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Startup Help / Job opening

From: Kevin
Sent on: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 1:22 PM
Hello Fellow Rubyists,

My name is Kevin and I'm the CEO of  You can read about us in TechCrunch (, but the basic idea is bidding for local in-person tech support.  You can find out more about me at my LinkedIn here:

We've been developing the product for about a year and a half now (I actually went to some meetings last year in Soda Hall) and have been live for a few months.  We have around a thousand geeks across the country and are talking to a few VC's right now to raise our seed round.

I developed the site myself for the first 8 months until hiring overseas developers to take over while we were still self-funded.  We've been going about that for a while now, but it's gotten to the point where I can't take it anymore dealing with someone overseas.  I am not an expert coder, having done ColdFusion and ASP back in the day and only learning Rails in the beginning just to get a prototype.  This means while I won't be of much help contributing code-wise, I'm not a clueless MBA who doesn't know what the f*** is going on in the dev meetings.

I will definitely be looking to hire (2) rails engineers and will be looking to pay a very competitive salary, though this is obviously contingent upon us securing funding. With the feedback we've gotten so far we're pretty confident in this matter.  This will not be months or years from now, this will be fairly soon and I want to make sure we have our ducks in a row the moment the check is written and term sheet signed so I can cry FREEDOM!!!! Braveheart-style when I actually have in-house devs.

I'd hit you with buzzwords like "agile development", "ninja", "rock star", "TDD", and all the other gems that job postings normally entail but I'm not feeling that cliche right now.  If you're interested in finding out more, I'd like to see:

- github profile
- stack overflow profile
- code samples
- employment/site history

Also, we at Geekatoo value:

- experience with AWS, payment systems (PayPal/Amazon), learning new API's
- testing your own stuff and not using management as QA for everything
- most importantly, the ability to make the jobs of your co-workers easier
- musical ability as we almost all play at least one instrument
- not being a complete douche
- being social, coming out to happy hours
- if you get this comic (

or anything else that you thinks help your case.  The main thing about working at Geekatoo is meeting deadlines.  If I can trust you to deliver when you say you will, you can take sabbaticals to Jamaica for all I care.  In other words, working hard buys you probably more flexibility than most places.

Anyways, that's my shpiel.  You can email me at [address removed] with the above info and some details on yourself.  If you're at a job that you're not so happy with but you have the skills to pay the bills, fit in our corporate culture, and can demonstrate both to me, I am definitely interested in woo-ing!

Thanks for your time and sorry to clog the meeting list with yet another job opening post!

- Kevin Davis
[address removed]

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