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Ask HN: How did you get your app featured by Apple?
11 points by thisjustinm  8 hours ago   discuss
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Ask HN: Do you use Web Application Firewall (WAF)?
4 points by dsingh  7 hours ago   2 comments top 2
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vscarpenter 1 hour ago 0 replies      
I use mod_security for personal sites and Cisco NetScaler as a WAF, load-balancer and SSL offloader at work. If I was given the choice, I would use HAProxy and mod_security as I'm not too impressed with NetScaler.
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bio4m 6 hours ago 0 replies      
A WAF is like insurance, most of the time you wont need it, but its good to have when the s*it hits the fan.

While you can rely on your app to have its own security, it never hurts to have extra (unless latency is a concern).

I'd start with an open source version and move up to a commercial product if its necessary.

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Shanley Kane, Tech Diversity, and Free speech on Twitter
4 points by harrylyme  3 hours ago   2 comments top
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wmf 3 hours ago 1 reply      
Somebody's either got a secret or is over-managing her image.
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Quickbooks charges more if you are a Mac user
5 points by ub  14 hours ago   5 comments top 5
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larrykubin 11 hours ago 0 replies      
There was a story on Mac users being shown pricier hotels on Orbitz a while back:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142405270230445860...

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Spoom 10 hours ago 0 replies      
FWIW on Linux (Google Chrome stable) I get the $12.95 / $26.95 / $39.95 pricing.

But then if I open it in Incognito mode, I get the cheaper pricing. I'm thinking either they recently updated their pricing and the cache is clearing out, or they're doing multi-armed bandit price testing.

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nanijoe 12 hours ago 0 replies      
On my Mac using Google Chrome , I get : Quickbooks Simple Start: $12.95 Quickbooks Online Essentials: $26.95 Quickbooks Online Plus:$39.95

Using Safari , I get : Quickbooks Simple Start : $6.95 Quickbooks Online Essentials : $9.95 Quickbooks Online Plus: $13.95

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alexgaribay 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Interesting. I'm on my mac and I see prices different from these.

Simple Start: 9.95Essentials: 14.95Plus: 24.95

Now when I view it from a windows laptop, the prices match what you have listed when viewing from your mac.

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mcintyre1994 12 hours ago 0 replies      
Interesting, price difference seems crazy for A/B. Chrome on Android (Nexus 7) gets the Mac pricing you listed.
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How many hours are you productive per week and per day?
19 points by anupshinde  1 day ago   15 comments top 15
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antoinevg 1 day ago 0 replies      
30 minutes dropping kids at school & gym.

30 minutes breakfast, shower and HN.

3 hours of productive work.

Break for lunch and a hour's worth of random fun.

3 hours in the afternoon.

Done at 17h00.

Sustainable, and over a year it adds up to a frightening amount of code :)

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MattBearman 1 day ago 0 replies      
This may interest you - according to a study[0] the average office worker is only productive for three hours a day.

I'm a freelancer working from home, and I find I work about 5 - 6 chargeable hours / day. Of course some of those hours are more productive than others :)

0 - http://www.employeebenefits.co.uk/news/only-three-hours-of-p...

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tmerr 1 day ago 0 replies      
Most good ideas I have surface after a break from coding, be it a walk, weekend, or night of sleep. Those ideas start depleting as soon my hands hit the keyboard, and once they're gone I enter full code monkey mode. When I'm conscious this transformation is taking place I usually hit up pen and paper or a white board, which can buy me extra hours. It probably comes out to about 50% of time planning, 50% coding, and as long as I don't spend too much time in the latter I can avoid getting burnt out. I figure if I have to try when coding I'm doing something wrong though it's sometimes unavoidable.
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dajbelshaw 1 day ago 0 replies      
Interesting. I've been thinking about this recently and, yes, while I can sit in front of a computer screen for eight hours, I reckon I'm only productive for six hours. So I try and work in three 2-hour bursts.

It's worth saying that my situation's slightly different in that I work for a tech company, but I'm not a coder.

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saturngirl 11 hours ago 0 replies      
I find that my productivity goes down 90 minutes into a task. However, a 15-20 minute break does the trick and I find myself productive once again. The trick is to weed out the distractions (especially if you work from home) - TV, family, news/shopping sites, HN...
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alphagenerator 23 hours ago 0 replies      
Code quality falls off dramatically after 4-5 hours. Unit tests are the last line of defense in crunch mode, but even TDD doesn't prevent the bug onslaught if people are tired.
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henrygrew 1 day ago 0 replies      
I can only do 3-4 hours in the zone per day, if i take a nap in the afternoon i'm able to get another 3 hours of the zone in the evening.Thus on a good day it adds up to 6 hours of quality coding.I try to do planning and meetings in the other hours.
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garrickvanburen 1 day ago 0 replies      
Depending on the day, 2-3hrs/project. I usually work on 3 very different projects each day.
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srpeixinho 21 hours ago 0 replies      
Around 85hrs/week when I don't have anything else to do...

~5hrs/week when I do

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baristaGeek 1 day ago 0 replies      
In a regular week 12 hours (7am-7pm usually) from Monday to Friday and 4 hours on Saturday; for a total of 64 weekly productive hours. I spend this hours in college stuff, gym, volunteering and off course, coding.
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lgieron 1 day ago 0 replies      
30-35 hr/week.
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khyryk 1 day ago 0 replies      
4-5 hours per day.
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yulaow 1 day ago 0 replies      
no more than 5hrs/day
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atmosx 1 day ago 0 replies      
4-5h/day.
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analogmind 20 hours ago 0 replies      
3/4 hours max per day. When I'm really interested, it tends to be a little more, but I can't hold that pace for to long.
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Looking for a professional front end developer(remote)
6 points by elvinefendi  19 hours ago   2 comments top 2
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jcr 12 minutes ago 0 replies      
On the first of every month there are two posts on HN by "whoishiring"[1]. The first submission is the "Who is hiring?" [2] post and thesecond is the "Freelancer? Seeking Freelancer?" [3] post. You'll want tolook at the latter to find a remote front-end developer.

[1] HN user: whoishiring

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7829013

[2] Ask HN: Who is hiring? (June 2014)

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7829042

[3] Ask HN: Freelancer? Seeking freelancer? (June 2014)

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7829013

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izolate 10 hours ago 0 replies      
I think your current website is great. Is the new one a drastic improvement?
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Show HN: Transcription Editor
4 points by braindead_in  17 hours ago   3 comments top 2
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anilgulecha 15 hours ago 1 reply      
So what do you use for the actual transcription? MTurk or similar?
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Ask HN: What happened to the HN Facebook bot [Facebook.com/hnbot?]
2 points by keerthiko  11 hours ago   discuss
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Ask HN: Why don't hotels let you pick your room?
7 points by asbestoshft  1 day ago   15 comments top 6
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ebeliah171 15 hours ago 1 reply      
Assuming everyone here is very aware of Hipmunk (YC S10), but right around the same time that Hipmunk launched with flights there was a hotel startup called Room 77, founded by some travel bigwigs including Brad Gerstner, that unveiled at Launch Festival (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH2b7IUx_14). Room 77 was trying to tackle this exact problem (http://www.tnooz.com/article/room77-has-a-view-to-shake-up-o...).

However, Room 77 just recently announced a licensing deal with Google that indicates somewhat of a pivot to mobile with a portion of their team joining Google (http://skift.com/2014/04/07/room-77-taps-google-for-an-exit-...).

As a lifelong student of hospitality, former hotelier, and now cofounder in a hotel startup, it's highly unlikely that we'll ever see hotels letting travelers pick their own rooms. This would be a logistical nightmare with preparing rooms, early checkins, late checkouts, stayovers, etc. In Vegas forget about it; there are days when a hotel will turn over 1000+ rooms and it would be impossible to do so in an orderly manner. First to checkout are the first cleaned and the first available to whomever is at the front desk. Plain and simple.

Inventory in other hotels can get tricky with numerous bed types, room types, room view upgrades, etc. It sounds like a great idea for travelers, but a nightmare for hotels who would have to deal with irate guests if they didn't get their desired room.

Commodification is a thing right now with hotels (think of all those upsells on planes like extra leg room; a company called Nor1 - http://www.nor1.com/ - is working on streamlining hotel related upgrades) and the 24 hour stay (not so much technology behind this one, it's built into their property management systems). So if you check in at 6pm the first day you have to be out by 6pm the next day (or whatever time you checked in). If the 24 hour thing works, pre-checkin room selection might stand a chance and get built in to as a part of the upgrade process (I'd imagine it'd encourage you pick a better view or room type and for a fee).

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csbrooks 1 day ago 1 reply      
What happens to the person staying in that room who decides at the last minute to stay an extra day?
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User9812 1 day ago 1 reply      
That seems like a good idea, and I could see hotel visitors wanting to select a room overlooking the parking lot (to watch a vehicle), or wanting to be on a particular side of the building (avoiding highway noise), etc. People have all sorts of little preferences, so I think that feature would get a lot of use. They also like being familiar with a room, so I could see them booking the identical one on their next trip.

Since we're talking about hotels, I think the business in general has a lot of faults. I get more perks at a $10 per night hostel or $50/night Airbnb apartment, than I do at a $300 per night hotel.

When you book a hotel for $300 per night, they nickel and dime you for everything. Wifi? You'll need to register for it at the front desk, and pay $20 per day. Oh, want a bottle of water, or small snack, that's another $10. That hostel, or cheap-o hotel will give you free wifi. I'd say half of the Airbnb places I've stayed at left beer or a bottle of wine in the fridge, and a few places had a giant fresh platter of fruit on the kitchen table.

Why doesn't this happen with a $300 per night hotel? To me, this is a complete turn off. I'll avoid the fancy hotels, because I don't know where it'll end. They're trying to gouge me at every single corner when I've paid a premium, and instead of being an appreciated customer, I feel like I'm being taken advantage of. My parents are well off, and I know they feel the same way. When they go on vacation and stay at a high end hotel, they have to tip people left and right. They're forced to use the staff at the entrance for carrying their bags up to the room, and then they need their wallet ready to tip them for that 2 minutes of work. What kind of awful first impression is that? You're on vacation, paid a small fortune for a room, and within minutes you need to shell out more cash.

Yes, I know their thought process is they can squeeze absurd prices out of people that have money, but I think it's completely backwards and destroys their image and sense of luxury.

I think there's a business for a mid-range hotel with perks. Take a mid-range hotel with $150 per night rooms. Add $15 of free perks, and charge $165 per night for your rooms. With that $15, you could give every visitor free wifi, 2 bottles of water, a couple of bananas/oranges, bag of chips, couple of health bars, bottle of juice, 2 beers or a bottle of wine, and small bag of nuts. To me, that's a huge difference in service and experience for a small price. It would make me book that place every night of the week, and I'd recommend it to others. I'd put employees or clients up in such a place, knowing they're feeling pampered. Why doesn't this exist? Would this not be appealing to anyone else?

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jakejake 1 day ago 0 replies      
Great question. Some BnB hotels and condo rentals do have reservation systems that let you choose the specific room. They tend to be places where each room is unique or separately owned, though.

As for why you can't pick your room in a typical hotel, I'm not in the business but I can imagine the reasons are mostly advantageous only to the hotel. Not really for malicious reasons, but just designed to maximize occupancy. I kinda imagine a Tetris type of board where, if the hotel management is allowed to control it, will be packed with no void spaces - always as close to full capacity as possible. In fact, it will be overbooked with the expectation of cancellations. If they let the visitors control it (i.e. choose your own room) then the schedule will have a lot of void spaces (unbooked days) with the best rooms taken and the less desirable ones unbooked.

