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Adventures of a Startup

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Added: Fri. Jan 11, 2008 11:37am
Posted in: Career

So here we are – me, Marc, Bill and Jason – sitting in the lobby of our office building, looking for the next big Growing Bolder star.  Our developers are some of the best in the business, but they need help.  Now that we've launched the beta version of the website, we're working around the clock to improve the way it works, so we can open it up to the world.  That means fixing bugs, adding features, and trying to answer all of the crazy questions we (the content people) come up with on a daily basis.

They need help, and so today, we launched the first annual Growing Bolder job fair.  We work in the same building with other technology companies, and developers tend to hang out with other developers, so we were hoping they'd pass our card on to unemployed friends.

Now you're up to speed, and I'm downstairs blogging about the experience.  Jason is also here with a video camera, so you'll see our attempts for yourself.

My initial reaction?  Now I know what it feels like to be a telemarketer.  Marc and Bill's standard line is "are you a web developer?"  I think to people in the lobby, it sounds suspiciously like "are you happy with your vacuum cleaner?"  They *assume that we are trying to sell something, at the low low cost of $199.99!!!

The people who are stuck waiting for the elevator get our explanation – we're looking for someone ready to get in on the ground floor of a company that's going to change the world – and they seem to get it.  Some of the people that were giving us the dubious looks tell us that while they are not developers, they know a few, and they take our card.  I have high hopes that one of those contacts will pan out.  The people who don't hear our message probably have a laugh and forget about us as they head to the 4th floor.  That's okay …  they'll remember us when we are the biggest web company in the world!

In the time it took me to write that last paragraph, the lobby cleared out.  We're entertaining ourselves by telling jokes.  Bill's are pretty funny.

Oh, by the way, as all of this recruiting is going on, there is a constant beeping.  One of the alarms is going off, and the loud piercing sound makes it very difficult to explain the company, the job opening, and more.  It sounds like this: "We are looking BEEP for a talented, BEEP motivated person BEEP.  We have a lot of BEEP fun, and we're building a unique BEEP home on the web, that will BEEP help people share their stories BEEP and connect with others BEEP."

Maybe people are confused by the fact that the business cards we're handing out say "progammer."  The company that printed the cards actually corrected the first version, that said "prorammer."  When Marc called it to their attention, they added the missing r, but inexplicably dropped the g.  Oh well.  As Jackie says, progammer is better than prorammer.

Back to the blogging.  It's now 10:16 am.  We thought this would be prime-developer-finding time.  Pat just arrived, which should back up our assumption that since most developers work late at night, they get a later start that most.  We envisioned a string of developers walking through the double doors, but it hasn't happened.

I'll wrap it up for now.  We passed out some cards, got to use our banner, and used up a lot of videotape.  That's what we do best.

If you know any developers in Central Florida – send them our info!  Pat, Jonathan and Josh would appreciate the assistance. 

  • Posted 4:11pm March 24th, 2008
    Are you still looking for an experienced software engineer. I have over 15 years experience developing software. Started out as an assembly language programmer, moved to C, then to C++, VB, and C#. I have over 10 years experience performing requirements analysis, creating software architectures and UI prototypes. I am looking for an opportunity.

  • Posted 10:26am February 21st, 2008
    Blah! Just have Pat work longer hours!

    And make sure he gets to work before 9am.

  • Lou
    Posted 11:37pm January 31st, 2008
    I'm a web designer, but at age 72 I'm finding it increasingly more difficult to keep up with state-of-the-art web development technology. I love the creativity involved in building a site, but get frustrated when I try to do something that's even close to leading edge stuff. I'd love to work with a bunch of innovative and motiviated folks like those at GB, but I'm afraid that I would just be fadder for BS's jokes. Just kidding! You people are doing a marvelous job, and I will continue to be a big supporter.

  • Posted 10:22pm January 21st, 2008
    Ow! I was a Quality Assuance supervisor for a telemarketing firm! Ok, pain gone. Sure wish I could develop something besides great tasting food and quality crocheted and beaded items, as I'm right up the road in Ocala! Alas, my abilities don't stretch to your needs, and I don't even KNOW a developer, (what do they do?? ha ha) I will say this site has real promise...and I'm looking forward to watching it...develop!! Vickie

  • Posted 11:57pm January 16th, 2008
    It is now that I wish I had embraced "geekdom." How I would love to be involved in this company but regretfully I do not have the computer skills you need. However, if you or should you be looking for someone who has drive, who loves to work and is happy being involved with people...Look no further. I shall put out feelers to find out and pass your information on.

    I am so glad to be a part of GrowingBolder.com

    Adrian (LePeltier)

  • come awn!
    Pat Narciso
    GB Staff
    Posted 2:02am January 13th, 2008
    yes, I could use 'more geeks in the house'.

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