Traditionally, first Saturday of New Year – time look back for year that passed. As usually, I do analisys throught a several aspects. Primary job, blogging and speaking, communities and side projects.
I no longer work for e-conomic where I spent almost 4 years. I have extended explanation for the reasons I did so. But in short, my current primarily goal is build my own company, something meaningful and remarkable.
I joined funemployment mode, changing my vision of building products. I treated startups as venture of several people, who just decided to build something cool. Reality if much more tough. Coding eventually becomes less priority thing in startup, but seeking for a sustainable business model become first one.
As passioned developer, it’s really hard to change your mind. Instead of coding new features, you have to build a set of hypotheses and try to validate them as soon as possible. You have to find your target audience, valuable proposition and best user experience. Startup is all about uncertainty and Likeastore is currently in the most uncertain position.
I’m really happy that now I can spend full-time effort for company. We’ve joined EastLabs business accelerator program as most efficient way to gather required skills and experience.
Comparing to 2012, I both speak and blog less. I don’t think it’s bad sign, but it’s more a way of finding some balance.
I’ve produced 27 blog post, against 63 of 2012. I covered various topics, I would say less specific that I did previously. I switched from blogger to github + octopress, feel great about so far.
Top read content of 2013:
Kyiv Beer’N’Code – still small, but it exists. We’ve concluded season 2012-2013 very nicely. And season 2013-2014 is on it’s way, but I have to admit we are now less active. Hope that after all Christmas and New Year holidays we will go back to nice discussions and coding together.
Kyiv ALT.NET – being not involved to .NET development for several years I could not contribute to that community anyhow. Unfortunately it’s slowly dying now. Only had 3 meetups in 2013.
Being full-stack JS development I didn’t participate in any Kyiv JS communities. I don’t see much activity in those communities as well.
As for technologies, 2013 for me was: Express.js, MongoDB, Angular.js, Docker, Dokku, Ubuntu, DigitalOcean.
As for contributions I’ve participated such projects:
For side projects, of cause it’s Likeastore which started as side project, but became a platform of starting business with.
2013 was amazing in many aspects. 2014 will be year of Likeastore, open source and experiments.
I wish to try some alternative technologies, like Go, Rust.