There are times when I would pay a premium with no-refund allowed if I could lock in a specific room, though. I'm sure others would as well. There's probably an opportunity for a hotel to do this.

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brudgers 1 day ago 1 reply      
Because, at least in the US, hotels have liberal cancelation policies. In addition, the hotel never really knows what kind of work will be required after a guest leaves...or exactly what time a guest will leave, so the order in which rooms are turned around is not known beforehand. And letting people into their rooms at check-in time or even before is a bigger deal for travellers.

In addition, there are frequent customers who may need a last minute room and companies (such as an airline when a flight is cancelled or overbooked or delayed) that may need a block of rooms on short notice.

An airplane on the other hand is a public space, and the individual has much more limited control over much less space...trash an airline seat and you're probably going to jail.

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asbestoshft 1 day ago 0 replies      
It would actually seem like a win for everyone as hotels could charge more for rooms that are better just like airlines do for premium seating. That room away from the elevator that is another $25/night. They already do things like that, the ocean view costs more for example.
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Sold my startup for nothing just before it took off. Now i'm broke. Need advice.
17 points by ahugefool  1 day ago   18 comments top 10
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DocG 1 day ago 2 replies      
Congratulations!

You managed more than most of the start-ups!Your idea was worth it and it will go and change part of the world. It was your doing.

By now, you have experience in starting, you have confirmation on your ideas. This is bigger win in long term.

Bummer that you didn't get paid in money, but money comes and goes. You will do fine. being a employee for a while, might be a nice change to reflect on your experience and work on your ideas. Less hectic and more stress free change.

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lazyjones 1 day ago 1 reply      
- What was it that your startup lacked while you were in charge? Be honest with yourself so you can learn from this experience and do it better next time.

- Perhaps this will come across as cynical, but your current position has several advantages too: a) you don't have much to lose, b) your potential is higher than what you're currently going through, so it's likely that your situation will improve, c) you are experiencing a situation that is very common these days, it might inspire you to create something that will be of use to many people

Find yourself a job to stay afloat and plan for the future. Of course you can do it again!

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neilk 1 day ago 0 replies      
You're paralyzed because you now believe that you are 'ahugefool'.

Step one would be to try to find some way out of that pattern of thinking. No wait - step zero is to not give yourself usernames like that.

If you're an ordinary human like the rest of us, your brain goes haywire with low-probability/high-consequence outcomes. You'll want to punish yourself in proportion to what you missed out on. But maybe you should consider evaluating yourself on what knowledge you had at the time?

I think you need to engage in some "accounting" of everything you did, with someone you trust, like a therapist or a person whose business advice you trust.

Maybe you can try cognitive-behavioral therapy, with a trained therapist. You start with your negative thoughts like "I'm a huge fool" and recursively break those down until you arrive at baseline observations and facts. If you're a programmer this highly rational mode of therapy may work well for you. You will almost certainly find that your negative conclusions about yourself aren't warranted.

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Im_Talking 3 hours ago 0 replies      
I wouldn't knock yourself on the head about this. Most times the first time someone tastes success, they make someone else rich. It's only the second taste of success that makes you yourself rich.

I made my first boss quite wealthy with my software. But it allowed me to understand business and I learned well.

Try to use your experience to come up with ideas within the same industry/domain/etc. Did you sign a non-compete?

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username99 1 day ago 1 reply      
Get out of bed and stop feeling sorry for yourself. Life goes on. Do the following actions:

1. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every day. Go to bed at a reasonable hour, and get up when you wake up.

2. Get a small notebook and a pen. Carry them with you everywhere.

3. Eat properly. No excessive junk-food. Don't skip meals.

4. Ever day for at least 1 hour, go to a quiet place and bring out your notebook. Spend the entire hour writing out ideas. It doesn't matter if they are good or bad. Just write them out. Do it. The point is to use your "idea muscles".

5. Spend at least 1 hour every day walking, running, moving, or doing something to make your body active and actually get your blood pumping. Even if it's just 5 minutes here, and 2 minutes there... do that a bunch of times every day.

6. Repeat step #4 at least two or three times per day.

With the above steps, you will condition your body and brain to be a thinking machine. You'll find after a week or so, it will become easier and easier to think up ideas for your notebook. Soon you'll have hundreds of ideas written down. Eventually you'll get an idea for a new startup that just work. Pursue it! (Don't stop the steps above, though... maybe just limit them a bit.)

Remember, your brain is a muscle. Exercise it. Keep your body in decent condition because it feeds your brain.

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Tomte 1 day ago 1 reply      
Being an employee is no nightmare.

That said, having been close to a bug payout sucks, but it's basically the same as standing at the roulette table "if I had only bet 28 black" when you missed your number by one.

Agonizing over "close, but not quite, good luck" is human, but it leads nowhere.

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bengali3 1 day ago 0 replies      
1. remember, "only the mediocre are always at their best"2. get Seth Godin's blog via email

p.s i wish i had a startup success under my belt, if you and I are starting at the beginning of the next startup race, then you clearly have an experience advantage. Hey, give it to me if you aren't going to use it :)

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ibstudios 1 day ago 1 reply      
One wrong decision prevents all future decisions?

This is a stress and you need to build your self confidence to get out of the self doubt loop. You aren't living when you are thinking of the past.

Create, create, create!

good luck!

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macguyver 1 day ago 0 replies      
Kudos, what I've learned:

- When we don't get what we want, we get something even better than what we originally wanted

- Events that lead to the best outcomes often are disguised as failures

- We always get what we need

Best wishes to you. If only there were a startup that made it easy for founders to find jobs/gigs after their startups.

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danfalos 1 day ago 0 replies      
Give yourself courage , i started mine left me broke and i closed it stayed without work for an year but did some mear jobs here computer hardware repair and enhanced my knowledge nowadays when people ask me i feel good telling them i got broke and closed it but am better now knowledge wise and am planning to start it again and this time it will pick up ... be proud you started it and remember the way and the ideas you had are still there and you can even start and enhance it more ..... i read the guy who started Github left to stsrt another you can also do so ... think of an idea you will succeed again.
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Ask HN: How can i help my dad?
130 points by eagerNewb  4 days ago   58 comments top 26
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jgrahamc 4 days ago 0 replies      
What sort of networking engineer? Could you post a short summary of his skills and experience?
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drinchev 4 days ago 1 reply      
Disclaimer: I'm a Bulgarian.

My story short : I recently moved to Berlin without knowing German. I was hired 2 weeks after I started to search for a job and I had enough offers to choose the job I want ( I've graduated law, but programming is what I've been doing my whole life ). Before this I was freelancing successfully in Bulgaria for awhile and had pretty decent amount of income anyway. I moved here, because of personal wishes ( I really like the spirit here ).

Nowadays is really easy to change country inside EU, but anyway I don't believe that Bulgarian economy is unstable especially for IT. You can also check out a lot of positions in Sofia and around the country that are in extreme need for specialists ( my friends still keep complaining they can't find people, because most of them are abroad ).

Whatever your father is doing if he really knows English ( working level ) he will be offered with a job here or if the position allows he can even work remotely from BG.

If you think I can help you personally contact me.

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ars 4 days ago 0 replies      
People in this type of situation usually volunteer. Your local library, school, or place of worship are the most common.

It's not as much fun as building a huge network, so you have to replace that part of the experience with the people - get to know the people there, and enjoy having them appreciate you (i.e. quality of interaction instead of quantity).

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leandot 4 days ago 0 replies      
I feel your pain is genuine and I am sorry for is happening with your father. As a Bulgarian though I feel the need to say that there are several untrue facts in your post - e.g. there are no riots in BG. Also the IT sector is very strong with HP, Micsosoft, IBM etc. having offices + emerging startup ecosystem growing rapidly and I honestly have not heard anyone in IT having issues finding a well-paid job.

That being said I think you can help your father in many ways:

Support him by telling him he is doing a great job of being a father and caring for his family and profession.

You can help with the CV - I recently read an article on HN about an older guy in US in a similar position and basically it turned out that his CV was just not adjusted to the new realities of the IT world.

Be active in communities like HN and you might get unexpected help.

Checkout the portfolios of startup hubs - e.g. http://launchub.com/portfolio/ - perfection and attention to detail do mean a lot there. Contact directly, be creative -e.g. ask if they would like to have someone helping them with networking for free one month and they can then decide if they would like to hire.

If you are more adventurous try a small project on indiegogo https://www.indiegogo.com/ - I believe enough people from HN will back it. If it is a nice idea I know I will.

If it is not about the work itself but looking urgently for money - try mechanical turk or something like that to make ends meet for the time being..

Hope it helps, I wish you luck

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blrgeek 4 days ago 0 replies      
Can he do these things remotely?

Can you help get overseas projects?

Can you setup a profile on eLance/etc where he can get projects?

Can you get an investment from Kiva or another crowd-funding site?

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smoyer 4 days ago 0 replies      
What did the company he worked for provide to the client that he couldn't/didn't provide directly? It sounds to me like he should start doing these projects under his own shingle.
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LTheobald 4 days ago 1 reply      
So I've got to ask - what country?. Riots and a controlling government doesn't narrow it down. Is there any chance of emigrating? How are your dad's language skills - how's his English for example?

What things has he tried? Sending out speculative letters? Taking unpaid placements (if possible) to get a foot in the door?

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brudgers 4 days ago 0 replies      
No matter how much you love your father. you can't 'fix' him.

You can however be supportive. In part that means putting aside what you think he should do because it's not your call. Provide love without being asked. Provide advice only when.

Don't expect him to suddenly stop acting in ways in which he takes pride. He would work without pay again if the circumstances were the same. Accept him for who he is. Doing the right things will be hard because it is about him not you.

Good luck.

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rwhitman 4 days ago 0 replies      
The connections you're going to get out of the comments on this HN thread will probably be a huge gift to your dad. You're a good kid.
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brickcap 4 days ago 1 reply      
What I am saying is not a solution to your problem but have you considered suing the organization that did not pay your dad for 7 months? It won't help him get a job but I think it is quite unfair that the organization which profited immensely from his hard unpaid labour should be allowed to walk away. I am assuming of course that being involved in a lawsuit would not lower is his prospects of finding a job.
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labaraka 4 days ago 0 replies      
I don't have any specific ideas for you but just came here to say that your dad is very lucky to have such a caring son/daughter.
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taprun 4 days ago 1 reply      
Could he start a hacklab? Find an old warehouse, put in some big tables and some equipment then invite people to come in and learn about engineering?

Some people got together nearby, got a government grant and setup a building to do just that. Charge a monthly fee to members and BAM! He's a business owner doing what he loves.

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jkaljundi 4 days ago 0 replies      
How about he approaches some Bulgarian accelerators, seed funds etc and offers to first help them, even if pro bono to begin with. Mentor startup teams on technology and other issues. Build a network. You build great contacts and definitely something will show up if he is good. Not starting from "I need a job" or "I need an investment" but just getting involved in the scene? A network engineer is usually a good all-around tech guy and as such can be very valuable to young people. Also participate at events there and help out.

Quite often in that situation being part of a community and being useful can do wonders to your mentality and self-assurance. But networking is just as important.

Why not go visit http://11.me/ and http://launchub.com/ and http://www.betahaus.bg/ and others?

