It’s 2017. I keep reading (in Italy more than anywhere else) about people looking for a tech co-founder that will help them develop their idea.
Look no more people!
No, I’m not trying to teach you the latest trick for finding a tech cofounder. I‘m simply telling you to stop looking around for tech cofounders.
Why? Let’s keep it real, from a developer point of view.
- Do you want me to work on your ideas for free? I already have mine to work on for free, no thanks.
- Ok, you want to pay me. With shares in your company. If you’re Google that might look interesting. Otherwise shares of something valued 0, guess what, are worth zero. Go back to step 1.
- Doing business with someone is like getting married. Would you marry a complete stranger met on the Internet or at a startup event? No. Probably it will happen someday if you really like each other a lot and after many years of deep knowledge.
But wait. There’s a way to make people work on (and love, if you’re really lucky) your idea:
PAY PEOPLE REAL MONEY TO WORK ON YOUR IDEA
It’s really that simple.
Ok, I’m approaching my last days in Silicon Valley. So far, this trip (my first trip ever in California) was a blast.
I’ve spent a couple of days in San Francisco, and then moved to San Jose, the hometown of eBay, the company I work for.
I had the chance to work in the eBay South Campus, which is probably the best working space I’ve ever been in my life.
Apart from amenities, cafeteria, open spaces, etc… You can breath innovation, diversity, technology in every aspect of the daily life. Something hard to find in my homecountry.
Look at some pictures!
Here are some tricks for the occasional “work from home”.
Maybe they can be applied also to freelances, but they are more used to work from home and they get their working routine very early…
- Respect the usual morning routine: shower, brush your teeth…
- Dress casual if you want, but dress yourself (no pajamas) and always put your shoes on (this tricks your mind into thinking you’re not home for “lazyness”)
- Wake up at the same time you wake up when you go to the office
- Do your laundry, bed, etc… BEFORE actually start working (avoid housing distractions!)
- Find a silent spot in your home away from kids, if you have any. Discard this if you have to watch for your kids while working from home (you’re my hero in this case)
- Take your time. If you are used to get a coffee around 11am in the office, do the same at home
- Lunch break of 1 hour? Make a 1 hour break. Usually eating at your desk? Do a speed lunch even at home.
- If you usually leave the office at 6pm, stop working at 6pm
- If you need Internet connection stop every torrent/heavy download you may have on your own network
- Check the VPN (or whatever connection you use) the night before (or better, some time in advance) in order to be ready in case of problems.
- NO TV! (just put some music on if you feel bored)
- Do some little walk around the house every hour
- Drink plenty of water
… Try to configure properly an AVR (Audio Video Receiver) connected to your TV with a set of 7.1 speakers.
You have to know about:
- Sound physics/engineering
- Sound calibration
- Audio codecs
- Video formats
Then you can call yourself a real nerd.
Have a look here: this FAQ is huge and it’s only for some specific DENON models!
Getting rid of habits is hard, but I survived, I’m feeling better, the iPhone battery lasts longer, I accomplished a lot of things while not wasting time on Facebook or Reddit.
Facebook sent me some automatic emails in order to lure me in, they’re probably scared as hell to lose a very active user.
Guess what? I stayed in the loop anyway, re-discovering websites and news source I loved in the past and then forgot.
I’ve spent the last week without Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Youtube and more in general social networks.
I didn’t go completely offline. My job (and my life) don’t allow it. What am I still using?
- WhatsApp? Telegram? YES
- Email? YES
- Medium? YES
- Slack? YES
It was my first experiment in this way, it could look very mild… You know, I don’t care. It was driven by increasing privacy concerns, the need to “detox” and figure out where my sources of information are going, how facebook & co. distract part of my time, how my daily routine is affected by these websites, etc…
Here’s a little diary of my experience. Continue reading “What happened in the 1 week I didn’t use social networks”
Codemotion this year was a pleasant experience. I’ve met a lot of people and attended some nice talks.
I took home a lot of pins and a list of books… Some of them are real classics, some were kinda new to me.
Here’s a little part of the list, if you are interested!
And many others! I have a lot to read (and re-read).
Recently I’ve started again to push some code & ideas on my github account.
Check them out, and contribute, if you think they could be improved. Continue reading “Some of my github repos”