Calling Seattle startups

Elizabeth Grigg tries a new approach to finding a new job. She is asking startups what they are looking for.

Well, in Silicon Valley I know a startup that's hiring developers who can copy whatever Eric Rice does. Heheh. 

In other words, can you make a WordPress template? Do you collect more WordPress plugins than Chris Pirillo does (last night at dinner he showed me his extensive collection) AND know how to install and use them?
Can you make a community with more audience-pleasing goodness than On10.net? (Check out their Ajax!)

Do you know more about search engine optimization than either Danny Sullivan or Matt Cutts? (Hint: you better be able to tell what Eric Rice is doing wrong on his Web site).

Do you eat Youtube or Google Video for lunch?

And do you do that all while building an empire in Second Life?

Well, leave your blog's URL here and start the bidding war over your talent! 

Comments

  1. I don’t have the skills. Someone else obviously does. However, the things I can imagine can be created by others…what I could do if I had the right team to work with. Keep your eye on the Fourth of July You Tube Challenge Post I suggested. Better yet, work on one with your son.

  2. I don’t have the skills. Someone else obviously does. However, the things I can imagine can be created by others…what I could do if I had the right team to work with. Keep your eye on the Fourth of July You Tube Challenge Post I suggested. Better yet, work on one with your son.

  3. Anyone looking to get rich can feel free to contact me.
    I’ve got a great idea that I’m implementing, but I can’t work alone.
    You too Mr. Seattle. This is a Billion Linden Idea.
    I’m known as Ad Stork in SL. or check my clog contact page.

  4. Anyone looking to get rich can feel free to contact me.
    I’ve got a great idea that I’m implementing, but I can’t work alone.
    You too Mr. Seattle. This is a Billion Linden Idea.
    I’m known as Ad Stork in SL. or check my clog contact page.

  5. You have to go a little further than the greater Seattle area, but our company exhibits those characteristics and some more. The 4 core developers come well experienced from two industries and our product development uniquely combines these. Project Management and Sales strategies have taken root and are experiencing initial periods of growth now.

    The company is true to its core vision and holds a mantra and code of ethics. This is especially enlightening given that the engineers and sales are aware of quicker, yet darker strategies, but they maintain the course of what they know is authentic.

    The company is in dire need of good marketing, both in terms of public communication and getting higher exposure to its target industry (old media). This is of crucial importance for growth, but hoping that an addition to the team can be found … QUICKLY!

  6. You have to go a little further than the greater Seattle area, but our company exhibits those characteristics and some more. The 4 core developers come well experienced from two industries and our product development uniquely combines these. Project Management and Sales strategies have taken root and are experiencing initial periods of growth now.

    The company is true to its core vision and holds a mantra and code of ethics. This is especially enlightening given that the engineers and sales are aware of quicker, yet darker strategies, but they maintain the course of what they know is authentic.

    The company is in dire need of good marketing, both in terms of public communication and getting higher exposure to its target industry (old media). This is of crucial importance for growth, but hoping that an addition to the team can be found … QUICKLY!

  7. [...] Scoble is asking if anyone has skills.  Hugh wants to know where and when the next big idea will hit.  I’m not in tune with the MMORPG crowd, but we might as well be vending our tech savvy skills on a virtual main street.  Know CSS, can you make a wordpress template….?  “Yeah. I can, but it’s easier for me to download one and modify it.” [...]

  8. I’d worry less about the developerese, website, html and SEO jockeys, plug-in wafflers, Second Life types and the bouncing-ball Sillycon Valley Eric Riceian ‘Look at Me’ Rock Starish podegofesters, and get someone with solid scripting and great pre and post productional skills. It’s the content…get that down pact, and all the rest is but trimmings and cruff.

    If copycatting on10.net smuggy insider-baseball geekiness and the MTV AAD Zoom-jump-cut style of brain-dead TechTV rejects, all half pitching to Second Lifer’s — is only your goal, it’s all but doomed.

    You need to take more of a Foglight Entertainment approach and kick to web, and somehow make the economics work (impossible at that). But if you don’t, it’s navel gazing geekville forever out, well until the VC money runs out.

  9. I’d worry less about the developerese, website, html and SEO jockeys, plug-in wafflers, Second Life types and the bouncing-ball Sillycon Valley Eric Riceian ‘Look at Me’ Rock Starish podegofesters, and get someone with solid scripting and great pre and post productional skills. It’s the content…get that down pact, and all the rest is but trimmings and cruff.

