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How does one build skills to be a successful software entrepreneur? [closed]

I'm a mid-to-senior level SDET, and I currently have no managerial experience (although I hope to pick some up in about 5 years). At some point in the distant future (say, 10–15 years from now), I'd ...
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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 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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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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How to control work of programmers (outsourcers) [closed]

Some time ago I decided to outsource web development projects (php coding & design). I've opened small office abroad with manager and couple of programmers and designer. I just started but already ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 it possible for a one-man start-up to follow agile methods like Scrum? [duplicate]

For a small start-up with only one or two programmers, is it possible to implement agile methods like Scrum? If NO, what is the minimum team size required? I guess Scrum needs few programmers to be ...
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Where to find Developers to work for a Start-Up with the pay being shares [closed]

So I'm literally just starting a start-up in the Education Industry. A very broad summary that leaves out the vast majority of the idea is that it's a true education management system, one that ...
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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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When does freelancing become a start-up?

In one of my previous question in this Q&A site, someone suggested me that freelancing is not for everyone. I gave a thought over it and came to a conclusion that it is correct. While it may be a ...
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What are some good Photo and Artwork APIs?

We had an idea for starting a ecards service and were looking into the possibility of populating our site using photo/artwork APIs. Due to legal reasons, Flikr probably won't work, although I've ...
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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? [closed]

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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Good practices every startup should follow [closed]

A couple of friends at work an me are going to set up a little startup / create our own software, probably moonlighting at first, since we cant yet afford to quit our day jobs. Neither of us has have ...
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Hiring at start-ups vs established companies [closed]

I have always wondered about this and perhaps experienced folks here can comment on this. I always read that big established software companies such as Google, Microsoft, etc are always wary of hiring ...
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Good questions to ask the CEO and CTO of a start-up during an interview [closed]

There are numerous questions on this site regarding questions to ask a potential employer during an interview. However, I was wondering if there were specific questions that should be asked when ...
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Quitting a small start-up where you are a primary developer? [closed]

Just curious to hear from other people who may have been in similar situations. I work for a small startup (very small) where I am the main developer for a major part of the app they are building, the ...
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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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Any ideas about puzzles and recruitment with Coderloop?

Does anybody have any experience with Coderloop? It is supposed to be community of developers solving programming puzzles, and they use that information to help companies recruit. Has anybody been ...
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How to get people involved in your project?

I have many project ideas and unfortunately all require a team of at least 3-5 developers. I've started a project by myself too many times without reaching the end. The point is to involve people in ...
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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 is the most productive way to start and manage the development of a large web application?

I've searched high and low for a good answer to this question, and as far as I can gather it's just a combination of standard organization tools (keeping a routine, good folder structure, extensive ...
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How much freeware is downloaded by an average user? [closed]

I am interested in the amount of usage of freeware (closed source) running under Windows, which is not preinstalled on PCs. The closest I expect to get to such statistics is the amount of freeware ...
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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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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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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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Are IT and software industry getting more and more litigious?

The last couple of years I've been observing an exponential growth in the news related IT companies and individuals taking their cases to court, on one side, and the questions concerning legal matters ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...