More seriously though, I respect the initiative, but I would love to hear why this particular vocabulary is employed (from the website and the company's website):
[ "ninja", "ultra", "elite", "brotherhood", "sisterhood" ]. I don't believe you say that randomly and you want to appeal to a certain population with these words but don't you think you'll only attract bozos and pretentious people?
For your website ( given in the comments) please no violent transitions like that, it's really bad for slow computers like mine. If anything I would have think that ninjas love discretion...
About attracting bozos... maybe we will. We think that instead of trying to weed out the bozos, let everyone in and see how well they perform. If a "bozo" can ship and gain traction with their product, then they aren't bozos are they? But if the bozos flake out, that's ok too. What will be left is the "elites".
Yeah, we're joking around with marketing on our site. We figure it's better than being ultra serious. But I'm sure there's a balance that we're going to need to eventually get to.
I am genuinely interested by what words carry and in your case the kind of people they are going to attract. I actually write a bit on that. If you emphasize a lot on ninja/ elite etc... I would guess you will attract a lot of immature people who have ego probably bigger than their talent.
If you look at the phrasing of Y Combinator or even Facebook ads for developers you can see that even if they add some words to be fun they are careful about their use not to send the wrong signals.
Anyhow I wish you the best for your initiative!
Maybe I live in a bubble (downtown SF), but it seems the best devs I've ever worked with on open source and consulting project tend to have a pretty weird (maybe immature) sense of humor. In most early stage startup offices here, it's not weird to see grown men (and brilliant devs) run around the office and shoot nerf guns at each other.
1999 called, it wants its startup cliches back.
You should see if YC will fund η-Reduce during the next cycle. I can imagine them getting a kick out of funding their own disruption.
Sorry about the super cute hipster homepage :) We're cleaning it up and making it a bit better organized.
Thanks for the support!
I'm sort of with PG on this one though. I've tried to do startups alone in the past. It's such an insane amount of work, stress, and pressure that doing it alone is quite a challenge.
But if you think you can do it, we'd love to have you!
η-reduce is the correct name. Ah well, N Reduce looks a bit nicer so we went with it :)
Edit: I just noticed Chrome doesn't have googol in it's spell checker dictionary. I wonder if that is intentional.
My understanding is that powerful incubators form around influential and visionary people (with money or good connections) so it may not be a good aspiration model for startups.
May you share an email address?
Hell yeah! Let me fetch my nunchucks.
I would like to see this project succeed, but the language used (too much enthusiasm?) makes me skeptical. Anyhow, good luck guys.
It's like the circle has been closed.