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7 Reasons Every Developer Should Freelance Full Time

… at some point in their career. There is no better business training than actually running a real business. Sure, you could go get an MBA, run your parent’s company, take Peter Thiel’s course at Stanford, or freelance part time while making your real money at some 9-5. But none of that is going to […]

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Remember That Thing I Said About Web Interfaces?

I’m not so sure anymore. One thing I am sure of: Angular.js is the only framework (that I know of) really reconciling for the fact the HTML and Javascript are pretty awful for what we use them for. 1. You basically (re)define HTML’s behavior with something called directives 2. It’s architected in a way that […]

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5 Hints That Buying Bitcoins Is A Crazy Idea

The price of Bitcoin is especially volatile today, but it’s like any old day on Mt Gox. If you’re taking solace in the fact that the Bitcoin “bubble” has ostensibly burst (because you didn’t buy them), you probably won’t find much value in this post. If you’re a bitcoin enthusiast, you won’t find much value […]

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Building a Successful Business is Not ‘Winning the Lottery’

If you’ve ever done something risky like leaving your job to start a company, there was probably someone who tried to talk you out of it. You especially get this if you come from a blue-collar background with unions, steady paychecks, and lots of savings bonds on your birthday. Disclosure: I’m definitely overreacting to a […]

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The Purple Curtain: Or, Why You Need to Stop Hanging Out With Heroku and Friends

A little while back I wrote a post that didn’t have very nice things to say about Heroku. I was pretty miffed at the fact that Heroku took such a big hit when there was an AWS outage in the summer of 2012. Heroku is supposed to be an ops platform as a service. Things […]

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The Future of Web Interface Building

I’ve talked an awful lot about the future on my blog lately. The future internet, the future of social networking, online advertising, etc. But one thing I’m really interested in is how the construction of web interfaces looks. Originally, building a website pretty required notepad, or something to that effect. I’m talking about those old-school table-based […]

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Facebook Changed Everything, It’s Not A Fad, and I’m With Zuck

I just read a comment from what was likely a troll on some website I’ve never heard of. It read: Facebook is a fad and only losers are on there. You people go on Facebook and try to get as many friends as you can but the reality of it is that none of you […]

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Startups, College, and Blue-Collar Ideas of Risk

At the start of this year I left my gig at Yahoo! (before the meltdown) to go off on my own. Most people who have taken “the plunge” (I’ve taken it once before) are met with a series of doubts and feelings of disbelief from family and close friends. “But what will you do for money!? […]

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Startups: Gold Diggers vs. Real Entrepreneurs

NYC Tech is exploding (or has exploded), and I’m constantly hearing about new startups and their ideas. What’s really strange is that, at least on the surface, a lot of these ideas don’t sound like great ones. So for you soon-to-be entrepreneurs out there, I want to make my case for building a real business […]

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Professor Thiel, I Have A Pitch for You

An article posted on Reuters today has announced that Peter Thiel, a famous opponent of the traditional university education — proposed, and is now instructing a course in entrepreneurship at Stanford — CS 183: Startup. If you’re not familiar with Thiel, read up on him. He’s a serial entrepreneur whose resume is way too long […]

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