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Before I read your post and from reading the title I thought you would say why is it so cheap.

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This is the route that I am taking, except I am capable of coding to an extent, I am designing the prototype and getting some help (paid from an offshore very-part-time programmer to design some classes, mostly only to speed up the process) and I think I am ready to launch soon, however I am lost about how I would find a co-founder (who's interested enough and that I can offer enough to stay and lead the company in the right direction)

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Many times I've tried to convince my friends about an idea, but they almost never take it seriously until there is something they can see and touch.

That's possibly because I'm unpersuasive, or maybe my ideas suck. :D But it's a recurring theme. People, even good friends who respect you, rarely jump in on the first moment.

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This is probably because they can't really see the vision, at least for some ideas, that is required in order to get excited about it. I've been working on my elevator pitch when I dream up some new idea, but as excited as I get sometimes about some new app that I think can be great, I understand that if a number of other perspectives (peoples' opinions) disagree, I'm probably deluded.

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Or possibly because a vision that's not concrete doesn't mean much (too easy to overlook important stuff).

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Toronto - silicon valley north / Markham (high tech capital!)

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Peak hours would be 100 queries a second minimum. Static content is served by 2 different servers (1 img, 1 html). I did not know of the slow query log parameters (but will enable it now).

When starting we were pulling too many rows, but we quickly realized that and lowered scripts that display too much content that is not needed, we are also using proper indexes.

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Other nasties to look out for: follow on queries that could have been done at the time of the first one and joins.

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could you set up something similar not on EC2?

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