Cool things I’ve gotten to play with at my startup

For the last year or so I’ve been working on a tech startup with some friends. In doing so, I’ve gotten to work with some pretty cool stuff, and I thought I’d make a list of some of them. Basically, I wanted to extole the virtues of working on a startup as a great way to get real-life practice projects to work on – I have every expectation that we will have at least some success, but even if it ends up being a failure, here are some of the projects that I’ve gotten to work on:

  • wrote an spidering application
  • setup a mysql cluster
  • setup zimbra
  • researched several virtualization options
  • setup apt-proxies
  • wrote a custom smtp daemon / parser
  • learned a boatload about bayesian analysis and other pattern recognition and predictive tools
  • setup joomla
  • setup drupal
  • setup linux natting/routing firewall
  • wrote project plans
  • managed & motivated
  • learned how to incorporate
  • setup zimbra
  • setup dnsmask for dhcp/dns masqerading
  • setup bind dns & replication
  • learned how to motivate people and lead weekly conference calls
  • worked on project management
  • marketing
  • sales
  • setup ldap athentication
  • setup openNAS

Now – I’ve done a bunch of these things before in previous jobs, but its still good practice and there were several I hadn’t played with before. It’s a great opportunity to learn, and even if it doesn’t end up succeeding, the time I’ve put in will not have been wasted. I’ve become a better programmer, a better leader, and I’ve had a lot of fun doing it.

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