I'd be inclined to have the company write you an IOU for your cash contributions so far, and split it 50/50, perhaps with one of you getting a tie-breaking share. The company can dispose of your IOU like any other short-term debt of the company at some point in the future when it has the financial wherewithal to do so. [See below about IOUs.] Your vesting clock starts 3 months ago, your partner's starts as of the day when he becomes full-time.
I cannot emphasize enough that your equity split is not nearly as important as "Does bringing this guy on uniquely make this business successful and do I have confidence that we will both be happy with this arrangement 5 years from now?"
Edit to add: As I get older and wiser, I am coming to appreciate the discipline of separating one's personal and business finances and explicitly receiving written acknowledgment for transfers of money into one's company. These feel like moving money from one pocket to another in the early days, but they are not, and explicit written confirmation of that fact will make your life easier in a lot of futures.
For example, I know one entrepreneur who, like many, tightened his belt, ran up substantial personal debt, and put blood sweat and tears into building a company. Professional money came into the company. Without documentation that he had loaned the company money, the best resolution would have been asking the other stakeholders to approve increasing his salary so that he could cover his "personal" debts. Had that documentation existed, he would have had ample authority to extinguish that debt in the ordinary course of business, and it would have likely had favorable personal tax consequences.
Trust me on this one, you want to test risk tolerance as soon as possible.
Second question, will he work full time? If he doesn't work full time, you should give him very little equity, or just relative to the amount he invested in the company with maybe a little extra relative to the value he brings.
If he doesn't want to work full time and doesn't want to put money, just pay him by the hour. Pay him by the hour can also be a way to start the business relationship and build trust.
Third question, how much can you pay him if he works full time? For example, if he works full time but you can only pay him $ 50,000 instead of $ 100,000 the first year (assuming $ 100,000 is what he could get), he's putting $ 50,000 into the company.
Now, the last part: value your company. The best indicator is profit, when you reach it and how long you hope to sustain it (for ever, possibly). There are many tools and formulas, your accountant can probably help you. Because you have an accountant right? And a business plan, right? ;)
Another approach is that if he puts a decent amount of money (enough to give several months of runway) into the company and works full time for a well below market salary you can give him 49% (or 50%, up to you).
*Partners are working full time on this.
Here is a good summary of how to pick a cofounder http://venturehacks.com/articles/pick-cofounder
He has not done anything yet.
This sounds like you are afraid of sales/marketing/biz dev/something and you think he will solve your problems.
I warn you: he will not solve your problems, you will have more on your hands.
tl;dr as far as I remember from that book: Make sure it is fair, and enough equity for both to be motivated. You have to discuss with each other to find out. It can be everything between 95/5 to 50/50. If you value the friendship more than you value the company, you should go for 50/50. Otherwise 50/50 is not a good option according to Wasserman's research.
The point is: why split the pie before it gets done or after? why not dynamically split based on the actual resources (money, time, equipment, whatever) people put in in the early days?
Disclosure: I work at Saasu but think this is relevant.
You told us what you've done until now, but are those "many areas" ?
Valuation will be a problem, but you could use the last transaction as a starting point (and therefore a floor), the high end depends very much on the state of the company (growth and turnover in that order).
Just the fact that the company received an investment does not automatically mean your shares are worth something, for instance, if the company is about to tank they'll be worthless, it all depends on how the company is doing.
For example, there are growing indicators that home rental business is going in the boom. You can see Berkshire Hathway grabbing tons of rental properties in anticipation for that with additional benefit that when rental boom dies down, housing would be in rise again (meaning that you can milk rental properties for next few years followed by selling them off as housing units).
However to do things like above you really need significant market research and may be even a team of economist processing away all data. Next best thing for regular folks is investing in index funds which allows you to diversity while still retaining liquidity.
If people are actually getting use out of it, go back and pretty it up a bit with a Bootstrap template or whatever, it doesn't take much here to have meaningful effects on user perception. It mostly just has to be nice enough that it looks reasonably professional when people show it off in meetings, which is NOT a cutting-edge design problem.
Add more pages for more scripts as needed, and tag users with permissions so you know which scripts should be exposed to which users.
If merited, go back and add fancy features like generating PDF reports and emailing them to the head of department every week.
It seems like there might be a niche for a "Delphi for the web" stack of reusable components and standard backend systems.
Then, I ll just Zip it, and send them the scripts along with some step by step instructions on how to execute it (with screenshots) and the results expected.. At beginning it will be hassle but on the way most documents will become common for all...
I guess you just have to try out different approaches (and mixed ones, Dart and ActionScript come to mind) and gradually understand benefits of each way.
You can check out a few examples: http://pluslocation.com http://www.timedomain.com/ or google for: ultra wideband real time location
If you have specific questions I'd be happy to help - contact info is in my profile.
Here is one example:
If you went ultrasonic, this part can provide "0 to 765cm (0 to 25.1ft) with 1cm resolution" at 10 Hz
I run a remote design studio and have been a UI/UX designer for over 8 years. I decided to go the self-employed (freelance) route because I wanted to work with a variety of clients and grow a company, rather than work at an agency or startup (something I was less passionate about doing).
To answer your questions:
1. It really depends on your interests and niche. Figure out if you want to focus on designing mobile or web products (or both) and for what industry. I chose to focus on internet startups - whether it be SaaS, social, b2b etc because there is usually a high demand for UI/UX talent in this niche. And internet startups value great design, unlike some other industries.
2. 5 years of experience is pretty vague. Focus more on building a portfolio of quality projects where you show your design and UX skills. This will take time of course if you are new, but if you have 5-10 projects most companies will find that you have experience. If you have 1 project then you don't look as experienced or have as much under your belt.
Hope that helps. Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you want to ask some more questions or talk shop.
If you don't have much experience in these fields (UI and UX, as if they are two different things) you will quickly learn that the above trumps most of what you might have learned throughout a formal graphic design education and/or experience as a graphic designer.
So, my direct advice would be to study user behavior on the Web, psychology, and usability. Learn (if you don't already have the habit) how to think through user flows in lo-fi mockups and wireframes, immerse yourself in good UI design, and make it your priority to pay attention to details when using other people's software; and I don't just mean on the UI side. Pay attention at the company behind the app, how they prioritize features, and how they handle unsexy, menial tasks such as recurring billing, support, and how they integrate that into their work, the software itself.
I strongly believe that you can't be just a UI designer. I mean, you can be to a certain point, but you need to know all of the ins and outs of what it takes to take a product to market in order to be one of the few superstars who we all look up to and learn from. You need to be aware of the entire process, have insight into the business decisions that need to be made, so that you can paint a whole picture.
To best understand user needs, you need the soft skills of empathy and humility. However, you also need to be able to understand a user's mindset through the various tools/tech they use, who they are, and where they come from.
In order to communicate those needs, you need to best understand the constraints of what is possible with the given tools/tech of the product you are involved with. From there, you need to be able to use existing paradigms to give stakeholders a vision they can aspire to and then ultimately build.
Portfolio worthy projects: Take a high-visibility product/process and redesign it from the ground up. Make sure it's in a market you are interested in tackling. Go through the process of understanding user needs and communicating the design.
You should definitely try to get a full-time position to get the reputation which yields contacts and potential future contracts. Learn from the best and keep a healthy portfolio of side projects that are fresh and hone your skills.
