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I’m a dev, what’s my chance?

Hi

I’m a dev.

I’ve been programming for as long as I remember.

I created programs in DOS, early versions of Windows, the first versions of .Net, moved to web dev, created all sorts of things in between and worked in various companies and on loads of projects in-between.

I have been involved in some startups such as Statvoo Analytics, Logvoo, Whobuilt.me, Website Discovery & Reviews, and even a well known Payment Gateway (obviously there’s also loads of websites and projects throughout).

Other than writing code I have been involved in a few 3d games and even a 3d movie (and here). In my early days I even studied 3d animation, visual effects and character animation. That means I have quite a bit of experience in 3dsmax, maya, photoshop, zbrush, and loads of other things. Because of my track record in over the past 15+ years in various computing sub-industries, I am well versed in numerous programming languages and I have headed up programming teams among other things.

What does it take to get a startup off the ground if you aren’t living in your parents basement and get accepted into an incubator or at least some sort of accelerator “in the Bay Area”?

I have great communication skills and have proved myself in the board room many a time.

I am a polyglot and am more than willing to take on any challenging task by myself or in a team.

I have achieved visas to work in other countries other than where I was born and have battled more daily code problems than I would be prepared to ever have time to write about.

The question I often have on my mind is “How does one undertake a successful startup while having high fixed costs that need constant addressing?” because I have a family and always want to make sure they get the best upbring and life they could possibly get.

Is it all about “contacts” and the “streams” you are pushed into? Or do the other things (as I’ve mentioned above) count as well? Is it all about the area (Bay area anyone?) you are exposed to at the right time or does the experience and aptitude mean enough by itself?

As a full stack developer with a business drive and communication skills, surely that’s enough to compete with some other individuals and/or companies/startups out there. I say this because quite a few of the fairly successful startups I’ve seen, are technologically quite pityful to say the least.

Maybe there’s more to it all; but after years of reading Hacker News, Tech Crunch, engadget, and the likes, I’m not so sure anymore.

  • Hi Andrew. I’m looking for a contact email (or number) for the Worldpay gem and API! We’ve got a live gateway integration and have an odd issue in that the API is now (as of 2nd April) returning a different response when cards are rejected. It used to have a ‘body’ element, but it now has ‘response’. Get me at [email protected]
    Thanks.