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The Widescreen Laptop Conspiracy

I don't think many people have noticed this yet, so hopefully this will get some attention. About 6 weeks ago, I started looking for a new laptop and one of the things I was not willing to compromise on was a UXGA screen. You know, the nice ones that support 1600x1200 resolution. In looking around, I found out that laptop makers are no longer offering them. Worse yet, nobody has noticed!

How to get any job you want

"Peter, most people don't like their jobs. But you go out there and try to find something that makes you happy." - Joanne, from the movie Office Space

The Single Founder Myth

My previous article, Startup Myths Debunked, seemed to attract quite a bit of attention in the developer community. In particular, people who left comments seemed to agree with "Myth#3: I need a partner". Paul Graham who is one of the more influential voices in the startup community recently wrote an article titled "The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups" and apparently thinks otherwise. Weighing in at mistake #1 on his list is "Single Founder".

How to avoid losing $40,000

The lifeblood of a consulting business consists of the relationships that you build with your clients.You must care for them as if they were plants. Water them liberally, prune them as needed, and treat them as best you can. Sometimes this isn't enough. Treating a client well in no way guarantees that they will reciprocate. Most clients do, but there are a few who have an alternate agenda, which isn't typically seen until it's too late. So what can happen you ask? I present you with thi

How to bootstrap a consulting business

In my previous article, I received a question in response to "Myth #1: I need to get VC funding to make my company successful." I was asked to explain what it really takes to get a consulting company off the ground. How much money does it take to start a consulting company? How much constitutes a "little bit of money"? This is a great question, so let's start at the beginning.

Startups for the rest of us

Like thousands of other software developers, I have read the majority of Paul Graham's blog both past and present. He's a fantastic writer. He has great insights into software startups and building a startup software company. I even went to one of the Startup School presentations that he helped organize at Harvard last October, and you know what? I was sorely disappointed.

Software Startup Myths Debunked

When it comes to software startups, it seems there are a lot of common misconceptions floating around. I've sat idly by and watched as these misconceptions are repeated as fact time and time again. I'd like to take a few minutes to dispel the top five myths of software startups.

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Joel on Software readers up in arms - A view from the other side of the fence

I think I'll start off with one very important piece of information, because some people have obviously got the wrong idea and like a disease from a bad zombie movie, they're spreading it. "For the record, I don't have, nor have I ever had access to FogBugz source code."

Strategy Letter #1: How to Grow Fast

Tom Hanks played a little boy in the movie 'Big' who simply wished to be big and woke up the next morning bigger than he had imagined. Of course, that was only a movie and no matter what the storybooks say, you can't grow big overnight whether it's you personally or your business... or can you?

 

 

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