing etc to take some burden off your shoulders and automate/scale up other aspects of your business.

ishi 3 days ago 0 replies      
Don't assume that you cannot charge more than the competition. If your service is better / faster / higher quality / more personal and so on, customers will be willing to pay a premium. Perhaps not all of them, but some.

You can always quote a higher initial price, and if the potential customer makes it clear that it is more than he's willing to pay, you give him a "new customer discount". Then, once he knows how great your service is, he might become a return customer and then pay the full price.

tibbon 3 days ago 0 replies      
1. Raise your prices
2. Find someone locally to help part time with translation. In this economy, there have gotta be some good bi-lingual people who need some extra cash irregularly to do translation.
3. Create a system to make the process more scalable, so that the person doing the translation doesn't need to know anything about programming.
4. Find more hours in the day and push yourself until you do have enough fulltime work for a second person.
5. Setup good relations with app developers that you've already worked with. They are going to keep creating apps, and their new apps, updates, etc... will all need translation. This can help make work more steady.
fookyong 3 days ago 1 reply      
outsource it.

http://mygengo.com should sort you out.

you still take on clients, you just won't be the one doing all the translation yourself. your role will be more of a project manager / QA role. should be easier to scale.

wccrawford 3 days ago 0 replies      
You answered your own question.

"I don't charge enough."

Tada. Fix that.

teyc 3 days ago 1 reply      
Firstly, set a minimum per project. There is a overhead to every project and that needs to be accounted for. Each project needs to make enough profit to buy you lunch.

Secondly, look at any non-key functions that you are performing and see if a Virtual Assistant can help you with.

Thirdly, you have to believe this: people are not that price sensitive. You might be $50 more expensive than other people, but most don't care about that $50, especially if it is paid for by the company, and there are other factors - deadlines, professionalism, etc.

Fourthly, try hard to increase your quotes until 20% of people reject you for being too expensive. If you are in a price competition, you will always invariaribly feel stuck in the future just like you are now.

phatbyte 3 days ago 0 replies      
Don't be afraid of charging for something the brings value to the table. I see a little bit of both, crappy apps charging huge amounts of $ and awesome apps almost for free. It amazes me how can companies or developers put so lower prices and something that probably took them a lot of time to create. So, if your app is awesome, users recommend it, charge it for the right price. You might loose cheap clients, but you highlight yourself from the competition.
helen842000 3 days ago 0 replies      
Look for free ways to scale before you pay for them.

Aim to get to the point where it takes you the same amount of time to deal with 1 customer or 100. What would that process look like?

Maybe something like...The client hires you, you assess the requirements, send details to the translator and then all future project messages go straight to the translator (or a virtual assistant), you fix unusual/unique issues and issue the invoice. Rinse & repeat.

If you're entering into lengthy e-mail discussions try to find recurring topics/issues across all of your clients. Can you refine the requirements gathering process at the beginning of a project to save you time at the end?

Anticipate the standard number of hours needed for support and add a percentage onto your prices for "support issues". You can happily say this price also includes x amount of after-care.

If your client chooses not to have this added on up front you can say that unplanned support hours cost $xx. Knowing that your time is a premium ensures they are clear and concise with you from the start. Fixed price jobs are prone to requirements creep.

You're paying in so much time by reading long client e-mails, replying to them and then forwarding important info onto your translators. Maybe by discussing with a client on a recorded Skype call instead of e-mail you cut time needed down to 1/3.

Analyse your working day. Any repetitive task can be automated/outsourced made quicker or eliminated completely.

What types of task take up your day?

How long does it take to get your computer ready in the morning? Add programs to start-up, get frequently used websites saved to permanent tabs. Is filing paperwork/accounts simple? Any task over 10mins needs to be considered.

I know it sounds wrong but you've got to work yourself out of the business as a critical cog. You (i.e your time) are the bottleneck stopping you making more money.

Maybe having a virtual assistant for a few hours per day would be a low cost way of helping with communication back log. They could take info out of mails and forward to the translator working on it in a template. Or they could read mails and highlight the critical info for you consider.

It sounds as though your business is at a turning point where your job role needs to change to progress, move away from day to day work and more towards finding new clients and streamlining.

Your overall job is to remove obstacles for yourself and those that you employ.

