Entrepreneurs On Rails
Location: Portland Ballroom 253
Many of the people working with Rails are independent developers,
doing freelance work or running small development shops. This makes
sense – Rails provides a great framework for an indy developer, making
it easy to work with with designers and other developers. But while
there are many great resources available to them when it comes to
writing great code, deploying, or scaling their projects, there is
scant information on the logistics, legalities, tips, and tricks of
actually running a successful small business.
Using real world examples and providing tangible answers, this talk
will address many of the questions both new and seasoned independent
developers, freelancers, and small business owners often ask: Can I
stay a freelancer or do I need to incorporate, and if so, how? What
are the liability risks of developing software for my customers? When
do I need to do payroll and workman’s comp? When should I expand my
I’ll also talk about the ups-and-downs of being an independent
developer, like working from home, the “feast or famine” phenomenon,
and tips for working effectively from a home office. We will learn
how to leverage the Rails framework and to collaborate effectively
with and manage remote development and design teams. We’ll also talk
about the pragmatic practices you can employ to manage your clients,
set good expectations, and actually get paid.
This talk would not feature code, but rather real-world solutions,
examples, information, and links to the resources the audience we
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Dan Benjamin is a software developer, user interface designer, broadcaster, and writer. Dan was a speaker at RailsConf 2007, and is keynoting Acts As Conference 2008. He co-founded Cork’d, the web’s first social network and reviewing application for wine aficionados (built in Rails), which was later acquired by WLTV. He also built the content management systems for A List Apart (also in Rails), Capgemini and others, and has developed software for companies including Convergys, MCI, Vitalsource, Helium Report, and Tupperware.
You can visit Dan’s website Hivelogic, where he has been writing articles and technology tutorials since 2000.