For example, for Pulse's answer to the stack question:
* Google App Engine
If you want to get fancier, you could have it be a delimited list:
Name of product|Category|Purpose at company
If the backend has this data, then we can see popular solutions by category, such as JS frameworks.
Obviously, it wouldn't be hard to go through the few entries you have now and pick out the entities, but better to have a system in place early on before you expand too much.
I think a view that allows sorting by tech product and comparing usage would be very useful. I'm not saying ditch the interview format, just provide multiple ways to view the datapoints given.
For the front page, I'd also reduce the size of the logos.
Otherwise, great start, this is something that will be very useful to developers.
The company logos are huge, why not have more in a row rather than only two.
Usesthis has photos of the person being interviewed, you can have a nice picture of the workspace of each interviewed company. This will give a more personal touch than just logos.
Why limit yourself to just software? Ask them what catering firm they use (if any), hardware, where they got their furniture, where they get their business cards made, etc. This will give you more chance for ad revenue.
Great idea and nice page design, good luck!
We thought about doing things besides software and we might eventually but we didn't want the interviews to be too onerous and we drew the line at software for now.
A few people have already strayed and referenced things like exec.
I can see how it wouldn't be all that useful to have a full stack of Oracle and Peoplesoft, but a lot of big companies are built on the same stuff that startups use.
(on the other hand, really large/mature companies are likewise uninteresting, because their choices are almost certainly entrenched in historical BS and legacy nonsense.)
My favorite part, however, is the "What business software do you most wish existed" section. Once more interviews get posted (removing the small sample size), others can use these as startup ideas themselves.
I'm worried that this is proof that a lot of the big darlings of the 'industry' are really just feeding off each other's venture capital.
Is the data going to be available in a structured way?
It think of trend tables, use counts, graphs, you know...
I was a little disappointed that there isn't an auto-biographical interview. The meta post of "We Use That Uses..." seems like an easy add.
Maybe an easter egg, buried on the about page?
HN is for community of people who build. He built something that he thinks will be useful to other people.
If you want to criticize, do it constructively.
What have you built lately?
I'm sure in their A/B testing people thought it was much cooler to have giant logos on their front page instead of explanatory text.