I'm not sure if there is UX/UI position that doesn't require coding...but I'd take a designer with a lesser years if they were competent around frameworks, such as Compass/SASS/Less, etc. and various build systems.
Speaking as a general web developer, I find that it's not at all fun working with UX/UI people whose primary experience is in providing sliced layers from PhotoShop...and greatly value designers who understand the overall workflow of web dev. If you want to skimp on years, I would highly suggest getting practical web development experience, even if it's just building your own sites and getting familiar with commonly-used frameworks and systems.
Dr. Karl (JJJ) http://www.abc.net.au/science/k2/stn/podcast.htm
My biggest fear would be one of the big mapping companies picking it up and taking credit for it. Though I'm sure this is unfounded and even if it happens at least people get to use it.
Having used Microsoft Word since Word 2.0 (and WordPerfect 4.2 for DOS for good measure), I am not sure I agree that it's bad at managing content and formatting if the user fully understands how its layout engine works. It has useful multi-author collaboration features, especially as of 2013.
Word's power gets unlocked once the user fully understands its styling and themes system. Reformatting a document to company guidelines becomes painless if every element is associated with the correct style. It is similar to CSS.
The value of rendering to Word escapes me. I would render to an HTML5 document and then to PDF.
Long novelty URLs help micro content sites go viral, just make sure to include some prominent share buttons. The trick is to make many of these novelty websites that relate to your main product, and then link to that in the footers.
An example of someone who's used this technique multiple times before is TheOatmeal, though the only one I can remember off the top of my head is ThingsBearsLove.
It's hard to quickly mentally parse such phrases in URLs too.
Have great ideas: indecisive and flaky
Chance to be CTO: Yeah right. Become CTO now
2%....too risky and tiny payoff.
Here's what I would do:
21 - 32% equity, with linear vesting over 4 years. 6 months and vesting starts until 3.5 years later
28k signing bonus
Don't be a sucker. They will both your worse nightmare.( two dads!)
There's no product, there's no revenue, no prototype. Sounds ridiculous.
They have a pitch deck. However ideas are cheap and some investors are dumb.
Make sure any shares are voting shares and look for the termination clauses and trigger events.
Don't sign any agreement without a lawyer explaining things to you.
When I didn't have time to properly date first I just assumed I was the hired gun. In these situations the cash component was high and any equity vesting immediate.
Do you have enough time to flirt/date to get a better handle on how you'd work together as a team?
If you don't want to be a founder, then keep looking.
The salary is too high and the equity too low for a company at that stage.
This can't be usual....
28% seems high to me but I don't know their circumstances, be ready swap salary for equity (or vice versa) depending on what they can pay.
That means this company is going to be playing catch up. Instead of using $500,000 to improve an existing prototype or product, or scale a nascent business, the founders here need to use the $500,000 to build a product from scratch and get it to market successfully. If they don't, it is unlikely they will be able to raise a Series A because while the bar for raising seed funding is incredibly low today, the bar for raising a Series A is fairly high and only getting higher.
If you're intent on being this company's first engineering hire, responsible for building the first version of the company's product, you should consider that you are largely going to be responsible for getting the company to the point where it can raise a Series A, which is going to be a low seven-figure amount at a minimum.
In other words, if you deliver, you are going to put these founders in the best position possible to raise millions of dollars at a valuation meaningfully higher than the current valuation. From this perspective, you might want to consider that $140,000 and 2% of the company is not too much but rather too little.
@poster: Contact me (mynickname at la3 dot org) if you are running short on money because of the scam and need a place to stay for a few days. This is a couchsurfing style offer, not airbnb style.
It had the same layout as the whole airbnb website and every url available on that website was also redirecting to real airbnb website .... except the one with payment and booking details ...
- It's not really Airbnb's fault - not much you can do about this aside from apologise and remove the listing (which I assume they did, or will at least investigate)
- You will get scammed if you use MoneyGram. It's the equivalent of sending an envelope full of banknotes. Don't do it!
Seems like a scam that's avoidable
EDIT: Yes, I believe some people still get caught by it, looking at the AirBnb site they should make this information more prominent
This is very hidden: https://www.airbnb.ca/help/article/51
Always check the URL before you log-in to any site.Don't ever send money through unverified means (mail, western union, etc) for any transaction over the Internet.If you use Gmail, report phishing emails to them.Report phishing attempts to Airbnb.
Moral if the story. If you don't get prompt reply and if any changes occur after booking. Stay away from that host. They are fishing for free money playing the rules of Airbnb.
Airbnb is supposedly going to get back to me about this disagreement, and there is a ticket to deal with it. But its been 5 days after the event and I pinged them twice with email. My other option may be to contest the charge on my credit card. Scammers are everywhere that rules and large sums of money can be found. And many of those scammers will be right there along side you jockeying for victimhood status.
@everyone: I returned from Barcelona three weeks ago. I rented a very nice apartment in the heart of the Gothic Quarter using AirBnB. As far as AirBnB being illegal, I don't think that is correct. I have many friends who have studied abroad and when they would leave Spain to go travel they would throw their apartment on AirBnB to make a couple bucks. Like with traveling anywhere, just be careful.
My usual approach is to keep as much communication on the platform as possible, including the payment process. Anyone who tries to communicate off the platform (eg send money via another method) immediately warrants more scrutiny.
In this case, there are probably things Airbnb can do to help users and reduce the likelihood - for example I don't see the host's email address until I've paid (via the site).
If you pay with a credit card through airbnb, you have several layers of protection: you could appeal to airbnb, and you could also dispute/issue a chargeback through your credit card company.
Sorry to hear your storry though.
You might want to make sure that your girlfirend changes the passwordon her own account, just in case she did a sign-in on the fake site.
Sorry to hear about your loss.
Seems it is not a fraud website, why?
I live in Japan. I don't get attractive job offers thrown at me every single day.
Beyond that it is also networking, knowing people who know where there is an opening available, nepotism - hiring family members to meet needed demand, etc.
Endlessly perusing job sites.
1. The program is truly demanding. I do believe the program weeds out candidates who might not able to handle the demands of the program. But I see a lot of my fellow classmates struggling to balance work, life, and school. This is the #1 consideration if you'd like to pursue EMBA from a top school. Make sure you have the buy-in from work and family. They will not see you for a long time!
2. Cost - it can be extremely expensive. Our tuition is 180K+ for two years
3. Travel - if you are an out of towner, don't ignore the costs + time to travel. Jetlag can be brutal
Now the pros
1. Everyone in the class is extremely smart and motivated. So much so that coming back to work will means having to deal with not-so-intelligent colleagues. A classmate summed it up very well - she said her life is now measured by 'days to class'
2. Networking opportunities outside of your classmates too. Just last week we had a fireside chat with Steve Blank!
3. Amazing professors and staff. It goes without saying that the professors are truly phenomenal. The staff does whatever it can to make our life easier
At the end of the day though, what really matters is what you are looking for at the end of the EMBA. If you are looking for a change in career, you will have to work for it yourself. If you are looking for more knowledge or vertical movement within your current org, then go for it
Let me know if you have any other questions
Goal----If you are interested in entrepreneurship/startup, EMBA is not worth a penny. You are better of taking the EMBA fee, spending some on buying a few book focused on starting a company and investing the rest in your startup. But if you are corporate type in large organization, the EMBA degree might help you get up the ladder.
