Most large tech companies have stipulations in their contracts that disallow outside work — that the company owns all IP created by the employee during employment.
Hey Andrew, it's a complicated topic, but there are definitely ways to do it. I recommend checking this HN discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13142327.
Why do you have to be from a "top tech company"?
Great question! I decided to start with a niche as I believe it makes it easier to launch and reach out to early adopters. It's not a solid rule tho, I'm open to test and learn as I go. Any suggestions?
I agree this seems short-sighted. I work at a pretty big company but I wouldn't want my side-project associated with where I work since they're completely unrelated things. This also shuts people out who may be talented but don't have access to these companies (or take issue with them ethically).
+1 to this. I also work for a large tech company, but probably wouldn't want it associated with my day job since it is in a totally different space. I also agree that, just because I'm at a large tech company, my side projects are better than others. (They're definitely not!)
To actually be constructive: I'd love to see side projects that have certain attributes, such as why the person created it. My side projects usually have a goal (typically making money, but also to get more exposure/for fun/try some new tech/etc.). Might be a good way to organize. Topic area would be good too.
For example, I love Indie Hackers, but a number of the examples are full-time projects, which are harder for me to relate to.
Darren, this is awesome and detailed feedback, thanks so much, I appreciate it. On signup, you can choose to hide the company you work for, so there's no association at all if you wish. I'm going to spend the time to find the best way to implement your suggestions, so thank again :)
Great feedback, thanks for letting me know, Taurean! The site gives you the option to 100% hide the company you work for, so it's just your username and the project, nothing else. I'm thinking a lot about the best way to open it up for more people. Thanks so much!
Any designers here from one of the available companies?
After reading about side-projects that have gone big (e.g. Github, Slack, Basecamp, Twitter, AppSumo), I got excited and built Sidemake.com in an attempt to have a place for focussed discussions about side-projects.
This initial version is available for designers, developers and product pros with day-jobs at a limited number of tech companies, so if you work in one of them, or know someone who does, feel free to check it out.
I don't have any issue with exclusive communities, but I do find it a bit ironic that the creator himself wouldn't qualify to use the site based on the restrictions he's defined.
Hi Joshua, thanks for taking the time to give feedback, I appreciate that! This is just an initial restriction and I'm slowly adding more allowed tech startups and trying to test a few things based on the responses. Thanks again!
Seems great! Hopefully you'll expand to other companies (and agencies?) soon.
Thanks so much, Marc! We will definitely get in touch as soon as we have something more complete. Cheers!
why does it matter where a person works when the entire service is focused on 'Side Projects' ?? Do side projects only hold value if a person works at a certain place of employment? This is extremely confusing...