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What's in a Side Project? (founderdating.com)
19 points by benjihill 1607 days ago | hide | past | web | 4 comments | favorite

Since this is the current most recent post it doesn't matter yet, but the correct URL is http://founderdating.com/whats-in-a-side-project/. A mod should change the submitted URL.

"Now millions of people share in the fun."

But is it profitable? I have built a fun, big site in the past, but I couldn't keep paying for the servers. Now I know it's not as easy as "build something cool, users will come, and money will follow"

I had no idea formspring started as a side project. also super cool to note - most of the companies started because there was a need to be filled. seems like a great way to start a side project is to fill a need of your own.

> David Sacks spun it out as a separate company, and it was recently acquired by Microsoft for $1.2 billion.

It a perfect example of executions and networking/inside deals. Yammer has always been violating on multiple Facebook patents and one would think that once Y became a heavyweight someone at FB legal dept would have pursued the suit. But they hadn't. Only later on to be bought by MS, which has its own stake in Facebook. Rest assured, had you pull the "Yammer startup", you would have been bombed with cease & desist letters from FB until you bleed the last drop of sweat.

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