To give an example, couple of my classmates decided that they wanted to build a business based on the idea and business plan they developed in the entrepreneurship class. After finishing MBA program, they invited me to join the dinner to discuss about getting started with their idea and next steps. They were interested in bringing me on the team. The outcome of the meeting was they wanted to rewrite the business plan document already written during the program. That's when I knew these guys will never start the business and declined to join them. And, they never did start! They wanted to plan first. They kept planning and strategizing and never executed.
Knowledge---------If you are the type who can self-learn and don't need external stimulation/kick in the behind to get started, you can learn on your own what you need in business. EMBA program will actually be drag on your learning. These programs are much more appropriate for people who need to be fed information in small bite-size chunks.
Majority of the information I received during my time in EMBA program was something that I already knew and/or rarely have used. But couple of my fellow classmates have really benefited from the structured way of delivery of information, the basic business knowledge program provides and training on developing framework/process to evaluate and address issues.
Networking-----------Over-rated. Majority of EMBA students are mid-career level and corporate type either trying to move into management or move up the management chain with limited future upside potential. The homogeneity of the type of students makes networking with them not as rewarding to both parties because everyone in the same boat. In addition, with family and job pressures, you/they are least likely to go out of the way to respond/help/meet after the program.
I think that there are probably different flavors of this type of program depending on where you attend, but from my observations (regular MBA who had some minor interactions with EMBA's during school), they tend to fly/drive in for the weekends and return to work during the week. Depending on the program, you may or may not be exposed to "hard skills" such as finance, accounting, etc, as there is a presumption that students already have some of these skills. My understanding is the focus tends to be more on soft skills like leadership, management, etc, which will help competent employees become better managers in the future.
From the way you posed your question, it sound like you are thinking about paying for this yourself. If that is the case, and you don't already have an undergrad or grad business degree, then I would probably recommend either a full-time or part-time MBA, instead of executive MBA. You will probably get more for your money out of one of these programs.
Again, intelligence isn't everything, so I don't mean to say you should make your decision based on that. Just offering my observations in case they are at all helpful. Also, I should mention that this is all for the normal MBA programs - haven't had enough interaction with EMBA students to make a judgment.
What industry/product are you looking at?What type position (dev, design, business) do you have or want to have?If you're currently employed, does the company prefer it for you to move up?Are you looking to learn or just add to your resume (or in between)?
One major reason (some of my friends with MBAs from top schools say the only reason) to get an MBA is for the network. With an EMBA, you don't spend as much time around other students as you do with an MBA, so you don't get a chance to build as strong as a network.
EMBA programs are great but as talltofu said, the travel time and costs can be brutal. There are one or two MBA programs that are comparable to on- campus programs (in terms of quality and the degree you get when you graduate)- that would be my suggestion. Good luck!
For most, you will need to take days off work, which hopefully your employer allows for (this is actually a requirement, so without this flexibility you won't be able to enroll).
Is it worth the time, money and sacrifice to you? - Traditional programs require you to quit your job, which is a cost of opportunity- The network is valuable- the learning is valuable- You could get a bigger salary. Could. Or could not.
So the math depends on you really.
Empirical data is the best data: https://angel.co/salaries
Bummed OP had the original offer rescinded, but for anyone reading this in the future, a quick Google search for "startup salary survey" should bring up a few additional resources. I've filled a number of these out in the past and the data is always awesome. Lots of 'em are behind paywalls though, so beware.
First of all, I hope you didn't tell them that $96k number before they offered $100k. If so, you screwed yourself by anchoring your offer to a low previous salary.
Second, if they are even discussing salary, it means they like you and they have already mentally committed to you. Going back to the drawing board will mean weeks or months of reading resumes, interviews, negotiations, and possibly recruiting fees which will cost easily $20-40k. In that light, giving you $20k extra would be a bargain. The fact that they went from $96k to $106k proves that.
Third, I wouldn't let equity be the deciding factor (that could just be me), since it could be worth $0 (and 90% of the time it probably is).
As far as negotiating, I suggest you read this post in full: http://www.kalzumeus.com/2012/01/23/salary-negotiation/
I'd get the Thinkpad T440 with the 9 cell battery. It will cost you roughly the same as a MBA and less than a MBP.
The Thinkpad T440 is 4.0 lbs, 1 lbs heavier than a 13" MBA and between the 13" and 15" MBP in terms of weight (as you'd expect from a 14" machine).
I will say that the Thinkpad's touchpad isn't as good as the one found on Apple's machines (but those are industry leading). The display is also worse (although Windows doesn't take very good advantage of the "Retina" display anyway). However you gain more port options, battery options, you can upgrade it, it is cheaper, and less "showy" (so less likely to get robbed, etc).
If you REALLY want to get a Mac I'd definitely get the Pro just to somewhat counteract the VM performance loss.
I was in a similar situation last year (coming form an old MBA) and I decided to go with the Pro. The weight difference is not huge but noticeable. In terms of performance you don't need to worry about the Air, it'll be able to handle everything just fine. What really sold me on the Pro was the retina display. Beautiful. Once used to it it's really hard to go back to non-retina. What the Macbook Air has going for it is slightly longer battery life. So, I'd look at it as tradeoff between retina display and battery life. Don't even worry about performance.
We chose the MBPR displays because we could pick them up the next day and didn't have to wait on the build time for the T440s. I cannot say I didn't really look at those, but I did and would have probably purchased those if we weren't on such a time crunch.
It does cost more than the other 2 options but if you are a developer, it might be worth it.
It really depends on what things you wanna run on it. A VS, even inside a VM, the Air can handle the job easily. But if you want to run more programs on it, it will burn!
The upside of Air is the battery is awesome endless, giving that you don't have a lot programs running. On the other hand, and is the reason why I'd choose a Pro in the future, the retina screen!
My i5 Air, however, has a turbo boost option that up the processor speed from 1.7ghz to 3.7ghz when it's needed, and it's very fast comparing to my i5 lenovo running anything because of SSD.
Did you consider the Yoga? It looks pretty competitive.
I'm not saying it can't be done, but there's a reason packing off to a completely different country and successfully 'going native' is usually done by single people right out of college who haven't yet experienced a lot of success in their own country. Yes, plenty of older, more-established people do migrate for economic or political reasons, but they usually end up living in ethnic and linguistic enclaves.
My advice? Pick another country that uses English as their primary language, so you don't have that stress going for you, and pick one that's economically developed, so you don't have that stress going for you. You'll still have to adapt to the local bureaucracy, but at least you'll have a fighting chance to understand it. Many English-speaking countries use a points-based system for immigration that favors skilled workers, so you'll also have a much better chance of getting permanent residency.
A post by a Brit who moved to Prague:
An American's experiences moving to Germany:
A couple of interesting posts about life in Japan:
There are only ~150 or so posts so far but I think there's already a lot of interesting insight and stories to read!
