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eBay Live! hits Chicago
Mar 8th, 2008 by estreet

eBay Live! is an easy one for me this year. It’s just a 40 minute drive down I-55.

I think the best eBay Live! was in 2005 in San Jose. It was the 10th anniversary of eBay and every metric showed growth. iSoldit made a big splash with their busy booth. Auctiva went free. Exciting!

My favorite experience was meeting David Faber from CNBC. He was making a special called The eBay Effect. It’s on tomorrow (Sunday, March 9) on CNBC.
David Faber
David is a great numbers guy who always does his market research. Love him!

Speaking of CNBC, they have a pretty good entrepreneurial show each weeknight called, “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch”. The show has a lot of guests each night, so if you don’t like one, just wait a few minutes for the next guest. I would like to see more internet entrepreneurs as guests. They largely focus on selling physical products rather than services. Check it out at 10:00 pm ET.

Add website features with contract developers
Mar 2nd, 2008 by estreet

When I had the idea for eSeller Street 3 years ago, I looked to friends to help with development. Well, it turns out that model doesn’t work. I went through 7 friendships. Nice track record, eh?

Then I picked up the PHP development myself for the next couple of years. It was arduous but worked fine.

I’ve paid my dues in full. Today I’m ready to jump into the hiring pool and apply a team to www.AuctionCritters.com.

Are you ready to add features to your website by hiring development contractors? Here’s some tips to make the most of your contractor experience:

  1. Clean house: get rid of prototypes and unused files on your server.
  2. Use version control software and an issue tracking system because you need complete control over your source code. I use www.hosted-projects.com which offers Subversion (SVN) and Trac or BugZilla for <$7 a month. The developer you hire can set this up for you.
  3. Spend 30% of the alloted time on specifications.
  4. Keep communication through your issue tracking system. Any contractor understands the importance of using tickets to open and close issues.
  5. Create development and QA/test subdomains on your server. Once new features are proven in these subdomains, move them to your production domain. Your contractor can create these for you.
  6. Price: expect to pay $10 to $25 per hour. You minimize the total developer cost when you do steps 1-5.

Find a contractor through referrals or on www.Elance.com. You should choose an Elance contractor based on feedback (95%+ is good), portfolio and listed skillset.

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