Shopping for Nerds: The Tao of Co-Founders, Contractors, and Outsourcing


MinneBar 8 (6 April 2013)
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Finding a developer is hard. Learn how to navigate the waters.
2013-04-06 14:00

Room: Calhoun



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Launching a startup is hard enough. But having the wrong kind of technical talent on your team will result in wasted time, money, effort, and customer goodwill. It can also result in complete disaster.

Spoiler alert: There's no perfect answer. I'll share some of the guidelines I use when people have asked me for advice, and I hope you'll share some of your war stories and hard-learned lessons, too.

This topic is aimed primarily at non-technical or business co-founders. But the conversation is useful to anyone who needs increase technical bandwidth to get something done.

  • Do I need a technical co-founder? Should I hunt for a freelance nerd? Or should I engage a firm (on-shore or off-shore) to build my stuff?
  • How do I know we've made the right technology decisions like programming language, platform, etc?
  • How do I reduce the risk of being taken hostage by a co-founder/contractor/outsourcer?
  • What kinds of missteps will require me to throw it all away and start over, and how do I avoid them?

If you've asked these kinds of questions, this session is for you.

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