I moved to Norway almost a year ago from the midwest US: I absolutely love it here and have no plans on returning to live. I can't give much career advise as I'm not working, but there are tech jobs in oil and naval industries from what I can gather. Being from the US, you will need a job before you move. I didn't have many moving expenses because honestly, I decided it was better to give my stuff away than to ship it plus I moved for marriage, so I had less to consider. Schools are good and higher education is free as well. The process seemed simple to get my residence permit: The most difficult part was waiting. I don't get permanent residency until a minimum of 3 years: until then renewal each year, mostly a process of a form, an interview perhaps, and some waiting. We do rent, as do most people here - I think we are paying around 8,000kr ($1300USD) and that is on the cheap end - though I'm in Trondheim and housing is cheaper outside of the city. Everything is expensive - I gave up trying to convert to USD and just learned the economy like I would a game. Though the actual cost of living is more here, the quality of life I have is greatly improved. I can walk everywhere safely. Public transportation is excellent - not having a vehicle is definitely not all that restrictive. Healthy food is the cheap food and healthcare is universal. I'm not fluent yet. It is important to learn (I start language classes next month) but isn't always required in some industries. Eating out is a rare treat because it is always expensive - but on the other hand, a good latte is cheaper than a bus ride. Yes, I do choose to walk with coffee instead of riding a bus at times. Nature is absolutely free - it is almost too bad I wasn't more of an outdoors person.Some of these I'm sure carry over to other countries: I imagine most people don't have dreams of living in the arctic, which comes with its own advantages/disadvantages depending on viewpoint.
> What has your experience been?
Mixed. Do your research first. It was difficult to get a bank account and rent a flat without references or fixed address (I stayed in a hostel the first few weeks).
I once got evicted from a flat (with 10 days notice) because of a legal loophole. The landlord was insolvent, bank repossessed, my tenancy agreement was declared void because landlord hadn't sought permission to let it out from the bank. As a tenant, you have no way of checking this upfront. Generally tenants are treated like shit and you need to be really wary. I was ignorant of any of this until it smacked me in the face - now I'm sufficiently up to date to give tenancy advise to the natives.
Compared to Germany, recycling here is barely known, which took some getting used to. You can't get a proper sausage in this country, but there's new exciting foods to compensate for it, and a wide variety of popular foreign dishes.
Other than that I like it, apart from the worrying rise of xenophobia, anti-EU sentiment and increasing internet censorship and monitoring. There's always Scotland though, after the breakup.
> What is your particular career?> Did you have to already have a job when you moved to that country?
I was offered a job as CTO, which was the opportunity to move I needed. If you do not have an offer letter in your pocket, it will be even more difficult to get a bank account and rent a flat (but search for "HSBC Passport").
> What were your moving expenses?
A flight for me, and a couple hundred euros to transport a few of my most important belongings. Do not bring more than this. Definitely don't bring furniture. Do not bring bed sheets or anything that is sized to fit certain items of furniture, it will not fit.
Then the price of a few weeks of temporary accommodation while I searched for a flat. I went cheap (40 a night) because I wasn't sure how long it would be for, and ended up in a hostel where the shower didn't work reliably. Found a flat after two weeks.
> How much is your rent or did you buy?
Rent in the UK is obscenely high, and so is buying (especially in and around London), and one of the things I still struggle with is the generally poor quality of available housing (ancient heating, drafty single glazed windows, "period" buildings).
> Have you become fluent in the native language and was the language barrier difficult to overcome?
Yes. I spoke English before, or thought I did, but the language barrier was still immense. English has many variations (I ended up in a meeting with an Irishman and couldn't understand a thing) and there's a lot of slang in use. It took about a year before it got acceptable, and after 5 years I can cope with almost all of it, including Glaswegian and Scouse.
> What was the process like to become a permanent resident?
Depends on where you come from. After a few years of legal residency, you can apply for naturalization and do a test that every person born in the country fails (but you just study for it and then you'll pass). As EU resident, there's no huge advantage in becoming a citizen (well, you get to vote if you like).
> What's the cost of living compared to where you moved from? Has your quality of life improved or not? How and why?
Considerably higher cost of living, all due to the high rent (other factors about the same). I'm not sure about quality of life, but I can tell you it was the most important thing in my life and everyone should live in a different country for some time (actually live there, holidays don't count).
As American, please consider that you will be made fun of by some, you will need to learn how to drive on the wrong side of the road and how to use a stick shift.
In general, be prepared to accept that things aren't like home and miss some food.
Incredible! Extensively checked out all the major European Cities for 2 years before making the move. Government & Commercial Aerospace R&D funding fell off a cliff in 2003 and that triggered the move.
2. What is your particular career?
Safety critical Air & Space Flight Control Systems Design & Certification. Commercial, Military, Space.
3. What were your moving expenses?
$11,000 dollars in 2003
4. How much is your rent or did you buy?
1143 Euros per month or $1545.85
5. Where did you move to/from?
FROM:KANSAS CITY, MISSOURITO:VIENNA, AUSTRIA.
6. How are the schools?
AMAZING! I had 3 young children (3,7,10) when we moved in 2003. The Vienna Bi-lingual Schooling project is a world famous education initiative. My 2 school age children had no difficulties. My 3 year old went into 2 years native German kindergarten.
After 4 years, both of my 2 older children moved to the German schooling. They have native Viennese accents, without any US detectable accent.
Education in Austria is intense, compared with the US. Up until the 9th year, kids go to school only 4 hours a day, and no homework!
The emphasis is entirely different. In the US, emphasis is on the 1st 4 years of gaining solid BASIC competency, at which point intensity goes to zero.
In Austria, the first 4 years are used to expose children to a large variety of subjects, and then the student decides where their interests are, and then attend the schools focused on that subject.
The 5th - 13th(HTL) years are intense. With the 9th year, students are taught the equivalent of college courses.
My oldest already knew what she wanted. BioEngineering! When we de-registered her at school, they gave us her education records, which contained testing results showing that she was 5 years ahead of her age in math and science!She attended HTL Rosensteingasse. A world renowned school of chemistry. http://hblva17.ac.at/
My middle son is at HTL Spengergasse which focuses on computer programming. http://www.spengergasse.at/
My youngest also starts at Rosensteingasse in the fall.
Higher Education is 100% free! So anybody who can pass the Matura(a tough school leaving certificate test founded in 1851) is guaranteed by law a free higher education.
7. Have you become fluent in the native language and was the language barrier difficult to overcome?
Yes, our entire family is fluent. German is a challenge for native English speakers. As Austrians are proud of their english lanugage education in school. They want to impress you with it, and practice it, wherever you go. They immediately pick up on your being a native English speaker when you talk German. You have to be polite and insist on speaking German with them, if in anything other than a shopping experience.
8. How long have you lived in this country? Are you a permanent resident or do you plan on moving back to the US?
We have lived here for 11 years. We are all permanent residents. Vienna is home for all of us. We have fully integrated.
I love my country (USA) but hate my government (USA).
Every American deserves the quality of life that Austrians have, thanks to the structuring of the Austrian Constitution on the US Constitution after WWII, Austria is the country that the USA used to be when I was growing up. A government of virtue, and a nation of "self interest rightly understood". A land of safety and security. A land of highly educated and intelligent people.
Now, its a nation given over to legalized (legal is what you can get away with (Bill Clinton)) piracy (take what you can, give nothing back(Captain Jack Sparrow)), kleptocracy and crony capitalism. Dog eat dog, everybody for themselves, and buyer beware. Injustice is everywhere you look. Crime is rampant. There is no "America" or "Americans" any longer. Just selfish spoiled brats who never grew up, and their victims. The rare exceptions can be found in the "flyover states" places like Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, and Missouri where we lived before emigrating to Austria. However the disease has now infected these once sheltered areas, and taken hold in a majority of the population. There are a few isolated pockets such as Boulder Colorado, however the signs of infection are now visible here as well.
The USA is a majority population of Apostates (who have perverted the rule of law, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Urinating on wisdom of the founding fathers.
