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randy 1 day ago 3 replies      

I'm part of a small team that's been working on healthcare.gov for the last few months alongside a bunch of other Google, Facebook, and Y Combinator alums.

We'll always remember what Mikey told us in December, after the site was back up, could handle a non-trivial amount of traffic, and people who wanted health insurance could finally get it:

"1 in 1000 uninsured people die each year. It's not an exaggeration to say that due to the work we're doing here, 5,000-10,000 people will live to see the end of 2014. You should be proud of what you've done, but we should also all be grateful to have this opportunity."

We're all grateful to be here, but there's a hell of a lot more work to be done.

If any of you out there are an amazing software engineer or SRE, and want to help make our government work better, please shoot us an email: brandon@hcgov.us

For more info, see:

Obama's Trauma Team: Inside the Nightmare Launch of HealthCare.Govhttps://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7312442

kamens 1 day ago 1 reply      
Khan Academy Mountain View, CA (we also love interns, and remote is a possibility)

We're a small, non-profit tech startup trying to give a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. We're making a big mobile push and need your help.

Here's a testimonial we received recently:


Hi! My name is Chelsie and I'm a college student. When I was 19 years old I was kicked out of a great university because I had terrible grades. My disappointed parents cut me off financially so I began working night shifts to support myself. The truth is, I had no desire to go to school because learning had always seemed very distant from reality to me. ... Success in school felt like something you either had or you didn't, and I had been getting Cs since middle school.I stumbled across [your] videos about math. I HATED math. I watched them anyway. I don't know why, but I did. I loved them. I continued watching videos- chemistry, programming, physics. I'm 24 now, and I'm in college pursuing a degree in computer engineering. I have straight As. Sal's videos made me feel like I had the capacity for understanding math and science even though my parents never sent me to space camp and I never won a ribbon at a science fair in elementary school...


Every month we get hundreds of letters like this from people in all walks of life who're thankful for free, high-quality educational content.

Most of you reading this are familiar with Sal's videos, but we also have hundreds of videos by other teachers, partnerships with organizations like MoMA and the California Academy of Sciences, and a huge library of interactive exercises. Over 20 million math problems are done every week on our site.

And now we're doing a big mobile push. Around 20% of our traffic comes from phones and tablets. We're totally overhauling our iOS app.

If you join us now, you can be a core developer on an app that is guaranteed to have millions of users. We have loads of high-quality educational content just waiting to be shared within a great product. We have partnerships lined up around the block to promote your work. We just need you.

You'll be part of a small team working alongside both "celebrity" devs (like jQuery creator John Resig and Google's first employee Craig Silverstein) and many more of us normal folk ;) you haven't heard of but who are workin' hard to help education.

Apply at https://www.khanacademy.org/careers and be sure to mention that you're coming from HN. Feel free to email me at ben+HN@khanacademy.org w/ random questions.

frisco 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Transcriptic: Full-stack developer (emphasis on frontend)

Menlo Park, CA

Transcriptic is "Amazon Web Services" for the life sciences. Rather than carry out wet-lab experiments by hand, researchers can code up (or visually configure) their experimental protocols and then run them in Transcriptic's central, highly automated 'biocenter' in an on-demand way. Customers have no upfront capital costs and pay for only what they use. Life science research today is incredibly slow, error-prone, monotonous, and expensive with researchers spending many hours a day every day just moving small volumes of liquids from one place to another. We're building a long-term company to completely change the way life science research and development is done.

We're looking for a highly talented full-stack web developer. On top of our robotic work cells is a slew of internal services as well as a Rails app that acts as our lab information management system and customer-facing UI. Challenges range from building rich, interactive interfaces for composing protocols to presenting analytical data generated by the lab back to the user. We use d3, Backbone, and some CoffeeScript today, but you'd be free to choose your own tools and libraries.

We're a small startup (you'd be #11), but well funded ($4.1M) and have customers. You'd be able to work on interesting science and hard technology in a really small, all technical team with lots of freedom and resources.

A biology background is preferred but not strictly necessary for outstanding people.

Recent coverage:

- http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/18/5216738/inside-transcript...

- http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/18/aws-for-life-science-with-4...

team at transcriptic.com


surrealize 1 day ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA | Cancer Therapeutics Innovation Group (CTIG)

Help cure cancer by building webapps.

At CTIG, we sequence the DNA of cancer tumors to recommend the right therapy for that tumor's specific DNA mutations. Patients and their oncologists use our analyses to help make decisions about how to treat their cancer. With us, you'd help build the systems that doctors and patients use to access and interpret our results, and work on the systems we use to manage our internal processes.

It's really important that our users (patients and doctors) be able to understand the results we're giving back to them. So we're looking for someone who can translate our analyses into web pages that are clear, simple, and well-designed. That makes front-end experience and an eye for aesthetics important, but you'll be working on the backend as well.

Our current web apps are built using:

* Scala, with the Play framework

* Python, with Django and Flask

* Javascript, with Angular.js and D3

* HTML/CSS/LESS with Bootstrap

* Postgres

It's great if you're familiar with those, but general web dev skill and the ability to pick up new tools and technologies is more important. Our other systems also use R, and we're experimenting with the Julia language, so if you're looking to work with interesting technology then you'll find kindred spirits here.

CTIG is located in Mission Bay in San Francisco, across the street from the UCSF campus here. We're a very interdisciplinary group, with bioinformaticians and computational biologists from UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and UCSF; biologists from UCSF, and physicians from Harvard Medical School. Some of us have PhDs, some of us have MDs, and some of us are college dropouts; we're not credentialists, but we do have strong backgrounds in our respective fields. It's a small team with 6 programmers, so you'd be a core contributor and you'd help set our technical direction.

We're very serious about cancer, but pretty laid-back otherwise; office discussions range from the nitty-gritty details of molecular biology and machine learning to re-enactments of South Park episodes.

We're looking for people who are authorized to work in the US, and can work full-time on-site in SF. If you're interested, email me at mskinner@ctig.com, and include "EGFR" (the name of one of our favorite genes) in the subject.

larsberg 1 day ago 0 replies      
Mozilla Research (Servo) - Remote or any of our global offices

Servo is a new web browser engine. It is designed to be more memory safe (far and away the #1 cause of browser engine security bugs!) through use of the new Rust programming language, and also to take advantage of modern hardware by implementing the Web Platform with support for parallelism and concurrency.

Were looking for some very senior people to join us and provide technical leadership and mentoring for major areas of this project. In particular, if you have a deep background in either the implementation of layout of the Web, the implementation of the DOM and its integration with JavaScript engines, or with systems programming (particularly in the spaces of graphics, networking, and mobile), wed love to talk with you.

Apply online at:


This is Mozilla, so our development and roadmap is completely open. You can learn more at our project at its GitHub page:


Or you can just drop by #servo on irc.mozilla.org and ask us questions.

nrp 1 day ago 2 replies      
Oculus VR - http://www.oculusvr.com/company/careers/ - Irvine, CA

We want everyone in the world to experience the impossible. We want your help building the virtual reality hardware and platform that takes people to beautiful new universes. Oculus is up to over 70 people (primarily engineers), and we are expanding quickly. In addition to a huge variety of positions in Irvine, CA, Oculus is looking for software engineers in Dallas, TX.

A few of the positions that are especially important to us right now are:

* Embedded Systems Engineer - Design, prototype, and program the systems going into future virtual reality products.

* Product Manager, Software - Lead development of core software products, services, and applications.

* Communications Manager - Define the overall voice and messaging for Oculus.

* Computer Vision Engineer - Research and develop algorithms and software for cutting edge 3D vision applications.

The full set of job listings you can apply to is at http://www.oculusvr.com/company/careers/

We've recently revamped our careers system, so you should apply directly there. You can email me with any questions at nrp@oculusvr.com

nicolethenerd 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Amplify - Brooklyn, NY (we also have offices in Manhattan, Atlanta, North Carolina, and more)


Amplify is reimagining the way teachers teach and students learn in K-12 education. Our digital products are leading the way in data-driven instruction, breaking new ground in mobile learning and setting the standard for next-generation digital curriculum and assessment. And our professional services team, with years of classroom experience, helps schools implement digital solutions to meet their local conditions.

Amplify is built on the foundation of Wireless Generation, the pioneer that brought mobile assessments and instructional analytics to schools across America. To date, Amplify has supported more than 200,000 educators and 3 million students in all 50 states as they begin their digital transition. And were just getting started.


Amplify is an educational software company split into three divisions:

Amplify Insight (formerly Wireless Generation) creates assessment tools for teachers to evaluate their students' learning and track their process

Amplify Learning creates innovative curriculum, activities, and games

Amplify Access is building an Android-based tablet specifically designed for use in schools.

Amplify is a large company with a variety of roles across these different divisions - for a full list, check out www.amplify.com/careers


I'm the technical lead on the Quests for the Core team (www.amplify.com/curriculum/quests-for-the-core), a part of Amplify Learning) - I'm specifically looking to fill a role on my team, as well as a few similar roles on some of the other Learning development teams (who are also creating interactive student-facing applications). I'm looking specifically for someone with good front-end skills, who can own the development of an interactive educational application from start to finish, and likes to experiment with new technologies and work closely with designers - the technologies we currently use on my team are HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery, and AngularJS - and some of the other Learning teams are also looking for HTML5 canvas and/or Unity3D experience. If this sounds interesting to you, please reach out to me directly at nbieber at amplify.com - or feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about what it's like to work at Amplify.

ejdyksen 1 day ago 1 reply      
Mutually Human - Grand Rapids, Michigan



We are a small team passionate about making people's lives better through software. We're hiring for full time and summer intern positions as software developers and software designers.

A little bit about us:

  - We write custom software of all shapes and sizes for clients all over the US.  - Though everyone here is fluent in Ruby, we don't artificially limit ourselves.    Recently, I've worked with Objective-C, Backbone.js (inside PhoneGap),    Angular.js, QT and of course Ruby.  - We practice a sustainable pace. We recognize that we each have lives,    activities, and families outside of work. Late nights and > 40 hour weeks are    rare by design.  - We're agile, but not dogmatic about it. Our process evolves to suit our needs.  - We offer competitive salaries, health/vision/dental insurance, quarterly profit    sharing, retirement + match, weekly catered lunches, and a top-floor office    with snacks, guitars, and your choice of standing or sitting desks.  - We run a makerspace in our building (http://grmakers.com), which gives us access    to lots of cool machines.
A little bit about Grand Rapids:

  - 2.5 hours from Chicago and Detroit, less than an hour to the beach.  - Lots of great beer. Founders Brewery (a mile from our office) has 3 beers in    the Beer Advocate top 15. HopCat is a World Class bar on BA.    Just look here: http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/city/43  - If youre renting anything larger than a breadbox in the Bay Area or NYC,    you can afford a house here. I bought a nice house with a mortgage payment    30% lower than the rent of my 1 bedroom apartment in Mountain View.  - A growing technology and startup community.
A little bit about you:

  - You love making software, and you have a few years of experience doing it.  - You learn new stuff quickly. Youve used a lot of technologies, but youre not    afraid to use more. It would be nice if you use and love Ruby, but not required.  - You believe software is written for humans, not computers.  - You want to come into work every day and enjoy the people you work with.
I'm a software craftsman on this awesome team. If you're interested, get in touch with me:


joelgascoigne 1 day ago 7 replies      
Buffer (http://bufferapp.com)

Hey everyone, hope your weekend is off to a killer start!

February just came to a close and Buffer stands at 1.4M total users served by a small 16 person team spread across 12 cities and 5 continents. 130,000 of our users are actively using the product each month. We generated $333,000 in February, and we have $520,000 in the bank. The average salary at the company is $98,000 and our total funding to date is $450,000 which we raised in December 2011, for which we gave up 14% of the company. I'm sharing all of this because one of the highest values we have at Buffer is to be fully transparent, and I'd love for you to be part of the incredible journey we've embarked upon.

At 16% month over month revenue growth on average in the last 6 months, we're seeing increasing demand to build out the product further and help our fast-growing customer base with all their social media problems. To achieve this, we'd love your help with some interesting engineering challenges.

Do any of these areas stand out for you? I'd really love to hear from you:

    - Reliability Hacker (we're sending 400,000 posts to social networks every day,      our architecture is still not ideal)    - Happiness (Support) Hacker (we have a crazy obsession for customer happiness      and want to build our own tools to go beyond what's normal)    - Android Lead (our Android app has half a million downloads but currently no      full-time developer!)    - iOS Hacker (our favorite people who use Buffer are all crying out for an      iPad app)    - Growth Hacker (our landing page conversion is at 7%, we'd love your help      improving it and many other metrics)    - Frontend Hacker (last month 130,000 people used Buffer, we'd love to improve      our dashboard interface and extensions for them)
Some of the tech we work with: PHP, Python, MongoDB, AWS (Elastic Beanstalk, Elasticache, SQS), Backbone.js, Grunt.js, Android, iOS).

    - We're completely open about salary and equity, in fact here is a spreadsheet      of all individual salaries: https://docs.google.com/a/bufferapp.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AgrWVeoG5divdE81a2wzcHYxV1pacWE1UjM3V0w0MUE&usp=drive_web#gid=1.      It's most likely you'd fall into a range of $85,000-$120,000 and 0.1%-1%.    - We're a fully distributed remote team, and we come together 3 times a year for      super fun retreats. The last one was in Thailand in December, our next is      Cape Town in April!    - We have a big focus on culture, that's the main thing we think about when someone      joins the team. Here is our slide deck of values: http://www.slideshare.net/Bufferapp/buffer-culture-03 
I'll read through emails with our CTO Sunil, I hope yours might be part of that. Send him a quick note at thenexthacker@bufferapp.com. If you'd like you can check out more details about all the areas we need help with at http://jobs.bufferapp.com

I'm excited about the chance to work with you. If you have any questions about our culture, product or journey so far, add a reply to this - I'll be checking throughout the day to get back to you :-)

- Joel (Founder/CEO)

sgrove 1 day ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, CA - Zenbox. Software Engineer. [LOCAL | RELOCATE OK]

We're a YC company with a private-beta sales tool that helps small and large companies catch opportunities from slipping through the cracks.

If you've ever run a startup, you know how difficult it can be to stay on top of sales. And you also know how many companies fail because of it. We want to make them succeed.

We also spend time improving our tooling, and tools for other developers.

  * We run the SF ClojureScript meetup  * Incredibly modern stack: written entirely in Clojure/ClojureScript/Om/React  * Released the first reference Om app (https://github.com/sgrove/omchaya)  * Given presentations on how we see app development trending http://sgrove.github.io/omchaya/docs/presentation.html (hint: It's about to get much, much better, and referentially-transparent UI's and serializable state play a big part)  * We've vastly improved the source-map capabilities of the ClojureScript compiler  * Reified keywords to the runtime to make ClojureScript a better citizen on the web. 
We do all of this for two reasons: 1.) We want to build apps that customers love in the best way possible, and that often means taking the time to explore proper approaches. With the right team and stack, we run circles around others, and 2.) because we want to give back to the communities that have enabled us.

We're looking for an engineer who loves the craft, who cares about building product, and is excited about helping customers.

Interested in working with Reactjs, Om, and functional programming in the client? We're building a team that's able to reduce complexity others balk at into simple, easy to reason about system, so we can continue to move quickly and delight both customers and ourselves.

This is fullstack work.

Languages: Clojure, Clojurescript, Javascript. sean @ zenboxapp https://www.zenboxapp.com

Also, come meet us at the SF ClojureScript meetup! http://www.meetup.com/SF-Clojurescript-Meetup/

jonbischke 1 day ago 0 replies      
Entelo - San Francisco (SOMA), CA - Full-time - http://www.entelo.com/

7 things about us:

#1 - We're building a company at Entelo with a mission of changing how companies hire and think about talent acquisition.

#2 We are helping companies build great teams and have over 100 paying customers including Box, Yelp, Square, ESPN and Groupon

#3 - The team is small so you'll play an integral role in building something meaningful.

#4 - We're doing some very interesting work at the intersection of big data, predictive analytics and HR/recruiting. (Our stack is a mix of Ruby, Scala, MySQL, MongoDB, elasticsearch and a bunch of other goodies.)

#5 - If the notion of "spray and pray" recruiting makes you a little nauseous and you want to do something about it, you should contact us. :)

#6 - We work out of a beautiful office in SOMA, close to Caltrain and AT&T Park; some of our perks include $300 headphone allowance, 100% coverage of employee health care premiums, 1:1 matching for donations to non-profits, and catered lunches.

#7 We announced our series A round of funding last summer http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/19/entelo-the-big-data-recruit...

I'm the founder and you can email me directly at jon at entelo dot com

Current openings:

Marketing: http://www.entelo.com/careers/marketing/content_marketing_ma...

Engineering (Data): http://www.entelo.com/careers/engineering/data_engineer

Engineering (Full-Stack): http://www.entelo.com/careers/engineering/full_stack

Sales: http://www.entelo.com/careers/sales/inside_account_executive

Customer Success: http://www.entelo.com/careers/customer_success/director

ricaurte 1 day ago 0 replies      
The Honest Company - Hiring Software Engineers - Santa Monica, CA


About us

The Honest Company passionately believes in creating not only effective, but also unquestionably safe, eco-friendly, beautiful, convenient, and affordable products for babies and homes. The growing product line is comprised of eco-friendly diapers (with super stylish designs) and a natural line of bath, skincare, home cleaning, and organic nutritional supplement products all packed in convenient bundles that can be customized, personalized, and conveniently shipped whenever needed.

We're growing really fast with over 170 employees as of our 2nd birthday in January (http://instagram.com/p/jSqeESMujh/) and have raised $52 million to date.

Our awesome office:

-- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/02/jessica-alba-honest...

-- http://www.lonny.com/magazine/October+2013/xC34VaNFEkE/1#28

We like to have fun - http://instagram.com/p/efoaU_Muud/


Positions Available

We are continuing to expand our technology team and hiring for the following positions:

-- Full-Stack Engineers

-- Back-End Engineers

-- Front-End Engineers

-- QA Automation Engineers

-- We are also looking for interns for the above positions

Send resume to: The Honest Technology Team - tech_hiring@honest.com


Our stack:

-- Ruby on Rails backend for our E-Commerce Site (Python and/or Node.js experience perfectly fine)

-- Angular.js and themed Bootstrap on the front-end

-- Our warehouse currently runs off an in-house created Ruby server

-- TDD with rspec, capybara, and jasmine tests keeping things stable

-- Datastores - MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, Memcached

-- iOS app in the app store - Honest Baby


What will we look for in you?

We want to see someone who will take initiative to support the company's mission of delivering safe, eco-friendly, beautiful and affordable home and family products to all current and future customers. Someone who is known to smile and crack a joke while working on a difficult problem. You take pride in your work, deliver clean, well-tested code and are able to communicate with your teammates about your work and find creative ways to improve code and processes. We like to cross-train everyone to be full-stack engineers, so if you're back-end or front-end, we would also like you to want to learn the other side while working for us.

If this sounds like the type of place you would have a lot of fun working at, contact:

The Honest Technology Team - tech_hiring@honest.com

amitt 1 day ago 0 replies      
Hi! Were Red Hot Labs from San Francisco and we're looking for a FULL-TIME DEV and a FULL-TIME ADMIN/GENERALIST.

We're on a mission to revolutionize how mobile developers harness their data. Our product, still in beta, functions as the central hub for all the services mobile developers already use. By weaving together the data from these disparate services, we gain a comprehensive view of the app and are uniquely positioned to deliver insights and value back to the developer.

This isn't our first trip around the block. Our previous startup was acquired by Zynga and our core technology turned into FarmVille and the rest of Zyngas most successful games. It was a wild ride and now were full steam ahead on a new adventure. We're well backed by folks such as A16Z, Greylock, SVAngel, DCVC, and more.

We're looking for passionate, energetic, highly talented engineers to join our team. By becoming a foundational member of our team you will help shape the direction of our product, company and culture. Were believe in constantly challenging ourselves to learn new things and would love to teach you what we know and learn from you as well.

We want all engineering members of the team to be full-stack engineers and well-rounded individuals. But, we're especially excited about the following engineering profiles:


  - Senior Product Engineer: You've built products from  concept all the way to   maturity.  You're as opinionated and influential about product as you are about coding.    You're a master at JS/CSS/HTML and customer facing technologies.   Bonus points if youre on-top of your front-end frameworks like Angular   (which we use!), Ember, or Meteor.  - Senior Systems Engineer: You've architected and scaled backend systems to   millions of users.  You've put out every kind of fire and learned a lot in the   process. You understand the tradeoffs of different data stores, server   architectures, and low-level services.   - Senior Data Engineer: You've built models which extract insights or   predictions from large, living datasets.  You can engage with a dataset in an   unfamiliar domain, grasp the dynamics of the system and impress subject area   experts with your result.    - Stupendous Junior Engineer: You don't have years of working experience, but   you have handful of mind-blowing personal or school projects.  You were among   the best students at a top tier engineering university. Your TA's and   classmates gush about your code.

  - Redis, MySQL, Rails for our backend API.  - Mostly AWS with a little bit of Heroku for our hosting.  - AngularJS, jQuery, Underscore, Node.JS with D3 for our dashboard and web apps.  - 3rd party services: Facebook, Mixpanel, Stripe, Mailgun

In addition, we're hiring for an admin/generalist position. We're looking for someone that doesn't necessarily know how to code (if you're interested in learning we can definitely help you there!), but is passionate about startups and is competent and considerate in any task thrown their way. This role would be to support the rest of the team to help with marketing, sales, general office admin stuff, scheduling interviews, QA, and so on. Basically, all of the "other stuff" in a startup.

Do any of the above profiles sound like you? Send us an email at: jobs@redhotlabs.com

Or, learn a little more about us here: http://www.redhotlabs.com/jobs

speek 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Weft - http://weft.io - Boston, MA + San Francisco, CA. INTERN welcome.

  ===========================  ====== What we do =========  ===========================
We're Waze for Cargo. Weft tracks shipping containers using low-cost hardware to make sure that shipments get to where they're supposed to be on time and intact, saving billions in lost value due to cargo shrink and disrupted supply chains. We take the info we get from the hardware and figure out where the bottlenecks in the supply chain are, predict whether or not a shipment is going to make it to its destination on time, and dynamically reroute/reschedule shipments so that we can optimize the system as a whole. Really neat stuff.

  ===========================  ===== How we do it ========  ===========================
Web stack -> clojure (immutant) + titan (really scary graph database on top of cassandra) -- we use middleman + enlive (and a bit of hiccup) for templating

Algorithms -> a dizzying mixture of oldschool and newschool techniques ;-)

Hardware -> think cell phone on crack (atmel avr xmega, a bunch of sensors, gps, gsm, etc). Working integrated chip now! Have some pilots running with v1 hw.

  ===========================  ====== And the rest =======  ===========================
We've got some very interesting partners and customers (ranging from telcos to enterprise software providers to regional and international logistics companies). We also have some top tier investors!

Looking for help at every point in the system (hardware, firmware, frontend, backend, algorithms, mobile, etc). Mostly focused on the data science aspect of Weft for the next few months.

I should also probably mention that we have a team with a bunch of industry vets!

If this sounds interesting, please shoot me an email at marc@weft.io!

pbiggar 1 day ago 0 replies      
CircleCI (https://circleci.com/jobs) - SF or REMOTE fulltime (in the US)

At CircleCI we're building the next generation of developer automation: amazing Continuous Integration and Deployment. We have traction and revenue and funding and great customers. Our customers love us, because we move quickly, build great things, and provide amazing support. Everyone talks to customers a lot.

We're still a small team, so you'll have a large impact on company culture. We're highly influenced by Valve's Employee handbook and Stripe and GitHub's cultures, and have as flat a structure as we can. We're looking for frontend engineers (JS), designers (must be able to HTML+CSS), and backend engineers (Clojure). Being a mix of those is of course welcome! We lean towards senior experienced engineers, or junior engineers who can display great talent.

We're also looking for engineers for Developer Success and Developer Awareness positions. Since we have an incredibly technical product, and selling directly to developers, the dev-awareness positions (think marketing, but much more dev-oriented: dev evangelism, writing interesting blogs, CRO, analytics, etc - think a patio11-style engineer) require significant development experience. Dev-success positions are a good fit for engineers who like working with people and building relationships with customers.

Check out our jobs page at https://circleci.com/jobs.

doctoboggan 22 hours ago 0 replies      
I am working for a startup out of a top tier Boston university doing desktop 3D printing. We have an agreement with Autodesk where they will be developing custom cloud based software that will communicate directly with our printers. They are looking for a dev to do browser based 3D design software. You will be working in our offices at the school while we build out and test the printer. We need someone who knows best practices for web based 3d design software. Check out 123Design to see what is currently possible:


Reach out to me at jack@minardi.org

Autodesk Software Engineer, 3D Printing


As a global leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, Autodesk helps people imagine, design, and create a better world. The Autodesk Consumer Group is a new and exciting team that is passionate about providing powerful and fun design and visualization tools, platforms, websites and communities that unlock the creativity in everyone. Whether its a kid looking to have some fun, a seasoned pro, or just someone who wants to amp up their creativity, the ACG is all about helping them turn their ideas into reality and share them with the world.

Job Title and Number: Software Engineer, 3D Printing, Req# XXXXXXXLocation: Cambridge, MA (Boston Area)

We are seeking an exceptional Software Engineer to help us design and develop the next generation of integrated 3D printing software. You will be working in a research environment with a diverse team of 3D printing experts aiming to make an impact on the way we fabricate the objects of the future. Using your software expertise, you will create compelling prototype design tools at the intersection of 3D printing and electronics. These prototypes will have the potential to reach millions of people through the Autodesk 123D family, that includes everything from digital sculpting to accessible circuit design. As a Software Engineer working in this exciting new team, you will have a huge impact on how we enable new forms of 3D printing in the future.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

* Develop software systems and prototype applications at the intersection of 3D printing and electronics.

* Collaborate with a diverse team of researchers, product designers, product managers, engineers, and scientists to create fully integrated 3D printing software.

* Deliver 3D design and fabrication software that leverages cutting edge research to deliver a seamless user experience.

Position Requirements:

* Passion for working with 3D printing and electronics.

* BS or MS in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or other relevant field.

* Knowledge and experience in computer graphics, 3D design, and geometric modeling.

* Hands-on experience developing complete graphical applications, either through prototypes or real world applications.

* Experience with client/server architecture and web technologies such as JavaScript, HTML5, and WebGL.

* Working knowledge of electronic circuit design.

* Experience with high-level software design, APIs, and software architecture.

* Self-directed and focused, requiring minimal supervision to execute on goals

* Strong communication skills with the ability to converse fluently to a range of different team members.

* Keen interest in scientific research and applying it to real world problems.

martian 1 day ago 0 replies      
San Francisco, Thumbtack. H1B welcome.

(You probably haven't heard of Thumbtack. We've been flying under the Silicon Valley radar for quite some time.)

Thumbtack is a new way to find and hire people to help you get things accomplished: whether a DJ for the party you're throwing this weekend, a contractor to renovate your kitchen, or an SAT tutor to help you prep for exams, or anything else, Thumbtack will help. And on the flip side: if you provide any kind of service, Thumbtack will help you connect with new clients and grow your business. Millions of people are using Thumbtack already.

Our engineering team is currently 10 people. We're looking for software engineer generalists, or specialists in any domain (frontend, backend, mobile, ops, data science). I often describe our team as being academic, deliberate, and compassionate.

Things we like: Python (Pyramid), Postgres, Mongo, R, Pandas, AngularJS.

Our office is in SoMa. Our chef cooks amazing meals for us everyday, we brew a lot of our own beer, we read books together. We play, but mostly we're just excited to be making amazing products for our users and making their lives better.

Come help us transform the local services industry, bring it into the 21st century, and change the lives of millions of people.



Fee free to email me (chris@) as well. If you're in SF, let's grab coffee!

nod 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Tableau Software - http://careers.tableausoftware.com/

Software Engineers: Seattle, WA -- Kirkland, WA -- Menlo Park, CA -- Austin, TX

Sales & Marketing: Those locations plus other offices around the world

Our mission is to help people see and understand their data.

http://www.tableausoftware.com/gartner-magic-quadrant-2014 suggests that we've had a good start so far.

whalesalad 21 hours ago 0 replies      

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Endgame San Francisco, CA (AT&T Park)

Historically we've worked with customers in the Federal space, but we're aggressively moving towards building the next generation of security intelligence for private companies. Rock-solid security is usually not the _biggest_ priority for a startup, so we'd like to change that by making it easier and more accessible.

We're opening an office right across the street from AT&T Park in San Francisco and have a boatload of open positions.

We've got a lot of really smart people on our team. We're also very diverse, with a good mix of male and female hackers from all different cultures. We run our own copies of Github and Hipchat behind the firewall, enjoy the ocassional argument on which editor is best, compete at the ping pong table regularly, and like getting together outside of work to unwind.

Check out a recent article about our (radical) CEO Nate Fick: http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2014/02/12/inside-...

If you're someone who likes building great products and you're in the SF area, definitely check out our careers page!


Feel free to email me directly with questions or interest in any of our positions: mwhalen@endgame.com

jetsnoc 1 day ago 0 replies      
Idaho (remote or on-site)

  KickBack Rewards Systems  http://www.kickbacksystems.com  http://careers.kickbacksystems.com
I'm a senior manager at KRS. We're a bootstrapped and profitable start-up. We're building a nation-wide coalition loyalty program and already have thousands of clients and thousands of locations on the program. Our clients include a half-dozen Fortune 50 companies - one that is an anchor partner in our coalition loyalty program. As the Director of Software Development I need some help! You will be joining a medium sized team of 11 developers. If you are interested in any of these positions my contact information is under my profile.

* Data Scientist

We are looking for a world-class data scientist to get in to the minds of our customers. Your job will be to analyze our "large" data-sets, identify patterns, determine consumer sentiment and provide them with incredible offer. Looking for someone with extensive programming and modeling experience using the Hadoop ecosystem. At KickBack you will research and implement new scalable learning algorithms and data mining techniques including sequential data models, variable discretization, feature extraction, selection, and construction. Machine learning a plus. We're looking for an expert. We are looking for someone someone we would consider a "game changer" and are paying accordingly.

