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June 04, 2007

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Mark Fletcher on software development:

"Hypothesis: The inter-team communication requirements when doing distributed software development force better communication habits upon everyone, which can lead to an overall better development process.

Explanation: When a group is working together in an office, a majority of communication happens verbally and generally informally (ie. talking in the halls or in meetings). These communications are generally not recorded and archived. Knowledge is lost and/or spread unevenly among the group. With a modern distributed development group, the majority of communication is forced to be text, through email, IM, chat rooms and wikis. The knowledge is (within the limit of the tools) easily accessible later, by the entire group. What would seem a disadvantage, that of not all being together in the same building (or even in the same time zone), ends up being an advantage."
http://www.wingedpig.com/archives/2007/06/software_development_hypothesi_253.html

sorry, Rick, but couldn't find a previous post where you opined that you couldn't use GPS to "find" a local supplier like a Staples or a dry cleaner etc. go to -- http://www.apple.com/iphone/ads/ad3/ -- looks like Steve Jobs had much the same thought!

man, I gotta get me an IPhone...

Jim

If Guy had chosen a "local" team, do you think he would have interacted more closely with the development process? I'm part of the "remote" team, but I'm just curious (not defensive.) Are you saying you'd take a loose group in close proximity over a tight group with access to phones, email, etc?

Hi aaron,

I don't know Guy's situation or personal interaction with the team so it may (in his case)not have mattered.

To me, if you are doing a seed start up off a piece of paper, having the team in one place simply makes more sense and works better from my experience. I am not saying remote coding/work can't be done, rather that the core team needs to be in one place. I also don't know if the contractors in this case, you, were in one office or flung all over the place -tight- via email/phone, etc. For me, I like the team to be in one place. Just an opinion.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Rick. I think you could argue that a startup will gain focus and momentum from developing an internal team. But having external coders scattered in basements somewhere in your local metro is different. Maybe that wasn't your point, but I'd say outsourcing is outsourcing.

And in the case of truemors, there was a lot more front loaded work than some "start ups." Outsourcing made sense.

As an aside, the world needs more words to describe "start ups." The label is losing definition.

As an aside beside the aside, pulp is a compact team of 11, in business for 11 yrs, all in one office.

Aaron,
Ahh. one place, one team, compact, etc. That actually is my point. If I used you on an assignment, for example, I (as the founder) could live with you. So, net the same. The 'team' is in one place. The vision, if you will, is with the team.

But as I said at the outset, I could be wrong, it works for many people, outsourcing is a billion dollar industry and in your case, well done!

on the start up, yep, weak term these days.

Again, thank you for stopping by.

>R<

Great summary Rick.

It's funny how often entrepreneurs who have never raised venture financing, or run tech companies are approaching me boldly bragging that they will never need venture money, and that they only need a bit of my angel investments to get their idea generating cash flow. They seem to have absorbed this "VC money is bad" stigma from the last bubble & some uninformed people proclaiming the end of VCs on a few blogs.

Aside from the myopic revenue expectations, in most cases very few of them are proposing businessess that generate large amounts of cash flow, but rather small lifestyle companies that happen to be Web based.

When entrepreneurs brag to me about how their business plan doesn't need VC's I have often resorted to asking them "Why isn't your market opportunity or your ambition bold enough?" Great business either generate so much profits quickly that you can rapidly grow from revenue or you are going to need partners & investors to help invest in R&D and growth. VCs and tech angels are still the best source of this money, and very few tech angels feel the way about VCs that some enterpreneurs assume. We are partners. Consider angels the farm system for VCs - we need each other to be able to do our jobs and we work to make sure deals are easily graduated from one to the other. Too many unexperienced entrepreneurs assume that angels 'compete' with VCs for deals and we are somehow happy to do a deal that doesn't involve the 'corporate VCs'. Nothing could be further from the truth.

With the exception of Craigslist, PlentyofFish and a few other businessess that are able to find a profitable niche while completely bootstrapping, most business opportunities I see require some investment to help establish a qualified top notch team. Even a team of 5 experienced people can run you $20k-50k/month in gross burn (depends on age & sweat equity of founders). The good news is what a small team of 5 qualified individuals can do in 120 days use to require a team of 15 and a year of work.

