Finding co-founders – Technical founder POV

Business Development techfounder April 16th, 2011

First, a prelude - though I've mostly written technical articles on this blog, it's called techfounder for a reason - it was my original intention to also talk about startups from the view-point of the technical founder. I have been involved in several ventures so far in this role (currently at Binpress), each giving me more perspective on the overall picture.

I've just stumbled upon a nice article titled "Why you can('t) recruit a technical co-founder". The author makes some solid points about why it's hard to recruit / find a technical co-founder for a startup, but it seemed more common sense than deep introspection.

Idea is nothing, execution is everything

If you've started up your own venture, you know this saying is not just a cliche. Ideas, however great, will get nowhere without execution. On the other hand, solid and above execution can get very far with even below mediocre ideas.
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Database optimization techniques you can actually use

MySQL PHP Web development March 25th, 2011

I just saw an article on Smashing Magazine titled "Speeding up your website's database". I love Smashing's contribution to the webdev community, but their articles are getting longer and more basic at the same time.

I understand the need for simplicity because of the wide audience of Smashing Magazine, but I'd wish they'd give something more than the absolute basics you could find in almost any other site out there. I also didn't like some of the methods mentioned there for profiling (or the code itself), so I here is my starter guide to optimizing database performance.
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(mis-)Adventures with Amazon Simple Email Services (SES)

PHP Web development Zend Framework March 23rd, 2011

Amazon has recently launched a new service as part of its web-services offerings - Amazon Simple Email Service (or SES for short), an HTTP API for sending Emails. The main selling points are Amazon's usual scalability power, as well as a relatively low price point for sending Emails (10 cents per 1000 Emails, not counting bandwidth). They also promise to improve deliverability using filters and feedback loops.
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Last call for the Binpress programming contest

Binpress Javascript PHP Web development February 15th, 2011

The Binpress programming contest is entering the last stretch - 10 days left until the end. Over $40,000 in prize value is still up for grabs - request an invitation and get your submission entered.

A short recap - my startup, Binpress - a marketplace for source-code, is running a programming contest for best submission of a source-code package in one of the 6 top web languages - PHP, Python, Ruby, Java, ASP.NET (C#, VB.NET) and Javascript. One grand winner and two runner ups will be chosen, as well as the top pick for each language. We have over $40,000 value in cash and prizes that is sponsored by companies such as Google, Amazon, PayPal and Zend.

So far we've had over 70 submissions in the various languages. Some of the submissions are really top notch and there's no clear winner right now. Submissions will start go out to our judges next week for review and the judging will take up to two weeks after the deadline for the contest.

Hope to see what you have to offer there!


My take on Quora vs. Stackoverflow, or substance vs. social

Interesting The Webs February 1st, 2011

Quora, a hot Q&A startup has been gaining traction at an astounding rate for a while now. Though not a frequent user, I was impressed by the many candid answers from some of the biggest names in our industry (IT). A lot of inside information and perspective can be found there, and it's a credit to their team for getting those players on board. Read more »


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