Coding from scratch as in custom code will be too expensive at the moment, I am looking more into some sort of 'mash up' of different software's with a 'custom' template and design to hold it all together. I will probably need a few plug ins to weld the site together and make sure everything works correctly. I think with some good mash up programmers I should be able to pull it off.
TO shed some light on this the basic idea is similar to existing sites and draws on merging technologies used in these sites.
The aim is to create something like NewsVine, NowPublic and even BBC news etc using technologies used by Digg, Youtube, Wordpress etc
Ive found a few that look like they can be used, Pligg and Django look promising with a few CMS programmes.
Creating a mash up is something Ive never done before, has anyone tried it? how do you scout good talent? I'm probably going to need a freelancer.