University of Michigan’s engineering school has a great program,
ENTR407, for engineers who reject the notion of being
a cubicle slave at Google or Facebook, and instead are passionate
about starting their own companies. In other words, a class for
entrepreneurial engineers. What a great idea.
Each week a different distinguished (ahem.) startup founder flies
in to share startup stories with a class of young engineers. On
October 5th, I was invited to Ann Arbor to speak with over 400
future founders about how our company, 140 Proof pivoted
from a social analytics shop to a $25+ million+ social technology
business. With a 45 minute time slot, we probably talked for an
hour and 20 minutes. I can’t wait to go back.
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@davefontenot @rajv23 idk. it was really relevant to us though. If CTR was a religion, @jm3 would be Jesus
As a software engineer, I’ve had the privilege of working alongside
great visual and UX designers for nearly 10 years of my life. Under
pressure of shipping many sites + apps, I’ve studied how great
designers work. I’ve hired and mentored leaders
in the design field, and borrowed many of their tricks and tools,
tweaking them to incorporate what I know about building web apps.
This class is the first edition in my sharing those hacks.
Design is no mysterious black art that requires loving Helvetica
and smoking a lot. Design is something you do, not something you
are, and everyone, even straight up command-line nerds like us, can
learn it, at least well enough to bang out some decent looking
version-ones. Time to get serious.
Sign up for DESIGN HACKS now and learn in 90 minutes
how to be good (enough) at visual and UI design to ship sharp-looking
alphas and betas.*
Design Hacks at General Assembly, the first rapid-fire design
course taught for engineers, by an engineer.
Open source popularized the idea of creating public projects
and actively soliciting community feedback and involvement. Tens
of thousands of open source projects have been created, but only
those projects that built sizable communities have thrived. Most
of the large infrastructure software categories were eventually
filled by strong open source projects and some spawned successful
commercial software companies, like RedHat, XenSource, Sourcefire,
MySQL, and JBoss. These companies span a broad range — from operating
systems/hypervisors to security to middleware and database/content
Coders now expect the same instant gratification as end users.
Instead of having to download, configure and manage all the associated
software components, more and more of these capabilities need to
be packaged “as-a-service” — hence, the move to cloud services. It
is also important to remember that software development is an art,
not a science, and programmers want a very simple and elegant