Best of luck!!

smayfield 3 days ago 0 replies      
Also consider "small scale automation". Maybe you can't automate a process or even part of a process and maintain the level of quality you're looking for, but take a look at the individual tools you're using and whether or not you're using them efficiently when performing specific steps. Is switching back and forth between apps too slow? Are there keyboard shortcuts you should become familiar with? Are there plug-ins/extensions that can automate something simple (in the .Net space, something that might help an app translation process is a refactoring macro that will "extract selected string to resource file".

And as others have said... if you're product is better, raise your price. Just be ready to explain WHY you're better to your customers. :)

devs1010 2 days ago 0 replies      
oh yeah, and find some real companies as clients, by this I mean companies that have like 50+ employees, that have budgets and established products etc. I work for a company with 100, or so, employees that has an established web app product and I have heard our CTO talk on more than one occassion about the difficulty in finding a good English to Japanese translator for the web app.. If you find the right clients (and a lot of web app companies nowadays are "going global") then charging more shouldn't be an issue as, with bigger companies, cost isn't usually the main issue so much as quality of work. Limiting yourself to just doing Apple phone apps is going to put a major constraint on your growth.
peterdelrosario 3 days ago 1 reply      
This post piqued my interest because I've been working for one of the bigger players in the translation industry, and I have a lot of thoughts about your predicament.

You are a commodity. That's the reason why it's difficult to raise your prices. App developers could easily find alternatives to your service quite easily... they can go to myGengo or tens of other services (including the company I work for), and they could probably get it at a cheaper price. When you have a situation like that, then you have no leverage.

You need to find your differentiation. For example, a good niche some translation companies we work with specialize in medical translation. You can't easily substitute translators with medical expertise... They have more price leverage than your regular run-of-the-mill translator. I'm not sure what specialties you have in your skillset, but you need to find a niche that you can serve.

Another differentiator is speed. The translation industry is changing rapidly. In the past, most translation jobs were completed in the order of months (think documentation for Microsoft). Nowadays, most jobs require translations to be done in less than a few days (think blog posts). Running an efficient and scalable operation is quite difficult.

I have much more to say, but I'm at work, so I'll reply later.

devs1010 2 days ago 0 replies      
Just thought I'd point out that you're running a service business not a product business, there is plenty written on this topic, there's nothing inherently wrong with running a service business but they are known to be harder to scale, for example VC's also tend to shy away from investing in service businesses. I'd recommend reading up on other service business and how they have dealt with the challenges you're facing as the challenges are bound to be different from a product business (which is what most web startups are aiming to be
Wraithan 3 days ago 0 replies      
Raise your rates. It is simple. If you provide a higher quality service then you will continue to do well. As you said you are turning away potential clients at this point. That means you have very little to lose by raising your rates a bit. You are already losing business, might as well turn a better profit while you do it.
thegyppo 3 days ago 2 replies      
Outsource the writing, then spend time doing the quality checking rather than the hard yards. That should allow you to scale 2-3x faster & take on more work.

The downside is trying to find good contractors who can translate to a standard that you set.

Good luck!

MortenK 3 days ago 0 replies      
If your level of service is better than your competition, you should charge more. Price is of course a parameter to compete on, but it is not the most important one.

The cheaper competition no doubt have much more work, and many more customers. Even so, they will be much less profitable.

gte910h 3 days ago 0 replies      
Many services are very hard to pin a price on.

Raise yours. Find new people willing to pay the increased rates.

Oddly enough, I've found raising prices to make people MORE DETERMINED to get you sometimes.

howlingmime 3 days ago 0 replies      
You could follow the advice of many commenters here and increase prices. I recommend you increase prices on new customers, but maintain similar prices for current customers, since they've been early adopters of your service. The danger of suddenly raising prices on existing customers (or radically changing the service) is that you might lose them (see Netflix).
waldr 3 days ago 0 replies      
Do you get much repeat business? Can you speak to old/previous clients and find out what they would be willing to pay?

Can you improve your own productivity, what takes up most of your time when managing the translation?

ghr 3 days ago 1 reply      
If you can't charge more then you need to spend less time doing the work. Is there a way you can automate your process more?
Ask HN: work for Apple or continue bootstrapping my startup
6 points by throwawayapple  1 day ago   12 comments top 7
keiferski 1 day ago 0 replies      
A startup business is supposed to make money. Don't get caught up in the "oh, we'll worry about revenues later" nonsense.

