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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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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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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 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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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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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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how do early stage startups hire ninja programmers [closed]

I am programmer who just started working on a startup idea. At the moment I want to bring onboard at least one programmer. This programmer should be a ninja - a 10x engineer. Since early days are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Selecting the (right?) technology and environment

We are two developers on the edge of starting new web product development. We are both fans of lean start-up approach and would like to practice continuous deployment. Here comes the dilemma - we ...
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Where can I find fellow developers who are looking for help to create a startup? [duplicate]

Where can I find fellow developers who are looking for help to create a startup? Are there any collaboration websites whereby people pitch ideas and a group of people 'join' the project in an effort ...
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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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Moving from Employee to Business Owner smoothly

I currently work for a company, a big company. I have a contract that states that I need to ask for permission to have another job. Very standard I suppose. I'd like to start trying out some ideas ...
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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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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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Where to look for a programming partner? [closed]

Say that you want to start a new project (I'm talking about a serious project — e.g if you had an idea that seems good and profitable — not about something you start just to learn a new ...
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How to start a Software Company [closed]

I've always been interested in wondering how software companies happen. I find it extremely difficult once you're tied down with car, house, life etc. Funding is always the biggest concern. To make ...
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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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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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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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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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How competitive are Software Engineering startup jobs? [closed]

Background: I've worked in a quantitative financial consulting position for the past 4-5 years (financial modeling with Matlab, VBA, Excel mostly). I have a degree in Computer Science (BA) and Math ...
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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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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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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 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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Evaluating a Programmer for Startup

I have sorted through the previous questions and couldn't find a specific answer to the following (and thank you in advance): I have fully developed my idea on paper and am looking to move forward ...
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Is it smart to give idea to company?

I have a few interesting ideas (business ideas) that can be implemented as add-on features of existing business products (web-based products, mostly startups). Based on experience, can anyone let me ...
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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 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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In reference to .NET development and startups [closed]

Not posting a question of my own per se, but I am a ".NET developer". I read the following article about one startup CEO's opinion of hiring .NET experienced developers. He has some comments on the ...
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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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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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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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place to propose a open source project and collaborate on software requirements before start to coding

I'm searching for a web site to start a new open source project. I want to start the developing of a "SPORT training log". I have some developing skill but not all I need (I dont know web coding). ...
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Steps in creating a Complex Web Application

Hey guys I have this great idea for a web application, but I am unsure on how to develop it. I know I need a team of people to make it, Developers and Designers, but where do I start? Eventually I ...
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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...