There may be a few more $25k startups that find a large profitable niche, but if your not a successfull author playing Web 2.0 experiments with what you consider pocket change then I wouldn't go looking for it. Many people consider $25k 1/2 years salary, which means they probably want to build a plan that includes proper capital to assemble a small but qualified team who will actually be committed to building a product that delivers so much value that it's worth investing 200-400k in. If you can't see how a business is worth more then putting in 12k into when you have access to much more money, then the project should be viewed as what Guy has positioned it as - an experiment and fun game - not a new company.

(Great seeing you at Mesh)

-Austin

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to each of the 2 names and addresses stated in the article. You then place your name and address
in the bottom of the list at #2, and post the atricle in at least 200 newsgroups. (there are
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Suggestion: Read this entire message carefully! (print it out or download it). Follow the simple
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Here are four easy steps to success:
Step One: Get 6 seperate pieces of paper, and write the following on each piece of paper
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inside each of the six pieces of paper so the bill will not be seen through the envelope (to prevent
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to the following addresses: .

1.)Marie Bedford
19 Long Plough
Aston Clinton
Buckinghamshire
England
HP22 5HB
2.)Daniel Vargas
34 Third St
Wharton, NJ 07885, U.S.A

Step 2: Now take the number one name off the list that you see above, move the other names up
(2 becomes 1,)and add YOUR name as #2 on the list.

Step 3: Change anything you need to, but try to keep this article as close to the original as
possible. Now, post your amended article to at least 200 newsgroups. (I think there are close to
24,000 groups.) All you need is 200, but remember, the more you post, the more money you
make!
This is perfectly legal! If you have any doubts, refer to title 18 Sec.1302 & 1241 of the Postal
Lottery Laws. Keep a copy of these steps for yourself, and whenever you need money, you can
use it again and again.
PLEASE REMEMBER that this program remains successfull because of the honesty and integrity
of the participants and by them carefully adhering to the directions. Look at it this way, if you are
of integrity, the program will contionue, and the money that so many others hace recieved will
come your way, too.
NOTE: You may want to retain every address and name sent to you, either on computer or hard
copy and keep the notes people send you. This VERIFIES that you are truley providing a
service.(Also, it might be a good idea to wrap the dollar bill in dark paper to reduse the risk of
theft.)
So, as each post is downloaded, and the directions carefull followed, 2 members will be
reimbursed for thier participation as a list developer with $10.00 each. Your name will move up the
list geometrically so that when your name reachs the #1 position, you will be recieving thousands
of dollars in cash!!! What an oppurtunity for only $20.00 ($10.00 for each of the 2 people listed
above.) Send it now, add your own name to list, and your in business!
~~DIRECTIONS~~FOR HOW TO POST TO NEWSGROUPS~~
STEP 1: You do not need to re-type this letter to your own posting. Simply put your cursor at the
begining of this letter and drag your cursor to the bottom of this document, and select "copy" from
the edit menu. This will copy the entire letter into the computers memory.
Step 2: Open a blank "notepad" file and place your cursor at the top of the blank page. Form the
edit menu, select "paste". This will place a copy of the letter into the notepad so that it can add
your name into the bottom of the list, and then change the numbers on the list.
Step 3: Save your new notepad file as a ".txt" file. If you want to do your postings in different
settings, you'll always have this file to go back to.
Step 4: Use netscape or internet explorer and try to search for various newsgroups (on-line
forums, message board, chat sites, discussions).
Step 5: Visit these message boards, and post this article as a new message by highlighting the text
of this letter and selecting "PASTE" from, the edit menu. Fill in the subject, this will be the hedder
that everyone sees as they scroll through the list of postings in a particular group, click the post
message button. Your done with your first one! Congratulations...Thats it! All you have to do is
jump to different newsgroups and post away, after you get the hang of it, it will take about 30
seconds for each news group! **REMEMBER, THE MORE NEWSGROUPS YOU POST IN,
THE MORE MONEY YOU WILL MAKE!! BUT YOU HAVE TO POST A MINIMUM OF
200** That is it! You will be recieving money from around the world within days! You may
eventually want to rent a P.O. Box due to the large amount of mail you will recieve. If you wish to
stay annonymous, you can invent a name to use, as long as the post man will deliver it. **JUST
MAKE SURE ALL THE ADDRESSES ARE CORRECT**
Now the why part: out of 200 postings, say I only recieve 10 replies (a very low example). So then
I made $100.00 with my name at #2 on the letter. Now, each of the 10 persons who sent me $10.00
make the minimum of 200 postings, each with my name at #1 and only 10 persons resopnd to each
of the origional 10, this is an additional $100.00 for me. So either way your ganna make a profit of $180 dollars, The thing to remember is: do you realize that thousands of
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said, "what if the plan is played out, and no one sends you the money?" Well they won't be getting any money, because the original poster of this document will take them off the list if they do not send the money and Anyway, it is
only $20.00 for a chance at thousands. Estamites are at 20,000 to 50,000 new users, every day,
with thousands of those joining the actual internet. Remember, play fairly and honestly, and this will
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How Would YOU LIKE To Become A MILLIONAIRE IN Just A Few WEEKS?? !!!* :-)

