In the beginning, there were a handful of sites where you would go to to seek information (CNN, ESPN, WeatherChannel etc.) As the amount of information grew, companies were developed to help categorize and sort information (Yahoo), then came search engines.
Today, we’ve had a massive shift in the way we consume content. We no longer have to pull or seek out content. The majority of content we consume now is pushed to us via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
As the number of friends and follows grow on the social platforms, the amount of information gushing through multiplies and we’ll need another tool to help sift through all that content.
Like many other startups, we use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to run Fitocracy’s website and iPhone app. Our main stack consists of half a dozen Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) web instances, an EC2 Redis instance, and an Relational Database Service (RDS) instance that are all located in us-east-1…
One of the most defensible positions for a startup is if you can achieve the network effect. The network effect is so strong that it has kept large companies in business for a long time, despite bad products and numerous competitors. Craigslist is a perfect example. It is only recently that a…
The billion dollar tech startup valuations and acquisitions are starting to attract a lot of opportunist to the industry. A lot of these people are not technical and they know they need a CTO to get to get to MVP.
I don’t have any problem with non-technical founders teaming up with…
I tried out Twitter’s newly rolled out Discovery tab to see if it could do as good a job as Knowaboutit or News.me (two social media automated curation / content discovery newsletters that I had been recently using). This is what “filtered” to the top:
So you want to learn how to be a programmer. And so you log onto CodeAcademy, crack open a book, or attend a Ruby On Rails class. What most courses fail to do is to help set up your computer for programming.
It’s one thing to write some code into a console and get a response. It’s another thing to view a live site in your browser.
I recently set up my MacBook Air for development. I configured my development environment for Ruby On Rails with PostgreSQL as the database and GIT as the version control.
Follow the instructions in Chapter 1 carefully and you should be all set on the Ruby on Rails part.
2. Host your Git repository
You can use GitHub to host your repository, but private projects are not free.
I’m using Dropbox to host my Git repository. I like the Dropbox solution because I can access the repository from any machine I have dropbox installed on without having to worry about any other outside providers.