Monthly Archives: January 2012

Closing Down – Thanks

Long ago in 2007, I started a company.  It was more of a wild idea than most as it was going to not only make myself and many others rich but also change how politics work in America. Simple mom n’ pop sort of business.  Along with a few other crazy folks and with lots of help we launched stickyvote.com and part-time for two years tried to figure out how it should all work. Politicians, citizens, interest groups; making money, raising money; building software.  It was a fairly good idea but I didn’t figure it all out.

Now that it’s been a few years it’s time to write down the lessons learned that were the main yield of the company.  Perhaps they’ll save someone else some heartburn, and most importantly keep me from making the same mistakes next time.

But first, thanks to everyone who helped.  Thank you for your support, whether that was business advice, political advice, coming to early hacking sessions, being interviewed, donating through paypal or using the alpha product.  Thanks especially to those who put in cold hard cash and to the awesome employees and contractors who sweated away on the product.

Where are these rock stars now you may ask?
Georgia Lindsay, VP, her forthcoming PhD will change the way we relate to buildings.
Jeff Hull, Biz Dev, tells power plants how to run their software.
Luke Hamilton,  programmer, writes powerful Android apps (don’t push that button).
And Parwaiz Yahya, early investor, is taking over the retail world with me at skuloop.com

Thanks most of all to my wonderful wife Erica for all the encouragement and putting up with all the craziness.  Especially the next project…

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SOTU 2012

After putting the kid to bed I caught the latter part of the State of the Union.  Good combative speech, I generally liked it.  I would have enjoyed more humility in the mention of our partnerships with other countries, we’re not actually in charge of the world it turns out.  But I do enjoy a feisty speech.

And the Republican response?  I liked the theme, a loyal opposition is critical and Mitch Daniels started off well.  However, “As a loyal opposition, who put patriotism and national success ahead of party or ideology or any self-interest.”  Oh, is that what threatening default on the debt was, causing economic uncertainty for months, the national interest?  Sorry Mitch, had to laugh you off the stage at that point.

Managing Software Projects

With software “eating the world” more and more people find themselves managing software projects.  While many people have experience programming and others have experience managing teams, software engineering has its own set of challenges.  Creating software that solves a problem, is easy to use, doesn’t break all the time, doesn’t die under load, is easily changed and adapted, that new programmers can learn quickly and for a reasonable price… is hard.  In this blog series I’ll cover the forces that drive software and what you can do to keep your project in the fast lane instead of  broken down on the side of the road.

The general outline.