Founder & CEO of Hacker Noon
The technology industry is not for the faint of heart, the unimaginative, or — it goes without saying — the machine illiterate. Those who prosper in tech are painted as ruthless followers of their own visions, and it is the code that powers it all. I will not tell you to work within the existing system, create a new system, or forget that a system exists. I will tell you, these hyperlinked anchor texts lead to a top Hacker Noon stories from the first couple weeks of a tumultuous 2017 (…10 Ways Web Developers Can Stand Up to the Trump Agenda, re: Adam D. Scott…One Way The New Administration Can Fuel American Entrepreneurship, re: Harry Alford… Medium and the White House digital transition, re: Andreas Sandre… and onto what matters, technology…).
What should the best hackers do? (1) found a company. To do so, Rohit Sharma advises you to make a minimum buyable product; it will in turn teach you 85 things about being a CEO that Sachin Gupta already knows, and if your business survives it may be because you’ve divided it into Brad Feld’s three machines, (2) work for a startup, (3) Function as a Service like Keith Horwood, (4) work for a larger tech company, (5) initiate a side project, like Niklas Engberg, (6) work in a tech for a non-software company like KJ Jones, and/or (7) use the new Hemingway Editor to write blog posts for Hacker Noon.
Hackers consider how to better approach development, think smarter time tracking, like Stephan Schultz, or be like 19 year old hacker Brian Tan and install 25 chome extensions, apps and hacks to double your productivity. Do you ever wonder, before you die, will you be able to install a program in your brain as simply as you can in your computer? It’s like Nikolai Yakovenko evaluating whether AI can beat humans in poker… Ask yourself like Phil Pearl did, just how fast are these channels anyway? Whichever channel or ladder you chose, know there will be technical and professional consequences to your development. How will you fit into the tech industry’s growth? As Carl Vitullo writes, there is always role based authorization (…in React… and in React at 60fps, as Andrey Okonetchnikov explains, there are “costs and limitations that you may hit sooner or later.”) Sometimes code’s binary, but sometimes it’s not. You might not need if statements, like David Gilbertson in “a better approach to branching logic.” Can you go right to the boss level and become a CEO? Will your game be played on an Atari or whatever augmented reality comes next? Because Ryan Mickle says starting a startup is fucking hard.
When you think of your career or your business, is it good to be reactionary? Apple would not have pioneered the graphical user face if Steve Jobs did not enter the Xerox Lab, but then again, Google would have saved themselves from many “meaningless” +1’s if Facebook didn’t invent the like button. Either way, it’s good to stay informed about how you could React, and React Studio Public Beta 1 is out now!
The internet is, first and foremost, community driven. Last pass does not encrypt everything in your vault, which was very thoroughly detailed by Concerned LastPass User. If your business depends on the internet, part of you will leak into the internet. Even though we operate as if tech products will not be killed by anything other than market detriments — like churning users, company acquisition, supplementation by a competitor or new release cannibalism — remember that, as Keep Watch, Stay Free did, five years ago the internet almost stood still.
Whatever you choose to develop, remember what its underlining purpose means to you. As Abdul Nimeri preaches, “How” ages faster than “Why.” The community will help you reverse engineer how it’s built, but only you can answer, why do you build what you build?
“A good engineer thinks in reverse and asks himself about the stylistic consequences of the components and systems he proposes,” — Architect Helmut John.
Who am I to say what ladder to climb, how to get to that next rung, if it’s possible to reach the top of tech industry, or whether you can reverse engineer a better metaphor to say, tech-will-be-determined-by-you-because-I’m-literally-just-the-news-and-when-the-story-is-being-read-it-has-already-happened-so-you-better-build-me-something-to-write-about-or-there-will-be-no-more-tech-media-you-beautiful-beautiful-hacker.
Until next time, don’t take the realities of the world for granted.
P.S. Over here at Hacker Noon, we’re looking for people and stories that will help make a better internet (contribute today), and that has made us “Alexa relevant” (pictured below), as in we’re barely friends with the popular girl who has 7,564 American friends. We want to popularize what makes the day to day of tech function, and the ideas that could change tomorrow. At the end of today, we are (with leaders like Attila Vágó) going to be a part of make coding a big part of popular culture.