ShowGizmo is an app which helps people organise events. You’ve probably been to a tech conference and thought “Why do I have to fill out this paper based survey. This should be in some sort of app, possibly one which also has all the schedules and maps in it as well”. That’s our app. It does a bunch of other stuff as well, and we’ve won awards for it.
We’ve got Australasia sewn up and we’re currently taking our product to the US with good success. We’ve spent a lot of time this year improving our platform and gearing up to scale both the team and the number of users on the platform in anticipation for growth which should be somewhere between exponential and explosive.
Our tech team is small, diverse in all senses, amiable, and keen on learning. We’re Agile in the true sense, iterating frequently on the way we work. Shared lunches, stopping work on a Friday to try to solve problems in antique languages, pokemon, and the whole team going to NDC together are all things that happen or have happened recently. About half of the team works from the couches on any given day. My dog comes in a few days a week and climbs on people while we try to have meetings. We value automation and beautiful code. Almost all communication on Hipchat now consists of animated gifs and chatbots arguing with each other.
We have native apps for all the major platforms, a Rails admin site, and a Rails mobile site. All of this is backed by a Rails API. We work hard to ensure that we’re on up to date versions, that our test coverage is good, and that every commit leaves the campground tidier than we found it.
You’ve been coding for about five years, with at least a couple of those being on Rails. You love RSpec and hate monkey patching. You’re also at least somewhat into front end development – perhaps you can explain how prototypal inheritance works without that mild feeling of unease that I get and have a preference for SASS over LESS, or vice versa. If it hasn’t got a test over it, it’s not finished. You’re familiar with at least some of the other technologies in the ShowGizmo mix – Git, Jenkins, Capistrano, AWS, Sunspot/Solr, and Postgres.
The small firm environment and being part of a close-knit and collaborative team fires you up. You’re equally happy learning and teaching, and working on your own and pairing. Your favourite book is the pragmatic programmer. Or maybe you hate it. You’ve got an opinion on it anyway. You probably follow at least one parody developer on twitter.
Outside of work you probably do a bit of coding for fun, and attend a few user groups, but there is more to you than code. You are also part of a knit graffiti circle, which is cutting into the time you can spend on restoring your beloved 1980s jetski. You have an extensive collection of signed photographs of Richard Briers. You once flatted with a bloke from Nairobi who had a harpsichord.
Let’s have a chat.
How to apply:
CV would be a good, but also happy with a link to your Github profile, a few lines that you’ve dashed off outlining your experience, even your LinkedIn profile. Doesn’t have to be desperately formal. That fact that you’re applying through this channel suggests that you’ve done some research into the company and that you’re keen on the sound of us.
Send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org