* Mobile Developer

We're looking for two mobile developers who insanely great at objective-c and/or java development for Android. We have a specific vision for our mobile platform and have already moved past html5 interfaces to native applications to improve performance. We're doing things with iBeacons this year and innovating a few retail use-cases in our R&D lab for our second version of our mobile app. This is a really fun position where KickBack is small enough that specs and designs aren't handed to you. You have the freedom and opportunity to design a compelling user experience and tweak it till it's just right.

ryporter 1 day ago 0 replies      
AMA Capital -- Palo Alto, CA. Full time. H1B okay.

AMA Capital trades billions of dollars per day in the foreign exchange markets.

We are all engineers, and we all do a little bit of everything, designing and implementing our own trading strategies and infrastructure. We are a very small team (I am the only employee) looking to add one or two engineers focusing on strategy and/or on infrastructure. No experience or specific knowledge of finance is required. However, you do need to be at least interested in financial markets and to be able to implement your strategies carefully in C++.

An example of an infrastructure project is designing and building a system for logging to non-volatile memory. We generate large logs covering everything from prices to transaction data. NVDIMMs are a form of RAM that survives power loss, and such hardware has been on the horizon for a while, but it is just now becoming available to early adopters. Writes to NVDIMMs will be nearly instantaneous and immediately durable. This project will be to develop an NVDIMM-based system that simultaneously functions as a log, an IPC mechanism, and a searchable database for analysis. Making this work will involve a number of pieces: kernel drivers, CPU cache control, lock-free synchronization, a daemon to write everything back to long-term (i.e. less expensive) storage, and more. If this works well, we plan to open-source all the pieces.

Learn more at http://amacapital.net/careers.html, and contact us at careers@amacapital.net.

mmelin 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Tictail - Stockholm, Sweden

Join the most exciting startup in Stockholm, building something real - something that helps people all over the world grow their own business from their passion.

Tictail is a crazy place. Youll work with some of the best people youve ever met, making incredibly ambitious things, with a ridiculous amount of responsibility. If youre like us, youve probably dreamed of what you could accomplish if you just werent held back by your current boss, job, school or whatever else is in your way. Well, Tictail is your chance to shine.

Were hiring slowly but surely. Because Tictail is nothing without our colleagues and our culture, we might not match your expectations of a normal recruitment process. We will definitely want to figure out if youre smart and get things done, but more importantly we want to figure out if we click.

Tictail is built primarily with Python and Javascript, but not exclusively. Most importantly we use the right tool for the job and are happy to learn new things.

Right now, we are especially interested if you consider yourself a full stack developer, aspiring devop, an Android specialist or frontend magician. But if youre smart, get things done and cant wait to join Tictail, get in touch no matter what!

Please take a moment to reflect on the above, and send us an email if you find yourself imagining what life at Tictail might be like. Wed love to hear from you.

Please email jobs+hn@tictail.com with:

- GitHub profile or equivalent. Please point out some code, project or open source contributions you are particularly proud of!

- Resume. A link to your LinkedIn is fine

- What interests you with Tictail?

nemesisj 1 day ago 0 replies      
Administrate (http://www.getadministrate.com/) Edinburgh, Scotland. We build online software for training companies that helps them run their entire operation.


Full Time DeveloperWe're looking for a full time developer who can start on our support team dealing with bugs and smaller dev projects for the first 6 months, then move on to other things.


Detailed job descriptions can be found on our about page (http://www.getadministrate.com/about), look on the lower right.

We're looking for smart people that get things done, who want to join a small company, have lots of responsibility, and work in a very challenging environment.

We're growing really quickly, have a challenging product that's mission critical for our clients, and we're located in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We have fantastic offices at Edinburgh's CodeBase (http://www.thisiscodebase.com) with spectacular views of the castle right out of our windows!

You'll need to be eligible to work in the UK - we can't sponsor visas unfortunately. Email me if interested, my name is John: jjp@getadministrate.com

dave1010uk 1 day ago 0 replies      

    Senior PHP Engineer    We Are Base    Bournemouth, United Kingdom    Full time, in house
A bit about the role

This is a genuine opportunity to work alongside talented people to innovate and build digital services that make a difference to people every day, including an exciting product spin out. Working in an increasingly connected life, the role looks a little something like this:

1st class engineer

You will be used to working as part of an unsilod production team, where designers work alongside developers, in agile sprints where theyre useful. Your main skill set is writing PHP but you may have experience with other languages (like JavaScript/Node.js, Go, Objective C or Java) that has influenced how you code. Youll be familiar with PHP frameworks, such as Symfony, Laravel, Aura & Zend, and building on top of content management systems, such as WordPress. Youll be comfortable with object orientated design patterns, unit testing, APIs & databases. Every pony at Base is capable of more than one trick. Youll have an understanding of usability and how that works with functionality

Data hungry

Youll have a keen interest in datasets, with good skills in filtering the signals from the noise. Youll have an eye to the future and know that tracking something now will make for way more interesting times later. Youll be comfortable integrating 3rd party systems through APIs youve helped architect.

Open all hours

Youll have a keen interest in the way openness in technology (and in particular open data) can change things. And youll have ideas that mash one set with another, whether youve realised them yet or not. Our developers come up with projects for our clients, rarely the other way round.

Solver of riddles

You wont know the answer to every question that comes your way, but youll be someone who knows how to hunt it down. This job isnt forensic science, but being able to piece the jigsaw back together and crack the nut is your daily bread. Inquisitive by nature you, like us, want to understand what makes things tick to make them better.

Getting shit done

Youll understand technical debt and be acutely aware that most pieces of code arent perfect, but youll be good at balancing the need to do something beautifully and the need to do it fast, including both where you can. Youll regularly use Git, bash scripting and Sass, or similar, because of what they bring to the table.

Commercially aware

You will be able to develop a genuine understanding of our client businesses, allowing you to identify opportunities for and with them. The best developers understand the end goal, not just their role in a project. Youll be able to think commercially about the client business, as well as deliver work that doesnt fall over as its user base scales. Youll be expected to apply innovation to solve challenges, remembering that the best solutions are often beautiful in their simplicity.

Keen eye, tuned ear

An eye for detail and a high standard of output is important to the success of the role. Weve developed a code standard that gives us a bar to reach for. Youll play a part in developing and guiding it as we grow. Youll know that most project budgets dont allow interface designers to cover every inch of an application, so youre good at communicating with them and finding ways to smartly join the dots with a minimum of fuss.

Security and speed

Youll be hot on security too. The one thing that no one sees, until it goes to the wall. Then everyone knows about it. Youll know how to react when an overseas friend tries to gain access to one of your servers from your years of ethical hacking. Creating applications that are quick is fundamental to the role too. An understanding of devices, connections and optimisation is key to delivering the quality were after. But then you already know that.

About We Are Base

We're a digital service design company that builds user-centred digital services for businesses, using data they already have.

We help our clients realise opportunities by transforming their data into something new and valuable.Clients include Timex, Garmin and Nottingham City Transport.

At Base you will be part of a team of makers and doers, working across a variety of projects and clients. Were agile, but not dogmatic about it. Our process evolves to suit our needs.

We value and support CPD, actively seeking clients with a like-minded desire to push boundaries, providing you with an opportunity to build your experience and skills.

We practice a sustainable pace, recognising that we each have lives and families outside of work. Late nights and > 40 hour weeks are rare by design.


jraines 1 day ago 0 replies      

Fulltime in New York City (Manhattan) or REMOTE

We aggregate consumer data through our web and mobile apps, providing a self-service analytics dashboard to brands and retailers.

For consumers, Stylitics is the way to intelligently manage their wardrobe and style decisions. Our mobile apps (average 4.5 star reviews) give users a smart virtual closet, where they can access their closet, and plan and share outfits from anywhere.

For the fashion industry, Stylitics has built a highly needed product offering, helping brands and retailers answer questions like What does my customer own?, What competitors do they shop at?, What do they pair my items with?, and more. Clients and Partners include Tory Burch, Neiman Marcus, Rebecca Minkoff, and Urban Outfitters.

What were looking for: an experienced engineer who can move seamlessly between working with our client side application and helping us build our backend application and API services. If you have an interest in, and skills for, data analysis and visualization, even better!

Current technologies include:

Rails, Node, PostgreSQL, Mongo, Backbone with Marionette, Heroku, AWS, git, d3.js and lots more.

We value TDD and craftsmanship in our code, and good communicators who aren't afraid to bring strong opinions to the table with code to back it up.

We'd love to have you in our New York office, but we know how to have a great remote team & experience -- our lead developer on the consumer products side was remote for two years before coming to New York, our lead for the b2b analytics product is currently remote, and we've had full or part time team members from Philadelphia, California, India, Iraq, and Bulgaria.

We offer a competitive salary and good equity on simple and straightforward terms.

See our full posting here:


And feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions: jeremy@stylitics.com

olivercameron 1 day ago 1 reply      
Udacity in Mountain View, CA. Remote and H1B welcome!

Udacity's mission is to bring accessible, engaging, and effective higher education to the world. It's an ambitious goal, but one that can truly change the world. We're hiring for a variety of positions, including but not limited to:

Software Engineers (full stack, backend and frontend)

Mobile Engineers (iOS and Android)

Product Managers

Course Managers

Interested in applying? Get in touch with me at oliver@udacity.com. I'm personally hiring for mobile engineers (I lead the mobile team), but very happy to help for all positions. Alternatively, you can see the full listing of open jobs here: https://udacity.com/jobs

ladon86 1 day ago 0 replies      


ClassDojo is used by over 15mm teachers and students to manage behavior in the classroom, using real time feedback and rewards that can also be shared with parents. We're an edtech startup with funding some of the biggest names in the valley (Jeff Clavier, Ron Conway, General Catalyst, Mitch Kapor...), and we're one of the fastest growing education companies of all time. We're the only non-YC company that Paul Graham has ever invested in.

We've built a product that makes a real difference and gets huge engagement with millions of kids, and we're about to take it to the next level, hopefully with you on board. We have a strong team, an extremely comfortable and relaxed environment and great salary + benefits. If you're a strong hacker who wants to use JavaScript to change the world, apply here:

  --------------------------    https://classdojo.wufoo.com/forms/join-classdojo/      --------------------------    
Or email jobs@classdojo.com. You can read about the work and environment here:


Right now our most important hire is a senior iOS engineer. You will be joining a great iOS team of 2 very talented individuals, and you'll be working on some exciting features that millions of students, teachers and parents love. We think there's someone out there that will love building an amazing iOS product that makes teachers lives easier and improves lifetime outcomes for kids.

If you are a great developer with iOS experience, get in touch below - we think it will be the best move you ever make!

Apply here:


snowmaker 23 hours ago 1 reply      
Scribd (YC '06), San Francisco/SOMA - H1B, FULL-TIME, and INTERN are all welcome

Scribd ("Netflix for eBooks", top 100 website, 40 people) is hiring talented hackers of all kinds to help us build the library of the 21st century.

We've hired SIX full-time people and TONS of interns from these "Who is Hiring" threads ... it really works!

We're looking for people who want to work with:

* Ruby on Rails (we're the #2 largest rails site, after Twitter)

* Back-end infrastructure like machine learning / data mining / recommendations - think Netflix prize, but for books!

* Javascript (well, we use Coffeescript)

* iOS or Android (we're a top 10 eBook app, with a tiny mobile team)

* Internships: junior standing or above. We hire several interns every summer and year-round.

That said, we care way more about your personality and general hacking skills then what languages you've used so far, so if you haven't used these but want to break into mobile or web development, this could be a good opportunity for you. We've hired people from these threads with everywhere from 0 to 10 years of experience.

We're profitable, very well funded and have a really fun office environment (go-karts + a rock climbing wall!). Scribd alumni have gone on to found 4 other YCombinator companies, more than from any other startup. We think this says something about the kind of people that we like to hire, and we love hiring people with entrepreneur and startup ambitions. We are also always looking for international people interested in moving to the US and can help you secure a visa.

We recently launched a service that's being called the "Netflix for books" and are really excited about it. Read more here: http://wrd.cm/1dJquzz

More info is at http://www.scribd.com/jobs, but as a HN user, feel free to apply directly by emailing me at jared at scribd.com.

alexandros 1 day ago 0 replies      
Resin.io -- Full-time Linux engineer



Remote, or on-site in Athens, Greece

About us


We are building a seamless code delivery platform for embedded devices (like the Raspberry Pi). Think of it as Heroku for the Internet of Things if you must. We've already ported Docker to ARM CPUs and have hit quite a few more Linux, Docker & ARM related milestones internally.

We are a company founded and led by developers and have a strong engineering-led culture. As long as there is progress, we are flexible with regard to location and work hours.

About you


We are looking for Linux talent to work on our cloud services, deployed as Docker containers, but also to work on supporting arbitrary Linux-capable devices. The product is still young so you'll get a chance to have real impact on how the end result looks and feels to our users.

Besides strong Linux skills, familiarity with Docker will help a lot. Much of our codebase (on cloud and device) is in node.js so JavaScript skill is a plus.

The Process


Send us your CV (a pointer to source code online is a great plus). Those that pass a phone interview will receive a small but paid project as a test. If we like working with you and you like working with us, you'll be offered a full-time job.

Get in touch


send your CV to hello@resin.io

danielsamuels 1 day ago 0 replies      
Full-stack Django developer - Onespacemedia - Cambridge, UK - http://www.onespacemedia.com/

If you're a web-obsessed Django developer with an eye for design and you want to join a friendly team in central Cambridge we want to talk to you! We're looking for a developer who can come onboard and dive right into a wide variety of client projects.

Essential skills: Knowledge of writing clean HTML5, Javascript and CSS3 code which works cross device and cross browser. Experience with working with standard APIs such as Google Maps, Twitter and Facebook. 2+ years of experience using Python and Django along with common packages such as South and Twython. Ability to think logically about data models, relationships and application flows. Eagerness to learn new technologies and improve yourself. Comfortable with Unix based technologies and getting around in a Terminal. In general, you'll know about most of the things on the Full Stack Python website.

Bonus skills: Previous agency experience. SASS and Compass. Unit testing. Zurb Foundation / responsive design.

What you can expect to work on: Expect to work on a wide range of challenging projects. We don't have a cookie cutter approach to the web and push the design and technical envelope on all our work. Recent projects have included: an application that manages, filters and analyses radio spectrum data from a series of nationally-located nodes; a responsive website for a high-end safari and Africa travel company; a large website and online admin system to manage the ever-changing attractions and events for an interactive science centre; and a website/application that tracks, maps and graphs the progress of University spin-out companies. Most of our projects are responsive and we're as committed to the front-end user experience as we are to what's happening under the hood.

How to apply: Please send CV, covering note and links to any websites or applications you have created, or been involved with, to jobs@onespacemedia.com

More details here: http://www.onespacemedia.com/careers/full-stack-django-devel...

smikhanov 1 day ago 0 replies      
London, UK Fountain Digital Labs (http://www.fountain-digital.com) All-round backend developer

We're a well-funded 1.5 year old startup working on the delivery of live video streams from our own cameras around the globe into an iPad app for children. We're currently rolling out our first two installations in Dubai and in Moscow. And we just grew to ten people.

Both the client part (iOS) and the video processing backend (Python/ffmpeg) are being actively developed in-house. We're currently looking for a Python developer, full-time in London. Our office is at TechHub, in the heart of the Silicon Roundabout, but we'll be moving to the new office in the same area very soon.

The usual job description blurb is at our landing page at http://www.fountain-digital.com. I want to add that it's a great opportunity for a backend developer to get involved in a very serious wide-scale project. We're not in the business of making websites or Facebook apps, our video cloud routinely loads tens of large Amazon EC2 instances and grows automatically as you add new video streams. We're really doing interesting work here.

If you've never done Python in production, but love distributed systems, programming at scale and are a strong all-rounder feel free to apply anyway. We love working with smart and hardworking people.

If you want to ask anything about the product, technology, or anything else, drop me a line (I'm the CTO). My email is in the profile.

No recruiters please.

pesenti 20 hours ago 0 replies      
IBM Watson - http://www-03.ibm.com/employment/watson/

We plan to hire 160 developers and researchers focused on NLP, ML, and cloud services in 2014. We hire mostly in the US - main sites are East Village NYC (checkout our new headquarters http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibmwatson/watson-hq.h...), Yorktown NY, Boston, Raleigh, Pittsburgh, Austin.

jeffbarr 1 day ago 0 replies      
The AWS team is hiring for technical, sales, and marketing positions at multiple locations around the world; see http://aws.amazon.com/careers/ .

We have a strong need for very senior developers (an SDE III in our system). SDE IIIs often have 10 to 15 years of experience, advanced degrees, a reputation that precedes them (well-known implementations and/or published papers), and the desire to remain hands-on despite hitting the experience level where advancement supposedly requires people management.

Feel free to contact me using the email address in my profile if you have any questions.

svec 1 day ago 0 replies      
iRobot (http://www.irobot.com) - Bedford, MA (just outside of Boston, MA)

Do you think robots are cool? So do we!

We're looking for smart engineers who are easy to work with. You should probably think robots are cool, but robotics background is NOT required. (I had no robotics background when I started at iRobot.)

iRobot is looking for software engineers and mechanical engineers.

Here are a few of our 20+ job openings:

* Embedded software engineers: We're hiring for "big embedded" (C++, Linux, and big cpus) and "small embedded" (C, bare-metal, small cpus). If you have good OO skills (C++, Java, etc.) but no "embedded" background that's okay too - shoot me an email and we'll chat.

* Software engineers for vision, navigation, and mapping

* Test engineers

* Mechanical engineers

* IT engineers

Check our jobs site for all positions: http://www.irobot.com/us/Company/Careers.aspx

Email me directly if you'd like to know more: csvec@irobot.com

PS: We have hired people from these "Who is hiring?" posts, thanks to HN for this service/forum!

lost_my_pwd 1 day ago 1 reply      
Moveline (moveline.com) - REMOTE or Las Vegas, NV

TLDR: remote workers, full-stack, JS, Node, Angular, Express, Mongo, Holacracy, Golang, Redis, Grunt, Bower, LESS, web + mobile

Moveline is transforming an industry older than the internal combustion engine. We ship every day and play Settlers on Fridays.

Were looking for a solid full-stack engineer who loves Settlers of Catan, remote development, and can tell the difference between an IPA and a Lager.

About Us

- Driven to build software that dramatically improves the customer experience, end-to-end, around moving. Our web product is at the heart of it

- Well-funded by a group of world-class of investors and advisors: (angel.co/moveline)

- Our organization is flexible and embraces the Holacracy model of governance. Self-determination is encouraged and self-motivation is essential.

- Have only begun to tackle the problem space. Serious fun and challenges still lie ahead.

- Our stack is primarily MEAN Mongo/Express/Angular/Node with some Golang on the backend. We regularly evaluate new tools and technologies for development advantages and not just because they are new and cool.

About You

- Fluent in Javascript and comfortable jumping between client and server side development

- Passionate about code, development practices, and maintainable solutions and want to work with others who are similarly so. You cant sleep at night knowing something is not DRY and unit-tested

- Architected and developed end-to-end products that are currently running business applications in a production environment

- Energized when working closely with others on a small team

- Want to build stuff that solves real human problems

- Can explain the differences, chemical and philosophical, between a lager and an IPA

- Dont care if the moving industry isnt sexy

- Would rather make money than make the front page of TechCrunch (though we do that too)


Market salary and meaningful equity is available. Were primarily a remote engineering team, with the company (ops, marketing, customer service) based in Las Vegas in the heart of Tony Hsiehs Downtown Project. Hackers in Vegas or remote in the US welcome. Full Time or Contract-to-Hire only please. No freelancers or recruiters need apply.

harper 1 day ago 0 replies      
Chicago - Modest, Inc - http://modest.com

We are building a platform to power the future of commerce.

Currently, we are hiring for:

   * Mobile engineers types (Android experience++)     * Generalist hacker types      * Analytics/Data/Modeling types   
We are a very small team and are building a great company. Located in Chicago, IL - we are open to remote workers (US only for now).

Email me harper@modest.com or jobs@modest.com. Include a URL to relevent codes (github is best) to make things go faster!

We are also looking for people who want to hack sales. If you are interested in breaking the traditional sales model send harper an email describing how you would start.

killahpriest 18 hours ago 0 replies      
Downtown Austin, TX - Will Pay for Relocation - Ordoro - https://www.ordoro.com/

We're hiring a full time Python/JavaScript developer. We pay a competitive salary w/ full benefits, have an open vacation policy, sweet stock options, and provide you with whatever SW & HW you need.


About You

You love:

- Python, Javascript, and exploring new technology

- Using 3rd-party APIs and figuring out all the fun little land mines their docs fail to mention

- Working with our sales and support team to keep things running smoothly

- Supporting our designer to make a clean and intuitive UX for our application

- Doing some Linux admin work

- Creating internal tools to make everyones life easier


About Ordoro

We create user-centric, thoughtfully-designed software thats helping merchants efficiently manage everything that happens after the order is placed on their webstore - tasks such as shipping, dropshipping and inventory management.

Some of the tools we love and use daily:

    python flask javascript knockoutjs golang beego postgres redis sass git node.js
If you're interested, shoot an email to ben at ordoro.com.

yurisagalov 19 hours ago 1 reply      
AeroFS! We're hiring @ www.aerofs.com/careers :)

AeroFS is based in downtown Palo Alto, California. We're working on solving a problem we're all deeply passionate about: How to sync and collaborate on data in a private and secure manner. If you care about making a meaningful impact on people's lives, you just might enjoy working with us.

We're hiring across the board in engineering:

- Front End Engineering- Back End Engineering- Mobile (iOS/Android)- Engineering Interns, too!

gabrtv 22 hours ago 0 replies      
OpDemand -- Boulder, Colorado or Remote

OpDemand makes Deis, the open source PaaS based on Docker, Chef and Heroku. Using Deis, software teams can deploy and manage applications and services on their own "private Heroku" that runs on public cloud, private cloud or bare metal.

We are hiring Senior Software Engineers with a deep Linux background and a passion for automation. You'll join a tight-knit team of open source developers who are helping businesses succeed using cutting-edge technologies like Docker and Linux containers.

As an open source project, Deis is developed in public on GitHub, IRC and mailing lists. Applicants must be comfortable contributing to popular open source projects that enforce high standards for code quality, test coverage and documentation.

Applicants must be comfortable working with:

* Python, Ruby/Chef, Shell & Go

* Linux (all distros), Docker, LXC

* Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, Vagrant

Remote work and/or relocation assistance are available for exceptional candidates.

Apply here: http://opdemand.theresumator.com/apply/0VidAC/Senior-Softwar...

krallja 1 day ago 0 replies      
Fog Creek Software (http://www.fogcreek.com/Careers.html)

New York, NY / REMOTE

Fog Creek Software is a small, entrepreneurial software company in New York City founded in 2000. Our key products are Trello, FogBugz, Kiln and Copilot; all four have been very successful. We bootstrapped ourselves without outside investment and have been profitable from the beginning.

-- Trello Front End DeveloperOn the Trello team, we pride ourselves on building a fast, responsive app using modern frameworks and technologies. Were looking for a talented front end developer to help us push the limits of what a web app can do. The perfect person for this position will be an experienced developer who takes design and user experience as seriously as we do.

-- Software Developer (Dev Tools)As a programmer at Fog Creek Software, you will help design, develop, and implement the code for our award winning products.

We are looking for a developer to join our Dev Tools team, and we're happy to consider remote applicants. So, if you're happily settled in Crested Butte, CO, but ready to turn out a steady stream of customer facing improvements to our Dev Tools products, you may be the perfect addition to the team.

cliftonk 1 day ago 0 replies      
OrgSync Dallas, TX. Full-time.

Frontend / Backend / Full-stack

## Job Summary

We're looking for a sharp engineer to work alongside a small team of developers and designers committed to building a robust, performant and scalable web application serving over 350 colleges and universities around the country. You have an attention to detail and a professional curiosity that extends beyond the workplace. You will work in a mostly autonomous environment, so you have to be just as awesome at getting things done as you are at composing elegant solutions.

Most of our code is written in Ruby and runs on the Rails stack backed by a MySQL database, but we also incorporate other technologies such as Node.js, Memcached, ElasticSearch and Redis. We use GitHub for version control and our infrastructure is entirely hosted via cloud services. We care about keeping our libraries up-to-date and test coverage. While most of our stack is on Rails today, we're comfortable with other technologies and always strive to use the right tool for the job.

This is a full-time position at our headquarters in Dallas, TX and includes a competitive base salary, a full range of benefits, stock options, and an awesome team of creative people by your side.

## Requirements

- Passion for developing excellent software and an appreciation for elegant code

- Strong understanding of web services and REST concepts

- Strong understanding of relational databases including complex queries and optimization

- Experience writing object-oriented software guided by tests

- Strong understanding of performance optimization and caching techniques

- Being comfortable in a polyglot environment a plus

- Open source project contributions a plus

- Ability to play "Careless Whisper" on saxophone a plus

- Strong written and verbal communication skills

## Links

Open source: http://orgsync.github.io/

Blog: http://devblog.orgsync.com/

Openings: http://www.orgsync.com/company/careers

joeturner101 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Oklahoma City, OK -- Fast Food Lab (UI/UX Designers, Product Engineers, Product Owners)


We're building a lab with a singular mission: hack the fast food lot. This is our moonshot moment the chance to re-invent the QSR industry and to transform the restaurant experience via digital screens.

Everyone not just customers should love the restaurant experience. Today, it's pretty good, but it's not perfect. From the point of sale, to mobile applications, to employee training, to embedded interfaces, to supply-chain management, we're hacking our systems to make them all better...forever.

Along the way, we'll radically change how restaurants interact with customers. We're making systems that create 1-to-1 communications, that build personalized food experiences, and that learn and get better with every sale.

With your help, we'll build the best interfaces in the industry.

And the best part? It's in Oklahoma. This is your chance to be a part of a movement, to play an integral role in a growing tech community that's bringing economic growth and innovation to the Heartland.

Fair warning: things are run differently around here. Our culture is inspired by a new way of working. Your environment is part-startup, part-end-up:

Have autonomy and a say in your product, without putting in 70 hours a week.Take risks on new ideas, yet have predictable funding and runway.Have permission to fail, without worrying about the company going under.Your team wants you to take 14-day vacations.

Are you at a start-up with a life-span near its finish?Are you a talented member of a team at a popular technology company looking for the opportunity to have more say over what you do?Are you a workhorse at an agency, tired of creating products for promotions instead of real users?Are you an adventurer, looking to be a part of a growing community that's making a huge regional economic difference?

Join us. We're currently accepting inquiries for a spring 2014 start date for an OKC-based role.

- Product Owner: Act as the strategic lead for a new product innovation lab. Create our products' vision, make key decisions without much oversight, and own the tools and resources to build and ship ideas quickly. Youll be a part of a startup-like environment in a company with millions of existing users.

LEARN MORE HERE: http://futureof.io/burgers/product_owner.html

- Product Engineer: We seek a Full-Stack Product Engineer. Youll will be involved in all parts of the product development process you'll brainstorm approaches to the problems we face, work with designers to create mockups and prototypes, test ideas in front of customers, code, ship, and tweak. Your work will evolve into a product that will ship within 6 months of your start date.

LEARN MORE HERE: http://futureof.io/burgers/product_engineer.html

- Product Designer: Ever thought of creating your own product? This is your moment. Youll have equal say throughout the product development process from conception, to build, to launch. Youll create paper prototypes. Youll meet with customers and transform findings into new interfaces. By turning stories into product ideas and prototyping UX experiences, youll work with your team to ship a product within 6 months of your start date.

LEARN MORE HERE: http://futureof.io/burgers/product_designer.html

Excited? Apply Within: http://futureof.io/burgers/

mikesabat 1 day ago 0 replies      
Mobile Commons - Brooklyn, DC or Bay AreaWe're hiring full-time Sales and Business Development positions for college and health verticals.

Mobile Commons is SaaS that powers mobile communication campaigns - text message, phone calls, mobile web, MMS and mobile transactions. We're the leader in the space working with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, healthcare groups, brands and colleges.

We are hiring ambitious people to help us grow, specifically in healthcare and college verticals -- but we're interested in hearing from you if you can help us grow in other spaces as well.

The place has a cool startup vibe, with real salaries, real benefits and a really strong team. Check out some success stories.Phone calls to stop SOPA: http://staff.tumblr.com/post/12930076128/a-historic-thing

Smoking Cessation: http://www.mobilecommons.com/blog/2013/08/national-cancer-in...

Immigration Reform: http://www.mobilecommons.com/blog/2013/04/ri4a-drives-60000-...

Here's our job board, we'd love to hear from you. http://www.jobscore.com/jobs/mobilecommons/

GreenQloud 23 minutes ago 0 replies      
GreenQloud - Iceland - Full time


GreenQlouds mission is to make cloud services that are easy-to-use, cost effective and importantly, lower the ICT industrys overall carbon footprint. Weve come together to develop exceptional cloud solutions and the first Truly Green cloud in the world! From Iceland to the world, our services are used by customers, big and small, to power their IT needs. Every member of our team is involved with making sure our customers are informed and happy. This means striving for excellence and pushing past our limits every day. The GreenQloud team is a world class, talented and experienced group of individuals, with diverse career backgrounds from across the globe. So, what do you think, does this sound like you? Are you globally-minded with big ideas and unique perspective to share with a growing international team?

We are looking for the following superstars

Front end developer (CSS,JavaScript)Back end developer (Python,API)Core developer (Java)Network Administrator

For more info, please visit: http://www.greenqloud.com/careers/

If youre interested in joining a team where your talent is needed, valued and your career will excel, send an email to careers@greenqloud.com with your resume and letter of interest!

Candidates will only be considered if they can relocate

scanr 1 day ago 0 replies      
London, England - Full Time - Local Only

Brand Networks / Optimal (https://www.optimalsocial.com/) is hiring full stack engineers for our London office, working on real time bidding, analytics and front end web applications.


    * BS or MS degree in computer science, mathematics, or related field.       Or equivalent experience.    * Good understanding of web technologies HTML, Javascript, HTTP, JSON, REST    * Can demonstrate that you're a great programmer in at least one of Scala,      Python, TypeScript, Java, Clojure, Haskell, F#, Kotlin or Ruby    * Willing to work in Python, TypeScript, Scala, and Java    * Good understanding of a Unix based operating system    * Some experience of databases and at least one web application framework
If you love programming and would like an interesting job with a steep learning curve and a wide variety of challenges, please get in touch. You can email me personally at jmc@bn.co.