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fredkelly 4 days ago 0 replies      
I felt a similar predicament with my father after he was made redundant at the age of 65, having working for large US corporations (working from the UK) for most of his working life. He spent many months searching for work, at first for equal/lower calibre roles in similar industries (he was a manager for a large telecoms company), later just looking for anything to fill his time and bring in some money. You could argue that he could've tried X or Y, but the truth is it seems (at least for his line of work) that job-hunting in the "twilight years" of your career is always going to be a struggle.

At first I thought this was wholly unfair. I know have come to think it's more an unfortunate fact of life. That said, it's not as if our ability to do go work just vanishes as we get older. For sure we aren't as sharp; but I don't see this as a deal breaker.

I'd like to think when I reach his age there will still be a meaningful role for me to fill?!

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vayarajesh 4 days ago 0 replies      
He can try on http://angel.co where mostly startups are listed and he can get what he loves may be. (there are remote jobs as well)
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blablabla123 4 days ago 1 reply      
Do you have an E-Mail address or some stuff? I know a Network company that has a lot of people working remote.
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dansman 4 days ago 1 reply      
Bulgaria is in the European Union since 2007. Your dad is eligible to work in any of the 28 Member states without any restrictions. Why did you not consider this yet?
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stevehawk 4 days ago 0 replies      
Get him a book on Amazon Web Services... pay for him to get an architecture certificate... and try to get him consulting work.
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algorix 4 days ago 0 replies      
In times of crisis sometimes is good we try new areas, maybe your father finds happiness working with something else.

A small business, something that he can be independent, owner.

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ForHackernews 4 days ago 0 replies      
Would it be possible for him to get a remote-work job? That would get around some of the problems specific to your country, and it might also help somewhat with the ageism issue.
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hiphopyo 4 days ago 0 replies      
You could always team up with your dad and create the coolest app your country has ever seen.
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Rigjig 4 days ago 0 replies      
I've been in the same position, as you with my dad. The best thing to do is network. Put his resume on indeed.com, dice.com, working with rails (or something of that sort). There are a few cofounder sites as well (techcofounder.com is one). Rest is all chance, people with the stupidest startups are making quite a bit of money.
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slvn 4 days ago 0 replies      
I imagine that him doing computer networking work has been a refuge from the bad kind of social networking the country imposes...
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jfoster 4 days ago 0 replies      
How about taking some jobs from freelancing websites? (eg. ODesk or Freelancer)

I've heard that these can sometimes lead to ongoing arrangements.

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jasoncartwright 4 days ago 4 replies      
> we live in a country, where things like perfection, attention to detail mean nothing

Is this actually true? Seems like a kneejerk generalisation. If it is true, then surely this is a huge opportunity.

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otec 4 days ago 1 reply      
I don't think your father need any help. You will just waste your time trying and there won't be any benefit for him.

He is an adult. I assume, because he is a IT professional he has a good education.

I bet he knows that there are countries where he can get a better pay job. But for his own reasons, he has decided not to pursue this endeavor. I bet he made a choice of staying where he is now consciously. Maybe it's not his cup of tea moving between countries.

Of course no harm talking to him and reiterating the above. But I bet he knows and made up his mind already.

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Brazilian undergraduate student looking for web programming opportunity
6 points by amdcaruso  1 day ago   2 comments top 2
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rathordeepak16 14 hours ago 0 replies      
I am working on one project where i need help who can to UI design for that if you are interest send me mail at rathordeepak16@gmail.com
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eip 22 hours ago 0 replies      
What's your email?
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Ask HN : Who's in NYC for YC StartUp School
5 points by igaape  1 day ago   14 comments top 5
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ludicast 14 hours ago 1 reply      
Just as a warning for you out-of-towners, Obama is coming to town today so leave an extra hour for travel to/from Manhattan.
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Chetane 11 hours ago 5 replies      
NYC'ers: any suggestions for good places to work from in manhattan? (Eg. Coffee shop)
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alex_sf 1 day ago 1 reply      
I'm a tech guy at Fog Creek. If you'd like to swing by our office for lunch, shoot me an email. Alex@snapfiber.com
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jbarrec 1 day ago 1 reply      
I will be arriving on Wednesday (commuting from Long Island). We should get a group to meet up before the event!
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ravensley14 22 hours ago 0 replies      
alright
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Is your system organized?
3 points by styles  20 hours ago   6 comments top 2
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gjvc 19 hours ago 4 replies      
When I was a kid I adopted a simple rule which has served me well. A folder should only contain all folders or all files. This forces one to reclassify until there exists a classification for everything.

YMMV.

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voiduser 16 hours ago 0 replies      
I keep folder and files like I would code.

Folder - > classFiles - > functions

This way I keep all my folders concise and relevant.

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Ask HN: What are your best tips for deciphering code in an inherited project?
5 points by tomswartz07  1 day ago   4 comments top 3
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taprun 1 day ago 1 reply      
I once inherited a big desktop app. It was a mess (everything was in one package, all methods and data were public, it didn't compile and there was no versioning history).

I started by breaking down the code into a few major sections and isolating them into their own modules. This helped me focus on one section of the code at a time without having to understand the whole thing. Then I made as much of the code as possible private. As long as the interfaces were clean, I could fix up the internals at my leisure - or hand them out for others to fix. Then I tried to get it to compile. Then whenever I ran into a runtime problem, I was cleanup that section of code while I fixed the bug.

tl;dr - Divide and conquer. Julius Caesar for the win!

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seven 15 hours ago 0 replies      
I find it very useful to have an environment/toolchain that allows for quick validation of assumptions. Just something where I can quickly drop some code to see if it does what I think it does. If I get more comfortable, I start to write tests. For some stuff it helps me to put the hight level concept on paper in a flowchart or diagram.

Run some code formatter over the source if you get angry about indentation or other stuff that works you up.

Don't underestimate the human behind the old code. It might look wild to you, but the other coder had probably something in mind. :)

EDIT: about the fighting: Make peace with the code. You can't time travel away the problems. For me, I need to constantly adjust my mental attitude towards unfamiliar code. Sometimes that even helps a bit.

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greenyoda 1 day ago 0 replies      
One book that might give you some useful advice is "Working Effectively with Legacy Code" by Michael Feathers:

http://www.amazon.com/Working-Effectively-Legacy-Michael-Fea...

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Ask HN: Did you start a company whilst employed?
141 points by GFuller  8 days ago   106 comments top 40
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pud 8 days ago 4 replies      
I started my first company while employed as a project manager at a web design shop. I started a (smaller) web design shop.

While employed, I spent some evenings and weekends trying to find clients. I quit my job when I got my first paying client.

The company I started isn't around anymore -- but here I am 18 years later still happily self-employed and doing well. So I'd say it was a success.

Edit: Last month I gave a convocation address at Syracuse University graduation where I talk about how I got started as an entrepreneur:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5RJAN5mNhA

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swombat 8 days ago 1 reply      
I started my first company while employed as a Consultant at Accenture/UBS. I did not tell anyone at work that I was doing so, nor did I work on the business while at the office.

Vocalix was a tech startup, aiming to "put voice on the web". I'll spare you the details, but I worked on it from 4am to 7am every day, mostly thanks to the wond'rous benefits of Modafinil, after which I would take a one hour nap and then go to work. I did that for 9 months straight. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone starting a startup. I made numerous mistakes, slips, mismanagements, bad technical choices, etc, because I was constantly exhausted, and because Modafinil affected my lateral thinking (though it's great for getting through a task list).

Vocalix was effectively dead on arrival, and within 3 months of me quitting my job we decided it wasn't going to work. Ouch.

My advice: if you're going to start a startup, do it properly. Reduce your costs, learn about startups and obvious mistakes, save up some money - all while still employed. Then when you're ready make the jump cleanly.

Some further thoughts about it here: http://swombat.com/2011/12/15/startup-escape-path

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toddynho 8 days ago 1 reply      
I started BuySellAds (http://buysellads.com) while employed full-time at HubSpot (http://hubspot.com). A few years after leaving, my company ended up on the Inc 500 (http://www.inc.com/profile/buysellads) and we're still doing quite well.

- I had the project specifically spelled out in my employment agreement with them since I had already been working on it for a while. I started working for them because I genuinely believed in their mission, and there was a certain allure of a steady paycheck after freelancing for a while. I made the decision to leave after about a year of trying to juggle both.

- By the time I left HubSpot was 50 people and they had plenty of funding, so while perhaps they would have liked for me to stick around, there's nothing I did that has ultimately contributed to them becoming the billion dollar company they are today (a nice humbling lesson for the youngster I was back then...).

- I actually think doing this (as long as you can keep it clean legally and actually own what you're building in your spare time) far outweighs quitting your job before starting a company. I wrote a post on Quora about this in a little more detail (http://www.quora.com/I-plan-to-quit-my-job-at-a-software-com...)

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preinheimer 8 days ago 0 replies      
I launched WonderProxy ( https://wonderproxy.com ) while employed. I actually launched it to solve a problem a co-worker was having. He was a friend, and kept having to stay late to try and test aspects of our website using various free web proxies.

I bought a few VPS in different countries, gave him the password, and it was an instant hit.

They were my first customer, and are still a customer several years later. I launched with like 13 servers. We've got 127 now in 65 different countries.

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buro9 8 days ago 0 replies      
Beware the due diligence issues.

If you start a company whilst employed/contracted elsewhere you will need to have your IP ownership and origin well-documented.

If you cannot get a document from your employer acknowledging that they have no claim to any IP in your company, then you will need to consider providing warranties to the new company that you accept liability for any subsequent claim, etc.

Basically, go speak to a lawyer, but you want to make sure that you don't act in a way now that gives your employer some claim on the company you are starting.

Do no actual work, whilst still employed, until this is resolved.

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dctoedt 8 days ago 2 replies      
Re the employer's possible ownership of the employee's idea: A few years ao I posted an annotated flow chart explaining how (U.S.) law works in this regard -- see http://www.oncontracts.com/docs/Who-owns-an-employee-inventi...
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USNetizen 8 days ago 1 reply      
As it appears to be the case with most people here, I did the same thing - started while still employed.

I started a cloud and security solutions company that mostly targets the government market, but also commercial to a degree.

My employer was supportive. The government market is a little different, though, so if you work for a large company they sometimes see you as an opportunity to work on contracts that are targeted only for small business. For example, you can get these special "small business only" contracts and bring them to your (former) employer to work on as a subcontractor. You both win in this case.

The company is currently growing steadily after about 9 months in operation. We're in this for the long term, so steady is better than a rapid ascent. We have about 5-6 employees and are generating enough to pay myself a large percentage of what I was making working for other employers (which was fairly substantial).

My advice is don't burn bridges - meaning don't let your startup work impact your "day job" while you are doing both. Your employer can be a gateway to your first customers, so don't upset them. Also, there is no "ideal" time to make the leap, but when things are noticeably starting to take off (a couple solid, stable clients on decent-paying contracts) and you can pay yourself about 30-50% of what you were making in your full-time job it would be a good sign.

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paraschopra 8 days ago 3 replies      
Yes, I started http://visualwebsiteoptimizer.com/ when I was employed as R&D engineer. I told them way before and the business interests wasn't competing. The company is doing quite well.

My advice would be to say upfront and declare what you're doing, and if possible get in writing that this is something you'll own (and not them).

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jacquesm 8 days ago 0 replies      
I've written a bit about this elsewhere, and on the off-chance of boring people here with the repetition:

- Software consultancy business;

- actively supported me

- still alive in it's 5th re-incarnation or so (or should I say 'pivot'?)

