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Is it recommended to use more than one language at a startup? [closed]

I work for a mobile startup where, for historical reasons, our chosen language was C#. I was recently assigned to a small project to build a tool that would be used by us internally. When I explained ...
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How significant is node's advantage of training developers in only one language and putting them on tasks across the tech-stack? [closed]

I have recently joined a startup as CTO/co-founder. The startup and I have been thinking about moving the existing codebase (which is in PHP5.5, laravel framework) to node.js . Main reason for this ...
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Is it common for the founder of a web app to lack technical expertise to scale it?

When I look at things like Twitter, it seems like the idea is so simple to implement initially that the founder does not have to be very technically talented. Basically it's just a guy with a good ...
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Lean Startup MVP: Quality Code or Quick and Dirty [duplicate]

Hello some programmers might know about the lean philosophy, building a minimal viable product Lean Startup MVP. I ask myself (when building Webapps): "Should I put effort into writing good ...
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How to integrate a second programmer to a startup [duplicate]

I'm the technical founder of a startup and I'm currently looking to hire a second developer for our product. Since I've been the sole developer, there is no formal organization for the project and I ...
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Selecting the (right?) application design [closed]

While working to build software products for early stage startups, I have seen two very common schools of thought that define an approach to application design. Those 2 paradigms typically include ...
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As a soon-to-be-grad, will my skills and/or career suffer if I join a startup where I'll be the (equal) senior-most developer? [closed]

tl;dr: I'm a grad, worried about not learning a lot and improving my skills if I join a startup where I won't have senior devs mentoring and helping me. I do have other offers. I'm in my final year ...
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Creating a custom GUI. App/DE/WM?

I am starting with this project of mine of writing a custom UI for linux. What would happen is: The computer would boot into this UI which would not be the typical taskbar/icons/startbutton kind of ...
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Should I be afraid of a major corporation stealing my idea? [closed]

If I have an idea for a website that's really good, but I myself am not experienced enough to execute it well single-handedly, but I get it going with a team of people (guess that's called a ...
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How to Protect Intellectual property violations from one's own team [duplicate]

I have an android app idea, I want to make the app along with a few batch-mates in my collage. (1) How do I make sure that these guys will not compromise the intellectual properties involved? In the ...
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Building a tool to fix compiler errors automagically

When a program doesn't compile, error messages are sometimes esoteric. Often a simple Google search leading to a site like stack exchange solves the problem. Now why can't we automate this? How ...
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Must-have tools and practices for an agile start-up

I've been working in the software industry for a few years now. I've seen Waterfall in practice, and I've seen several projects attempt Agile with varying degrees of success... which got me thinking. ...
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In startups does one get an adequate feedback on his performance? Or does a “bang” come unexpected? [closed]

I started working for a start-up company. Generally the pace is very fast and have a lot of expectations. This is different for me since I used to work for a big company with a lot of structure and ...
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Underlying infrastructure behind something similar to Code School [duplicate]

I'm working on a venture similar to Code School: it features a code editor (currently, i'm using ACE Editor) and a real-time "Run" option. I have no idea how Code School works with this... i thought ...
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What are some important guidelines when starting a software cooperative? [closed]

We are a group of people who are about to start a software cooperative, which means all of us (and other future workers) will be the owners of the 'company' rather than having bosses and employees. We ...
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What are the methods to estimate source code value?

I've been working on some project on my free time for the past few months. Recently I've been approached by friends to build a startup, and this source code would be very valuable to us. As a ...
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How to learn & introduce scrum in small startup?

In a few months, a friend will establish his startup software company, and I will be the software architect with one additional developer. Though we have no real day-to-day experience with agile ...
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starting project with growth in mind. [closed]

I have an idea for a web application and have some good people keen to get involved. I will be doing most of the code at the start and have a few years experience with some quite large projects. I ...
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Under which circumstances (if any) does it make sense to work for a startup, for free? [closed]

I've been bumping around the startup world for a while, and most startups I've seen seem to have (amongst other things) two things in common: A lack of money An inability to, reliably, hire good ...
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Is a startup revolving around a web app still viable? [closed]

I have an idea for a startup that revolves around a web app. I plan to incorporate a mobile app in the future but, unlike something like instagram, users will be more likely to access with a desktop ...
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Do startups need a dba? [closed]

I am a Database/ BI person with 5+ years of experience (SQL Server and Oracle). I would really love to work for a startup, but from the feeling I get from seeing the job postings, most startups are ...
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How can we unify business goals and technical goals?

Some background I work at a small startup: 4 devs, 1 designer, and 2 non-technical co-founders, one who provides funding, and the other who handles day-to-day management and sales. Our company ...
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Is blogging a good platform to get into freelancing from a completely unrelated job?

Quick background - I work in a bank doing financial modelling where I need to do some domain specific programming, but otherwise it's only statistics and presentations. Situation - Software has ...
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Is it worth moving from Microsoft tech to Linux, NodeJS & other open source frameworks to save money for a start-up? [closed]

I am currently getting involved in a startup, I am the only developer involved at the moment, and the other guys are leaving all the tech decisions up to me at the moment. For my day job I work at a ...
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What does this software do when it says “white labeled routing”?

