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Joel on Software

2000/03/28

by Joel Spolsky
Tuesday, March 28, 2000

Yikes! The US Senate will vote on the proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw flag "desecration" on Wednesday. The vote on the amendment is expected to be very close. Even if you have already written to your Senators, it is imperative that you write and call today! (More info at the ACLU web site: http://www.aclu.org/congress/congress.html)

NDAs and contracts that you should never sign.

An issue which comes up a lot in start up companies is how to divide up the ownership fairly. The best article I've ever read on this topic is by Jim Clark, founder of SGI, Netscape, Healtheon, myCFO, et al. You can read it here


Have you been wondering about Distributed Version Control? It has been a huge productivity boon for us, so I wrote Hg Init, a Mercurial tutorial—check it out!

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I’m Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Fog Creek Software, a New York company that proves that you can treat programmers well and still be highly profitable. Programmers get private offices, free lunch, and work 40 hours a week. Customers only pay for software if they’re delighted. We make Trello, which lets you organize anything, together, FogBugz, enlightened issue tracking software for bug tracking, and Kiln, which provides distributed version control and code reviews. I’m also the co-founder and CEO of Stack Exchange. More about me.

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