If you have no idea how your startup will make money, get the job at Apple.

twog 1 day ago 0 replies      
I went through a very similar stage like this over the past summer. I was trying to boot strap a number of startups that ultimately didnt pan out, and I was finally working on one that was making some income (but still ramen status). Around June, I was offered a job working with a VC firm, which I ultimately took. So far, I think I have made the right decision. While this is also an "all-in" position, I have found that the few free moments I have can be used to think clearly on my next ventures I plan to build. Dont underestimate the stress that will evaporate when you have steady income.
drKarl 1 day ago 0 replies      
Because you said "no income in sight", and it is a "high-paying job" I would say go work for Apple. That way you will

1) Get more experience, that will prove valuable if you ever found another startup

2) Broaden your connections and networking. That is extremely valuable if you found a startup later.

3) Save some cash with your "high-paying job" so that later it would be safer for you to pursue your enterpreneur dreams.

Yes, that would mean delaying your dream of becoming an enterpreneur and startup owner, but not necessarily give it up completely, and it has advantages if you can delay your gratification...

runjake 1 day ago 0 replies      
Work for Apple, learn a lot. Nothing says you can't leave Apple later and pursue something.
steventruong 1 day ago 1 reply      
This is just an assumption but I assume you applied for the job at Apple and must have had some sort of interview to know that its a high paying gig. If you've gone that far, coupled with what others have already echoed, Apple should be the right choice for you.
Irishsteve 1 day ago 1 reply      
As you are asking the question I'm assuming you'd like to work for Apple.

My basis is that you've mentioned nothing about the company you are looking to start.

theThirdMan 1 day ago 1 reply      
Not a hacker by any means, but I think any entrepreneur should have the same qualities.

If you are even asking this question, especially for others to decide for you, you should just take the Apple job.

The start-up will only be a success if you KNOW it will. You cant be predisposed to having any doubts. You seem to lack the confidence and determination required to be an entrepreneur. I'm sorry if it seems I am being harsh, but it takes more than an idea to become successful with something like this.

Show HN: Tubalr.com, taking advantage of all the great music content on YouTube.
92 points by cjstewart88  12 days ago   discuss
jaredsohn 12 days ago 0 replies      
Songza.fm allowed you to listen to music from YouTube in 2007, although lacked the Pandora-like features. In 2010, YouTube blocked their use of the API.

Interestingly, they pivoted into a 'better Pandora' where they license music, allow playing similar songs, but also let users hand-pick songs for playlists (that for licensing reasons can only be played by other people).


alexholehouse 12 days ago 1 reply      
This is really cool - do you think it would be possible (I'm not necessarily suggesting you implement it) to do some basic NLP to get artist/title from YouTube video names, meaning you could search for an artist and see what's available?

Clearly it wouldn't be perfect, but a reasonably consistent format seems to be <title - band>. It might be possible to use a combination of "links to" and video viewcounts to acts as indicators of authenticity? I mean, I've hardly done much research into this, but I know when I look for music on youtube I almost always use those metrics to determine which videos I'm going to listen to, as it were.

Gertig 12 days ago 0 replies      
Very cool, good job. Clickable http://www.tubalr.com
city41 12 days ago 2 replies      
AOL Radio used to offer single artist radio stations. Now that AOL Radio is powered by Slacker, they dropped this feature. As far as I know no other internet radio service offers this. Now your tubalr does (at least, in a sense). Which makes it stand out, at least to me. Thanks for the nice site!

EDIT: I see if you reload the site and pick the same artist again, the same videos come up in the same order. Some randomization would go a long ways.

joshmlewis 12 days ago 1 reply      
It's clean and simple and maybe useful but the only problem I see is it replaying the same popular songs over and over. I put in Mumford and Sons and Little Lion Man was in the playlist several times over just because it's one of their most popular songs and there are variations and what not. If you could put in some kind of function that doesn't show videos more than once or twice that'd be handy.
robinwarren 12 days ago 1 reply      
Very nice, a good idea cleanly implemented. One suggestion would be to query amazon recommendations for similar artists to help work out what to play. This is only because then you could also possibly allow people to buy or add things to their wish list from your site. If you were thinking about revenue that is.

Good work.

artursapek 12 days ago 1 reply      
Wow, this is wonderful. I have always been shocked at how commonly people Youtube for music and how much better that system could be. You've chosen a great problem to solve.


• I love the Similar button.

