I'd love to see Durham get a co-working space of some sort (something I've heard is in works), which might be a way for even smaller teams to meet other people and work together.
Since moving to the triangle though, I think the best decision I've made is moving to Durham. It's still affordable, has a lot of character, and offers the same amenities that Raleigh and Chapel Hill offer. I think this why the startup scene in Durham is taking off.
I was curious if anything similar to American Underground existed in the state, glad to see it does. Thanks for writing!
"Went to Full Frame Festival? Up late again with Haskell? Looking for your Shangri-La? We want you! Homebrewed beer, 24/7 hacker house, and the great night life of Durham, NC. firstname.lastname@example.org"
shoot me an email, jeff at knowitapp.com. Full disclosure, we want your british chocolates.
ps - this is broken... http://snappishproductions.com/archives.html
And also, Triangle Tech Talk:
He's also saying that he intends to resurrect Triangle Startup Factory, which is good news.
But, the corollary to that, is that a different incubator program may be emerging to fill the LD gap. I'm not sure how much of what I was told was "not for public dispersal" versus "already widely known" though, so I'll defer to say any more... Just keep your eyes and ears open, I expect there will be more news in the area at some point, regarding incubator(s).
What startups in the area are in the consumer tech space?
I was given the names of a bunch of people in the startup community there by Fred Hutchison, but I was very disappointed to find out that none of them were on Quora. This left me with the impression that there isn't much of a community or that the community lives in a bubble that is separate from instead of networked with the tech communities in Silicon Valley, NYC, Boulder, Austin and Boston.
Clojure - Relevance employs most of the Clojure core team and the Clojure conference is held here each year.
Python - no clue.
There's a very strong Ruby community here... Lots of companies using Ruby, and a very active Ruby user's group with multiple hack-night events throughout the month, at different parts of the Triangle.
The Clojure community is pretty strong as well, due to the presence of Relevance, Inc. in Durham. Relevance seems to employ almost everybody that's anybody in the Clojure world (ok, maybe a little bit of hyperbole, but it feels that way sometimes) and there's an active Triangle Clojure Meetup. Not sure what other companies in the area are using Clojure though.
We also have a very active Lean Startup group.
For a list of area startups, see:
I was given the names of a bunch of people in the startup community there by Fred Hutchison, but I was very disappointed to find out that none of them were on Quora.
Hmm... there are definitely some Triangle area startup folks on Quora. I know a few of them offhand:
http://www.quora.com/Phillip-Rhodes (that's me)
http://www.quora.com/Nathaniel-Talbott (runs Spreedly and organizes the Lean Startup Circle and the Ruby Meetup)
http://www.quora.com/Jimmy-Thrasher (another Ruby guy)
http://www.quora.com/James-Avery (founder of AdZerk, is posting on this thread, I believe)
http://www.quora.com/Chris-Redinger (organizes the Clojure Meetup)
http://www.quora.com/Kacy-Fortner-1 (works for AdZerk)
http://www.quora.com/Wayne-Sutton (co-founder of TriOut)
What about interface and ux design talent in the area? Anyone notable?
When is the next decent event between now and the 21st? I'll be in Raleigh until then before I fly back to São Paulo and then move to SF in August. I'd like to get an idea of what is going on here before I go.
I know there are more of us here, but I don't know everyone's HN username. Offhand I can think of kacyf (works with javery at AdZerk)
and Corey from Blinkness: http://news.ycombinator.com/user?id=Cblinks
I know there are others, I just can't tell you who they are on here, from memory.
A lot of the folks that work at Viget Labs are pretty sharp on UI and UX. We had a great UX team assembled at Lulu.com at one time, but unfortunately that team got broken up, some people moved away, some people went to other companies, and some people I just plain lost touch with. But yeah, there are some UI/UX people here who do some nice work.
When is the next decent event between now and the 21st?
Hmmm... we've had a flurry of stuff just in the last few days, so I'm not sure what else is going on this month. Let me glance at some calendars and I'll post an update later. Or maybe somebody else will have something "on the tip of their tongue" so to speak.
As far as housing goes, I /think/ West Village in downtown Durham does 3 month leases, but I would check on that. Of few of my friends from the last Launchbox class stayed there. It's a bit expensive relative to the area though, so I would look around if you're on a budget.
It's a really cool place. I love a dark room to work in but I worry about the long term effect of working in a basement (bunker).