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Published on March 14, 2014

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.Net is a great platform for startups

.Net as an Awesome Startup Platform Rudy Lacovara

A Little Startup History 1998 - Web 1.0 A huge percentage of startups are built on classic ASP. 2008 – Web 2.0 Most startups are built on Ruby/Rails or PHP. ASP.Net is ignored (and often ridiculed). Today We’ll see but it’s looking good so far.

What is a Startup? “A regular company executes on a known business model. A startup is a company searching for a business model.” - Unknown (but I’m sure I stole it from someone) “Are you ready to jump off a tall building and build your wings on the way down?” - Startup Lounge Podcast

If you’re even considering launching a startup, Read this book first

Launching Your Startup 1. Signup for BizSpark 2. Publish a Marketing Website 3. Design and Mockup 4. Build your Minimum Viable Product

1. Signup for BizSpark Go to and Microsoft will give you every software product they make for FREE for 3 years if your company meet these requirements: • You are developing software • You are less than 3 years old • You have less than $1,000,000 annual revenue • You have some type of website up (even 1 page) • You can get someone like this guys to nominate you. – Aaron Stannard, Microsoft Startup Developer Evangelist

2. Publish a Marketing Site • One pages that clearly describes your product and collects email addresses • You are testing your idea Cheap but good looking website design 99 designs ($400 - $1000) Cheap but solid hosting Discount ASP.Net ($20/month for web and DB)

3. Design and Mockup • Mockup every page in your app • Fix things • Show people your mockups The perfect tool for this is Balsamiq Mockups

4. Build Your Minimum Viable Product Customer data requires better hosting: ($118 - $250/month for cloud server)

What I need in a Startup Architecture • Speed – If I’m heading toward the ground I want to build that parachute as fast as possible. • Flexibility – I assume that I’m going to make mistakes. Making big changes must be fast and easy.

HireFlo Architecture • Asp.Net MVC, no webforms • jQuery + lots of AJAX • No Azure! • No Entity Framework • Lots of open source

HireFlo Server Architecture • Everything lives on a single virtual server running Windows Server 2008 • Two webapps • One processor (console app that runs scheduled tasks) • Main SqlServer 2008 database • A MongoDB document datastore (in progress) HireFlo Direct Webapp HireFlo IPP Webapp Processor SqlServer 2008 Mongo DB Document Storage Single multitenant database Rackspace CloudServer

HireFlo Code Architecture • Common – code needed across multiple layers • Core – contains both business logic and data access logic. Core is the only library that connects to a DB. • All application layer code, like the webapps and the processor, is built on top of Core. Common Web App Core SqlServer Database MongoDB Document store WebAPI Processor

We are in a Startup Renaissance!! (and Boulder / Denver is a hot spot) • newtech Meetup – About 4 tech startups present in Denver and Boulder every month. The Denver meetup meets at Mapquest. The Boulder meetup has free beer! • Denver Founders Network – Best startup meetup in Denver. Takes place every month down at Uncubed, a pretty happening coworking space in a sketchy part of town. • TechStars – One of the first Y Combinator style accelerator programs for early stage startups. • Open Angel Forum – Angel Investors meet in Boulder about twice a year to hear pitches from early stage startups and possibly fund them. • StartupDigest – Weekly email digest by Tom Markiewicz ( that tracks startup related events in the Boulder / Denver area.

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