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Ask HN: How to monetize my page and newsletter views as an adult film actress
5 points by alhenaadams  1 hour ago   2 comments top
dylanhassinger 1 hour ago 1 reply      
Sounds like there needs to be a porn startup accelerator. We could call it TA-Combinator
Ask HN: classic literature recommendations?
3 points by keiferski  40 minutes ago   discuss
What are Google's long-term plans for Google App Engine?
37 points by rnc000  10 hours ago   14 comments top 6
RyanZAG 8 hours ago 2 replies      
I think no discussion of GAE's future should ever miss these very important options:



So even if Google shuts down GAE, you could transition without too much trouble.

Regarding the question itself: GAE is just a friendly face on top of Google's internal systems, and Google is deploying all of their new stuff onto it directly for ease of maintenance. GAE is also well charged so that Google is making a profit off it, so they have no reason to shut it down.

The big issue is if you are a small developer who cannot shell out huge amounts for usage charges. Google is targeting GAE more towards Corporate and the kind of budget a large business has, rather than towards a guy in his basement doing hobby work. The charges are still pretty low though, but it's not unlikely that they may raise in future.


Deep pockets? Go for it, you can't really find a better scaling option for the cost.

Want free hosting? Not a good choice, look elsewhere.

Indy dev who wants to pay very little and is willing to optimize caching to lower costs? Solid choice, you can get the charges very low for even high demand sites. Keep a sharp watch on billing trends, and test out your site on AppScale / CapeDwarf to make sure you can transition off quickly if billing gets out of hand.

bitcartel 1 hour ago 0 replies      
This question applies to all proprietary platforms. By tightly integrating your application or service, you're pretty much at the mercy of the PAAS provider.

To avoid vendor lock-in, check out the OpenShift platform [1] from Red Hat. It's open source [2] so you can set it up on your own servers if you felt Red Hat weren't providing the service you required.

[1] https://openshift.redhat.com/community/paas

[2] https://openshift.redhat.com/community/open-source/download-...

kawera 6 hours ago 0 replies      
I use GAE on a few b2b, process oriented webapps of my own and also do GAE consulting for large customers.

I've met a few times with their evangelists/sales/support people in my country. They have always been very enthusiastic and are pushing very hard for adoption by large corps and universities. I don't have the impression they will pull the plug but... you never know.

As for the Premier support option, the few times I needed it they were very responsive and helpful; I do recommend it if possible.

To a solo entrepreneur like me, GAE is a great option and I can't imagine myself managing servers and a full stack, even if it is just building/deploying an AMI. GAE is just too easy.

TeeWEE 9 hours ago 1 reply      
Lots of internal apps at google are written on top of appengine. For example the android developers portal is written on top of it. So i woudnt worry too much.
genwin 7 hours ago 1 reply      
Lack of info from Google is a big problem for me. Who knows what the memcache quota is, for example? [1] They drastically raised prices with little warning. GAE doesn't seem professional enough to depend one's business on it, unless it's a relatively tiny app.

[1] http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8276292/google-app-engine...

rnc000 5 hours ago 0 replies      
If I sign up for the Premier support, would they answer these questions?
Is Poke Proof That The Facebook API Is A Trojan Horse?
68 points by leemhoffman  13 hours ago   39 comments top 18
blhack 11 hours ago 6 replies      
If you are as confused by OPs talking about 800lb gorillas and soforth as I was:

Snapchat is a picture sharing application that uses facebook's API.

Poke is a competitor that facebook made.

OP is implying that facebook saw Snapchat's beginning success by seeing how many API calls they were making and then copied snapchat, instead of buying them.

Thus: OP is implying that Facebook uses its API to see up-and-comers in the social space, and then copies them.

(Trojan Horse was very confusing here. Typcially "Trojan Horse", used in this case, would mean that facebook was actually controlling snapchat interactions beyond what snapchat intended.)

Personally I don't think that this is a very unique idea, and calling facebook's API a "trojan horse" over it is absurd.

Buying out a company isn't done for honor, it's done for value. Facebook doesn't buy you because it's the "right" thing to do because you "beat them to it" with an idea. They do it because it's easier for them to do so than to build a copy. Maybe this means they're buying some IP, or a community, or some talent or something, but it has nothing to do with "because it's the right thing to do".


Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/#

Poke: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/facebook-poke/id588594730?mt...

diego 12 hours ago 1 reply      
If I were to start a company today, I wouldn't touch the space of "social" with a linked list of ten-foot poles.
tkahn6 12 hours ago 2 replies      
So here's something that just happened 5 minutes ago.

A girl I've been snapchatting with texted me and asked why the Poke app is just like snapchat. I asked her if it was better, and she said 'I haven't used it much, but it looks much better', and now we're using it instead of snapchat.

Pretty fascinating. She downloaded the app because they're advertising it on their mobile app.

kanamekun 12 hours ago 1 reply      
The Apple app store rankings are public though... so couldn't anyone have seen that the app was doing well, and cloned it?

Beyond raw resources, Facebook's big advantages seem to be its well-known brand and its ability to incubate new properties. That brand won't always help though - in some cases, a focused brand will have an advantage. And a viral property could negate Facebook's distribution advantages - although perhaps that's less likely given how they've cut back on news feed distribution.

biznickman 11 hours ago 0 replies      
1. We don't yet know whether or not Facebook's Poke app will be successful.

2. Snapchat has been popular for a while ... why did they just start copying now?

3. Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a desire to build in what they perceive to be as replaceable features since day 1 of the platform. SuperWall, SuperPoke, Free Gifts, and many more were eventually integrated or blocked. They've tried to replicate Quora (the questions failed), FriendFeed (they copied the "like" and the real-time feed before acquiring them), Instagram (their separate photos app), and more.


I think the key risk here is operating in a space that can be easily replicated by the 800lb gorilla. The API is not a trojan horse. It's the platform that enables many of the viral apps to grow. Yes, there's no doubt they get intelligence from their data, but that's not the sole purpose of the API and suggesting so is ludicrous (there are plenty of other sources for data, including the Apple app store).

There are also are plenty of examples where Facebook simply could not replicate some of the other companies' success despite a similar feature set. Blake Ross claims they made the new Poke app in "12 days". (He also was responsible for the failed Questions app).

It's a statement that they believe SnapChat is a feature. That's not yet proven and we'll have to see how this plays out. This is step 1 (test whether or not SnapChat is simply a feature). Step 2 is to become more aggressive with acquisition offers should the Poke app fail AND should SnapChat continue to experience massive growth.

k-mcgrady 8 hours ago 0 replies      
The problem isn't that Facebook can just copy your company. Snap Chat built a feature, not a product. It seems to me turning down any offer from Facebook to purchase it was stupid. Facebook would obviously build their own version of the app in a few weeks and it seems likely Poke will win.
jinushaun 12 hours ago 2 replies      
This is true of any API from a for-profit company, just look at the problems with Google Maps and Twitter. If I were making a startup today, I would not piggy back off any of these social APIs for this reason.
spullara 10 hours ago 0 replies      
As far as I can tell, SnapChat didn't use the Facebook API. I guess that kind of shoots a big hole in the argument?
Hawkee 10 hours ago 0 replies      
This reminds me of the dispute between Microsoft and Netscape when Microsoft released IE. There is always the chance that the 800lb gorilla will copy you, API or not. I find it hard to believe that Facebook copied SnapChat because of the API. They were probably most influenced by the press and acclaim the app was generating. Add in the fact that SnapChat only took 12 days to replicate and you've got a very real target.
gregcohn 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Snapchat was a clever take but not particularly defensible.

The real test is whether FB will allow a strong competitor to survive and continue to consume its api.

Basically Twitter did the same thing to many of the basic tweet consumption & production apps -- the killer move Twitter made, though, was cutting off api access to those competitors, which FB have not AFAIK done. (Though another comment mentions that the find friends via FB feature is gone from snapchat, I haven't seen anyone commenting that they were cut off by FB and will assume it was snapchat's decision to remove it.)

Aardwolf 10 hours ago 2 replies      
I (as a not really into the whole "Social" web thing person) am a bit confused:

Facebook itself already has photo uploading, sharing and commenting. Instagram is also something with photo uploading (but with applying effects to them). SnapChat is picture sharing. So if Facebook copied it I guess Poke is also picture sharing.

So Facebook has 3 different photo related things: Facebook photos, Instagram and Poke.

What is the difference between these 3, simply put?


octopi 9 hours ago 1 reply      
To those confused about how Snapchat uses the Facebook API:

At least for iOS, Snapchat (used to?) have a feature where you can "find friends via Facebook." Taking a closer look at the latest version now though, it appears this feature has gone away and the only way to add friends on Snapchat is through your contacts list or directly by username.

I believe the OP is implying that calls to the Facebook API (even those as trivial as fetching friends) gives Facebook valuable data that it can analyze and exploit for their own gain.

KaoruAoiShiho 11 hours ago 2 replies      
Can you tell us how much of the FB API SnapChat was using and if there's a "safe" way to take advantage of FB Graph and other features without leaking too much detail to FB?
chews 7 hours ago 0 replies      
Sir, you're mistaken. At best facebook could've seen the calls Snapchat was using for friend matching but they weren't dependent as a company on facebook's infrastructure which is what your post is implying.

Snapchat should be concerned, but not because by use of facebook's apis gave facebook the valuable insight into some interesting user behavior.

No, they saw it was a cool app that was doing well in the store. They have distribution of over 800M people.... "hey, remember poking?... yeah that old feature we used to have... yeah... lets just make a snapchat clone and call it poke." That conversation could've happened over lunch or at a hackathon and it goes straight to production.

Guy's there is very little honor in the realm of ideas rightnow. Facebook is throwing punches just like everyone else.

codexnight 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Well judging by the budget companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and so on have, they could theoretically copy almost anything and render startups and/or existing companies useless.Should we all give up on creating startups?No, definitely not.

Snapchat made a crucial error when they decided to refuse acquisition by facebook.I don't know what they were thinking.They should've analyzed the situation beforehand.They had no real leverage to refuse it.

