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15-Year-Old Sells Startup To ActiveState 140 140

jcasman writes "Some entrepreneurs wait a lifetime to experience the thrill of selling their startup companies. Daniil Kulchenko, a Seattle area high school student, accomplished that milestone at the age of 15. Kulchenko today announced that he's sold his startup, a cloud-based computing company known as Phenona, to Vancouver, B.C.-based ActiveState in a deal of undisclosed size."
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15-Year-Old Sells Startup To ActiveState

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  • Re:"Cloud-based" (Score:5, Interesting)

    by bill_mcgonigle (4333) * on Tuesday June 14, 2011 @11:14PM (#36445654) Homepage Journal

    Sounds like a deployment service. From their page:

    So what is Phenona?

    Imagine this. You've spent hours and hours coding the perfect Catalyst (or Dancer, or Mojolicious, or, hell, CGI) application. You're using DBIx::Class with a MySQL database to store user info, and memcached in front of it for performance.

    You now want it out there, for the world to see and use. Here's a deployment scenario for a good web application:

          1. Get a server. These days you might go for some slow shared hosting, or maybe a VPS, or perhaps EC2 or Rackspace.
          2. Install Perl and spend a few hours installing all the dependencies of your project. (Ever installed Catalyst before? It's not for the faint of heart.)
          3. Install and configure MySQL, set up users, permissions, databases.
          4. Install and configure memcached.
          5. Set up a backup, redundancy, and failover solution. What would happen if your server went down, data was lost? You'd need to set up more than one server, do failover between them, and do regular backups to protect valuable user data.
          6. Set up cron jobs and background worker processes to work on long-running jobs.
          7. Set up a caching server, such as Varnish or Squid, to improve performance of your app.
          8. Secure your server, open the necessary ports for outside access.
          9. Deploy and test your code.
        10. Manage system updates, app monitoring, and downtime yourself.

    Hours, days, even weeks of time. Potentially hundreds of dollars. Or you could type this:

    cpanm Phenona
    phenona create MyApp
    git push phenona master
    phenona deploy production

    Yes. Those four commands encompass every one of the bullet points I listed above. The final command inserts your app into the grid.

  • by gregrah (1605707) on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @01:11AM (#36446180)
    I truly do not understand where you are coming from when you feel the need to repeat this same comment in 3 different places. What is your beef with this kid? What is your point, exactly?

    As others have mentioned, you come across as being extremely jealous. And for an adult to make jealous comments about a teenager - well what can I say except that those comments reflect far worse on the adult, and are generally indicative of an adult who has had issues adapting to life as a grown-up.

    Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but that's the impression that you are giving off.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @02:07AM (#36446394)

    > and in high school I started another business that I ran for 7 years before
    > moving on and starting another business, and another, and another.

    That's great, but many of us do not have the amoral streak needed to rip-off "customers" to make a buck or two.

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