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<JOB> Are you a crack Scala / Lift gun-for-hire? Pre-funding ex-Googler startup needs you!

alex v.
user 12056128
New York, NY
Post #: 1
[This is a job posting; please let me know if this is inappropriate to post to the group and I will remove immediately!]

Do you love Scala, functional programming, Lift, the social web, algorithms, machine learning, auctions, viral coefficients, optimization, behavioral finance, or some or all of the above?

We are two ex-Google Product Marketers, and we're creating what we believe is a genuinely novel, social, well-branded, useful, and highly-monetizable app that leverages the best of Facebook's connection points. Unlike typical product managers, who tend to think narrowly about the product - how well it's designed, the evolution of its feature set, its market positioning against competitors – and believe users will just come, we also put on our marketing hats and thought through very subtle but powerful factors such as early-stage incentives, network effects, brand resonance, emotional attachment, social reinforcement, ease of customer acquisition via quantifiable channels, and the product's intrinsic viral potential/coefficient. We also have some killer potential names (and own the associated domain families).

Like all new tech ideas, we are facing significant risk. The probability of success is low. But conditioned on that (potentially low) chance of success, the payoff will be very high – we are operating in markets of large magnitude, and our idea has broad applicability across demographics. We see it as a 'binary bet', and one that will take about 3-6 months worth of development time to determine the outcome. It's in the nature of the incentive structures we're building, the product's attachment and engagement methods, and user acquisition strategy, that if it "works", positive feedback will kick in quickly and the binary bet would pay off big.

We're looking for two or three lead Scala / Lift engineers to work closely with us on a contract basis for 12-24 weeks to build version 1 of the product. We haven't raised money, and do not intend to at this early stage (we can generate meaningful revenue even with a small number of users, as long as they are engaged); that being said, we can afford to pay a high quality developer market rates for early stage startups, and can offer equity as a "kicker" upon successful and satisfactory completion of the project.

A bonus if you're also an ex-Googler, have done significant work in Scala / Lift before, can implement basic machine learning algorithms, or have experience in the payments / micropayments space.

It's also a big bonus if you have a good head for design and user experience. Major plus if your a font-addict like we are.

If this sounds interesting and you'd like to hear more, please get back to me with your availability for a short interview, and forward your resume/cv/recent projects. Also tell me about what brought you to Scala, how experienced you are with the language and the lift framework, and what fields of either theoretical computer science or product architecture and development interest you the most. What does your dream software engineering job looks like? What's your preferred engagement model (contract, hourly, project-based, part-time, full-time, cash, equity, a mix), and a short cover letter describing your background.

About us: We're two ex-Google guys with significant experience in web and non-web marketing. One of us sells his own line of furry sandals at http://www.bonsaisand...­ and sells Hamburger Phones (from the movie Juno) at http://www.thehamburg...­ – he started his first business from his dorm room in 2000, selling surplus consumer electronics and computer peripherals on eBay while taking a full engineering course load. The other one has marketing in his blood and has been thinking about marketing from an academic perspective for years.

Regards,
Alex
alex@bonsaisandals.com
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