- Helpful advice (well, if it is helpful or not time will tell):

If you feel you can trust your boss then be open about it.

Make sure you show that post 'quitting' time you're still available to hold up your end if need be, offer them a (small) discount over your regular rates.

Build relationships, that starts when you're still employed and will carry over into the future when you're acting for your own shop. Deliver quality, don't lower your price in order to get jobs, know your value. Work harder than your competitors, charge the same and show your work.

Under no circumstance should you compete with your former employer for customers they already had while you were working there.

Be sure to stay in contact with the industry you left, including your old firm, stop by for a cup of coffee without being on the lookout to score jobs.

Be honorable. It may take a bit longer to 'get there' but it is a lot more sure than cutting corners and making money over other peoples misfortune.

best of luck!

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ChuckMcM 8 days ago 0 replies      
In answer to the question, no. A similar question might be have you ever worked on developing a new relationship while you were in an existing relationship? Strangely a lot of the same hazards exist :-)

Besides the legal challenges, there are the IP challenges, and if you're honest with yourself you probably aren't doing your best work on one of the two jobs (and likely the one paying the bills) and so you are putting your reputation as an employee at risk as well.

The simple answer is, coming up with ideas? Great to do while you're working. Always be on the lookout for the next big thing. Due diligence on what has been done so far? Also fair game. Developing an itemized list of things you'd have to have done before you were 'up and running', also a reasonable thing. But once you pull the trigger and you're "starting a company", my experience suggests you will be much more successful if you are doing that 'full time' rather than 'nights and weekends.' If only to minimize the cognitive load of things not related to your new company.

Also if you treat your current employer well, which is to say you leave when you get serious about this new company. If it goes to hell they might take you back, if it goes well they might invest, and if you're just looking for mentors you may find them there. If you treat your employer poorly you will not have a chance at those benefits.

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ntrepid8 8 days ago 1 reply      
I started a b2b SaaS company while employed and quit when we got our first paying customers. I always built software in my off hours for fun, but when I decided to try and solve other people's problems I realized it could be a business rather than just a hobby. I don't think my employer knew or cared what I was going to do after I left.

Currently we are in the process of being acquired by a larger company. I've seen a few folks try to do a start a company this way and they almost always underestimate how much work it's going to be. Everything takes 3 times longer than you think it will and requires 10 times more effort.

I tried to raise seed funding and VC money but failed on both counts, so I can't really give any useful advice on how to do that. I raise this because I spent a lot of time in meetings with potential investors and gathering information for them. Since that ended up being largely unproductive time, now I wish I had just focused on my customers instead.

I'd be interested to hear how other people decide which investor meetings to take and which ones to ignore.

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demystified 8 days ago 2 replies      
I did start a company while still employed.. Here is what I did:

- Was upfront with my employer. (having established such a trust-based relationship for a long-time did really help)

- Told him that while I was using my spare time for my 'business'. If it would start getting more of my time, I was willing to negotiate a part-time position (hey, be honest, and if you are really valuable to your employer, there is nothing you should be worried of)

Believe me, people quit their jobs all the time - what employers do not like is getting caught off-guard. Just give them sufficient time in advance before leaving your job -- that will be appreciated most of the time.

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Looksee 8 days ago 1 reply      
I started a small party rental service in college. It was sold after 2 years, but I made enough for rent, and most of the people I delivered to were extremely cool and sometimes let me hang out at their parties.

I was working as a statistician in LA overnight, from 9pm to 3am, and would work my delivery service from 4pm - 9pm and go to college in the afternoons. I was a broke student with no cash from home, so I made the best of it.

After college, I sold my rentals and client list to a friendly competitor (we would refer clients back and forth if we couldn't do the job) for a fair price. I quit my overnight job at about the same time. My employer took my quitting OK, and the company ended up paying me for another 2 months to be on standby and to train the replacement they hired. Just be cool, and straight forward, I guess. I was very clear at the start of my stat job that I was in college and wanted to keep this gig with those particular hours. I rejected a promotion offer they made because I planned to leave and told them so. My boss and I got along well, so to quit was bittersweet.

No regrets, I am successful still, in a completely different space.

Once you have to go out and kill your own meat for dinner.... food just never tastes the same from anywhere else.

I haven't worked a fulltime job for someone else in 5 years.

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sebslomski 8 days ago 1 reply      
1 1/2 years ago I started my company http://cutterslounge.deI didn't quit my job and started working on my company, I've already built a prototype of my product whilst being employed. This gave me the huge advantage of not starting from scratch. It was easier for me to convince my now co-founder to join me and quit his job.

After I quit my job, I had still a good relationship with them, which made it possible for me to work freelance for them from time to time. This means there was cash flow from the very first days.

Now, a 1 1/2 years later, our product has become passive income with almost no effort now.My co-founder and me worked as consultants/freelancers while we developed our product. Showing off our product gained us trust and some local fame, which lead to many really cool jobs and investments (right now we ware working on a quite cool project, where we are invested in as well).

I'm happy :-)

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benweatherman 8 days ago 0 replies      
I was 1 of 4 co-founders of https://www.ordoro.com that we started just as I got a job at http://www.bazaarvoice.com. Both companies are B2B but we're in totally different spaces and market sizes.

I was very upfront about my startup with Bazaarvoice. They were genuinely very excited about my potential success. I was often asked by directors or C-levels how things were going. I recently bumped into the CEO Brett Hurt and he asked me how my startup was doing. I wouldn't have been able to work as hard as I did on Ordoro without all the great support.

I think a big part of starting up while being employed is doing well at your day job. You need to make sure you're doing well there so they can be supportive. If they're having to pick up your slack, they won't be so happy about your new venture.

Good luck!

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Schwolop 8 days ago 0 replies      
First time, no. I struck out on my own and failed rapidly.

This time, yes. I'm dropping a day a week of salary, and working (with my main job's blessing) on a new venture with some colleagues and others. For the others they feel there's enough spare time to pull it off, but for myself I don't have enough energy left after spending the time I think I ought to with my family, so would rather take the monetary hit to make the time for it.

Too early to say much else, except that I strongly recommend getting formal written approval for what you're doing - and especially so if you're taking co-workers with you.

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wuliwong 8 days ago 1 reply      
Thanks for asking this, I've wondered the same thing. I actually just launched http://www.SoSoSwift.com 5 days ago. It certainly isn't a company yet but I hope it might grow into one. If not SoSoSwift, I will certainly keep building startups on my nights and weekends. I work for a big tech company. I know we have one of those crazy agreements about them owning everything I make. But, like I've read I don't believe those overly-broad agreements stand up well in court. Basically, I feel that if I get to the point at which someone starts suing me, then I've accomplished something already. I would be astonished if a court awarded my company to my employer. I suppose a more realistic outcome might be some percentage of ownership or damages? I know it isn't the ideal stance to take but I don't have the savings to first quit my job and then start a project. Anyway, I've enjoyed reading comments from people that have actually started successful companies in this scenario. It seems to be the road less traveled in the startup world, or at least the road less talked about.
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beat 8 days ago 0 replies      
I did. I'm actually on my last week of dayjobbing (next to last week, actually - they asked me to stay on another week to help with transition). I've put in over a year of developing the idea (it's had one significant pivot), learning technologies I didn't know before (particularly front end), learning how to run a proper business, and ultimately, just talking my spouse into accepting the risk and radical change to our lives.

So, so excited to go full time! But once I do... I promised my spouse (and myself) revenue in six months, so I don't think life is going to get any easier or less stressful. On the other hand, I'll be doing what I feel like I should be doing. After 20 years of corporate life, I'll finally take full control of my fate.

The kind of company? It's a product for diffing system configurations, across security boundaries and along the entire timeline of the system. Think CMDB for the rest of us - easy to implement, affordable, and creating immediate daily value by reducing debugging times and cross-organization friction. This is a nontrivial thing to implement, though...

How did my employer take it? They're sad to lose me, of course, but a lot of people are envious as well. Maybe they can envy my cold sweats too.

Many people have observed that the only emotions founders get are elation and terror. Once I committed to it, though, I started feeling them both at the same time. I don't think that's going to change, not for a while.

As for advice... the only good advice I have is figure out your runway. How long can you go without getting paid? And what's your fallback plan? Get your business plan roughly laid out so you know what you intend to do, and what you'll do if it isn't working. And if you're married, do your best to make it work with your spouse.

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flibble 8 days ago 0 replies      
I started up HandHQ.com (sells electronic goods) while employed. I was in my first job as a software developer and just learning about web dev on the job so started working on Hand HQ in the evenings to help speed up my learning.

I remember clearly the day the first automated sale came through, back in 2007. I had just finished integrating PayPal and fully automating the whole order process the evening before and I got an email saying that a $400 sale had been made. I thought it was my system not working until the PayPal payment email came through moments later. I watched in amazement as my little program noticed the order, pulled the relevant poker hands (this is what the site sold) out of the database, zipped and uploaded them and then emailed the customer that they were ready. I didn't have to do _anything_ and I'd just made more than I was to make all day in my job. This was awesome.

I continued to run the site while employed for a while and then quit to do it full time once it was making more per month than I was making in a year at work. I didn't tell my employer why I was leaving.

I found that I was as productive while working on my business while employed as when I quit to work on it full time. You can get _alot_ done in a couple of hours in the evenings once you've spend a bit of your day during the day-job thinking about what needs to be done that evening. I also found having a day-job very motivational to work hard in the evenings so that I could quit. Once I did quit that motivation wasn't there.

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SDGT 8 days ago 1 reply      
I work a full 8-5 salaried job, have a side job from 6-whenever I sleep, and am starting a consulting gig with a friend of mine.

All bootstrapped, all while still having security. Things are still in their infancy, but we have 5 clients between two people, so things may pick up a bit soon.

I wouldn't do this any other way though. It may take a little bit longer to set everything up, but I have security. If everything fails tomorrow, my worst case scenario is I get back up and go back to work in the morning.

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gsk 8 days ago 1 reply      
I started https://filespin.io when employed. We are doing well in enterprise space. Getting ready to release for developers.

One advice I could have used when I started: It is unnecessary to worry about your current employer. The truth is: "current employer" is a blanket name for only a handful of people and most often they don't care very much as long as what you do isn't affecting them adversely. Have non-compete agreements sorted out and always be honest and upfront about your venture.

Do what's best for your customers and for yourself. Ultimately, that's the only thing that matters.

Btw, my then boss was very supportive and we are now doing business with each other.

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vyrotek 8 days ago 0 replies      
Here's a thread I started the day I quit my job to go full-time on my startup. It's fun to look back at what I wrote. I was so excited and terrified at the time. I shared some of my feelings and those of coworkers here.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1347464

We've pivoted a bit and grown over the years. Our company IActionable is a "gamification/engagement" platform. We focus on corporate/enterprise solutions that allow employees and managers to track company specific goals, achievements, performance, sales, etc. - http://IActionable.com

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paulhauggis 8 days ago 0 replies      
I started my current B2B sales company while employed. It was just me 2 years ago. I stayed employed because it offered me some security/funding. But, my employer eventually let me go (a disaster of a project. I was replaced by an overseas worker for 1/3 my salary. This is what the boss told me when he let me go).

I now have 2 other partners and an employee and the business pays all of our bills.

Working while having a startup can work, but it will be hell on your social life (and family life).