Most egregious examples:
1. The "American Stazi" (NSA,FBI,CIA).
2. The Toyota software/hardware defect coverup & conspiracy http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=13216...
3. The killing of Aaron Swartz.
I am proud to be an American. I am embarrassed and ashamed of my government, and the people who disgrace our proud heritage as cowards who tolerate the destruction of this once great and proud nation.
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
Where is the outrage. Where is the revolution?Only a "second republic" of the United States of America will solve this problem.
I am a 3rd generation US citizen with all of my genetic heritage from Ireland.
I now live in a land with a terrible past (NAZI Genocide in WWII) which learned the tragic mistakes of the past and now respects life, and personal freedoms more than the victor of WWII and the worlds only superpower. I respect the Austrian Government far more than the government of the United States of America. This is a personal tragedy.
At this moment it is deeply painful even thinking about possibly giving up US citizenship (Hold out hope of revolutionary change). I regret that this however has become inevitable. The USA shall not recover its virtue in my, nor my children's lifetime. The people have to be willing to fight for it! FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. Citizens must hold its government accountable to the rule of law. US citizens choose not to given the cost of personal sacrifice. A Napoleonic "DIVIDE AND RULE" has poisoned our people and our politics.
We should be Americans first, but sadly we are now Americans last.
9. What was the process like to become a permanent resident?
I was classified as a "Very Qualified Worker" which substantially reduced the red tape.
Permanent residence in Austria also conveys permanent residence in the whole of the European Union.
Permanent residence requires B1 level German competency.
After 5 years of full time employment in Austria, exceeding a minimum income requirement, one can become a legal permanent resident of Austria and the EU.
10. Did you have to already have a job when you moved to that country?
Yes. In 2003 this was the case. However this is no longer the case with the Red-White-Red card (EU blue card)
11. What's the cost of living compared to where you moved from? Has your quality of life improved or not? How and why?
The European Union spends far more money on Aerospace R&D than any other country in the world. Its why Airbus is the world leader in commercial aircraft, and Ariane is the number one satellite launcher. NASA is a hollow political bureaucracy compared to world leaders DLR & CNES.
Weather: mild winters and summers.
Skiing and climbing in the Alps.
Austria is a country which tries its very best to eliminate "uncompensated externalities"(subsidies and privatizing gain while publicizing losses are extremely rare, but do exist here but in lower proportion). Actual costs (healthcare, pollution etc.) are incorporated in product pricing. Most things, as a result, cost more than in the US.
Austria is a "social" country(not socialist/communist). Over 50k in income taxes are 50% or greater, and very few tax deductions are allowed.
My quality of life has skyrocketed in comparison. Vienna & Zurich Switzerland for the past 40 years have had the highest quality of life in the world. I gave up my McMansion in a gated community in the USA for paradise on earth. My children have the very same freedom I had as a child growing up in the early 70s. Children here as young as kindergarten travel unaccompanied on the public transportation system to school. There is virtually no crime, especially violent crime. There is no poverty.
In Austria the private funding of political campaigns is illegal. The government funds 100% of the costs. As a result, the government belongs to the people. In America, nothing short of a revolutionary civil war can eliminate the corruption of the government by wealthy individuals and corporations.
Quality of life has a high price that Americans are just not willing to pay.
"Taxes are what we pay for civilized society"US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
If you are looking for almost USA that is not USA, then Canada. If you are looking for a good climate outside of USA then Australia. Or France, or Italy, but then you will need to learn the language. If you are looking for low expenses, then India, Thailand, or Vietnam. If you are looking for great social stability then Northern Europe countries, but these are notoriously hard to emigrate to... etc etc
(Creds: moved from Russia to Canada, travel a lot)
Australia: This is a great country to live. Great education, good jobs and awesome climate. I lived in Brisbane, which is located on the Northeast on the country. The only problem is that it takes forever to go anywhere. If you have a young family, this is one of the best place to raise them. Housing is apparently expensive now there.
Singapore: The living standard there is higher than the US. Everything is efficient, food is great and it has first class education. It is damn humid though. English is the native language there. It is located in South East Asia which makes many parts of Asia really accessible.
Czech Republic: I lived in Prague for a while. It is gorgeous, the public transport is efficient and it is cheap to live in. I have no idea about education. You can get by with English in daily life. However for paperwork you will need assistance from local. There are many expats living there.
Italy: I lived in Central Italy in Umbria region and my wife is from Ferrara. Italy has so many charming towns to move in and live although employment could be a problem. English will get you by OK and basic Italian is not hard to pick up. You will need assistance by local to do paperwork.
Indonesia: This is my country. It is a cheap place to live and you will get by with English as long as you stay in the big cities. It has fast growing economy and there should be plenty of opportunities for jobs. The international schools should be decent. In the capital city like Jakarta though you will encounter terrible traffic jam.
USA: I lived in Chicago when White Sox won the World Series. Enough said.
Egypt: I live here in Cairo now. It is both a very charming, surprisingly cosmopolitan and yet frustrating city. It is a very safe city. This is the most conservative city I've lived in terms of dress code and it is crippled by traffic jams. If you have adult children, Cairo is a fine city.
I guess Americans who don't mind the rain and grey skies would find it easy to settle here - English speaking, high quality of life, great education prospects for children. I have to say though tech wages here seem to be about half what they are in CA but even within the US, tech wages are much lower than CA.
Top 15 Cheap, Safe and Friendly Countries
Here are the top 15 cheapest, safest and friendliest countries:
COUNTRY / RATING 1. Macedonia 0.99 2. Georgia 0.98 3. United Arab Emirates 0.82 4. Morocco 0.80 5. Hong Kong 0.75 6. Montenegro 0.71 7. Malta 0.68 8. Taiwan 0.67 9. Ethiopia 0.63 10. Thailand 0.62 11. Estonia 0.60 12. Sri Lanka 0.59 13. Nepal 0.55 14. Bosnia And Herzegovina 0.55 15. Portugal 0.46
However, there are some major annoyances in both places as well. We Americans have come to expect things to be A. cheap B. quick and C. easy. See amazon.com. Those either don't exist or are 1/100 as useful outside of the US.
Other things are different as well, but nothing that is insurmountable and some are enjoyable as well.
BTW, I just got my perm residency in Canada and plan on staying here forever. The schools are better than where we came from (Phoenix), the people are nicer and the weather is much, much better (We live in Victoria; wife, 3 kids). Kids go to a francophone (not immersion, though there are those as well) school, ride their bikes everywhere and have parks around every corner. People still don't lock their doors sometimes.
That said, I probably would never live anywhere else in Canada other than Victoria....maybe Vancouver (though that is kinda pricey and doesn't offer the kind of lifestyle we are after). Rest of Canada has mostly miserable weather as far as I'm concerned.
Good education is expensive here. I meet later today with some US embassy workers and will ask what they pay for their kids.
I want to stay here and planning a marriage, it is really difficult to get a Paraguayan girl to live far from family for a long time. People here are extremely family oriented.
I thought it would be easy to find a job here as a Java/Groovy/Smalltalk/C++ developer, but it was not. You can find work here if you are into M$ technologies or maybe PHP. You will work many hours on boring projects and get paid almost nothing. If you work with a cooler tech stack there is no market here. Since I am here I have learned Scala, object oriented databases, search engines like Lucene and Elasticsearch, node.js and Meteor. All of that is not in use in the country. Finding remote work has never worked for me and only once I found a project for two month in Berlin. A friend who a Java developer is still employed by a German company and moved to rural Paraguay, he is married here and plans to become old here.
