Surviving a startup with small children in the house

The question: Is it possible to be an entrepreneur while having small children and a wife? Here is what a bunch of entrepreneurs say about that:

Entrepreneur      Verdict

Jason Roberts
He says yes. Has three kids aged 6, 4 and 2 and several startups behind him or in the works, including AppIgnite.

Jason Calacanis
Los Angeles
He says yes, but not if it is your first startup. Has one kid, perhaps aged 2. Is a well-known entrepreneur with several startups behind him.

Gini Dietrich
She says no, has no children. Has at least two startups behind her.

Jessica Stillman
She says yes, if you are willing to give up a certain bond with your kids (between the lines, is it worth it?). The post is actually more a resume of what other people have said, so open it and follow the links.

Introducing the Web Co-Processor

Here is a project I’m working on called the Web Co-Processor (credit for name goes to Marcos Vaz Salles). There is a demo you can try if you clone the project.

Read the following four bullets and you’ll understand what the web co-processor is about:

  1. A person opens a webpage in his browser
  2. The webpage has a small javascript code that opens a two-way connection between the browser and the server using a websocket
  3. The persons browser is now a core in the web co-processor
  4. A core can execute javascript on behalf of other web cores (or the server), and store transient data

If you are thinking botnet, you are forgiven. The idea is similar, but the intent different. Although I came up with the idea independently, I have found out that other people have thought about similar ideas before.

I’m serious about this idea. I think the idea of massive numbers of transient cores and memory offer some very interesting challenges. I’m keeping a lid on the ideas I have for the web co-processor, but you can follow my github repostitory to get updates as stuff happens. Action is expected to be sporadic but relatively intense.

Feel free to clone

git clone

The new Google Maps: Explorers delight!

Being interested in maps in general, and specifically vector data, of course I had to take the new Google Maps for a spin. Vector data aside, what fascinated me most was the option to display photos of the current location in the bottom of the screen. Seeing actual photos is incredibly more useful than being shown 100 identical icons indicating that someone took a photo of something here.

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