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Should I move for a job or go solo? (japherwocky.posterous.com)
24 points by japherwocky 2487 days ago | hide | past | web | 16 comments | favorite

What do you want from life?

* If you want to run a successful startup, and don't quite care where you live, then go to SF and learn at another startup while building your own on the side

* If you care about living in Michigan, and don't want to uproot yourself, pull some consulting gigs (referrals, craigslist, etc.) or search HN for how to score them and build your startup on the side - FAIL if you have to, in order to learn, and keep at it.

* You can't have everything. Startup, a stable life, and money - chose 2.

> * You can't have everything. Startup, a stable life, and money - chose 2.

The SLM theorem?

Where "S" is really "have fun while working, do exciting stuff" more than "startup".

Btw I think that there is hardly a bigger mistake of running away from a place where you feel good.

I love it. It's the startup version of medicine's 3F Theorem (fortune, fame, family - choose 2).

there is also CAP theorem in the distributed systems world.

And better, faster, cheaper.

To me his suggestion towards to end sounds the most attractive: "Do I pick up a bartending job to cover my food budget, and try to hack on my projects on the side? "..

Doing different types of mental work all day and the constant context switching really wears people down. On the other hand, after a few hours of physical work you really feel eager to get down to hacking.

Old thread: "Has anyone considered taking a day job that has tons of free time and no intellectual property constraints?"


re: the third point - I think telecommuting would let me choose Startup/Stability, and that's very acceptable.

Life is quite cheap in MI! I don't need a SF salary to live like an adult around here.

It's not hard to build a not too big but reasonable salary developing iPhone applications. I would take this route... I mean, not for customers. You and the AppStore.

You are able to fully handle your work, you can work hard 15 days and relax the other 15, and so forth. Just don't try to build a success application that is hard/long to develop in the initial stage. Build a few small reasonable applications (I suggest the productivity area).

With one reasonable application in the productivity category in the US store, priced around 5$, is simple to earn $500/month. If you have a decent number of this applications, and keep pushing new ones from time to time, this is going to work well.

Slightly off-topic, but one of the comments mentions FairSoftware, which I can't believe I hadn't heard of until now. Anyone have any experience with the community there? It looks like a potentially great way to find some like-minded hackers to get a project off the ground.

Hey, we're interested in telecommuters. What's the best way to contact you?

I just sent an email/resume to jobs at veerwest.

I did. :)

The key statement, above all others, in your essay is in the last paragraph:

There isn't really anyone locally who understands much about the tech/startup scene; I am very grateful for any advice or perspective

There are some significant psychological benefits to walking into a random coffee shop and overhearing other people talk tech - it's a good reminder that you are not alone.

Generalists rock. Ping me on GChat.

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