RichardPrice 16 hours ago 0 replies      
Academia.edu, San Francisco, CA

Academia.edu is trying to improve the way that scientific publishing works. Here is the current way it works. A scientist does some experiments and writes up a paper. He sends it to a journal who sends it out to two or three peer reviewers. They peer review it, which means writing a page of comments on it, and recommending either accepting or rejecting it. Usually you get a few journal rejections and the average time-lag between finishing the paper and its being published is 12 months. Then the paper is behind a paywall and people have to pay $35 to read it.

Our view of scientific publishing is that when you finish the paper you should post it immediately on the internet. Peer review should be done post-publication, and it should be done by the community, Reddit-style, not by just two or three people. We believe peer review will be more robust that way. And the paper should be openly and freely accessible for anyone to read, along with the data and any accompanying materials like source code.

We believe that this will speed up science, and accelerate research into curing diseases, reducing infant mortality, and discovering clean energy amongst other things.

We are a mission-driven team based in San Francisco. We have raised $17 million from Khosla ventures and Spark Capital. Bijan Sabet from Spark Capital writes "We believe open science is really important. We believe Academia.edu is going to have a profound impact on the world."

Over 7 million academics have joined Academia.edu, and 800k plus join up each month.If you are a mission-driven person then you may enjoy the atmosphere at Academia.edu and the problems we are working on.

We are looking to hire full stack software engineers. Technologies we use include Ruby, Rails, Postgres, Mongo and Varnish. Our office is in downtown San Francisco. For more information, visit http://academia.edu/hiring. If you are interested to learn more, please email Richard Price at richard [at] academia.edu

seldo 17 hours ago 0 replies      
npm, Inc. - Oakland, CA

We run The npm Registry and are the stewards of the open-source npm client and related open-source projects. We want to make Node.js awesome for everybody. You may have heard of us, particularly yesterday, when we broke something important and a lot of people got mad.

We are interested in hiring all sorts of people this year, but our priority right now is a DevOps engineer -- we already have a couple, but we are growing fast and need to improve our reliability, so we need more. (This was already our priority before yesterday, I promise)

We like working on npm because JavaScript is fun, and solving problems that lots of people have -- about how to share code, deploy it, and scale it -- are really rewarding. We are not interested in working long, life-destroying hours. We are interested in working with people who are sane, fun, and friendly. We have a strict no-assholes policy.

We are also accepting applicants for a summer internship. There's more details on both jobs here:


niallsmart 16 hours ago 0 replies      
Hightower, New York, NYhttp://www.gethightower.com

Were building a collaboration and workflow tool for the commercial real estate (CRE) industry -- "Trello, but for CRE". Our first product targets commercial leasing teams, who run a highly mobile and collaborative workflow using tools like paper (!) and 90s-era desktop productivity software (yes, I'm looking at you, Excel).

Our founding team is Brandon Weber, a HCI graduate from CMU and former commercial real estate broker, me - Niall Smart, founder of YC W09 company Echodio (sold to RealNetworks) and Donald DeSantis, founder at LIFFFT, Giant Thinkwell, and an early Redfin employee. Were backed by top-tier investors in enterprise tech and CRE, including Thrive Capital (42Floors, Honest Buildings, Urban Compass), BVP (Box, Intercom, Clearside), Aaron Levie, Lee Linden, David Tisch and Gary Vaynerhuck [1]

If reimagining the technology toolset used by an entire industry is the kind of thing that floats your boat, come talk to us we're still a small team, and you can have a huge impact. Were currently hiring full stack web developers who have a solid portfolio of building product at startups. Our stack is Rails + AngularJS + iOS. Knowledge of CRE is not a pre-requisite.

Drop me a line to learn more niall.smart (at) gethightower.com.



[1] http://www.pehub.com/2013/12/hightower-grabs-2-12-mln-in-see...

temuze 18 hours ago 0 replies      
New York City - Moat

Moat is a rapidly growing analytics startup with products in two core areas:

1) Analytics

We analyze content and advertisements for many of the most trafficked websites on the Internet. Receiving terabytes of data a day, we measure more than just clicks and impressions, giving our customers insights with metrics like viewability, attention and much more. Our client base is growing very quickly.

2) Search

We index the Internet for online ads. This helps advertisers, publishers, and companies throughout the ad-tech ecosystem see the ads their competitors are running and allows us to estimate each company's online ad footprint. We have a free product, moat.com and a premium product, Moat Pro.We're quickly turning into one of the biggest Python shops in NYC and are committed to open source technology. Were growing very quickly and are looking for engineers in various roles up and down the tech stack to help us scale.

Openings can be found at jobs.moat.com

timv 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Site Tour (http://www.sitetour.com.au/), Sydney, Australia.

We're looking for mid & senior level developers to join our team.

Site Tour has an existing product that helps facilitate the selection and purchase of Out-of-Home advertising space (billboards etc) by media buying agencies. Our product is used by more than 90% of the top agencies in the country.

Our focus for 2014 is to enable programmatic trading in the OOH industry, and we have a couple of projects underway in this area.

We're a small team based in Datlinghurst (Sydney) and we're looking to expand so we can continue to play a leading role as the OOH industry transforms itself towards greater digitalisation and data-driven decision making.

Our product is Java based, and we would especially love to hear from developers with an interest in data-science, geospatial-analytics and/or trading systems.

Contact: tim (at) sitetour . com . au

mjallday 1 day ago 0 replies      
Balanced (https://www.balancedpayments.com) is hiring local (San Francisco) and remote.

# Engineer

As primarily a Python/Javascript shop, we welcome polyglots and believe very strongly in open source. We use the right tool for the job. You should be familiar with at least 2 of the 3 requirements below:

## Application Development

You are comfortable working on very external-facing applications in a distributed services oriented architecture. Must be able to work in an environment where deploying multiple times a day is a norm, but can step back and think about polishing the product. You understand that you must test everything. You live and breathe tests.

## Infrastructure / Systems

You're familiar and comfortable with everything below the application layer. You want to work on performance tuning, database instrumentation, and server architecture. You think, live, and breathe statistics.

## Machine Learning / Data Engineer

You're good with math. Really good. You understand terms like feature extraction, selection, and know what a Euclidean space is. You love linear algebra. People have previously commented about how algorithms are your best friend. You're constantly innovating on how to collect, slice, dice, and analyzing data. You recognize that visualizations are important. You also have a good understanding of how to construct good clean code.


jasontan 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Sift Science - San Francisco, CA. Full-time.

Sift Science (http://siftscience.com) uses large-scale machine learning to fight online fraud. It's a problem that cost U.S. merchants > $10B last year, and 70% of it is organized crime. Attacks have rapidly evolved in breadth and depth, but current rule-based systems don't scale. We're looking for engineers of all flavors -- distributed systems, web development, data visualization, and of course, machine learning. We're a tight-knit team that likes board games, yummy food, and solving challenging technical problems. Check out https://siftscience.com/jobs We're also looking for account managers, integration engineers, and someone to lead our B2B marketing efforts. jobs+hn@siftscience.com

adambratt 1 day ago 0 replies      
Benzinga is looking for a Django developer, a front end dev, and a Drupal dev either REMOTE or local full-time in Detroit, MI.

We're a financial media company, a poor man's - lest we say everyday man's - Bloomberg competitor, and a financial product SaaS all forged together into a powerful trident that is attacking the high seas of Wall Street in a relentless pursuit of transparency.

And conquer we shall! We've grown 100% quarter over quarter all last year. Our team has surged to 30+ people and the waves of revenue washed together to form a rushing roar with just one of our products going from nothing to $100k/month in just 9 months.

Being a media company we find our way into all kinds of cool stuff. Our office is furnished with things like a $3000 high-end bed that was sent to us to review. We got to talk to and get pictures with Warren Buffett and Lloyd Blankfein (CEO of Goldman Sachs) when they came to Detroit last week.

But, you interject, finance is one of the toughest startup seas to sail upon! The old boys club runs an ironclad ship with no visible decks for boarding. Avast! We've built a battering ram of a business in just a few short years that has pummeled its way deep into the heart of Wall Street. Old Ironsides has warmed itself to Benzinga and once a taste the thirst cannot be quenched.

We've recently became Microsoft's premier finance partner alongside 3 other companies, all worth over a billion dollars and established for years. We are installed by default on 500 million desktops and tablets via Windows 8 Finance. No download necessary. That's right mateys, we're in the source code.

And if you happen to trade or invest yourself you'll find us inside almost all of the major brokerages in the US.

So, where do you fit in this rigging, you swashbuckling scalawag? Well, our team is crazy ambitious, motivated, and experienced with shaking shit up. If you know your tech, and want on deck this is the place to do it. Your exact technical background and language of choice doesn't matter as much as your motivation and your ability to adapt quickly. We are a young team and we're especially looking for sailors who've got some salt in their whiskers who can help us scale from millions to hundreds of millions.

Why be a ninja when you can be a pirate? This ship is forging a new course, send an email to dev-us@benzinga.com to board!

pensieri 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Hey there! Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Expensify and we do "expense reports that don't suck!" (Google "expensify" to read more.) We're getting crushed under an ever-growing pile of super awesome work, and I need one bright soul to help us dig our way out. I can guarantee you fun, an amazing opportunity to learn, and the siren's call of distant riches. But only if you are all of the following:

- An incredibly hard worker, even when it's not so fun. There is a ton of work to do, and a lot of it downright sucks. After all we do the sucky work so our customers won't need to. I need you to buck up and grind through server logs, user emails, source code, and bug reports, without complaint or supervision, and come back asking for more.

- A cool person to be with. Not a crazy party animal, just someone we can trust, rely upon, hang out with, bounce ideas off of, and generally interact with in a positive way, both personally and professionally. In fact, this is one of the most stringent requirements we have: would you be fun to hang out with day and night on some remote, exotic beach? This isn't a rhetorical question, either: every year we take the company overseas for a month (on your own dime, sorry) and work incredibly hard while having a ton of fun. We've done Thailand, Mexico, India, Turkey, Croatia and the Philippines. Where do you want to go next?

- Super talented, in a general way. We're going to throw a ton of work at you of every possible sort, and you need that magic skill of being able to figure it out even if you have no idea where to start. On any given day you might bounce between super low-level coding, super high-level technical support, marketing-driven data-mining, updating our user documentation, inventing/designing/building some new feature, etc. This is not a code monkey job you're going to be a full participant in the process, and you need to bring your own unique blend of skills to the table.

- Specifically talented in a programming way. You can instantly visualize solutions to problems big and small. Your code is always clean, well commented, has good nomenclature and indentation. You can switch on a dime between C++, PHP, Bash, Cron, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Dwoo, SQL not because you know them all, but because you're the sort of person who can just pick it up and figure it out. If you're this sort of person, you'll know what I mean. If not, then this position isn't for you.

And there are a bunch more, but odds are if you got this far, nothing I can do would stop you from applying. Check out http://we.are.expensify.com/apply/ to learn more about the team and our application process!

transmit101 1 day ago 1 reply      
Android developer - London - Mixlr


Mixlr is a platform for social live audio. We build simple and intuitive ways to share and create interaction around live audio streams. We have over two million registered users, including over 30,000 monthly active broadcasters, and were growing fast.

Were looking to meet a great Android developer to join our small, passionate team here in London, and take responsibility for bringing the full Mixlr experience to the Android world. You will have the opportunity to drive the development of our Android app from the first git commit onwards.

The most important single characteristic you will possess is a passion for building great mobile apps, but here are some more attributes which would come in useful:


* a passion for implementing fantastic user interfaces

* knowledge of live streaming protocols, especially on mobile

* enthusiasm for music apps and/or audio programming

* experience working with JSON and RESTful APIs and web services

* broad knowledge of different Android devices

* experience with test-driven development

* proficiency of at least one other language apart from Java, especially: C, C++, Ruby or JavaScript


This is a unique opportunity not only to join an early stage startup, but to make your mark building an exciting app from the ground up.

You can visit the Mixlr Dev Portal[1] to read more about working at Mixlr, or email for more information. jobs (at) mixlr.com.

[1] http://dev.mixlr.com

abuggia 1 day ago 1 reply      
Localytics - Boston, MA - FULL-TIME, INTERN, H1B

Localytics is hiring:

  - Mobile Engineers  - Rails Engineers  - Front End Engineers  - Backend End Engineers  - DevOps Engineers
About Localytics:

* We provide app analytics and app marketing services for thousands of apps on over a billion devices

* We have the buzzwords: Big Data + Data Visualization + Mobile

* We are one of the fastest growing companies in Boston and were recently named one of the top places to work by The Boston Globe.

* We are passionate about and have deep expertise in the technologies we work with including: Rails, AngularJS, D3.js, Scala, iOS, Android, Mapreduce, MongoDB, DynamoDB, Memcache, Redis, Column Store Databases, AWS: DynamoDB, S3, SQS, EMR, ElasticCache and EC2.

* We are located next to Park Street Station on the Red Line.

We love candidates who:

* Prefer startup environments.

* Are passionate about technology.

* Enjoy influencing the direction of the product and technologies.

Successful candidates may help us with:

* Web application development - Help us expand our analytics and marketing automation offerings.

* Prototyping - We still do a significant amount of customer development and R&D.

* Writing automated tests - Help us expand our code coverage and improve our Continuous Integration system.

* Writing background jobs and data processing - Move data and perform calculations using cron, Sidekiq and Ruby.

* Front end development - Expand our CSS framework, build screens and libraries in AngularJS and build charts, graphs and other cool visualizations using D3.js

* Back end development - wrangling big data using Scala, AWS and several storage technologies.

Candidates of all experience levels encouraged to connect with us: jobs@localytics.com

More details: http://www.localytics.com/company/localytics-jobs/

Recent HN posts from our engineering team:

  https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5525531  https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7075763

estsauver 1 day ago 0 replies      
The Climate Corporation (San Francisco, Seattle, INTERN/H1B) - http://climate.com/careersThe Climate Corporation's mission is to help all the world's people and businesses manage and adapt to climate change. We use a combination of weather monitoring, agronomic modeling, and weather simulation to provide real-time pricing and purchasing of customizable weather insurance to farmers in the United States.

Climate's technical staff numbers around 80, and we're hiring full-time employees and interns across many teams as we expand efforts on a new class of decision support tools for growers. Work is split across groups focusing on web applications for farmers and agents, risk and insurance policy management, internal platform and data services, and scientific modeling and research, with roles for:

1. Software engineering generalists with solid CS fundamentals, particularly anyone interested in building (i) entirely new, large-scale distributed data services for scientific computing (we use Clojure); and (ii) web applications (Rails, Python, Javascript, and iOS) used by farmers to manage weather risk.

2. Quantitative researchers in statistics/ML, stochastic optimization, remote sensing, atmospheric physics, and agronomics. Our goal is to forecast statistical distributions of crop yield for any piece of arable land, synthesizing satellite images, digital elevation models, weather data, agricultural statistics, and geological surveys into multiscale models that underly our data services.

3. Experienced technical team leads, operations engineers, product managers, and designers to pull all this together into a compelling product.

The scale and interdiscplinary nature of the work drive a lot of cross-collaboration within the company, supported by a pressing need to build durable solutions to some very important problems.

Competitive salary, excellent benefits, stock options, etc. Our 25% time is lumped into two-week sabbaticals. The usual details about these positions are here: https://hire.jobvite.com/j?bj=o7B8Wfww&s=hackernews

I write ruby for our application platform team. If you're interested or have any questions, send me an email at estsauver@climate.com. If you have general questions about the hiring process, recruiting@climate.com is the place to ask.

DrJ 1 day ago 1 reply      
San Francisco - Heyday - http://hey.co

We are building a lifelog for people to remember and share the story of their lives, automatically, beautifully, and privately. Two months ago, we launched here on Hacker News [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6858373 ]. Here's what some of you guys said:

- "Wow. I rarely download this stuff. But the fact that it claims to be automatic piqued my interest. After downloading it I can say that my first impression is shocked. Shocked that I really liked it."

- "This is very well done. This could crush Facebook. Not in the short term but if you create a timeline that is more personally valuable to people they will be far more likely to use it and share it with friends and family. Your timeline is already far more interesting then my "Wall."

- "Why is it free? I would've paid for this."

- "I have been looking for this. I've been so desperate for this I've been contemplating creating it myself."

We're looking for:

* Mobile engineers (iOS - hard problems include making our sync engine fast/reliable, fast/intuitive search for memories, surfacing important memories in the background, UI performance, and doing it all without using a lot of battery)

* Systems engineers (Python, AWS, Puppet/Chef - hard problems include delivering accurate geocoding for memories, reliable syncing, and building systems to monitor and scale all of it automatically)

* Data scientists (R/Matlab/SPSS, Python, SQL, statistics, machine learning - hard problems include using ML to improve accuracy of geocoding, building growth and retention models, all while guaranteeing user anonymity and privacy).

We will fly you out for interviews and relocate you to San Francisco if you aren't here already. A lot of our team work remotely from time to time, but we haven't found full time remote employees to work out well for us since we collaborate so closely together in real time.

Please email us directly at siqi at hey dot co (8 hour SLA for a response). Fun fact: 33% of our engineering team found us through Whos Hiring threads here.

0xa 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Kensho, Boston, MA (Cambridge, Harvard Sq): FULL TIME Software Engineers (SRE, Python, JavaScript/AngularJS/d3js/UI/UX).TL;DR: Kenshos team (http://www.kensho.com/#team) is actively hiring engineers with a passion for scaling and testing complicated cloud infrastructures. Our current openings: http://bit.ly/Hj4hJz.

We have major projects for people with a knack for site reliability--highly efficient caching, messaging and tuning--and making sure our site, code and engineering processes stay efficient.


Software Engineer, SRE | https://kensho.recruiterbox.com/jobs/29435/As a Software Engineer working on Kenshos software stack and the silicon it runs on, your mission will be to ensure that Kensho services are always fast, available, and impossible to destroy. Seated at the helm of operations, you will solve the [often unexpected] problems of deploying systems at scale. You will design and develop systems to deploy and run all of Kenshos infrastructure alongside our elite engineering team. You will also be driving performance and reliability from software and infrastructure at massive scale -- where storing, working with and transmitting petabytes and gigabits of data remains routine.

QA Lead Engineer (SET) | https://kensho.recruiterbox.com/jobs/27871/As QA engineer, you will be the gatekeeper for Kensho, ensuring that our weekly releases are bug-free. Working closely with engineers, you will create and work through test plans, spot-check our math, and create bugs/improvements, assigning them to the appropriate engineer. You will also take charge of automated testing, unit tests, automation tests, and otherwise, to ensure that our product is as bug-free as humanly (or machinely) possible.

Chief Data Wrangler | https://kensho.recruiterbox.com/jobs/27848/You will scour the world for securities market data, and structured and unstructured data that affects markets. Combining curiosity, an entrepreneurial drive, and a desire to geek out on the arcana of market data, youll enable our clients to gain unprecedented insight into the world.

We also have openings for Software Engineer and UI/UX Lead. All of our openings:https://kensho.recruiterbox.com/

About Kensho (http://www.kensho.com/#company)Kensho combines high-speed parallelized algorithms and machine learning to create a new class of analytics tools for capital markets. Addressing the three biggest challenges surrounding financial analysis on Wall Street todayspeed, scale, and automationKensho's statistical computing and financial risk analysis applications are providing the next generation Bloomberg terminal in the cloud.

zinxq 1 day ago 0 replies      
Mountain View, CA

Refresh is hiring full-time developers and designers up and down the stack.

Who we are:

Refresh Inc. is a Silicon Valley startup, and weve raised $10M in funding. Our current team is pretty awesome and includes some ex-Googlers, ex-Microsofties, ex-Yahoo, ex-LinkedIn and ex-Salesforce folks, vets from startups, tech book authors, PhDs, along with Stanford and Harvard grads. We're a super strong team that cares about how our code runs and cares that users simply love our mobile app.


What our mobile app does (available for IOS now - try it!):

Refresh delivers real-time dossiers from data across the web about the people you meet. We grab data from over ~40 sources (more every week!) to give you an edge in every meeting you have.

Who were looking for:

We're looking for passionate and capable engineers to add to our already great team. Are you excited about working with smart people who are motivated and driven? If you want to be part of building a start-up from the ground up and have an impact on things every step of the way, we want to hear from you.

Java Developers (server side)

Work on our back-end system that pulls, on-demand, data from dozens of data sources (in parallel), parses and semi-structures the input, creates and packages the results to be shipped back to the user device. Needless to say we care about performance (a lot). If you do too, send us a resume!

Were hiring across the experience spectrum from new grads to Senior Engineers. For more experienced engineers, you have years of experience on large Java projects with high-performance requirements. For new grads, you have a few significant Java projects you can show us. If you are awesome in some other language but willing to learn Java - we're happy to talk to you too.

IOS Engineer

Contribute heavily to the conceptualization and design of Refresh on the iOS Platform.

2+ years of iOS software development and iOS7, Core Data, Core Graphics and Core Foundation for iOS experience. Published iPhone and/or iPad applications in the App Store (or something far enough along to be able to show us).

Android Engineer

Contribute heavily to the conceptualization and design of Refresh on the Android Platform. Interface Android client with Refreshs extensive back-end intelligence systems.2+ years of Android software development and Android sdk, ndk, apk packaging experience. Strong Java language skills. Published apps in the Play store (or something far enough along to be able to show us).

QA Engineer

Automated and Manual testing. Writing and executing automated tests for both web and mobile environments. Implementing and creating regression systems.

3+ years testing web and/or mobile apps with coding experience and familiarity with Java, Javascript, and/or Objective-C. Hands-on mobile automation experience. Part tester, part bug-hunter and when appropriate, bug fixer.

QA Tester

Manual front-end testing of mobile apps in iOS and Android environments.

3+ years of experience testing mobile apps (web apps a plus), with rock solid knowledge of bug tracking and writing/following test plans and test cases. Knowledge of front-end technologies such as: HTML, CSS, JavaScript is a plus.

Visual Designer (for Android)

Focusing on our Android app, you will play a critical role shaping the future of Refresh. You will work closely with the existing User Experience team to adapt our design for Android specific interactions.

Extensive experience in designing the UI for Android and iOS apps. You should have a passion for creating simple, clean designs with an element of delight.

Why you want to work with us: Awesome team, cool culture, top of the line dev machines, brand new office (killer views), free lunches, and more!

Refresh your relationships with our app and Refresh your career by working with us!

More information at: www.refresh.io/jobs/

Apply at: jobs@refresh.io

H1B transfer applicants welcome.

ealexhudson 1 day ago  replies      
Qinec - Waterloo, London, UK.

Variety of different engineering positions in both devops and pure development roles. Our core focus is a PHP/MySQL healthcare application that has seen significant traction in a variety of outpatient settings with some of the key names in each market area it's in.

We're looking primarily for good PHP coders (aka excellent programmers who happen to know PHP amongst their other tongues), probably with Symfony (or similar experience), and not just a range of good technical knowledge (DB use/optimisation, architectural design, etc.) but also hot on secure application design, and an eye for business requirements.

We have an awesome environment, a great team, and more than all of this, an incredible product which makes significant difference to the customers who deploy it. Join us!


Ask HN: How to write a web app that will outlast the latest JS trends?
10 points by chaimkut  8 hours ago   11 comments top 6
Silhouette 3 hours ago 0 replies      
How do you write a modern web app and be sure it will still be maintainable in the 2-3 year time frame?

There is no magic.

1. Write your code using standard JavaScript, avoiding corner cases and features that aren't universally supported.

2. Use libraries (you decide the architecture and when to call them) instead of frameworks (they establish the architecture and your code has to fit within it).

Neither of these is a new argument, it's just the usual trade-off with using bleeding edge functionality or building around a framework, now applied to the world of front-end web development and JS: you can do more things quickly at first with these tools, but at the expense of introducing portability and maintenance overheads that might cost you further down the line. Whether the benefit outweighs the cost is something you have to consider on a case by case basis.

czbond 7 hours ago 0 replies      
My suggestion - you can't predict the future. Evaluate the best of what's currently available based on momentum, user base, and community. Pick the best for your current use cases. You can decide not to use the latest and greatest- observe what will stay constant, and use that.
dangrossman 8 hours ago 2 replies      
Why would you be "in a rut" if the way you built your site is no longer the latest fad in 3 years?
rartichoke 7 hours ago 1 reply      
Why limit yourself to a client side JS framework?

Certain server side frameworks such as rails let you build apps that feel very similar to client side js apps without having to use them.

ra00l 7 hours ago 0 replies      
I am actually using AngularJS to rewrite an old project for a client. The reason I chose it is not because of popularity alone, but because it makes my code easier to read and it adds responsive interface to it.

Don't aim for a growing trend in regards to frameworks, aim for productivity and user experience.

iends 5 hours ago 1 reply      
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it". - Alan Kay

Therefore, the obvious solution is to invent a new JS framework.

To me, it looks like the Google team is committed to staying relevant based on their roadmap to 2.0. I personally feel confident AngularJS will be around in 5 years. Web components and dart fit well with angular, so I doubt it'll go the route of GWT.

Ask HN: Freelancer? Seeking freelancer? (March 2014)
95 points by whoishiring  1 day ago   166 comments top 70
jfc 1 hour ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - remote, based in Connecticut

Developer and designer (4+ years), work out of my own shop, Heta (http://heta.co). Primarily develop, design, and customize WordPress themes, or convert PSD designs or HTML/CSS/jQuery to WordPress. I'm also building an app and run my own server as a hobby.

I've worked on complex sites for digital agencies (30+ templates, 25+ plugins), as well as on smaller sites for small businesses/individuals (10 templates, 10 plugins). Soon I will begin selling my commercial themes directly to the public.

Technologies I use: PHP, HTML, CSS/LESS/SASS, jQuery, CodeIgniter, WordPress, mySQL, ZURB Foundation (3/4/5), Bootstrap, SVN or Git for version control, Fogbugz or Sifter for issue tracking, HipChat to stay in touch. Self-taught and resourceful.

Reach out to me at: hn [at] heta [dot] co (not com). I can send you links to live sites I've developed, sites I've converted to WP, etc.

mustardamus 48 minutes ago 0 replies      

Hey, my name is Basti and I've been a freelance webdeveloper for over 5 years. For the past seven months I've been a nomad traveling through Europe. I've got two backpacks. If your job requires traveling (in the EU): I'm totally ready.

My current area of work includes everything JavaScript (+CoffeeScript) and the rest of the crew: HTML, CSS.


  * jQuery  * Backbone, Underscore  * Mustache, Handlebars  * Stylus, LESS  * Foundation, Bootstrap, Semantic-UI  * Gulp, Grunt, Bower

  * Node.js, NPM  * Express, Koa  * Socket.io, Websockets  * MongoDB, Redis  * Git, Ubuntu, Nginx
I am the creator of jQAPI (http://jqapi.com), have sold a jQuery Showcase/Blog/Twitter (http://usejquery.com) and I finished 3rd in the Nodeknockout 2012 in the category Utility/Fun.

Find my mail address in my profile. Or http://mustardamus.com or http://akrasia.me or http://github.com/mustardamus or http://twitter.com/mustardamus.

Looking forward to your message!

jxf 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Remote (anywhere within UTC-8 to UTC+2)

PROJECT: Design and build a minimal, clean, static site for a software developer (namely, me!). You'll author SASS and a small number of HAML templates that serve as the foundation for the personal site, then use Middleman [0] to actually generate the site along with their blogging extension [1].

[0] http://middlemanapp.com/

[1] http://middlemanapp.com/basics/blogging/

MOTIVATION: I've been giving a lot of talks lately, and I know my co-founder would appreciate it if I spent some time on making my web presence a little more legitimate -- right now, I don't have a public site that I blog about or do anything interesting with, and I'd like to change that.

I'd love to do this myself, but I know that if I try I won't be able to stop myself from going down the rabbit hole of writing my own blog engine first, and that's not going to be good for my sanity. Better to outsource this to someone smart!

SKILLS: If you're interested, you should...

-- Have a good eye for minimalism, clean lines, and a focus on content

-- Know how to write well-structured SASS (and know your way around Compass to avoid reinventing wheels), and how to write organized HAML

-- Able to write some minimal Ruby (enough to wire the Middleman glue together with YAML and some configuration blocks)

-- Understand how to write a readable, understandable git commit

-- Be able to communicate in written English at a reasonable level (if you can read HN, you're probably good!)

My e-mail address and more about me is in my profile. Get in touch with any questions, or ask them here and I'll try to get back to you.

vram22 3 hours ago 1 reply      

I'm the creator of xtopdf, a PDF creation toolkit for Python. xtopdf is used by Packt Publishing, the Software Freedom Law Center, ESRI.nl and others.

xtopdf can create both business reports and ebooks, and currently has support for the following input formats (more are always in the pipeline): text, DBF, CSV, TSV/TDV, XLS, XLSX, DOCX, ODBC, SQLAlchemy, MongoDB, Berkeley DB, SQLite, standard input, XML.


http://jugad2.blogspot.in/2014/02/create-pdf-calendars-with-... :-)

An online presentation that gives a good overview of xtopdf:

http://slid.es/vasudevram/xtopdf the words in light blue in the presentation are links to more information; there are many of them)

xtopdf source code on Bitbucket:


An article about xtopdf for Packt Publishing:



Have been an independent developer for the last several years, with many years of experience in many technical areas. Have contracted/consulted to multiple startups based in USA and India. Earlier worked for large well-knownUS software product and Indian software services companies.

Skills: Python, C, Linux, UNIX, many open source technologies, many databases, XML-RPC, PDF programming (both PDF generation and PDF text extraction), file and data format conversion, data munging, command-line utility development, Flask, MongoDB, Bottle, various others.

Worked on Ruby, Rails and Java earlier. Was server lead / senior engineer for two commercial Rails-based dot-com products earlier, by US companies. One of them was TaskBin - http://taskbin.com .

Databases worked on: Postgres, MySQL, MongoDB, Oracle, Sybase, Informix, SQLite, MS SQL Server. Used databases in most of the projects I've worked on in my career.

Worked on a best-selling retail banking product (earlier, in C with proprietary DB and UI libs). Was team leader for a database middleware product (in C) that was widely used in client projects by a top software services company.