• Perhaps the links to the videos could be outline or something, right now it's hard to distinguish them from eachother because it's a mass of text. I mean of course the design of this is very minimalistic and the main focus here is the function, but for now that would be my main design criticism.

• You should filter for the word "with" preceding an artist's name in the video title. Also perhaps "and", or any sort of list of names after an occurrence of "with," because I got one video for the query "Avi Buffalo" that was "Look Out for My Love Jeff Tweedy with Avi Buffalo, Solid sound August 15 2010," which is of course not Avi Buffalo at all.

EDIT: Also, the ability to search while still keeping the current song playing at the top would be nice.

jtheory 12 days ago 1 reply      
This is pretty cool! I use YouTube for music all the time -- I'm not quite sure. I keep finding music apps that aren't quite right, and don't have what I want to hear (or not set up how I want to use them), and I end up back at YouTube, which indeed sucks for this.

No useful advice at the moment, beyond a vague suggestion to revisit the domain name choice (if somehow you're not wedded to this one by now, and you see many other folks with reactions like mine). I'm still not quite sure of the intended reading, but first I saw a slightly jumbled "tubgirl"(!), then I saw "two-baller"; now I'm stuck with a reference to "tubal" (as in tubal ligation? ...) with a flickr-style ending. Maybe just put an "about" link somewhere that gives a hint?

citricsquid 12 days ago 2 replies      
Needs something that signals it's processing when I enter a value, I figured it was broken as it takes ~5 seconds to respond.
fezzl 1 day ago 0 replies      
Really neat! Can you add a "next" button though?
Geee 12 days ago 1 reply      
Thanks!! I have been waiting for this. There's lots of stuff on Youtube that isn't anywhere else. Suggestions: Let me search for Youtube playlists. Somehow, songs could be connected in a network of similar songs by mapping the playlists. Also, let me create link for the current playlist/song.
canadiancreed 12 days ago 1 reply      
Loving the similiar feature. Already found three bands that I had never heard of before that have tunes that are right up my alley. Very nice work.

One thing and I dont' know if it's possible, but is there a way to have it where if the video is flagged as no longer there, it's not returned in the results? I get about a 25% to 50% rate where the video is listed, but doesn't play.

soho33 11 days ago 1 reply      
very nice, simple and sleek design. I really like it.

the only downside i see which i noticed other people mentioning as well is when i search for let's say "Coldplay" the first 2-3 songs are the same which would require me to play next. it's a lot simpler than the Youtube playlist so once you add the playlist functionality and some algorithm to get rid of duplicates it'll be a very useful service.

How are you planning to monetize this? or are you doing this just as a hobby?

wtildesley 12 days ago 1 reply      
Noticed the footer overlaps the playlist: http://i.imgur.com/xjUxo.png
bkyan 11 days ago 1 reply      
This is awesome! I am trying to embed tubalr within a browser-based desktop environment and have a pair of (hopefully) quick requests:

1. I'd like to be able to pass in something via the URL that allows me to set the wmode of the video to be opaque or transparent.
This is to prevent z-index conflicts when I have two separate tubalr iframes that overlap each other when I drag those iframes around.

2. For the initial video that tubalr loads, I'd like to be able to pass in something via the URL that controls whether the first video autoplays or not.
This is to prevent multiple videos from playing at the same time when I have multiple tubalr iframes on a page.

Example Interface:

edkennedy 12 days ago 0 replies      
Chrome 14, 10.7 OS X. Was only able to get the first video to play when I went to ONLY. I watched a video in entirety. Clicking a video title or next would not switch videos.
jaredsohn 12 days ago 1 reply      
Unfortunately, it may be against YouTube's Terms of Service since it strips the video from the content. http://evolver.fm/2011/03/25/how-youtube-radio-disappeared-f...
zalew 12 days ago  replies      
I did something similar, but, well, different ;) congrats on shipping, mine got stuck in the 'almost finished' stage.
Ask HN: Anyone have Google Reader's old stylesheets and JS cached somewhere?
3 points by jimrandomh  3 days ago   discuss
Offer HN: Free Help from a CPA on Tax, Biz and etc.
2 points by camz  3 days ago   discuss
Any feedback on my app: Create PDF album from your photos
5 points by redpill27  6 days ago   2 comments top 2
iworkforthem 5 days ago 0 replies      
I think you make the pdf a step further to make it into a printable photo album or calendar, etc.. and thru supplier like zazzle, cafepress, etc... to have an actual album, etc.
md1515 6 days ago 0 replies      
I think that is pretty dang cool. Perhaps one expansion could allow people to add some text - details about each photo if an explanation is required. Either way, that's a neat site - nice work.
Ask HN: How minimum a Minimum Viable Product, Can be?
8 points by sathishmanohar  8 days ago   7 comments top 6
lionhearted 8 days ago 1 reply      
You should read Ray Dalio's "Principles" - it's excellent. In it, he talks about prioritizing. Broadly paraphrasing, he says something like, "First, get everything critical to 'Adequate'. Then ask if you want to get it to 'Excellent'. If not, usually you want to stop at 'Adequate'."

