Startup Flow
Startup Flow
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Startup Flow

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Completed on 2012-05-15

About the Book

So you've got that big idea, and hopefully even one or more cofounders and you're just about to get shit done. But then you hit a wall, actually a few walls, one by one... How are you going to communicate ? How do you keep a knowledge base ? How do you setup your workflow, environments, etc. All the right information is available online, only it is fragmented in a bajillion places like Quora, Stack Exchange, or worse: blogs. That's why we decided to write this book after spending a few weeks reading up on every resource available for each topic, trying and arbitraging between some of the solutions described. It is an opinionated guide in the sense that it is of course not the only solution. We tried to strike the perfect balance between learning curve, reusable skills, money spent, and time used.

About the Authors

Stanislas Marion
Stanislas Marion

Need for Air is composed of Louis Chatriot, Stanislas Marion and Charles Miglietti. Sharing the same passion for the internet and entrepreneurship, we quit our day jobs at the same time to launch a company together. We are working on making good content more easily discoverable through better curation. Previously we learned to work together on an interactive ebook we made with Captain Dash for the French Employers' Association.

Louis Chatriot

I’m a long-time geek who’s always wanted to understand how things work, especially in the fields of math, physics, computer science and economy. After 6 months as software engineer at Robinsons Participations and about 2 years as a consultant for Bain & Company, I finally decided it was time to launch my own company, with Charles and Stan. I graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (majored in CS) and have a MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Stanislas Marion

I’ve been meaning to start a company for a long time. I quit my job without a firm idea nor a cofounder. It didn’t take long to find both. In the past I successfully played online poker at middle to high stakes, which taught me a lot about risk-taking, long-term focus and short term swings, adapting and the value of money.

I worked for about 2 years at a Parisian startup, where I learned a ton about small team dynamics and problems. I graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris and have an MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Charles Miglietti

I do what I love and I’m always on the lookout for a good challenge. Being passionate about computer science and math, as well as innovation,I became more and more interested in entrepreneurship. After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique, I spent a year as an embedded systems engineer at Withings, one of the most promising French startups at the moment. Inspired by this experience, I decided to quit to start my own company.

Charles Miglietti
Charles Miglietti

Need for Air is composed of Louis Chatriot, Stanislas Marion and Charles Miglietti. Sharing the same passion for the internet and entrepreneurship, we quit our day jobs at the same time to launch a company together. We are working on making good content more easily discoverable through better curation. Previously we learned to work together on an interactive ebook we made with Captain Dash for the French Employers' Association.

Louis Chatriot

I’m a long-time geek who’s always wanted to understand how things work, especially in the fields of math, physics, computer science and economy. After 6 months as software engineer at Robinsons Participations and about 2 years as a consultant for Bain & Company, I finally decided it was time to launch my own company, with Charles and Stan. I graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (majored in CS) and have a MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Stanislas Marion

I’ve been meaning to start a company for a long time. I quit my job without a firm idea nor a cofounder. It didn’t take long to find both. In the past I successfully played online poker at middle to high stakes, which taught me a lot about risk-taking, long-term focus and short term swings, adapting and the value of money.

I worked for about 2 years at a Parisian startup, where I learned a ton about small team dynamics and problems. I graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris and have an MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Charles Miglietti

I do what I love and I’m always on the lookout for a good challenge. Being passionate about computer science and math, as well as innovation,I became more and more interested in entrepreneurship. After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique, I spent a year as an embedded systems engineer at Withings, one of the most promising French startups at the moment. Inspired by this experience, I decided to quit to start my own company.

Louis Chatriot
Louis Chatriot

Need for Air is composed of Louis Chatriot, Stanislas Marion and Charles Miglietti. Sharing the same passion for the internet and entrepreneurship, we quit our day jobs at the same time to launch a company together. We are working on making good content more easily discoverable through better curation. Previously we learned to work together on an interactive ebook we made with Captain Dash for the French Employers' Association.