On a side note, Facebook is powerful because we empower it.We could say it is an identity database and it is used by 800 mil people if not more.Also it is addictive to most of them.So in conclusion it's easier for users to just add something related to their already well established page.

dannyrosen 12 hours ago 1 reply      
Before we adorn our tinfoil hats and assume that the first thing the Facebook "Biz Dev" guys look at in the morning is their API stats, maybe this is an exercise in "Empowering" internal employees to work on side projects not directly associated with their core product.
It also lends for a great headline about their dev culture which in turn attracts more dev talent.
boi 6 hours ago 0 replies      
They did not get 800lb by happenstance, so stop being silly with all these trojan APIs and put-all-your-data-here-in-my-cloud trap, build your own stuff.
scottmcleod 7 hours ago 0 replies      
The solution is coming: http//beingcollective.org
Ask HN: do any of you take mental performance enhancement drugs?
5 points by zxcvvcxz  5 hours ago   7 comments top 4
sneak 5 hours ago 1 reply      
I've tried Modafinil (Provigil). My experience mirrors that of several close friends: It seems to do something different the first 1-2 times you take it as opposed to the rest.

That was 3-5 tries, spaced a week or two apart, several years ago.

These days, I stick to 5-HTP (the last precursor to serotonin (5-HT) that will cross the blood-brain-barrier (serotonin itself won't)) and B vitamins... and, of course, caffeine.

I've some friends who've recently said that Noopept[1] is pretty amazing. I've tried Piracetam[2] (though none of the other racetams) in the past and didn't notice any major effect.

To answer your headline question: I'm always on the lookout for stuff that will make me more efficient or effective, be it tools or molecules.

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

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracetam

rman666 4 hours ago 2 replies      
I've been on Modafinal (Provigil) for 8+ years. I have Excessive Daytime Somnolence (sleepiness) and I'd have a hard time functioning without it. I take one or two 200mg tablets each day, depending on how I'm feeling (usually just one). I still remember the first few days I was taking Modafinal: I felt like I could see in 360-degrees. I was super alert. That effect wore of quickly. Now, most days when I take Modafinal, I feel alert and ready to work; not perfect but much much better than before. Sometimes the effect doesn't kick-in. When this happens for more than a week in a row, I stop taking it for a few days. When I restart, it seems to kick back in. I see my doctor regularly to make sure everything is okay. I have noticed no strange side effects other than my up-coming Noble prize in astrophysics, my solution to N = NP, and my Sudoku solver written Brainfuck (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainfuck). Personally, I would not recommend using Modafinal without the supervision of a doctor. It's also expensive, even with "good" health insurance.
tzaman 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Is it just me, or does anyone else find taking performance drugs just wrong? I mean what about taking a walk in the nature, exercising, having sex (or all three at the same time :)?

Yeah, everyone says it's safe, but I think it's better (safer) to listen to your body when it's saying it needs a break. Unless you want to be super effective, supper efficient, and die at 50. No thanks.

jbrooksuk 5 hours ago 0 replies      
I too have been wondering if it'd be beneficial to start taking smart drugs as I'm working long distance and many hours a day.
Given a choice, should I avoid a startup with inventory
2 points by biturd  2 hours ago   4 comments top 4
sheraz 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I will take a few minutes to relay my experience:

I used to be a partner in a company that shipped 1000+ packages a day with fedex. I ran the websites that sold those products, and I made sure to take about 30 minutes a day in the warehouse to help load the truck. They didn't need me down there, but it was a very measurable output of my work.

I might have to disagree with the other comment here about Amazon Fulfillment. It may relieve you of a lot of the logistics, but it will also greatly affect how you resolve issues -- bad batches of products, customer service, wrong/missing parts...

At the end of the day what matters in physical goods e-commerce is amazing customer service, and you cannot do that unless you have access to the warehouse. You have to have physical access to the product. You have to have a good relationship with the fedex/ups drivers and account managers. You have to work fedex and ups against each other when the time comes to renegotiate your rates.

When you outsource too many parts of your business you end up too dependent on too many variables you cannot control. Your business continuity becomes more opaque.

Another story: same company in 2005, South Florida-- post hurricane Katrina and Wilma. Because we controlled a lot of the variables and relationships (logistics, internet, warehousing) we were able to do the following:

  * Redirect the 800 number to a vonage 
line and send our customer service
staff up to an Orlando hotel room to
keep answering phones.

* Because of our good relationship with
fedex we were able to get them to send
an empty truck down from Atlanta to
pickup in Boca Raton.

* We processes printing labels and tickets
over a 2G wifi connection.

That is duct-tape business continuity. All said -- it would have been better to just move the company to a location that is not prone to Hurricanes. We did that in 2007.

OK, this got a little long. I'm happy to share more of my experience if anyone cares.

byoung2 2 hours ago 0 replies      
If you do sell a physical product, consider Fulfillment by Amazon. They rent warehouse space by the cubic foot and handle picking, packing, and shipping for you.


People are scared of physical products they're hard. You have to deal with design, manufacturing, logistics, etc. That may make it easier for you if the competition is scared away.

dylanhassinger 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Check out the "drop ship" model of business. It's a good way to do physical products without a lot of hassle.

Other good resources:




pmtarantino 2 hours ago 0 replies      
I am interested in this too. Sadly, I don't have an answer for this.
Ask/offer HN: Are you alone this Christmas and don't want to be?
36 points by Kliment  1 day ago   5 comments top 5
kapnobatairza 1 day ago 0 replies      
Although I don't have a christmas themed night or dinner planned, if anyone in the Eindhoven NL area wants to meetup that night with me and my girlfriend I'd be up for hosting something. Let me know @ salmasi[AT]gmail.com
Robosprout 1 day ago 0 replies      

Kliment to the rescue yet again. I am not in a position to arrange a meetup this year myself or I would...I will keep it in mind for next year.

sahlhoff 1 day ago 0 replies      
SF anyone?
tomcee 1 day ago 0 replies      
great idea, even if it's in the spirit of christmas.....
anethema 1 day ago 0 replies      
Great idea!
Ask HN: Asking for a raise while on Internship? Or should I find another one?
2 points by Robbbb  6 hours ago   6 comments top 4
mcarrano 5 hours ago 1 reply      
It looks like you didn't enjoy the internship. Is more money the solution?

There are plenty of opportunities out there, I would first start by applying to: http://www.university.firstround.com

ablerman 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Don't use that pay information openly during negotiation, at some companies that sort of thing is grounds for dismissal. ( I'm assuming that you're in the US, other cultures might treat it differently. )

More to the point though, it sounds like you don't enjoy the internship that much anyway. I'd suggest you look for a different internship on the side. You can always stay where you are if nothing else works out.

rishikeshg 5 hours ago 1 reply      
I think it also depends on how much you value the work experience vs. the money at this point. I interned with a small company where I got paid just enough to pay my bills, but eventually that work experience helped me find an awesome full-time job.
wwarneck 5 hours ago 0 replies      
A great deal of people leave companies (or positions) because of the relationship they have with their manager. If you're not in a position where you can comfortably discuss your salary with your direct manager, find a better opportunity.
What's a good alternative to Exhibit/Simile?
2 points by rnc000  7 hours ago   1 comment top
jchrisa 6 hours ago 0 replies      
Ask HN:Is there a simple tutorial/site which can educate Kids about Animation?
2 points by sk2code  9 hours ago   2 comments top 2
ameister14 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Not quite what you were looking for, but you might find it interesting to check out the Dreamworks animation blog. http://dreamworksanimation.tumblr.com/

There are a bunch of steps, actually. If you're talking 3D animation, there's an ok blog post about it here:


hope that helps.

OafTobark 5 hours ago 0 replies      
The best I can suggest (maybe others here can do better) is tell him to YouTube tutorials. There are ton of videos specifically on how animation software works and he can start there (similar to how phototshop tutorials or final cut tutorial works).

I'm not familiar with all the animated software used but Maya and 3DStudio comes to mind. For example: http://usa.autodesk.com/maya/

What are some great examples of well-designed personal websites?
11 points by negativetwelve  1 day ago   20 comments top 8
murtza 1 day ago 0 replies      
I like Derek Sivers's personal website. It is clean, easy-to-read, and has good spacing.


muellerwolfram 11 hours ago 0 replies      
i'm also in the process of creating a personal portfolio site. so far i got: http://muellerwolfram.prtfl.io/about

also, i think that creating a personal website is such a common use case that as a side project, i'm creating a saas webapp for creating portflio sites. checkout http://prtfl.io in coming weeks.

hboon 1 day ago 3 replies      
Bret Victor's http://worrydream.com. While the design is interesting, the content is killer.
jameswyse 1 day ago 0 replies      
Codrops (awesome site btw) posted a roundup of nice websites recently:


xauronx 23 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm in the middle of redesigning my portfolio page. This is where I am so far:

it's nothing great but if you're interested in building off of it I'll share the code.

victordiaz 1 hour ago 0 replies      
here you have mine, http://www.victordiazbarrales.com, still working on it but its getting there! :)
pdm55 23 hours ago 0 replies      
negativetwelve 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Awesome, thanks guys!
Single member LLC
5 points by aedr  21 hours ago   11 comments top 4
pdx 12 hours ago 1 reply      
I live in WA. Email's in profile. Ping me for coffee if you're in Vancouver.

One thing that has occurred to me after I formed an LLC, is that being a sole proprietor with a DBA, while considered somehow, amateurish, has one advantage. You need to be a lawyer to represent somebody else in court, even if that "somebody else" is your single member LLC. However, if somebody sues you as a sole proprietorship, you just show up in court with no money out of your pocket. Since, you need to guarantee your line of credit, etc, with personal property anyway, the whole LLC "corporate veil" attempt, which often/usually fails anyway, seems of little value to me, for most single member LLC's.

This is all just my opinion, and I am not following my own advice, but I might follow it in the future.

mchannon 20 hours ago 1 reply      
If you're going to do business with, and particularly solicit investment from, the public, you want a good level of protection from the inevitable lawsuit.