Did a lot of UNIX support and successful troubleshooting for years (some years earlier), still have some of those skills, which are often useful in development too. Had many times recovered clients' data from corrupted file systems or crashed machines (with no backups :), using various tricks of the trade learnt on the job, and solved variousother software problems, often involving various interacting software components (from OS level through language compilers to application programs and databases). Wrote lots of utilities in C and UNIX shell tools (sed, awk, grep and friends) to automate various tasks (for both users and developers), convert data between various formats from oneplatform to another, etc.

Relevant links:

My Bitbucket account with my open source projects:


Biz site: http://www.dancingbison.com see Home, Products, Services, About pages there)


Posts about Python:


Posts about xtopdf:


Blog: http://jugad2.blogspot.com

Article by me about "Developing a Linux command-line utility" (in C) was published on IBM developerWorks and translated by IBM into Chinese and Japanese for those versions of their site. Some organizations have developed production command line tools using that article as a guide.

Contact info: http://dancingbison.com/contact.html (email, Skype). Twitter: @vasudevram

goldenkey 1 day ago 0 replies      
FYI, Colin charges $175/hr. I have no idea how anyone has the gonads to charge that rate for Rails work. I'd love to see some discussion around the age-old sales-man technique of "It's too expensive, you probably can't afford it anyways [scoffing]"
Udo 1 day ago 1 reply      
SEEKING WORK - Mannheim, Germany - Remote or onsite

I'm an experienced software developer with a strong full-stack web background. I don't just build your app/site, I'll also help you put the concept together if need be, and I'm good at filling the blanks with underspecified projects.

Server-side (PHP, Ruby on Rails, Node.js), client-side (HTML5/CSS/JS), also C/C++, ObjectiveC (iOS and OS X development), Java, Ruby, Delphi and many other languages and technologies.

I offer scalability consulting for high-throughput web apps and can make MVPs very quickly.

My background is in working with advertising agencies and I have a biosciences education as well.



- - - - -

On a personal note, its been one month since I started transitioning away from my agency-based life into freelancing and its been an awesome experience so far. As a result of my post in the last HN freelancer thread, I had the opportunity to build many colorful things: a gambling website and exchange based on MMO money, a proof-of-concept Twilio web app in pure Node.js, a responsive Wordpres plugin that works with data from different Google services, a cool messenger app on iOS (with more platforms to follow), and a minimalistic intranet portal.

In large part due to the HN freelancer post, this past month has been a great start and I'm really glad I rediscovered how much fun it is to just make something. So: thank you!

josscrowcroft 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER: Finance-industry startup seeks data scientist for ongoing part-time lead role.

Were looking for an engineer with a finance background (or a finance person with an engineering background!) to help out behind the scenes at Open Exchange Rates.

Open Exchange Rates[0] is the fastest-growing currency data API on the web, loved by the likes of Etsy, Shopify, Kickstarter and thousands more.

We have a super-exciting backend engineering project involving overhauling a large part of our platform, over which you'll have complete autonomy within the requirements.

Project scope, budget and timeframe are all negotiable for the right contractor, but likely to be 2-3 months, plus ongoing work available.



* Python, client-side and server-side JavaScript (+PHP and PhantomJS a bonus); intermediate sysadmin skills

* Proficiency with relational and non-relational databases

* Understanding of foreign exchange markets

* Designing and implementing algorithms for financial data analysis

* Understanding of APIs, methods of online data collection, and authorisation mechanisms

* Ideally: Expert front-end development skills in HTML/CSS/JS (negotiable in project scope)

* Remote possible; UK preferred; London ideal.

* Chutzpah



Get in touch with josscrowcroft@gmail, with a little about yourself, your work, your story and what makes you come alive. Relevant experience also appreciated.

[0] https://openexchangerates.org

transmit101 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Android developer (Remote not possible)LONDON


Mixlr is a platform for social live audio. We build simple and intuitive ways to share and create interaction around live audio streams. We have over two million registered users, including over 30,000 monthly active broadcasters, and were growing fast.

Were looking to meet a great Android developer to join our small, passionate team here in London, and take responsibility for bringing the full Mixlr experience to the Android world. You will have the opportunity to drive the development of our Android app from the first git commit onwards.

The most important single characteristic you will possess is a passion for building great mobile apps, but here are some more attributes which would come in useful:


* a passion for implementing fantastic user interfaces

* knowledge of live streaming protocols, especially on mobile

* enthusiasm for music apps and/or audio programming

* experience working with JSON and RESTful APIs and web services

* broad knowledge of different Android devices

* experience with test-driven development

* proficiency of at least one other language apart from Java, especially: C, C++, Ruby or JavaScript


You can read more about Mixlr on our Dev Portal[1]. If you would like to discuss this opening more then drop us an email: jobs@mixlr.com.

[1] http://dev.mixlr.com

jonnathanson 23 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Writing, Content, Marketing - Remote or Bay Area

I'm a writer and content marketer. Need an inbound specialist? Need a robust editorial calendar for all your audiences, channels, and content types? Need someone who can write a pretty sentence and back it up with analytics? Need a self-described "reasonably good-looking, like, I dunno, maybe 75th percentile" San Franciscan?

Look no further! I'm available for freelance content, marketing, and copywriting gigs. I've written for Slate, Priceonomics, Harvard Business Review, and other publications. I've also worked on some TV shows of equal audience size and lesser repute. I've run successful product launches and content campaigns for B2B and B2C startups, BigCos, etc.

Recent work...






Email me at jonfnathanson {at} gmail.com

lhnz 21 hours ago 0 replies      

GitHub: http://github.com/sebinsua

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/heyseb

Email: seb@momentumlabs.io

* * *

Two things...

  - If you're just browsing and you run a business, drop me an    email, I'd love to figure out ways that I can add value to your    business, and I won't charge anything for this time.  - If you have an idea already I work with most technologies     and can quickly build an MVP/prototype from scratch or     get up-to-speed to contribute on a currently-running project.
* * *

I'm an experienced full-stack developer that practices Behaviour Driven Development (BDD).

I've worked in the following technologies on the server-side (Node.JS, Express.JS, Python, and Django), and on the client-side (JavaScript, Angular.JS, Backbone.JS, HTML5, CSS3, Objective-C.) However, I can probably pick up any language or tool that you're already using, so if I haven't mentioned it, just ask.

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you think I can help you in any way!

rapind 1 day ago 0 replies      

Looking for a remote pair, around the intermediate to senior level. Possible transition to salary down the road.



* willing to embrace pair programming

* fluent in english

* excellent internet connection

* available during EST (-500)

* vim (I hate to specify an editor, but it's required due to the nature of how we remote pair. Don't have to be pro.)

* javascript

* css

* html

* ruby


Nice to have:

* pairing experience

* node

* express

* coffeescript

* rails

* sinatra

* angular

* sass / less / stylus

* haml / jade / slim

* postgresql / mysql

* redis


No agencies, ninjas, or rock stars please.

-- dave_at_pairshaped_dot_ca

P.S. We've been working with nodejs lately and I would love the opportunity to pair with experienced noders and siphon some of your knowledge, even if it's just now and then (paid of course).

ritchiea 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Brooklyn/NYC or Remote

I am a Ruby and Javascript developer who works mostly with Rails. I have also done smaller projects in Node.js, Backbone & Sinatra. In my work I value readable code & making systems as dead simple as possible. I believe that comes through if you take a look at my code on Github. Recent projects include writing a parser for SEC XBRL filings and a participatory visualization of endorsements in the 2013 NYC Mayoral primary (http://nyc-dems.com). I am currently working part time for a client porting his in-production Drupal web app to Rails, but I have time for another 20-30 hours of consulting per week and that's what I'm looking for. You can visit my website or Github for more info:



toumhi 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (Paris, France - but can travel in Europe)

Full-stack web developer with sharp marketing skills.

I can help with figuring out how to make more money out of your application (B2B SaaS apps are where I have the most experience).

By understanding who your customers are and what they're looking for, I can help create a better experience for them (examples: fixing application hot spots, adding live feedback chat at the right spot, customer satisfaction surveys, analyzing and reducing churn rate...)

Do you have poor signup rates? Low activation or retention metrics? Do you think you could make more money out of your current application?

I have 8 years of experience as a software developer (Python/Django/Javascript), and I've worked both on my own products and for other startups.

I can also help with your MVP, help you come up with the right questions, and developing the right product.

Get more and better customers for your SaaS: http://www.saasfoundry.io

akbarnama 4 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - remote only, from Mumbai-India

Recently helped a couple of clients with next version of their web projects - implemented search using haystack for organicinputs.ca, integration with payment gateways like PaypalExpress, PX Fusion for next version of http://architecturemedia.com/

https://www.book-pay.com went live in June 2013 - developed from scratch in Django and Postgres,a site for booking seat for cycling tours offered by www.londonbicycle.com - so far 530+ users with 400+ seats booked

Helped in launching http://www.foodfan.com - Django,Postgres, S3 for photos, Sphinx for search, Jquery

8+ years of software development experience in dotnet and Django, open to working on other technologies.

Have worked with clients from US, UK and Syria

A blog post - http://www.vishalsodani.com/programming/experience-report-fr....



Contact: vishalsodani@gmail.com

thu 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote or Namur (Belgium)

I am a capable Haskell and Python developer. To get a feel of what I can do:

My side project is Reesd, a redundant storage service for developers. It is made of:

    - Several Docker containers (tentatively linked through Open vSwitch),    - Web frontend,    - SCP reimplementation with account permissions,      bucket plan limits, and on-the-fly SHA1 check,    - Redundant backend store,    - Background jobs to check files SHA1 to detect early corruption,    - Payment done through Stripe (almost done),    - HAProxy,    - Email through mandrill,    - I'm working on adding PostgreSQL synchronous replication.
To read more about it: http://hypered.io/blog/2014-02-17-building-reesd

Vo Minh Thu

Reesd: https://reesd.com

Email: noteed at gmail.com

GitHub: https://github.com/noteed

Twitter: https://twitter.com/noteed

LinkedIn: http://be.linkedin.com/in/vominhthu

cynicalkane 12 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK -- Remote or local. I'm based out of nowhere in particular, and like to travel to interesting places.

Full stack software engineer with 5+ years experience and a math background. Mostly I do heavy lifting in Java and Clojure. I've worked on complicated cloud pipelines, full-stack web apps, and in a past life, high volume, near real-time distributed trade processing applications for a Big Finance Company. I've also done work with parsing, domain specific languages, full-stack web development, custom high-speed message queues, and security and encryption. I like to solve hard problems.

Github: https://github.com/mthvedt/

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-thvedt/11/5b4/9bb

Contact: mike.thvedt@gmail.com

The buzzword list: Java, JEE, JMS, Hibernate, Spring, jUnit, Clojure, Ring/Compojure, Javascript, jQuery, Mocha, Haskell, Oracle and Postgres SQL, ElasticSearch, Redis, Mongo, AWS.

beck5 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER -ShareLaTeX.com - Front end developer/designer - Remote

We are an online LaTeX editor that very recently went open source, we are now looking for someone to join the team who will focus on the front end. The site is very functional but a long way off where it should be in terms of design and UX. We want someone to come in with a lot of ideas to help us shape how this tool will look and feel. The application is used by thousands ofscientists around the world to help them work more efficiently. We have advertised this as a full time position as well but to be honest we are just looking for the right person, a good freelancer for a couple of months could be perfect as well.

Please get in touch for a chat if this is of interest. henry.oswald@sharelatex.com

munimkazia 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Freelancer - SEEKING WORK - Mumbai, India - Remote I have just completed my ongoing projects and I am back here for more. I have been doing freelance work from reddit and HN successfully for the past year or so.

I am a software engineer working in one of the country's largest e-commerce websites.

I love learning and working on new technologies and platforms, but currently, my main experience is in Node.js and PHP. I also have some experience in working with Ruby and Sinatra. I work on linux, and I have deployed and managed web, database and application servers on CentOS and Ubuntu. I am familiar with bash scripting. I am also familiar with some basic Python and Go, but I have never really got a chance to work on it.

One of my previous jobs involved working with a large WordPress application, so I am quite adept with WordPress too. Most of my freelance work from reddit has been on the wordpress front: Customizing and working on various plugins.

I have worked with various data stores too: Mysql, mongodb, redis are the primary ones.

On the front end side, I have worked on big JavaScript projects working with various html5 APIs. I dig semantic clean HTML markup and know my way around CSS.

I have worked on AWS on an earlier job, though my current organization has its own servers in a data center. I like working on big problems, "architecting" solutions which scale out and working on them, and tackling and troubleshooting live issues. I usually try to work on git whenever possible.

I am looking for medium to long term projects, and I love working remotely. Let me know if you have anything interesting and we can chat. Email me at mail@munimkazia.com.

Zak 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - remote, short to medium term projects - zak.wilson@gmail.com

I make software - mostly full-stack web development and HTTP APIs, but I'm adaptable. I have some interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning. I can do stuff that's harder than basic CRUD apps.

Stuff I know well: Clojure, Ruby (with or without Rails), Python, Django, Javascript, Lua, PostgreSQL, MySQL.

Other stuff I've used for something non-trivial at least once: Common Lisp, Scheme, Java, SASS, C, PHP, Haskell, Bash, Perl, MongoDB.

Yes, I can probably pick up that language or tool you're using that nobody has ever heard of. Github (perhaps a bit dusty): https://github.com/zakwilson

oinksoft 21 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Sacramento/Remote

Skilled applications/tools programmer with lots of experience in product development. Available for some work this month, much more in April and beyond.

I work very quickly and don't bikeshed.

Languages: Python, JavaScript, Erlang, Ruby, PHP, Bash, Vimscript.

Databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Mnesia.

Frameworks: Django, Tornado, Express, Rails. Angular.js, Google Closure Tools, ExtJS.

I know how to configure Linux systems and use provisioning tools like Ansible.


Email: thomas@oinksoft.com

jgalvez 21 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote from Brazil

I actually want to work for FREE for some time (2 months or so, after that I'll charge you an arm and a leg), as long as it's Go coding. I'm an old timer (I remember the #joiito IRC channel, the RSS/Atom wars and worked my way through PHP/Ruby/Python startups). E-mail me at jonasgalvez@gmail.com and you can learn more about me.

I'm specialised in Python and JS but want to move towards Go. If you're using or want to use React.js that's a plus. If you're using or want to use Docker that's another huge plus. You see, I want to work on really interesting/innovative technology (at least from my POV), and you get an awesome full stack developer to work for free for some time. If you think that's a good deal, let's talk.

neillyons 5 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Belfast - Remote or onsite.

Full-stack web developer with several years experience with designing and implementing web applications in Django and more recently single page web apps in AngularJS. I am also well versed at converting designs into HTML and responsive CSS that will work across a range of screen sizes on different devices.

Please email me at mail@neillyons.io if you would like to see my CV and we can arrange a chat.

Neil Lyons





andreasilenzi 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - NYC/NJ/RemoteFree Music Archivehttp://freemusicarchive.org


The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal MP3 downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. We're one of the largest repositories of Creative Commons music on the web, and our curated approach means it's not just free music, it's good music. We're based out of WFMU's magic factory in beautiful Jersey City, NJ.


A skilled backend engineer, with solid background in modern languages and techniques, who loves going down the rabbit hole to solve difficult problems related to performance, user experience, and long-term structural stability of a modern, high-traffic website (and who doesn't mind working with legacy code).

We're also ideally looking for significant overlap with at least a good chunk our current stack:

* mostly backend: PHP, MySQL, RDS, S3, Redis, Sphinx, Memcached, Chef; REST & API design generally

* and sometimes frontend: HTML5, JS, CSS3, Flash

Along with experience with reasonably modern source control (Git/SVN/Hg) and build practices. Note that we aren't zealots about any of the above; what we're most after is solid engineering chops -- if you're currently working with Rails or Django or Scala but don't mind digging into modern PHP for a good cause, that's fine. We need someone willing to roll up their sleeves and take long-term ownership of the project and address problems holistically.

You'll be working solo with a non-technical project manager, so your outstanding communication skills & technical leadership abilities will be greatly appreciated. Work will be very part-time (5-10 hours per week); pay would probably be around $45 per hour.

At the Free Music Archive, you'll have the chance to make valued, long-term strategic contributions to one of WFMU's most important projects. For more info, please send a note to andrea -at- freemusicarchive.org, including a CV or a resume, your GitHub profile (or other portfolio) and any other information about yourself you think would be helpful for us to know.

almost 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Brighton, UK. London, UK. Remote.

Freelance developer based in Brighton in the UK (50 minutes from London). I am flexible, resourceful and reliable and I can help you turn your ideas into reality. I can build mobile and web apps as well as fun things involving custom hardware. I can build prototypes or full apps on my own but also happy to work as part of a team (and I have a bunch of great

people I work with if you need help putting together one).

I work a lot with Python (often with Django) and JavaScript (Node.JS and browser) to build rich client browser based and mobile apps. I also do hardware based projects, I have experience with coding in Assembly and C on various micro controllers and Arduino development.

A very non-exhaustive list of technologies I have built real things with (and enjoyed): Python, JavaScript, Django, Node.JS, Backbone.JS, AngularJS, OpenCV.

Some recent projects:

- The software and technical design for a "magic mirror" that was used at London Fashion Week. Behind the scenes it was built with 15 network Raspberry Pis with camera modules. http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/tag/london-fashion-week

- An iPad app for a medical company for quick lookup of drug interactions. This was built with HTML5 and made use of Angular.JS.

- A web app for a training company to provide complete courses online combing video, slides and quiz's.

- Lead developer on a team building a collaboration application featuring a RESTful API and browser and mobile clients. See

http://thisisdrum.com and see also a talk I gave on some of the tech[1]

- Head pose estimation from a video feed for a interactive store-window display (it superimposed masks over the faces of customers as they looked through the window)

I can show you more of any of these if you're interested.

Some fun stuff I've made recently:

- I solver written in Haskell for the regular expression crossword puzzle that was going round recently https://github.com/almost/regex-crossword-solver

- A location based app (works on desktop but mainly mobile): http://head2.me

- An open source JavaScript library I wrote: https://github.com/dharmafly/jsonpatch.js

- The Amazon Glacier support I contributed to Boto (popular Python library): https://github.com/almost/boto/tree/glacier/boto/glacier

I'd love to talk about your project. Please do get in touch!

Web: http://almostobsolete.net/

Github: https://github.com/almost

Email: tom@almostobsolete.net

Phone: +44 (0) 7951261227

[1] http://asyncjs.com/hypermedia/

morgante 23 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (but often in NYC)

I'm an experienced full-stack web developer looking for a project I can help to architect and build from the ground up.

I've helped startups to build their technical stacks in the past and am comfortable with most aspects of product development.

Specific experience in Javascript (frontend and Node), PHP, Python, Ruby, MongoDB, MySQL, etc.

Check out my personal website (http://morgante.net) or GitHub (http://github.com/morgante).

Looking for a project I can start very soon, probably at a discount to my normal rates.

Get in touch - me@morgante.net

Qworg 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (On Site if Necessary)

Author of Hacking the Kinect (http://amzn.to/1aljFwQ). I'm a robotics guy looking for some side work. I'll solve your robotics problems. I'm out of Cleveland area right now.

Skills: Sensor Fusion, Mathematical Filters, Localization, Planning, Kinematics, Sensors and more. Computer Science is the easiest for me, but I've worked at every level (EE, ME). C/C++, Python, Java, Android, Go, Ladder, etc.

Project Examples:

* Hybrid Safety System (Perception, Sensor Fusion): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_Xc4yq-rz0

* 38-Ton Self Driving Mining Trucks (Perception System): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlqV0BNVkKQ

* Paint Stripping Fighter Jets with a High Powered Laser (Sensor Fusion): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKmE2Bu3LqY

Github: https://github.com/Qworg

Email: jeffkramr@gmail.com

bendmorris 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - remote or triangle region, North Carolina

I'm a Haxe/Python developer. I build cross-platform games and apps for the browser (Flash/HTML5), desktop (Windows/Mac/Linux), and mobile devices including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. My secret weapon is Haxe, which allows me to quickly build multiple versions of an app from a single codebase. I'm also proficient with the native languages of these platforms and can build platform-specific extensions, incorporate third-party SDKs, etc.

You've probably heard of Haxe - are you curious if it lives up to the hype? Shoot me a message and we can chat about it.

Here's a recently published Android game (free to check out), which also runs on iOS, desktop, and Flash: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.monsterfac...

My e-mail address is in my profile.

GitHub: https://github.com/bendmorris

kwellman 1 day ago 0 replies      

Remote or Montreal

I'm a full-stack developer. I specialize in Android, python, and AWS.

-- Built and designed The Unfollow App (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unfollowap...). Backend was done in python/flask.

-- Drag To Shirt (http://dragtoshirt.appspot.com/)

-- Face It Shirt (http://www.faceitshirt.com/)-- Twtspire (http://www.twtspire.com/)

Looking for short-term projects. Available immediately.

Technologies: Java, Android SDK, Python, MySQL, AWS, Ansible

http://www.interstellr.com/ | email address in profile

brandonhsiao 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (preferred) or SF

http://brandonhsiao.com/code.html / bh@brandonhsiao.com

I'm a Python programmer who makes websites. Given a choice I use web.py + PostgreSQL, but I can use just about anything--PHP, RoR, Clojure with Noir, whatever. I usually deploy with lighttpd. I use vim.

I will take your larval idea and build a working MVP/prototype from scratch. It'll work, look nice, and run smoothly on your server.

Stuff I've made: http://robotgame.net | http://coinbluff.com | http://mypinnings.com | http://dicemonk.com

Usually clients come to me with an idea for me to build their initial prototype. During this stage I work at a fixed price (usually $1,000$3,000) with a fixed deadline (usually roughly 13 weeks away). At the beginning we'll decide a list of features to be built and a few milestone payments.

After the prototype is done, I'm happy to keep working. At this stage I charge an hourly rate of $75/hour. For every edit or update you want, I'll tell you how long it'll take (sometimes just a couple minutes) and you can decide if you want it or not. Every time the edits add up to an hour I'll send you an invoice.

If you need additional, substantial features, I can either work at an hourly rate, or we can decide a new fixed price.

EGreg 13 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER: Remote, anywhere in the world. Preferably Russian-speaking, but not required.

Our company, Qbix, has developed several really popular apps, including "Calendar" and "Calendar Plus" for the Mac, and "Groups" for iOS. They enjoy 25k, 2.5k and 20k daily active users, respectively. (See more at http://qbix.com)

We are looking for a person to completely take over development of Calendar + Calendar Plus for the Mac. We are developers ourselves and use Mercurial for version control. Reach out to us for info to check out the codebase.

+ Must be extremely proficient with Objective C and Cocoa

+ When reaching out, please include links to your portfolio, especially if you have apps for the Mac or iOS.

+ Your work will be used by hundreds of thousands of people every month. With great exposure comes great responsibility.

Simply send an email to "greg" and the domain is qbix.com .

psyklic 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote or Los Angeles

I develop high-quality custom software for startups and established businesses. I was the prior CTO/cofounder of a venture-funded social networking startup, have a top-flight education, and have been helping startups with their software needs full-time for almost two years.

I take on a minimal number of clients to ensure high quality and fast turnaround. I specialize in developing complete software solutions and in solving hard-to-solve problems. Clients have hired me for projects involving:

Custom Backend Architecture | REST API Development | Desktop Software | Search | Database Architecture | Automated Classification | Scaling/Performance Testing | Low-level Hardware Interfacing

I have studied and interned at top-flight institutions such as Caltech (Computation & Neural Systems), Microsoft (Windows Search), Google Summer of Code (Neural Networks), Purdue University (Computer Engineering), Two US National Laboratories (Parallel Computing & Bioinformatics), and the US Dept. of Homeland Security (Fellow).

Shoot me an email at dan@danwilhelm.com with more about your project and I will get back with you promptly. Also check out more of my work at http://danwilhelm.com.

martey 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Washington DC or remote

My current focus is on full-stack web development with Django and Python, although I also have significant experience with WordPress and PHP. Most of my clients fall into one of three areas:

- startups who need assistance building a MVP,

- non-profits looking to use technology to help connect with their stakeholders, and

- small businesses trying to modernize their websites to increase their conversion rates.

I have worked with clients from Austria to Australia, so I understand the importance of communication and frequent updates when working remotely. Since I am often the sole developer/designer on projects I work on, I provide end-to-end technological solutions. Since I realize my successful clients might need additional development help in the future, I ensure everything I do is both maintainable and well-documented.

My online portfolio contains details about recent websites I have completed for clients, as well as open source projects I currently maintain or have contributed to in the past: https://marteydodoo.com/portfolio/

The easiest way to contact me is through my website: https://marteydodoo.com/contact/

Oculus 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Toronto/Kitchener or Remote

I'm a full stack web developer based in Toronto/Kitchener.

Skills: AngularJS, Node.js, Express.js, Android, D3.js, jQuery, pure Javascript, Photoshop, PostgreSQL, NginxExperience: I've written RESTful APIs, survey Widgets, web applications, and Android apps. I also have experience with Arduino (maze solving car), 8085 Assembler, and C (both at a basic level). I'm always open to learning anything that gets the job done.

Portfolio: http://stolarsky.com

Github: https://github.com/EmilS

Email: emil.stolarsky@gmail.com

gedrap 1 day ago 0 replies      

I am a Web developer (AngularJS, PHP, studying RoR) based in Manchester, UK. I am looking for contract work, alongside with my undergrad studies (graduating in July).

I have worked with local startups, remote agencies and with clients directly and I have worked with wide range of projects, from proof-of-concept prototypes as a solo developer to large (6+ months) projects from scratch with a team of developers.

I believe that software engineering is not only about writing code. I am always eager to become more productive, constantly improve the quality of the products by improving my non-technical skills, "Pragmatic Programmer" is one of my favourite books ever!

Recently I have been working a lot on Single-Page Applications, being responsible for both front end and underlying RESTful API.

In the last half a year, I have completed a business critical application for small business which is used daily to complete vital tasks and improve staff efficiency. I have also worked on a healthy restaurants recommendation app (HTML5 + AngularJs application compiled with PhoneGap), custom application to manage shop orders, and others.

Here is a list of some of the projects I have been working on in the last half a year: http://gedrap.me/projects.html

Drop me an email at gediminas.rap@gmail.com and we can talk how I could help you!

up_and_up 17 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote/Michigan.

Looking for part-time fullstack RUBY, RAILS, or Devops based projects.

Midwest billing rates.

Senior Developer 7+ years exp.

* Fullstack Ruby/Rails development: frontend/backend/devops

* Javascript heavy apps and Backbone.js

* 3rd party API integrations. Custom gems and plugins

* Manage the server, with or without chef

* Mysql, Postgres or MongoDB

* MVP/prototypes

* Rescue/refactor stale/failing projects


For project inquiries send an email to: projects `at` featlabs `dot` com


ammmir 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - San Francisco Bay Area, CA or REMOTE, TRAVEL OK

I build apps, websites, APIs, and turnkey solutions that solve critical business problems. Here are some recent projects (more at https://www.pilvy.com/):

* An iOS VPN client for a major VPN service provider that uses iOS's built-in configuration profiles.

* IVPN Client for Windows: Developed for IVPN (https://www.ivpn.net/), who had some unique security & privacy requirements. Based on OpenVPN.

* VMware End User Computing Demo Portal (https://www.vmwdemo.com/): Allows VMware's sales and marketing teams to easily demonstrate the Horizon product suite to potential customers. Eliminated a ton of time-consuming work by automating Active Directory/LDAP account provisioning, expiry, and integration with Horizon Workspace.

I'm looking for short-term (1-3 months) projects. Available from mid-March.

tech: Objective-C/Cocoa/iOS, node.js, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, C#/.NET, Python, Elixir/Erlang

https://www.pilvy.com | https://github.com/ammmir | amir at pilvy dot com

X-Istence 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Denver, Colorado, USA or Remote

I am an experienced software developer with a strong skill set in UNIX/Linux/BSD backend server development in C++ and Python doing high availability, fault tolerant and high scalability architecture. Designed and built custom binary protocols and have used protocol buffers (google protobuf extensively). ZeroMQ experience as well!

I also have extensive experience working with Pyramid (Python web framework), PostgreSQL, and building web applications with JSON/XML data interchanges and the like.

Security while building products is extremely important, and I have a lot of experience building secure software, security in depth, and understanding how systems work on both a macro and micro level to be able to easily figure out how to provide additional security where possible by separating concerns. Along with security knowledge I have built and implemented various projects that made extensive use of cryptography and am familiar with common pitfalls associated with most primitives and how to use them to build secure constructs.

Do you have an interesting challenge for me? Get in touch :-)

bertjw@regeer.orghttp://bertjwregeer.com/ (Resume is out of date on the website, contact me directly for an updated copy)

ashraful 23 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote Web+Mobile UI designer and front-end developer.

4+ years of experience with designing usable interfaces with a focus on increasing user conversions.

Designed patio11's site which increased his conversion rate and profits:



Also designed the VideoLAN website and the interface for VLC Media Player for Windows 8:



Experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML5, CSS3, Javascript/Jquery.

Knowledge of Ruby, Rails, BackboneJS, Git and Heroku.

Portfolio: http://ashraful.me/work

Pricing: $55/hour

Email: ashrafulsf@gmail.com

Mc_Big_G 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - San Francisco Bay Area / Remote

I specialize in building high quality MVPs for startups. I've had recent clients accepted to Y Combinator and the "Plug and Play" accelerator after I built their apps.

In addition to full-stack development with Ruby on Rails and Ember.js, I will help you with product direction and feature development. I challenge clients to eliminate unnecessary features which results in cost savings and focused MVPs.

I'm a strong believer in automated testing which translates into a high quality product with little to no user facing bugs. This gives my clients an extremely high level of confidence when adding new features and deploying.

If you're looking for someone you can trust to lead your project, give me a call.


Portfolio: http://www.mcgintech.com

(I can provide the three latest un-launched client sites on request but can't add them to the portfolio yet.)

email: hn@mcgintech.com

phone: 415.857.3347

Matt McGinnis-----

matstc 10 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK Remote or Luxembourg

I am a freelance web developer & generalist. Happy to work with Ruby/Rails/JavaScript/Python. I would also enjoy pairing on projects if you are a freelancer yourself.