Living costs easily doubled since I am here. The quality of life is higher in some areas and lower in others, it always comes down to the compromises one is willing to make.
Last week I helped a guy from Tennessee to get his residency. A friend met him on a flight from Miami to Su Paulo, he wanted to get a second passport as an insurance to the limitations on civil rights going on in the US. We ran around for 4 days to get all the papers and seals the government asks for and now he has to wait for 90 days to get his permanent residency. After that he still has to apply for an ID card which will probably take another month.
What has your experience been?
More bureaucracy, more organizational hierarchy, but also a nice environments (close to the woods, mountains, etc.). People are a bit nicer/warmer here, but Dutchmen are more honest/to the point.
What is your particular career?
How much is your rent or did you buy?
We rent. Southern German university city. Approximately 900 Euro, 1100 Euro including garage and water.
Where did you move to/from?
Groningen, The Netherlands, though I commuted to Amsterdam for a while.
How are the schools?
Our kid only goes to kindergarten now. They are great. Less commercial than NL, much cheaper, nice personnel. I don't know about schools, but many German Bundeslnder have free university education.
Have you become fluent in the native language and was the language barrier difficult to overcome?
I had German in high school, so I can understand the language without too much trouble. I can speak at a basic level. The percentage people knowing English as a second language is far lower than The Netherlands or Scandinavian countries. But since we live in a university city, it's not too bad.
How long have you lived in this country?
1 year, and a couple of months when I was a child.
Are you a permanent resident or do you plan on moving back to the Netherlands?
Not sure, so far I am leaning towards staying permanently.
What's the cost of living compared to where you moved from?
Pretty much the same, though the wages seem to be better in academia.
Has your quality of life improved or not? How and why?
Yes, there are more opportunities, since it's larger country with more cities. Also, it's easier to relax more here, given that nature is nearby.
(http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/U.S.-...) -- "Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside."
I lived in Peru/Bolivia in 1968-69, taught high school physics in Spanish. One of the most enriching experiences of my life.
What has your experience been?- Mixed. There are good things and bad things. But, overall, I'm happier here and plan to stay.
What is your particular career?- .Net back-end programmer, back in the US. However, I'm trying to do other IT-related things here that don't involve me sitting in someone's cubicle for eight hours a day.
What were your moving expenses?- Just the price of the plane ticket. I sold everything, packed a few bags, and left.
How much is your rent or did you buy?- I'm renting a tiny apartment in one of the nicer neighborhoods in Asuncion for about $300/month. I highly recommend that you don't buy until after you've lived in a place for at least a year. It will take you that long to see if you really want to stay there, and also figure out the local real estate market.
Where did you move to/from?- US. Chicago and Texas.
How are the schools?- I don't have any kids, but I've heard that you'd probably want to send your kids to private schools here.
Have you become fluent in the native language and was the language barrier difficult to overcome?- I've become a little bit better than "functional", but nowhere near fluent. Unfortunately, it's easy to get lazy at this point. You'd generally need to be close to fluent in Spanish, to get anything done here. However, since I mostly hang out with Paraguayans who are educated IT people, many who have learned English. Since they're usually better at English than I am at Spanish, we often end up speaking in English.
How long have you lived in this country? Are you a permanent resident or do you plan on moving back to the US?- Just over three years here. I've had permanent residency for two and a half years. I plan to apply for Paraguayan citizenship at the end of this year (when I'll first be eligible). I don't plan to return to the US.
What was the process like to become a permanent resident?- Fairly easy. Get some documents from the US (birth certificate, police background check, etc.), have them legalized by the Paraguayan Embassy/Consulate in the US, deposit $5000 in a local bank (to prove financial solvency), and hire a local "gestor" for about $800 to deal with getting the paperwork stamped and submitted, dragging me around to the required appointments, etc. Six months later, I have my permanent residency and applied for my "cedula" (national ID), which took about a month to receive.
Did you have to already have a job when you moved to that country?- Nope. But I had a decent amount of savings (emphasis on "had").
What's the cost of living compared to where you moved from? Has your quality of life improved or not? How and why?- I live on around $1000 a month. I could live cheaper if I cooked at home more often. I could live more expensively, if I rented a bigger/nicer home. Overall, I'd say my life is better - even when you include the stress of still trying to get some business idea to work. I lost about 25 pounds of excess weight, from eating better and walking more. I feel less stressed, since I'm not being constantly bombarded by wars/bad economy/etc. I'm in a place that I believe will grow and improve over the next few years/decades (something I can't really say for the US).
Japan is a country that suits some people very well, and others not at all. It's not great if you like driving, lots of personal space, fitting in, etc. Personally I find it almost entirely very agreeable. It's such a homogeneous society that some things might depend on your background.
> particular career?
Miscellaneous web/front-end/content development; later tech evangelism.
> moving expenses?
Minimal, but that was ~15 years ago and I had very little stuff. I brought two suitcases and shipped a few boxes by sea. It was under $1K, perhaps half that.
Tokyo center is on par with downtown S.F. - i.e. egregious. But due to unbelievably never-want-to-leave public transport, you can live well outside the city comfortably. My rent is around $1300/mo; commute ~40 minutes.
> Where did you move to/from?
From midwest US to Tokyo environs.
> How are the schools?
Mixed. Japanese schools are excellent at many things - fostering discipline and responsibility, math/science, work ethic. Having students fetch/serve/clear up their own lunches, sweep their own corridors etc. is something I wish I could export. On the other hand schools here are terrible with initiative and English. International schools are super pricey - possibly beyond the reach of a typical programmer.
> fluent in the native language, language barrier difficult?
Yup and yup. You can live in Japan easily with very little language skill; career-wise being bilingual is a massive, massive boon. I sailed into my first tech job purely because I could speak very basic Japanese, and I could learn the tech faster than some other guy could learn the language. The language has a high initial hump, but is relatively sane and has very few rules to learn. (Apart from kanji, which are hard but for some purposes optional.)
> How long? Permanent resident? return to the US?
15 years or so, and yup for PR. I could see myself returning if there was a good reason though - I don't think it's very useful to try to plan such things very far out.
> process to become a permanent resident?
Easy if you meet a few well-defined requirements, impossible otherwise. I vaguely recall it being: 10 years residency if single, 5 years if married to a national, but there are a few addenda.
> already have a job when you moved?
Nope - just arrived as a tourist and poked around. With tech skills and a smattering of language ability you can trip over an entry-level job; with one but not the other it's doable but might take some looking. If you're a senior person with no language skills, it's still very possible but having several leads before arriving would be well-advised.
> cost of living? quality of life?
These are subjective, but for me, absolutely. Clean, safe, amazing public infrastructure, etc. It's fairly pricey but salaries tend to be commensurate. If I was more bohemian I might hate it - I've known people who came intending to live here and left within three months. But I'm not sure it's possible to know what you want until you try living with it.
Do hope this is helpful!
>What has your experience been?Its been wonderful. As a kid I lived in Germany for a few years, but this is my first time living abroad since. There are pros and cons with every place. No place is perfect. Living abroad youll learn to appreciate the positives you can enjoy in each place.
>What is your particular career?Mechanical Engineer
>What were your moving expenses?Single 1 way ticket - $1000 - $1500Visa - $1500 deposit (refundable on return. Fingers crossed)Everything I brought fit in two suitcases. Import taxes are high
>How much is your rent or did you buy?I pay $350 a month to share a three bedroom, 1.5 bath town home with two others. Water is included. Electricity is slightly higher per kwhr when compared to the states.