Single-member entities do little to shield you if you get sued and they want to pierce; if someone's got you in their sights and considers asking the court to disregard the corporate entity, enrolling yourself in one of these single member jobbers is like painting a big red target on your back. Your attorney may differ, but I believe it's dumber than just going in as a sole proprietor.

You can get sued anywhere for anything, but plaintiffs can and will sue your entity from the friendliest jurisdiction (and that's typically where the business deal went down). Showing up to court with an out-of-state corporate identity when you've always conducted business in your present state is strike two, before you even sit down.

Say your business craters, you go broke, and _then_ you get sued. Many states won't even let you defend your company in court unless you are (or hire) a licensed attorney.

The safest way to set up a single member entity is to get additional members. Member #2 ensures the plaintiff will have a harder time calling the LLC your "alter ego", a contrivance you set up to screw the customer/investor/government out of taxes.

brudgers 15 hours ago 1 reply      
My advice, invest your time and energy in selecting the right attorney and accountant rather than developing a cursory knowledge of the field. Or to put it another way, presupposing that a single member LLC is the starting point may not be the right choice. Hire people who you trust to know the best choice off the top of their head.
czbond 11 hours ago 1 reply      

  Is this for your company, or a pass through entity (shell)? I disagree with Mchannon.  A sole proprietorship is never better than a protected entity. 

Yes a veil can be pierced, but at cost of discovery (and you must have real assets worth spending the time & effort to pierce).

If you're soliciting outside investors - an LLC can later be "upgraded" to a C-Corp. If it's for asset protection (eg: all I.P. is held by one entity, and licensed to another) - if you have sizeable assets - get a lawyer. Otherwise, get on to building an actual business, earn enough to make it worthwhile - and hire a lawyer. IMHO.

Ask HN: What unknown technical blogs or sites do you read?
282 points by llambda  6 days ago   79 comments top 47
msutherl 6 days ago 3 replies      
I try to keep my subscription to an absolute minimum since I like to leave some time for reading books. After a lot of culling, I'm currently subscribed to some popular feeds:

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ general web design / dev)

http://www.alistapart.com/ long form web design / front-end)

http://dailyjs.com/ (Javascript / node.js)

http://createdigitalmusic.com/ (digital music / software)

http://www.creativeapplications.net/ (new-media art)

And a handful of unpopular ones:

http://www.ribbonfarm.com/ (absolutely my favorite blog in the world " self-describes as "refactored perception)

http://www.tempobook.com/blog/ (same author as above, posts related to his last book)

http://worrydream.com/feed.xml (not really a blog, but Bret Victor writes some of the best long-form articles on interaction design around " read all of them)

http://www2.technologyreview.com/rss/video_rss.aspx (Tech Review videos, sparsely updated " mainly because the editor's interviews are awesome/hilarious)

http://idlewords.com/ (breathtaking travel blog from the founder of Pinboard)

http://www.loper-os.org/ (awesome / hilarious posts by a software heretic on the general terrible state of things in technology " keeps me in touch with Alan Kay-esque thinking)

http://we-make-money-not-art.com/ (the only contemporary art blog I like from a very dedicated Italian writer)

http://vagueterrain.net/ (occasionally published digital art magazine, themed topics, guest curated)

http://theixdlibrary.com/ (occasional classic UX articles)

http://www.markboulton.co.uk/ (occasional forward-thinking posts on web design, focus on layout and grids)

http://informationarchitects.net/ (same as above, but focus on typography)

All of these feeds have been selected for a very high signal to noise ratio and most of them are updated only occasionally (which I prefer), with the exception of Smashing and DailyJS.

JoshTriplett 6 days ago 6 replies      
I find Planet blog aggregators a useful and surprisingly unknown resource. Great way to get a view into the blogs of a whole project community without having to follow a pile of them individually; I recommend following the Planet for any project you regularly use or have a strong interest in. I personally follow these planets regularly (via a bookmark folder that I open into tabs):

Planet Debian: http://planet.debian.org/

Planet Freedesktop: http://planet.freedesktop.org/

Planet GNOME: http://planet.gnome.org/

Kernel Planet: http://planet.kernel.org/

Planet Mozilla: http://planet.mozilla.org/

cowboyhero 6 days ago 2 replies      

It's not a blog, but a collection of weekly email newsletters.

At the risk of sounding like a shill (because I'm pretty sure Mr Cooper posts to HN), I have to say these are each brilliantly done. There are separate newsletters for JavaScript, Ruby, HTML5, and Dart (but sadly no Python).

Great way to keep up with changes in these areas once a week, and pretty much the only third-party emails I not only look forward to receiving, but actually open and read.

powertower 6 days ago 0 replies      
Fringe energy and "science" type stuff...



By following the links and discussions, you can get pretty deep into it; down to the published papers in respectable journals and granted patents. But be warned, there are a lot of crack pots that pollute the matters (as expected for this category). So you have to take what's good, and throw away what's bad. But it does give you a different perspective on things.

Gravityloss 6 days ago 0 replies      
http://newspacewatch.com/ - Newspace sector news. Clark Lindsey knows what's going on. If you want to set into context what SpaceX does, this is the place: Usually it's something that other companies have already done on a smaller scale.

http://www.43rumors.com/ - Micro four thirds camera news, only interesting if you have one or are going to buy one.

http://www.greencarcongress.com/ - Automotive sector technologies. This is the engineering style site: just mostly text and more in depth press releases. No fancy word plays or car show girls. I do wonder though, why we are not in a better position as a new massively improved cheap battery technology is discovered every week...

http://planet3.org/ - Climate scientists write thoughtfully. Also in the comments. It's not as massive as realclimate and it's much less formal.

kami8845 6 days ago 2 replies      
Hacker News

If it's good enough it will make it's way on here. If not, there's no point in me repeatedly checking their site or collecting it into a big RSS dump where I have to wade through 99% crap to get to the good bits.

Hacker News does a great job of giving me the HREFs I like to click on and that's one of the reasons I keep coming back.

anoved 6 days ago 0 replies      
Jonathan's Space Report (http://www.planet4589.org/jsr.html) is an exhaustive accounting of human activity in space (manned or unmanned), with a focus on recent launches. Released every few weeks. Back issues run to 1989 and continue to the present day.

Emily Lakdawalla writes some very good explanations of space science for the Planetary Society - very accessible, but with more detail and intelligence (IMHO) than you get from other media outlets.

larsberg 6 days ago 1 reply      
Probably the most unknown area I read and/or hear about today are private G+ circles. For example, much pre-publication PL/compilers work is mentioned in "limited" posts. I've heard similar things are happening in ML areas, though I have no personal insight into them.
sgdesign 6 days ago 1 reply      
May I suggest my friend Tim's blog? I'm pretty sure it's unknown, it seems he writes it mostly for himself. But there are some great technical articles on it:


msbarnett 6 days ago 0 replies      
Mike Ash's Friday Q&A is easily one of my favorite technical blogs http://www.mikeash.com/pyblog/
bbunix 6 days ago 0 replies      
Since it hasn't been mentioned yet - The Risks Digest - http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks

See just how wrong things can, and do, go.

vjeux 6 days ago 3 replies      
Shameless plug to my own blog: http://blog.vjeux.com
sbierwagen 6 days ago 0 replies      
apaprocki 6 days ago 0 replies      

Slava always has great live presentations and has a great blog.

FrojoS 6 days ago 0 replies      

PS: Awesome thread! So many nuggets.

rdl 6 days ago 0 replies      
http://theinvisiblethings.blogspot.com/ - blue pill company, etc.
http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/ - cambridge (uk) security group
icebraining 6 days ago 0 replies      
Well, I've been enjoying Joey Hess' build log of git-annex assistant [1], and I like Julien Danjou's [2] too, even though he writes more about Emacs, while I'm a VIM user.

Then there's Old New Thing, LtU and John Resig's blog, but those are less obscure.

[1]: http://git-annex.branchable.com/design/assistant/blog/

[2]: http://julien.danjou.info/blog/

hncommenter13 6 days ago 0 replies      

Mix of interesting technical articles (most related to search and information retrieval) and tech industry prognostication.

MaxGabriel 6 days ago 1 reply      
It may not be living up to its name if it is popular, but NSHipster is a great blog on Objective-C
kephra 5 days ago 0 replies      
http://www.bernd-leitenberger.de/blog/ <- a German blog focused on rockets and space techologie
yread 6 days ago 0 replies      
Not sure if it's unknown but
is pretty good for MS technologies (and sometimes web in general
asmithmd1 6 days ago 0 replies      
a very smart physicist turned quant's take on many topics - always excited to see a new entry


_feda_ 6 days ago 0 replies      
as for technical blogs, the only ones I get consistently useful information from are:
http://blog.sanctum.geek.nz/, from which I've learnt a great deal about vim and also about some obscure but historically significant unix tools which otherwise I'd never have known of.
http://archlinux.me/ Every now and then a good in depth article pops up pn this one. Dev blogs are great for learning about the nitty gritty details of a project aswell as getting a grip on the problems devs are facing right now.
gits1225 6 days ago 0 replies      
My recent subscription: http://bartoszmilewski.com/ The blog in one sentence: Think in Haskell, code in C++ & multi-core to spice it all up.
Nick_C 5 days ago 0 replies      
I like Chris Siebenmann's blog. He writes daily about unix sys admin on a university network, mainly using Solaris, RHEL and ZFS.