Louis Chatriot

I’m a long-time geek who’s always wanted to understand how things work, especially in the fields of math, physics, computer science and economy. After 6 months as software engineer at Robinsons Participations and about 2 years as a consultant for Bain & Company, I finally decided it was time to launch my own company, with Charles and Stan. I graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (majored in CS) and have a MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Stanislas Marion

I’ve been meaning to start a company for a long time. I quit my job without a firm idea nor a cofounder. It didn’t take long to find both. In the past I successfully played online poker at middle to high stakes, which taught me a lot about risk-taking, long-term focus and short term swings, adapting and the value of money.

I worked for about 2 years at a Parisian startup, where I learned a ton about small team dynamics and problems. I graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris and have an MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Charles Miglietti

I do what I love and I’m always on the lookout for a good challenge. Being passionate about computer science and math, as well as innovation,I became more and more interested in entrepreneurship. After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique, I spent a year as an embedded systems engineer at Withings, one of the most promising French startups at the moment. Inspired by this experience, I decided to quit to start my own company.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Who Is this Book For?
  3. Why You Need this Book
  4. What Is in this Book?
  5. What this Book is Not
  6. Why We Wrote this Book
  7. How to Contact Us
  8. Acknowledgments and Inspiration
  9. Communication in a Small Team
  10. Synchronous and Asynchronous Communications
  11. Most Communication Should Be Asynchronous
  12. When to Be Synchronous
  13. Segmentation by Use Cases
  14. How to Use this Book
  15. Technical and Non-Technical
  16. Quick Wins
  17. Long-Term Investments
  18. Goldmines of Help and Information
  19. Recap
  20. A Day in the Life
  21. Project Management - Do It Like a Pro
  22. Todo Lists
  23. Why Do We Use Trello ?
  24. How Does Trello Work ?
  25. Further Information
  26. Real Life Example
  27. Chat Room - Stay Connected
  28. Your Chat Room = Your Living Space
  29. Why not Skype? Because of HipChat
  30. Set up HipChat
  31. Price
  32. Real Life Example
  33. Email - Tame the Monster
  34. What You Should Use Email For
  35. Email Clients
  36. Internal Mailing Lists
  37. Fiesta.cc Rocks
  38. Real Life Example
  39. Operating System - Build on Solid Foundations
  40. Mac OS X and Linux: A Good Fit for a Developer’s Needs
  41. I Need to Choose! Mac OS or Linux?
  42. Version Control - Safely Iterate on Your Code
  43. Version Control, What Is It ?
  44. The Ultimate VCS: Git
  45. Installing Git
  46. How Does Git Work?
  47. Git versus SVN
  48. Feature Branch Workflow
  49. Real Life Example
  50. Collaboration on Code - Unleash the Power of Your Team
  51. You Already Met Git, Now Meet Github
  52. What Makes Github So Awesome?
  53. Getting Started
  54. Real Life Example
  55. Knowledge Sharing - Centralize What You Know
  56. Why do You Need a Wiki?
  57. The Return of Github
  58. Code Editor - Raw Power at Your Fingertips
  59. What is Vim?
  60. How to Get the Hang of Vim?
  61. Tuning Vim
  62. File Sharing - Share the Stuff!
  63. Do I Need a Filesharing System?
  64. Use Dropbox
  65. Why Not Use Github?
  66. Setting up Dropbox
  67. Bookmarks and Notes - Don’t Lose Track of Good Content
  68. Why Do You Need to Bookmark?
  69. Sharing Content in a Team
  70. Working with Evernote
  71. Setting up Evernote
  72. Real Life Example
  73. Tracking Expenses - Stay Good Friends!
  74. Why an Expense Tool?
  75. Organize Your Expenses
  76. Share Them Easily
  77. 1+1 > 2
  78. HipChat and Github
  79. Bash and Vim
  80. Bash and Git
  81. Vim and Git
  82. Bridge’em all
  83. Who Are We?
  84. Louis Chatriot
  85. Stanislas Marion
  86. Charles Miglietti

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