>Where did you move to/from?From Colorado to Cape Town
>How are the schools?You get world class private schools to third world public education. A lot of the schools are a mix of public/private entities. Similar grade system to USA. Cant really talk about this though, dont have any youngsters
>Have you become fluent in the native language and was the language barrier difficult to overcome?English is common, but learning one of the local languages would be a fun task. The Afrikaans language is similar to Dutch. The native African languages would be more challenging to learn coming from English.
>How long have you lived in this country? Are you a permanent resident or do you plan on moving back to the US?Ive been living here since January. My visa is temporary, 2 years. Not sure what will happen or where I will go next.
>What was the process like to become a permanent resident?N/A But the visa process not fun, lots of documents, medical records, and the return envelope I sent went missing which delayed things further.
>Did you have to already have a job when you moved to that country?N/A Although I would say that I already had a connection here. Moving to a new place one way ticket style without visiting or talking to anybody may be a bit more exciting.
>What's the cost of living compared to where you moved from? Has your quality of life improved or not? How and why?The cost of living here is cheaper. Quality food and eating out is cheaper. McDonalds prices and Burger king prices are similar to back home, and taste the same surprisingly Im definitely earing less money now than I did in the states. In general basic necessitates are cheaper, but luxuries are more expensive including cars, electronics, bicycles, etc.
Great, I really like it here. Mostly because for the most of my careers I've been working next to highly educated people, so my perception is that the Dutch are much smarter than the English. Plus I'm usually not the smartest person in the room (thankfully!). None of that small-minded idiocy that I see at home.
The culture is great; they're direct like the Americans, commercial like us Brits and diplomatic like the Scandinavians. The directness suits me, and I can use my British politeness when needed too. More tools in the toolbox.
> What is your particular career?
Software Architect (the good kind, who can code) though I'm trying to start up for myself.
About 10k EUR, moving was 1k but you need 5k for a cheap 2nd hand car and 1k for health insurance and other costs.
Buy, 1.2k EUR a month mortgage on a house in an average town.
UK to Netherlands to be with my dutch girlfriend (now wife). That was 8 years ago.
Excellent, because they're split by capability (vocational, technical, university).
I'm fluent through a combination of not fearing saying something stupid and investing 3k EUR in courses at a local university.
> How long have you lived in this country? Are you a permanent resident or > do you plan on moving back to the US?
I want to bring my baby up here. Much better than the UK.
EU to EU is very easy.
> Did you have to already have a job when you moved to that country?
I had a low-level job arranged, found a better job within a month.
> What's the cost of living compared to where you moved from? Has your quality > of life improved or not? How and why?
Cost of living is much higher: the social system here is better, the taxes are higher and more progressive. My income is high enough that it means that I'm paying about 25% more tax. Plus in the UK I could probably earn more because I could easily switch to Sales.
The easiest way to be an expat, by far, is to work for an American company who then sends you to work overseas. Ideally, an American firm with a large number of overseas US workers and an established program for that -- or a government organization like the State Department, entities like USAID, etc.
It's probably easier (in terms of not needing to make any decisions) to work for a US oil company and live on a compound in Saudi Arabia than it is to find your own way in a more permissive country. But less fun, I'm sure.
Lived in a small beach town in Mexico for a month. There were a lot of expats there, super cheap, safe, friendly town. Everyone there spoke enough English that I could get along easily without any Spanish. Quality of life was fantastic. Only downside was very slow/unstable internet access.
I'd seriously consider South Africa, a place like Durban. Great city, everyone speaks English, low cost of living, lots of culture/resources/fast internet, tons to do. Was just there for two weeks. Super nice people, very health focused society.
An example would be someone sent to HK, Tokyo, Singapore, maybe Shanghai. I have less experience with Shanghai but just looking at the services available it looks like there's an "expat" crowd. Simply search for "apartments in ____" If you find several websites advertising expensive apartments for expats then that city is probably a place with lots of them.
Me, I've never been an "expat" by the definition above.
In any case, if you can get a company in your local country to send you you'll often not have much trouble. They'll take care of the visas and immigration issues. You won't be expected to speak the language. You'll likely get paid more than you would if you went on your own which can be a big deal.
You might also consider a country that speaks the same language. Their cultures are still different. England has a very different culture than the USA. So does Singapore. I'm going to guess so do Australia and New Zealand. Might not be as different as China or India but still different.
Pro's: - Great culture, great food. Groceries fresh and reasonably priced.
- Coming from english, Italian is a relatively easy language to learn and people are happy to speak it with you.
- Pretty good infrastructure. Good train systems to move around the country. Rome has a good subway system.
- Lots of walking/biking in daily life keeps you in shape.
- Anything ivolving the government is a beaurcratic nightmare. We applied for student permits in August and didn't get them till after we returned home in January. Never tried it but starting a business is probably a lot of paper work.
- Nothing in the city runs on a schedule Buses, People, any type of meetings. The saying that Mussolini did bad things, but he made the trains run on time definatly makes sense after living there.
- Cost of housing his high, though the outskirts of the city are cheaper.
All in all I loved my time there as an experience, but working there may be a challenge.
1. Real compatibility instead of compatibility libraries. Compatibility libraries just serve to fragment the community and frustrate developers (try to use Facebook integration fragments in a 4.0+ application if you don't believe me).
Either the mobile OS wars are over and Android and iOS won (I think the most likely scenario for the next 10 years), or there are major developments coming up that we (I) can't foresee that will change this dynamic. But for now, that's it.
If you KNOW you're infringing a patent, it's MUCH worse than if you're infringing without knowing. That's why it can be better to not do patent searches.
A year ago, I used Wordpress on shared hosting, then my service was terminated once I hit the front page of HN (~300 concurrent users). I've been using Jekyll + GitHub Pages since, and I've had no issues whatsoever, aside from the occasional GitHub outages.
(and this makes me sad)
See the pelican folder here for code examples - feel free to steal the theme, just write your own content.
It uses markdown, has lots of themes (some paid, some free, some OSS), you can host it yourself.
To do code snippets, try the <code> or <pre> tags.
I suppose if you want a full commenting system, then a platform makes sense. However, on low-traffic blogs I think the comments (or rather, lack thereof) make it seem like someone's talking to an empty room.
For just having something already set to focus on your writing, I really like what I've seen from Jekyll, I don't have a need yet but I'm definitely keeping it in mind for future projects.
Not a dealbreaker, just something to be aware of. (And if anyone knows of other embeddable comment systems that can be used on static sites, I'd love to hear about them!)
And demo: http://www.oddevan.com/
Rather than host your own, I prefer just going with tumblr or something slick. I do like tumblr for its social connectedness, easy sharing and liking. Whatever floats your boat, though.
Tech.pro is a blogging platform / professional network catered only to the tech world (primarily software development).
Our editor is markdown-based and handles code snippets etc. quite well in addition to having support for embedded frame sites such as jsfiddle/codepen/sqlfiddle/etc.
Although you're writing on the TP platform, you still retain full ownership of your data. You can even download a neatly organized archive of all your blogs (and revisions) in both Markdown and html format at any time.
My Blog: http://tech.pro/leland/blogMy Profile: http://tech.pro/leland
* I already have a server running under my desk, running Apache, and a git repo web-served via CGIT, where I can store any serious code snippets that require versioning. So I'm not interested in anything that uses third party hosting.
