Rails Web Developer

We are looking for an experienced and passionate Ruby on Rails developer to join our team. We have a number of very challenging technology hurdles that include a scaleable web-to-print solution. We’re looking for someone with the vision, technical skills and passion to help make our shopping experience world class! As we describe in this post, we are passionate about creating an amazing company culture and expect this person to not only contribute amazing things to the product, but be a key part of the company culture and contribute to its overall direction.

Qualifications

Extensive Ruby on Rails, HTML, and Database design experience.
Rails application deployment and performance experience.
CSS, Javascript, and JQuery experience.
Interest in pushing the boundaries of Css 3 and HTML 5.

Want to know a little more about us?

Joel & Chad are two very driven, down to earth individuals who quit their promising careers in the corporate world to start something new. We both work very hard, but also know how to play hard… whether that be enjoying the amazing outdoors, the nightlife, or both. We are extremely flexible and often work from different places and/or times, but at the end of the day we value ourselves and our employees on the contributions they provide to the company.

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Rails Web Developer

Zen, and the art of web development

About a week ago, my Aunt and Uncle sent me the book “Zen, and the art of motorcycle maintenance” as a gift.  To me, it has been a treatise on the power of mastering a skill to free yourself from dependence on others and improving work quality.

Chad and I have both been trained to buy services when we are not familiar with how to do something professionally.  At GE, our goal was to create the product as fast as possible by making a plan and getting a team to execute.  In a lean startup, our goal has shifted from product completion speed to product definition and adoption speed.  Of course we have a vision of our product, but the focus is not on developing the product we imagine but using a less than optimal product, that’s quick to produce, to start testing our assumptions and learning about our customers.  We evaluate the success of our actions by whether they help determine what our customers will pay for, what features they need, and what revenue model they’ll accept.

Others can offer advice and perspective, but the only way for us to really answer these questions is to do the grunt work ourselves.  In the process, we not only learn about our customers but about ourselves, our capabilities and the true effort it will take to build new features and get massive user adoption.

It has not been easy, in fact the last two months have been incredibly painful from a development perspective.  We’ve had to learn how to code, design, market and create legal documents.  Finally, this week, we’re starting to feel comfortable in these new roles and progress is starting to show.

Our ultimate goal is to build a sustainable, large scale business, so we will need to hire tons of people way smarter than ourselves to get it there.  When the time comes to start scaling up the business, our hard work should give us the clarity to hire, manage and mentor our employees much more effectively than if we hadn’t put in the effort to be “one” with our product and customers.

Zen, and the art of web development