Get in touch for a quick chat: matthieutc.com

yegg 1 day ago 1 reply      
SEEKING FREELANCERS: DuckDuckGo (remote or local in Paoli, PA)

If you're an avid DuckDuckGo user who is excited about what we're trying to accomplish, then check out our hiring page at https://dukgo.com/help/en_US/company/hiring

Right now we're in need of some freelancing help in two areas: 1) devops (using Chef); 2) backend (using Perl).

dylanrw 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - SF Bay Area / Remote - Long or Short Term Consultation

I am a Product Designer (Interaction Design/UI/UX). I have experience relevant to products from iOS & Android to Large Web Platforms. I typically consult on or perform the following:

- Product management - strategy, best practices, team building, implementation.

- Product design - strategy, best practices, team building, process, interaction design, ui design, iconography.

- Front end dev - I tend to build most things I spec at the very least to a minimum in which there is no chance of fidelity loss from prototype to final product. I've also setup processes for growing teams and established best practices for new hires.

- iOS design/dev

info@bvrgroup.us | http://bvrgroup.us | http://dribbble.com/dylanrw

dpmehta02 22 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - SF Bay Area - Remote or Local

Web Developer (Rails) freelancing while I build my startup. In a past life I spent three years as a Data Analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers. I also play around with Machine Learning in my spare time.

I'm open to contract work at a big company, but I particularly enjoy helping startups and founders get their products off the ground. I'm currently working on that problem myself, so I'd like to think I know the pain points and best practices.

Production experience: Ruby/Rails, TDD, Heroku, MySQL/Postgres, jQuery, Bootstrap, Haml, Crawlers, Redis, ElasticSearch, Python, Git, Unix, AWS

Side projects: MEAN (MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, Node), Node/Meteor, R, C, Octave/Matlab

dpmehta02[at]gmail[dot]com https://github.com/dpmehta02

nnnnnn 21 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (based in LA)


Where I've worked/studied: thoughtbot, ZURB, Coveo, Atlassian, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont McKenna College

Things I do: Back end dev, front end dev, full stack dev, design (I have a partner who designs), code auditing, TDD

My usual stack includes:

* Ruby, Ruby on Rails



* Heroku, AWS

* Javascript, Angular.js, jQuery

* Postgres, Redis, MySQL

* Photoshop, git, ZURB Foundation, Responsive design

Sometimes: Backbone.js, PHP

I've worked with over 25 clients in 4 countries and am on the look out for interesting new projects. I won't belabor an explanation of my philosophy and experience on this thread, but please visit http://nealke.mp or email me if you are interested in learning more. You can contact me at me( at )nealke( . )mp

kingofspain 1 day ago 0 replies      

Hello! Looking to pick up an interesting project or two this month. I'm just as happy on the front or back end so I guess I could be one of them unicorns you hear about! Recent projects have included iOS & Android apps, a charity volunteering app (making use of ChartJS & PhantomJS amongst other things), pretty complex Wordpress site for the NHS, and a bit more...

Skillz and whatnot below...

The Web:

Web site & app dev/design.

* PHP (Codeigniter mostly of late but have worked with all kinds)

* HTML 5 / CSS 3, Javascript / JQuery

* Hand-coded or Bootstrap/Foundation

* Responsive as you like

* API development or integrations

* Wordpress

The App:

iOS and Android app dev/design. I work with Titanium for the most part but I've also used PhoneGap/Cordova in the past.

Most recent iPhone work:

* https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/eatmcr/id384069000

* https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pitchup.com-campsite-caravan...

The General:

* Generic sysadmin stuff (VPS setup, AWS & whatnot)

* Worked with all kinds of API's from AWS, Twilio, Stripe, Mailgun, etc etc

* Git or mercurial for source control

Contact details in profile or via my creaky old personal site http://pitbot.net. Happy to supply links and details for recent work and show what I can do for you!

I'm UK based.

sidmitra 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote/Freelance Python/Django/jQuery, with extensive experience building e-commerce marketplaces. I have a research background, data analysis, playing around with NLP right now. I run a django dev shop, currently taking gigs for it. Here's my portfolio:

* http://www.cloudshuffle.com/

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

Contact details in my profile or the link above. Here're some examples from my portfolio:

* http://turbotaxcpaselect.intuit.com - Turbotax CPA Select, to help select accountants.

* http://www.ecomarket.com - An online marketplace for ethical and eco friendly products.

* http://www.teaspiller.com - An online marketplace for tax experts. [Recently acquired by Intuit]

* http://www.knowyourbank.com

* http://www.hypedsound.com/ - a music sharing platform.

* http://www.garnishbar.com - social network, to share mixed drink recipes

* http://www.fratmusic.com - an online radio streaming app serving over 1.3 million uniques a month.

and many more. Ping me for more details.

Github: http://github.com/sidmitra

Homepage: http://www.sidmitra.com

dirtyaura 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Helsinki, Finland / Remote / Travel possible

Full stack developer with product design experience, both web and mobile.

Background in Google, Nokia and startups.

Main stack: modern JavaScript (Angular.js, d3.js, jQuery), Python (Tornado, Django), C++/ObjC, iOS.

I'm looking for short side projects in which I can quickly contribute value to you. I have strong background designing and implementing user interaction, but I've lead a fair share of complex backend projects. I can help you with anything from UI to setting up automated testing and deployment.

If needed I can travel for a week or two at the time.


neonkiwi 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Toronto or remote

Available for robotics (or just mechanics/just electronics) projects. I have over a decade of embedded experience across a range of microcontrollers, mechanical fabrication and CAD expertise, as well as formal training in human-machine interface design. If you need a quick working prototype, designing a product for manufacturing, or anything in between, I can help.

Examples of past projects include:

* Distributed air flow monitoring system for food production facilities

* Predictor display design and analysis for achieving closed-loop control under high latency of robotic systems in space

* Smartphone-controlled robotic aerial photography platform

* Modelling and visualization tool for a novel greentech device

Email: ori@oribarbut.com

joshmlewis 1 day ago 1 reply      
SEEKING WORK - SF and Greenville, SC or remote

I am a designer focusing in user interface and user experience. I also specialize in landing pages and optimizing ecommerce sites.

I have worked with YC companies, Harvard startups, and all sorts of other businesses.

I have a limited portfolio on dribbble at http://dribbble.com/joshmlewis.

Email hi @ josh.ml

arshdeep79 4 hours ago 0 replies      
Seeking work india (Remote/On-site).


PHP, Mysql, codeigniter, JS, Angualrjs, jquery , knockoutjs6 years experience. arshdeep79@gmail.com

albedo 1 day ago 2 replies      

Lambda is a talent agency for freelance developers and designers. We help you find clients, negotiate for higher rates, and take care of the business side of freelancing.

  - Exceptional talent only: $100/hr minimum rate.  - No recruiters or spam. We're developers too and we only match consultants with projects that fit their expertise and interest.  - Serious clients only: Wanna hear about a disruptive social network for cats that "just needs a coder"? Neither do we.  - Freelancers with side projects or startups are especially welcome!
If that's appealing, you can read more and sign up at: http://getlambda.com/

We've posted about this on HN a few times and have been amazed by the response. I apologize in advance if it takes a while for us to get back to you -- we interview everyone personally and are still ramping up the process.

Right now, we're particularly looking for NYC-based iOS and Android devs, as well as designers.

stevekemp 10 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING Freelancer - UK - Web designer.

I've got a photography portfolio that needs a refresh, static HTML preferred, but jquery can be used if you have nice effects.

I've only got about five pages but I'm not so good at the design. I freely admit the budget is low 50-125. Drop me a mail if you think you might be interested despite that. (UK only because payment by bank transfer is simpler that way.)

dolphenstein 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote (Based in Perth, Australia)

I'm one of those right-brain centric big picture thinkers, so I have a knack for joining the dots between disparate systems and coming up with novel solutions. I'm a full stack developer but I have a preference for the frontend, particularly AngularJS.

Here's a quick laundry list of technologies that are fresh in my cranium:

Frontend: HTML5(canvas, filesystem ...), AngularJS, KineticJS, Bootstrap, Less, Facebook & Twitter API

Backend: Play!, web2py, Google App Engine

Languages: javascript, java, python tcl

Couple of things I've built:



Currently working on this:

http://pokerstoker.com/ (Can provide a link to the demo)

E-mail: andrew@andrewdyster.com

More info at http://AndrewDyster.com/

capex 23 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Sydney, remote is fine

We are a team of two (UX + Dev) focused on functional design and MVPs. We specialise in building low-fi Rails mockups and prototypes. Looking for a project now, we have very competitive rates.

Get just the view layer if you like, or get it built up to a full MVP. We don't do graphic design.

Get in touch: connect@uifirst.com and I'll reply ASAP.


Kliment 21 hours ago 0 replies      

I do electronics/robotics/firmware development, idea to prototype. Recent projects included small-scale laboratory automation/robot construction, RF reverse engineering, microcontroller audio analysis. Open source hardware projects get priority and lower rates. Email at kliment@0xfb.com or IRC Kliment on the freenode network.

aviraldg 1 day ago 0 replies      

Need a solid, secure app on multiple platforms, on a tight deadline? I'm your man.Experience (in order of importance):

- Python + Django/Flask/Web2py (http://eden.sahanafoundation.org)

- Android (contributed to OI File Manager, other OI apps, http://datumdroid.com)

- Frontend Dev

- C++ + Qt

- Pentesting webapps

Contact: me[at]aviraldg.com (prefix subject with 'work', please)

Note: I will only be available next month onwards, but you can negotiate now.

edparadis 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Seattle, WA, USA or Remote

Unity 3D C# developer for over three years, specializing in serious games, educational games, training simulations. I'm also interested in plain ol' regular games.

I've shipped products on Windows desktop and iOS. I can also build for OS X desktop and WebPlayer.

I've worked with artists and educational specialists to design interactions and generally end up doing more than simply programming.

Recently I've been working with the Oculus Rift, Vuzix AR glasses, and the Epson AR glasses. I've worked with OpenCV to roll and AR system from scratch, as well.

In a past life I was an electrical engineer, so I have experience with electronics, microcontrollers, robotics, etc. More importantly, I bring a solid real-time system perspective to the table.

Contact info, past projects I'm allowed to share, and other neat things at www.edparadis.com

Imagenuity 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK -- remote (or L.A./Orange County)

Just want a banana, and end up getting the gorilla and jungle too? My experience will help you define your business needs, and come up with the right solution to fit your requirements.

Full-Stack Developer. Front end development in Responsive HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript (jQuery, jQuery mobile, JSON), and RESTful APIs built with PHP or Node.js on the server. Emphasis on a strong design to build projects that are simple and attractive.

Specializing in iOS and Android apps built with Cordova/PhoneGap that work beautifully on different screen sizes and devices.

  20+ years professional software developer, 15+ years freelance  app website: http://imagenuity.com  http://github.com/jimbergman  http://stackoverflow.com/users/1678813/jim-bergman
Lets discuss your project - contact: jim at jimbergman.net or http://jimbergman.net/contact/

darushimo 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Portland, OR / Remote

UX Designer, 4+ yrs experience working on web, tablet/mobile, and other interfaces.

I'm looking for p/t or short projects, ideally for product-focused or SaaS startups.

I work on the whole UX journey, from user interviews, requirements building, and personas to user and site mappings, wireframes, interaction prototypes and user testing. My coding skills can take me to prototyping, not production.

Have done work for Intel, VMware, Columbia Sportswear...and worked at a startup in NYC for 3+ years.

Holler if you want to know more or see work examples. Thanks!


famoreira 10 hours ago 0 replies      

My primary tools are Ruby(on Rails/Sinatra/Padrino),

JavaScript(jQuery, Backbone, Raphael).

I would love to talk to you so please get in touch.

Visit http://coderelax.com or email: filipe@coderelax.com

gk1 1 day ago 1 reply      

I help start-ups and e-commerce sites get more users from their traffic at a lower cost of acquisition. How? I analyze your conversion funnel and then use A/B testing and other tactics to improve conversion rates.

More info, case studies, and testimonials here: http://www.gkogan.co

Contact me directly at greg[at]gkogan[dot]co, or call me at +1 917 575 9535.

robertsosinski 1 day ago 0 replies      

I am an experienced software engineer that has a proven track record of successfully leading complex, highly scalable application build outs. Right now, I am growing a new consultancy, Reactive.IO http://www.reactive.io and am looking for clients who have difficult technical challenges and need to solve them right the first time.

I have an extensive background in using Ruby/JRuby on Rails, Java/Scala, Erlang, JavaScript/Node.js, PostgreSQL, and Amazon Web Services to build highly concurrent real-time API services and interactive single-page interfaces. I have routinely hired new software teams and worked with them to architect complex systems and create effective software development processes.

I also help companies build a technical strategy to ensure they start with, and transition to, technology that best fits their ever changing business needs. Furthermore, I have been a proponent of agile software development for over 10 years and excel at structuring product ideas into attainable sprints.

Between my engineering and management experience, my focus is to always reduce your company's technical risk. By having the right technology mix, partners, and people in play; you can then rely on your software to grow every aspect of your business.

To learn more about my background, please look at the following links and feel free to reach out to me at robert.sosinski@reactive.io anytime.

Company: http://www.reactive.io

Blog: http://www.robertsosinski.com

GitHub: http://github.com/robertsosinski

Angel List: http://angel.co/robertsosinski

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/robertsosinski

frankdenbow 23 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Remote (but based out of NYC)

Ruby DeveloperLooking for a Ruby developer to help on StartupThreads, a company that makes custom merchandise for many of your favorite startups. We have a beta release of a new dashboard and API for merchandise distribution that some part time help with code review and pushing a few new features.

Looking for folks with experience with devops & api design ideally.

Javascript / Front End DeveloperLonger term project, building a WYSIWYG tshirt designer tool (similar in basic function to: http://www.customink.com/lab). There are many interesting technical challenges involved that would be fun to work on. Experience with Raphael.js and HTML5 would be ideal.

Contact frank@startupthreads.com

wprl 1 day ago 0 replies      
I'm William Riley-Land, software engineer, and founder of Kun.io App Studio LLC. https://linkedin.com/in/willprl

I am the author of an open source module called Baucis https://github.com/wprl/baucis

I personally perform software development and coding using Node.js, MongoDB, and Backbone.

I bring 10+ years of professional software development experience to the table, as well as about 3 years of experience with Mongo and Node.

I'm also looking to work with an assistant developer for various project management and systems admin tasks.

Please visit http://kunio.acuityscheduling.com or email me at william@kun.io if you would like to talk about a project or collaboration.

timrogers 1 day ago 0 replies      

I'm a Ruby developer based in London, looking for contract work to go alongside my part-time work at a successful YC startup and my undergraduate studies.

I love working in Rails, and have particularly outstanding experience building Twilio applications, from whole-company phone systems to small SMS services. I spoke about a cloud-based phone system I built at Twilio's European conference in 2013.

Apart from that, I have plenty of general Ruby experience, working with clients from charities to web hosting companies. I'm not afraid to work in Javascript, HTML5 and CSS3, and am happy to negotiate on price to find an arrangement that works for you.

https://github.com/timrogers http://timrogers.co.uk/portfolio

Think I can help? Drop me a line at me@timrogers.co.uk.

PawelDecowski 1 day ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK Remote (am based in London for meetings if needed)

Im a web guy and can do both design and development. HTML, CSS, LESS, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, Python, PHP, etc.

Ive worked with businesses like Buzzdeck, Shoply, Kobalt and many more.

I also do open source stuff. Im the creator of jQuery Credit Card Validator (http://jquerycreditcardvalidator.com) and Forrst Like Button (http://forrstbutton.com).

Get in touch at: pawel.decowski@gmail.com

kclay 1 day ago 1 reply      
SEEKING WORK - San Antonio, TX or REMOTE - keyston [at] conceptual-ideas.com

Full-stack software engineer with 7+ years of experience specializing in backend development as well as Android Development.

Languages: Python,PHP, JavaScript, Java,Scala,HTML5,Less,Sass,ActionScript 3/Flex

Platforms: Android, Shopify,WordPress

Frontend : JavaScript (Vanilla, jQuery, Backbone.js, Handlebars,Node.js),HTML5,Less,Sass,Bootstrap,Foundation

Backend : Play!,Django,Kohana,Codeigniter,Node.js,Php,Akka,Spray.io, Netty

Environments: LAMP stack, NginX, Linux,Wowza,AWS



Pet project - a Scala driver for RethinkDB -https://github.com/kclay/rethink-scala

Hourly and Contract(short/mid/long term) Jobs welcomed

ilkhan4 17 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote or Greenville, SC

Looking for part-time work to build out a portfolio. I have done mostly corporate work but I'm looking to get out on my own a little bit more. This means I need more experience to show but that's kind of hard when your employer owns the source :) Chicken/egg and all that.

I'm a full-stack senior developer with about 12 years of experience, mostly in Microsoft-based stuff (C# and ASP.NET MVC/Web API is my current comfort zone), but I'm also dabbling in Node and PhoneGap (and Xamarin!). I also prefer git and Angular for front-end stuff so I'm not completely brainwashed. Lots of database experience with SQL Server, but I also like Couch and MongoDB as well. Oh, and I've done SharePoint too if that helps (or hurts).

I can help you design and develop your MVP or I can just help you fill in the areas you're missing on your dev team.

My email is in my profile, or you can hit me up on Skype at cbsmith5.

avifreedman 22 hours ago 0 replies      
SEEKING FREELANCER - Local (SF Bay area) or remote.

PROJECT: Front-end assistance with graphing interface for real-time and historic network traffic statistics.

WHO WE ARE: CloudHelix is doing a modern network visibility and control platform on top of an in-house postgres-fronted clustered column store database (API is DBI or REST).

OUR CURRENT STACK: jquery, underscore, D3, node, postgres, c, go

We're looking for something a little snazzier than Highcharts or current graphite frontends (either developed or adapted is fine), capable of doing 10-20+ 1-second refresh graphs and ideally with some interactivity in a good-looking dashboard view. Happy to provide access to our beta portal and examples of what we like/dislike and pay for some scoping time.

Could consider hourly, or a first phase of discovery/mockup then agree on a project price.

gnicholas 21 hours ago  replies      
Seeking freelancer

BeeLine Reader uses eye-guiding color gradients to make reading faster and easier.

We are looking for an Android dev to build a toolkit so that other Android developers can easily include our functionality into their apps.

Remote OK, SF Bay Area preferred. If you have a portfolio of apps, please include in your email. You can contact us through our website: www.BeeLineReader.com

Ask HN: Is it possible to get asylum for developers?
17 points by strangeworks  4 hours ago   13 comments top 7
avar 3 hours ago 1 reply      
I work at a company in Amsterdam that employs a lot of non-natives (myself included) including several Russians & Ukrainians. I don't think it would be appropriate to name-drop the company given the topic, but contact me if you're interested.

Anyway, given my admittedly somewhat limited knowledge of immigration law I don't think what you want to be looking at at all is getting asylum somewhere. That's going to be a process that's a giant pain in the ass anywhere in the world.

There's also lots of major caveats with getting asylum, generally to do with you or your ethnic/social group being specifically discriminated against or otherwise in danger. You're generally not going to get asylum just because you don't like the general security situation in your country of residence. If that was the case the first world would pretty much grant blanked asylum to millions to billions of people living in the failed states of the world.

If you have a specialist skill such as being a developer a much better and quicker path to emigrating is to get a work visa somewhere, and go from there to potentially getting a permanent residence permit or even citizenship

falsestprophet 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Many other-than-rich countries have permissive visa programs for people who have job offers: Brazil, India, the Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and others. I've heard the market for developers in Brazil is pretty hot right now.

Getting a work permit will almost certainly be easier than being granted asylum. That said, most civilized countries won't deport people to a war zone [1]. So, if you happen to be in such a country when a shooting war breaks out then you may be able to stay for the duration.

[1] for example: http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status...

strangeworks 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Thank you, guys, for the feedback, maybe asylum isn't suitable solution for me. I have no experience in these issues, I just wan't to securely write code and having fun. I have a pretty nice job here in Ukraine but I'm afraid that soon that it is possible to lost everything. So just looking for some variants to save myself and family from this possible hell.
ahp 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Wow. I hope that you and your family are all right.

I would doubt that there is a asylum process specific for developers, at least for asylum in the U.S. (in that I would doubt that the USFG discriminates between developer and non-developer applicants.) It does seem like, again, in the U.S., the process still faces some kinks [1].

However, I know that there is a plethora of nation-states which recognize the universal right of asylum. I would suggest that, should you or your family ever be in a position in which you feel that you will face prosecution (even persecution, maybe?), you should actively research the possibility of attaining asylum.


untitaker_ 3 hours ago 0 replies      
By making every problem sound specific to developers, its presence on Hacker News can be justified. Developers are also people, so yes, you can get asylum.
justizin 3 hours ago 2 replies      
Consider Poland?
whatevsbro 3 hours ago 0 replies      
Getting out of harm's way is a wise choice. Don't count on getting asylum though.

Your destination would depend on how much money you've got saved up, of course. But if you want to live cheaply, Vietnam might be a good option. It's supposedly easy to get a long-term visa there (I got six months in 2011), and cost of living is low. I believe applying for a visa through an agent is the typical (or only?) way, but it shouldn't take more than a week or two. You can find these agents on the Internet. Mine wanted the money transferred through Western Union, I believe.

Ho Chi Minh City would probably be a good choice, there's some startup culture going on, and you could even find a Westerner there who could employ you.

Just go for it, and good luck!

Ask HN: Where are the 750k Bitcoins lost by Mt. Gox?
201 points by pmcpinto  2 days ago   187 comments top 3
deweller 2 days ago 12 replies      
In November of 2011 Mt. Gox demonstrated control of 500k BTC.

I followed the 500,000 BTC for a bit beginning at https://blockchain.info/tx/b269bf1b82dae8a61f7f91dbf7a9d807e....

The coins move around and small amounts are sent away, but the majority ends up back in Mt. Gox's main (hot) wallet. This repeats a few times until the majority is paid back to the main Mt.Gox address.

Here is the transaction where it starts to get interesting:


What's left of the 500,000 (429.9k) is split into roughly half and sent to 2 new address. And then each of those address splits the coins in half and sends to two new address.

The end result is that the 429k was split again and again until the funds are split into many addresses, each of which now contain less than 1,000 BTC each. I stopped following the transactions there.

Why take 429k and split it into many addresses each containing less than 1,000 BTC each?

I'd like to see someone trace all of these coins and see if they end up coming together somewhere or show a pattern.

brudgers 2 days ago 0 replies      
I suspect that the bitcoins have been exchanged for something else and are back circulating around. The beauty of the heist is that any bitcoin in circulation invariably passes through transactions where the parties have a compelling interest in not being attached to the transaction.

After finding a stolen bitcoin, unravelling its history back to the Mt. Gox Heist is likely to meet a wall of resistence - e.g. if it passed through Silk Road the parties on both sides will be reluctant to come forward and provide information.

In terms of a tort, is it civil or criminal? Was the loss of the coins by Mt. Gox simply an unsatisfactory business transaction? Supposing there was a theft, how should the bitcoins be valued? By the amount of storage space they consume, by the cost of the resources required to create them? If by some market price, which one - some average at the time of their creation, at the time of their loss, at the time of their recovery, or at the time of the prosecution? Many of those values are zero.

Finally, how many of Mt. Gox's customers are going to come forward and claim ownership if such claims are accompanied by a risk of being asked "And how came you to acquire these bitcoins?"

Unlike fiat currency, no government has an interest in supporting the agreed upon fiction that bitcoins are not a fiction. Stealing cash is a crime because the government has an interest in cash being an asset.

The problem with cryptocurrency is the proportion of black and grey market interests it attracts. With bitcoin, they were there first and good citizens second. Separating good citizens from their money was always going to be an attractive option, probably more attractive than separating participants in the black and grey markets from theirs given the greater potential for more serious reprisals which might accompany theft.

It's been over since the first Bitcoin story on NPR.

bushido 2 days ago  replies      
With the possibility of getting down voted into oblivion.

The BTC lost/stolen are all available within blockchain/public ledger. Depending on who stole them, it would probably be distributed within multiple very smaller transaction.

It my be traceable, but likely unrecoverable, because this is a feature of Bitcoin. In other words authorities and forensic enthusiasts can find the BTC but they are most likely lost at the same time.

My Tech Cofounder Quit
55 points by IpxqwidxG  18 hours ago   64 comments top 36
peteforde 17 hours ago 2 replies      
I'm sorry to hear this: it sucks and I hope you find a path through this.

Important question for future learning, though: let's say that you were production ready, today. If you're already maxing out your savings, how could you take this product to market with no budget to pay yourselves a living wage until you can demonstrate enough traction to raise a seed round?

I know that bootstrapping is sexy, but human willpower is finite - especially once you're paying for groceries on your credit card and the fear kicks in.

joshmlewis 16 hours ago 2 replies      
You'll either make it work or you won't. Find a way around it, learn how to code, or quit. Those are the reality and you have to pick one and go with it. If you do happen to stick with it, here is some feedback for you:

- I'm not totally sure what's going on by the short headline. Generally short headlines are the goal but they should also tell me what it is so I have little to no uncertainty about what the goal of the product is. In this case the write throws me off because that's a huge process in itself. Am I actually writing books with the app or do I just upload my finished book? Can I still use the product if I'm not writing? etc.

- The discover great books button takes me down a little but it's not perfect that it's taking me to the next section. The next section has a lot of book covers but I'm not sure what to do with them still. The title is on the books so that may not be necessary but I think possibly having the category underneath would be beneficial. For editors picks there sure seems to be a lot of books which leads me to believe they aren't the editors picks. They seem to go on forever, then what am I supposed to do?

- I click on a book and now what? I see a huge cover of the book with a little image to the right with the authors name. If I wasn't extremely curious I wouldn't know the resize bar underneath resizes the cover and even then what am I supposed to do? It needs to be clear I can read through the book. Again I randomly pressed arrow keys and it opened the book.

- While the animations and all that are nice, all I want to do is read the damn book. There's a ton of wasted space by having the other page take up a big portion of the real estate and when I zoom out the text gets smaller. All I want to do is read, I don't give a shit about fancy page turns or graphics. I shouldn't have to scroll and squint to read a page. Maybe the ideal experience is only showing enough text to make a comfortable reading experience and use the arrow keys to go to the next page when I'm done, like on a kindle.

- All I see is a login button and not sign up button. While it may be obvious to some users to click login in order to sign up, you have to assume most users are somewhat dumb and not curious. I have no idea why I should sign up for an account, where to sign up for account at, or how that will benefit me when I do. Why the hell do you have a login with Facebook button when it doesn't actually log me in? I still have to create a username and password.

- The writing screen has the same issues as reading. It's cluttered, it looks sloppy, and you could've made this look amazing by going with a simplistic approach. Where do I add a cover? I published with no content and now I'm not sure what to do. I JUST WANT TO TYPE. Make it easy for me to just type, look at medium or svtle and see how they do an amazing job at it. Copy and do something similar to start, no gimmicks or fake pages. Fuck pages we are online now, think different.

- The user screen isn't obvious at all as to what I should be doing. The describe yourself text doesn't indicate any type of text field and like before we have to assume most users are oblivious to current trends. Why is there a My Flipbooks section and then I see a list of books on the right? A lot of space and I'm not sure what's going on.

- There should be padding under the black user section between it and the book cover image. The paper icon in the top nav bar doesn't tell me what it is or why I should click it, it should have a plus sign or something.

- The 'bookstand' has the same issues as the 'editors picks' because they are the exact same thing. They need categories and I need to be able to filter and peruse. You may not be there yet technically but just saying. Let me discover books that are interesting to me. How are you different than even Goodreads or Google? Let users tag books and let me search by those tags. Startups, business, econ, fiction, etc.

- My homescreen dashboard is completely empty. It looks pathetic, make me feel better about having an empty dashboard. Even text like 'hey I see you don't have any books yet, how about getting started here?' or maybe I don't want to be a writer but I want to have collections of books. Don't assume I'm going to be writing when I'm just looking and collecting.

Ok, I'm done with this brain dump. I hope it helps. As with all things, if you're passionate enough about it, you'll find a way to push through and make it work and when you do consider these issues. :)

brudgers 17 hours ago 0 replies      
That sucks.

Nothing happens in a vacuum. This is why combat teams debrief after actions.

What made the offer a reasonable alternative for the tech person?

Were they always more inclined toward salary than risk?

Were they ever all in? If so what was the turning point?

Did they feel adequately in control of the startup's future?

How was equity allocated?

Why was communication such that this was a surprise?

The answers won't change the current situation. They will prepare you for the next venture.

wpietri 16 hours ago 1 reply      
It sounds like you're kinda upset now, so I'd encourage you to be very judicious in how you're handling this. I'm sure some people who might be interested in this project are thinking, "Hey, if I decide to get involved am I going to end up one day on the front page of Hacker News under the title 'Fucked'?"

Remember, Google is forever.

erichocean 16 hours ago 1 reply      
So, Goodreads with a publish option and a share button? I'm trying to get a handle on what the business here actually is. Pitch me.

I'm a CTO for hire (currently doing two other startups, but both are already launched and it's mostly maintenance and a predictable diet of feature requests, tweaks, etc.). Email is in my profile. Most of the time I do things that are way more technically challenging, but who knows?

christopherslee 17 hours ago 0 replies      
What have you been doing for the last 8 months while he worked on the product. Hopefully you have built up relationships and other important knowledge that are still valuable. If so, you should be able to make a compelling case to new prospective cofounder.

Might be harder if you're just an idea guy.

Good luck. It's a long hard road either way.

joeblau 7 hours ago 0 replies      
This sucks and Im sorry for the situation you're in. I was in a reverse situation a year ago where I was pushed out of a company where I actually started working on an MVP. That situation taught me a lot about core founders of any project. It showed me that founders need to be 100% committed and bought in/sold out. A few questions I would ask to gauge whether or not your co-founder was committed would be:

1. Did he invest any money into the project or just time?

2. If you quit would he run with the project without you?

3. Did you treat him like a co-founding member or like an engineer that you just found and put on the team.

With regard to #1. The current project that I'm co-founding with a good friend is in a position where we are both committing time and financial resources to completing the project. Both of us are taking 100% responsibility. There is true palpable excitement as we are working on the project and we are both individually motivated to push the project forward. If either of us need access to an online product (Version Control, Databases, Software program, IDE), we'll chat about it and he or I will buy it.

With regard to #2. If he wouldn't continue running the project without you, I would question how loyal he was to the project. I was offered a co-founder/CTO position a month ago and I had to be 100% honest with the founders and let them know that while I think the project is amazing and needed, I didn't wake up thinking about solving the problem. Some developers might not be able to communicate how they truly feel; An exit to another company is a clear sign that they probably weren't truly passionate about the project.

