CoderHeap -- headed for big-time web traffic?
NMHS grads Diamond, Amorando hope to make their mark online
Updated 7:41 pm, Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Even Facebook started out small.
These days, it wouldn't be easy to take an idea and reach Facebook's level.
The New Milford High School graduates created the website, CoderHeap, with the help of friends at their respective universities, Yale and Villanova.
"Anthony was a very conscientious student," said Dave Schaffer, a former New Milford High School math teacher. "He went out of his way to understand everything in every aspect."
"Thad was probably one of the most talented young men I've ever taught," added Mr. Shaffer, who retired in 2010.
CoderHeap -- "heap" meaning data structure in computing jargon -- is a networking site connecting users with potential employers.
"CoderHeap is a way to connect people with ideas to people with the expertise and experience," said Mr. Amorando.
Mr. Diamond has been programming for about three years and worked at another coding site, but decided to part ways.
He then started CoderHeap and found other people with the interest and talent to work on it with him, including Mr. Amorando.
"Thad was actually the one that came to me first," said Mr. Amorando, "and he said to me `I have a great idea that I want to put together and I need someone I can trust.' "
Mr. Diamond and Mr. Amorando built CoderHeap with the help of Mr. Diamond's recruits -- other Yale students.
They soon attracted more and more users every day.
The initial start-up had more signups per day than in recent days, Mr. Diamond said, but there hasn't been a shortage in users. The question now is what changes must be made as more people sign up.
"When we add more and more users," Mr. Diamond said, "we'll have to keep innovating. We'll keep adding new features and work together on it."
With all the work the pair has put into the product, they hope their chance to keep the website growing and improving is good.
CoderHeap, in Mr. Amorando's opinion, is the only site that can connect users with entrepreneurs.
Mr. Diamond noted the students with fresh, young talent can start off at CoderHeap before moving forward to Microsoft or Google.
Of course, each felt proud of his accomplishments in creating CoderHeap and felt as though the work is paying off.
Mr. Diamond especially has high hopes for CoderHeap, going into the future.
"Well, we all have the little kid's dream," he said, "but it's not about that. It doesn't have to be a million users. If one person applied, that would be satisfying."
Whether it's a single user or a million, Mr. Diamond and Mr. Amorando have certainly accomplished something noteworthy.
And who knows? One day, CoderHeap could become a household name.
"There is a huge demand (for a website like CoderHeap)," said Mr. Amorando, "so this can be big."
"Maybe not as big as something like Facebook, but there's still a large demand for it."