Looking for full-stack, 'native' Java Android work. I'm especially excited for a mix of mostly Android with some backend API/front-end web thrown in. For backend work, I'm mostly from a Java/Groovy/Grails world but am also excited to pick up Ruby/Rails or Go.
I'd say have $5-10K for out of pocket business expenses after "getting to Chile" expenses. The things that you need to begin the program - plane flights, visa costs, mandatory 6 months of travel health insurance - can easily eat up $5K all by themselves, depending on where you're coming from. The visa fee for UK citizens is almost $1500, for example.
If you don't have enough money to pour in up front, cash flow will drive you crazy. Put together a six-month budget, even if it's loose. Put every expense you can think of in it. Reimbursements can only happen once a month and you absolutely need to plan things out to get the most out of the funding.
Yes, they make it pretty clear that you should have $5k per person to get you on your feet. I took it pretty lightly but it ended up being quite accurate and we ran into some cashflow issues.
As for time on program overhead, minimum probably 2 days a month. Much more if you want to be more involved with the community. You are not forced to do much more than the reimbursement process and finding some ways to give back to the Chile. You could go to meetups and such 3-4 days a week if you wanted, a lot going on.
Great point. I initially thought I would float everything on my credit card until I got reimbursed. I found out it doesn't work like that unfortunately. You have to show that the credit card has been paid off for the transactions you are submitting.
This is true. If possible it is best to start with $10k of extra funds beyond this in order to remove any worry of cash-flow issues. We are participating in Round 3 and the experience although not without it's challenges has been quite positive so far. Startup Chile held a graduation party on Friday for Round 2. Most of the teams are leaving Santiago either this week or within a few weeks and it is obvious they would prefer to continue. The staff and fellow entrepreneurs are most supportive of each other.
Be prepared to spend about one month just settled when you arrive. Most important advice I can give is to work on finding an apartment before you arrive to Chile as this has been a challenge to many who arrive. Startup Chile connects each team with a local who can help you by visiting apartments before you even arrive. Also, spring time will be coming soon and if it makes sense for your team, you can stay anywhere in Chile on the coast or in the south where the natural surroundings and outdoor activities are quite inspiring.
If you are hacking or doing office work (and not gaming), you can easily support an additional 1080p monitor over USB2 using DisplayLink tech. I did it in a former life using a 13" MBP and over a Belkin USB2 hub, even with no glitches.
With USB3 now, you could probably run several. I bet you could get 4 HD monitors easy.
2 external displays at the full thunderbolt display (2560 x 1600) resolution. I'm betting you could do more displays if the resolution is lower, however I don't think you can buy external displays with lower resolution that use the thunderbolt port.
The SmartOS ISO I downloaded, did not have an installer to help you install the OS to disk.
This one does, according to release notes.
Looks like they have tweaked some of the libraries and they provide both 32 and 64bit versions of Python also (this can be a pain to build sometimes as the configure tools don't always pull in the right libs, so you end up with mixed 32 and 64bit objects or other weirdness).
Also, the installer is minimal, basically just asks you what disk to install on. You do all other configuration after you have booted it for the first time.
The opposite actually, the newer KVM stuff for example will not run on older processors, Intel Core iX and very new model Xeon's are required with EPT support.
Many people, my self included, are using Solaris mainly for big storage where the safety of data comes first and foremost. There is still not good competitor to ZFS that works as well and provides the same gaurantees.
Honestly, more and more people with big data problems are turning back to solaris kernels over linux because of how many issues there are with linux when you are really running it hard. ZFS, dtrace, and the Solaris kernel on new hardware is really a compelling argument over Linux.
I hate to be the one asking for a citation but can you share some examples of "more people" who have moved from Linux back to Solaris? I agree about excellence of Dtrace and ZFS but I'm just curious about your kernel comment.
Are there many limits on what you can have reimbursed? I'm especially curious about hardware (would buy a Macbook Pro, monitor, Android phone+tablet, DSLR - all business related) and lawyers fees (for incorporation in the USA, privacy policies, etc).
Also, is it easy to find a nice place near the coworking spaces? Ideally, I'd love just a short walk between home and the "office".
The limits depend on the rules of each round. That being said, so long as you incur the hardware costs and legal fees during your 6 months in the program it should be reimbursed. However consult with your rounds rules first, and when in doubt ask your account executive.
As for how easy, I'd say it depends on what you are used to. Finding a place, now that there are two full rounds in Chile, is getting harder. You'll have to look on a bunch of sites (I recommend homechile.cl) Sometimes you can get lucky doing door to door to apartments. In June the first participants in the second round will be starting to leave chile so it might be worth asking the community then.
I think the key to smooth reimbursement is meticulous documentation of everything! (Invoice, receipts, bank statements, credit card statements, etc.) It's not uncommon for me to have 4 different docs for a single expense item, but you'll get used to the bureaucratic ways of Chile soon enough. That said, I've been here 3 months, and so far have gotten most hardware purchases including a new Android phone reimbursed. One more thing to mention is that electronics here in Chile have like at least a 30% markup compared US prices, more for iPads and such. Just FYI.
Looking for some side work as I build http://adventurous.io. I work mostly with Android and Grails with some experience with Backbone.js. My current work involves building Android apps with backend services built on Grails / JMS / PostgreSQL / PostGIS / EC2. I also have a sysadmin background and would love a chance to do any DevOps work (esp. with Puppet) or anything related to VoIP.