It's interesting to see the tools he uses and the problems he encounters, useful when you do some amount of admin on your VPS.


vertis 6 days ago 0 replies      
I really enjoy http://afreshcup.com/. It's mostly a linkblog, but Mike Gunderloy always finds interesting things to share.
tomcam 6 days ago 0 replies      

By far the most comprehensive, most underrated Python framework (actually, any web framework) that I know of. Incredibly complete library. Fantastic community. Most responsive project creator/manager-place is a dream.

bbunix 6 days ago 0 replies      
The Risks Digest is great http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks
mgonto 6 days ago 0 replies      
I read http://www.blogeek.com.ar/ It's about Scala, Java, Ruby, Play mostly.
denysonique 6 days ago 0 replies      
goronbjorn 6 days ago 0 replies      

never ceases to have interesting, substantive content.

ejstronge 5 days ago 0 replies      
Not as much a blog as a repository of beautiful data visualizations, occasionally coupled to the story behind the visualizations' creation:


andyrubio 6 days ago 2 replies      
They're not unknown to me...
pocketstar 6 days ago 0 replies      
im not sure how unknown it is but hackaday.com

I frequently see an interesting project posted on hackaday, then a few days later it has gone 'viral' on engadget, lifehacker, hn, ars etc...

boringkyle 6 days ago 1 reply      
Anyone got one for musicians?
hemtros 6 days ago 0 replies      
a link aggregator called coder.io and articles on codeproject.com are too good.
yaphets_pis 5 days ago 0 replies      
Ask HN: Job title used for UX designers who code into CSS/do other effects?
4 points by loceng  1 day ago   3 comments top 3
uptown 7 hours ago 0 replies      
The title "front end engineer with design experience" would probably cover what you're looking for, though no matter what you advertise for, you'll need to specifically ask whether they're capable of doing what you're looking for regardless of the job title.
michaelpinto 1 day ago 0 replies      
Here is the title of the person you're looking for:

Jack of All Trades

Now most Jack of All Trades will be masters of none, although there are exceptions. Honestly if you've already done the mockups then you've already done the UX Design. And if you "want to tinker in real time" that makes you the designer, because that's what a designer does based on that designer's experience.

If this is the case then next you want to hire someone who is an art director to do look and feel, and then a front end developer/production person

Can you get an art director who sort of knows production? Yes, but that person will be weak at production. Can you get a front end developer who can make things look slick by using off the shelf templates? Sure, but the work may not be original. Can you get someone to do both? Yes but that person is going to be more of a rare bird and very expensive. Or they'll be bad at both art direction and production.

flexxaeon 1 day ago 0 replies      
Many front end designers do a good amount of front end development, and the reverse is also true. At least most that I've met.

If design is most important, you want a front end designer, and specify that CSS/JS experience is preferred. If development is the focus, ask for a developer who knows their way around Photoshop/Illustrator and ask for some design examples to see if they have the design chops you need.

There are some out there who are amazing at both but they will cost ya.

Ask HN: Hacking for social good (Education)
2 points by Edmond  12 hours ago   discuss
OwnStaGram: a self hosting instagram-clone to prevent privacy concerns
8 points by aya72  1 day ago   3 comments top 3
aya72 1 day ago 0 replies      
Things still in development:
- email-notify if someone comments on my pictures.
- user-management on my server
- buddylist
- keep a list of pictures from my friends I already saw
- see gallery-pictures in app
- add geoposition to pictures
mergy 1 day ago 0 replies      
I've been running my own for a while on an old version of Twitter-Image-Host that is now pretty hacked-up. The API endpoint is critical so things like Tweetbot and other social media apps (that are decent) can post back quickly.
aya72 1 day ago 0 replies      
What is this hidden script doing on Hacker News?
6 points by apawloski  1 day ago   3 comments top 3
mikeleeorg 1 day ago 0 replies      
To add to what others have already said, this is the original site that shared the code you saw:


And it was, for a brief time, discussed on HN, though not in any official capacity:


bmelton 1 day ago 0 replies      
At 9:30 am there was a 'moment of silence' modal popup that came across HN and limited access to the site. The popup linked to here[1] and appeared with the message to 'Honor the Victims of Sandy Hook', and then encouraged us to support gun violence prevention.

I too was wondering what was going on until I realized that Paul Graham was one of the supporters of the project at Causes.com.

[1] - http://www.causes.com/causes/807161-stand-with-sandy-hook/ac...

dotmanish 1 day ago 0 replies      
Apparently it's this: http://drupal.org/node/1872074
I am depressed and I need someone to talk to
270 points by far_far_away  6 days ago   147 comments top 69
robomartin 6 days ago 5 replies      

Here's the framework I see; recent startup founder + therapy for seven years + abused as a child + ten pills per day.

This alone screams for professional help. I don't think that a fellow entrepreneur can help solve all of your problems. There's also the danger of making it worst because of not having any training on how to deal with your framework.

Now to be a little helpful:

What I don't see is a description of your circumstances beyond that:

    - How old are you?
- Where do you live? (city)
- Do you live alone?
- Do you work where you live or do you get up in the
morning to go to another location?
- Do you have family nearby?
- Are they supportive in any way?
- Do you have other friends outside of the startup?
- What does your day look like?
- Do you or have you had any hobbies?
- Do you spend a lot of time playing games?
- If you do. Are you affected emotionally by the game's outcome?
- What do you eat and when?
- Are you overweight?
- If so. How do you feel about it?
- Do you have a girfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband?
- If so. How is that relationship?
- What's your financial situation?
- What are your goals?
- How quickly did you expect to achieve these goals?
- What does your work environment look like?
(dark, light, windows, comfortable, etc.)
- What does your daily work routine look like?
- Is there a routine?
- What do you do in the weekends?
- Who do you socialize with outside of work?
- Do you drink?

The list isn't exhaustive. I am not a therapist, not even close. As an entrepreneur I have navigated depression from time to time. It can be ugly and paralyzing. It also is very personal. That's why a lot more information is needed to really understand you and how you go in and out of that state.

From personal experience I can tell you that it helps to have what I have come to call "non-maskable interrupts". In my case this came in the form of my kids. It's pretty hard to focus on being miserable when your little one's push and pull you into their world. It's great.

If you don't have this option then you have to find another interrupt source. This means focusing your energy and thoughts on another activity not related to work.

Martial arts class can be great. A good class can dissolve away the stress of a days' worth of troubles within a short hour. On top of that you are getting exercise which by itself should make you feel better.

Gyms can suck. If you can find a friend who'd like to go to the gym with you this could be a good exercise + social option.

Swimming. If you don't know how to swim, join a group and learn. I don't know if you are in the US or not. In the US there's something called US Masters Swimming (usmg.org). They have groups everywhere. Sign-up and get in a pool. For me, there's nothing like swimming a 1500m or 3000m run. I come out of the pool like a newborn.

Get a dog. The therapeutic value of dogs is well proven. Also, puppies, just like kids, have a unique ability to shift your mind's focus away from you and onto them. Research the breed a little. If you are the type, get into training. I have always had German Shepherd Dogs and have always enjoyed training them (research: schutzhund). GSD's are not for everyone. A good pet dog like a Labrador could do wonders for you. There are professional organizations that deal in therapy dogs who can advise you based on your circumstances and needs.

Notice that every suggestion I've made involves disconnecting from work and strongly focusing your energy and attention elsewhere. Physical, outdoor and social activities being another common theme.

I couldn't possibly relate to your child abuse experience or the years of therapy and medicine. I am fortunate in that I have not had to experience any of this. That said, it sure sounds like you need to pivot and go talk to a different therapist. Your current on doesn't seem to be helping you much.

I am one of those people who will do the impossible NOT to introduce any drugs into my body unless there's absolutely no other option. I could not imagine taking ten pills a day just to be able to function. There has to be another way.

Not being a therapist I don't really know if talking to others about your problems will help you or push you deeper into a more dangerous state. That's why I am not inclined to offer to contact you via email. It is very easy to justify feeling worst and use someone else as a bouncing board for those feelings. I really think you need to find a new therapist to talk to immediately.

Then, of course, there's the tough love approach. Unless you suffer from a fundamental chemical imbalance your condition is one that is entirely fabricated by your brain. As such, you can --and should learn to-- control it. I did this with anxiety attacks. They can be nasty. Once you understand how to recognize and deal with the symptoms you can literally talk yourself out of one (or prevent entering it in the first place).

This is where I'll be cheesy and quote Yoda: "Your Focus Determines Your Reality". Print that and tape it where you can see it. What are you focusing on? What reality will that produce? Is that what you want? No? Then change your focus.

The techniques can be simple. If you recognize that you are sliding into a self-lamenting state, get up and go for a brisk walk. Turn up the music. Fucking yell "I am not doing this!". Dance. Do jumping jacks. Whatever it takes. Force your brain to re-focus on something positive.

I wish you the best. This is tough. Reaching out is good. Go get different help. Get a dog. Go swimming. Re-focus.


ForrestN 6 days ago 0 replies      
Advice from strangers is not going to fix the underlying mental health issues here. 10 pills every day implies a pretty grave situation, one that certainly will not be addressed by exercising or daily inspiration websites.

Have you talked to your therapist unambiguously about the stagnation you describe? Have you considered trying to talk to someone else, too, who maybe follows a different approach? I am not a doctor but I imagine that such a high level of pharmaceuticals is probably warping your brain chemistry drastically on its own. If there were a way to dress the problem without so many it seems like that would be ideal.

Just keep in mind that this is about the abuse, and not about "startups" or anything going on in your life now. Horrible things happened to you that aren't your fault, and the ways your psychology adapted to those horrible things, ie your current mental health issues, are not your fault either. You need to get help from someone who is really equipped to help you much more than you need help from us.

Good luck, and remember that many other people have gone through similar things and come out the other side happy.

zackmorris 6 days ago 5 replies      
I want to write something about my depression. I don't have a chemical imbalance and am not on medication. I basically self medicate with beer, probably too often.

I've battled depression since my mid teens, going on this long crusade to be "successful" (whatever that means), trying to meet girls, working odd jobs that weren't in line with my degree, sort of living an antiauthoritarian hacker lifestyle that might sound familiar.

Anyway, one thing I've learned that's helped me largely overcome it is that things change. The world is a lot bigger than you are. My depression was largely caused by isolation, spending too much time in my own mind, trying to fix big problems that nobody else could see. Most of my days were filled with this ongoing saga of trying to solve programming problems or money problems or political problems, but the common theme is that I always failed to really "solve" anything, and felt like my life was a kind of revolving door, every day was the same, rinse, repeat.

So the last two years I was unemployed, maybe earning $6,000 a year and making up the rest by borrowing or selling things on eBay, all the time living under about $40,000 worth of debt and student loans. I had a falling out with my business partner after making a somewhat notable Mac game.

Then all at once two months ago, a good friend I grew up with got me a contracting job earning six figures, depending on how long the contract lasts. I'm not making this up. I hesitate to say I love my job, that's an awfully strong word, but it's certainly not terrible. I have that sense that I should have tried it a decade ago.