* I'm the only blogger: no multi-user capabilities needed.
* The publishing side doesn't even have to be web-based; the minimal requirements are that I can log in to a shell account and post a blog by creating a text file and running some command. This then updates the page nicely, including the RSS feed and whatnot.
* No user comment feature required; it's okay if users mail-in comments, and there is a way to publish selections from the mailbag.
- Jekyll + GitHub Pages (https://help.github.com/articles/using-jekyll-with-pages)
- Octopress/Jekyll + GitHub Pages (http://octopress.org/)
- Svbtle (https://svbtle.com/)
- Medium (https://medium.com/)
- Ghost (https://ghost.org/)
(for more tips, see my kickstarter project: http://kck.st/1sYmezD )
I wrote my posts using Markdown and done with it. Pretty simple.
Hosting Hugo blog on GitHub Pages ~ http://hugo.spf13.com/tutorials/github_pages_blog
It uses Sphinx markup which is great for embedding source code snippets and extending the blog with own extensions or pre-built ones.
Some hip ppl might try to use a makerbot or w/e but to get any kind of height on the platform u will need a LOT of plastic.
Platform isn't important. You can do what you are trying to do on ANY platform.
I've done this a grand total of once, so didn't spent 3 months building out the rest of the feature.
I use the same trick for doing data import. I'd love to get that working in an actually automated fashion, because it does get used pretty frequently, but unfortunately arbitrary column-to-column mapping UIs are hard to do well.
For flying types:
- Regulation. Which is understandable, due to the safety risks of autonomous flying machines.
- Energy storage/consumption. Electric drones are the most common now, but there could be a move towards Petrol based ones once technology catches on (lighter/more efficient engines).
For land type:
- Mobility. Right now there is a lot of focus on leg-based and weg-based designs.
- Vision. Object recognition is slowly coming along, but the POV of a land based robot makes it a bit more difficult.
For water type:
From my experience.Wheel-leg hybrid design.
From a consumer standpoint, the pricing has come down substantially. You can build a fully autonomous quadcopter for ~$500 these days (minus the transmitter).
The problems I see are regulation, and battery performance.
Regulations are really up in the air right now. There have been two rulings by judges that the FAA's current policies do not cover restriction of commercial usage for drones. The FAA is actively fighting this. I feel that over the next few years, we'll see some solid rules set down, and more than likely they'll be extremely strict to start. Statistically speaking, the FAA has an amazing track record, and letting anyone into the skies has a real chance of marring that record substantially.
Cell power density is getting better and better, but it still takes a lot of work to get over an hour flight time on a multirotor. Thus they tend to be used for on-spot and precision flying shots for video. Fixed wing drones on the other hand have amazing range (I've seen 70km+ flights), but are less capable in the precision flying that a multirotor provides.
On this topic, I am a huge fan of what Chris Anderson is doing over at 3DRobotics. Their open-source APM is the flight controller I choose for most of my projects, and it is extremely configurable.
Hope this helps :)
On the technical side we faced a few chanllanges. The first was reliability. Our planes were small <10 lbs, but would enevitly go down and be very difficult to recover. After the first couple crashes we designed a protective shell around the expensive bits. Causes of the crashes we always unique, from a loose connection, to interference.
The next biggest problem was battery life, ours was an electric system and getting more flight time in the tiny platform was difficult. This of course limited the range which limited it usefullness.
Otherwise, we solved the autonomy with off-the-shelve components (albeit military grade). Otherwise most other issues were resolved with software (flight planning, data recovery, etc).
Our application was aerial imaging, I imagine other applications would have another set of problems.
I use macbook and sublime to do my work, light reflection sometimes blurs the text, but it is mostly tricky, I try different position and get it working. It's little difficult to work outside during sunny days.
At times I love the reflection of sky on my screen http://imgur.com/a/ZhOv2
Hah, I just remembered that my alternative would have been a netbook modded with a Pixel Qi display from Maker Shed. Maker Shed does not seem to have them anymore, but perhaps you can find one of the prebuilt devices with pixel qi displays: http://www.pixelqi.com/devices
edit: I cannot recommend working in nature enough! I'm usually both super productive and in great mood while working outdoors.
However, the first Adam tablet is out of production. It also got obliterating reviews. The only two devices I find is the Adam II which is only available for shipping in India and the SOL 7" android-g.
Adam II: http://www.amazon.in/Notion-Ink-Adam-Tablet-White/dp/B00HYVR...Android-g: http://www.solcomputer.com/sunlight-readable-tablet/7-androi...
The Adam II got good reviews by the Indian users but I haven't seen any western review of it.
I would so back a kickstarter campaign for something like this.
"The advantage of Pixel Qi displays over conventional LCDs is mainly that they can be set to operate under transflective mode and reflective mode, improving eye-comfort, power usage, and visibility under bright ambient light."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_Qi
I was in Ubud, Bali earlier last for a few months and worked in my garden under an awning. ( photo here: http://goo.gl/p1HdNG ). The garden had a power socket. Nicest working location I've had! On the downside wifi could be a bit spotty and there were occasional power outages.
Even on a Macbook Air, the screen is bright enough for me to code during the day (in the shade). As a bonus, you have an unlimited supply of alpha testers for whatever you create!
Requirements for me:- shade: the sun is too harsh to be exposed to it for any considerable period of time and causes plenty of screen glare. - decent hardware: I'm using a standard laptop. XPS 13 in my case. Too small kills productivity but YMMV.- internet connection: easily found in hotels and restaurants. data card if further away or with bad signals. local if no connection is available.- reasonably quiet: I don't like headphones, but if the environment is too noisy it makes longer stretches hard/impossible.
As long as that setup can be carried outdoors feasibly, I would not mind working outdoors if that was an option - weather permitting of course.
- low power- out door readable- light weight
The problem is that it isn't in one, handy package.
Laptops are limited by displays, it sounds like transflective-LCD is ideal. Panasonic Toughbooks have them, so could be a good bet.
I'd like to build an enclosure for a Pi and a PixelQi setup (they made the screens for OLPC). https://www.adafruit.com/products/1303
I assume there just isn't a market large enough to force these into existence?
Would love a simple, cheap, tiny Linux netbook with high quality keyboard & trackpad. Resigned myself to the fact that I'll always need a Mac for design (Sketch etc), but I oculd happily hack on code in Arch.
The screen is an issue though, I'd much rather have the Lenovo W530 I had in my previous job. It was really nice when working without external displays and had very nice battery life to boot.
One thing that no one has touched on. It is much easier to work if you use an inverted color scheme for your terminals. Black text on a white background works better when front-lighting LCD technology.
I can't help with cracking the reader. Keep in mind, while it has a benefit of not reflecting sun light with a glare, it still is not 100% immune to it.
You can always try making some shade where you work. Bring some headphones and music, as some environments can be distracting and noisy.
If you just need a basic cert, either your domain registar (to keep everything in one place, assuming the price is at least competitive) or ssls.com (cheapssl.com) - If you are paying more than $10 you're being ripped off.
The next class is the wildcard variety. You'll pay a bit more for this, but the one cert will handle any subdomain on the primary domain you register. If I remember correctly these are around $80-90.
Finally, to get the green bar in URL bar, you would need an extended validation. SSLs.com has these for like $125, but I know I have seen them for under $100 elsewhere.