With regard to #3. I met a kid who just came to San Francisco late last year and was looking for an iOS developer to build a product. I could clearly tell from conversation that he saw me as a developer building his product and not as a partner working on a project together. Every idea I had was immediacy shut down with no room for discussion and I was even told at one point that one of my ideas was "Fucking stupid." I'm not sure about your relationship with your co-founder but this may have been an issue from his point of view.

I hope you find a new cofounder, one that is passionate about solving the problem that you're trying to solve.

yeukhon 17 hours ago 0 replies      
Something from a few weeks ago on HN. "How To Know if Your Cofounder Will Quit on You"https://medium.com/what-i-learned-building/96540ba28355

There was also a story 3-6 months ago here. The story was the co-founder quit while OP spent all his time and money in the product. Boom. That was it for him. Another story was the co-founder quit the night before pitching to investor...

ma2rten 17 hours ago 2 replies      
First of all I am sorry for you.

But what exactly are you trying to achieve with this post? Get Advice? Find a new partner on HN? Just post it as a cautionary tale for other people?

nilved 17 hours ago 2 replies      
> Committed all my savings and blood into it.

Whenever I read comments like this I get flashbacks to the people deriding the stupidity of the people who had 500k in Bitcoin on Mt. Gox.

MediaSquirrel 17 hours ago 1 reply      
Learn yourself some code!!!
jacknews 16 hours ago 0 replies      
Free books online. Didn't scribd do that already?

Minus the fancy page turning animation, which is very cool, but might get annoying once the novelty wears off in any case.

How will you make money, or is it just VC bait?

If the idea is any good, you will attract another tech partner. I guess that's the point of the post?

If it doesn't work out, consider doing lean(er) startup next time.

peteforde 13 hours ago 0 replies      
What a funny and small world.

My last start-up failed but did not fold. After I exited, they did a complete pivot and became LookBookHQ. It seems like Bubbl.in is very similar to LookBookHQ in concept and execution.


emiliobumachar 14 hours ago 0 replies      
If you did not have a clear, written vesting agreement, you should contact your quitting co-founder now and align expectations, then get them in writing.

You should do that whithin days because, now that he's quitting, there's a nonzero chance he'll just sign off any rights he has to you, for free. Just say you need to give out the equity to replace him, so this needs to be official. Hopefully, you parted on good terms.

Sorry to add to your worry pile, but if that remains unclear then a couple years down the road, when you're about to exit, he could show up still expecting to own half the company.

Good luck!

rrpadhy 16 hours ago 0 replies      
This might possibly be the best thing to happen to you.

A good time to think over, prioritize launch over features, etv. 8 months is too long to take for a mvp. What you are building is most certainly not a mvp.

I have gone through similar stage, but it has only made me wiser.

All the very best.

benjaminRRR 16 hours ago 0 replies      
This is a complete kick in the balls. Which is pretty much how startup life goes - one day you're up the next you're kicked in the balls. It's a roller-coaster. The trick is to pick yourself up and always have contingencies. Now this is a risk that's hard to plan for, but you should have a bunch of contacts you can go after. Put your salesman hat on and go hustle for help. You may end up giving away more equity than you would like (and I hope you have cliff vesting for your dearly departed), whatever the case if you believe in your idea this is simply the cost of doing business and if it's going to be a billion dollar exit who cares if you're a few million short. Good luck, go hustle.
yanghan 17 hours ago 0 replies      
I hope you have a vesting agreement with your co-founder, so you have equity to find a replacement. The product looks almost ready and pretty decent, so I'm sure there are willing candidates to finish it up.
corkill 17 hours ago 0 replies      
Lets say your tech co-founder did not quit. How would you get to profitability?
semerda 16 hours ago 0 replies      
Sorry to hear. Out of curiosity, did you do anything else to open up sales channels or distribution or remove liabilities? I assume your tech guy was the only one coding.

A company is an entity. And as such should run without it's founders over time. Sounds like you didn't de-risk the company for a long time until a potential liability become real.

You are building a tech product so either you should learn to code or have backup devs that could take the slack and keep on plowing forward.

nppc 17 hours ago 0 replies      
You might want to disclose your product (URL if you have one) or at least the idea. Some one from HN might be interested in taking up the position.
anujbatra 17 hours ago 0 replies      
It may be best to learn some basic coding yourself - ask your cofounder to show you the ropes. It's almost a professional courtesy to give you a knowledge transition before they take off. Also, have you considered asking them to help you out on a part time basis moving forward? A lot of stuff might be in their head so it never hurts....
rosem 5 hours ago 0 replies      
as a developer, he probably first thought about quitting the moment after you suggested the page flip animation.

all things aside, I don't see how these is room for this product with kindle and ibooks already well established. I know you can't create your own "flip books" through these services, but not everyone is an author.

just my critical feedback I find it's hard to come by.

puppetmaster3 15 hours ago 0 replies      
No tracking after 8 months? Tell me about the budget?

Also, why are you not coding? There are many dev tools for for people w/o C/S background. Why should he be the only one working.

Honestly not having $ is not a tragedy, lots of people don't have $ to hire techs or other $ for other things. You don't have a problem, you just don't have $ to solve the problem.

wolfgangbremer 10 hours ago 0 replies      
Oh man, that sucks. Don't give up (of course)! Fingers crossed for you to soon finding a replacement.

As one of the co-founders of http://Founder2be.com, an online platform for finding co-founders, I would of course encourage you to give it a try.

Fingers crossed either way and don't give up!

codelust 17 hours ago 0 replies      
Looks like it uses Rails & Boiler? Why not outsource the missing bits, get it to MVP and explore options?
davismwfl 17 hours ago 0 replies      
If you need help reach out. We might be willing to help you finish and get launched without any up front fees.
MyNameIsMK 15 hours ago 0 replies      
It's not the end. It's just the beginning. You will have to invest time into learning to code, or convincing others to code for you in exchange for cash. Keep your head up and don't let this bump in the road stop you from making your dream(s) a reality.
gregthompsonjr 17 hours ago 0 replies      
Can't say I understand the function/purpose of the site, but you're not screwed. You're probably better off. Anyone who flakes right before launch probably isn't the best character to be on the team, if you ask me. That's pretty dirty. However, I don't know the exact circumstances, and he could be legitimate for his decision.
rajeevk 15 hours ago 1 reply      
You have .in domain. Are you targeting only Indian market? IMO, you should try to get .com if you want to go global.
Honestadvice 16 hours ago 1 reply      
Two lessons from situations like this...

1. Prefer freelancers to co-founders.

Having a technical co-founder is sexy but partnerships are tricky and you don't need to start with one. Using freelancers isn't risk free (nothing is) but there are a few advantages:

- You will probably have a lot more control over cost and schedule. A lot of freelance developers are willing to work on a fixed price basis if you have a reasonable enough spec, and in my experience freelancers are usually far better at estimating cost and schedule because it's virtually impossible to be successful as a freelancer if you can't develop cost and schedule estimates. If you encounter a freelance develop who can't provide cost estimates and schedules you're not dealing with a professional.

- If you select somebody who has been working as a freelancer full time for at least several years straight and who has happy client references (ask for these!), you probably don't have to worry about getting an email letting you know that they're joining Google. Actually at a certain point somebody who has been freelancing for a while is not going to be considered an attractive employee by a major company except under rare circumstances.

- Finding good freelance developers can be difficult, but in this market it's less difficult than finding a good developer who wants to work full time for a startup/company as a cofounder/employee.

2. Carefully consider your stack.

Some of the sexiest stacks (RoR, Node, etc.) are a bootstrapped founder's worst nightmare. The labor pools are smaller, and the rates are higher. LAMP isn't sexy but in a bind you're not going to have a problem finding a half decent freelance LAMP developer at a reasonable rate.

trhway 17 hours ago 0 replies      
nice development. Noticeably that the guy had some chops. At the same time this startup's value comes from design and selling/hustling with technical aspects being secondary - i.e. the development part could as well be freelanced/outsourced, ie. there is no technical "secret sauce" here, and thus pure technical person doesn't really have a stake.
miaowmix 17 hours ago 0 replies      
That's terrible! What is your plan B?
rasvegas 16 hours ago 0 replies      
Listen brother...most of us have learned this same damn way...if not under worse circumstances! You will be better for this, learn who to better trust, learn to NEVER do anything without paperwork, etc.

Trust me on this.

I'm still cleaning the Vaseline out of my ass from the last time! But that was quite a while ago and I'm as happy as I've ever been and (thank God) smarter for it.

Trust me!

Good luck and go kick ass!

oh-wo 17 hours ago 0 replies      
How can we help?
sharemywin 18 hours ago 2 replies      
is your product done?
rikacomet 17 hours ago 0 replies      
Hey are you Indian?
Soon college graduate looking at options and for advice.
4 points by jamesroseman  16 hours ago   6 comments top 3
somid3 15 hours ago 1 reply      
Hiya, UC Berkeley engineer, MIT Sloan MBA guy here. I'd advise you to reconsider continuing. Plenty of students have tried the text-book business and have failed. The problem is that text books have such low profit-margins that there are few viable ways to make a sustainable business out these ventures.

I would consider your venture a great success as you have learned many things from it, and you have a great site to show for during interviews. That said, investors will likely not invest due to low margins, low barrier of entry for others, no switching cost for your users (therefore low loyalty to your brand), hard to scale... and the list goes on.

As a student I believe you've done a tremendous accomplishment, but would advise you reconsider either your business or working on your current venture full time.

Best of wishes and desire tremendous success for your career or venture.

gexla 14 hours ago 0 replies      
> It excites the hell out of me.

> In my wildest fantasies...

> Nothing would make me happier than to work on this full-time

I think you answered your own question. You can't make any stronger statements for what you want to do than the above lines I quoted. The FUD will always be there with this sort of decision.

Also, don't take any advice on if it will work or not. Nobody has the experience you do working this niche. Even if they are doing something similar, your situation is unique, and you will find other angles you can hit this from to make it grow. With your time time attention on this, you might also find other things you can experiment with when your niche is out of season.

All the things you mentioned that you would like to do will give you great experience also. Go for it.

rajacombinator 9 hours ago 0 replies      
Since you seem gung-Ho give it a try. But you may want to rethink your market sizing ambitions. I agree the textbook flipping market seems pretty competitive. This won't be a "make you rich" business unless you expand and find a competitive advantage.
Tox: next level of Instant Messaging
19 points by hehe_im_a_cutie  1 day ago   12 comments top 7
astonex 1 day ago 0 replies      
Android developer here reporting in to raise awareness. Currently the app is still in heavy development and not ready to be tested by general users, but I'm happy for anyone to submit pull requests for even the tiniest of fixes/changes. Once ready it'll be submitted to F-Droid and eventually Google Play.

If you're a student and wanting to participate in GSoC this year, the android app has been approved as a project. If you'd like to work on this, feel free to contact me (check my github for contact details - I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post them here).

thelogos 1 day ago 1 reply      
I've been interested in developing a secured p2p messaging app for ios for a while now. Unfortunately, that's held back by my lack of knowledge on cryptography.

It seems that p2p is the way forward for the future of communication. We simply can no longer trust the old centralized server model. At this point, I simply assume that almost everything has a backdoor.

deft 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Interested in checking out the Qt client and getting it running on BB10 (not sure if it's been done yet). Don't have much free time as of late sadly. I'll be sure to check out the repo tonight though.
hehe_im_a_cutie 1 day ago 0 replies      
For those still at university, don't feel afraid to help as well! We over at Tox are part of Google Summer of Code and provide a great opportunity to work on Tox under a knowledgeable mentor.

Check out http://wiki.tox.im/Google_Summer_of_Code for more information.

Chol 1 day ago 1 reply      
What is the difference between a server and a DHT node? You criticize other protocols "forcing the user to trust a server or to set up their own", where Tox requires the user to trust a node or to set up his own.
wafuu8CaXg 1 day ago 1 reply      
Hi, I develop Poison and was told to post in this thread.
telvda 1 day ago 2 replies      
How is this different from something like, say, TorChat?
Ask HN: Engineers with family, how do you manage it?
4 points by xbeta  14 hours ago   9 comments top 4
codeonfire 13 hours ago 1 reply      
This comes up in office politics. Try to band together with the other married people in your office. Convince your (also married) boss to dump all the work on the single people on your team. Have your spouse call you at 5PM to give you cover to leave or, better yet, have them pick you up at the office so you MUST leave immediately.

Sadly, this is how many people manage a family and job.

bobfromhuddle 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I get the sense that you're concerned you won't be able to keep up with technology trends. This is a non-issue. 95% of what you read on Hacker News is essentially froth, the ephemera of technology. You can ignore it all. The problem is that technology is both your job and your hobby.

I had my first son when I was 22 (now 31), and my career has continued to go from strength to strength. There is adequate time in the evenings, or on commutes, to read and ponder, and I find time at work to investigate technologies that will have a positive effect on the business, because that's my job. Since then I've learned three or four new languages, taught myself a whole bunch of crypo-stuff, got down with the Agile crowd, implemented machine learning and search techniques, and become a software architect.

I think you'd be surprised at how many employers would rather employ happily married young men with children, because they know that they're less likely to be job hoppers; you might be right that early-stage startups are no longer a viable choice, though, unless you're sure they're going to be around for at least a couple of years.

Having said that, I joined my current company six years ago as employee number 5. It was founded by a mid-thirties guy with a wife and kids, who re-mortgaged his house to get the capital he needed.

Having children needn't prevent you from doing meaningful and interesting things with your career, you just need to distinguish between what's important, and what's recreational. After a few months, once you and your wife have started to get a handle on this whole parenthood thing, you'll find more time to do the things you love.

Of course, you might find that you'd rather spend the time playing with your kids :)

quarterwave 14 hours ago 1 reply      
Many moons ago I've been exactly where you describe, so listen to uncle.

You are already incubating a start-up - it's your child.

Your sole task is to keep the cash register chiming bimonthly. Focus on the job that pays you, if you have extra time then work harder for your current employer. Pile up some good karma.

Run those errands, be with your spouse, speak much less than spoken to, & forget your buddies.

Also be on excellent terms with your in-laws.

devb0x 11 hours ago 0 replies      
Its tough man. When we had our child, tech took a back seat. I worked as I needed to, sometimes a little late but I made family come first. Your wife will need you, family first. As your little one gets older you'll get back to normal, but for now focus where you know you need to focus.


Ask HN: Do you call yourself Ninja/Hacker?
6 points by paukiatwee  18 hours ago   12 comments top 11
pmurach 2 hours ago 0 replies      
When I see the term ninja, wizard or hacker in a job title it suggests to me that the people recruiting are looking for above average developer. I imagine, the rationale behind that is to do with looking for someone who will bring increased efficiency and productivity by being very intimate with a given technology and deliver value from the start. I am not saying this is the case at all but it seems like a plausible rationale behind such words. However, there is quite a stigma attached to these terms and most of the time the interpretation depends on the context. Many recruiters or companies feel that these terms resonate with developers and work for them like a bait for fish. I would definitely approach them sceptically and seek clarification of what the role involves. Probably the biggest issue with these terms is how do you actually quantify qualities of ninja or someone who has talent? Everything depends on context and these are quite murky waters. Software developer or Web developer as a job title sends much clearer picture of the company recruiting needs.
jamestomasino 4 hours ago 0 replies      
The term ninja makes me think that the people running the company don't understand software development and have relegated it to a category filled with mysterious doings. I expect the same sort of folks to call it wizardry or magic.

Hacker isn't as clear-cut a term because there are several different trends in the industry using the term in different ways. Are you a 40 year unix veteran who hacks things together or are you a front-end hipster-stack web developer claiming the title? No, most likely the folks using this term on a job posting are trying to seem youthful, but I can't be certain. I just avoid it as much as possible and, like the others commenting, prefer traditional terms that have legitimate and clear use in the industry.

Think about what is implied for a software architect role vs a web developer. There's much more differentiation in the denotation of those terms than ninja/hacker.

elviejo 16 hours ago 0 replies      
I like the term Software Developer.

I wont apply to any job post with the words Ninja or Rockstar.

Hacker... I would read it.

sevilo 15 hours ago 0 replies      
Nope, "Ninja"/"Rockstar" on a job posting automatically makes me not want to apply. "Hacker" is alright, though I never refer to myself as a hacker.

On a side note seeing "we want people who get things/sh!t done" on a job posting really bothers me too... but that might just be me.

krapp 17 hours ago 0 replies      

If you have to call yourself a hacker, you probably aren't one.

And if you call yourself a ninja, you're doing it wrong.

Whenever I see that kind of thing in a job posting it always seems like an effort to be exploitative.

... of course I never qualify for any of those jobs but then I would never call myself a hacker or a ninja or rock star anyway.

jfb 17 hours ago 0 replies      
I find it embarrassing, but I chalk it up to a lack of experience. I always assumed that "hacker", as a term of regard and a social signal, could only be granted by others -- it was gauche to use it to refer to oneself.

Me, I write programs.

edavis 17 hours ago 0 replies      
I'm transported back to 2008 whenever I hear "Ninja." Same with "Rockstar."

"Hacker" doesn't bother me.

Developer, Programmer, Designer, Engineer. Stick with the fundamentals.

k3oni 15 hours ago 1 reply      

Seems that i see more and more ninjas and hackers everywhere.

Funny thing is that some don't want an engineer, as somehow nova-days an engineer is less then a hacker or a ninja in someones eyes.

2close4comfort 14 hours ago 0 replies      
King S(&* of F&^% Mountain
clasense4 12 hours ago 0 replies      
I agree with you.
adamredwoods 16 hours ago 0 replies      
i prefer the term "desk jockey".
Ask HN: HN is so unstable these days
10 points by yeukhon  1 day ago   5 comments top 3
jeffmould 1 day ago 0 replies      
Same here. Get it about 2-3 times a day, but when I refresh the page all works fine. For me it says it is a Cloudflare issue.
ColinWright 23 hours ago 0 replies      
I asked the same thing a week ago:


wjossey 23 hours ago 1 reply      
I'd take a hunch and say it's not Cloudflare, but rather cloudflare having link issues back to HN. Given that all the HN traffic likely proxies through Cloudflare, you're seeing a custom down page when Cloudflare can't complete the request.
Ask HN: How does your product/service improve quality of life?
4 points by rblion  20 hours ago   1 comment top
esbranson 19 hours ago 0 replies      
> Just curious to see what people are working on.

I am working on developing a toolchain for consumption of Akoma Ntoso legal documents, my first target being NLTK for some natural language processing. I have not released anything really usable as-of-yet.

(I had to choose a file format that could support everything, and it seems that every player is hellbent on creating their own custom XML format, so I chose something with international appeal and government backing. Mind you I only discovered Akoma Ntoso like 4 months ago, and I've been working on this since like 2009-2010 when California was forced in a lawsuit to allow people to download the law, which was as far as I can tell the first time any law was downloadable in bulk for free on the Internet. It also started out as a learning experience in programming more than anything else, trying different techniques and APIs etc.)

> How does your product/service improve quality of life?

My hope is that my work improves your quality of life by helping keep you sane, out of prison, and focused on things that matter.

* California Codes: ~ 150,000 sections

* United States Code: ~ 50,000 or something

* Code of Federal Regulations: ~ 20,000 or something

* California Code of Regulations: ~ 15,000 or something

Keep in mind that you won't know a section will not send you to prison until after you've read it. And let's not lie: you've never read it.

Ask HN: What are the best ways to cope with startup stress?
5 points by sanchitbareja  21 hours ago   2 comments top
reechRaghu 21 hours ago 1 reply      
Exercise. Make sure you to get that Serotonin when you can.
Ask HN: Kicked out by co-founders what are my options?
36 points by anon29022014  23 hours ago   48 comments top 23
drewcrawford 22 hours ago 1 reply      
I'm not a lawyer.

1. Run, don't walk, to the copyright office and register. It costs $35, you can do it online, and if you do it in time it puts you in a better negotiating position. I'm not going to walk through the legal situation here, just do it. Your lawyer will thank you.

2. If you think owning the IP was a provision of the accelerator deal, you could probably brick the deal by writing to the accelerator yourself and pointing out that you own the IP. I wouldn't do that without a lawyer's ok, but I would definitely make a threat as one software engineer to another to the founders that it's within your power to contact the accelerator and see if the cofounders blink.

3. Is the IP being used by them right now? And how is it being used? There are potentially some strategies there but I would need more details. If you don't want to share that information here then lawyer up.

greattypo 21 hours ago 4 replies      
I'm surprised by all the people telling you to lawyer up; that's silly. If you want revenge, by all means, get a lawyer, get them kicked out of their accelerator, and make sure the venture goes nowhere. The odds of the venture being successful are so slim if I were you, I'd sit back, relax, and wait to see if anything comes of it. If by some miracle its successful, you'll have plenty of negotiating leverage to bring them back to the table and find something fair.
pbiggar 22 hours ago 2 replies      
They're in serious trouble without the IP assignment. If they want the IP, they should pay you for it.

If they go ahead without the IP, and rewrite, then they shouldn't pay you for it.

You've tried to play nice, its lawyer time now. Get the lawyer to post a letter, you can probably pretty quickly agree to a small equity stake, such as 3-5%. That's a small enough amount that they'll just agree to it, a large enough number that it'll pay you off if the company goes somewhere. It seems roughly fair for the amount of work you put in.

calbear81 22 hours ago 1 reply      
The first step is to talk to a lawyer and stop talking about details here. Most likely, it will be resolved through negotiation, especially if a lawsuit may hamper their ability to move forward with the accelerator they applied to. Also, start pulling together all documents/evidence related to the work you've done including emails, powerpoints, records of work done at the hackathon, etc.
al2o3cr 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Best option: celebrate finding out that your former partners were going to rip you off before you'd put in two or three more years of work.
justincormack 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Don't work with them again. Forget about it. Document it, and if they are successful you can always threaten them. They probably won't be. If its worthwhile and you really want to, you can carry on working on it, though I would be careful, probably start again.
bhousel 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Save all correspondence. Wait until they are about to do a billion dollar exit, then get a lawyer and threaten to tank their deal. Settle with them for FU money.
eli 22 hours ago 1 reply      
You appear to be asking a legal question, which means you absolutely 100% need to speak to a lawyer. You must not rely on advice from strangers on the internet. People posting here don't even know what jurisdiction you're in; they can't possibly be providing you with the best legal advice. Most good lawyers will give you a consultation for free. Take them up on it!
nanidin 21 hours ago 0 replies      
You could just let the idea develop, and if it turns out successful, pull a Winklevoss and reap the benefits without doing any more actual work on the project...
primitivesuave 22 hours ago 0 replies      
The legal path is difficult and very subjective. If you used github or some other kind of version control, make sure you keep the repository history intact in its original form.

If there's no money behind this idea, you're probably not going to get paid regardless of whether there was a written agreement in place. This is assuming you did the one base step of forming an LLC or corporation - if not, they can be personally liable for paying you as an employee.

Sorry you got burned, it happens to the best of us. Good luck on your future ventures - the best revenge is to be way more successful than those two.

vinceguidry 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Crappy situation.

If you're a developer about to go into business with non-devs, especially young people who haven't started anything before, you need to be aware that the fact that "without you, they have nothing" isn't going to do you any favors. If you don't take a leadership position and continuously maintain that position, they are going to look at you like you work for them. Then get all mad and afraid when you start making demands that you think are personally reasonable to make given your status as the pig and theirs as chickens.

Once that starts happening, you're in for a rough ride. These interpersonal dynamics make startups much harder than you'd think they should be. I don't think that people like Peter Thiel quite appreciate this when they recommend going into business as a good alternative to college. Experience really does count for a lot and if you don't have it, you could easily find yourself in situations like this, where suddenly you have to lawyer up on people you thought were your friends.

majc2 22 hours ago 0 replies      
1. Tell them you're going to tell the accelerator about the IP dispute

2. Just tell the accelerator that you believe they're infringing your IP.

3. In future, get some form of paperwork signed early - I've used http://www.seedcamp.com/2011/09/seedhack-founders-collaborat... in the past.

chasing 21 hours ago 1 reply      
Save that IP transfer agreement (unsigned). It indicates that they think you own the IP. Useful if push comes to shove.
alain94040 21 hours ago 0 replies      
It looks like you had agreed to an advisor position, so why are you feeling ripped-off now?

It's pretty clear that there is a disagreement about how to run the business, and some of the team members would rather get funding, possibly so they can hire more obedient developers.

Every time I get asked about such a scenario, I ask the same question: who of the team is most likely to take this idea to success without the others? Are you the one who is repraceable? It looks like two founders think so.

At this stage, my strongest recommendation is to leave your ego out of it. Do you believe in the chances of the current team? If so, join them and leverage your IP for the best deal. If not, move on and don't look back.

ashreef 21 hours ago 1 reply      
1. Don't get angry, and never do something stupid

2. Send them email clarifying all your rights/claims and list all what they need to do to compensate you (money? ask higher than what you want)

3. if they start negotiating the numbers, start negotiating till you reach a good deal that satisfy you. (negotiate slowly, no equations, and always get advice from friends who have good negotiation skills)

4. if friendly negotiations fail, ask your lawyer to take legal action.

A best practice is to have a lawyer from day one. it's a lot of money but worth it. (always ask your lawyer before saying/doing something. your lawyer's job is to prevent you from doing something stupid).

Also, don't let that stop you from moving forward with your life. you built something once, and you will do better with your next startup.

[Been there, done that]

gnicholas 20 hours ago 0 replies      
It is possible that your team orally established a partnership (see http://business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/DefiningaBusiness/Gene... if you're in CA). State law will determine what interest each of the partners has in the event that no written agreement exists that lays this out. You should definitely talk to a friend who is a lawyer, or reach out through LinkedIn to find one you can trust. Good luck, and feel free to find me at gmail if you want to chat further.
yeukhon 22 hours ago 0 replies      
> After 7 weeks I've chased them a few times and received a single request to meet in person (I declined as I want written records of all exchanges).

You can do this in person, with video tape and an attorney witnessed it. No?

Write to the accelerator organization and get an attorney to handle this matter.

I might even go as far as revaling their names and make this into a public issue. The more pressure they receive from your side, the more willing they will work with you. But that's dangerous so use that as last resort.

zik 21 hours ago 0 replies      
They probably already read YC so when they read this and see all the potential avenues you have against them they're going to come running with some kind of settlement I'd say.
saaaaaam 21 hours ago 0 replies      
You can spend time and money fighting for this, which may well land you with a small percentage of a company that may or may not go somewhere - and a small percentage that will doubtless be diluted over time - or you can move on with your life and forego that stress and expense.

Only you know how far the project can go with what, to be honest, sounds a fairly chaotic group of people steering it. If you really think it's worth fighting about then go for it, with the awareness that you may expend time, money and emotional effort but still end up with nothing much. Otherwise, move on and make something else, and something better.

balls187 21 hours ago 0 replies      
What is your desired outcome?
fsk 21 hours ago 0 replies      
What is your estimate on the value of the startup? If it isn't much, write it off as a learning experience and move on.

The amount you pay a lawyer might be more than the value of your shares in the startup.

If they are dishonest, being a minority shareholder in their startup isn't worth much anyway. There's too many ways for them to cheat/dilute you later.

ATLobotomy 15 hours ago 0 replies      
ahp 17 hours ago 0 replies      
start over; build it better than they are.
Tell HN: Digital Ocean IP addresses largely blacklisted by MIPSpace
7 points by exratione  1 day ago   1 comment top
dangrossman 1 day ago 0 replies      
If you care about e-mail delivery, you won't send it from a VPS or virtual server anywhere. You'll have the same problem anywhere it's easy for someone with the same shared IP space to set up an account with a prepaid or stolen credit card and send a bunch of spam before being caught.

Use SendGrid or Mandrill. Mandrill is free for up to 12,000 e-mails per month then it's just pocket change per thousand. You can point Sendmail at their SMTP server and your apps will send mail through that without any code changes.

Ask HN: How can I convince clients to pay me in Bitcoin and is it a good idea?
8 points by zacinbusiness  1 day ago   12 comments top 5
patio11 1 day ago 1 reply      
You should not attempt to make this sale.

Serious companies will not pay you in Bitcoin. Serious companies disproportionately can actually attempt to pay market rates for engineering services. Signaling desire to be paid in Bitcoin tells serious companies "I do not wish to do business with serious companies." and, while it won't convince them to pay you in Bitcoin since no power under earth or heaven will do that, it might convince their decisionmakers to go with someone who is not a joker for their professional services. This will cause you to systematically get paid far below-market rates for your services.

Why won't serious companies pay you in Bitcoin? Let us count the reasons:

1) Why should they? They already have a bank account, which can issue checks and wires. This is what they use to pay substantially everyone.

2) They have layers of processes and scar tissue built up around payments, precisely to make sure that something like "And then the bookkeeper looted 80% of our assets without us knowing it" could never happen. None of these processes contemplate Bitcoin. They're the bones and sinews of the company. You will not succeed in changing them from the outside. As tptacek how likely you are to even alter fairly inconsequential details of a large company's procurement process, like how long it takes them to physically issue a physical check which all parties know only actually takes a minute of typing and Ctrl-P to create.

3) Serious companies have serious professional advisors like lawyers and accountants, and serious professional advisors are very risk adverse. They're going to come up with all sorts of perfectly serious reasons why issuing payments in Bitcoin is a high-risk low-reward activity. For instance, in Japan, you need to keep your books in yen. That's non-negotiable. Even if the numbers you use for management of the company in something really exotic like dollars, the official books must be in yen, and the National Tax Agency will occasionally ask you for line-by-line justifications. Your accountant is going to hear "Bitcoin transaction" and start trying to fit that into double-entered yen based bookkeeping, and if he actually understands what Bitcoin is doing, he's going to say "This sounds like a whole heck of a lot of work. Why don't we just pay them via wire transfer like we always do? Also, I'm having difficulty valuing 100 BTC for the purpose of paying withholding taxes on our payment to him. I sort of don't want to lose my license for assisting with tax evasion -- can we please pay with a wire transfer?"

