Personal Productivity Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people wanting to improve their personal productivity. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In this age of startups and "quick" tech money, what are some good tips to give a young man like myself who has come to understand that this is just a phase and the tech market will become so necessary and saturated like the medical field for example, such that people will no longer rely on ideas above ability and experience to get the job done.

Don't get me wrong, I know there will always be room for innovation, however, I think the allure of releasing an app quickly, then hiring experienced engineers to stabilise and maintain it distracts a lot of people, myself inclusive from putting the years and effort needed to acquire the suitable amount of knowledge, that would make for relevance later on.

Any advice to help me stay the course of learning and improving my developer skills such that when my startup finally takes off, I'm not just the guy in the suit but also a key part of the process who can understand and contribute to the product when it gets rather complex and global in scope.


share|improve this question
This is a really interesting and relevant question. – AsheeshR Jul 23 '13 at 14:26
WEll at least this answers why there is so much poor sotfware out there. You start with experienced people not bring them in after the less experienced have screwed up the product. – HLGEM Jul 23 '13 at 21:32
Coding will be as common as as literacy in the future. But like with writers, the good ones will always stand out. Every 'profitable' field is saturated, but there is always a niche and there is always space in the mass market for a higher quality product. – Muz Jul 24 '13 at 0:01
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Seems like you're just viewing the status quo and a few myths about startups. Very few win the quick money lottery, so if you're that worried about it, don't buy a ticket. There's no law that says after you create a popular application, you have to stay with it until its dying day. Sell it and go build something else.

Some people are more cut out for companies at different stages. This could be true for any developer. Very few stay with the same company for any length of time. Part of it is because they want a new challenge. Personally, I think the challenge of an app like Facebook wasn't in the initial building of a social website, but later on creating a massive database that could handle a billion users.

Don't wait for someone to tell you what to build (or stop building). Making an existing app better requires innovation. If you're surrounded by conservative types that just want to maintain the existing app, find a way to change their minds.

If you're faced with any problem, you look for a solution. Be the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company who still writes code. Use your imagination.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.