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C# Developer needed. 3 month contract. Extendable. CPT

Our startup requires the services of a C# developer with the ability to use the Microsoft development stack, amongst others, for the development of a web application..Development Environment: - C#…Continue

Started May 14, 2012

VC Office Hours
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I noticed that the VC Office Hour sessions were hosted by different companies each month. To what extent do their different focuses impact their feedback? e.g. a company like Hasso Plattner Ventures…Continue

Tags: Hasso, Plattner, AngelHub, Hours, Office

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alistair Petersen Apr 16, 2012.

 

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Imel Rautenbach and Alistair Petersen are now friends
May 31, 2013
Alistair Petersen replied to Imel Rautenbach's discussion Long distance coding
"HI Imel, I'm keen to connect. Are you in George?  Alistair"
May 31, 2013
Alistair Petersen is now friends with Sashen Naidoo and Anand Appoo
May 31, 2013
Richard Bezuidenhout commented on Alistair Petersen's blog post Do we lack Hacker, Hustler or Designer Founders?
"In my experience the biggest gap I've come across is the designer (look 'n feel as well as UX). Maybe that's because I have a programming background but as many have pointed out, you can hack the code together but the general target…"
Apr 11, 2013
Robert Elliott commented on Alistair Petersen's blog post Do we lack Hacker, Hustler or Designer Founders?
"Hipster = Designer, in this context. It's not a perfect fit but I prefer it."
Apr 4, 2013
Alistair Petersen replied to George Eadie's discussion Spacious office space for 2
"You didn't mention your price sensitivity but there are a few spaces around town that are flexible. If you want lockup space with access to flexi boardrooms and a lounge, check the Icon building; but its not cheap.  And lets not forget the…"
Apr 4, 2013
Alistair Petersen commented on Alistair Petersen's blog post Do we lack Hacker, Hustler or Designer Founders?
"What's a Hipster in this equation? :)"
Apr 4, 2013
Robert Elliott commented on Alistair Petersen's blog post Do we lack Hacker, Hustler or Designer Founders?
"I prefer the 3 H's: Hacker, Hipster & Hustler"
Apr 4, 2013
Alistair Petersen commented on Alistair Petersen's blog post Do we lack Hacker, Hustler or Designer Founders?
"Thanks for the comment Ross. You raise a very interesting point that at various stages in the development of the startup you will need different people to step in and fill the different roles. Perhaps not even on a permanent basis."
Apr 2, 2013
Ross Clarke commented on Alistair Petersen's blog post Do we lack Hacker, Hustler or Designer Founders?
"As a hacker, I have noticed the hackers are missing at the moment.  As for design, I am a hacker doing design. I am battling, I can't afford to outsource this, so I learn as I go.  I do some hustling due to my contacts, then hand it…"
Apr 2, 2013
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Apr 2, 2013
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"The @SiliconCape is smaller than you think. Had 3 great wow-we-know-each-other moments this week thanks to SC."
Nov 23, 2012
Alistair Petersen and Pieter Venter are now friends
Nov 23, 2012
Alistair Petersen commented on Tim Lind's event 'Academy: Grants and Tax Incentives for Software Development'
"Sorry Tim and company, just had a little emergency pop up this afternoon that made attending impossible. "
Jul 24, 2012
Alistair Petersen and Alan Hughes are now friends
Jul 24, 2012
Alistair Petersen left a comment for Michael Bouchier
"HI Michael, Thanks for the invitation but I am already committed this morning unfortunately. Have a great hangout! Al"
Jun 28, 2012

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Who are you?
I'm a hardwired entrepreneur that enjoys the chaos of new projects. Having served my time managing large scale projects in corporates it was time to put my energies into something I found personally meaningful.
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@AliPetersen - Twitter
Alistair Petersen - Linkedin
In what place did you last go to school or other institute of learning?
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Do we lack Hacker, Hustler or Designer Founders?

In a TechCrunch interview not too long ago Dave McClure of 500 Startups fame said that every startup needed 3 roles to have a decent chance of success:

  • Hacker: someone who can thrash out code.
  • Hustler: someone who can bridge the gap between customers and techies by interpreting the common sense needs.. and can also sell the product/service/whatever.…
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Posted on April 2, 2013 at 17:00 — 7 Comments

Facebook IPO: What a Success!

Now, look at all the Facebook insiders selling during the IPO:

http://www.insider-monitor.com/trading/cik1326801.html

2012-05-22 Zuckerberg Mark (COB and CEO)     Sale          30,200,000     37.58         $1,134,916,000

2012-05-22 Ward Rob (10% Owner)                   Sale            6,998,780     37.58         $   263,014,152

2012-05-22 Li Ping (10% Owner)            …

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Posted on May 23, 2012 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

The difference between Social Media Advertising and Brand engagement

Facebook listed 35 killer events or trends in their S1 filing with the SEC ahead of their IPO. The first few revolved around the core revenue sources of their business:

  1. Advertising
  2. Zynga advertising

Adding fuel to the fire was General Motors pulling their…

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Posted on May 16, 2012 at 10:02 — 3 Comments

The Startup Syndrome: Instagram way back in 2011

What an amazing opportunity to dip back in the Timeline and look at Instagram founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, talk about their initial success. This was when they only had 4 million users... a far cry from 35 million+ less than 12 months down the road. 

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There are so many awesome takeaways from this interview from Stanford and its really worth the 55mins its going to cost you to digest it all. What I really love is that this interview was done a year before they had…

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Posted on May 11, 2012 at 9:00

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At 6:44 on June 28, 2012, Michael Bouchier said…

Hey, nice meeting you Alistair.

Having a google hangout with Vinny Lingham at 8am today. Want to join in?

At 12:26 on June 6, 2012, Danny Day said…

Well, you might argue that earning that much a month is kinda the point of some startups ;) But yeah, people keep talking about ramen-profitable and then have the oddest expectations of what that actually means.

At 11:31 on May 30, 2012, Tim Lind said…
Hey Alistair, I don't think our editor has been taking a fresh listing of the new members. I'll make sure we do so that your on the list in future. You can see almost all the mails in that newsletter archive that george pointed you to. http://www.siliconcape.com/page/newsletter-archive
At 12:40 on April 17, 2012, Subhas Shah said…

(: feels like I am in the matrix with that comment... but ya, does feel good :) now where do i start

At 9:53 on April 16, 2012, Kevin Bayes said…

Thanks, just started out so looking forward to the exciting future.

 
 
 

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