I've done all kind of things, I worked out for years and got ripped, I womanized, I snowboarded, I traveled, I visited my father in the third world and fixed some family bonds, I bought a house with my girlfriend, I bought the truck I always wanted from Back to the Future, and got a puppy. This was in the years before I started my job, when I was depressed. In fact, in some ways I think I was more effective when I had nothing going for me.

Now by bank account has more than $100 in it for the first time in years, I'm still relatively young, I have my health. But I know in my heart that I didn't really do any of this. Life is a dream. I'm still the same old fraud I always was, bumbling along like all the other morons. What I'm trying to say is that even though the universe reconfigured itself around me for some reason, I'm still not really sure why, I'm still haunted by the same existential questions that have always bothered me. Even if I had a million dollars, I would still be unable to achieve the things I really want to see in this life like meeting aliens or curing death or talking to a sentient computer, that are unlikely to happen anytime soon. There is always another reason to feel gypped. And it's not like I ever had a need for money anyway other than to get people to leave me alone.

Basically the cultural framework we've all built around us, concepts like money and achievement, being in the zone, selflessness, love, are all a distraction. There's just you, interacting with this strange reality that is both insubstantial and more clever than you could ever conceive of. The universe doesn't care that you're depressed. It keeps trying things to test you and taunt you and nobody knows why.

I guess what I'm trying to get at is that there's no magic bullet like pills or diet or exercise that will make you feel not depressed. I think of depression as misdirected free will, and only because you feel bad because of it, there's nothing inherently wrong with it in and of itself, and I think most people have felt it even if they're in denial about it. If you think of the things that make you feel bad, and what it would be like to let them go, ask yourself why you don't do it.

For example, if bills have got you down, have you tried not paying them yet. If work is bumming you out, have you tried quitting. If you don't feel loved in your relationship, have you taken a break. I tried checking out of my responsibilities several times over the last decade, and although it didn't fix my depression, it gave me some breathing room to meditate on why I was still unhappy. It's kind of nice to feel that people needed you and were relying on you, and I didn't feel all that bad that I let them down. At least not as bad as I expected to.

I assume that anyone reading Hacker News is a highly effective person, so if you find that you are unable to perform at the level that you know you can, then something is wrong, and it could very well be something outside of yourself. Sometimes the universe needs signals that you are unhappy so that it can recalibrate its approach and give you something more to your liking.

I've sort of begun to take a philosophical view of all of this, that somehow our collective consciousness forms the reality around us, and that we have a responsibility to be true to ourselves so that we can contribute something beyond our basic survival to the soup. You could literally fail today, completely and utterly, and wake up tomorrow with an opportunity you couldn't have possibly foreseen. Then the real kicker is that when you look around at the seemingly improbable configuration of the world, it seems that this is actually the general nature of things. I look at it as, the only real responsibility any of us has is to keep living, and by just doing that, it gives the universe a stage to play on.

I take it a step further, that when it's my time to expire, that I'll be reincarnated before I can blink in another arrangement of atoms somehow sentient enough to comprehend its own existence. But I don't want to get into religion. I'm just saying that to think that we can somehow end our consciousness may very well be a fallacy. We may have spent a million generations as amoebas and sea cucumbers to reach this level of sophistication, and there are no guarantees that the next life will be any more fulfilling than this one. We have billions of years of evolution at our fingertips and we don't even realize the power it gives us. We sit around feeling sorry for ourselves like a Greek tragedy and fool ourselves into thinking that this is all there is. It's really quite extraordinary.

So I hope that all of you keep living and doing what you do so I have something to do while I'm trapped is this crazy reality too.

P.S. Almost deleted this just now. Then decided to leave it. Serendipity and all that.

matznerd 6 days ago 5 replies      
Depression is a hard feeling to cope with, in the moment it seems like it will never go away, but the truth is, that it always does. One of the things that helps me in the short-term whenever I get down as an entrepreneur is watching videos of successful entrepreneurs because you see that even they have their dark days. Elon Musk, for example, was at his wit's end, almost bankrupt from tesla and space x and could not get further investment and had to literally borrow money from friends to pay his rent. http://www.bloomberg.com/video/73460184-elon-musk-profiled-b...
I also like watching ted videos on happiness http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_asks_why_are_we_happy.h... that one has a good point about how nearly everything is based on comparisons and nothing effects us beyond 3 months).
In terms of daily inspiration, definitely check mixergy, that will always inspire you as well. http://mixergy.com/homepage/

I have to run out now, but I have a lot more to tell you. Exercise is key, whenever I am in a bad mood I realize that it has been too long since I've exercised. Your body will actually generate new neurons while you are exercising and your brain will release endorphins and other neurotransmitters that increase mood. I know it seems hard to get there if you haven't been in a while, but for a longterm goal and short term boosts of energy, definitely do it. You can try to start with a yoga class or something like that, because at the end of the day yoga is mostly meditation and focus on breath. Meditating is also extremely important in welfare for everyone, especially entrepreneurs and founders. The daily stress of running a startup can not only get you down, but also lead to feeling lost.

I don't know what drugs you are on, but I can recommend some supplements and nootropics that will definitely elevate mood. Try tyrosine.

andrewtbham 6 days ago 0 replies      
Call the national suicide prevention hotline. I volunteered at one for years, most people that call are not really suicidal (maybe 2%). The callers are typically depressed. 1-800-273-8255
javis 6 days ago 3 replies      
If you can't find anyone to talk to on HN, try posting on http://reddit.com/r/depression. It's a great place to vent and a lot of people there will be happy to Skype or text you.
strictfp 6 days ago 0 replies      
Having gotten myself out of a startup-induced depression I feel for you. Getting out of a depression is never easy, you simply cannot spot the right paths to take you out of there while in it. I can only give you some advice which helped me greatly:

1) Get opinionated. Try to form opinions about everything around you. What do you like or dislike about that lamp post? Which one is your favorite fruit and why? These type of silly exercises is a good way of building up an image of what you want in life. When you know what you want, you can figure out how to achieve it. Being passive is horribly depression-inducing.

2) Participate in life coaching, preferably both individually and in groups. This helped me getting a more objective view of what type of individual I am, how other people see me. But also what other type of personalities there are and how they interact. Knowing all this has helped me view disagreements and conflicts in a new light. I don't have to take myself and everything around me so seriously, since I can see more clearly why things happen as they do.

I wish you all the best.

richardlblair 6 days ago 1 reply      
Start up life is hard. Probably not the best space for someone who already experiences emotional ups and downs.

I would recommend you speak to your therapist about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. A paper published in the American Journal of Psychology last summer (I think it was July?) reported that after 3 months of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy a patient showed improvements that were equal to, if not better than anti-depressants. At the very least this could potentially get you off some of those meds.

I hope you feel better soon.

ceautery 6 days ago 2 replies      
I occasionally suffer from depression, usually in the winter with low light levels, and usually not debilitating. Some people are easier to talk to about this than others, and it's difficult for me to be honest about how I feel with people I work with, or casual acquaintances... and I think that's more of a problem than being "down" for a day or two.

It's sad that there is a need to create a fake identity just to openly talk about a condition you have no control over. In this century, it should be as easy to talk about depression as talking about how you broke your arm, but it's not. And no one wants to be stigmatized, or be afraid of secret HR information passed around about you being crazy and unhireable.

Fortunately, you are a hacker, and think differently than the average guy. Maybe you could benefit from one of the things that helps me: split your mind in two... metaphorically. "This situation doesn't call for the amount of rage I feel," is something I say to myself a lot when I should feel disapproval over something, but instead am completely incensed. If I can see intellectually that what I'm feeling is out of scale, then I have something to hold onto while my emotions run their course.

Another thing that helps pragmatically, rather than emotionally, is shutting my damned mouth when I see that I'm feeling "off". The things I want to say are hurtful, and will close doors, burn bridges, and make enemies of just about everyone I know, including my wife and children. So I think it, but I don't say it. And I try to do something as a ballast on top of being quiet, like holding my wife's hand, or if I'm not at home, just getting up and walking around. "Um, yeah, I need to go clear my head, and see if that helps with problem X when I get back."

Anyway, good luck. If the meds don't help, tell your doctor. Or find a new one. Don't pussyfoot around with doctors when your brain is at stake. "I need something that works, either you can find it for me, or I can find someone else to try. Let's go, chop chop!!"

Take care, man, and know that there are other people suffering similarly, struggling to make it. We are all your brothers, and want nothing more than for you to beat this (or manage it, at least) and have a successful life.

sweentrepreneur 6 days ago 0 replies      
I dont know your storie and I am not going to give you some advice. I think being an entrepreneur is one of the most psycholic stress work that you can choose.

1. Your identity is often bind with your startup. If your startup failed you feel like you failed, even if you might control 3 out of 10 important parameters. Or you are the best at 9 out of 10 but that 1 out of 10 failed.

2. Like other professions like doctor or lawyer we dont have a big group to relate to. No other entrepreneur is the other s alike.

3. Any d*ckhead can start a company and the difference between genius and beeing crazy is thin.

4. Your reward comes very very late. If you are a consultant, you work one hour get paid one hour. Building the next facebook takes time and the sign of your success can take for ever.

5. Failor is more common than you think. We hear about the success stories but guys that tried and failed just silently start working at a company as employee.

6. Success and feedback for an entrepreneur is rare. Being #1 on HN is not something you can be every day. But if you take out the trash or work as truckdriver you can come home, leave your work and feel pretty good about your self and what you have done. Having great plans increases your of personal failor risk a lot.

So what is the solution? I think more about my self as a builder and the projects I do I am aware they might fail, but I focus on me and my methods. Try to fail faster, MVP and all that other stuff Eric talks about in Lean startup.

It is not about me or my startup it is about going out and fish, fish for a successful company and every day learn someting and increase my luck exposure bit by bit.

pedrogrande 6 days ago 6 replies      
I don't know if it'll help but for me, when I enter a depression phase. I wallow in it for a while, enjoy feeling sorry for myself which may go on for days or weeks. But then I get sick of being depressed. I just can't flick a switch and be happy again. I have to go through a whole process.