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thenduks 8 days ago 0 replies      
I wrote a bug tracker called Bugrocket and convinced the owners of my employer to switch us over to it from Bugzilla.

After a while of using it and improving it based on real-world usage, I pitched launching it as a company. Drew up all the paperwork and incorporated as co-founders. I didn't leave the company, we just all did it on the side.

That was 2009. It's still kicking, but growing really slowly (who knew, bug tracking isn't very sexy :)).

Advice... that's trickier. Every situation is different. I think starting with an MVP and dogfooding is really important. But generally just go for it and see what happens. It will take up a lot of your free time, more than you think, so be prepared for that.

I also agree with a lot of the other advice in here about bringing it up with your boss - I don't think Bugrocket would be a company today if I hadn't 'pitched it' to my employer. Then again, in 2012 I started CourseCraft (an ecourse platform) with my wife and we've been bootstrapping it on the side. It's doing even better than Bugrocket. Like I said every situation is different :)

That original employer was later acquired and I have since left, but it wasn't because-of or related to the stuff on the side.

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reboog711 8 days ago 0 replies      
I did, sort of. I was working as "The tech guy" at a business to business consulting firm. It was good varied experience.

Through word of mouth; I took on my first consulting client in my "spare" time.

About a year later; I left the full time job and did consulting full time and I have been doing that as my primary source of income for 14 years now.

I gave a presentation about my various business mishaps at a conference called 360|Stack. I called it How to Fail Fantastically.

http://vimeopro.com/360conferences/360stack-2013/video/72773...

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lauriswtf 8 days ago 1 reply      
Yes, I founded https://hiburo.com and had the idea while being employed and started building an early prototype on weekends/evenings.

However after I left the company, we changed the design and did a complete rewrite (switched from PHP/Kohana to Python/Django). Now it is up and running for a few months and growing slowly but steadily.

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mokkol 8 days ago 0 replies      
I am starting my own company ( a saas app ) while im still employed. I changed 5 day workweek to 3 day work week so I have more time for my side project. The salary cut is worth it. I rather spend some time in the weekend to rest and preventing burning out. I can survive as well with my current salary so I lower the risk for not having any income.
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gedrap 8 days ago 0 replies      
But aren't you risking to get sued by doing that?

I think almost all job contracts include a clause stating that any paid work outside the company is allowed with written permission only (or, worse, everything produced belongs to the company). I don't think any employer would support that.

Of course, starting a start up is not exactly 'paid' work in a casual way, but I my common sense says that it's quite clearly 'paid work', or at least intended to be paid.

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brickcap 8 days ago 1 reply      
I tired to create a couple of products while I was still employed. They were not successful but I learned a lot just by deciding to do it. And in the end it gave me confidence enough to leave the job and go into consulting with which fortunately I have had success.

Any way, whether or not you tell your employee about your startup depends upon how well you know him/her, how comfortable are you with him/her and what your contract says.

Can you convince your boss that the duration for which you work in his organization would be as productive as it were before? Can you convince him that you are not just gathering funds just so you can leave and work full time on your own stuff when you are ready? Even if you have the very best of intentions it is hard to convince others of the fact.

At least my thinking is that there is no need to say anything to anyone in your organization unless you absolutely need to. During the early stages of your startup I suppose even you are not sure if you can be successful with it.Keep it under the wraps see how far you can go with it and then take a decision.

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TylerJewell 8 days ago 0 replies      
Codenvy was started while I was employed at another company, Exo Platform. In this case, I was an advisor to the board, generating recommendations on strategic directions for the company. They had a product at the time called exo ide that had decent traffic, but was a distraction to their core business related to social enterprise portals. The original plan had been to shut down the garage product itself, but we got permission from the board to explore alternatives.

This gave us the freedom to look at alternative financing options, and to pursue any avenue that could lead to continued operation of the site. We eventually found investors, a new board, and a management team - that allowed us to incorporate Codenvy, bring the IP over, the engineering team, and get started. We did all of this while employed and receiving salaries from the original parent venture.

Now the company has raised $9M and we just crossed our 50th employee last week.

In our case, the helpful advice was that we were pursuing something that was in the interests of the parent company. They wanted this side project to succeed, but couldn't see a runway that made sense for them. By doing what was right for the company, we stayed committed to this project, and it just turned out that the best outcome was the formation of a new venture. That venture had allegiances and alignment to the parent that made sense for all, and it turned out to be an easy incorporation, and strongly backed by the parent. There wasn't any need for subterfuge, but these circumstances were unique. Net - you never know what the needs are of your employer, so if there is a business that helps the employer out, they may be willing to extend special arrangements to you during the incubation period.

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Major_Grooves 8 days ago 1 reply      
I started Satago and raised my first money for it on Seedrs while I was still employed at Rocket Internet. I don't think it was in my contract that I could not start a company (it is in many) but I did have to get an IP waiver from Rocket before Seedrs would release the investment - just in case. I then built most of the MVP (with a contractor) whilst employed, which was very difficult.

Main advice would be to save as much money as you can before you take the plunge. I did not have enough spare money. Also play with timezones if you can. My contractor is in Russia, which meant I could work with him in the mornings if I got up early before starting my day job.

Here is where we are now: http://www.satago.co.uk Got in to the Seedcamp accelerator and raised $1M announced the other day. Going quite well. First employee starting tomorrow. :)

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bawabawa 8 days ago 0 replies      
I am still currently employed and working on two online applications. Before that, I failed twice mostly because my partners and I were all employed full-time and we did not have enough time to dedicate to our side-project.

This time,I met with some investors who agreed to let me use their resources (dev, design). This allows me to be sure that someone is working hard on the development of the apps since they are paid for that.

I spend 30 minutes in the morning on the "social" aspect of the business, 2 hours at night on management of "my" team (review of the day, planning for the next day, testing), and my Saturday is devoted to tasks which are more time-consuming.

Sunday is the rest day which I keep free from my family.

As I am a C.F.O. by day, my applications are related to my field of expertise:

500Assets (Depreciation Software for accountants): (http://500assets.com/) and rKruiter (Recruitment Management for H.R. practitioners): (http://www.rkruiter.com/)

Being employed allows me to think about growing the company before getting a salary for myself. My employer is fine with that as long as it does not interfere with my job.

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AndrewKemendo 8 days ago 0 replies      
I started Visidraft (www.visidraft.com) while still full time active duty military. Surprisingly enough I built it to solve a pain point I had while doing construction project management which is outside the scope of my formal job title. I am hoping the success of Visidraft will allow me to transition out of the military with minimal impact on my family.

We launch in August and given our Beta test results expect great growth.

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junto 8 days ago 0 replies      
A word of warning. Many companies include a contractual obligation inside your employment contract that requires you to declare any company directorships, whether you see you new startup as a conflict of interest or not.

I got fired from a well known PC manufacturer for not declaring such a directorship. A web development consultancy was not a conflict of interest but I broke the contract so it was a hard but valid lesson learned.

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m4nu 8 days ago 0 replies      
Started working on https://nota.io while employed as full stack dev. The idea actually came from my day to day workflow.

Quickly I found that I had trouble focusing on the job that was actually paying me and all i wanted to do is build my app. So I quit (my employer totally understood my motivations). That was 6 months ago.

Now I've launched a few week ago and I am realising that I planed a bit short budget wise, so soon I am afraid I'll have to go back job hunting. I wish i had plan for more slack.

The lesson that i've taken form that is that if you want to build a software that you are passionate about soon enough it will take all your focus. So do plan on that. Validate and plan as much as possible while keeping your day job and when you are as ready as you possibly can just take the dive! Good luck.

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randall 8 days ago 0 replies      
I started a company and was hired by my first customer for a year. While there, I got to work on http://vidpresso.com while maintaining the IP. It was awesome.
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amac 6 days ago 0 replies      
In simplistic terms, doing a startup whilst employed elsewhere is probably a bad idea on a number of levels. That said, i'm doing it; though I'm working on 'projects', not startups. (I've also formed a ltd (llc) umbrella company with it's own bank account so I can properly account for savings I invest in my ideas)

My first project is Octopus (http://www.theoctopusapp.com) whilst I've also just started my second, Solarshell. I'm not sure one can do more than two projects at any-time but then again, the likes of Musk and others seem to make multiple things work.

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liox 8 days ago 0 replies      
hi there and congrats on taking your first step towards founding! i am currently in the midst of several projects so i can provide some "in process" advice; hopefully it will help to give you some perspective about the daily grind and about what it takes to get to where you want!

- my "day job: im a manager at a medical device company (run training department along with driving self-guided data mining projects that improve training & engineering efficiency)

- tech startups: i do biz dev and provide data science guidance as a co-founder for two tech startups (one is an offshoot of a school project, one is a social monitoring service specifically aimed at the utilities sector)

- non-tech startup: i also have a product im in the process of bringing to market that will make the mens necktie a much more useful item. a little random? yes. its one of those ideas that just happened to come along and so far ive been able to [successfully] run with it!

- part time MBA: i also am working towards an MBA on a part-time basis in NYC. ive been able to adjust my specializations so theyre tech focused and Ive met some really awesome people in the data science/startup community in NYC as a result.

how is it possible to do all of this? they key [for me] has been alignment. i began by finding issues at my 9-5 that both captured my attention AND presented the opportunity to be spun off into separate projects (if i played my cards right and made sure there wouldnt be IP issues down the road). i then started aligning my 9-5 projects with my school related projects, thus turning work into school and vise-versa. a year and a half later im heavily involved with many ventures that i thoroughly enjoy, and while i put in a lot of time and effort each day, its work that i enjoy so burnout hasnt been a concern (so far).

i wrote a motivational piece about how juggle everything and stay sane on my non-tech startups website: http://www.takeiteasythursday.com/liox/2014/5/2/3-startups-o...

if you have any qs you can reach me via the contact page on the website! best of luck!

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seestheday 6 days ago 0 replies      
Has anyone ever worked at a company that effectively banned side businesses or asked to pre-approve all side businesses?
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christudor 8 days ago  replies      
I started MASSOLIT (www.massolit.co.uk) when I was still employed as a strategy consultant. MASSOLIT provide video lectures in the arts and humanities, though we are changing things slightly at the moment. Anyway, you can get a lot of market research done while still doing a job, e.g. e-mailing lots of people. The idea developed significantly while I was still working, and I only left when we had positive noises about the product we were making.
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Ask HN: best photosharing service?
4 points by pandatigox  1 day ago   3 comments top 3
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loumf 1 day ago 0 replies      
I think we need more information to make a suggestion. What do you mean by less social?

For me, I either post to Facebook if the photo is one that I wouldn't mind being completely public and I think is generally interesting to my friends.

I use messaging services for 1:1 or group sharing for "boring to most" photos or ones I would like to be less public. I print out books to share sometimes.

The people I want to share with are not tech savvy.

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rizwan 1 day ago 0 replies      
Cluster might suit your needs. It's not photo storage, but it's photo/video sharing that's only to private groups of people. In fact, people can't even know what other clusters you belong to, other than the ones they share with you. Works on the web at https://cluster.co and it's on iOS and Android.

Disclaimer: I'm the iOS developer on Cluster.

As always, feedback appreciated if you do check it out.

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amerkhalid 1 day ago 0 replies      
I use self hosted WordPress blog. I like having more control, but give up some conveniences like not worrying about bugs and patches.
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Ask HN: What ever happened with the TrueCrypt shutdown?
70 points by Tech1  3 days ago   83 comments top 7
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tobias3 3 days ago 8 replies      
Conjecture:TrueCrypt was developed by mainly by one person. This person did write TrueCrypt to encrypt his WinXP Laptop/PC, but does not need it anymore now, because he can now use Bitlocker.

