The #100DaysOfCode Challenge

I’ll be starting this challenge tomorrow (Wednesday). I must admit that I feel a certain amount of professional shame by doing it, but there’s a conjoined sense of need to do so, too.

I’m at an uncomfortable juncture in my professional life as a developer. I have a whole lot of years of experience, but I look at job descriptions and I feel like that experience don’t align with them. It’s like that dream of showing up naked at your final high school exam, but you’re awake and it’s not a dream.

I didn’t make the right choices over the last 6 years in staying current with the latest technologies and picking the companies that would have ensured the right development of my craft. It’s uncomfortable and unavoidable.

So, doing this challenge for 100 days, along with working on my own app projects, is a way to get back on track.

Been in my situation? Mentored or known someone who has? I’d love to hear your pick-me-uppers in the comments!

Writeup of June #Sthlmtech session

I attended the monthly #Sthlmtech session last night and watched three startups (Glance, Lunar Way, Happy Tails) pitch live to EQT Ventures. The meetup connects startups to investors.

My notes below:

Introductions

Sam Cole, KnC Miner:

  • You have to listen to VC’s
  • Good regular communication with VC’s
  • Raise more cash
  • Have a strong team

EQT Ventures team are looking for digitally disruptive products from software companies.

Startups will benefit from strong tech team and postfunding support.

  • Team is more important than product in early stages of startup.

Together is EQT’s match-making service for startups and investors.

The team’s favorite words during pitches:

AI, machine learning, traction, product, market, metric positive unit metrics, demo, customers, I’m too busy to meet you guys

… Least favorite words:

Exit strategy, we’ve outsourced dev, strategy, constant use of I, overusing words that you dont understand

The pitches

Glance – simplify your data the autopilot for your business

  • Thoughts from investors, mid-pitch: “put yourself in customers shoes, good outline of problem, there are a hundred of these solutions out there,put data in context”
  • Good solid pitch, good touches, USP is slack bot and alexa skill, confident speaker

Happy Tails – connecting dog lovers

  • 520 million dogs registered worldwide
  • 2.2million active users for 2020
  • Fullstack team, two apps released, looking for developers
  • investor brain: “what is the size of the market? are those actual dog names? what part of the market do you want to start?”
  • Tyler: “you never know what the investor is looking at in your presentation
  • energy and passion is needed in the product

Lunar Way – banking without the license

  • Danish company, 9 months old
  • Banking as a commodity
  • Fb bot inside Messenger, nifty
  • Investor brain thoughts: “primary or secondary bank for your customers?”
  • Goal is to become a bank
  • Established marketing and products
  • Don’t have a oneliner… “Tinder for Banking”

Outros

The stockholmer podcast – looking for sponsors and stories

My Dev Stack (or, welcome to my tech blog)

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Hai! Welcome to my tech blog on minademian.com. This is my second post (I wrote a short post about Facebook’s Messenger app for Android a few days ago) and I wanted to introduce myself, along with my dev stack.

I’ve been a web developer for the past eight years. My work has been primarily in PHP/MySQL and front-end development. I dabbled in journalism and data journalism in the last two years. I am now back in full-time development, but I still get itchy feet for open data and some investigations in data-driven stories.

I’m on Ubuntu 16.04, using Atom as my editor (I fall back into vi sometimes because it taste so gud) and nginx. I’m on PHP 7 and PostgreSQL for backend work.

It would be great to know you in the comments below. Introduce yourself and your dev stack. Let’s talk shop!