    If copycatting on10.net smuggy insider-baseball geekiness and the MTV AAD Zoom-jump-cut style of brain-dead TechTV rejects, all half pitching to Second Lifer’s — is only your goal, it’s all but doomed.

    You need to take more of a Foglight Entertainment approach and kick to web, and somehow make the economics work (impossible at that). But if you don’t, it’s navel gazing geekville forever out, well until the VC money runs out.

  10. Well my own site (peterhaus.co.uk) doesnt get that much community, but the site I work on for the southbank bristol arts (http://southbank-bristol.co.uk/cm) is starting to build it. Its a difficult thing to do – build a community, add features and still keep it simple enough for deeply committed technophobes to use!

  11. Well my own site (peterhaus.co.uk) doesnt get that much community, but the site I work on for the southbank bristol arts (http://southbank-bristol.co.uk/cm) is starting to build it. Its a difficult thing to do – build a community, add features and still keep it simple enough for deeply committed technophobes to use!

  12. Robert

    Just wondered if any student readers of yours or recent graduate would be interested in working with me on helping me ‘connect’, ‘integrate’ better my blogs and websites.

    As you suggest in your comment to IAN they need not be based in New Jersey but if they do it could be a plus.

    It could be a form of ‘internship’ to add a project to their portfolio.

    Serge
    Biz:
    http://www.njconcierges.com
    Blog:
    http://www.sergetheconcierge

  13. Robert

    Just wondered if any student readers of yours or recent graduate would be interested in working with me on helping me ‘connect’, ‘integrate’ better my blogs and websites.

    As you suggest in your comment to IAN they need not be based in New Jersey but if they do it could be a plus.

    It could be a form of ‘internship’ to add a project to their portfolio.

    Serge
    Biz:
    http://www.njconcierges.com
    Blog:
    http://www.sergetheconcierge

  14. Project/Program Manager: Sharon Greenfield
    Portland Oregon
    sharongreenfield dot gmail dot com

  15. Dang dude, give me too much credit, why don’tcha. I’m just a content guy. If the content gathers an audience, you make money at it. Period. This ain’t rocket science..heh.

    Don’t fall into the Valley trap of treating the newest shiny thing as gospel. Trust me, I’m a native here, and I’ve seen it for years. Nerds. VCs. Marketing types. We are oh-so smart and important… it’s the air.

    All of the whizbang shiny stuff that pops up– you have to learn, learn fast, and treat it like mundane reflex–make Second Life, podcasting, blogging, and vlogging as routine as merging on the freeway. Even then, some people don’t go with the flow well. And others do it fine.

    To borrow a quote from a book, all you gotta do is just condense fact from the vapor of nuance.

    Now, about that show idea? ;-)

  16. Dang dude, give me too much credit, why don’tcha. I’m just a content guy. If the content gathers an audience, you make money at it. Period. This ain’t rocket science..heh.

    Don’t fall into the Valley trap of treating the newest shiny thing as gospel. Trust me, I’m a native here, and I’ve seen it for years. Nerds. VCs. Marketing types. We are oh-so smart and important… it’s the air.

    All of the whizbang shiny stuff that pops up– you have to learn, learn fast, and treat it like mundane reflex–make Second Life, podcasting, blogging, and vlogging as routine as merging on the freeway. Even then, some people don’t go with the flow well. And others do it fine.

    To borrow a quote from a book, all you gotta do is just condense fact from the vapor of nuance.

    Now, about that show idea? ;-)

  17. Greetings,
    I’ll avoid critiquing Eric Rice’s blog in verbose detail (which seems to be what you invited), except to say that from a technical standpoint it’s not an example to hold up. (Fixed width, fails validation, very bad CSS, table-layout, no H1, bad cell experience until >220K of data loads, unnecessary Javascript, un-accessible, and more.)

    It turns out that it’s good enough, though, isn’t it…? :) Technical failings can be made up for by interesting content. (Perhaps not interesting to me, but I’m not the target audience.)

    WordPress templates are an excellent example of Sturgeons Revelation. It is VERY hard to find ones that are technically well designed, pretty, and useful. I’ve searched repeatedly, and despair of finding more than a very few. I’ve worked on the ‘technically well designed’ side, and somewhat the ‘useful’ side, but I can’t make it ‘pretty’ worth a darn, and the same level of failing applies to writing engaging content. ;)

    Anyhow, to the original question (which was actually what startups exist, not what they’re looking for), Chris Pirillo put together a list of Seattle area startups a while ago, didn’t he? Or were those just Web 2.0ish startups…?

