Behind the Scenes: Our Interview with Paul Graham + RapGenius gets Penalized by Google!

You’re smart right? Sure. But can you answer these questions for me…

  1. Why did RapGenius gets penalized by The Google?
  2. How much $$$ does a senior Rails developer make?
  3. What 2 coding languages did Paul Graham tell Y Combinator and startups to avoid?

Don’t know? Then you better watch Hacker News Nation this week…

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  • Richard Batista

    pretty cool would really like to interview you guys for my blog. talk about how you guys got together a little more details since following mattan when he was alone

    • chriscastiglione

      Sure thing. Let us know how we can help.

  • http://github.com/dunphyben Benjamin Dunphy

    learn by doing! the institutions are getting shaken up. learning is now affordable! yay! 🙂 cool talk guys.

    • chriscastiglione

      Thanks Benjamin!

  • http://www.AliciaTGlenn.com/ alicia

    Wow, I’m glad I’m interested in learning how to code, it’s crazy how small the percentages are for women.

  • Guest

    I just have to say I love the tune at the beginning and the end. I always imagine Mattan singing and dancing to it.

    Dum da dum DA da dadadadadadadada dum da dum

    • chriscastiglione

      we have video footage of this somewhere.

  • Guinevere

    I am happy to one of the 25% One Month Rails women! You’re right that there’s a whole slew of reasons for gender disparity in the space. If you sincerely want to make an impact there, my advice is to resist the urge of making jokes about it, like the “mostly girls” quip at the end of this episode. Yes, it’s a joke, it also sets the tone of what’s acceptable and what’s not with your brand and business.

  • Garrett Duell

    More volume please.

    • chriscastiglione

      ah ok thanks Garrett! I’ll work on that 🙂


    Holy Whinny folks BatMan. U guys are a little slow on the Uptake. Jan 1st everyone is talking about SnapChat. This is yesteryears news. Get with it man. Its not so difficult to make it more fresh, than stale 2 week old news pimped as this week. Get it in gear man.


      I’m Embarrassed for you guys. Here is an update: FORBES: A Repentant Rap Genius Hacks Its Way Back Into Google. The founders of the lyric annotation site Rap Genius received a Christmas present from Google. (You know George Bush is not President Anymore. Might want to work on being a little more up todate. Your headline feature has already been resolved).

  • lanoire

    Hey, not sure why I’m getting emails about this series, I don’t really find your show useful. I think it’s too long and too many random, boring, unfunny jokes. You guys seem like you’re having fun drinking and chatting but don’t forget to make something that people want to watch. If I were you I would try to make the show shorter and focus on hitting the top stories more.