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Entries tagged startups, quora in 2010

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Where can I find a calendar of upcoming tech events in the San Francisco / Bay area?

Take a look at http://lanyrd.com/places/san-fra...

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What are the main things a non-technical co-founder of a tech company should focus on while the site is still being developed?

Building the right product.

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If I’m bootstrapping a company and expect to get funding within months, what structure of company do VC’s look for?  C Corp, S Corp, LLC?

Apparently a Delaware C Corp makes everything a whole lot easier once VCs are involved.

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What are some ways I can get the word out about my startup/entrepreneur focused conference?

Add it to lanyrd.com and make sure you list all of the speakers. Then anyone who signs in to Lanyrd and is following at least one of your speakers on Twitter will be told about your event.

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What are the differences between GDC and SXSW? Which one is better for a web entrepreneur?

I haven’t been to GDC, but it’s a game development conference. SxSW interactive is almost entirely web stuff, so it would be a better fit for a web entrepreneur.

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Why is Java perceived as not cool for startups? We seem to be getting a lot of feedback lately that a startup should be using Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, etc., if they want to be agile and iterate quickly.

You should re-evaluate your beliefs. Dynamic language programmers spend a great deal of time thinking about code quality and maintainability. TDD (and BDD), which I believe was first popularised within the Ruby community) are extremely widespread, and profiling and debugging tools are widely used and constantly improved. A strong test suite provides far more effective protection against bugs than static typing and an IDE.

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What are some good book discovery and recommendation sites?

I really like http://readernaut.com/—here’s an example profile: http://readernaut.com/nathan/

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Would you recommend using Google Go with web.go, or Node.js for a new web server project which will involve high IO?

If you already know JavaScript, picking up Node.js is pretty easy. It also has a much larger community of web developers around it at the moment than web.go, which means there’s more example code / open source bits and pieces floating around.

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Is there a good online calendar for upcoming technology conferences?

We’re trying to build exactly this with http://lanyrd.com/—not just for technology conferences, but they are definitely our largest niche.

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Is it a good idea for new start-up to outsource Software/App Development?

It depends on what you mean by “outsourcing”.

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What would the level of interest be in a “FailConf” where people shared their business and technology epic failures and lessons learned?

It already exists: http://lanyrd.com/2010/failcon/ and http://failcon2010.com/

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What startups host 100% of their private code on GitHub?

http://lanyrd.com/ does.

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Is the 90-9-1 rule of user participation a myth?

Anecdotal evidence from crowdsourcing style projects I’ve worked on tend to support the basic principle (if not the exact ratios). The vast majority of the work on projects I have been involved with ends up being performed by a tiny subset of highly active users.

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Does Quora have the same problem as Stack Overflow?

Quora isn’t one community, it’s thousands of separate communities—a community for each tag, and then a community for each user comprising their followers. As such, I think it will scale much better than the Stack Overflow community did, without needing to split out in to separate verticals.

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