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Net as an awesome startup platform


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This is the slide deck from my Denver Tech Trifecta presentation

This is the slide deck from my Denver Tech Trifecta presentation

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  • Sorry but .Net is not good platform for startup. Why? :
    1. So what’s the moral of this whole story? Two things: If you ever want to work in a startup, avoid .NET. It does you no favors. If you are a startup looking to hire really excellent people, take notice of .NET on a resume, and ask why it’s there.

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  • 1. .Netas an Awesome Startup Platform
    Rudy Lacovara
  • 2. A History of Startup Platforms
    1998 - Web 1.0
    A large percentage of startups are built on ASP
    2008 – Web 2.0
    Most startups are built on Ruby/Rails or PHP. ASP.Net is ignored as a startup platform.
  • 3. What is a Startup?
    “A regular company executes on a known business model. A startup is a company searching for their business model.”
    - Unknown (but I’m sure I stole it from someone)
    “Are you ready to jump off a tall building and build your parachute on the way down? Welcome to Startup Lounge”
    - Startup Lounge Podcast
  • 4. What I need in a Startup Architecture
    If I’m heading toward the ground I want to build that parachute as fast as possible.
    I assume that I’m going to make mistakes. Making big changes must be fast and easy.
  • 5. Four Steps to Launching a Startup
    Signup for BizSpark
    Design and Mockup
    Publish a Marketing Website
    Build your Minimum Viable Product
  • 6. 1. Signup for BizSpark
    Go to Microsoft will give you every software product they make for FREE for 3 years if your company meet these requirements:
    You are developing software
    You are less than 3 years old
    You have less than $1,000,000 annual revenue
    You have some type of website up (even 1 page)
    You can get someone like these guys to nominate you.
    Joe Shirey, Microsoft Architecture Evangelist
    Dave Drach, Managing Director, Microsoft Emerging Business Team
  • 7. 2. Design and Mockup
    Balsamiq Mockups Demo
    Balsamiq is the Goldilocks UI mockup tool. It gives you the “just right” level of functionality.
  • 8. 3. Publish a Marketing Site
    Cheap but good looking website design
    99 designs ($400 - $1000)
    Cheap but solid hosting
    Discount ASP.Net ($20/month for web and DB)
  • 9. 4. Build Your Minimum Viable Product
    HireFlo Architecture Demo
    Asp.Net MVC = good
    No Azure!!
    No Entity Framework?
    Embrace both HTML and SQL
    Customer data requires better hosting:
    ($118 - $250/month for cloud server)
  • 10. We are in a Startup Renaissance!!(and Boulder / Denver is a hot spot)
    newtechMeetup– About 4 tech startups present in Denver and Boulder every month. The Denver meetup meets on Auraria Campus. The Boulder meetup has free beer!
    TechStars– One of the first Y Combinator style accelerator programs for early stage startups.
    Open Angel Forum – Angel Investors meet in Boulder about twice a year to hear pitches from early stage startups and possibly fund them.
    StartupDigest– Weekly email digest by Chris McCann that tracks all of the tech startup related events in the Boulder / Denver area.
    Lean Startup – Best practices for launching a startup by Eric Reis. Must see video here:
    Feld Thoughts – Amazing blog by Brad Feld, Boulder resident and vocal venture capitalist.