If you desire to speculate in Bitcoin, you can acquire it in the same fashion as you buy Magic Cards, Beanie Babies, or shares in Google: get paid in dollars, then buy the thing from people who sell it for dollars. (I would feel negligent if I did not say "But you should not speculate in Bitcoin.")

onion2k 1 day ago 1 reply      
As a little thought experiment, imagine someone who you buy services from told you that they wanted to be paid in Burmese kyats. That's the currency of Burma, a country with a population of 50 million people e.g. it's bigger than Bitcoin. Would you bother buying their service? Probably not. It'd be far too much hassle. Bitcoin is exactly the same - if you're interested in it then you've researched it, learnt about it, and perhaps bought it using a secure service and stored it in an offline wallet. If you aren't interested in it, you might have heard of it, but nothing more than that, so the steps you'd need to take to buy from you would be ridiculous.
impendia 1 day ago 1 reply      
Right now, you don't.

Currently, having watched the whole Mt. Gox fiasco unfold, and having read from at least one HN poster who lost over US$100,000 worth of bitcoins, I wouldn't touch bitcoins with a 100-foot pole. I understand it's safe if [list of conditions which I 80% understand], but that's little consolation to me.

But certainly there is no harm in giving clients the option.

EliRivers 1 day ago 0 replies      
I know very little about specifically convincing people to give me money, but I do know that when I want someone to do something, I need to make it easy. The ideal is to make it so easy that it's harder NOT to do it.

By trying to get paid in bitcoin, you'll be making it difficult for people to give you money. All else being equal, this is a very bad idea.

nkuttler 1 day ago 1 reply      
Don't try to convince anybody. Just present it as an option, maybe with a small reduction.
Ask HN: What are the best Linux-based laptops?
10 points by sadanapalli  1 day ago   14 comments top 9
fingerprinter 1 day ago 0 replies      
I've stuck to ThinkPads. They are great....or were great. They recently changed the keyboard (bad) and also got rid of the physical mouse buttons (NOOOOOO! BAD LENOVO!).

With those gone, there isn't anything particularly compelling about the current ThinkPads. In that case, just pick most anything and go with it. Ubuntu should run great on most anything these days.

cjbprime 1 day ago 2 replies      
ThinkPads have a historically good reputation because kernel developers tend to use them. But as trouserpants says, almost all of the machines from major manufacturers will work fine.
thekevan 1 day ago 0 replies      
Honestly, I just install it and don't pay much attention to the brand of the machine. The issues I have had installing an OS seem to be about even whether I am installing Windows or Ubuntu.

The only issue I had with my Toshiba Satellite P855-S5312 was getting around secure boot, which is easier now. I've been running Ubuntu on it for about 15 months with no issues.

lsiebert 20 hours ago 0 replies      
I use a ThinkPad. Mine is a t530, and a good balance of the things I want. 16gb ram and a discrete video card are nice.

Best is vague. Best bang for your buck? Best ultra portable? Best workstation? Best battery life?

aosmith 1 day ago 0 replies      
I just bought an x1 carbon and loaded it with ubuntu. Just about everything worked out of the box, less microphone mute button and sleep button. It's pretty flawless and hands down the fastest machine I've owned. Battery life is also awesome (5-6 hours).
trouserpants 1 day ago 2 replies      
Are you aware that you can install a Linux distribution on just about any hardware? System76 are OK, I've never been wowed by them. Realistically, I would just go with a Thinkpad, unbeatable keyboard and great build quality (though lately Lenovo has been messing up on both of those
lbarrett 1 day ago 1 reply      
I got the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. I like it.
Newegg just switched everyone's reviews to use their name on record
17 points by Glyptodon  1 day ago   2 comments top 2
Glyptodon 1 day ago 0 replies      
Just to clarify, I filled out a review a couple days ago and put in a 'name' to use for the review like always. Today I logged in to track shipping on something unrelated and discovered it used first name, last initial instead. There's a new control panel option for 'anonymous' reviews, but there was no notification of this change. To be honest, it's not the end of the world, but it was a shock and just felt wrong.

If you look at the pages for a product with lots of reviews like this gpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131..., you can see that even on the 36th page you still see firstname last initial.

And apologies if this happened a while ago/isn't new and I just didn't notice.

Update: The option to go anonymous also doesn't seem to be working.

RexRollman 1 day ago 0 replies      
No warning seems odd.
How to create 2D illustration video?
4 points by ztamimi  1 day ago   2 comments top 2
poppysan 22 hours ago 0 replies      
Flash is still awesome for animation. After Effects for compositing.
KhalilK 1 day ago 0 replies      
a combination of Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator for image creation and Adobe After Effects for the animation.
Ask HN: How do you save the tidbits of good information you find online?
8 points by nhayden  1 day ago   23 comments top 18
wpietri 1 day ago 0 replies      
I use five things:

For reading a single thing later, I use Instapaper: http://www.instapaper.com/

For bookmarking links (and sometimes making notes) I use Pinboard: https://pinboard.in/u:wpietri

For following RSS feeds, I use NewsBlur: http://newsblur.com/

If it's relevant to an upcoming task, I'll paste it into a note on my task tracker: http://kanbanflow.com/

And then when I'm working on a specific thing, I sometimes keep a journal in Evernote and paste in notes and links.

Other than that, I've stopped tracking things. My natural inclination is to hoard information. I've mostly stopped doing that, trusting that if I really need to know something I'll be able to find it again.

archagon 17 hours ago 0 replies      
Here's what I'm currently trying out:

Pinboard for links, including articles I might want to read later. I have archiving on so that I don't lose any useful references. (This is by far my biggest store, and I'm still working out my tagging taxonomy.)

Evernote for notes relating to projects in progress, including any notes I'm taking while learning a new technology. (Project-related to-read links usually go here, not Pinboard.)

nvALT (Notational Velocity fork) through the Simplenote API for more permanent notes: lists of things, useful command line tricks, music to check out, etc. (Google Docs used to be my place for this, but nvALT is WAY easier to use.)

Wunderlist for specific to-dos related to my current projects.

mercer 1 day ago 0 replies      
Mac:1. for stuff I want to read later, or good/longer articles I want to read again later, I use Instapaper.2. for general stuff I might want to read or find later, or for non-text stuff, I use Pocket.3. For smaller snippets of useful stuff I'm likely to need repeatedly (code, solutions to common problems, etc), I use NVAlt with multimarkdown tagging and whatnot.4. For stuff that I really want to keep and loop up or reference later, I use DEVONThink. I looked into other 'heavier' systems, but I settled on DT because it stores everything in a non-proprietary system, and because it's 'related items' and auto-classification AI is quite handy.

iPad:1. For one-line stuff (url's, names, whatever) I use Wunderlist so I can process it later on my mac.2. for interesting articles, I currently copy the URL and open Instapaper, which then offers to add the url on the clipboard.3. For snippets of text, paragraphs, whatnot, I use PasteBot. Usually copy/pasting this text will give me the link at a later time. I then process everything in there once a month or so.

runjake 1 day ago 0 replies      

For the longest time, I had issues finding a good workflow with Evernote. I purchased and read Bradley Chambers' e-book on Evernote and have been using Evernote comfortably for several months now.


tbirdz 1 day ago 1 reply      
If a page is particularly useful, I usually save the html of it, using Firefox's save as web page (complete), or similar. Then I have my own folder hierarchy on disk where I keep them organized. This way I can access the information even if I am offline, or the site has a problem, or they change their site organization so the link goes bad, etc.

This approach only works for web documents, not for web apps. I don't really use web apps much, but if you do, you could consider using bookmarks or something.

tumba 1 day ago 0 replies      
I have three broad workflows, depending on the type of material.

(1) Insights and Ideas. The reason these are valuable to me is the thoughts they provoke in my head. I try to make most insights I come across "mine" by writing them and the ideas they prompt in a memo to myself or even simply on an index card. Of course, I always record the source, even if I don't record an exact quote, to avoid plagiarism if I use these notes in something published. I also have a computer file of quotes on various subjects. These are usually either humorous or wise rather than topical.

This process is much more time consuming than slurping them into an electronic storage system, but for me, the cost associated with this technique is a feature. The "friction" involved in pondering and writing about ideas forces me to be discriminating and not waste my time thinking about or storing ideas that aren't valuable to me. Perhaps other people don't need this discipline, but it has made me more productive than when I have used tools optimized for rapid storage.

(2) Code. Functions or programs that demonstrate techniques or features go into a well-named file in a directory reserved for each language or product I work with.

(3) Facts and formulas. I don't record many of these, preferring instead to have (or have access to) good references material, but when I do, I either print the source, or write them myself on an index card and store them in a paper file per subject.

ark15 1 day ago 0 replies      
I use evernote (wish there was a better alternative) for notes I create but I use http://diigo.com extensively for online content that I consume.

Why I like diigo -

1. Available everywhere - they have good, working extensions for popular browsers, native apps for mobile

2. You can highlight and annotate parts of web pages and if you visit that page again while logged in to diigo through the extension, it will show you your highlights/annotations

3. Tagging & bookmarking (I switched from delicious while it was in future:uncertain state)

4. You can create groups and add links to groups (e.g. I use this feature to share links and my comments with my wife on topic we are concentrating on/discussing)

5. Share feature. Very easy to share a link and a quick note to anyone with email address

6. It has other _social_ features (share on twitter/facebook, etc.) but I don't use those

I am not affiliated with diigo in any way. Just a happy user.

lsiebert 20 hours ago 0 replies      
Springpad. It saves stuff automatically in categories. Like a book link on Amazon is saved as a book, not a Web page
audaxion 1 day ago 1 reply      
I use Pocket (https://getpocket.com/). Super low impedance to save things, and I can do it no matter where I am consuming content -- iOS, android, browser extensions, bookmarklet, etc.
auganov 1 day ago 0 replies      
Usually I just bookmark. If I really like something I just paste that into OneNote. When pasting from a website it automatically adds the address to it.Though it does require a bit of discipline and effort to keep everything organized which is not ideal.
TuxLyn 1 day ago 0 replies      
Bookmark it in firefox using various folder/categories. But after using "Hacker News" there is so many good websites daily/hourly that I'm starting to look for alternative too ^_^ Maybe use twitter :-) I'm actually thinking on creating links section on my blog and just add all the best websites that I find relative or interesting.
toomuchtodo 1 day ago 0 replies      
Evernote Web Clipper (Chrome Extension) and Evernote account.

I can clip individual images, the whole page, a selection of text, or just a screenshot.

BrianOD 22 hours ago 0 replies      
For anywhere with its own url, I right-click and "Copy for Netsso", then paste into my Netsso. Any browser.This includes webpages, (with highlighted text also), images, links, any files, individual documents, etcLater Netsso brings me there securely from any computer, or Android, with a simple click on the link. It also saves my credentials, where required. That is, it remembers my passwords into any web network. And logs them in for me.I can also click/make a Note in Netsso, for example to remind myself why the link is worth remembering. Or to send to someone.I have thousands of links in Netsso, and I easily divide them into different "desktops", where they can be dragged around and positioned into sub-categories, and decorate them with icons, different backgrounds, etc, for ease of quick retrieval.I can click to download them all to any computer, for backup. I can also import other bookmarks, in seconds.They are always stored encrypted by my exclusive master passwordI can also share, securely, with any other Netsso member, via right-click menuSharing is faster than email. Also I can search, many times faster than searching the same term in Google, and much more reliable because I made the link myself.(Most Google searching is for places that the searcher has been to before ..
matmann2001 1 day ago 0 replies      
Most browsers will have an extension for saving tabs.
czbond 1 day ago 1 reply      
So far the suggestions here are better than my "Sublime Text document"
acomjean 1 day ago 1 reply      
sometimes I save them to instapaper, via their javascript bookmarklet. This is not ideal however.
zeinir 1 day ago 1 reply      
Pearl trees is a rather nice extension if you use chrome.
devd 1 day ago 0 replies      
Put it in a mindmap - I use FreeMind
Show HN: XKCD Now Comic Android Widget
10 points by jmcatani  2 days ago   1 comment top
ismail 2 hours ago 0 replies      
Ask HN: Any Coders on HN working in the Caribbean
10 points by wilsonfiifi  2 days ago   10 comments top 2
batoure 2 days ago 2 replies      
I worked remotely for a US based software company on the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean for most of 2010 while my girlfriend taught there. It was pretty fantastic, The major challenge was as you might expect... connection speed and stability. As you can see from the map most of the islands have fiber jump offs:


but the challenge is in how local governments regulate them. At the time that I was working there the very best internet money could buy as a consumer on our island was only about 4 MB which made certain types of things challenging. luckily I worked with a company that was in love with the idea of distributed teams, so they maintained virtual desktops in the United States that people could connect to do things where the slow bandwidth might mess with something important. Mainly things like executing code with our main data warehouse.

Another thing that you run into is access to a good consumer electronics market. If I am trying to get setup to work from home in the US it is easy to solve little problems, I can order things online and get them the next day or if I am impatient I can go directly to the store and buy usually exactly what I want to solve the problem. This won't be the case when you live on a small island, stores hit the general notes but if you are looking for something specific that you will know will solve a problem you may be disappointed. This can also be a risk if your primary machine goes down. I am not saying you should pack for the trip like a survivalist, but its important to think about things that could go wrong ahead of time so that you can plan for contingencies. Again my work being more than accommodating direct shipped me several items that I needed and pulled my ass out of the fire.

As to quality of life it can really be amazing. My company generally operated on Pacific time since all of the senior managers lived in California, as a result I would usually get up in the morning go to my surfing lessons lounge a bit then come home at around noon and start working.

As I sit typing this I am really starting to wonder why I ever came back to the US..... ::opens new tab to look at plane tickets::

ecito 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'm starting to work remotely from my sailboat in the Caribbean. It's perfect, I can just pack up from one paradise to the next, taking my office/working area with me. This is after working in NY for a few years and needing a breath of fresh air.

Currently at a marina in Bonaire, close to Venezuela, connected to power/internet to do a remote contract. It's pretty sweet to go freediving or scuba diving a few feet away, then go to the "office" and work my ass off. Afterwards I'll be free again, sailing around for another bunch of months.

Challenges, well the obvious... getting distracted with the outdoors, oh man there is so much to do out there. But the pros are totally worth it and you strive to work hard to keep the lifestyle. If you really want it, everything will work out.

Should Tesla or Google solve Nuclear Fusion
7 points by matt_l  1 day ago   4 comments top
andymoe 1 day ago 2 replies      
Someone should! My money is still on the General Fusion [1] folks (inertial confinement) to come up with something before or around when ITER gets online. They at least have a hope of being able to build functional power plants that don't cost billions if they can crack it. Jeff Bezos has invested a bit of money in the project.

[1]http://www.generalfusion.com <- they reworked their site!

Ask HN: I can't work anymore. Burnout? I have no idea. What can I do?
17 points by failingburnout  3 days ago   20 comments top 12
jwarkentin 3 days ago 1 reply      
If your problem is the same as mine then I think I can help. I find that I often struggle to focus and be productive as well - even to the point of zero productivity. There are four things that I do that help a lot:

1) Eliminate distractions. I don't know if it's ADHD or what but I'm very easily distracted. As much as I love programming, I often find that reading HN or checking my email, browsing Amazon or any number of other things seem more interesting. It's often even just doing things I need to get done, but at a time when I should be focusing on writing code.

For me the solution is to push all my browser windows to another desktop, open only the one I need for testing/research and absolutely ban myself from doing anything else for a period of time.

2) Manage expectations. The other problem I have is that my mind doesn't like to switch focus very easily. I may have been really laser focused on a problem for a while, but then after I finish or something else comes up and it's time to focus on a new problem, my brain rebels and refuses to change focus.

The solution for me has been to manage my expectations, in a sense. I have to close my eyes and clear my mind of everything and just relax for 5 minutes, with the expectation that after that I'm going to open my eyes and focus on the new task. It helps calm my mind and since I'm now expecting to focus on the new task in 5 minutes, but I'm not forcing it immediately, my mind warms up to the idea of doing it in a bit.

3) Have a plan. I've found that when I'm faced with a difficult and vague task my brain wants to avoid focusing just because it seems hard or something.

For this I've found that if I first pause and plan out exactly where I'm going to jump in, exactly what I'm going to do to try and tackle the problem, then it's easier to focus on it. Maybe that means I'm going to sit down with a white-board and draw out the system architecture to tackle a problem or whatever else.

4) Sleep and caffeine. I've found that when I'm too tired, I really just can't focus. Often just taking a 20 minute nap (keep it to 20 minutes, set an alarm) makes a world of difference. Also, I've found that getting some caffeine helps me focus a lot. Of course, it might not be as effective if you use it all the time.

anigbrowl 3 days ago 1 reply      
Maybe you need a vacation if you haven't taken one. Guilt vacations where you don't get anything done for a while aren't as good as deliberate ones where you post up 'no support for two weeks, snoozing on beach/gone fishing/Vegas Baby.'

But if you're still into the niche, then maybe the answer is to stop writing code and and focus on business development & QA. You don't need to be always working at the coal face yourself. Perhaps get the freelancers to start maintianing your code base and switch your attentions to product and busines development, plucking the most promising contracters to become employees?

Whichever, don't beat yourself up. It's Thursday now, so I suggest clearing your urgent emails and then taking the rest of today, tomorrow, and the weekend off (ie away from the computer and preferably from your home) to think about what you'd like to be doing each day of the week. Lots of luck!

vijucat 2 days ago 0 replies      
Generally, we do our best to not listen to ourselves. Your mind / body are telling you something when they give up. Instead of being a dictator and trying to trick them further into extracting work, I highly recommend doing WHATEVER pleasant things you feel like, especially of the exercise, hiking, long walk variety! :-) For example, when your kid is out, go for a long walk for an hour in a pleasant park.

More directly, as you forget about the problem and take a walk, something, some spark of insight / revelation comes into the mind by itself because your guard is down and you are not torturing with the usual, "You were SUPPOSED to help me work, but you just want a break, huh?!" self-punishment. This is the realm of the genuine Unknown. Allow it.

Hope this helps.

lazyjones 2 days ago 1 reply      
In addition to the other suggestions posted here, go see a doctor, have your blood levels checked to exclude the possibility of some deficiency or illness (it's easy to ruin your body without noticing by working hard for many years).
read 2 days ago 1 reply      
Have you tried constraining yourself to doing less?

I don't mean taking a vacation or sleeping more. I mean setting as a goal that you'll accomplish less every day, and with zero expectation about what to do with the free hours that open up. Just as you pressure yourself to do more, pressure yourself to do less.

Hypothesis: even if you tried to do nothing you wouldn't be able to. Your mind would start wandering to topics you haven't let it. Like that new challenge in a related niche that you'd love to get off the ground. Try doing nothing and suddenly your subconscious takes over. You discover thoughts you didn't even know were brewing.

The principle at work here is that constraint is no less important than freedom. Constraint is key in creativity. Limit yourself to less, and you start overflowing to a new direction.

Make sure you give it enough time. You need at least 1.5-2hr blocks of time where you can shut off the world and play uninterrupted, and you also need to schedule such unstructured play lots of times. Don't worry about feeling unproductive in the meantime. Worry more about noticing the pattern to your thoughts, and do that at the end of each block of time so you don't feel pressured to be noticing.

I'd love to hear what you discover.

Mz 2 days ago 1 reply      
Let me suggest this:

1) Clean your office. Do a very thorough job (like "spring cleaning"). Stick to non-toxic cleaners.

2) Take extra vitamins and/or improve your diet.

3) Start taking a daily walk for exercise.

4) Clean wherever you sleep. Again, think "spring cleaning" type cleaning.

In short, look to your health.

talas9 3 days ago 0 replies      
Q: "What am I facing here?"

A: Ennui.

But you probably knew that.

Had a vacation lately?

Have you explored the notion of developing another career?

A former boss told me once, when I was in a fit of pique over something related to work, "Relax man. Everyone has two or three careers in them. You're on your first."

FWIW I went through something you could call a major bout of ennui regarding working in the internet tech sector several years ago. Came out the other end of it just fine, but I work fewer hours/wk as a result by choice, spend more time outdoors, and frequently invest some of it in learning new things. Friends joke that I am going to wind up being that guy in the Dos Equis commercial...

Caveat: I don't have a family to support. Woodshedding and shifting gears is great if you have the financial flexibility. YMWV.

At least take up gardening or something.

esw 2 days ago 0 replies      
Yeah, I've been there. For me, the solution was just setting a new, completely outrageous annual revenue goal. Having that seemingly unattainable number scrawled on a sticky note put me back in the right mindset.
ninja2789 3 days ago 1 reply      
You know, I faced something similar when I felt I have finally found "success". It was a difficult time to get motivated not only because of the lack of any more challenges, but also because I felt I had lost a worthwhile goal to pursue.

In any case, it seems that you're financially successful, love what you do, and right now may be looking for the new challenge.

I would definitely recommend you take some time to think about what are new challenges you'd like to tackle. Brainstorm and don't let reason hold you back from making big and daring goals. Then review your resources and see what you need to work on to start on another path.

Hope this helps. Obviously a lot of other great recommendations in this thread, so I definitely recommend you start writing down your thoughts and how you're thinking through things. It'll help you keep track of your progress.

framebench 3 days ago 0 replies      
I think you need a challenge.

You're happy, content with how your business is going, you love whats happening around you. So I believe you're losing motivation to go on. Why not take up a small challenge to yourself which is not related to your business at all? This usually freshens my mind and gets me thinking on some other things. Some simple ideas you could try:1. Grow an audience for you twitter handle (Don't know anything about it, just go ahead anyway)2. Code something for your wife/girlfriend and surprise her?

Let me know what you think. You probably just need a distraction on the side to push you through this phase. All the best mate!

matheweis 2 days ago 0 replies      
It sounds to me like you just need to take a break. Try for a week long vacation in the mountains or on the beach. If you have the money, somewhere even better like Hawaii.

Most importantly, during that week, TURN OFF YOUR PHONE. Don't read the news. It will all be there when you get back.

Can't do that, because your the only one in your solo app business? Then it's a sure sign that you need to. Find a friend to take over for a week, or hire someone (maybe permanently, if the workload can justify it).

SnacksOnAPlane 2 days ago 0 replies      
Go hiking for a week.
Ask HN: Examples of famous OSS created using red-green-refactor TDD?
7 points by cgopalan  1 day ago   9 comments top 2
ricardobeat 21 hours ago 1 reply      
Ghost is developed using TDD. It might not be the strictest example, but a very successful one:


Choose any other random OSS, chances are it's using TDD/BDD in one form or another.

kstenson 1 day ago 1 reply      
Have a look at Uncle Bob's fitness app, IIRC this is written using the red green refactor cycle, in fact I would suspect most of his other code on github will be the same.


Ask HN: What is the best book that you've ever read on Product Design and UX?
4 points by ibsathish  1 day ago   4 comments top 3
aj_mihalic 1 day ago 1 reply      
Lean UX by O'Reilly Media- This is a good read for a better understanding of the lean UX principles but seems to focus on teams with a few more resources than a startup. However, many of the principles can work within a startup if adjusted to account for it.


Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug- This is one of my favcorites. Steve challenges you to really think about how you are building a product (mostly web) so that your users have the most frictionless experience possible and ensureing that things are made obvious to them.


Why We Buy by Paco Underhill- This book isn't so much about web or digital focused UX as it is for physical space. Specifically, retail. It gives you great insight into the thought processes behind consumers and how some stores take this into account when designing their own store layouts. Very interesting read for any UX Designer.


Storytelling for User Experience by Whitney Quesenbery & Kevin Brooks- This one I grabbed tidbits of useful info out of here and there. Gives you a better understanding on just how to better build user stories for your product as well as usability testing etc.


eswat 19 hours ago 0 replies      
The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman [http://www.amazon.com/Design-Everyday-Things-Donald-Norman/d...]

Designed for Use: Create Usable Interfaces for Applications and the Web by Lukas Mathis [http://www.amazon.com/Designed-Use-Create-Interfaces-Applica...]

Dont Make Me Thing by Steve Krug would have been my third.

I dont believe any of these emphasize minimalism, and Im not sure what help youre looking for in that regard?

SixSigma 1 day ago 0 replies      
The Humane Interface, Jeff Raskin


Ask HN: Why isn't Erlang more popular?
184 points by gordonguthrie  9 days ago   235 comments top 5
jerf 9 days ago 5 replies      
Honestly, I think what kills it is that it's not an Algol-descended language [1]. If Erlang was written with an Algol-esque syntax it would have taken off years ago. But instead it has this weird syntax, which it then doesn't really do that much with. What do I mean by that? Haskell has a radically different syntax, but it does things with that syntax and its pervasive currying to enable a powerful succinctness that one can not imagine being translated back into the Algol-esque framework. Lisp does things with its bizarre syntax, making it obvious how to write correct macros and being homoiconic, which translates poorly back into Algol-esque infix languages. It's almost inconceivable that one could translate a concatenative program back into Algol-esque syntax [2]. But Erlang really doesn't do anything that couldn't be in Algol-esque syntax. (Near existance proof: Go. Yes, there are significant differences, but the two are inter-transliterable to a much greater degree than any pairing of any of the previous sets of language families.)

If it had an Algol syntax, and performed the SSA transform behind the scene, it would probably be very, very big now.

Bear in mind as I say this that I'm not necessarily advocating for those changes. For instance, this would require some tweaks to the semantics of pattern matching, too, which aren't necessarily for the better... in the abstract. However, they probably would be for the better in terms of usage.

I'm pretty sure Go is going to eat Erlang. Erlang programmers will 100% absolutely correctly complain that OTP can't be translated without loss into Go, and almost nobody will care. Again, I'm not necessarily advocating for this, because the Erlang advocates will be right, you just can't quite get it fully expressed in Go and that saddens me, it's just what's going to happen, I think.

In fact I'm doing it myself; the Erlang core of my system is getting pulled out and replaced by Go for a variety of reasons, and one is despite the fact my team is fairly adventurous over all, we're still better off finding people to work on Go than Erlang. (In the next couple of months I hope to release my first release of "reign", "Rewrite Erlang In Go Nicely", which brings some of the Erlang stuff into Go for the purpose of porting existing programs. I've been pulled into other fire fighting so I'm not on it this second, but I'll be getting back to it soon. That implements Erlang-like mailboxes and network clustering, and I've got a supervisor tree implementation on deck for Github too. Subscribe to https://github.com/thejerf to see when those come out in the next couple of months.)

By the way, Erlang advocates, bear in mind that trying to argue me out of this position is a waste of time. I've been programming in Erlang for 7 years now. I get the syntax just fine, even if I still don't like it. The problem is that you have to argue the greater programming community out of this position, and I don't think you have, and I really doubt you can. For better or worse, being non-Algol seems to put a hard limit on your general-purpose programming acceptance. (In my opinion, that is for the worse, but here we are. Again, please don't mistake this opinion as celebration of any of these facts. My opinion is that Erlang deserves better. My belief is that it won't get it.)

[1]: That's pretty much every modern mainstream language today: C(/++/#), Java, Python, Javascript, etc. Not all those languages come from the same semantic heritage (scripting vs. conventional OO manifest types being one big example), but they come from the same syntactic heritage. Contrast with the ML family, the Lisp family, the Prolog family (which is pretty much just Erlang now), and the Forth family for different syntactic heritages.

[2]: http://evincarofautumn.blogspot.com.es/2012/02/why-concatena...

DougWebb 9 days ago 6 replies      
I haven't looked at Erlang before, so I thought I give it a quick look. Google led me to the Erlang home page[1], which has "What is Erlang" (sounds good) and "What is OTP" (which doesn't bother to define what O, T, and P stand for.)

Following the Erlang Quickstart [2] link, I get a page that doesn't really tell me anything about the language. It demonstrates a program that implements a factorial function, then tells me to go write games. Other than "Burn the CPU", I'm not sure what kind of games I can write with what I learned here.

The first link to more documentation at the bottom of the page goes to a book's website, so that's a dead end. The second link goes to an online reference guide [3] which seems more promising, until I read the introduction [4]. Under "Things Left Out" is "How to communicate with the outside world". Hrm...

So, what I have so far is that Erlang is a functional language, and that the online reference doesn't cover interaction with anything outside of your program. Based on this I'm guessing that Erlang is one of those functional languages that are great for mathematical proof-like software development but not practical for solving actual problems because the world is mutable and the language constructs are not. Yes, I'm making a big inference here, but that definitely seems like where I'm heading.

So I'm going to stop here, and do some real work in a pragmatic language.

[1] http://www.erlang.org

[2] http://www.erlang.org/static/getting_started_quickly.html

[3] http://www.erlang.org/doc/getting_started/users_guide.html

[4] http://www.erlang.org/doc/getting_started/intro.html#id62800

jaimebuelta 9 days ago 1 reply      
Erlang is a very specialised language. It does one thing well (scalability) at the expense of not really being a general purpose language.

The syntax is just weird, not only in a paradigm-way (pattern matching is not huge in most languages, but, hey, that's the way of doing stuff in functional programming), but on strange places ("read" lines ending on dot, semicolon takes time, it does not share any common syntax definitions with the languages used by 99% of the programmers). That sets a high bar in approaching the language, so it's difficult to "play around" with it (at least compared with other languages)

While I like some of the advantages of Erlang, the lack of general support for a lot of common operations (and yes, string manipulation is a huge deal) and the fact that it is designed with a very very particular problem in mind makes it "a silver bullet". Not in the usual meaning, but in the way that's only useful for killing a werewolf. For every other task is too expensive and just not the proper tool.I was involved in a project that used Erlang for something not well suited for it, and it was absolutely awful, you have to wrestle with it to perform common stuff that in other languages is done by the standard library. Again, you win something, but only in a very very VERY specific problem.

(I've used it in another project when it was the proper tool, and, in that case, it's still not the most pleasant experience, but you're getting a clear win)

technomancy 9 days ago 1 reply      
My theory: writing network servers that are not web servers is a relatively uncommon problem to have these days.

One of the hardest parts about learning a new language is coming up with a learning project that showcases the unique strengths of the language without being intimidating to a newcomer or too contrived to actually be useful. This is difficult in any language, but it's especially so in Erlang.

Obviously "it's different; people don't like things that are different" has a lot to do with it, but we've seen other FP languages experiencing faster growth recently, so I don't think that can be the only cause.

I've been using it for a few months, for what it's worth.

