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Weekly Side-Project/Start-up Accountability Thread!🌟

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Software Engineer at Government6 days ago

Been working on something cool?

Seeking advice from your fellow members of the Taroverse?

Wanting to get into making side projects, but not sure where to start?




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    Software Engineer [OP]
    6 days ago

    For me:

    My Non-profit https://land.org.au/ has slowly been gaining more traction but I've been struggling with some of the admin/business side due to 9-5 burnout - luckily I had a friend reach out who's keen to help out, this is where the classic delegation shall come into play!

    For my for-profit https://withlangpal.com/ - I've been trying to get it into an open releasable mode but have some super annoying edge cases which aren't being helped by some internal bugs from Apples side 🥴

    I'm also pushing harder to get into a Hong Kong-based incubator so I can quit my job, pack my bags, and pursue it full-time!

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      Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
      5 days ago

      Which one is the higher priority, Devon? If your passion is the non-profit, what would make you feel comfortable to leave the 9-5 job?

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    5 days ago

    For Taro:

    • Working with 2 external course creators for courses I'm really excited about, should be launched within a few weeks.
    • I'm making the Senior to Staff course (with lots of input from Alex)
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    Founding ML Engineer @ Lancey (YC S22)
    5 days ago

    On my agenda

    App side:

    • Adding filters (cuisine, entree/side)
    • Pagination
    • Moving to custom backend
    • Improve data quality (shows a lot of sauces/sides/irrelevant or low quality recipes)


    • Should I focus on
      1. adding features (filters/pagination) first and then worrying about good data/recipes or
      2. get a good list of recipes/data quality and then worry about UX/UI features?

    I'm leaning towards 2. Get minimal but high quality set of recipes -> market it on reddit -> then improve features. But I do see the appeal in grabbing the low hanging fruit and make the app functional and then worry about data quality.

    Data quality is surprisingly non trivial. The API I'm using has a lot of limitations so I'll need to get something custom working which will take a bit of time. Also determining if a recipe is vegan or not is surprisingly tricky. For e.g. if you have a recipe use wheat thins as an ingredient how do u know if wheat thins is vegan?

    Side Note: frontend is SO hard. really feels humbling to be brand new at something after spending so long building depth in backend/ML

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      Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
      5 days ago

      Data quality is the main thing. If the underlying content is bad, no amount of front-end mastery will override it. Focus on that (and in general, focus on the hardest problem first).