For minimum viable, you want to get to 'Adequate' on the core components. That's probably the main product you sell and whatever payment / lead capture is going to be critical for you (email signup, payment processing, or whatever).

A good final, last question to ask is if launching now the way you'd like to has a realistic danger of permanently screwing up your brand. If not, definitely go for it as long as the product is Adequate and the lead/payment systems are Adequate.

If you can get to Excellent very quickly without much more effort in an area, maybe go for it. Take measures to ensure your brand isn't permanently damaged by being too lax somewhere, and then get it out there.

angryasian 8 days ago 0 replies      
if they gave you concrete details, how will they sell books and speaking engagements. j/k sort of

Its subjective. Being an entrepreneur you need to figure out what the smallest unit of measurement is to validate an idea. So based on your expertise, you should sort of know what that is. Example: design ? well its based on your audience. If you are launching a tech oriented product.. you could probably get away with a not so nice design. If its something to do with money, you probably need to use a design that builds trust so you remove that as a factor from validating your idea.

From all the high profile pivots you read about here, I don't think anyone really has any idea, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. For business solutions its a little easier IMO, because you can talk to customers, solutions and problems. For consumer oriented products its much harder.

Michael_K 8 days ago 0 replies      
You have to think about your MVP as a serious effort to validate or disprove your thesis and assumptions. An MVP does not have to be code, it does not have to be a prototype of your real app. You can duck tape anything together (video, screen cast, screen shots, photo shop images...) to try to prove/disprove your thesis. Here a quick example. Let's say you want to build a new way of searching for hotels. The first question you ask yourself, is what is it that will make people come and use my product/site (instead of expedia or hotels.com)? What is the value that I am adding? So you come up with your 2 or 3 true, core value adds that you think build the foundation of why people will love your product. Now you go ahead and verify if you are right, if these 2-3 value adds really are enough to have people come and use your product (if there is a market for it). So you identify a place on the web where your target audience hangs out and you put your MVP (whatever form/shape it has) in front of them. Drew Houston from Dropbox just showed people a video that was fake (the real product did not work yet and was not really build) to measure how many people would like it and the response was amazing.

For reference check out: http://www.quora.com/How-did-Dropbox-reach-its-first-100-100...
and: http://vimeo.com/16091659
Drew is very inspiring.

dchuk 8 days ago 0 replies      
I launched mine in about 6 weeks. I think an MVP consists of:

1) using as many frameworks/themes/pre-made stuff as possible to eliminate subjective decision making on your end
2) reducing options for your end users as much as possible. Stuff like items per page or random other minute extras just don't matter. Just make the decisions for your users.
3) The most simple version of your idea that is still unique and useful

pkamb 8 days ago 0 replies      
The minimum thing required to save someone time and/or money. If it will save them time/money, they will pay for it.
Vandy_Travis 8 days ago 0 replies      
Make a hypothesis, let the market validate it. I would say if you're spending more than 1-2 months on designing, developing, and testing (on real cusotmers) your MVP, your cycle is probably too long.

I'm currently looking at a 6 week cycle for one "iteration".

It will depend on how difficult your product is, as well. There was a linked article on HN recently about how dropbox's MVP was too complex to build ahead of time, so they used a video demo as their MVP.

Ask HN: Will iOS alarm clock mess up again tomorrow?
5 points by barredo  6 days ago   3 comments top 3
loganfsmyth 6 days ago 0 replies      
Unlikely. A week from tomorrow however, who knows. :p
davej 6 days ago 0 replies      
Doubt it. Would be pretty easy to test thought.
       cached 5 November 2011 04:05:01 GMT