---------------------------------------------------------

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Please Understand That READING THIS One MESSAGE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER!!


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I REPEAT NOT A SCAM!!

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& IT Really Does WORK!!

PLEASE READ ALL Of This Amazing Article!!!


I found this on a bulletin board and decided to try it. A little while back,
I was browsing through newsgroups, just like you are now,and came across an
article similar to this that said you could make thousands of dollars within
weeks with only an initial investment of Only $6.00!

I thought, "Yeah right, this must be a scam", but like most of us,
I was curious, so I kept reading.

The Article said that you send $1.00 to each
of the 6 names and addresses stated in the article. You then place your own
name and address in the bottom of the list at #6, and post the article in at
least 200 newsgroups.(There are thousands)

That was it!!

After thinking it over, and talking to a few people first, I thought about trying it.
I figured: "What have I got to lose except 6 stamps and $6.00, Right?" I Then invested the
$6.00.

... Well GUESS WHAT!?...* :-)

... Within 7 days, I started getting money in the mail! I was shocked!

I figured it would end soon, but the money just kept coming in. In my first week, I
made about $25.00. By the end of the second week I had made a total of over
$1,000.00! In the third week I had over
$10,000.00 and it's still growing. This is now my fourth week and I have made
a total of just over $42,000.00 and it's still coming in
rapidly. It's certainly worth $6.00, and 6 stamps, I have spent more than
that on the lottery!!

Let me tell you how this works and most importantly,
WHY it works... Also, make sure you print a copy of this
article NOW, so you can get the information off of it as you need it. I
promise you that if you follow the directions exactly, that you will start
making more money than you thought possible by doing something so easy!

Suggestions:


*Read this Entire Message Carefully! (print or download it)

*Follow the Simple Directions and watch the $$ Money Come in!

It's easy. It's legal. And, your investment is only $6.00 (Plus postage)

IMPORTANT: This is not a rip-off; it is not illegal; and
it is 99% no risk to You - Remember ... It really works Too!

If all of the following instructions are adhered to, you will receive
$$$ Extraordinary Dividends.

PLEASE NOTE:

Follow these directions EXACTLY, and $50,000 or more can be yours in
20 to 60 days. This program remains successful because of the honesty and
integrity of the participants. Please continue its success by carefully
adhering to the instructions.

You will now become part of the Mail Order business. In this business your
product is not solid and tangible, it's a service. You are in the business of
developing Mailing Lists. Many large corporations are happy to pay big bucks
for quality lists. However, the money made
from the mailing lists is secondary to the income which is made from people
like you and me asking to be included in that list.

Here are the 4 easy steps to success:


STEP 1: Get 6 separate pieces of paper and write the following on each piece
of paper "PLEASE PUT ME ON YOUR MAILING LIST." Now get 6 US $1.00 bills and
place ONE inside EACH of the 6 pieces of paper so the bill will not be seen
through the envelope (to prevent
thievery).

