socialDeck: Rockstar Engineer

April 20, 2009

socialDeck is looking for a Rockstar Engineer:

We’re building a platform for cross platform gaming — technology that enables games to be played between mobile and the web. Think playing games from your iPhone to Facebook to BlackBerry to MySpace.

We are looking for the brightest and most talented software engineer who will work with the platform team on building out our gaming platform in the cloud.

He/she will design and implement highly-scalable server systems to connect to the world’s most popular networks.

He/she will also be involved in building our client frameworks for iPhone, BlackBerry, Facebook, and Android.

The Good
They’ve got a pleasant web presence and decent press. They’re in an interesting/growing space: mobile / web social gaming. They seem to be taking a bit of a product angle with their talk of ‘a platform’.

Sounds like they’re funded, with nice space. The technology stack sounds reasonable, and the technology would probably be varied and interesting. And, frankly, it’s games. Working on games can be fun.

The Bad
They’re a startup, so odds are good that they’re not paying terribly well, although you’d have to inquire to find out.

Also, someone stop these people before they make another video. Teach them how to use screencasting software instead of a handheld cam pointed at a laptop on an angle.

Heck, I’ll even volunteer to help get ’em kickstarted. A couple hours with Screenflow and their demo would take on new life.

What’s Missing?
Where are they? What’s this position pay? How many other people work there? How long is their funding good for? What’s involved in the platform, and what’s the expected mix of game/platform development?

Your mileage may vary on working for an early-stage startup, especially if the compensation is low.

The Location
Besides ‘King West’, it’s hard to say. Probably a little off the beaten path if you’re not already west of the core, or driving. You’d need to inquire to know more.

In Summary
Game platform and game development on King West for a startup.


Unspecified: Java / Web Developer

October 20, 2008

An unspecified but self-lableled ‘ambitious startup company’ is looking for a Java / Web Developer:

– The opportunity to take part in implementation of the next gen, specialized Internet portal
– You will be able to use your talents in an agile, creative, yet well managed environment 
– See your contribution playing an important role in the project success 
– Be a member of the team of bright individuals who enjoy working together 
– A competitive compensation for your hard work 

The Good
The technology mix looks reasonable.  Spring and Hibernate are pretty standard these days.  Acegi’s not horrible.  Using Flex in front of Java is becoming a fairly common approach, so it’s a good skillset mix to have.  And if this will be using Amazon EC2, the cloud computing space is another emerging technology that might be good to learn.  Automated testing and automated builds are both good signs.

I’m not certain why Struts2 & JSF get mentioned along with Flex/Flash – seems unlikely that they would be building out two interface technologies, although perhaps it’s a question of not knowing which.  

There’s very little reference to process, but they’re clearly presenting the vibe of a “getting the job done” focus rather than a very process-and-procedures vibe.

The Bad
Information gaps: Who’s the company?  What are they working on?  How are they funded, and how long will that last?  What’s the compensation like?  Who would you be working with?  What would you be doing?  How is the team organized?  What’s the location?

My first instinct when someone uses the word “web” in front of “developer” is that they don’t expect to pay all that well, but the rest of the post sounds like someone looking for someone who’s pretty capable.  But then again, it’s a startup, so if compensation is important to you, that’s something you’d want to inquire about.

Your mileage may vary when it comes to working anywhere that describes themselves as a startup.

In Summary
If you’ve got a Java background and the above sounds interesting might be worth trying to find out who this company is and what you’d be working on.

ClearCanvas: Web Developer

February 20, 2008

ClearCanvas is looking for a web developer.

The listed compensation (45-65k) is low for my taste, although “web developer” usually implies that the employer is looking for someone with a front-end focus, a less broad set of skills, and lower pay. Plus, they’re a startup.

Still, if the compensation doesn’t scare you off and you’ve got .NET experience, the listing is otherwise interesting. Agile techniques, a chance to make a dent in a startup where you may get a chance to really make progress.