The Hacker and the Hustler: Coding a Great Company
It all starts with the hacker. You’ve got the coding chops, passion, great hair, instinct, and an idea that’ll set the world on fire.
Pounding code from day to night, you bring your idea to reality and demonstrate its game-changing potential. But it takes more than code to scale a business.
Enter the hustler.
To build financial models and budgets. To court the angel investors and bring in the funding. To sell and market. You know, all the stuff the hacker is too busy coding to worry about.
Dries Buytaert, The Hacker, started a movement when he created the open source web content management system Drupal in his college dorm room 12 years ago. Today the Drupal community numbers a million, making it the most active open source project in the world.
Tom Erickson, The Hustler, helped take Acquia from startup to the fastest growing private software company in the U.S.
Together they’ll share insight into what it takes to go from great code to great company.
- How do I know that my idea is a game changer, and a money maker?
- What do I need to know before I start looking to incubate a company?
- What do I look for in a business partner - my hustler - to help bring my idea to market?
- When’s the right time to scale a business?
- Where are the landmines in growing from five people to 50, to 200?
Christopher Rogers Acquia
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