Net as an awesome startup platform

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  • Sorry but .Net is not good platform for startup. Why? :
    1. http://blog.expensify.com/2011/03/25/ceo-friday-why-we-dont-hire-net-programmers/ 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
    Speed
    If I’m heading toward the ground I want to build that parachute as fast as possible.
    Flexibility
    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 http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/and 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
    http://www.joeshirey.com/
    Dave Drach, Managing Director, Microsoft Emerging Business Team
    http://www.bizspark.com/Blogs/david_drach/default.aspx
  • 7. 2. Design and Mockup
    Balsamiq Mockups Demo
    Balsamiq is the Goldilocks UI mockup tool. It gives you the “just right” level of functionality.
    http://balsamiq.com/
  • 8. 3. Publish a Marketing Site
    Cheap but good looking website design
    99 designs ($400 - $1000)
    http://99designs.com/
    Cheap but solid hosting
    Discount ASP.Net ($20/month for web and DB)
    http://discountasp.net/
  • 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)
    http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/
  • 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! http://www.bdnewtech.com/
    TechStars– One of the first Y Combinator style accelerator programs for early stage startups. http://www.techstars.org/
    Open Angel Forum – Angel Investors meet in Boulder about twice a year to hear pitches from early stage startups and possibly fund them. http://openangelforum.com/
    StartupDigest– Weekly email digest by Chris McCann that tracks all of the tech startup related events in the Boulder / Denver area. http://startupdigest.com/
    Lean Startup – Best practices for launching a startup by Eric Reis. Must see video here:http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=2329
    Feld Thoughts – Amazing blog by Brad Feld, Boulder resident and vocal venture capitalist.http://www.feld.com/wp/