TrueCrypt is a consumer facing Open Source project. Those rarely have a large developer community and seldom get patches. Most successful ones are backed by corporate interests (Firefox, Eclipse, VirtualBox, ...).

Having no need of TrueCrypt himself, no other developer in the community to whom he could entrust the project and faced with drudgery the like he probably also has at his job (except he gets payed there), he probably did not want to continue developing and improving TrueCrypt (e.g. EFI support).

At this point. Since it is a critical security product there is no other option then to warn of all users. If there is a fork, it has to earn its reputation first.

I view truecrypt.ch as a bad development, since a) TrueCrypt is trademarked by the developer and b) the TrueCrypt license explicitly says that you cannot fork the project without renaming it to something other than TrueCrypt.

See https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm "And then the TrueCrypt developers were heard from . . ."

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abdullahkhalids 3 days ago 1 reply      
There is this person claiming "I can confirm presence of TrueCrypt duress canary as per 2004 conversation."

There were a bunch of other tweets with further details, but those seem to have been deleted.

https://twitter.com/AlyssaRowan/status/472303977997279232

Note: I am not claiming this is necessarily true.

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MiWDesktopHack 3 days ago 0 replies      
Steve Gibson has also made the TrueCrypt Final Release Repository at https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm

I had to use this mirror recently as there are already bad copies floating about; it is a trusted hosting for the last ungimped version for windows and linux. check the hashes n' sigs!

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aaw 3 days ago 1 reply      
The best of all the conspiracy theories was http://pastebin.com/9catw4X7.
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dewey 3 days ago 2 replies      
Following http://truecrypt.ch/ and https://twitter.com/TrueCryptNext is a good resource to get new information on this case at the moment.

I haven't come across any new and definite information since the hack/shutdown.

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hbeaver 3 days ago 0 replies      
I would encourage you to listen to Steve Gibson's Security Now podcast on Twit. But the gist is TrueCrypt has not been hacked. Take a listen to the "TrueCrypt WTF?" episode.

http://twit.tv/show/security-now

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nodata 3 days ago 0 replies      
It was discredited. Mission accomplished!
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Skype now censoring links
12 points by zwaly  5 days ago   6 comments top 4
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greenyoda 5 days ago 1 reply      
Maybe they just have a spam filter. The words in that URL sound like they could have come right out of one of the e-mails in my spam folder. It's also possible that the domain itself has been associated with spam.
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atmosx 4 days ago 0 replies      
I don't think they are banning 'porn'. My guess is they are trying to protect users from malware.

That said, it is crystal clear that Skype is probably the most heavily monitored form of IM/video/audio communication along with (plain text) email and Apple's Facetime/iMessage[1].

[1] http://www.zdnet.com/apples-imessage-encryption-claims-refut...

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jmspring 4 days ago 1 reply      
Out of curiosity, try running the same link through a URL shortener and send it again. A brief local test seemed to work.
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m_93 4 days ago 0 replies      
It looks like skype use domain ban. But what was reason of this is unknown. Curious is that another xxx pages is fully accessible via skype
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Ask HN: If you're 20 years old, how would you invest $100k?
17 points by oscilator  6 days ago   38 comments top 24
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patio11 6 days ago 2 replies      
Depends.

If you have high risk tolerance and won't need this money until retirement, you should deposit it in your choice of Vanguard Total Market or Vanguard Retirement 2050~2065, and forget about it for the next ~35~50 years.

If you anticipate needing to actually spend it within the next few years, or you are risk adverse, you can put it in CDs, which will earn you virtually nothing but let you withdraw it at any time. You'd probably want to do a CD ladder, which would leave you with some money maturing in any given month, so you could use it without penalties.

The $100k is also not your primary asset at this point in your life. That would be the NPV of your nascent career. Depending on one's existing trajectory, I'd strongly consider building capital in oneself as opposed to investing it in the formal markets. For example, if one cannot program, $10k invested in learning to program will probably absolutely destroy the ROI of most investments in the public markets.

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ISL 6 days ago 0 replies      
I'd spend $100 of that on a few widely-accepted but contrasting books on personal finance and investing. A library card will do just as well. Read them carefully.

Price is what you pay, value is what you get.

A traditional option is to buy index funds over time.

Stay within your circle of competence. If you have to ask if something is within your circle of competence, you already know the answer.

If you're in a low income tax bracket, making contributions to a Roth IRA can be very wise in the long run.

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nicholas73 6 days ago 0 replies      
If it were me today, I'd play with it by algorithmic trading.

If it were me at 20, I'd tell myself to take 30k, buy a decent car and pick up girls, and leave the rest to smooth over my life. Especially to avoid taking jobs when I don't really want it just for money. Then I could invest in my personal projects and skill growth.

Whatever investment growth for that 100k would have been really meaningless compared to the experiences I missed out on.

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tsarzen 1 hour ago 0 replies      
Vegas baby!
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garethsprice 4 days ago 0 replies      
First, take a bit of it (5-10k) and blow it on the crap you always wanted. Enjoy life. It's interesting how quickly you tire of buying expensive things. Good to learn this lesson early.

Then:

Education - despite grumblings about rising cost and legends of the Silicon Valley dropout billionaires, a degree still leads to earning an additional $1m+ over your career and provides a good foundation. Getting an education and leaving without debt will put you in a really strong position compared to your peers, who will be weighed down with student loan debt for decades.

Housing - Depending on where you are, put 20% down on a 30-year fixed mortgage on a modest but nice house (average for the area). If you move, you can rent it out. The bulk of household wealth is in primary residences. This will put you decades ahead of your peers, who due to student loan debt will be unlikely to be able to purchase homes until well into their 30s.

Mutual funds - Mutual funds allow you to match growth in the stock market. You are young so can put money into the aggressive funds which may even beat it, but don't worry too much about beating the market, even pros have a poor track record at that. Just put the rest into a mutual fund and forget about it. Read about Compound Interest to find out why.

Thing is, 100k isn't a lot (even if it seems like it now) and you probably don't have enough to do all of the above. But, it can create a great foundation that will allow you to take great risks (starting companies, speculating in real estate/stock market) if you want to, or a steady path to continue down.

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logn 5 days ago 0 replies      
At 20 years old I think it's important to keep the cash liquid and safe. There's so much that can change in your life that the money can come in handy for, and there are so many ways that access to that money could change your life.

That said, in the US, it's also a good opportunity to max out a Roth IRA every year. There's a lot of upside to Roth IRAs and not too much downside: you can deduct your contributions anytime without any penalty or taxes. And in retirement years, the gains can be withdrawn tax free. In a Roth IRA you can hold a wide variety of assets, real estate trusts, and metals.

But overall I'd just hold onto the money as money and treat it as a rainy-day fund for the rest of your life.

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galfarragem 3 days ago 0 replies      
Take a year and go see the world (20K will be more than enough to do it with your age). Go test yourself and specially leave your comfort zone. Pick a place in the world and go there. Live as a native. Don't be afraid, you have a safety net and a safety net will boost your confidence dealing with any possible problem. Live in the present for some time of your life, you'll never forget that experience. Start to worry about future at 28-29. Focus after 30. Start as early as possible (after/during college), not at 27 (when I managed to have a safety net) because you will not be ready to focus at 30. You can always call yourself a late bloomer but your level of anxiety will raise exponentially. I wouldn't advise you to go in this way.
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mattm 5 days ago 0 replies      
Learn about the Permanent Portfolio - http://www.crawlingroad.com/blog/2013/08/12/permanent-portfo...

It was created as very simple and easy to follow investment strategy by Harry Browne who had many years experience in the financial industry. It is meant to protect your wealth first and grow it with the market. No more, no less.

Also, Harry Browne's #1 rule of investing is:

Your career provides your wealth

Stick all (or at least most of it) in the Permanent Portfolio, forget about it and focus on your work.

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JoachimSchipper 6 days ago 0 replies      
Depending on skills and inclination, pursuing the right degree at the right university has an expected value very much in excess of $100k over what you might otherwise do. E.g. if you want to be a lawyer and could use this money to pay your way to $PRESTIGIOUS, instead of going to $PODUNK, consider that. (Or, as patio11 says, if you'd otherwise not learn how to code, consider that.)

(Be careful, though - American higher education can consume a lot of money and leave you with very little value. Be doubly careful with law in particular.)

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pnathan 6 days ago 0 replies      
If I had no college degree, I would go to a state school and obtain a zero-debt degree in computer science (maybe dual-major in math or stats) with it. This is a good investment.

If I did have a college degree, I would get a job and stuff the money into an automatic "growth" stock index and ignore it until time came that it became needful. Possibly in a retirement fund, possibly in a house fund, possibly in a "children's college" fund, depending on life priorities. For pure bang-for-the-buck long-term, an IRA wins here.

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Kanbab 5 days ago 1 reply      
If you have the credit I'd buy $500,000 worth of rental properties. Ideally I'd get 10 x $50,000 putting down $10,000 each. You'd need a bit extra for closing costs, so you can just buy 9.

If done right, you should be earning over $15,000-$20,000 a year in rental net income. Spend that money as freely as you'd like, making sure you keep aside 3-6 months of mortgage payments in cash.

Learn how credit works, and feel comfortable buying a car with little money down at 1% interest, rather than reducing your asset value buy buying a car with all cash.

You should read more about this but that's my suggestion, best of luck.

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codemonkeymike 1 day ago 0 replies      
Buy a rental property such as a duplex in an up in coming neighborhood and live in the landlords suite.
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seanccox 5 days ago 0 replies      
Say you're 20 and also healthy, with no commitment to a specific geography or time constraints:

Budget a trip to a destination you want to visit, with one rule: no flights. Then, slash the budget in half, invest/save the rest, and figure out how to get to your destination and home again.

Take your time.

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RollAHardSix 6 days ago 1 reply      
If you don't think you'll move, buy a house outright. If you do, invest in a Vanguard or similar 'safe' investment account (see a professional).

Depends on housing prices where you live I suppose, here 85k landed me a quaint 1200 sq ft 3 bed / 1 bath place in suburbia. Not the best house, but one I'd be ok dying in.

Honestly being young, talk with a professional and see where would be safe and yet flexible if you need it later.

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doomrobo 6 days ago 1 reply      
Why hasn't anyone suggested using some of that money to hire a financial advisor? That option, while potentially costly, seems least likely to backfire.
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BillyParadise 6 days ago 0 replies      
Other things to consider... how much do you value that $100k? How long would it take you to replace? If I had 100k at 20 and I had a good job or business that let me put away 50k, then I'd go very agressive with it. Why? Because it's relatively easy to get back to zero if all hell breaks loose.

If you were 50, and had that 100k, my answer would be completely different.

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chauzer 4 days ago 0 replies      
Put it in a Betterment account and spend my time focusing on things are that I'm better at than trying to actively invest.
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adam419 6 days ago 2 replies      
If long term was your goal, put half in an IRA and have it managed by a mutual fund with a good track record of around %10 a year. That would easily make you a millionaire by 65.
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staunch 6 days ago 0 replies      
Buy a house, pay it off, rent it out.
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jwheeler79 6 days ago 0 replies      
buy equal parts of IBM and John Deere. Come back in five years and watch your money double.
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taf2 5 days ago 0 replies      
Save it until you get married and have a kid :)
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snoopybbt 5 days ago 0 replies      
I'm 22, and if I had $100K and lived in the US, i'd buy a house.

