Time: 2 hrs/wk (average) for minimum 3-4 months, longer if possible.
Start Date: ASAP
Thumbnail: The position requires someone who has been a senior level Ruby developer, with good management or at least personal communication skills as well. (We have our own PM, who is not a former coder.) You would be advising and ensuring the quality and scalability of code for our two fulltime engineer development team. (We also have a designer and a design advisor.)
WHO WE ARE and WHAT WE WILL DO:
Our mission is to create a robust web application that can help couples (married or in committed relationships) to save (if savable), ensure, and deepen their relationships.
Our startup, based on a successful alpha plus more than 3 years of research and development, has most of the predictors of successful startups. Our market: the 95% of unhappy marriages/ couples in general in the Western Hemisphere who cannot afford or will not trust a marriage therapist, more than 65% of whom in a 2000 person poll (Harris) said they would pay at least $5/wk for what we will be offering if they had issues in their marriage/committed relationship.
WHAT THE SITE DOES: Confidential available with signed NDA, but essentially gives quick and easy tools for couples to use to clarify their issue without blame, and then tools that tap both expert and wisdom of crowds sources processes, information, games, etc to solve the issue.
Other tools will help mates keep agreements, and we can say this will be "making honesty easier than ever before." Site hopes to launch in 3 phases, with the first one ready in about a month, and iteration frequently thereafter.
We will be using a subscription model to go after this giant blue ocean market, which we will be pioneering.
TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE:
The web app (which includes two mobile derivatives) could not only make lots of money, but prevent oceans of suffering (associated with divorce and unhappy marriages). It has a triple bottom line: the founder also wants most of his own profits to go to help prevent wars, atrocities, and to also prevent further global warming. So it is a rare venture that puts together Love with Justice and the Planet. (The founder has long proven track record in these other areas.)
BTW, anyone who has gone through a tough divorce (or whose parents divorced at a tender age, will probably find this enormously fascinating and gratifyingan opportunity to turn your lemons into lemonade.
TWO MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES: (we welcome more if you want to take them on)
1) To at least QA the code quality and in sure it is dropped at least 3 times per week . OUR team is using GitHub and SliceHost.
2) To ensure that the CEO and PM have access to all the code with no more than a 2 day lagtime, and that all code being used is adequately supported and scalable, at least up to our first 25,000 paid subscribers.
WHAT WE HAVE GOING FOR US: A lot. Once we hear from you, we will send detailed backgrounders. For starters:
> Our BP was one of the finalists in a highly competitive BP competition in the Silicon Valley area/Bay area, and
> We have several creative marketing strategies, including two mobile apps that could catch on fast.
COMPENSATION: would be negotiable, depending on whether you were only helping us as our TA, or could help in other ways through your contacts. Once we are funded, we would naturally be open to almost any other position you wanted that would not conflict with the senior engineer wants. We have at least 4 highly interested investors, awaiting to see the beta.
TO APPLY: Please email zachrowen1@...
to make initial contact, and send us your resume. After this we will send you detailed backgrounders on who we are and what we have going for us, to see if you are sufficiently impressed with our potential.
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