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November meetup: When Programmers Start a Business

Speaker: Shawn McCool
Shawn McCool is the co-founder of the web-agency Big Name and Co-organizer of the Laracon EU conference. He is an active member in the Laravel community, seeking to assist individuals with growing into object-oriented programming and design.


Talk: "When Programmers Start a Business
After years of being frustrated with software project mismanagement, Shawn (with designer Justin Seiter) decided to put his money where his mouth was and began the company Big Name.

After 3 years, Big Name has come into its own. However, much turbulence had to be overcome in order to find stability.

This talk is about the lessons learned by a programmer and a designer as they sought to build a rational business in the web-application industry.

19:30 - 20:00: Welcome drinks  
20:00 - 21:00: Talk by Shawn McCool "When Programmers Start a Business "
21:00 - 23:00: Social & drinks

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  • Philip K.

    Thanks for the great talk, your timing on this topic couldn't have been better!

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to everyone who came out. It was great to see you. I'm starting to get to know more people.

    I put up a recording of the talk that I gave here:

    Please, if you get a chance review the talk at I hope that you'll share your experiences with me so that I can improve the presentation with your feedback.

    2 · November 9, 2013

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