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AppHarbor and GoDaddy SSL Certificate and RequireHttps

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 | 0 comments

AppHarbor and GoDaddy SSL Certificate and RequireHttps

The process of getting a wildcard SSL cert from GoDaddy installed on AppHarbor took me much longer than it should have. I’m a web dev, so SSL stuff is pretty new to me. Usually a Google search will fix me right up but no one had outlined the entire process from beginning to end so I had to patch it together. Here’s how it works… hope this saves you some time. Step 1 – Generate Your CSR First, I had to generate a CSR (certificate signing request) on my local machine’s IIS. This part is where I got tripped up for a while because I didn’t realize that I had to do it on my local machine so I kept looking for how to do this on AppHarbor....

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IronMQ on Rackspace Cloud Sites

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 | 0 comments

IronMQ on Rackspace Cloud Sites

Ah, messaging. How fun is it? So fun! I went looking for a great messaging system to handle my small messaging needs (20-50k/day tops) and found RabbitMQ. It looks amazing! However, I’ve chosen to host on Rackspace Cloud Sites which means that I don’t have the ability to add RabbitMQ. What’s a dev to do? Well, I could create my own cloud server just for RabbitMQ. Bleh. I don’t want to do that… it defeats the whole purpose of paying for my elastic cloud sites. So, I did what every good dev does. I turned to Google. And Google sent me to Iron.IO which “provides hosted message queue, worker, scheduling, and cache services. No servers required.” Nice! I checked...

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Diary of a Tech Startup Gal – April 2012

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 | 0 comments

Diary of a Tech Startup Gal – April 2012

This month’s See Magazine is all about the power of compassion. It’s definitely worth your time to read. My article this month focuses on Startup Weekend. What happens during the weekend and what happens when you win! Here’s a sneak peek: “I think you guys might be the dark horse”, Chris declared on Sunday morning as he checked out my team. Turns out he was right… We won Startup Weekend.   Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition where 100 people turn ideas into companies.   Here’s how it works. On Friday night, everyone that has an idea pitches. Then, we vote and slash the ideas to around 12 that form teams. The teams work their...

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Turning 4 Pitch Tips into a Startup Weekend Winning Pitch

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 | 2 comments

Turning 4 Pitch Tips into a Startup Weekend Winning Pitch

During the Feb 2012 LA Startup Weekend, Tyler Crowley stopped by to give us pitch tips. I thought I’d share what I wrote down because we worked hard to incorporate them into our winning pitch. Our Winning Feb 2012 LA Startup Weekend Pitch Thanks TechZulu for making this! Here are the Tips from Tyler We Tried to Follow I say tried because we didn’t get them all right. Startup Weekend is fast-paced and there’s very little time to truly polish the pitch. I only had 10 minutes to practice the demo part… The tips from Tyler are the headers and bullet points. My thoughts are in the paragraphs below each. 1) Create a Story Use a persona – tell...

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7 Lessons from an LA Startup Weekend Winner (Feb 2012)

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 | 0 comments

7 Lessons from an LA Startup Weekend Winner (Feb 2012)

Startup Weekend… 54 hours to create a company. It happens every 6 months here in LA at Coloft. I went last time and placed fourth. All those lessons still apply. This time, I won. Woot! The full story is coming out in Dairy of a Tech Startup Gal in April so for now, here are the quick tips. #1 – Have your Wallet Ready. Tickets Sell Out in 10 Minutes. Seriously, one of my friends went to get her wallet and by the time she got back, tickets had sold out! I hear that it’s not like this at all Startup Weekends but for #SWLA it is. If you want in, you better set an alarm and have your credit card handy. #2 – Pitch your Idea Get over your fear and...

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Diary of a Tech Startup Gal – Mar 2012

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 | 0 comments

Diary of a Tech Startup Gal – Mar 2012

It’s time for another issue of See Magazine! I just finished reading it and am so very inspired by the women featured this month.  Dr. Catherine Hamlin’s created a hospital in Africa that helps women deal with something most of us could never imagine. It stole their lives, forcing them to live in shacks as outcasts. Dr. Hamlin gives them their lives back.  [starts on page 4] And then there’s 16 year-old Nicole Muller’s Neighbor-4-Neighbor program has helped feed so many people in need of food right here in the USA. This amazing young woman was cold-emailing governors to get her program spread to every state. [starts on page 10] Of course, it...

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