Sunday AM and afternoon:
I was back to coding at the Microsoft office at around 10am. I looked at
our domain and checked to see if it resolves to GAE. Nope, still parked
at GoDaddy. I scoured the internets and it seems like most have
difficulty getting domains resolve. I was not too confident that the
hubb.me domain would work by the time on the demo. I told the rest of
the team that there is a possibility that we would use swsf.appspot.com
(GAE domain) instead of hubb.me. Fortunately, Alex had some time on his
hands and were able to figure it out. Still, we were crossing our
fingers that the new nameservers would propagate in time.
As demo time nears, I felt like we won't all the functionalities that we
all intended to have. We had to make some choices and drop some
features. I was very confident that all the main functionalities will
finish on time. However, the bells and whistles probably won't. I told
the team that we'll drop all the fancy AJAX and UI stuff and they
I then proceeded to do our first deployment. This is my favorite feature
of GAE. One command line and your code is off to Production. Painless. I
had to do some tweaking for our Facebook Connect (FBC) feature though.
FBC will only work for a specific domain so I had to set up 2 apps in
Facebook: HubbMe (Dev) and HubbMe (Prod). I created a function that
would return the Production APIKey and APISecret when it is deployed and
use the Dev keys when testing locally.
One difficulty we had with GAE though was test data. Alex, Vaughn, and I
separated the development tasks by functionality. Alex was in-charged
with the IFrame that displays the links, Vaughn with the Dashboard to
see the links you createds, and I was tasked with the add and edit links
functionalities. I was fine to go ahead with development. Alex and
Vaughh, however, needed some test data for their pages. GAE uses its own
database called Big Table which was not easily exportable. My solution
was to create a page that generates test data so they can test their
I made a number of deployments in the afternoon. I attempted to add more
features. However, I ended up breaking the app. I didn't want people to
see errors during the demo so I decided to stop making major changes on
it. Left it stable although I was still making minor tweaks.
I alos checked the domain. It was finally working. Nice!
About 30 minutes before the demo, the team met up to figure out our
presentation. There were some brainstorming on what to include in the
demo. We decided to cut down the number of slides and show the app more.
There were about 5 teams before us. The most notable was the Big Ponzi
but they didn't have a demo available. Then, it was our turn. Anish,
Matt, and Vaughn took turns presenting the app and it was over in less
than 5 minutes. The app worked app. No errors.
There were 10+ teams after us. My favorite demo of the night was from
the Img.gr which allows you to tag photos on Twitter. They still don't
have a public site and I'm hoping they would push through with the app.
Dave McClure was not present on demo night. However, throughout the
demos, he was consistenly tweeting about the apps (@davemcclure) which
was definitely appreciated by everybody.
After the demos, we all headed to Jillians in SoMa and mingled with the
I was glad I did Startup Weekend. In my final tweet/Facebook Status for
the weekend, I said that it was the most satisfying geek experience of
my life. I feel lucky with the team I ended up with. I was able to sit
back and just concentrate on coding. I was able to trust that no one
would make unilateral decisions to the detriment of the team. More
importantly, we were able to deliver a working app - my main goal in
this event. I'm looking forward to working with them in the near future.
This event has validated even more my decision to move to the Bay Area.
People are driven, ambitious, and trying to come up with the next big
Special thanks to Andrew Hyde and Tyler Willis for organizing the event.
I can't wait for the next one. However, I will approach the next one
differently. I will be pitching an idea and recruit people for my team.
Here are some pictures of our team as well as video of the demo:
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Our
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The Hubb.Me team
(minus Matt) L to R: Amin, Eric, Alex, Danny, Anish and Vaughn (sitting
Our demo started on the 28th minute.
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