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January 31, 2010

Would you bet your company on PhoneGap?

Filed under: mobile! — ifindkarma @ 4:20 am

I posted this to a list of mobile/social/geo entrepreneurs.

Let’s say (hypothetically, of course) I’m starting to develop a brand new mobile application/service today, January 31, 2010.

I’m gonna want it to run on iPhone first, and eventually Android. Maybe even Blackberry and WebOS someday. Possibly even Symbian. Possibly.

So I start by reading…

PhoneGap

…and then look at some iPhone-specific help…

jQTouch / Three20

…and then I scratch my head:

1) Is PhoneGap flexible enough that I can feel good betting my company on it? Or should I just start by building my iPhone app natively and THEN figure out what to do once I want to be more than iPhone/iPad?

2) Will I want to throw PhoneGap out 3-6 months from now because of its own limitations?

3) Will Apple stay consistent in its belief that it approves of PhoneGap?

I’ve added this as a question on Quora as well.

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January 25, 2010

Where can I whale in 2010?

Filed under: ifindkarma!, it's the economy stupid!, silicon valley!, whales! — ifindkarma @ 4:20 am

It’s Twenty Ten and I’m hungry for something new to add to my steady diet of facebooking, linking in, and tweeting. (2009 was pretty much the year of Twitter for me, thanks to Tweetie 2.)

So I asked myself: On which service can I become a whale in 2010?

Whale, n. One of the biggest users of an Internet service, who together with other whales form its delicious nucleus. Whales are Malcolm Gladwell‘s “Connectors” and they are the foundation of any social network’s etiquette, memory, and wisdom.

Being a whale on a social network can be quite frustrating — Facebook stops us at 5000 connections at which point our iPhone app pretty much stops working; LinkedIn won’t tell people how many connections we have once we’re over 500; and Twitter displays a fail whale whenever they can’t handle the truth.

So why do people become whales? Whales are born, not made; whales cannot NOT whale. It’s in our nature. Plus, being a whale can be quite rewarding: you get a lot of social capital and are able to move among different groups of people to spread interesting thoughts and products. Bonus: Whales also feel inexplicably good when they introduce people who otherwise might never have met.

So where in 2010 will I be able to whale to my big pimpin’ heart’s content?

Of the 30something startups I know who are hiring, this weekend I got more than a dozen invitations from:

Yelp has been around for years, but its recent use of Facebook Connect has given it new life. Foursquare launched last year, but it has gotten really hot in the last month.

Even so, none of my connection counts on these services come close to my friends on Facebook (4997), LinkedIn (“500+” — really??), and Twitter (3838).

Side note: I’m also a fan of Gowalla (180 connections) but I haven’t gotten any new invites on there in a while. I wonder if users are intimidated by places with names like Death Star and Helms Deep.

Memo to all consumer Internet services: You get the behaviors you allow. Whales make it so.

January 15, 2010

Friends who are hiring!

Filed under: it's the economy stupid! — ifindkarma @ 11:11 am

Yes, this is the worst economy of my lifetime. I know plenty of great people who are looking for work, and I remind them not to lose hope. We’re clawing our way out of the recession one job at a time, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I do have some friends who are hiring — mostly for developer jobs, but as these companies grow, they’ll hire for other positions, too. I will try to keep this list up-to-date. But as heisenthought points out, everybody wants JavaScript developers, it seems.

Please at-reply me on Twitter if you’d like an introduction to any of these companies:

SayNow (Palo Alto, CA) — JavaScript and Ruby developers who like to rapidly prototype social applications

Gowalla (Austin, TX) — Ruby, JavaScript, and mobile developers

Foursquare (New York) — Excellent developers

Hypertable (Burlingame, CA) — Technically-minded salesperson

Quora (Palo Alto, CA) — Python developers

Asana (Palo Alto, CA) — designers, developers, and a businessperson

Plancast (San Francisco) — JavaScript and PHP developers

Payvment (San Francisco) — JavaScript and PHP developers

Apture (San Francisco) — JavaScript and Python developers

AppDiscover (Redwood City, CA) — iPhone and Android developers

Campfire Labs (San Francisco) — Javascript, Ruby, and Python developers, and systems engineers

Dolores Labs (San Francisco) — your guess is as good as mine

Sitepen (anywhere) — JavaScript developers, visual designers, and project managers

