Startups drive much of the discourse in our modern software culture. Its seems like everybody has a story of how their buddy went out west, raised a boat load of capital, and was a billionaire by the age of 30. Of course, someone else is quick to chime in with the stories of pizza and Redbull infused late nights and people sleeping under their desks. Riches can be made, but at what cost? If you want to just be a normal human being, working at a startup sounds like a horrible idea. If you do think that, you’re wrong.
After the 1996 Olympics games, GT acquired a lot of apartment style housing. The housing is great for privacy and creature comforts, but it's not great for community building. Especially given the disposition of the average tech student. Tech has looked to themed housing to help fill the gap and foster community. Startup house is one example. At the beginning of January, I had the privilege of speaking to these students and their friends. What follows are some of the highlights of our conversation.
The talk I gave at Atlanta Ruby Users Group went really well and I was really happy with the quality of the Q&A. People get really passionate about their favorite technologies and the audience brought both their experiences and passion up in a very productive way.
Tomorrow at 6:30pm I'll be presenting Rivalry's experience with AngularJS to the Atlanta Ruby Users Group. I'll talk about how Rivalry uses Rails and AngularJS together, what we've liked about it and what we haven't. I'll also touch on the upcoming Angular schism from a technology founder's perspective.
Jon Birdsong and I at Rivalry's 2014 company retreat
It's hard to believe that I joined Rivalry just six months ago. I recently wrote about the difficulties business oriented founders can have in hiring technical talent. On the surface, Rivalry has many of the characteristics of an undesirable spot for a technically oriented talent. So what convinced me that joining Rivalry was the right way for the future?