The latest edition of our Dear Abby for startup founders looks at what sort of companies should stay away from accepting VC dollars and alternatives to fund your business.
When I graduated, I had a choice: go get a job at a media company, or try to make Parceld a business. I chose the latter, and am so glad I did. Even if, after 7 months of dedicating myself body, mind, and spirit to the effort, I have now shut Parceld down.
By Brianne Garcia (Co-Founder, Parceld)
When we entrepreneurs decide to start a company, we know that more things can go “wrong” than can go “right.” We understand this, and yet we believe that we have what it takes to put “a ding in the universe”, as Steve Jobs once said. Startups are so “cool” right now
I love the challenges of pair programming — knowing when to stop for direction, when to brazenly code on, and when to take breaks.
By Annie Chang (Student, Hackbright Academy)
Time flies when you’re having fun, and we’re almost 20% done with the Hackbright Academy program. I like to think that my glass is 80% full, and I’m looking forward to emerging from my chrysalis as a coder.
Our homework from last weekend included setting up our GitHub accounts. We learned how to create local repositories, commit, push, and fork!
Programming is by no means an individual pilgrimage; seeing what others are working on and helping/getting help from others can make learning much more fun and rewarding.
By Michelle Sun (Student, Hackbright Academy)
There has been ups and downs, some days (and nights) of pure nightmares, literally (quoting one of my classmates, “I dreamed that a python ate me last night”!), and some days of awesome state of “flow”, when hours seem to fly by and lots get done.
I begin to realize I am approaching this 10-week course less as a syntax crash course, more of a training of the mind. Many hackers eventually build in other languages, but mastering
This is my story of how I almost won $20k.
By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)
This weekend I participated in the AT&T Mobile HTML5 Hackathon. I had very mixed feelings in the beginning about my participation for multiple reasons.
The first reason in which I was against participating is because I have a number of uncompleted apps from previous hackathons that I have yet to complete, and I didn’t want another incomplete project. But the top prize was $20k.
The second reason in which I was against participating
By Susan Hobbs (Conference Program Chair, TechCrunch)
On Saturday afternoon a group of 30 pint size wannabe hackers gathered at the GitHub offices in San Francisco for the first CoderDojo in the United States. Irish teen sensation, James Whelton had traveled to San Francisco to take his highly successful social hacking education platform to the United States.
CoderDojo began in Whelton’s final year of high school when he convinced the administration to lend him a room to begin a computer club after school. What Wheton thought would be a handful of geeky friends getting together to share their coding skills
By Zach Holman (Ego Surfer, GitHub)
Yesterday Penelope Trunk wrote a guest post on TechCrunch that told us all to “Stop Telling Women To Do Startups”.
Pardon me while I do just the opposite.
Startups don’t need to suck.
Trunk’s article has a lot of arguments that just aren’t relevant to the problem of getting more women in startups. Most of them are an indictment against startups in general
By Leah Culver (Founder & CEO, Convore)
For my second startup Convore, I applied to Y Combinator because I wanted to be part of their alumni network. It’s a great way to test out a product — with thousands of Y Combinator alumni. Convore was accepted and part of the Winter 2011 group.
My motivations now are very different than when I just started doing startups. I’m not in startups for the money — there are a lot better things to make money on.
The reason I am doing startups personally is