Re: [ruby-99] Looking to hire some folks to help with my startup

From: Noah
Sent on: Thursday, July 22, 2010 11:19 AM
  Yeah, some of the phrasing is weird.  It also doesn't help that the company is named "Argus", who was (true) the guardian with 100 eyes, but was also famously stripped of what he was guarding when Hermes bored him to death and took it.

--- On Thu, 7/22/10, William Chow <[address removed]> wrote:

From: William Chow <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [ruby-99] Looking to hire some folks to help with my startup
To: [address removed]
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010, 11:02 AM

I love the job description from the website:


"Argus also provides the tools to defibrillate slowing markets and pump up strong markets for peak performance. Currently funded and generating real cash flow from customers, Argus is supported by a tremendous cadre of world-class advisors from around the world."

Apparently, the copy writer doesn't understand what "defibrillate" means. Defibrillation is a technical medical term in regards to applying electric shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm. When a heart fibrillates, it is essentially spasming out of synch. It certainly does not mean that it is beating slowly. One can't "defibrillate" a "slowing market", that's just a non-sensical chain of words.

Also, a cadre, by its definition, is a small group of specialists. I'm not sure if the original writer is attempting to say "we have a large group of world-class advisors," since the traditional meaning of tremendous means large, or great. A "tremendous cadre" is therefore an oxymoron. 


Will





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On Jul 21, 2010, at 10:41 PM, John Feland <[address removed]> wrote:

Everyone,

I have a funded startup(both by angels and customers) that is looking to change the way that market research takes place.  I'm looking to hire a Senior SW Engineer and a Web/Rails intern.  

Basically market research today is less than timely or accurate, how else can you explain the growing volume of poorly designed products and services on the market today?  Argus seeks to provide firms with the tools they need to avoid making poor innovation decisions.  So I'm looking for people to join the team that are passionate about creating elegant and compelling experiences as that's what we need to do to influence the decision makers to use their powers for good.

You can find the job postings at http://recruiting.experienceanalytics.net.  There is also some sample code that will come up in the interview process as I look for folks that can write better code than me(which honestly, isn't that high of a bar!)

Let me know if you're interested.

Cheers,

John

P.S.  I've also included the descriptions below to save the effort of clicking on the link.

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John Feland
CEO and Founder
Argus Insights, Inc.
http://argusinsights.com
[address removed]
mb:[masked]

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Senior Software Engineer

Help Argus Insights eradicate bad products from the world!
Argus is focused on measuring the pulse of the market by fusing multiple sources of market intelligence. Argus also provides the tools to defibrillate slowing markets and pump up strong markets for peak performance. Currently funded and generating real cash flow from customers, Argus is supported by a tremendous cadre of world-class advisors from around the world.

Argus Insights is looking for a full stack Rails developer to join the founding team of a game changing experience analytics firm. Argus is building out their founding team with a Rails guru to help drive the development of the next generation product. Experience in web crawling and scalable database design is a must. Ideally you will have 2+ years experience in Rails and 5+ years in software development. Your Rails prowess will allow you to mix together challenging data sources, mind bending algorithms, and show them as instantly understood visualizations. You should be able to rapidly craft and deploy a continually improving toolset to help customers understand and interpret complex data in order to make the right business choice.

The founder is an MIT grad and a Stanford adjunct Professor of Design and Innovation, an IDEO alum, and award winning product innovator. Argus was founded out of the frustration of the lack of good market research to support true product innovation.  We need your help in enabling other companies create more delightful user experiences.

Join us today to stem the tide of poor products and services by sending your resume to recruiting.......a.....t......argusinsights.com or by visiting http://recruiting.argusinsights.com for more information and a code sample to check out and comment on.

Core Qualifications

? 2+ years in Rails or related frameworks (we aren?t wedded to Rails but want to avoid proprietary frameworks)

? 5+ years as a software developer creating elegant code with agile methods

? Undergraduate in computer science or demonstrated equivalent skills

? Confident across the whole system, from provisioning/setup to databases to security to css to load balancing to seo

? Java and Javascript prowess for when Rails fails to deliver

? Ability and desire to play nice with others

? An eye for good design and elegant UX

? A commitment to fast and simple over complete and complex

? Proven ability to collaborate and contribute to multidisciplinary teams

? Used to wearing multiple hats at once

Gee Whiz Qualifications

? Graduate Degree in CS or HCI

? Prior successful start-up experience

? Prior crawling and scraping experience

Responsibilities

? Principal architect for AI?s main product offering.

? Embrace the ambiguity and uncertainty in day-to-day operations of a nimble startup

? Participate as a key member of the founding team, guiding the evolution of the product


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Web/Rails Intern

Help Argus Insights eradicate bad products from the world!

Argus is focused on measuring the pulse of the market by fusing multiple sources of market intelligence. Argus also provides the tools to defibrillate slowing markets and pump up strong markets for peak performance. Currently funded and generating real cash flow from customers, Argus is supported by a tremendous cadre of world-class advisors from around the world.

Argus Insights is looking to hire a top-notch intern for the summer to help build out the world's most advanced market intelligence toolset. We're looking for someone with experience in Ruby on Rails, javascript, MySQL, and/or web scraping. You'll be praised for your flexibility and agility as you join the team for what promises to be an incredible ride over the summer. This role could extend into the school year and beyond for the right candidate. We're funded so we can afford to pay more than just beer and pizza.

The founder is an MIT grad and a Stanford adjunct Professor of Design and Innovation, an IDEO alum, and award winning product innovator. Argus was founded out of the frustration of the lack of good market research to support true product innovation.    We need your help in enabling other companies create more delightful user experiences.

Join us today to stem the tide of poor products and services by sending your resume to recruiting.......a.....t......argusinsights.com or by visiting http://recruiting.experienceanalytics.net for more information and a code sample to check out and comment on.

Core Qualifications

? 1+ years in Rails or related frameworks (we aren?t wedded to Rails but want to avoid proprietary frameworks)

? 2+ years as a software developer creating elegant code with agile methods

? Java and Javascript prowess for when Rails fails to deliver

? Ability and desire to play nice with others

? An eye for good design and elegant UX

? A desire to eliminate bad products from our markets and landfills forever!

? A commitment to fast and simple over complete and complex

? Proven ability to collaborate and contribute to multidisciplinary teams

? Used to wearing multiple hats at once






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