Co-founder & CTO at 3D Printing software company, AstroPrint. Software engineer & Founder Institute graduate. Mobile and SAAS platforms. Former developer evangelist at Nokia. Mobile at Chiill.com.
Over the years, I have created and participated in the creation of multiple mobile and web products. The path to distill an abstract idea into a simple, useful product is not easy but extremely rewarding.
Development and design of mobile applications and cloud services.
Advice on how yo design and develop your website or web app. From choosing programming language and hosting environment to tips on ui design and SEO.
Advice on how to take the leap of faith to build your dream company and leave that cushy but unsatisfactory job.
Advice on the 3D Printing ecosystem, technology and possibilities.
It's a bit difficult to give an estimate with the information provided.
I'm not sure if your question is related to adding privacy to an existing server code or you need the whole server side done. The later is significantly more cost and has an unknown scope based on only the info given.
You might also want to look at platforms like Parse and see if you could get all you need done there vs a custom server side system.
Happy to chat more on a call if you want to provide more info or have more detailed questions.
I wrote a couple of articles when I was going through it for the first time:
I hope you enjoy them. I can talk in length about this as it's still relatively fresh in my mind.
I have always used the guidance provided by the Founder Institute. They "open sourced" thier advisor agreement. Don't forget to read the addendum for explanations on % depending on involvement and company stage.
Check it out http://fi.co/contents/206
For software startups it's more common to use a Delaware corporation. It gives you more flexibility when adding cofounders or giving out stock to early employees ( something you'll have to do to attract the best ).
If you are seeking outside investment, you'll end up doing a DE C-corp prior to getting any money, so why not just do it from the get go?
You'll need a foreign corporation in the state you're located and possibly pay franchise tax to both DE ( $450 / year ) and your state ( CA is $800 / year ). Then maintain a register agent in DE ( $100 / year ).
So you save some money with an LLC but I think that structure is not suited for a modern software company.
I would do 301 redirects for the unwanted urls for a couple of months and then 404 then. This would require more work but it'll give you less impact in search ranking and traffic.
404 is too bad for SEO but it might impact your traffic.
PHP would probably give you the biggest pool of available developers which will help keep the cost down. If you pair that with a modern compiled framework like phalconphp.com and stay with php version 5.5 with its opcode and memory optimizations, you'll be able to run your site in low end ec2 instances for a long time.
I'm going to talk from the perspective of a founder, not a lawyer. I also live in California and your state laws might defer.
I think if you are putting hours into your startup, you are also an 'employee' in addition to a founder.
Your board (ie. your cofounders) can decide at any time that you are not pulling your weight in the project and don't want you involved. Thus you can also be 'fired'.
In most vesting agreements there's a right to repurchase unvested shares that the company has. This is essentially how vesting works. The company decides that they don't want you anymore and they have the right to repurchase from you all the unvested shares at the price they were given to you initially ( not current market price ). You can only keep the vested portion.
I hope this helps
I recently shared this link in another related answer. I think it's relevant for your question too. Here it goes:
Create a profile at http://dribbble.com and showcase your best work. That's the first place we go to to get inspired and find great designers.
We use github for code hosting, issue tracking system and specs ( the wiki portion ). Dropbox for large files like designs, videos. Basecamp for collaboration and discussion coupled with real time chats over hipchat.
I bought into the appcelerator promise a while back but had since abandoned it for native development. It depends on your app but our app would look and behave significantly worse had we not gone native.
Hope this helps, call me If you need more info.
As soon as you can reasonably afford it ( if you can't pay, go get another cofounder ). The web has evolved from simply working to working seamlessly. Consumers expect a certain level of aesthetic and usability.
Design is one more element of your product, just like solving a real problem and doing what it's supposed to do.
I would prioritize a designer as much as an engineer. I have seen a huge difference I product adoption when the product is complemented with visually pleasing aesthetic and good usability principles.
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