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I am in houston. I am learning java and python. I would like to incubate a software company of my own. How should I go about identifying an app that would sell, and produce an income. I am a software tester by trade now. This pays my bills. Can this be done without a lot of capital. I have seen these web sites where people bit on jobs for applications to be developed. Should I start there?


-- Anonymous, February 28, 2001


Quite frankly, it doesn't sound like you are anywhere close to being ready for "incubating a company of your own." I think you should aim at consultancy as a first goal, and even that will require real experience and contacts, and a proven track record of success. If at some point you find you are a self sufficient consultant, then you can think about growing your consulting business into a company. But you say you are "learning java and python" and you want to start a company? That is not a realistic next step from the learning a programming language phase of development.

And I think your hair would fall out if you researched the costs of starting a bona fide company. How much is "a lot" of capital?

In any case, I've never done it, so I'm no expert, but the vibe I get from your message is that you should be taking this one step at a time.

Robert Anderson

-- Anonymous, March 01, 2001

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