I’ve seen various posts from a diaspora of “entrepreneurs” that have resulted in nothing more than a cacophony of conflicting advice. Some of that advice was (in my opinion) bad. What better way to fix this than add my own! I started by first business OmniTI in 1997 and then proceeded to found three other companies: Fontdeck, MessageSystems, and Circonus. I’ve been around a bit and understand the stresses of growing a company from nothing (no funding) as well as from taking rounds of financing and leveraging debt.

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Open plan offices are bad. Breaking my concentration is wasteful. You hired me to code, so don’t interrupt me. I keep reading statements like this and feel compelled to supply a counterpoint. It isn’t that these are lies, it is that the are immature perspectives on a complex set of circumstances that clearly only represent a certain type of coder. In fact, I’ll claim that “coder” is either junior or selfish or both: immature.

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Let’s start off with some basics: I understand open source licensing very well. I write a lot of code and have released code under myriad licenses. I understand the value of licensing software. I respect the authorship of code. I fucking hate talking about licensing and arguing over violations. Recently, I was harassed over GPLv2 licensing issues. It went entirely wrong, but it had a profoundly good impact on the project.

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Theo Schlossnagle

Distributed Systems, Scalability, and Operations. read more

CEO - Circonus

Maryland, USA