From Designer to Django'er in Six Weeks
- Start out on the right foot:
- If you can, spend 100% of your time on your project.
- Have a large savings account, low debt.
- Make sure you're having fun.
- Success can be just launching the app.
- Be focused and optimistic before you start.
Cofounders are awesome, but no cofounder is better than the wrong cofounder.
- Launch as fast as possible:
- What can you take out?
- Launch tiny bits to keep motivated.
- Work on the hard stuff first.
- Spent as little time as possible on learning, as much on building.
- Launch with bad code (really, it's okay).
Have a plan for monetization
- Don't be forever alone:
- Talk to friends.
- Don't be prideful; accept help.
- NDAs suck.
- Surround yourself with good people & resources.
- 5: Take shortcuts:
- Django is plug & play
- South, django-registration, django-profiles, sorl-thumbnail, django-debug-toolbar, djangopackages
- virtualenv, pip
- 5.5 Design shortcuts:
- 99designs (quick logos only)
- "The Non-designer's Design Book"
- Create a coming-soon page.
- Django/Python rough edges?
- Review logic first (when learning).
- Had lots of people to ask questions to. Removed most (all?) speed bumps.
- Why choose Django and stay with it?
- Chose Python, really, not just Django.
- Django provides for lazy developing :)
- How did you find customers?
- Cold emailing for the vendors.
- Blogs and promotion help a lot.
- How to rein in a designer that likes to design hard-to-build items?
- Make him build it!
- Pluggables never exactly match.
- How far did your roadmap go?
- Not far at all.