Edit: obviously there are lots of people who need to write concurrent network server clusters, but I'd argue that the benefits of the Erlang approach are difficult to grasp before you've actually deployed something written in Erlang; simple toy projects (which are a prerequisite to learning a language) don't usually play to its strengths. A language that's really good at web apps is going to grow more quickly simply because its advantages are easier to appreciate from the start.

lincolnq 9 days ago  replies      
I've tried using Erlang once or twice. I inherited an open source project written in it, wanted to maintain it a bit but I couldn't make head nor tail of it, and I'm a good programmer (but very busy with other things). There were too many things to learn to get started working with the Erlang ecosystem and I didn't really have the time.

I didn't find any good tools.

The error messages were obtuse.

I didn't understand how simple shit like configuration files worked. I couldn't find any place where the file was 'opened' from code. I chalked it up to the magic of the underlying framework or whatever.

I'm completely demotivated to work; what can I do?
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bane 8 days ago 8 replies      
I'm going to say something that's a little tough but it's meant as advice coming from years of mistakes before I finally got my head on the right way: Part of growing up is learning to prioritize what you need to do, even if it isn't fun, over what you like to do. This is how the real world works, and it's what you'll spend the rest of your life doing. Learning to do it when you're young, when mistakes are smaller, will make the rest of your life so much better.

When you get your needs out of the way, the fun stuff you can do is all the better, and you'll know more about the fun stuff that you're doing enabling you to open more worlds of enjoyment later that you'll never be able to conceive of without putting in the hard work to start. Doors will be open to you that you'll never even imagine if you put in the work to build the foundation of your life right now. Digging the metaphorical ditches and laying the metaphorical concrete for your foundation sucks, but that's how life is. Lots of sucky boring shitty work, for a few profound moments of bliss.

I know this sounds just like words right now, but I wish this was a concept that I had truly grokked much earlier in my life before I had to spend years fixing all the bits and pieces I needed to do that I had deferred.

Nobody gets to do the fun stuff for long, without working out all the dreadfully boring bits a head of time.

Want to be an explorer? Spend months raising money and building schedules and looking at maps and buying equipment.

Want to be a rock star? Spend years learning to play an instrument, playing in dive bars and making demo tapes. Get a break then play the same 4 hit songs for 20 years.

Want to write awesome code and run an awesome business? Spend years learning computational theory, business management and leadership, raising funds, and last but not least, writing thousands of lines of boring boiler plate, edge case handling and plumbing code.

Want to be an author? Spend a few years writing a couple hundred pages on your topic then get rejected by 99 out of 100 publishers. Then do an endless book tour where you read the same passage from your book 300 times.

Learning to do the boring, dreadfully dull, uninteresting stuff...learning to just muscle through it...is the most important life skill any human being can learn. It's the marshmallow test magnified by a million.

kirillzubovsky 7 days ago 4 replies      
Dude, whatever you choose to do, please do yourself a favor and ignore the bullshit advice that starts with - "this is how the real world works..." That nonsense only comes from people who had settled for the average.

Life works in any way that you want it to work.

Look, if you don't want to do the shit work, don't do it, but don't bitch and moan and complain about it. Instead, find a way to still get shit done, while not doing the work you don't want to do.

You don't like doing homework? Nobody does. It's a waste of time and you will not use 90% of what you've learned.

Spend the bare minimum time you need to pass high-school on work that you have to get done, devote the rest of your time to the work you want to get done. If that means learning computer programming, do it. I had friends in high-school who managed hosting companies, while at high-school. Guess what, while the rest of us were solving stupid problems and learning history, those guys made money. It's not a bad skill to learn.

Anyways, this discussion could go back and forth...Get off your ars, close HN and just f'ing do something!

billyjobob 8 days ago 3 replies      
So you don't like school work. You could get higher grades if only you were more motivated...

i.e. you are exactly like every other 16 year old I ever knew.

Most of them because more motivated once they started university and were able to focus on what they enjoyed studying. I'd be more worried if you were motivated at 16, because then you'd probably burn out, or grow up to be an obnoxious brain box.

Also, since you sound like you are in the UK, you should realise that grades don't matter here. No-one will ever ask what you scored in your maths A-level. Your success in life will mostly be determined by the connections your parents have. The only thing you can do to improve your chances is network and make some more connections of your own at university. Plenty of top jobs go to those who graduated with the "gentleman's third" because they spent their time networking rather than studying.

ef4 8 days ago 1 reply      
> Are there any ways by which I could motivate myself to study more?

Probably not, if you're asking the question. But I don't think you should study more. I think you should program more, since it's already something you enjoy enough to do for fun. It's a question of playing to your strengths.

Put in the 10,000 hours of sustained effort that it takes to truly become great at it. Prove your abilities through open source.

You will have no problem finding an interesting and well-paying career, if you push yourself hard to always keep learning both about programming and about the business of software.

If that sounds like a lot of hard work, well yeah, it is. There's no shortcut. Either suck it up and do your homework and color inside the lines, or summon the guts to blaze your own path. Or do neither and let the path of least resistance take you where it wants.

Which path are you more likely to regret 40 years from now?

DanBC 8 days ago 2 replies      
You have a temporary hurdle to jump over. Get good grades. The aim of getting good grades is only to get good grades. There's a bunch of stuff that you can do with good grades, and if that motivates you it's great. But at the moment you just need to get the good grades.

So, perhaps when you're studying you put in 30 minutes for school work, and 15 minutes for what you enjoy, then have a break. Then repeat that.

This allows you to get the good grades, and keeps you interested in the subject.

You'll have a bit more freedom in Uni, and you'll so you can see your current task (get good grades) as also being "learn some discipline".

There will be some people who want to get better grades than you. Thus, you should get best grades you can just to stick one in the eye of those people.

nulagrithom 8 days ago 1 reply      
Do you have a job? Go push a mop for a couple years. It will motivate you to do well in school and has the added benefit of giving you some money for university.
mistercow 7 days ago 1 reply      
If you spend your free time programming or researching, and aren't motivated by academics, then you might want to reconsider academic direction you're going in.

For someone who has the motivation to learn programming on their own, I seriously question the value of a formal education in anything like CS or math. You already know you can learn that stuff more easily outside of a classroom, so I would argue that taking that academic path is a waste of both your time and money.

Instead, I would consider studying something totally different. Programming is a wild card - you can play it to improve any hand you have. Keep honing those skills, but go to university for something you can't so easily learn on your own.

This is the advice I wish someone had given me before I went and wasted time in college.

Theodores 7 days ago 0 replies      
The problem with education is that it always has a different take on a subject to what personally fascinates you about the subject. Subjects that might have floated your boat personally for many years will be taught differently to what you expect, killing your interest in a subject.

There is an adage about teaching - if you cannot do then teach, if you cannot teach then teach Geography. If we take Geography as an example, you might think of geography as being about places on a map, be able to name all U.S. state capitals and know where Dhaka is and Dakar isn't. Then, in a geography class, you might find that knowing where anywhere is does not matter in the least. 'How flood plains are formed', 'how a volcano works' will be what is taught, without any mention at all of physical places.

The geography example is an example of how expectations of a subject can be wrong at the basic school level, you can live with a mis-match of expectations in geography syllabus, however, go to university and it is another kettle of fish. You might think politics would be a useful thing to study, be passionate about the subject and be knowledgeable about current affairs. Again, none of that would matter.

Computer science is another area of concern. You might be good at programming and be up to date with whatever is on HN. Yet, at university you might get taught languages and methodologies that are a world away. There might actually be reasons why the university teach what they teach that are not readily apparent. The military might have some link up that means that stuff that matters to designing jet fighters gets taught. Clearly none of it - 'ADA' - for instance - might have no relevance in the real world.

Returning to your subject of maths, in the real world you are doing pretty well if you have problems that require secondary school stuff - trigonometry, calculating prices with tax, differential equations. Actually you could probably go a long way on getting a man on the moon with secondary school maths, yet there is a whole world of maths beyond that. Triple integrations, anyone? Even if you do find a real world use - electronics with Gauss's theorem - there aren't many uses for that real world use. It is all too convenient for maths to be taught in such a way that it is abstract and not practical, e.g. teaching a program to do it for you, or working on a large dataset in a computationally efficient way. Even reading the data in is not something that would be taught. It is a bit like how you can do a degree in electronics and never touch a soldering iron or know how to fix a fuse.

So my suggestion is to not head off to university so hastily. Work somewhere for a little while then go to university because you know why you are going. You can actually learn useful stuff at university rather than go there to just get a bit of paper.

dhughes 7 days ago 1 reply      
They way I think about it is you can work a dead end job for 80 hours per week making $8 an hour to make enough to survive and not have any free time to socialize, go to the gym or be with family. Or study for and try to get a decent job you like that pays half decent so you don't have to become a human eraser and wear yourself down doing the work of others. Having many skills to fall back on is great but trying to learn everything losing focus and never finishing anything isn't much help.

Or realize you need to focus and find a career that you like and is wanted by employers. I recall years ago they mentioned "The fear" and it is a great example of suddenly realizing shit I better start getting good at this life thing, now!

Time is shorter than you think your health can suddenly rapidly fail, saving for retirement is a constant worry. Time is so short it's as if nothing you do can be done soon enough. Realizing that early in life is fantastic. A big part of life I think is having mentors who are examples to follow it's good to have a person who you can think "What would Bob do?" as an internal guide.

It's easy to say all that but hard to do, I haven't mastered that yet.

yuxt 8 days ago 1 reply      
Open a map, close your eyes and point randomly. Pack you backpack, buy tickets and go there without any reservation. Spend at least 1 month away from home, comfort and routine.

When you are back you will know exactly what to do.

loceng 8 days ago 1 reply      
Exercise. Relatively new discovery that lactic acid, that comes from muscle use, is a "pre-cursor" for motivation.
sillysaurus2 8 days ago 0 replies      
Step back and ask yourself: What are my assumptions? Why do I believe these assumptions to be true? What if they aren't true?

You have at least 50 years ahead of you. That's a long time. But the next 5 years will profoundly shape your next 50.

If that feels like too much pressure, then simply don't worry about it. It's more important to relax than to optimize your life if you're the type of person who doesn't react well to a lot of pressure.

alecco 8 days ago 1 reply      
Some things that help me:

    Visualize goal: close your eyes, imagine your acceptance letters    When stuck, go for a little walk or physical exercise    Do goal-oriented studying (e.g. Pomodoro technique)
Understand the education system wants you to comply, this is wrong, but the faster you get over it the faster you'll forget about it. It's better to keep your mouth shut, don't complain or antagonize, they are not going to change for you or anybody (they haven't in centuries). Give them the little self importance they crave for and get from them what you want (grades, diploma). Of course, keep your mind critical but keep it to yourself until they give you what you want.

Also don't overwork yourself, perhaps this is not the best time to spend many hours doing unrelated programming or research. It can be a distraction to your education goal. We have limited willpower, try to avoid depletion. Only when you achieve your studying goals for the day you get to do your own thing. Study in the mornings, play in the afternoons.

Modifying your routine takes a while, do it in baby steps. Remove all temptations that might get in the way to your goals until you achieve them. But keep a good chunk of the day to clean up your head.

Of course, YMMV.

Aqueous 8 days ago 2 replies      
It's nice to chip away at programming but if you don't have an academic basis to guide your studies it is going to keep you out of a lot of jobs when you get out. Take it from someone who knows - I've programmed useful things in just about every language, but because I didn't major in Computer Science (Physics/Philosophy instead) I'm unable to compete for the top tier of jobs. Hopefully this isn't permanent, as I'm teaching myself computer science now, but I could've saved myself a lot of work if I had just chosen a concentration more suitable for the jobs I was interested in.

You may be a confident auto-didact but even auto-didacts tend to have large blind spots. You don't know what you don't know, and school is there to tell you.

Goladus 8 days ago 0 replies      
One way to overcome a lack of motivation is to ruthlessly eliminate distractions. Tailor your environment and to be (and practice habits that are) maximally conducive to studying. If you have a hard time "taking a step back" to take an objective look at your habits and lifestyle, you might find yoga and meditation helpful.

Exercise can also help keep your energy up, but in my experience exercise doesn't magically solve motivation problems and sometimes gets in the way. Working a hard labor can give you good experience but I think the motivation that comes from that sort of work tends to be vastly overstated and wears off very quickly.

Do you spend time programming because you're motivated to program? Have you produced anything of value? What sort of research do you do? What motivates you besides programming and research? Who is paying the bills right now?

alexkus 8 days ago 0 replies      
Sounds just like me at 16. Wasn't very motivated despite studying the A-Levels I wanted to (Maths, Physics, Computing). Spent all my spare time stealing Internet access at the local University (this was back in 1992/1993). I got decent grades (AAB) and got into my first choice University, but the motivation to do well still wasn't there. Ended up getting a 2:2 where everyone expected me to get a 1st. After that I was lucky and ended up in a good job where degree result didn't matter.

Looking back I wish I'd talked to someone (not my parents) about it at the time. So I'd recommend finding someone to talk to at your college; your form tutor (depends, I didn't get on with mine), careers advisor, pastoral care reps, etc. Just remember that they should be there to help you do your best, not bollock you for not putting your full effort in.

zacinbusiness 7 days ago 0 replies      
Get a shit job. Get shot at by a thug. Clean up other peoples shit and piss all day for minimum wage. That's what worked for me.
allworknoplay 8 days ago 0 replies      
Fuck school, it has no intrinsic value. It's not an end in itself, and it's not built for everyone. If it's not built for you, find something you DO like and dive into it hard. You're on hacker news for some reason -- what is it you're into? Learn how to do it yourself, get technical, build skills around that. Also, make friends who are likewise into it. I promise you'll be a lot more engaged.

Do the school work but do it with something else in mind.

Also: the guys suggesting drugs know nothing about you and are probably not doctors. I love drugs, but I'd never suggest them without knowing more about you. It's absurdly easy to build a serious amphetamine dependency that will leave you feeling a lot worse than you do now.

RivieraKid 7 days ago 0 replies      
I tried couple of anti-procrastination techniques and the only one I had moderate success with is the "no internet mode". When I have some project to finish, I make a decision that until it's finished, I won't use the internet at all from the morning to 8pm (except for work-related things and email). What's really important here is that you have to decide firmly. This usually lasts couple of days but I'm thinking about doing this every day.
jahewson 8 days ago 0 replies      
I went through this phase of the British school system some 14 years ago, just as the AS/A2 exams were being introduced. I'm a very technically minded person, but I found school's treatment of these subjects to be intensely boring. I found it hard to pay attention and not be distracted by some more interesting or immediately rewarding passtime such as programming.

While much of the A-level material is presented in a tedious manner, there are other books and sources available beyond your curriculum and I encourage you to seek these out. Applied topics such as computer science and engineering simply assume that you have a good grasp on the fundamentals. Books such as The New Turing Omnibus give you a taste of lots of topics, find some you like and dig deeper. Try and find some exciting, applied use of the boring school math, or chemistry, or phyisics. Find books and resources which guide you through learning rather than just reading Wikipedia.

In summary, try to find the cool things that can be accomplished with the fundamentals you learn at school and you'll be more motivated to work through the tedium. Don't be afraid of "degree level" texts. Try to stay away from any programming that involves drudgery and focus on enlightened, mathematically-inclined tasks: learn Haskell, implement fundamental algorithms, find hard problems like SAT, fourier transforms, optimisation. Find something which requires the skills you learn at school but which is exciting enough to hold your attention. Do lots of little things.

brador 8 days ago 0 replies      
Researching? Tell me you don't mean reading random wikipedia articles and browsing the web here.

You're at the stage of life where you need to develop deep skills in subjects. At the early stages of that process it can be hard to motivate yourself. You're gonna have to power through and realise you're doing this for future you not current you.

forgottenpaswrd 7 days ago 0 replies      
"Are there any ways by which I could motivate myself to study more?"

You told us, the answer is no.

You already dedicate your time to programming, because you need it. I also needed it when I was your age.

In my case I started programming while also studying engineering in Europe. I made a company with the code I accumulated over this time, with the knowledge of programming being really useful to manage other people(and identifying who is really good or not at it and so on).

People consider me rich now(there is always someone else with more money, but I have more than what my family needs), but I went through very hard times before it(my family wanted me to get a good job instead of risking so much).

If you force yourself to study more, you will regret it.

My advice:

Focus on learning to study more efficiently, the idea is to use the time you already use to study faster and get better grades while also giving time to programming.

Learn from the masters, read the Audiobook "The Now habit", learn aabout mindmaps and mnemonics, and always go for the best.

Use software for remembering stuff.

lallysingh 6 days ago 0 replies      
It's not the material, it's not you. It's the rest of your life. You have to find a way to recharge.

I didn't do that for too long, and my grades dropped. My GPA dropped by 50%. I finally took a semester off. I traveled. I got out of the grind and away from family and work and actually tried to explore life a bit.

<i-am-obviously-projecting> When you're young and out of high school, you're mostly trying to figure out who you are independent of your parents and upbringing. Sometimes being out of your folks' house for a while and not figuring that out leaves you empty. </i-am-obviously-projecting>.

After that, I made recharging a normal part of my week. I gave myself a small music budget (a new album a month, that can't be top-40), looked into other activities (martial arts, motorcycling), and made a point to study different sub-topics of computer science at different times.

The same classes that were boring me out, I read their textbooks on the train to work.

clipityclapity 7 days ago 1 reply      
Here's my story.

Two years ago, I dropped out of a mathematically oriented master's. Let's say I quit because I wanted to found a company. That's what I tell everybody. And that's what I did.

I can get into the details of why it didn't work, but I'll tell you something here, something which, until now, I have only written down in places nobody would read it: I might have been running from reality. Using the company as a hide-out. "Maybe this will give me a purpose?"

We pulled the plug when we were forced to realize that it was a dead end.

Pause six months. Rethink life. Winter, not a good time.

Moved to another country and tried again. It went better, but still not good enough.

Again, six months of nothing. Winter.

Travel. Maybe languages are my thing? Different cultures? Get lost. Come back.


This time, I'm not letting it steal six months. I'm trying for another project (Show HN soon), I'm going on another travel, and I'll keep on looking, because I know one thing: an office will be the death of me. Unfortunately, programming is generally done in offices.

But there's always that doubt. Got some freelance jobs to make ends meet. Flipping burgers, for programmers. Can't continue this way. Stability, future, kids, wives, divorces.

So listen, I can't give you a straight advice. I still don't even know where I went wrong exactly, or if I went wrong at all. I don't know if I would've been happier in another place. I sometimes lovingly think back about academia, then I see what happens there and I want to run even farther away than I already am.

Motivation is still a problem for me, at times, but it's getting less. I have no regrets (yet), just doubt. A shred of what I would've had, had I not tried for that first company.

On the upside: I feel free. Every day. Alive. I can decide to drop everything here and emigrate within a week. And I'm doing it. Because I can. Because it feels like the right choice.

If you tell me where you live I can drop by if I'm ever around :)

Good luck with whatever path you choose. No matter what you do, do it with pride, son. I believe in you, as long as you do.

Sorry I couldn't give you real advice.

Oh wait that's not true I totally do have some! Got so caught up in the story.. listen if you really want to tackle this: TALK TO PEOPLE. In terms they can understand. Don't say, "I have doubts." Say: "Can I study with you next Friday? If you FORCE me to be there and do it, I will cook dinner for you." Tell a girl, if she asks why explain here you have trouble concentrating alone, joke that maybe she will make it worse but you're willing to try, and tell her that it's definitely absolutely not a cunning ploy to get a date with her (it's not). If she rejects you ask someone else until you have a girl. Then choose a guy for a different subject (not a close friend, high risk of fucking around), and somebody you really don't know for another one, and a buddhist for the next, and an atheist, and and and make sure you surround your study-self with as many different styles of living as possible. You will be able to draw inspiration from them. Solitude is what's killing you. Your life will mix with theirs and your energy will combine. I'm not even half joking here; the energy you draw from linking your progress to someone else ("teamplay") can amaze you.

I'll be your first contact if you want, no problem. Drop me a line on Skype and we can work / study for an hour every Thursday afternoon. (send me your skype though, not leaving it here :P)

Peace out, stranger!

linux_devil 8 days ago 0 replies      
Take it easy, there are lot of options available online if you are not enjoying what is being taught in college but you have interest in particular subject. For e.g.: When I was in college I felt my profs. are boring , so I always used to take online courses , like algorithms , operating system through ocw.mit.edu or stanford.edu or coursera , It helped me a lot to maintain interest in subject , and at same time participate in discussions online , there is always a big community somewhere which will be happy to help you .
gqvijay 7 days ago 0 replies      
Wow, you sound like me 20 years ago. And I am quiet surprised at "that's life, shape up" responses.

Knowing what I know now, I wish someone would've told me:- Try to get into top schools like Stanford, Harvard, etc.- If you don't have the financial means or the grades or whatever, don't get discouraged one bit!- Since you enjoy "programming or researching", stop stressing over colleges. In my humble opinion, most colleges are overrated. They are designed for drones and will suck the passion out of what you are majoring in. (note: may not be true for all)- In my opinion, typical educational institutions in our country is broken.- Instead, start interning. Do small projects that you can showcase on your passion. Join programming groups, meet ups that are related, etc.- In short, make a living in doing what you love (programming). When you find a job and love what you do, you are no longer "working".

Finally, watch this:http://new.ted.com/talks/larry_smith_why_you_will_fail_to_ha...

winstonx 8 days ago 0 replies      
> I'm two years before heading off to university, but I have no motivation to learn the things that are being taught at college.

Personally, that was a really tough time for me in my life.

> I chose to study the subjects that I thought I would enjoy, but sadly this isn't true.

That happened to me too.

> I'm assuming that if I had made other choices for subjects, I'd be in a similar problem.

Maybe; it's hard to know where other paths would have led.

> Maths is one of the subjects I'm studying, and although I enjoy maths itself, I'm not enjoying what I learn in school.

I had that same experience. That's why I studied maths on my own, outside of school (I consider programming a subset of maths.)

> I can't be motivated to put the work in, so that I can get good results at the end of the year.

Same thing happened to me.

> I spend my free time programming or researching instead,

That's also what I did. Studying philosophy also helped alot :-)

> but I can't continue doing this if I want to get the A-levels I need to enter a half-decent university.

I found my high school to be very oppressive, so instead I went on academic strike and programmed for fun. I almost flunked out of high school, and only got into one university that has a tradition of accepting everyone.

It was all for the best. I'm not saying you should do that. But, it was the path I needed to take. You can live a wonderful life regardless of what academic success you achieve or fail to achieve.

Older people have a bad habit of advising younger people they need to do very specific actions in order to achieve very specific goals.

In this ancient tradition, I will now offer you very specific advice ;-)

(1) Ask yourself: do you desire the goals you are told to desire. What are your goals? What do you actually want from life?

(2) Once you have your goals in mind, your advisors will usually be conservative. That is, their advice usually describes one path to your goal --- not the only path. For example, if you want to go to a half-decent university and an advisor tells you, "you should try to get straight A's" --- then your advisor is being conservative. Yes, if you get straight A's it will be easier to get into a half-decent university. But it's not the only way. Furthermore, younger people are often more creative in finding ways to sidestep tradition.

(3) Ask for lots of advice, but only listen to advice skeptically.

(4) Don't be afraid to "Go ahead and fail." http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-20/go-ahead-let-your-k...

> Are there any ways by which I could motivate myself to study more?

I would caution against trying to coerce yourself into being more motivated. Follow your own path. When people give you advice it's up to you to take it or leave it. Even this advice.

JamilD 8 days ago 0 replies      
I know it seems like what you learn in school is boring, and perhaps even trivial, but it provides an important foundation to what you'll learn in University.

When I was in high school, I'd attempt to apply the stuff I was learning in math to more interesting problems that I was actually interested in for example, using the simple calculus I was being taught to start to understand some aspects of machine learning.

The truth is, a lot of high school math is rather fascinating you just need to find a place to apply what you're learning. I still use that technique now; I find a lot of the electronics courses at university extremely dull, so I'll write a program to solve, say, a diode circuit using the exponential model. And I end up learning so much more than I would just studying.

So studying high school math and learning interesting things doesn't have to be mutually exclusive :)

irremediable 8 days ago 0 replies      
Hey there! From the sound of it, you're about sixteen years old and live in Britain. A few years ago, I was your age and in a similar position. What grades are you getting at the minute? A-levels might be easier for you than you realise.

As to how to motivate yourself to study for them... study the cool things you can do with maths. Try to solve problems. Calculus, linear algebra and statistics are the fundament of the maths curriculum, and they're all hugely useful. Figure out how to prove things. Figure out how to solve mechanics problems with calculus. Program some statistical analysis stuff.

Frankly, if you're a smart kid and enjoy maths/programming, I expect you'll do fine at A-level. And if not, it doesn't mean much. Some of the best programmers I know didn't bother going to university.

usablebytes 8 days ago 0 replies      
First thing - don't search for motivation or don't try to get yourself motivated. You'll end up looking for things that will make you feel good which will in-turn promote procrastination and thereby take you away from actions. The truth is motivation doesn't last. It's a push mechanism. You'll have to focus on things that pull you towards it.

If you keep going like the way you are currently, how would your life be? Definitely you understand the problem with it and this post is the proof. But ask yourself - "why do you want to get A-levels at school?". If programming and researching keeps you going, by all means, you should focus on it. Make sure you put the best possible efforts in it; the rest will follow automatically.

romanovcode 7 days ago 0 replies      
If you want to be professional programmer you don't really need university. In this profession recruitment doesn't lie when tell things like "BS in CS or similar experience.".

Just go and work, then pick up and study something else, like Mathematics or Physics.

aaron695 7 days ago 0 replies      
People seem to be misreading your question.

You seem fully aware that the subjects you're studying are very important and you need to do well at them.

As someone once told me most motivational speakers just lend you motivation. Once you've left the room pumped you quickly go back to square one.

So it's hard to know what works, there's a lot of crap out there.

I've had moderate success with the Pomodoro Technique http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique

But if it doesn't work for you, or as often happens it only works for a while, make sure you go on to something else.

chegra 7 days ago 0 replies      
Ok let me play some mental games with you. Ask yourself would you rather pay $10/$100/$1000 or study for 5 hours?

Find the amount where you rather do the studying then pledge to donate that amount to charity. Do this everyday. I find this works for.

I estimate you are doing 4 a-levels. That's about 2000 pages of work. A 500 pg book for each subject. If you study 20 pages a day and do all the exercises, I guarantee you will get an A for whatever course(oh yea and do the past papers).

In a hundred days or so you could be finished studying for A-levels.

Enjoy the days of where you have if/then reward structures. If you study hard you get good grades then you go to a good university then you get a good job. After this, there is hardly any guaranteed recipe for success. So, take the success while you can.

reledi 7 days ago 0 replies      
> but I can't continue doing this if I want to get the A-levels I need to enter a half-decent university.

Not sure where you're from, but in Canada you don't need all A's to get into a half-decent university. However, if you want to get into a top university, you'll need good grades and more (e.g. extracurricular activities).

I'm sure any university you will get into will be just fine. During your time at uni, you get out what you put in. Don't stress about getting into your dream university. You'll do fine wherever as long you like what you do and you get involved with stuff happening around you. Grades are just a means to an end, don't focus on them too much.

cognitiveben 8 days ago 0 replies      
Drop out and find something that motivates you. It's harder than the standard path, but if you're bright and industrious it can be a much more interesting ride. Also, university is always there later. I did the above, got bored in my second successful career and am now finishing up a Ph.D. that I started, as an undergrad, at the age of 27. I think I got more out of the program than my younger counterparts, and thanks to a decade of making money and connections, I did it in significantly better style. No regrets.
brianbarker 7 days ago 0 replies      
I had a rough time getting through my Computer Science degree, despite loving software. I still find things I hate. Currently, I've done web apps for a few years and now I'm fucking sick of them. Time to move on to a new area of CS that challenges me. That's pretty much how it goes. You'll do stuff you hate, but you have to use that as a foundation to do the things you love.
bayesianhorse 7 days ago 0 replies      
Sounds a lot like an onsetting depression. Seeking medication now might save you a lot of time and suffering.

It's very important to recognize that your judgement about what interests you is probably distorted, currently. So think twice about making any rash decisions that relate to emotions or relationships....

fit2rule 8 days ago 0 replies      
Get a job. Plain and simple, this the best way to motivate yourself to study more.

Fact is though, you don't need to study more. You should work a lot more. Working is the only really effective, motivating, way to take what you've learned through your studies and apply it to the real world. Without actually doing something for someone, a lot of what people learn in school is useless.

It isn't until you actually have a user that you become a developer.

gmantastic 7 days ago 0 replies      
Being 16-18 and studying for your A-levels can be a horrible time - it was for me. Relationships with your friends start to change as you grow up at different rates (I don't know whether this applies to you), interests change, and you have so little energy it feels like an effort to get out of bed before noon. Some things that worked for me were hanging out with some different, more studious people, and learning the course material from books in the order I chose rather than following the course (I missed a lot of classes, but I would't recommend that). Make a game out of getting the grades that will be your ticket out of there! On a serious note, if you think you might be depressed, talk to someone (a doctor or counsellor) about it.
unobliged 8 days ago 0 replies      
It sometimes helps to study the history of whatever subject you are working towards in school. For example, the history of mathematics can provide a lot of inspiration for what can be done with the knowledge. Focus on the outcomes you want and see the schooling as a means to an end.
ISeemToBeAVerb 8 days ago  replies      
Pick up a copy of Cal Newport's book "So Good They Can't Ignore You." Read that book and then think about your situation some more. Cal brings up some very interesting observations, and you're at the perfect point in your life to read it.
Ask HN: A coder who knows business or a business man who knows how to code?
6 points by stasy  2 days ago   4 comments top 3
feifan 2 days ago 0 replies      
I'm in the same situation you are. In my (albeit limited) experience I've found that coders "get" the business stuff more than business people "get" the code. Maybe coders are better at learning the business stuff, maybe it's something inherent to the nature of code or business
FollowSteph3 2 days ago 1 reply      
It depends on the type of startup you're trying to do. If it's tech heavy then yes knowing coding may be more important. If it's a light on the tech side, for example something you can slap up in a weekend or month, then I would say the business side is more important.
zachlatta 1 day ago 0 replies      
m0llusk: I'd like to let you know that your account is hellbanned, meaning nobody can see your posts.
Ask HN: Who would hire a non-EU foreign Ruby developer in Berlin?
4 points by ohthrowaway  1 day ago   4 comments top 2
tlubinski 18 hours ago 1 reply      
I listed a few companies here:https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7227917

not sure, if they all work with Ruby though.

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