  18. Greetings,
    I’ll avoid critiquing Eric Rice’s blog in verbose detail (which seems to be what you invited), except to say that from a technical standpoint it’s not an example to hold up. (Fixed width, fails validation, very bad CSS, table-layout, no H1, bad cell experience until >220K of data loads, unnecessary Javascript, un-accessible, and more.)

    It turns out that it’s good enough, though, isn’t it…? :) Technical failings can be made up for by interesting content. (Perhaps not interesting to me, but I’m not the target audience.)

    WordPress templates are an excellent example of Sturgeons Revelation. It is VERY hard to find ones that are technically well designed, pretty, and useful. I’ve searched repeatedly, and despair of finding more than a very few. I’ve worked on the ‘technically well designed’ side, and somewhat the ‘useful’ side, but I can’t make it ‘pretty’ worth a darn, and the same level of failing applies to writing engaging content. ;)

    Anyhow, to the original question (which was actually what startups exist, not what they’re looking for), Chris Pirillo put together a list of Seattle area startups a while ago, didn’t he? Or were those just Web 2.0ish startups…?

  19. Don’t fall into the Valley trap of treating the newest shiny thing as gospel. Trust me, I’m a native here, and I’ve seen it for years. Nerds. VCs. Marketing types. We are oh-so smart and important… it’s the air.

    Exactly. Oh I guess he’s alright. Mea Culpa. Quite rare in the Valley. So on second thought, do get someone just like him.

  20. Don’t fall into the Valley trap of treating the newest shiny thing as gospel. Trust me, I’m a native here, and I’ve seen it for years. Nerds. VCs. Marketing types. We are oh-so smart and important… it’s the air.

    Exactly. Oh I guess he’s alright. Mea Culpa. Quite rare in the Valley. So on second thought, do get someone just like him.

  21. Heh, Morgan, thanks for the technical analysis of the stuff that my blog provider’s templates and HTML that Photoshop cranks out automatically. If we as web publishers don’t know better (or in my case, too lazy to care), we’ll use the mainstream tools.

    And that’s what they give us. Heh.

  22. Heh, Morgan, thanks for the technical analysis of the stuff that my blog provider’s templates and HTML that Photoshop cranks out automatically. If we as web publishers don’t know better (or in my case, too lazy to care), we’ll use the mainstream tools.

    And that’s what they give us. Heh.

  23. I got skills, but I am to addicted to WoW to move the mouse to apply for a job, great, now I am late for class for writing this post…

  24. I got skills, but I am to addicted to WoW to move the mouse to apply for a job, great, now I am late for class for writing this post…

  25. Sure I can work from rainy England :-) We now have such a connected world that it makes no difference. I guess the post “calling seattle startups” made me think local.
    Working in a global multinational,as I do, and as you once did Robert, we get used to be virtually and sometimes physically all over the world. I dont think my personal brand is quite up there with yours yet but the principle of us all getting to know who is who with all this stuff is really exciting. ;-)
    Its a bit of a shift of power.
    I remember the great dot.com shiny thing, but it still feels that there is a real buzz in the ether at the moment and lots of opportunities to follow up.

  26. Sure I can work from rainy England :-) We now have such a connected world that it makes no difference. I guess the post “calling seattle startups” made me think local.
    Working in a global multinational,as I do, and as you once did Robert, we get used to be virtually and sometimes physically all over the world. I dont think my personal brand is quite up there with yours yet but the principle of us all getting to know who is who with all this stuff is really exciting. ;-)
    Its a bit of a shift of power.
    I remember the great dot.com shiny thing, but it still feels that there is a real buzz in the ether at the moment and lots of opportunities to follow up.

  27. That sounds like fun stuff you’ve got listed there. We’re going to out do on10.net with the next update of our community site. Then you’ll have something to link to.

  28. That sounds like fun stuff you’ve got listed there. We’re going to out do on10.net with the next update of our community site. Then you’ll have something to link to.

  29. When I needed a job I simply started contacting entrepreneurs and CEOs and asking them about their business and what they were looking for in new hires. Some of those interviews are online at http://www.npost.com. It worked well for me. I wouldn’t event think of competing with Scoble, Pirillo or Rice :-)

  30. When I needed a job I simply started contacting entrepreneurs and CEOs and asking them about their business and what they were looking for in new hires. Some of those interviews are online at http://www.npost.com. It worked well for me. I wouldn’t event think of competing with Scoble, Pirillo or Rice :-)