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Tweeting, Tweeting, Gone! Nate Westheimer Sold His First Coding Side Project, Ohours, Thanks to Twitter

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It’s a very New York story! Less than a year ago, man-about-New-York-tech Nate Westheimer, a Non-cOding Product Executive, or NOPE, retreated into a “sweat lodge” with a Ruby on Rails book and an idea he’d been sitting on for more than two years.

“It was something I really, really needed,” Mr. Westheimer told Betabeat via Google Chat. He’d been using “a hacky combination of tools” to approximate a web-based calendar to coordinate open office hours. “When I started teaching myself to code I told Vin Vacanti a few ideas I had, and he said if I build Ohours he’d be the first user on it. Knowing at least one other person would use the product really inspired me to build it.”

Mr. Westheimer launched the site back in December and local techies started testing it out. As promised, Mr. Vacanti was a prolific user, although Forrst founder Kyle Bragger was technically the first to sign up. Shelby.tv founder Reece Pacheco gave it a try; Union Square Ventures’s Gary Chou wrote a rave review. TechStars’s Dave Tisch is a fan. And so on.

But in May Mr. Westheimer was ready to move on to other schemes. “I wonder if there someone out there who LOVES @Ohours, has what it takes to run a startup, and hacks Rails at least as well as I do…,” he tweeted. Read More