I turned my side-project into a startup. I'm Ido Shamun, AMA!

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Hi Ido,

First up, A big thank-you for doing the AMA.

Couple of questions on the Side-projects:

  1. As a beginner, what kind of side projects, should we look to build?
  2. As experienced Devs, what kind of side projects, should we look to build?
  3. Like everything in life, a deadline is important for a side-project too, so that, completing a project gives the right amount of motivation to continue. In that regards, should picking up a larger project as a side-project a bad idea?
  4. What are the factors that we need to showcase in the side-project? For e.g. Features of the application, Design, Unit tests, Swagger Doc, etc. Is Code Coverage, CI/CD also required to implemented?
  5. How to showcase your side projects other than your portfolio?

And with Monetization, other than blogs/videos, what other ways to monetize your content?

Thank you once again for taking the time out to do this. Truly appreciated!!

Cheers, Skay

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Awesome Ido Shamun! Thanks for the tip. Since March, I'm on a sabbatical, thanks to COVID :-) A quick background is that I've worked with a few Start-ups over the last 4+ years, but mostly as an engineering manager/product manager.

Hence my role was more of a generalist to ensure that we build what was asked for and also ensure that we take the right technology related decisions at that point in time considering the budget and client priorities.

Since March, I've been investing in learning Web Development (since most of my career I was a Java backend Dev) and there's just so much. And learning from a lot of wonderful folks out there who've been very kind in offering help/advice to me. Eternally grateful for that!!

As for my personal projects, I'll definitely create things that solve a problem for myself or others, which is truly the motivation and at the same time try and learn from the experience.

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That's amazing Skay. I would be happy to assist. You can reach me out on Twitter at any time.