Adventures of a Startup
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.