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Re: [NYC-rb] Why isn't there part-time/flexible Ruby work?

From: David K.
Sent on: Friday, September 21, 2012 11:40 AM

Like Gary, I have good projects for contractors (and FTE's). Our culture is amazing and we don't have lame things like ping pong tables - we have good people and interesting projects. We have a liberal IP policy and have even funded some of our developers side-projects ( being the most recent).

Everyone can be remote - it's a pure meritocracy. It's probably because our firm was started by and is currently run by devs/designers.

Previously, I started my own firm and freelanced, in both cases I had plenty of contract work. Getting contract work is a different skill than doing the development though. I worked hard to build out rapport with clients and make sure they loved our work.

If you are interested you can reach me at [address removed]. Shoot me your github/linkedin.

You can check out our code here:

And our website here:


On Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM, Gary <[address removed]> wrote:

Speaking from the hiring side, we don't have any problem with remote and/or contract workers.  My anecdotal experience around NYC dictates there seems to be plenty of remote contract work to go around.  Perhaps this is a problem of "it's not what you know, but who you know?"


On Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM, Tyler Tringas <[address removed]> wrote:
NYC.rb folks,

I have a specific ask and a related general discussion topic. Very curious to hear feedback on both.

Specific ask: I'm an entrepreneur, more in the realm of side-projects than what you might call start-ups, and a freelancer, where I find projects and people I'm excited to work with and when I need more money. My side-projects have given me decent Rails + Third-party JS experience, but oddly there seem to be no part-time/flexible/contract work for that skillset on my radar. So I'm shamelessly spamming you all to say, Hi, I'm a pretty decent Rails developer and probably-better-than-average with third-party JS, interested in contract work with an awesome group of folks. I work remotely but very productively. Some examples of stuff I've made at the bottom.

General discussion: Is my perspective accurate? All I hear about are horror stories of startups trying to find good Rails devs, paying near extortion rates for even entry-level engineers and $1m/head acqui-hires, every good Rails developer having to beat away headhunters with a wiffle bat. And yet there seems to be virtually no contract jobs for good engineers who value their independence more your stock options. Is it just a fundamentally unattractive arrangement for a VP of Engineering to hire contractors or am I just not looking hard enough? Very interested in the group's thoughts.


Stuff I've made recently:
Lots and lots of front-end JS pseudo-apps on top of Shopify.

Tyler Tringas

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