Saturday, December 25, 2010

It?s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad App World

Editor's note: Contributor Jon Evans is an author and software engineer. He hails from the Great White North, but we let him write here anyway. Report from the app-development trenches: it's gettin' kinda crazy out there. I've lost track of how many NDAs I've signed this year from people with app ideas. Old coworkers and previous clients have deluged me with so many offers of new work I can't possibly take it all. Friends of friends want my opinion on whether their app notion might fly, and if I might want to partner with them. The VP at my client Xtreme Labs has as his Gmail status, ?I'm hiring 50 Agile Engineers.?� That doesn't include their startup incubator Xtreme University. And this isn't frenetic Silicon Valley, this is once-sleepy Toronto. My clients HappyFunCorp, an incubator/development consultancy in Brooklyn, proclaim on their web site, ?We can only take on so much work, and because of that, there's no contact information on our page.? None of my developer friends are underemployed. Supply is low, demand is insane. I realize the plural of anecdote is not data, but I can't help thinking: this feels a lot like 1999.


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