I've learnt a good technique where I just work on being angry. Doesn't matter what about, even just at myself for being depressed. When I get to angry, I'm not feeling despair anymore. I allow myself to focus on being angry for a while but then that turns into frustration. Then I just become annoyed. And before I realise I'm not depressed anymore.

I know all that is a lot easier said than done but over the years I have got better at it.

Another tool I use is to make a list of 20 things I'm grateful for in my life. At first I can't think of anything, but I make myself work at it and start to remember some good things. Good things that I should be happy about.

I realise not everyone's depression is the same but these tools work for me so I thought I'd share.

vrajesh5 6 days ago 0 replies      
FOr me the best medicine is to run.. run as hard and as far as you can for as long as you can.. there is nothing that a good run cannot fix... (distance and speed are relative) and please note the situation you are feeling is all chemistry in your head.. they are just chemical reaction.. if you are feeling low because of your startup then please be aware you are not alone.. also, a person is not a failure an event is.. besides the real failure is failing to try and you are not.. stay strong and there is plenty or love and kindness in the world..
kfullert 6 days ago 1 reply      
Not sure where you are, here in the UK we have a service called The Samaritans (http://www.samaritans.org/) so not sure if there's a similar service, these people are trained to give you the best help and advice that they can, and someone trained but detached from the specifics may be what's best for you - I've not gone through this myself, but have supported my wife and ex-partners through similar bouts of depression - I'm going to drop you a mail as well.
david927 6 days ago 0 replies      
I've just emailed you. Keep your head up.
ChrisNorstrom 6 days ago 1 reply      
Depression is caused by so many different things for different people. I don't know you or your situation, but here's what really helped me finally leave years and years of on/off depression:

- Are you getting enough sunlight?
- Are you exercising?
- Do you live in an extremely stressful environment / city?
- Do you live near greenery and vegetation or a cold concrete jungle?
- When was the last time you took a vacation?
- If you're an introvert do you have enough time alone to yourself? If you're an extrovert do you spend enough time with others or are you isolated?

You'd be amazed at how external solutions can help motivate internal ones.

z0mbak 6 days ago 2 replies      
Travel. Leave your smartphone and laptop at home. Take your friend with you and go. There is a lot of good places on Earth and this is important to choose the right one to visit, so choose wisely. Don't go to safari or similar shitty entrtnmnt for rich guys. Don't buy a tour with all the trash included. Move on your own. Stay in the plain hotels. Taste the local food. Visit the monasteries and museums. Talk to people around You. Try to find something new. Something, You never experienced before. Excuse my poor lng please.

P.S. Maybe this will be a good opportunity for You to quit taking meds You mentioned?

npsimons 6 days ago 0 replies      
First and foremost: find a new therapist. If it's not working, you need to try something else. Even if you've tried different therapists, it's like antidepressants: you keep trying until you find one that works. Speaking of which, you might want to find a psychiatrist or MD who is wiling to try different antidepressants; 10 pills a day and no effect? That sounds like the exact case of "this one's not working, let's try another".

If the only thing you take away from this is the above paragraph, good, because I have to preface the rest of this with IANA[P|MD].

First and foremost, founding your own startup is awesome! Do you realize what kind of accomplishment that is? You shouldn't be depressed, you should be proud. Not many people can claim the title of "statup founder".

Second, apart from getting a new therapist, you might want to look into books like "Feeling Good" by David Burns and "A New Guide to Rational Living" by Albert Ellis. Both are aimed at helping overcome depression.

Exercise is good, but the effects may taper off over time (or have no effect at all). Mainly, if you're not exercising, you should, but not necessarily to treat the depression (although it might help).

All that being said, good on you for reaching out! While I don't think I have the skills to help you or experiences to relate, I hope you are successful, and I'm sure you will be. Many people have been depressed (myself included), but recovered; you can do it too.

pGrabber 6 days ago 0 replies      
You have already started the best thing possible - reaching out and speaking up! Additionally, like some of the ppl have suggested, take up any physical activity to take out the stress. I would personally recommend yoga and meditation, they can work wonders. I have had some amazing yoga teachers who will lend you an ear and offer holistic advice and guidance. Also if you are on the East Coast, the winters and snow can be depressing for some people. I used to get out and get some sun to beat the winter blues. Take care and continue to reach out if you need more help.
lorddfg 6 days ago 0 replies      
lord.dfg <-- this is my Skype.

Add me anytime you like, we can chat and hang around. I am a decent listener, I love helping people out and I am great motivator. I do browse Reddit & help out whenever I can but since this is HN I will make an exception just for you.

So, cheer up, life isn't over it's never to late to start again.

EDIT: anything we talk will be considered confidential. So, you're in safe hands.

eaurouge 6 days ago 0 replies      
If you can disclose which country you're in, there may be support lines you can call for help. Can you get out of the house? Perhaps going for a walk, running, or going to the gym on a regular schedule might help some? Others may chime in on whether any of this is good advice. Going to bed now (it's way past my bedtime), but I'll shoot you an email when I get up. Hang in there, ok?
aneth4 6 days ago 1 reply      
The best medicine for depression is to imagine you were not depressed, think of what you would do, then do it. Even if it doesn't feel quite right, keep moving.

It is not always easy, but it is always the best way to move forward. Depression is a dangerous cycle. Therapy can be helpful, but it can also be debilitating by causing you to identify with your depression. The best thing a therapist can do is to push you to follow the advise above.

helpingstranger 6 days ago 0 replies      
Hey far_far_away,

I feel for you. I've been battling depression every single day for the last 14 years. And most people don't realize this when they see me as the happiness guy in the room. But the analytical-startup-side of me has kept a log of every day, of what works and what doesn't work to change my behavior and mood. Here's what I've found and I hope this helps:

When I'm happy:

- It's when I've written up some code, and feel accomplished

- I've had realistic expectations (of when I finish a project, what I expect from social gatherings, etc)

- I'm not so stressed (and this comes from sleeping on time, doing things in moderation)

When I'm close to being suicidal:

- I have high stress levels

- My plans are not working out as expected (read unrealistic expectations)

- There has been no balance of work/play (say I oversleep, read HN all day and feel unaccomplished)

What to take away from this:

It comes down to stress and expectations. Sleeping early (even though I'm a night owl, and produce great code at night) makes a difference. When you live in the suburbs and no one's there to talk to at night, it really does suck, when the whole town sleeps at 6am. I've gone through several therapists, but the analytical side of me wants to figure out this challenge for myself. It sucks, I know. But maybe for now, write down all that you're thinking, watch a movie, play some video games, and take time to yourself, to enjoy, to be happy. And set your phone's wallpaper to "Life is good. Be happy." (I emailed you the wallpaper). It's just one of those life hacks when you wake up, when you retreat from the world, and decline to answer someone's phone-call, you see your wallpaper, and it rewires your brain into associating certain actions with a positive mood. Know that the change won't come overnight, and know that your actions affect everyone around you. I started looking outward and praying for others, when that put less focus on me, less stress on my startup, and less stress on relationships. Sorry for the rambling. Remember the power to bring change to the world is in any one person's hands - it could be yours - you can see it as a burden or an opportunity - take care of yourself and be easy.

larrys 6 days ago 0 replies      
"I am in therapy for 7 years now and it is not going anywhere."

Reading some of the comments in this thread there seems to be several people that have illustrated "startup induced depression".

I think pursuing your dreams ("and not living someone elses life") is great but people should be aware of the downside especially if (as this poster is) they don't have the resilience to deal with the ups and downs of what really amounts to a gamble. Something encouraged by others (and you know who you are) that don't have to suffer the agony of defeat.

stevewillows 6 days ago 1 reply      
One thing I am learning about is regulating my sleep pattern and eating consistent meals. This is tough with a startup, but it really helps.

Another nice thing hat I've started to do is collect things that make me happy. When I get down I look in the box.

Like others have said, try a new therapist.

morphle 6 days ago 0 replies      
Just send you an email and a Skype address. A founder that can listen. Brave of you to ask, all my best.
Mz 6 days ago 0 replies      
You can email me if you like.

I would encourage you to seek out nondrug alternatives and gradually reduce the number/amounts of meds. My personal firsthand experience with therapy is that it can be useful for insight but won't likely cure what ails you. You need people in your life who genuinely care about you. You cannot pay someone to genuinely care. That may be why therapy isn't helping: You weren't loved/cared about as a kid and your therapist is unlikely to care enough to take that pain away. There is only so much progress you can make based on intellectual insight.

Best of luck, whatever you decide.

krycek 6 days ago 0 replies      
Do not trust your feelings when you feel sad about something. Just try to think about the same topic when you feel good. You will see that part of the depression is only body chemicals. That you need to stay confident that life matters.
It's like navigating in the fog, you need to find again your points of reference.

What you can do too is to write down the reason you feel good when you feel good. Often, being depressed, lead to question everything's worth. When you get to a good conclusion, write it down and read it later when you start wondering again about the same thing.
This is another way to create your own points of references.

And yes, it is not easy to get through it, but you can do it. Even though, the day you'll get out of it you won't even notice it. Really, it's like being in the fog, sooner or later, sun rises above and peak through.

Last but not least, you're doing the right thing : you need to TALK about it. Not to everyone, you need some people not to be aware, just to be able to feel normal with them, but still, talking about it is solving half of the problem.

BTW : IMO Meds are the worst thing possible when depressed. I'm no doctor, ofc, but my meds drove me deeper than I was. They destroyed my perceptions and my points of reference.

sairam313 5 days ago 0 replies      
Sorry to hear about your problem. Three thoughts that hopefully can help you

1. Heard this from a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk on depression that made a lot of sense to me: "Nothing can grow without food - stop feeding your depression and start feeding something that you want for yourself - health, wellness, happiness"

2. Another good advise I heard from a noble guy on depression - get out of yourself and try to do something good for someone else. you will see something shift inside you and you will feel better. Service is something that can instantly get you out of your depression

3. Try to find a community where you can visit and interact with people. Human contact and personal interaction (not online) can make a lot of difference

Hope this helps and good luck

jedireza 6 days ago 1 reply      
I really enjoyed 'The Power of Now' by Eckhart Tolle. If you have not read it yet, the book starts with Eckhart's "I" and "myself" realization... very powerful stuff imo.

