DispatchHealth - Denver, Colorado Startup Business of the Year alvin April 29, 2016 - 12:29pm

A company named DispatchHealth just won an award for the 2016 Denver, Colorado “Startup Business of the Year,” as awarded by the Denver metro Chamber of Commerce. Per their website, “DispatchHealth is bringing back the house call. Our skilled medical team arrives with the tools necessary to provide simple to advanced healthcare in the home or workplace.”

The Everything Store alvin March 3, 2016 - 10:34am

I just learned about the book, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, while reading this article, The Next Amazon is Probably Failing Right Now. I’ve only read the Kindle Preview and a few random pages so far, but it looks very good, and it’s highly rated, with 889 reviews. From what I’ve read so far, it’s safe to say that it tells the story of Amazon’s history, and the author really seems to know Mr. Bezos and Amazon.

More news on the Boulder, Colorado tech/startup scene alvin November 29, 2015 - 2:55pm has more information about the Boulder, Colorado hi-tech startup community.

Technical debt and startups - the chicken and egg debate alvin August 10, 2015 - 5:49pm

There’s an interesting debate about technical debt and startups at this Twitter link.

Lean Startup for Agile Product Management alvin May 2, 2015 - 2:30pm

At the moment I don’t know if this talk is any good, but I do like the pictures/slides, and I want to come back and re-visit it at some point. The title of the presentation is, “Lean Startup for Agile Product Management.”

Marc Andreessen tweets concerns of high cash burn rates at startups

Andreessen Horowitz partner Marc Andreessen (also a founder of Netscape) recently released a series of 18 tweets regarding his concerns over cash burn rates at startups. He wrote his tweets as he agreed with a man named Bill Gurley, who told the Wall Street Journal that Silicon Valley “is taking on an excessive amount of risk right now.”

Here is the text from Mr. Andreessen’s 18 tweets:

How I started a multimillion dollar consulting firm

A friend of mine is currently unemployed, and as I've talked to her about ways to approach her situation, I'm reminded of how I started a consulting business named Mission Data.

How to populate sample data when a Play Framework application starts up

If you ever need an example of how to do something when a Play Framework application starts up, check out the Zentasks application in the Play distribution samples directory. You'll find the following code in the Global.scala file in the app subdirectory of the project. It shows how to use the onStart method of the Global object to populate some sample data when the Play Framework app starts up.

Here's the source code for that class:

Mac startup/login programs (startup items)

Mac startup/login programs FAQ: How do I set up a Mac program to automatically startup when I log in?

If you have a normal Mac application that you want to setup as a Mac startup program (also called a Mac "startup item"), the process is fairly simple, and I'll demonstrate the approach in this article. For other Mac applications, like a command line program, the approach is different, and I'll cover that in a separate article.