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what i have learnt working with startups.

  1. what i have learnt working with startups. phil calçado @pcalcado http://philcalcado.com
  2. hi, i am phil.
  3. i work here:
  4. mandatory “we are hiring” plug: http://soundcloud.com/jobs
  5. but i used to work here:
  6. “we are in trouble. get those agile people in.”
  7. often too late.
  8. how it all begins
  9. startups take on debt
  10. startups take on debt financial technical
  11. financial debt (oversimplified)
  12. Weekend hack
  13. Uh? People are using this...
  14. We are on TechCrunch!
  15. Pump in new features!
  16. More people!
  17. A-Round Investment
  18. tech debt (oversimplified) http://martinfowler.com/bliki/TechnicalDebt.html
  19. Weekend hack
  20. Uh? People are using this...
  21. We are on TechCrunch!
  22. Pump in new features!
  23. More people!
  24. A-Round Investment
  25. More engineers!
  26. More Features! Fast!
  27. we solve financial problems with re$ources
  28. technical problems require re$ources and time
  29. why it happens
  30. cause #1: getting shit out. http://martinfowler.com/bliki/TechnicalDebt.html
  31. you don't want to be
  32. “I thought we were going to build a better Facebook,[But] within 30 minutes I realized, Oh my God, it's broken. Holy shit, we totally fucked up.” http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/160/bill-nguyen-startups
  33. a startup needs to validate its idea. soon. http://tinyurl.com/leanstartupbook
  34. we all know what that means
  35. cause #2: we like it easy.
  36. simple: ●one role ●one task ●one concept ●one dimension http://www.infoq.com/presentations/Simple-Made-Easy
  37. easy: ●near, at hand ●near to our understanding, skill set http://www.infoq.com/presentations/Simple-Made-Easy
  38. top 3 measures for minimising damage
  39. #1 don't stop the world. the industry won't wait ● until you have it all fixed.
  40. #2 careful with interest vs. principal. measure investment made ● because of tech debt; paying principal may be cheaper in the medium term.
  41. #3 break the big ball of mud. componentise your ● infrastructure; even if this means duplicated code for a while. use queues and webservices.

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