How to Survive in a Startup Accelerator as a Technical Co-Founder

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Given at Code Camp San Diego, June 24th, 2012.

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  • How to Survive in a Startup Accelerator as a Technical Co-Founder

    1. 1. HOW TO SURVIVE IN ASTARTUP ACCELERATOR ASA TECHNICAL CO-FOUNDER @JustinMcCammon #SoCalCodeCamp #BestTalkEver #Justin4President #Hashtags
    2. 2. DeveloperUser Experience (UX)StrategyMobileME IN 60 SECONDS
    3. 3. GONNABE
    4. 4. 90 Days $20k Office Space Mentorship Demo DaySTART ENGINE
    5. 5. HTML 5 VS NATIVE
    6. 6. ++Fast(er) Development CycleDeploy across platforms (maybe)CSS Hardware Acceleration (3d transforms)Lots of talent available
    7. 7. --Debugging in XCodePoor JS Performance in UIWebViewAt the mercy of Apple “Web Standards”
    8. 8. ++Native performanceHardware APIsMore stable environment
    9. 9. --Lack of / expensive talentSlower development cyclePlatform specific
    10. 10. THE GAPS IN PHONEGAP
    11. 11. MENTOR WHIPLASH
    12. 12. Your product. Everything else.FOCUS
    13. 13. Your product. Everything else.NO SERIOUSLY, FOCUS
    14. 14. THERE’S NO CODING IN THECHAMPAGNE ROOM
    15. 15. WHO THE #&@! NEEDS UX ORDESIGN?
    16. 16. “The biggest thing that’sdifferent is that Facebook is not about human- computer interaction.” -Chris Cox (VP of Product at FB) (in the past 3 years Facebook’s design team has grown from 20 to 90)
    17. 17. ALWAYS BE PITCHING
    18. 18. STEALTH MODE IS FOR LOSERS
    19. 19. HOW TO MINIFY YOUR SOCIALLIFE WITHOUT DROPPING THEFRIENDS TABLE
    20. 20. LAUNCHING
    21. 21. 1. Launch at a big conference 2. Cut your dev time by 1/3 3. Cut out time for testing 4. Tell everyone 5. Leave zero time for fixesDOING IT WRONG
    22. 22. 1. Launch quietly (and early) 2. Test 3. Test some more 4. Leave time to get it stableDOING IT RIGHT
    23. 23. DAY 91
    24. 24. @JustinMcCammonbit.ly/survivecodecamp THANK YOU

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