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Re: [ruby-99] Advice and Discussion

From: omar a.
Sent on: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 4:49 PM
All,

Thanks for the great suggestions, here's what you came up with:

rentacoder.com
elance.com
meetup.com

These are great sites to complete a software project, but not necessarily to start a good business. A contractor will usually only complete the minimum requirements specified by the business person, with the incentive to take a long time. However, a stakeholder will share in the vision of the project and is motivated to work to the best of her ability.

As one person pointed out, finding a technical partner is even more difficult than dating. Mostly because both parties begin there discourse skeptical of each other with a disincentive to share meaningful information. The businessman is overly cautious that the technical whiz will run off with his big idea, and therefore describes it too vaguely, eg "facebook for pets". And of course the technical whiz is wary of the businessman and his big idea; she is too skeptical of his true value and wonders why he cant just write the code himself or outsource it, after all its a "simple" idea? that would only take 7 lines of Ruby.

Some of you have suggested that this isn't the correct forum to discuss this topic or to share business ideas, perhaps what's needed is an itsjustlunch.com 1-1 format for this kind of thing.

It would be nice to have one of our meetups be a purely high level discussion and collaboration of ideas, rather than only focusing on only technical issues. I think this format would have the greatest likelihood of generating a successful partnership.

thanks
omar


On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 4:06 PM, omar al-jadda <[address removed]> wrote:
Hey Team,

I was hoping to get your advice and perhaps inspire discussion on a dilemma that I face and perhaps others do as well.

I've began documenting the business logic and Agile planning for a Twitter application that I would like to implement as soon as possible.

Although I probably could write the code myself, I am an inexperienced developer (hacker) and doing so would be inefficient and slow (I may be able to launch in 2029 :)

The way I see it there are two alternatives:

1. Contractor - hire a developer that will build the application for a fee.
2. Stakeholder - find someone who will be a stakeholder in the project with technical expertise.

Personally, I would prefer to find someone who is willing to join the team (of 1) as a stakeholder, a contractor may be too shortsighted.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on how to "meet" that special someone, is there a match.com for businesspeople/developers?

thanks
omar




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