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An argument for .Net in startups – to wit, avoiding groupthink

Vikings!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

Starting Fact:

  • 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?

Creative Commons License photo credit: hans s


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


One response to “An argument for .Net in startups – to wit, avoiding groupthink”

  1. 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.

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