If you know (not just read, know):
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Make something good, keep learning. Then show you are doing both of these.
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.
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.
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.
Here is the extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hhedbplnihmkekhgma...
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.
Have you tried loading: https://news.ycombinator.com/?
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...
standup desk - http://www.flickr.com/photos/symmetricalism/5488994391/ i've since gotten rid of the cinema display)
Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0
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.
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.
If you put your email in your profile I'd be happy to contact you and discuss more (or feel free to email me).
Disclaimer: I don't know for sure how the algorithm works, this is just my guess from what I've seen.
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.
We get to look into the source code to see what is really happening.
Again, only a theory, I mean nothing by it.
Oh and finish LPTHW because Zed gets into the basics of a web app near the end and thats a fine start.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- google was not the 1st search engine- intuit was the 40th company into the small business space
Look at them now.
Evaluate. Test. Learn.
They also have an outlet with refurbished and overstock items: http://outlet.lenovo.com/
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.
It looks like the Linux versions are about $60 cheaper than the Windows 7 version.
Don't forget to reroute some of your winnings:
A Different Engine is looking to expand our contractor portfolio.
WHO WE ARE
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.
WHAT WE NEEDWe 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.
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 ;-)
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/kreynoldsBlog: 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.
Fitocracy is seeking an iOS freelancer to help build our iPhone app.
WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON:
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.
WHY WE'RE AWESOME:
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.
WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR:
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.
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.
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.
I'm a bit of unicorn: a designer and a developer.
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. I have an undergraduate degree in physics.
: http://kimble.co/web: https://github.com/tedkimble/bruter
Email in profile
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.
Python, GAE. Relatively new to these, though I did a few small things already, including one for HN .
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:
 My HN tool - poll visualizer:
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).
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)
iPhone App: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/follow-my-money/id471808412?l...
Example Website I've done: www.temeculaprep.com
Rate:$75 an hour. Willing to go as low as $50 for W2 and benefits
OpenVBX Developer | Short-term, remote-friendly, US citizen only
My Github repos: https://github.com/ccarpenterg
Some work in Python:
Contact: email@example.com (My name is Cristian)
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
(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.
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
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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Portfolio: http://pdelgallego.com (work in progress)
Email: $irb> "%email@example.com" % %w(pedro delgallego)
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.
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.
Interface designer from California. I work with companies around the world on application design, usability, and branding.
HTML5 / CSS3 (Sass, Stylus) / JS / Photoshop / iOS
My name is Victor, a 28 year old developer living in Argentina.
* HTML 4 and 5
* Unix administration
* 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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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
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.
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
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: http://220.127.116.11:8081/ (click "en" for English instructions)
Project website: http://qscript.in
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).
- Python: Django, Tipfy, Google App Engine [, virtualenv, pip]
- 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
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.
Location: Europe (can travel to your location for limited periods)
(more details: http://disattention.com/about/ )
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JS, jQuery. A lot of experience with Facebook apps, CMS's and API's.
contact@ [myusername] .com
$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.
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.
email: email@example.com Github: lynaghk
Python hacker: Flask/Django
If you're interested contact us via http://woboq.com/ We're based in Berlin but look for remote work everywhere.
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.
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:
Technologies---Node.js, Python, Scala
Links---GitHub - https://github.com/SriranganBlog - http://srirangan.netAbout - http://srirangan.net/aboutTwitter - http://twitter.com/sriranganLinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/srirangan
Showcase---Review19 - Next generation, real time story board for your projects - http://www.review19.com
Location---New Delhi, India
Will work remotely?---Yes
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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 :)
Location: London, UKSkillsets: 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
Web developer that is passionate, social, and always learning.
Skilled in the following:
* PHP 5 & PHP 5.3
* Rails 3.0 & 3.1
* HAML, SLIM, XHTML, CSS
* Linux admin
You can view my resume at http://www.adamjleonard.com/resume
Need a freelancer for http://www.mockuptiger.com
I'm open to part-time, full-time, and freelance.
email: riley at rileywatkins dot com
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: email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
github profile: http://www.ozkeebo.com/github
rate: 50/h remote only
Contact in my profile.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 weeksEstimated cost: a few hundred dollars
Contact: jimduggan -- yahoo.com
Sincerely, the Market Economics Fairy!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 Applinguaâ€¦ Is this ever a good idea?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"I don't charge enough."
Tada. Fix that.
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.
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!!
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. :)
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.
The downside is trying to find good contractors who can translate to a standard that you set.
The cheaper competition no doubt have much more work, and many more customers. Even so, they will be much less profitable.
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.
Can you improve your own productivity, what takes up most of your time when managing the translation?
If you have no idea how your startup will make money, get the job at Apple.
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...
My basis is that you've mentioned nothing about the company you are looking to start.
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.
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).
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.
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.
â€¢ I love the Similar button.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ 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.
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?
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.
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?
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: http://beta.mindcast.com/ui/4kug9iozh54y
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.
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.
For reference check out: http://www.quora.com/How-did-Dropbox-reach-its-first-100-100...and: http://vimeo.com/16091659Drew is very inspiring.
1) using as many frameworks/themes/pre-made stuff as possible to eliminate subjective decision making on your end2) 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
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.