The Profitable Programmer: Creating Successful Side Projects
Many Rails developers have taken the big step of going out on their own and starting a consulting business. Others have taken the next step of creating web applications that generate at least some part of their income.
A businessperson would need to raise tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to implement an idea, but the Rails developer only needs an idea and enough time to implement it.
This panel features five developers who have created side projects that eventually became profitable through advertising, subscription fees, or buyout.
We’ll talk about creating an idea, finding the time and money to implement it, designing a profitable business plan, promoting your idea, and possibly selling it to another company.
We’ll talk about the skills you have as a Rails developer, and how to get help in other areas.
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Tom Preston-Werner is a cofounder and chief executive officer of GitHub, a web site that makes it easy for users to collaborate on software projects and share code. This site has attracted a community of more than 3.5 million developers and strives to lower the barriers of collaboration by building powerful features into its products, making it easier for users to contribute and write better code, faster.
Preston-Werner also invented the Gravatar, a globally recognized image that follows its user around the internet to help identify posting on blogs, web forums, or other internet activities. He sold Gravatar in 2007.
He lives and works in San Francisco. The weather there is strange, but he loves it, and the mountain biking is unbelievably good.