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Nov 1st UPDATE: the position has been filled! Go Kyle! 🙂
Hi this is Peldi from Balsamiq. We are a three-year old, bootstrapped and very profitable little company. In order to help rid the world of bad software, we make a sketch-quality wireframing tool called Balsamiq Mockups. We sell it as a Desktop application, as a plugin to various wikis and bug trackers and as a SaaS web app. We have nine full-time employees, and are looking for #10. The job description is below. Enjoy! 🙂
As with all jobs at a small startup, this is a very broad job.
We need help in three areas:
This is a job for a multi-talented person: you need to be a server-side developer, a system administrator, a middle-ware developer, a product manager and a tech support agent, all at once.
*The job is in California because we want someone in PST to assure 24h coverage, and we're all setup to do business in California already (we're registered, reporting sales, etc), so it's easier for us to hire someone there rather than Oregon, Washington, Alaska (not to mention Canada). If you live in one of these states and really really want the job, apply anyways, but know that you'll start off at a disadvantage.
IMPORTANT: if you've read so far and are thinking: this isn't for me, please think for a moment about someone else you know who'd be perfect for this job and pass them this link! Even if you're not totally sure, we'd be super-grateful if you could send out an email or two, or even a Tweet! Heck, if we hire based on your recommendation we'd be totally happy to send you an iPad or an AR.Drone or whatever other fancy toy in that price range you want, or make a donation in your name! 🙂
Balsamiq is a bit different from many other companies. We are trying to build a little top-quality restaurant on the web, which is not how most tech startups operate. If you don't know us, our manifesto should give you a pretty good idea of what we're about.
We look up to companies like FogCreek, the Omni Group, 37 Signals, Red Gate, Atlassian, Panic... bootstrapped, independent, profitable, small-ish and thinking long-term.
This is a sweet gig.
Let me tell you why:
This is the first time we publish a job posting like this, so forgive us if our process is not as smooth as it should be, we're learning here.
Here's what I expect will happen:
Have questions? Suggestions on how to improve our search for the perfect candidate? Are we asking too much? Thinking this is too good to be true and want to apply NOW? Just email me! email@example.com
We can't wait to work with you.
Peldi for the Balsamiq Team
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The Downsides part is excellent. I wish I would be a developer yet.
I wish you were hiring desktop dev (without “Ops”) in eastern Europe… 🙂
Wow, Peldi! You don’t take jobs lightly at Balsamiq, but I can see the reason why you don’t have so many policies…your on-boarding process is scary tighter than a US Government agency. I would apply, but I can’t produce a single line of code. If you need someone that can hammer, but can’t find anything but this old screwdriver with a wooden handle, let me know!
Guys, you’re so cool even when you post a job vacancy 😉 good luck with your search
If I only lived in California — sigh…