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Have hired twice from them, both are total winners. But took a lot of pruning to get there!

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thanks for your thoughts, appreciated!

re '"but will never be "great" at either" What sort of attitude is that?' - I don't consider this a bad attitude, more of an acknowledgement that my goal is not to be "great". Further, I am of the personal belief that certain things are unattainable to all people - there is such a thing as a truly great writer, where it's not just attitude/hard work, but a certain natural inclination and ability. I believe I can be great at many things (we all can), but I don't think I have the mindset to be a "great" programmer. Does that make more sense?

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jtoeman, I do understand, and your clarification helps. Perhaps I just see that there's no reason to limit yourself, it just becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Focus on what you enjoy and you'll naturally become better at it, even if that isn't your goal.

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thanks - agreed with your philosophy in general.

in this particular situation, the employees want the company's stock - the team is just trying to figure out what's fair...

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OF COURSE you can. but it's about choices. you must weed OUT the 60+ hr/week startups for the ones who work normal hours. this will eliminate some fun/great opportunities - BUT - it will NOT eliminate ALL great opportunities.

our startup's been a ~50hr/wk place for 2 years, built great product, and got acquired in January. we didn't make $19B, but we aren't complaining either.

from your priority set, which I personally agree with, you have plenty of options - but you'll have to be "on guard" for the manic places that think 70hrs is normal and the "only way" to be successful. pro tip - they are incorrect.

i do recommend coming up to SF over the peninsula though.... YMMV.

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But, watch out! There is a constant exposure to these glorious tales of success and achievement and it will change anyone's mind and attitude. After sometime here, if you a have a little bit of ambition, you wouldn't mind these long working hours and you will also be trying hard to "make it" in the valley.

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Are you saying that ~50hr/wk is in the "normal" category?

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Meh. I remember back when you could only register .ly domains using a Japanese registrar. Now it's so mainstream.ly

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would love to hear the story of how you went from zero to game... where did you start, what resources did you use, etc...

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I am writing a blog post to cover all aspects of my journey. As summary, started with MoaiSDK, ended up with Xcode,Obj-C and Cocos2d. http://www.raywenderlich.com is great start for newbies. Thanks for your interest.

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It's actually the most accurate piece on what's going on inside the TV industry I've seen from a non-insider...

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OP here - sorry for the dupe, I searched but didn't see it yesterday. Mostly I thought it was a funny video that the community would enjoy - hope it didn't offend!

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Oh, don't worry about that at all. These things are not always obvious, and we're all learning how to make HN better.

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As someone with 15 years experience building TV technology, my statement is: this is a must-read for anyone who wants to build, invest in, or otherwise "play" in this space.

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and thus, like every other forum online, "those who came before" are massively rewarded, and new users are basically treated like crap.

coming soon to HN - AOL keywords, blinking text, and animated ASCII art!

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