I recently read Why Startups Could Use .NET, But Don’t and the original CEO Friday: Why we don’t hire .NET programmers post from Expensify. For a quick summary
- Startups are risk taking places
- Startups are founded by risk taking people
Pros of .Net
- Great Tools
- Works together well
- .Net programmers know how to use the platform
Cons of .Net
- .Net programmers are stodgy
- And risk averse
- And see no need to tweak solved problems like the networking stack
(Granted, I am biased as a .net developer.)
From which I drew the conclusion: The technology is, if anything, better, but the non .Net people are more similar to risk-taking startup CEO types, so they fit into the startup culture much better.
Now that I think about it, that seems to be an argument FOR startups developing on the .Net platform. The risk taking CEO is a given, if you also bring in like-minded developers then the startup will have more group think, and consequently make poorer decisions than a more diverse mix of personalities.
Now that I read this again, this is an empirical question – What proportion of .Net based startups reach profitability vs the non .Net startups? Do(es) the data exist anywhere?
This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog
||Written By Steve French|
Actually, it’s more about the company behind the technology rather than the technology itself.
Microsoft has a long history of vendor lock-in, and in the days of open, unencumbered APIs and cross-technology communications that’s a HUGE risk that startups are generally not willing to gamble on.
Data locked in a proprietary system is worse than worthless; it’s a liability.