Get yourself a roof upon your head and start building a life.

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joeclark77 6 days ago 1 reply      
I'd buy land. The US has unknown dozens of trillions of dollars in debt that we have no intention of, or plan for, ever paying back, and the dollar is due for a major crash, if not right away, definitely sometime between now and when you'll be at retirement age. I wouldn't trust any investment I couldn't hold in my hands or stand on. Buy a few acres of good farmable land... live on it, or rent it out if you want, but you'll be glad you have it to fall back on.
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marincounty 5 days ago 0 replies      
Move to France and work on becoming a citizen.
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Ask HN: what makes some show HNs really work?
30 points by kinj28  8 days ago   19 comments top 7
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adrianh 8 days ago 1 reply      
I had a successful "Show HN" a year and a half ago: 482 upvotes, lots of positive comments about my site. It even (tangentially) led to some business partnerships.

Here's what I think made it work:

* Above all, a good product that's worth talking about and learning from.

* A clear, unambiguous title. Don't piss people off with linkbait.

* Luck/timing. I posted it around noon Chicago time, which feels like a good time of day to post, considering major time zones represented by this community. And there wasn't any big tech news at the time, IIRC.

* Participation in the comments. One of the great things about Show HNs is the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to the poster(s). If you (as the poster) participate in discussion, it makes the whole experience better for everybody.

(Here's the Show HN link in question: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4790636)

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chris_va 8 days ago 1 reply      
So, I had tried to submit a "Show HN" a couple of times, and it never worked.

A week later, someone else submitted the link to my project and it made the front page of HN.

Thus, I suspect there is a great deal of variance/chance involved.

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amjd 8 days ago 2 replies      
I think the timing and wording is important. Someone here did an analysis about the most optimal time for submissions. I don't have the link right now, but from what I recall it was during week days and starting around 1:30 PM GMT and lasting a couple of hours.
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rpedela 8 days ago 2 replies      
In general, I have noticed that posts that get upvoted have good content and the title has at least one word in it that people recognize such as HTML5, SQL, Go, etc. However if the title is full of buzzwords, it is probably linkbait and not cool. As others have said, timing is important too. I once posted an article and it was off the "new" page in ~10 minutes because I just happened to post when a bunch of other people did.
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return0 8 days ago 0 replies      
It s a mystery really. I submitted 2 almost identical websites recently, the first got 0 votes, the second made it to the frontpage.
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karangoeluw 8 days ago 0 replies      
Luck.
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forgottenpass 8 days ago 1 reply      
If you're asking this question, I assume you're trying to advertize a product, a boring product.

Your submission title (and webpage) have to immediately answer the question "Why does this matter/is interesting enough to even bother clicking the link?"

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Ask HN: Any deaf or blind hackers?
7 points by GuiA  4 days ago   2 comments top 2
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Jemaclus 31 minutes ago 0 replies      
I'm hearing impaired (not deaf) and I'm also a very experienced software engineer. The tools at my disposal allow me to do a very good job, so that's not really a problem. What really sucks is the whole communication thing. I work with a number of people whose first language is not English, and some of them have very, very strong accents. It's nearly impossible for me to carry a conversation with them because of it. It gets better over time, but the first few weeks/months are a nightmare.

Here are some tech ideas that I would love to see come to fruition:

* Google Glass (or some similar device) with speech-to-text recognition for real-time subtitles. Main problem: Speech-to-text isn't advanced enough, and I probably get more out of reading lips than reading incorrect words. Also doesn't work too well with strong accents.

* Better hearing aid integrations. My hearing aid currently has a bluetooth attachment, which makes talking on the phone and listening to music 1000x easier. Previously, I'd have to hold my phone up to my hearing aid. Imagine this: someone speaks into a microphone, and the sound comes out of a speaker, then goes into another microphone, then comes out of another speaker and hits my ear drums. And that second microphone makes no differentiation between sounds from that first speaker or ambient noise. In other words, it's really, really hard to talk on the phone. Now with my Bluetooth device, your voice speaks into your microphone and comes directly out of my speaker -- I can even mute the microphone on my hearing aid, so that all I hear is the phone call. Very cool. More things along this line would be awesome.

* Along the lines above, some tiny, cheap (read: replaceable) microphones/devices that I could just hand to my friends/girlfriend/family and have them clip onto their shirts or something that would send directly to my Bluetooth, enabling me to hear better in loud environments like restaurants and so on. Main problem: probably not cheap.

* Hearing aids that run off body heat. I don't even know if this is possible, but I have to change my hearing aid battery about once every 7-10 days. Sometimes it dies in a terrible place, like in an interview or a meeting or while I'm on a phone call or out on a run. In those cases, it's difficult to find time to change the battery -- assuming I even have a battery with me! And trust me, keeping a pack of batteries on you is a pain in the royal ass. Main problem: probably not even possible with current technology

* You know how they have those polarized glasses where something is invisible to the general public until you put on the glasses? Those. For subtitles. I can't watch TV without subtitles -- I honestly don't know how you hearing people do it. My friends and family are very understanding, but strangers and new acquaintances often make fun of me for having subtitles on (unless I point out the hearing loss thing, which I don't like to do with people I don't know). And even for my friends and family, many of them find subtitles to be distracting. When I'm not around, they turn them off. I would love to be able to just pop on a pair of glasses and watch TV with subtitles without my friends or family having to see them. I'm aware that some movie theaters have these mirrored glasses with subtitles behind them, but that won't work in, say, a bar or my friend's house. Main problem: getting TVs to adopt the tech

* Some fun way to get someone to repeat themselves without saying "What?" over and over and over again. Seriously, it gets old, and eventually I just nod and smile and say "Oh yeah, totally," even though I have no idea what I just agreed to. This has come back to bite me in the ass many, many times. Main problem: I haven't figured this out in 32 years of existence.

* Something that gives a tactile response when someone says my name, preferably with some hint as to the direction. I'm completely deaf in one ear and I have a profound hearing loss in the other. Unfortunately, this means I don't have stereo sound -- I can't tell the direction of sound! I'd love a device that would buzz when someone says my name and give a hint as to the direction the sound came from so that I can turn to find them. Most times I just look around until I see someone looking at me. This has backfired many, many times. Main problem: If I can't hear my own name, how would a device? I dunno.

* Waterproof hearing aids. I love, love, love to swim... but I have to do it while I'm effectively deaf. Very frustrating. Main problem: waterproofing hearing aids would be done already if it was easy.

I'm sure I could think of others, but those are the ones that I can think of right now. I'd love to hear what other people think about these ideas.

Good luck.

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jcr 4 days ago 0 replies      
There's a vast spectrum of various vision and hearing impairments. Theseverity of each possible impairment is also variable, and often asingle person faces multiple types/severities of impairments. The endresult is a lot of variables, too many combinations, and the need tocustomize solutions on a per-person basis.

All health issues are extremely sensitive subjects, and the languageused can be extremely important. Words like "deaf," "blind," and"disabled" are tough, really tough. They're tough to admit, tough tosay, and tough to hear. I know people who insist on calling themselves"Hard of Hearing" (typically abbreviated "HoH") or "Hearing Impaired"rather than being called "deaf" --which they consider offensive. Othersare really easy-going about the terms used, so yes, this is yet anothervariable. And again, some are willing to speak publicly about it, whileothers prefer to just quietly pretend to normal on the Internet likeeveryone else.

You really need to add your email address to the 'about' section ofyour HN profile since many would only discuss it with you privately.

As for ideas, I have more than a few. Some are hardware. Some aresoftware. But none of them seem profitable from a business perspective.Accessibility is subject to the same market forces as everything else inthe world. Given the dizzying number of possible combinations of typesof impairments with many requiring customized solutions as well as thecomparatively small number of disabled people, providing accessibilityis often ignored. Even HN itself has major accessibility issues thatprevent some people from using the site.

Free ideas are generally worth what you pay for them, but here's one; apin grid display. Imagine every pixel on a normal display as a pin thatcan be raised or lowered. You could "see" the screen with yourfingertips. It would be a world's first. You'd make pictures accessibleto the blind, along with text, fonts, and formatting (layout/design).

With enough hardware, software, and mechanical engineering prowess, apin grid display may now be possible to do, but it would be difficult.Just getting the raising and lowering of tightly packed pins right wouldtake a lot of effort, but the idea can be expanded to include vibration,temperature, and possibly other tactile feedback.

This is long enough for now, but yes, my email address is in my profile.

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Ask HN: Which feed reader do you recommend trying?
9 points by tomjonesmi  5 days ago   18 comments top 9
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Semiapies 5 days ago 0 replies      
Feedbin: https://feedbin.com

There's a small fee, but it's been absolutely worth every penny. The guy's been able to upgrade servers with demand and spend time on improving the interface (particularly for mobile). There are also third-party apps compatible with it, but I haven't found any of them to be as good as the mobile web interface.

It hasn't been perfect (there've been occasional glitches, mostly involving UI slowness), but problems get corrected quickly and the app has continually improved since I signed up, shortly after Reader died. I've been overwhelmingly delighted with it.

As for app vs. service, I've found services useful for keeping everything painlessly synched across devices and computers. It would depend on your feed-reading habits.

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greenyoda 5 days ago 1 reply      
I've been happy with NewsBlur.com for the last year. I have a premium subscription ($24/year) that gives me unlimited feeds. I think you can get a free account with up to 64 feeds. They support web, iOS and Android (although I've only ever used the web version).
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mdturnerphys 5 days ago 1 reply      
The Old Reader: http://theoldreader.com/

I've been using it since Google Reader shut down and happily signed up for the premium account (allows for over 100 feeds, among other benefits) when they started imposing a limit on the number of feeds.

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edavis 5 days ago 1 reply      
If you're up for it, try riverpy: https://github.com/edavis/riverpy

Here's a demo: http://river-demo.ericdavis.org/

The README is a bit out of date now, but it all works. I've been using it as my sole RSS reader for the past few months now.

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akkartik 5 days ago 1 reply      
My eccentric self-hosting no-server-needed homebrew open-source solution since google reader died: http://github.com/akkartik/spew. Since I suck at UI, it has none. Instead it just leverages firefox UI for everything.
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OWaz 5 days ago 0 replies      
I host my own Fever[1] service on nearlyfreespeech.net. Fever has a UI to access feeds and some apps, like Reeder on iOS, can pull from Fever accounts. I've had my Fever service running a few weeks before Google announced Reader was going away. I haven't had any problems with Fever.It costs me a total of $2 to $1 per month to host. Setting it up was very easy and the instructions are very detailed.

[1]:http://feedafever.com/

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jsherer 5 days ago 1 reply      
You should give all of the free services a try to see what you like. Do you subscribe to a lot of feeds?

Disclaimer: I run https://minimalreader.com

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hashtag 4 days ago 2 replies      
Does anyone know of an open source web RSS reader you can self host?
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ereckers 4 days ago 0 replies      
I'd stick with Feedly, and I have. They experienced a DDOS. It happens.
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Ask HN: how to watch the World Cup online
17 points by speier  8 days ago   17 comments top 8
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antr 8 days ago 2 replies      
Yesterday I used a VPN (TunnelBear) + ITV (UK) app to watch the Roland Garros final.