...Next, place one paper in each of the 6 envelopes and seal them.
You should now have 6 sealed envelopes, each with a piece of paper stating
the above phrase, your name and address, and a $1.00 bill. What you are doing
is creating a service. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY
LEGAL! You are requesting a legitimate service and you are paying for it!
Like most of us I was a little skeptical and a little worried about the legal
aspects of it all. So I checked it out with the U.S.
Post Office (1-800-725-2161) and they confirmed that it is indeed legal. Mail
the 6 envelopes to the following addresses:

#1)Christina Fox
2715 9th ave SW
Huntsville, AL 35805


#2)Steven Lum
2255 W Arthur Ave
Chicago, IL 60645


#3)Bryan Montz
P.O. Box 88070
Houston, Tx 77288


#4) Peter J. Davidson
250 R. 98th St.
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247


#5)Reginald B. Ringgold
890 Davis St. Apt# 307
San Leandro, CA 94577


#6) Cynthia Boss
39 Pichette Blvd.
Woonsocket,RI 02895


STEP 2: Now take the #1 name off the list that you see above, move the other
names up 1 place (#2 becomes #1, #3 becomes #2, etc...) and add YOUR name and
address as number 6 on the list.

STEP 3: Change anything you need to, but try to keep this article as close to
original as possible. Now, post your amended article to at
least 200 newsgroups. (I think there are close to24,000 groups) All you need
is 200, but remember, the more you post, the more money you make! You won't
get very much unless you post like crazy. :)

This is perfectly legal! If you have any doubts, refer to Title 18 Sec. 1302
& 1341 of the Postal lottery laws. Keep a copy of these steps for
yourself and, whenever you need money, you can use it again, and again.

PLEASE REMEMBER that this program remains successful because of the honesty
and integrity of the participants and by their carefully
adhering to the directions. Look at it this way. If you are of integrity, the
program will continue and the money that so many others have received will
come your way.

NOTE: You may want to retain every name and address sent to you, either on a
computer or hard copy and keep the notes people send you. This VERIFIES that
you are truly providing a service. (Also, it might be a good idea to wrap the
$1 bill in dark paper to reduce the risk of mail theft.)

So, as each post is downloaded and the directions carefully followed, six
members will be reimbursed for their participation as a List Developer with
one dollar each. Your name will move up the list geometrically so that when
your name reaches the #1 position you will
be receiving thousands of dollars in CASH!!! What an opportunity for only
$6.00 ($1.00 for each of the first six people listed above) Send it now, add
your own name to the list and you're in business!

-----DIRECTIONS ----- FOR HOW TO POST TO NEWSGROUPS--------------

Step 1) You do not need to re-type this entire letter to do your own posting.
Simply put your cursor at the beginning of this letter and drag your cursor
to the bottom of this document, and select 'copy' from the edit menu. This
will copy the entire letter into the
computer's memory.

Step 2) Open a blank 'notepad' file and place your cursor at the top of the
blank page. From the 'edit' menu select 'paste'. This will paste a copy of
the letter into notepad so that you can add your name to the list.

Step 3) Save your new notepad file as a .txt file. If
you want to do your postings in different settings, you'll always have this
file to go back to.

Step 4) Use Netscape or Internet explorer and try searching for various
newsgroups (on-line forums, message boards, chat sites, discussions.)
Step 5) Visit these message boards and post this article as a new message by
highlighting the text of this letter and selecting paste from the edit menu.
Fill in the Subject, this will be the header that
everyone sees as they scroll through the list of postings in a particular
group, click the post message button. You're done with your first one!
Congratulations...THAT'S IT! All you have to do is
jump to different newsgroups and post away, after you get the hang of it, it
will take about 30 seconds for each newsgroup! **REMEMBER, THE MORE
NEWSGROUPS YOU POST IN, THE MORE MONEY YOU WILL MAKE! BUT YOU
HAVE TO POST A MINIMUM OF 200** That's it! You will begin receiving money
from around the world within days! You may eventually want to rent a P.O.Box
due to the large amount of mail you will receive. If
you wish to stay anonymous, you can invent a name to use, as long as the
postman will deliver it. **JUST MAKE SURE ALL THE ADDRESSES ARE CORRECT.**

Now, each of the 5 persons who just sent me $1.00 make the MINIMUM 200
postings, each with my name at #5 and only 5 persons respond to each of the
original 5, that is another $25.00 for me, now those 25 each make 200 MINIMUM
posts with my name at #4 and only 5 replies each, I will bring in an
additional $125.00! Now, those 125 persons turn around and post the MINIMUM
200 with my name at #3 and only receive 5 replies each, I will make an
additional $625.00! The Cycle of $$Money Simply Continues...& Makes You Very RICH!!!

You Are All Loved!!* :-)

XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

**See You In The Millionaire's Club!!* :-)



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