Startups often have more needs beyond the skills available within the team. Just within engineering division, there are needs in engineering, infrastructure, design, and third party integrations. Some of these can be easily learned, but others, like infrastructure and design, often require special talent or extensive experience. Remote contractors are a great way to add these skills to your team. Rivalry would still be in development instead of out in production without these valuable people.
Last week I got back from a semi-long trip out to the San Francisco bay area. The reasons for the trip were entirely personal, but I still took the opportunity to meet up with a few old friends from Atlanta technology world and soak in the local culture. There were a few things that really struck me on this trip.
Sit or stand, that is the question when it comes to office furniture. Standing desks will help you live longer, lose weight, and focus more, at least according to articles like this one on Wired. I loved my Geek Desk, but I found that the experience was not as life changing as promised. This is the run down of my experience with it.
Startups need the best talent to succeed, but they need to acquire that talent without budget busting salary compensation. Startups can bridge the gap with a better culture, a more meaningful work experience, and the opportunity to grow faster than in a corporate environment. Soft and fuzzies go a long way towards wellbeing, but come up short when it's time to pay the bills. Equity compensation is often the answer. The ownership stake in the company will more than compensate for the decrease in salary if the company does well. Equity is also the murkiest piece of the compensation puzzle since it depends entirely on predicting the future. So how do you figure out exactly what that 2% stake is worth?
I decided to use the somewhat enforced period of free time to learn something that's been on the back burner for a while, iOS development. Along with learning new things I've also been making it back to the gym more frequently and decided to marry the two and build an application to track my workouts.
I could have easily made it a web application, but decided to force myself to build a native iOS app, something that I haven't done since late 2008. I'm about 30% done, but just needed to vent a little about the frustrations I've encountered.