For the WC I will download whichever TV channel app that streams the football and use it with a VPN in order avoid geo blocking. I will do this for whichever game I can't watch for free on TV. Given that I live in the EU, and using this as precedent (http://www.bbc.com/news/business-17150054), I don't think this is illegal in any way. Hope that helps.

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OWaz 8 days ago 1 reply      
I rely on wiziwig[1] to watch Football/Soccer streams. The quality for Flash video streams is not great but it's enough for me to know what's going on. There are additional sites mentioned on this post [2].

[1]:http://www.wiziwig.tv/

[2]:http://designzum.com/2014/06/09/best-sites-to-watch-fifa-wor...

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atmosx 4 days ago 0 replies      
I'm in CZ and have no TV. I paid to watch the NBA finals and Euroleague games. I'd gladly pay to see WC games too and F1 but since they are not available anywhere, I'm stuck with illegal streaming. Best I could find was: http://www.vipboxeu.co/
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_b_ 7 days ago 1 reply      
http://www.livesoccertv.com/competitions/international/world...

That site lists (legal) options for different countries.

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osipovas 8 days ago 1 reply      
In Canada (or through a Canadian Proxy/VPN):

http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/soccer/brazil2014/

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GFischer 8 days ago 1 reply      
There are some illegal streams at Roja Directa.

In my country, suscribers to the Antel Vera service can stream them legally, but it's only in Uruguay.

http://tv.vera.com.uy/

I'm REALLY hoping Netflix or Hulu or Twitch/Youtube or someone will disrupt this and offer some sort of paid, premium or whatever live sports streaming package, then I can ditch Cable TV.

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germs12 8 days ago 1 reply      
Probably not legal in most countries, but when I can't find something on cable or I'm away from my home or in a different country I turn to: http://www.usagoals.tv/
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LegendaryRio 4 days ago 0 replies      
Hi,

Thanks for the post about World Cup. Just a tip about those who don't live in countries that stream world cup online. You can use UnoTelly to remove the geoblock and stream World Cup 2014 in your country free worldcup.unotelly.com

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Ask HN: How to get rid of cookie warnings?
3 points by AhtiK  3 days ago   2 comments top
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krrishd 16 days ago 1 reply      
Seeking Work: Remote or Denver, CO

http://itskrish.co/freelance

I'm a full stack web developer available for hire. I can pretty much do anything web-based you have for me, but my standard packages are:

    1) Landing Pages    2) Organizational Websites    3) Prototype/MVP of a web product
My 'stack':

    HTML/Jade/EJS    CSS/LESS/Sass    JavaScript    Angular.js    Leaflet.js    D3.js    Node.js (Express.js, Sails.js)    MongoDB    MySQL    PostgreSQL    PaaS/IaaS
Overall, I'm looking for quality clients and interesting work, and I'm a student so that definitely factors into rates and discounts as well.

Something recent that I've been a part of was GoCodeColorado (GoCode.co), a government run statewide competition regarding web application development for civic purposes. I won 1st place at the Denver level, and made it to the top 10 in the whole state, where the top 3 won $25k and the opportunity to get $250k more. During this experience, I worked quite a bit with the aforementioned stack, winning acclaim for my work with the UI, data visualization/mapping, and scalability of the backend of the product I built.

Some relevant links:

    - http://itskrish.co    - http://itskrish.co/resume    - http://linkedin.com/in/krishdholakiya    - http://git.io/krish
Looking forward to hearing from you!

- Krish Dholakiya (krishna.dholakiya(at)gmail(dot)com)

Edit: Downvotes? Is something wrong with my post?

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arohner 8 days ago 1 reply      
SEEKING FREELANCER

Remote or Austin, TX

Founder & CTO of a startup of 14 employees, consisting of 11engineers. 5 years experience managing engineering teams of 5-11developers. Skilled in backend engineering, system architecture,distributed systems, performance optimization.

- Worldwide Clojure expert, I have commits in Clojure core and most ofthe libraries used to run a Clojure web stack. 6 years full timeexperience in Clojure (7 is the maximum possible!).- Strong Linux Ops knowledge, I've shipped kernel modules. Built,deployed and monitored the production AWS cluster, consisting of 100cr1.8xlarges.

- Enough javascript to build UI features, but need the help of adesigner to make it not look terrible.- Proficient, but rusty in: C, C++, Java, Python, Ruby.

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reuven 16 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Israel and Chicago, but generally work remotely

I've been a full-stack Web developer since 1993, when I set up one of the first 100 Web sites in the world (http://tech.mit.edu/). I've been working as a consultant since 1995. I have extensive experience with Ruby (and Rails), Python, PostgreSQL, JavaScript, and many other technologies.

My real value isn't my extensive technological know-how. Rather, it's my ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical people, and to turn that communication into business value.

I know how to take business needs and turn them into software, by myself and with others. I also know how to describe technical issues in terms that business people can understand, that allow us to make informed decisions. Many of my clients have used me as a remote, part-time CTO or lead developer.

I also help developers and teams improve their coding and management practices. I frequently teach in-person courses (in the US, Europe, Israel, and China) in Python, Ruby/Rails, PostgreSQL, and Git to such companies as Apple, Cisco, Freescale, HP, SANDisk, and VMWare. I also offer online coaching/pairing services to individuals and teams.

My aim: Long-term, interesting projects with nice people. (Short-term relationships can also be fine, depending on the work and myschedule.) Bottom line, I like to speak with and help nice people, and feel privileged that my work lets me do so.

If I can be of help to you or your company, contact me at reuven@lerner.co.il, or on Skype as "reuvenlerner". You can also read more about me at http://lerner.co.il/ .

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kohanz 16 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote, based in SW Ontario, Canada

Experienced (10+ years) developer of software for medical devices and scientific applications, many with an imaging component. Have architected and led teams to deliver on software for systems in both diagnostic and interventional contexts. Comfortable working in an FDA-regulated & ISO 13485 compliant quality system.

I excel at turning research or early-stage prototypes (e.g. MATLAB developed by researchers) into commercial-grade software ready to impress the right audience (clinicians, investors, etc.).

Developing scientific applications involves a high degree of uncertainty and require an engineer that actively participates in all phases of the SDLC (e.g. requirements gathering, risk analysis, etc.). My ability to communicate has always led to my role as the technical point of contact for researchers, clinicians (surgeons, radiologists, etc.), and senior executives.

Technical keywords:C# (WPF, WinForms), C++ (QT), Java, Matlab, VTK, ITK, OpenCV, OpenCL, etc.

LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/zamkhan

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rafaelm 16 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote

Due to personal circumstances, I had to quit my previous job recently. I am not the typical candidate looking for work here since I'm not a programmer or a designer.

I'm looking in to freelancing as a spanish translator. If you need your app/website/whatever translated I'm the guy! I'm a native spanish speaker.I've translated many scripts and websites before, so I can translate your website/app straight from the source if you want.

I can also do a lot of "grunt" work (image editing, data input, etc).

I've been making simple websites for myself, family members and friends for many years so I know my way around HTML, know my way around Linux servers pretty well, setup many scripts/Wordpress blogs and I can basically google my way out of most problems.

I'm looking at my present situation and newly found free time as an opportunity to study. Right now I'm learning programming and networking.

If you are interested shoot me an email: marcano (a) gmail

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aviraldg 16 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote

Need a solid, secure app on multiple platforms, on a tight deadline? I'm your man.

One of the winners at SyScan Hardcode 2013 (http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.in/2013/05/the-results-.... ) and two-time grand prize winner of Google Code-in

Platforms (in order of experience):

- Web Applications (Python, Node.js, Frontend/JS)

- Android apps

- Cross Platform Desktop Apps (Qt)

- I love experimenting. Currently learning Haskell; will gladly pick up whatever your team uses!

Accounts: https://github.com/aviraldg, http://stackoverflow.com/users/152873/aviraldg, http://in.linkedin.com/in/aviraldg/

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

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Keyword Soup: C, C++, Python, JavaScript, Node.js, Qt, Django, Flask, Web2py, Android, HTML5

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tfe 16 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - SF Bay Area or remote

Currently available for freelance web app engineering work. I've been working with Rails and JS for ~7 years now, at all points up and down the stack. Everything from performance work on existing code to bringing up a full-fledged product from wireframes.

In the past, I've worked with companies like Leap Motion, Anki, Rocket Fuel, and TaskRabbit. Before that, I had two startups of my own. In my spare time, I fly airplanes.

Looking for 10-20 hour per week engagements only right now.

Links:

http://toddeichel.com

http://www.github.com/tfe

http://www.linkedin.com/in/toddeichel

http://stackoverflow.com/users/203773/tfe

Contact: todd@toddeichel.com

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illyism 15 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Kortrijk, Belgium or Remote

I'm from Belgium, student and I'm looking to increase my income by doing one small job each month. But you can still contact me as I'll be looking for more and higher paid work in July, August and September.

I'm skilled and experienced in modern front-end development, take a look at my work as it speaks for itself. I'm renowned in javascript and mostly use node.js for back-end development. I'm always using Grunt, less.js, jade and others depending on the project.

I have no fear of the back-end and can find my way around python + pyramid, node + express, python + webapp2, node + kraken. I also have experience in linux server administration and nginx.

Most of the work that I do has to function great, together with a great user experience and design. I'm a traditional, educated print and web designer and I used to make logos, icons and interfaces. Now I'm doing my best with learning development and combining both. Check out my work and you might agree.

Email in profile. Let me know how I can help you.

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My work: design, front-end, back-end, servers

[1] http://reddit.music.player.il.ly/ node, express, javascript, redis

[2] http://instaghent.com/ python, postgres

[3] http://adobe.breach.il.ly/ node, express, leveldb

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My website & more.

[1] http://www.illyism.com/

[2] http://il.ly/

[3] https://github.com/illyism/

[4] https://dribbble.com/illyism

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cfeduke 11 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK - Remote or Local, Fredericksburg, VA USA

I have 20 years experience developing software.

I am a back end scalability engineer with experience in Scala, Java, Ruby, and C#. I prefer to work with PostgreSQL and Redis and have production experience with PGSQL, Redis, MongoDB, SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle.

I like to use Scala with Play or Ruby on Rails to create RESTful API backends; I can also create web front ends though the design looks exactly like Twitter Bootstrap. I am decently experienced writing HTML, CSS, and Javascript and prefer Angularjs.

I prefer to work on Unix/Linux systems. I will happily assist you in a rewrite of a .NET/Windows system to a JVM/Linux system at a discounted rate.

Github: http://github.com/cfedukeSO: http://stackoverflow.com/users/5645/cfeduke

Email: charles.feduke {\at} gmail.com

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grimtrigger 16 days ago 0 replies      
Seeking Work - NYC(New York City) or Remote

I'm a full stack web developer based in New York City. My bread and butter is Javascript, Backbone, PHP, and mySQL. I also have experience with Phonegap/Cordova.

Skills: HTML(5), CSS(3), Bootstrap, Javascript, jQuery, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, Underscore.js, JSON, AJAX, Backbone.js, D3.js, PHP, mySQL, Cordova/PhoneGap, Git, Photoshop

You can see more of my info at http://aakilfernandes.com

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brandonhsiao 16 days ago 0 replies      
SEEKING WORK as a full-stack web developer. Mostly Python for backend and CoffeeScript for frontend, though I know most of the important languages.

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Stuff I've built:

* http://betatype.io

* http://prototypefor2345.com

* http://robotgame.org

* http://rokumo.com

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Resume: http://brandonhsiao.com/code.html

Email: bh@betatype.io

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