#15 Linus Olsson, Hemlis project

Summary
Linus Olsson of the Hemlis project discusses what Hemlis is, why they are building it and how it works.

Details
Linus I and discuss his background, what is Hemlis, why build it; open source; need for security and privacy, does encryption make you a target, good encryption vs bad encryption; why trust Hemlis, legal requests for data, would he go to jail to protect users; how it works, public key encryption, easier than PGP, type of encryption, back door on phone, base band hacking; open source vulnerabilities; servers, just for relaying, graphs, peer-to-peer not viable; scaling; release date, usability; how to promote your software; pricing, premium features, enterprise solution.

Book Recommendations
The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

#14 Piero Toffanin, outdoor coder

Summary
Piero Toffanin is a software engineer and user experience designer who left his job this year to travel around North America, coding as he goes.

Details
Why give up the day job, inspired by Live on the Margin, preparation to travel, selling stuff and buying necessities, camper van vs hostels/hotels; practicalities of working on the road, charging laptops, getting internet, working offline; finding work, referrals; where Piero has travelled; splitting the day between work and adventure; compromises in the wandering life, meeting other travellers; remote working; how long will he keep going; challenges on the road; books choices and how to perform a tracheotomy.

Book Recommendations
Live on the Margin

SAS Survival Handbook

Insider Buy Superstocks

Code Complete 2

Don’t Make Me Think, A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

Team Geek: A Software Developer’s Guide to Working Well with Others

#13 Christopher Marston, consulting and startups

Summary
Christopher Marston is the founder and CEO of Exemplar Companies, Inc, we discuss the legal aspects of going out as a consultant and getting a startup running.

Details
Christopher and I discuss what Exemplar Law does, fixed pricing; going out as a consultant, protecting against personal liability, LLC’s, SCorp, CCorp; startups, vesting, roles and responsibilities; equity in startups, dilution, removing a member of the team; protecting intellectual property while promoting yourself; patents vs trade secret; raising capital, business plans and other paperwork; growth of venture capital firms in Boston; shutting down a startup, common reasons for failure, under-capitalization, founder disputes, lawsuits; closing down a business.

Christopher’s page on Exemplar.

Book recommendations
First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

Winning

The Firm of the Future: A Guide for Accountants, Lawyers, and Other Professional Services