some people have been asking a bit more about my ‘entrepreneurship’ activities, so thought I would write some more details here.
I have a couple of projects I am working on, in order of time sequence…
- getstaffed.com Getstaffed is a contractor recruitment site, currently catering for IT, but with much grander plans. I am a partner, along with 2 others
- keyring.co.nz My google maps thing! I think most people go through a google maps thing at some stage! Keyring is… unique I think in the world, in that, sure, it shows maps and busses and supermarkets and schools and school zones… but… it also uses digital elevation model data to model sun exposure of a site. ie, any site in wellington, you can work out how much sun it will get in the middle of winter. I think its cool!
- 33percent is a site I wanted to make for a while, to scratch my own itch. Its not live yet, but it is intended to be kind of a xero for contractors like myself. Basically to enable me to sort my finances, work out how much GST I need to pay and do an income tax summary etc. Much less detailed than something like xero, but I (and people like me!) dont need bank recs and all that stuff.
I’ll write a post about each of those, along with some lessons learned (a lot!) and questions pending (a whole heap!). In the meantime, if you are in IT, particularly developers, I think you should be doing your own project. The amount you learn simply by doing everything from start to finish far exceeds what you will learn (technically) in your job. Security, graphic design (I struggle!), all the database stuff, hosting, virtual servers etc.,etc. Its well worth the investment.