I wrote my first app 15 years ago. It was basic and crude, but it worked. “If I knew then what I know now…” is fairly cliche, but I often wonder what advice I would give my younger self if I could. I wrote my “Letter to a Young Hacker” to explore that idea.

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For those that don’t know, I’m a confessed hackathon addict. I love creating things. An event that pushes the boundaries of creation in such a short amount of time feels like it was made for me. Over the past few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in a lot of hackathons. Many of the projects I’ve created at them have crashed and burned, but a few have gone well. Most recently, Josh Reznick, Hannah Robinett & I competed in (& won!) the TwilioCon hackathon. I’ve noticed several trends in my hackathon experiences and wanted to share seven common habits I’ve seen in successful hackathon teams.

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I’ve noticed lots of people outside NYC asking where to donate to for Hurricane Sandy relief. I’ve been keeping a small personal list and thought I’d throw it up here to share. See something I’m missing? Let me know. National Organization Red Cross – You can donate to the red cross via their site or by […]

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Last week, I asked a good friend if he had any tips on getting to the front page of HackerNews (he had spent a fair amount of time there), his response: “Create great content”.  This idea came up again when I was having a conversation this week with David Bloom (my boss and the CEO of Ordr.in). We were talking about some of the perks of having investors like TechStars and 500 Startups, and he said “The perks help on the margins, but you still have to build a great company.” Simple answers that remind me of a simple truth: Creating great things is the easiest way to increase your likelihood of success. Ok, it is a bit obvious, we have to try and create great things, but how? Here are three things I think help.

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We developers have a grumpiness problem. More specifically, to the outside world we have a reputation for being grumpy. I’m always a bit nervous to make absolute statements, but I feel more comfortable with this point since I have the backup of Google autocomplete.

I’m not trying to troll, I think this is an actual problem. I even talked about this briefly during my talk at this year’s TwilioCon, but I thought it was worth diving into more detail in blog format. I want to specifically look at why being perceived as grumpy is a problem and what I think we can do about it.

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