It's in audio book format too.


lucian303 6 days ago 0 replies      
Everyone's situation is different. I think Styron nails it down very well and offers a lot of hope. This book has helped many, including myself when I was down and it's a short read. Sometimes depression doesn't have a cause, sometimes it does. Please give it a read (not intentionally promoting amazon, easiest place to find a link): http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Visible-Madness-William-Styro...
sjg007 5 days ago 0 replies      
Hey, if your startup fails, just can always find work at another company. There is still a future. It is OK to fail, it is OK to feel depressed. You are not the value of your startup.

Depression is hard and it hurts. You can actually rewire your neural pathways. Therapists can help with this. It gets better.

susan31415 6 days ago 0 replies      
I'm so glad you decided to reach out - that is very brave even when done anonymously because you don't know what the response will be. I'm particularly impressed at this choice because of your childhood abuse making it so much harder to trust other human beings. I have also had extensive childhood abuse (neglect, emotional, physical, sexual) and have been diagnosed with severe PTSD. This includes depression, anxiety, and a lot of unhealthy behaviors that are hard to change. I've made a lot of progress over the last year (after many years of suffering silently) so I have hope for you too.

I am speaking to the abuse piece because very few people have talked about that (perhaps even more of a taboo subject than depression). Lots of great advice here (mixed in with a few who don't get the difficulty you face). My best advice is (1) never give up - if you keep trying different things, eventually you will find the right combination of things that work for you. (2) don't blame yourself for where you are at - horrible people / situations completely beyond your control brought you to this point in your life. And good news, you are an adult now, and there are actually helpful caring loving people who can help you heal. It is really good news that you survived and found a way to be successful against all odds. You are stronger than you think you are. You can make decisions now to help yourself even though as a child you could not. There is hope for change because you have lots of resources (including many offered here and within yourself) to change your circumstances. I know you are on a long hard road - just as I am. But, healing is possible for you.

I have quite an extensive list of things I've tried and am a really good listener so I'll send you an email in case you want to talk.

Two things to mention: find another therapist who perhaps does another kind of therapy all together (instead of CBT - which is probably what you are doing), try insight oriented, DBT, brainspotting (my favorite - similar to EMDR), meditation, body work, trauma exposure therapy). Be bold and ask your therapist for a change and a recommendation. Most professionals understand that they can't help anyone and can point you in the right direction for a different approach.

Secondly, keep reaching out even when it seems impossibly hard because of the depression. Isolation is your enemy. Find people who will understand and support you. Seriously consider a support group in your area. Meeting face to face confidentially with other people suffering like you can be the most uplifting experience (way more heart warming than talking to a therapist).

Everyone is different just keep trying different things until you find what works for you. No one should be telling you that this one thing is guaranteed to solve your problems - you get to tell yourself what helps and what doesn't.

X4 6 days ago 3 replies      
I only feel good when my blood pressure is extremly high compared to a normal person. How is your blood pressure when you're happy compared to when you're sad?? I'm really curious if it has an effect on the mood. Because it definately has a dramatic effect on my mood. (It's around >170sys/120dia and higher for me when feeling good)

Reference: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167876012...

maeon3 6 days ago 1 reply      
Volunteer at your local homeless shelter, they don't contact you, you contact them.

Get away from people for a while, unplug from the internet, depression is a psychological process where you determine you have a problem that needs to be fixed, and processing time is needed away from the daily stimulus to figure out what to do to fix it.

kaa2102 6 days ago 0 replies      
I applaud your desire to seek out help (and your creativity). I am clearly not a professional but depression is an evolutionary response to loss, trauma, and/or change. The mind realizes that the current map of reality is off. Ultimately, as Dr. Peck wrote in The Road Less Traveled: "life is difficult". There are many problems to be solved in the journey of life. Life is about solving problems and things can get a bit brighter when we decide to become active problem solvers.

I think that you actually may have made progress in therapy because of the mere fact that you stuck with it for 7 years. You may be further on your journey than you realize. I wish you the best of luck.

Crake 4 days ago 0 replies      
I don't really have a lot of guidance to offer you, OP, but I sympathize with your situation and hope that someone else is able to help you in the way that you need. Best of luck.
TimSchumann 6 days ago 0 replies      
Likewise, sent you an e-mail.
leonty 6 days ago 0 replies      
Hey, try mindfulness meditation techniques to get in peace with your mind. There's a great guided meditation service for that called Headspace. http://GetSomeHeadspace.com

For sustainable development of mindfulness I'd also recommend regularly journaling about your feelings though you should discuss it with your therapist first. If you decide to try, there's a good iPhone app called iMoodJournal. You can think you talk to me when you use it because I really put a piece of my soul into it. ;-)

nibz 6 days ago 0 replies      
Bashing is senseless especially considering the state of the country right now. If you need someone to talk to feel free to Gchat me at kyle@nibletz.com if you need more than that lets talk on gchat (you can email me at that address as well) and perhaps we can exchange phone numbers.

I didn't read beyond a few of the responses.

Whether this is a legitimate cry for help or just someone who needs an emotional pick me up to get through how hard startup life can be don't hesitate to contact me


drdrdr 6 days ago 1 reply      
This is maybe not what you are looking for but someone else might find this useful. Here are two online tools for handling depressions developed by the Australian Centre for Mental Health Research at the Austraian National University. (I haven't tried them myself)

MoodGYM: https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome
E-couch: https://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome

yevuard 6 days ago 0 replies      
Service. Most of the details are withheld for privacy reasons, but what worked for one person with severe clinical depression - to the extent that she lived in the government mental hospital on constant suicide watch - could work for you also. She volunteered to help (after putting it off for years), and her attitude and depression vanished over a short period of time. This is one person's tale, and may not work for you.
devb0x 6 days ago 0 replies      
If you find you still need a chat, my email in my profile.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, and give you peace.

dubington 6 days ago 1 reply      
Is there anyone in your peer group into startups, at a similar position, that you can collaborate with somehow? Or at least share ideas and experiences? I have found it important to talk to people who share comparable recent experiences and also share immediate future goals. Of course, such a person might be very unusual whereever you are. But perhaps you will find them via this post. Good luck
darkhorn 6 days ago 2 replies      
Have ever triedgoing to gym (or working in phisical work (helping a friend)), and consuming paleotic foods (no pizzas). Also, have a girlfriend. Additionally have some friends or relatives to go out or ask them to come to your home.
spog 6 days ago 0 replies      
I'd say leave everything behind for few days, go find someone who is in need of help and simply help them without expecting anything in return. It could be a poor old lady working in a grocery store hurting her back just to make few bucks or some parent worried about their dying kid.....just go out there and help someone in need of help.
TheBDH 5 days ago 0 replies      
I feel you.

There's one thing to try:

Find somewhere close to nature (a lake, a park, a beach, a garden) and sit there everyday in silence and just use your senses (the eyes, ears etc.) to experience what you are in the midst of.

Don't think. Try to stop thinking. Just feel.

I go to the beach every day to see the sun set. Some days to see the sea as the sun rises. Over months now, the effect has been unusual.

Remember to just feel. You'll find a million thoughts (problems, memories, people etc.) trying to barge in. Try to push them out. You may yourself thinking that there could be better or more useful ways to spend your time. You may feel restless. Don't force it, but allow these to pass and just feel. See, listen, touch, here...avoid tasting however. It's risky.

Don't stop anything else you're doing without professional advice.

Add this, and if you manage to make it a daily commitment, you may experience what I have.

I look forward to a difference.

Take care!

infoseckid 6 days ago 0 replies      
Dude what you need is a break from everything - power off your laptop + mobile + tablet + anything electronic. Take a vacation for a month - .....

I am in a bad depression myself even though I am making good money from my startup but due to other personal reasons. I am planning to go to Bali for a month.

tippivenus 6 days ago 0 replies      
First and foremost, if you feel you might hurt yourself you need to go to an emergency room immediately.

Second, what meds are you on and what kind of doctor prescribed them. If they were not prescribed by a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in psychopharmacology then I would see another doctor. It is not at all unusual for severe depression to require multiple meds but you have to have a doc who is good put the right cocktail together.

Three, I would recommend a psychiatrist for therapy as well. Social workers and psychologists can be good but there are also a lot of really bad ones out there. If you are thinking of changing therapists, meet with a few and go with one that has good credentials that you feel a connection with.

Four, as a survivor of abuse there are a number of support groups out there which might be helpful.

Five, and probably most important: Don't give up!!!! Depression sucks but it does tend to be self limiting.

kkk7 6 days ago 0 replies      
Hi stranger, the best remedy I found is tango, no not the one you see in a media, but real, social one. It heals your soul and let your body take care of yourself. When a stranger will embrace you as a normal human being without asking anything back it's a great felling. Go for it.
ponce 6 days ago 0 replies      
I would advise to search energically for _root causes_ for your illness, have a lucid stare at your life and ask yourself why you feel bad now. Perhaps you have missing information. (edit: attention this may lead to extremely discomfortable transitional states
d0m 6 days ago 0 replies      
Feel free to drop me a line (My email is in my profile), I'm a great listener.
RockofStrength 6 days ago 0 replies      
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” • John Milton, Paradise Lost
dahart 6 days ago 0 replies      
Exercise! It doesnt solve relationship or abuse problems, but it will improve your mood. Thirty minutes of exercise a day is just as effective as any medication.
philprx 6 days ago 0 replies      
Best wishes for getting better. One thing that is rare and so important is that you reach out to talk about it.

