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August 21, 2012 4:57 PM Subscribe
Durrrrrrr... What's a startup?
posted by Sara C. to Technology (43 answers total) 72 users marked this as a favorite
OK, OK, in the general sense I know what a startup is.
I'd like an in-depth explanation of how tech startups work and what is involved. Especially who is involved and what those people actually do.
(Side question: wtf does a software/web developer actually do? What is the literal job description of that?)
I'd like personal stories and explanations, but I'd especially like long form journalism, documentaries, and other fact-based resources. Ideally with first-person stories. I want things that are aimed at the general non-techy population. Pretend I'm a moron who has no idea that there are people whose job it is to create web-based technology.
Scope: I'm thinking about writing a piece of fiction that takes place in a startup environment. So I'd like to know enough to make my story plausible, but I don't need to know how to actually make a startup. I'm especially interested in the tech side of a start up (my protagonist is probably going to be a female tech), but I don't need to literally learn how to code.
I have seen The Social Network. I have not read the article it's based on, but it is on my reading list. There are copies of Wired stashed around my apartment somewhere which I have never bothered to crack open.
I know a few people who work in tech fields, and I could probably finagle office visits, informational interviews, etc. but I'm very much not there yet.