I am reading about a start-up company that works with online surveys: Fulcrum is the world’s first complete project management suite to give clients the power to seamlessly integrate multiple ...
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How to work on my personal ideas during the weekend? [closed]

I'm working full time 5 days a week, mostly between 10 and 14 hours a day. In the end of the day I'm very tired and just wanna take a shower, hang out and go to sleep. I have a lot of ideas that I ...
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Is a company order to switch to a certain IDE a red flag?

I recently joined a rapidly growing startup. In the past 3 months the development team has grown from 4 to 12. Until now they were very laissez-faire about what developers used to do their work. In ...
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Which job should I choose [closed]

I have a two job offers currently one from a upcoming funded start up (I) and other from one of a large established software giant (A) I is paying me less than A but I has potential to pay me better ...
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What to look for in Startup employees [closed]

I am an engineer but don't have a computer science background. I am proficient with Python, Django, use Mongo and know a bit of C++ / C#. Dabble with NGinx here and there. My weekend project, a nifty ...
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If competition is using 'lingua obscura' for development (why) should I be worried? [closed]

I was reading Paul Graham's essay - Beating The Averages (2003) and here's what he had to say: The more of an IT flavor the job descriptions had, the less dangerous the company was. The safest ...
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Do you need to meet personally to collaborate effectively?

If you are starting up a web, mobile, or standalone application, how well must you know the rest of your collaboration team? Would it be a bad idea to ever work with someone unless I've met him ...
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Should I take on this very large project idea? [closed]

The last month I have had idea of a very large project to take as a software hobby/potential business project - simply because I saw some "vision" of a great tool if this would be done. The idea ...
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How viable is it to switch stacks for setting up a startup [closed]

I am currently employed with a company for 2.5 years and I have been working with the .net stack for the entire duration mainly on the MVC framework. I believe I have some cool ideas for a startup but ...
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What programmers should do if there are no tasks in hand for few days? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to productively spend “free time” at the office Sometimes specially in the end of the year in software companies, there are less work for the team, at ...
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How are software tests done at tech startups?

I've seen a lot research articles and tech blogs that boast the benefits of software testing. I've convinced on that. But since all the software testing research are conducted by large software ...
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How to present my startup experience in my CV?

I started doing Android mobile development (with a partner) sometime ago. I do this in part time. I'm trying to find out how to display this information in my CV, since I believe it is relevant for ...
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migrating product and team from startup race to quality development [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A simple ways to improve the release quality in RAD environment This is year 3 and product is selling good enough. Now we need to enforce good software development ...
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Should fresh grads join startups keeping in mind the future? [closed]

I'll graduate next year and the campus drive has secured me a couple of jobs with what we call the "big" companies. But I had approached a startup recently as I really liked their projects and am also ...
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Starting a new startup/web application, how to choose a hosting provider? [closed]

When creating a new startup related to a web application, how to choose a hosting provider ? Assuming the code of the web application is oriented DDDD (Distributed Domain Driven Development) to ...
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Are the goals of Startup Weekend realistic? [closed]

I'm planning to attend Startup Weekend and I'm trying to see if what they're pitching is actually viable. On their front page, they say: No talk. All action. Launch a startup in 54 hours. Is ...
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Is web application startup time really that important?

Had a conversation with someone about adding some initialization code on application startup and he complained about that causing an increasing in the startup time. He couldn't really state a reason ...
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How to deal with potential enterpreneur developer in a IT startup

In a software startup, how can we deal with the main developers/programmers of the company who are good at design and communication, and also have entrepreneurial skills? How do we get them work for ...
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How do you report “startup experience” on your resume? [closed]

Say you've spent a significant amount of time (5 years) serially starting up companies, with enough success to keep going for 5 years, but not enough to retire rich. And now, with a mortgage and a ...
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Freelancing as an individual. Products as a company. Should I integrate the two to grow?

When I started my company in 2005, I began with freelancing projects, but quickly moved to products. My personal site listed my consulting availability and portfolio pieces, which included a selection ...
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Small companies and software licensing

Small companies with small budgets may not have have the money to invest in expensive software licenses that they may need for a given development project. This is even more so if the project was a ...
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How to Identify the Programmers with the Appropriate Skill Sets?

I'd appreciate help in fleshing out a set of criteria or "outline" for determining the most appropriate programmers for my situation as well as avenues to find these programmers. I've put together a ...
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Starting up in a basement and scaling

So I have this 'great' idea in my head that I want to start working on and build a company around it. Been working on desktop development for 5+ years and the idea revolves around the web. My exposure ...
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Should I be paid for time spent learning a framework?

To give light to the situation: I am currently one of two programmers working in a small startup software company. Part of my job requires me to learn a Web development framework that I am not ...
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How would one start a website with robust and scaleable hosting?

This question is about hardware and hosting, and how to "bootstrap" them. If you built a really great website, how could you have it hosted at low cost but so that it reassures customers that their ...
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One-time income with recurring costs: how to mantain an app in the cloud

You have an idea of a software/app/webapp/website that you would like to spend some effort and implement. Your idea uses a cloud system to keep things up and you think you could earn some money by ...