I wish you to find good listeners, this is rare.

lynne 6 days ago 0 replies      
i love you. i think you're great. never give up. :
Techasura 6 days ago 0 replies      
Don't give up.
Have a love in life, let her sooth your mind.
I have been suffering the same. i'm definitely younger than you, and have this problem.
mvharish 6 days ago 0 replies      
Talk to family, they're always there for you. Go running or biking for ultra long distances. Listen to mongol throat singing.
j0x 6 days ago 0 replies      
their is hope in the near future for a better and safe anti-depressant drug see this - http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-drug-hard-to-treat-dep...
Bigkate 6 days ago 0 replies      
can i suggest Co-Co in one of its many variants. Co-counseling is a peer support therapy process that seems to significant affect for most people. There are wide variety of groups but the two principle groups are re-evaluation co-counseling and international co-counseling. The major difference is that RC co-co is more intense BUT more cult like running out of Seattle whilst ICC is more distributed with no central control. Think Apple vs Linux.

it wont give you a solution today, but if you do the course, you will gain access to significant support tools that you can access on an ongoing basis

personally I would say RC saved my life, albeit i don't do RC anymore and i now do ICC if you want to look at some texts have a look here
but there are plenty of other resources available

best wishes

beingpractical 6 days ago 0 replies      
hey buddy, this might help. Best advice any entrepreneur can ever get! - http://www.beingpractical.com/2012/02/03/best-advice-any-ent...
advocacysusie 6 days ago 0 replies      
If you are in the US, you can call 211 and they will give you a local/state hotline to call. Consider using this if you need to talk and therapist is not available.
hodbby 6 days ago 0 replies      
Be strong.
ASDFGHJKLQWE 6 days ago 0 replies      
Jesus loves you.
ashishgandhi 6 days ago 0 replies      
@Everyone: Help me flag this comment.

@OP: I've flagged your comment. Hoping you or a moderator sees that you accidentally posted from your not-throwaway account. I could figure out what startup you are a founder of.

barackwillheal 6 days ago 1 reply      
stop taking the pills for one.
verysofttoilet 6 days ago 2 replies      
Do you want to get better? Why?
seunosewa 6 days ago 1 reply      
There are some good depression meds out there. See a Psychiatrist for more details.
arbuge 6 days ago 1 reply      
If you've been in therapy for 7 years, something tells me that you're unlikely to get the help you need by chatting to somebody anonymous here.

See a doctor and get a prescription for an anti-depressant (prozac, etc.). I've heard they can often be very effective in a few days-weeks time, even where years of therapy are not.

Ask HN: What are some examples of great software specification?
3 points by clubhi  1 day ago   3 comments top 3
adammichaelc 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Best software spec is a polished mock.
eduardordm 1 day ago 0 replies      
Ask HN: Android dev blogs?
5 points by obviouslygreen  1 day ago   1 comment top
swanson 1 day ago 0 replies      
Ask HN: What are the best resources to learn shell scripting?
8 points by b2hack  2 days ago   4 comments top 3
moonboots 2 days ago 1 reply      
A good intro is a talk given by Ryan Tomayko called the Shell Hater's Handbook[1]. His POSIX Shell and Utilities is also a great reference[2]. For a more comprehensive guide, I recommend the dash man pages[3]. Dash is shell, the good parts.

[1] http://shellhaters.heroku.com/
[2] http://shellhaters.heroku.com/posix
[3] http://linux.die.net/man/1/dash

olefoo 2 days ago 0 replies      
Get the book Unix Power Tools http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596003302.do

Keep it on your desk; read and apply a tool whenever you have a minute.

sk2code 2 days ago 0 replies      
According to me this is the best place to start http://tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/
Ask HN: How to create my own debit card?
3 points by pastaking  1 day ago   6 comments top 6
olefoo 1 day ago 0 replies      
You will need the following three advisors; a lawyer to tell you how to structure it, an insurance broker to help you manage your risk, and a tax accountant to make sure that you are keeping track of the money in a way that the IRS deems acceptable.

Depending on the state you are operating in, you may need to file for a money transmitter license. And yo and your advisors will need to go through http://www.fincen.gov/financial_institutions/msb/index.html
and determine which, if any of the declarations you need to file and what compliance policies your organization needs to put in place.

You'll also need to ensure that you have enough working capital to cover potential withdrawals, and remember that you will have to keep the funds segregated from the rest of your organizations business.

Oh, and your insurance broker will have to figure out how best to insure you against all the normal risks that face a bank.

eduardordm 14 hours ago 0 replies      
This is how you do it: (I built exactly what you want)

- Build a bank

- Become a visa/mastercard issuer or create your own payment stack (which will have 0 merchants)

How to build a bank (checking, no savings):

- go to central bank website, you should be able to find the offices where you can apply for that license, call them and ask for law firms that already do that

- it costs a few hundred thousand of dollars - fees and lawyer expenses

Now the hard part: To become a bank (the type you want) you need a lot of money. 4 years ago it would take around 24mi to do that in the US. That money is usually retained by the central bank. After having that retained you need to retain at least 15% of all checking money in the central bank account, which makes it even harder to get started.

Summarizing: get 30 million, call CB, the lawyer.

Now, the Pro-Tip: A lot of banks can act like a proxy. You create your firm and reach an agreement with an existing bank to operate under it's license and structure. simple.com is just that :D

georgemcbay 1 day ago 0 replies      
There are companies set up to offer white label debit cards. Using one of them may be your best option but it depends quite a lot on exactly why you're doing this which your original post doesn't cover in nearly enough detail.
gee_totes 1 day ago 0 replies      
You're going to have to build your own magnetic stripe readers and writers and encode the cards. Then figure out some software to make it work.

To get you started: http://hackmiami.org/2008/12/21/magnetic-stripe-card-reader/

http://stripesnoop.sourceforge.net/ (may be dead)


tait 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Wow, totally orthogonal answers, both of which answer an interpretation of the question you were asking. Were you asking (a) how to set up your own debit card that works with the current system, or (b) how to MAKE your own card, from scratch?

(I'm a guessin "(a)").

Tools of the trade, 2012 edition
17 points by jborden13  2 days ago   10 comments top 8
bmelton 9 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm assuming it's already on the old list, but I haven't seen Github (http://github.com) listed -- for us, Github is the application we use.

I also haven't seen Mixpanel (http://mixpanel.com), but I see a lot of Intercom. Now that Mixpanel has "Engage" (which seems like an Intercom-like thing), is there a compelling reason to use Intercom alongside Mixpanel, or are they mostly overlap?

Another platform I see missing is dotcloud (http://dotcloud.com), which I don't use for everything, but definitely enjoy one-click, hot standby, fault tolerant (well, as tolerant as it can be) MySQL databases.

Last thing we use that I haven't seen listed is Amazon SES (email). I love the no-commitment pricing and paying for what we actually use instead of having to pay a minimum fee and all that.

Also shoutouts for Stripe and Trello.

b1ake 2 days ago 1 reply      
Intercom (http://intercom.io) - CRM and user messaging

Chartbeat (http://chartbeat.com) - Realtime analytics

Sendgrid (http://sendgrid.com) - Sending email from an app

Dropbox (http://dropbox.com) - File sharing/storage

CouchDB (http://couchdb.apache.org) - Flexible database

aeden 1 day ago 0 replies      
We use a lot of services at DNSimple. Here are some of them:

Chargify (http://chargify.com/) - recurring billing

Stripe (http://stripe.com/) - payment processing

Librato (https://metrics.librato.com/) - metrics

Mailgun (http://mailgun.com/) - email service

Boundary (http://boundary.com/) - network analysis

Papertrail (http://papertrailapp.com/) - consolidated logging

PagerDuty (http://pagerduty.com/) - alerting

TravisCI Pro (http://travisci.com/) - continuous integration

CodeClimate (http://codeclimate.com) - static code analysis

BugSnag (https://bugsnag.com) - exception tracking

Also, other services that have already been mentioned (like Github, Intercom, Trello, Dropbox, Sendgrid, NewRelic, etc)

Kudos 1 day ago 0 replies      
Sentry (http://getsentry.com) - Exception tracking

Postmark (http://postmarkapp.com/) - Email service

Intercom (http://intercom.io/) - CRM

martharotter 1 day ago 0 replies      
Trello (https://trello.com/) - task management

Statsd (https://npmjs.org/package/statsd) + Graphite (http://graphite.wikidot.com/) - monitoring & graphing

Kippt (http://kippt.com) - link and article saving/sharing

Zapier (https://zapier.com/) - like ifttt for business

Heroku's Hosted Postgres (http://postgres.heroku.com) - DB as a service

Also definitely agree with Intercom, Dropbox & New Relic, all great services.

jamesdeer 1 day ago 0 replies      
Recurly (http://recurly.com) " Recurring billing managment

Intercom (http://www.intercom.io) " User

Postmark (http://www.postmarkapp.com) " Transactional email

Trello (http://www.trello.com) " Productivity tool

jborden13 2 days ago 0 replies      
New Relic (http://newrelic.com) - Application monitoring

MongoLab (http://mongolab.com) - MongoDB-as-a-Service

domrdy 1 day ago 0 replies      
BrowserStack (http://www.browserstack.com/) - Test Websites on different os and browser setups, in your browser.
Whats your Startup / App Ideas for 2013?
18 points by mbchandar  3 days ago   14 comments top 8
kevinyun 1 day ago 1 reply      
An app that motivates you to go to the gym. Challenge friends on gym check-ins, and win their money when they don't go.

We're launching for Android on new year's day! (http://fitsby.com if anyone's interested)

eduardordm 1 day ago 0 replies      
I plan to create a bitcoin bank that allows you to use Visa debit cards to make transactions and withdraw cash from regular ATMs.

It will work just like your regular debit card works when you are in a foreign country, the conversion will happen in 'real time'.

RDDavies 2 days ago 0 replies      
Disrupting the restaurant experience. From discovery, to ordering, to service, to receipts. Pretty much everything to do with it is broken and inefficient, so lots of work to be done.
mbchandar 3 days ago 1 reply      
A motoapp that improves your lifetime of your vehicle... be it car / bike.
bjoe_lewis 3 days ago 0 replies      
A Photo Track Mobile App, essentially a life history Log.
dgudkov 3 days ago 1 reply      
Functional-style replacement for Excel.
needleme 2 days ago 0 replies      
An app called "Flyer" to browse through events in your city
ninthfrank07 3 days ago 1 reply      
A real estate marketplace.
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