Unspecified: VP of Technology

An unspecified “web page authoring and deployment” company is looking for a VP of Technology:

After several years of development and beta testing we have recently launched the application to considerable fanfare. We are preparing for a new phase with some extensive financing. We have a small team. Your role will be to assist in the construction of the web and desktop application teams, as well as product development. You will manage Canadian technology operations, along with two-senior Managers reporting to you. This position reports to the president and CEO.

We are looking for a senior Internet savvy technology player that has a relatively high-profile in the industry and is presentable at a client and board level.

The Good
Well, VP of Technology is a pretty senior role, at least on paper.  And if they’re correct about “about to embarass long-standing industry leaders” and “recently launched the application to considerable fanfare”, this could be an interesting time to get on board with this particular company.

The Bad
First and foremost, $100k doesn’t sound like much for a VP role to me (there are development jobs above that pay bracket); unless the equity’s pretty significant, this could be the deal-breaker for potential VP candidates, particularly people who are already in a VP role making significantly more.

Secondly, there’s just not a lot of information — who’s this company, are they really all they’re trying to portray?  (Probably not, but how close are they?)  Where are they located?  What’s the likely upside on that equity?  If they really had so much fanfare, how come some quick google searches don’t give me a likely company?  etc.

Also, this VP of Sales and Marketing position is so similar (obviously the same company/poster) that it makes me wonder if this is even legit.

In Summary
Given the salary, I think the right person for this job is probably someone with the right skills and presentation they’re looking for but not enough experience to currently hold a VP of Technology position.  Someone who wants to move on up.  I’m not convinced that that’s what they’re looking for, but I’m not sure what else they’re likely to get.  If that sounds like you, I guess there’s no harm in talking to them.


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