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Old 07-11-2011, 03:04 PM
 
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So, the people the OP sees as "non-programmers" are really leaders. They are the people leading they way and as such they aren't signing up for a programming class. They are taking on roles that let them lead. Like software design, where someone has an idea and they draw up some screens on paper then hand it off to the trained programmers.
So you don't have to CS-guy to be a leader. You just need to hire the right people? Is that what the leaders do (I think sites like Jobing.com and angieslist.com were founder and managed by non-tech guys; Meg Whitman didn't have a CS background when she joined eBay)?


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A lot of their hires are actually needing client-side programming technologies, Ajax, javascript, jQuery are really in demand skills now.

When you go play around with cutting edge web apps like Amazon cloud drive much of the coolness isn't coming from the people who worked on the service or database layer, its from the resurgence in client-side programming as a legit and complex technology. It is somewhat ironic because a few years ago javascript was kind of a toy that was used for making rollover effects and popup boxes.
Twitter was built using the Rails platform. However, it has had some problems:

"Twitter is, fundamentally, a messaging system. Twitter was not architected as a messaging system, however. For expediency’s sake, Twitter was built with technologies and practices that are more appropriate to a content management system."

How important is VC for a customer-facing web service like FB, Twitter, LinkedIn? Can it be done bootstrapping (even if it requires a slower build-up)?
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:38 PM
 
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Good technical writers are few and vastly under appreciated, often seen as an after thought on projects. I wish you well on that.
I concur. I took a technical writing class, and while I don't get paid any extra for those skills, it was useful.
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