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

From: Luke M.
Sent on: Friday, September 21, 2012 12:25 PM
On Friday, September 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM, Tyler Tringas wrote:
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.

Hi Tyler,

IMO, generally, you're just not looking hard enough. BUT… there is some truth to what you're saying. As a tech founder who is hiring, I would much prefer a full time hire that I can invest in and who will be very invested in the company's success to a contractor who is focusing on our challenges a few times a week. This comes mostly from personal experience -- how often do we solve problems we obsess about in the shower, late at night, early in the morning, or whenever inspiration strikes. I much prefer my team to be obsessing about Yapp, and not another client or their own startup that they are passionate about. There are exceptions to this, to be sure: getting specialized expertise in a specific area that you don't need full-time makes an attractive candidate for a short-term contract. And despite my preference, I have used part-time freelancers exactly because hiring in this market is challenging. Given the choice for a funded start-up, though, I strongly prefer full-time, incentivized developers.


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