EcoFactor (San Carlos, CA) — Java developers

Manymoon (San Francisco) — Java and JavaScript developers

InTwig (Redwood City, CA) — JavaScript and PHP developers

eFitPlan (San Francisco) — Java/PHP/Ruby developers who want to fuse the latest exercise science with computer science to provide personalized workouts and fitness coaching to the masses, for free

Breakthrough (Palo Alto, CA) — Ruby engineers, a Product Manager, and a Director of Sales, ideally with health care experience but not required

Palaran (Palo Alto, CA) — Search scientists, Systems engineers, Frontend hackers

Reputation Defender (Redwood City, CA) — JavaScript and PHP developers

Truveo (San Francisco) — web developers and sysadmins

iSocket (San Mateo, CA) — JavaScript and PHP developers

Ribbit (Mountain View, CA) — C++, Java, Flash, and mobile developers

Ustream (Mountain View, CA) — C++, PHP, Flash, JavaScript, and mobile developers

Blekko (Redwood Shores, CA) — Perl, C++, and JavaScript developers

Wolfram Alpha (San Mateo, CA) — everything

Lithium (Emeryville, CA) — a little bit of everything

Gaia (San Jose, CA) — PHP and Flash developers

Watercooler (Mountain View, CA) — JavaScript, PHP, and Flash developers

Playdom (Mountain View, CA) — JavaScript, PHP, and Flash developers

Sociable (San Francisco, CA) — Product manager

Liftium (San Francisco) — JavaScript and Ruby developers who want to on-ramp new publishers using Liftium’s ad technology

Chai Labs (Mountain View, CA) — Rock stars

Snooth (New York) — JavaScript and PHP developers, and salespeople

Yelp (San Francisco) — JavaScript, Python, and iPhone developers

Etsy (Brooklyn, NY) — The question is, what AREN’T they hiring right now?

Hunch (New York) — JavaScript and Python developers, and an analytically-driven blogger

Betfair (San Francisco) — a little bit of everything

Glitch (Canada) — ???

Trackville (Mountain View, CA) — ???

Kerosene and a Match (Orange County, CA) — ???

knx.to (Menlo Park, CA) — business development person

speedi.ly (Palo Alto, CA) — ???

AdCru (San Mateo, CA) — ???

Ellerdale (Menlo Park, CA) — ???

PandaWhale (Palo Alto, CA) — iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and CSS/JavaScript-on-mobile-Webkit developers

Career Resources (Redwood City, CA) — looking for temps

And of course Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Zynga, Ning, Bing, and Silver Spring Networks are hiring too.

January 8, 2010

Solidman Group: Event and Tour Management

Filed under: ifindkarma! — ifindkarma @ 4:20 am

It’s been a while since I’ve written. More on that soon.

Meanwhile, a friend I haven’t heard from in a while wrote me out of the blue.

If you know anyone who wants to talk with her, please contact me.

She writes:

I wanted to say hello and also let you know what I have been working on the past couple of months. I have just recently been hired on full time by The Solidman Group as head of all their sales and marketing. We are an event and tour managing company. We coordinate all facets of tour operations including 3 party vendor hiring/management, travel arrangements, budget oversight, project management and communications with TV networks and other media outlets. We provide all Audio/Visual installation and coordination for diverse concert venues. We also provide expert audio production and project coordination advice and consultancy.

Working for this company has been a dream job. I have never worked with such an organized team of people. I think I have finally found doing something that I like….haha! Pass my contact info around to anyone you may think would be interested in what we have to offer; that would mean so much to me… =)

Here are some of our “NOTEWORTHY CLIENTS”:

The Pretenders
Stevie Wonder
Lady Gaga
Serena Ryder
Wu-Tang Clan
Paul McCartney
Amy Winehouse
T.I.
Mark Ronson
Santana
Spank Rock
Atlantic Records
CMJ Music Conference
Bilal
The Fleshtones
QTip
Semi-Precious Weapons
Ghostface Killa
The Clipse
John Scofield
Jeremy Enigk
Pink
Envy On the Coast
The Roots Jam Residency
Harper’s Bazaar
Gilded Age Manufacturing
Fashion Rocks
PRPS
AMC
FUSE
IFC
SPORTS ILLUSTATED
ESPN
DISCOVERY CHANNEL
HBO
TBS

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