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Question #90544 posted on 10/23/2017 2:56 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where exactly do web developers hang out at BYU? Looking to start a company.

-Optimistic seeker


Dear Optithon,

They are all in the Talmage. Along with other people starting their own technology companies. 

Particularly if you walk around the CS side of the building, you're sure to find web-developers and more galore.



Dear Webbed,

You might find a few in the Tanner building as well since people generally want a mix of technical knowledge with business know how. But if you are serious about creating a startup, take CS 405 - Creating Software Ventures. I took it my last semester and the class is amazing for startups. The teachers are Craig Earnshaw and Sid Krommenhoek, Venture Capitalists and one is an Angel Investor. Look them up and you'll see a bunch of stuff about them. It's great because Craig is a no-nonsense, straightforward, brutal feedback kind of guy while Sid is the eternal optimist who always makes you feel like you can go just a little longer when you start doubting yourself. Basically the whole class consists of: 

  1. Make a company.
  2. Get another person in your class to join your company.
  3. Prepare a minimum viable product (MVP).
  4. Pitch your company to the teachers.

The teachers understand that most companies made in that class won't become real companies but there are a few who have, for example, Podium started in this class only a few years ago and just spent $10,000,000 on a new building and added 400 jobs to their company. They also have a bunch of guest speakers who are startup founders and tell about their success so you can get some networking done in class. One guy already had a good start on his startup before the class started and then won a Startup competition while in the class.

For more help, check out the Clubs section of this page. If you want to connect with the professors before next semester you can email them. Brother Earnshaw would take any of his students out to lunch who wanted to talk to him and get more feedback about their idea. If you want to connect to them through me, send me an email and I can give you their info and my name for a better networking connection.

Good luck!


posted on 10/24/2017 9:45 p.m.
The Crabtree building, where the Information Technology Major is located, is also where some web developers hang out. IT students take several classes in web technologies and design, and Faculty actively research user experience. One faculty member is the adviser to the BYU User Experience Design Club (