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Looking for a new challenge? Come work for Pivotal clients!

At Pivotal Labs, one of the services we provide is bootstrapping startups, including helping them interview and hire. We currently have clients looking for skilled engineers to build their development teams. This is an excellent opportunity to learn Extreme Programming by working side-by-side with Pivotal’s talented and experienced developers while at the same time getting in on the ground floor of a small and dynamic product team.

Pivotal Labs and our clients place a strong emphasis on Agile development and its many aspects: Pair Programming, Test-Driven Development, rapid iterations, and frequent refactoring. General technical requirements include serious web development experience, and a significant subset of Ruby, Rails, CSS, JavaScript, or MySQL.

Here are short descriptions of Togetherville, a current client of Pivotal Labs, and Honk and ekoVenture, former clients currently looking for developers. All three are based in San Francisco. The full job postings follow.

Togetherville is an early-stage, funded startup at the crossroads of learning, technology and society. Starting with our highly-respected and successful Funders and Advisors, we are building a team that is excited about getting a ground-floor startup experience and is capable of consistently meeting and exceeding the high expectations of success we have set for ourselves. We are extremely passionate about what we’re doing and just as passionately looking for focused and fun people to join our team. We are not hung up how many years of experience you have. We’d rather start with your potential and what you can do and then go from there!

Honk.com is a new online automotive website that will make car shopping fun and social. We will enable consumers to experience a new way to explore new cars. We have partnered with a top social website to deliver this new way of car shopping and are funded by one of the largest media companies in the world. Our small team is made up of an experienced group of humble, efficient, and hyper-passionate individuals who are veterans of the automotive industry and social media space. We are proud of our ego-less culture, one that promotes team thinking, not individual accolades. If you’re interested in helping prove that social media and car buying go hand in hand, social networks serve a bigger purpose than keeping up with one’s day, and a small team can outdo the work of an army – then we may have a seat waiting for you.

ekoVenture has created an OpenTable-like platform for travel experiences and day activities. Our mission is to take the cool travel experiences that are available, and make them accessible to the average traveler. Think sailing, trekking, kayaking, safari, cycling, wine tasting, culinary trips, cultural trips, voluntourism, eco travel, and more. Right now, more than $30 billion is being transacted on trips in our market and we will grow this number by providing greater access to reputable tour suppliers around the world. Already, more than 450 tour suppliers use this platform and have entered 10,000 trips that serve over 160 countries, all which are live to travelers via ekoVenture.com. v2.0 of ekoVenture is taking our already robust trip platform and adding a layer of innovative social features.

If you are interested or for more information please contact the company directly. This is an exclusive service provided to our clients, no external companies or recruiters please.

Full job postings follow.

Togetherville

Are you interested in using your Ruby on Rails dev skills to change the world?

Togetherville is building our founding tech team. This is your big chance to get into a very early startup and help build its foundation. We want someone who is tired of the same ol’ same ol’ and wants to take their skills and capabilities to the next level as a technology leader and company builder.

You will begin your Togetherville experience working alongside the stellar engineers at Pivotal Labs. This will help you build your skills (and show them off) as we rapidly build out an amazing new way for kids and parents to engage online.

If you are somebody who has:

  • The skills/potential to build an amazing interactive social web environment
  • AMAZING Ruby on Rails skills
  • Comfort with Javascript/DHTML/CSS/AJAX
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to work in multiple roles both locally and with offshore development teams
  • Experience with/ interest in Agile Software Development/pair programming and Test Driven Development
  • Passion, Strong values, Likability, Intellect and Skill

Then, WE WANT TO TALK TO YOU!

Togetherville is an early-stage, funded startup that is sitting at the crossroads of learning, technology and society. Starting with our highly-respected and successful Funders and Advisors, we are building a team that is excited about getting a ground-floor startup experience and is capable of consistently meeting and exceeding the high expectations of success we have set for ourselves.

We are extremely passionate about what we’re doing and just as passionately looking for focused and fun people to join our team. We are not hung up how many years of experience you have. We’d rather start with your potential and what you can do and then go from there!

If you think this job description was written with you in mind, contact us. We’ll tell you more about Togetherville, the job opening and the change we are making in the world!

Contact – jobs@togetherville.com

Honk

Honk.com is a new online automotive website that will make car shopping fun and social. Consumers experience a new way to explore new cars, focusing on what other real people actually think, not product specifications or biased editorial. Our site is 100% consumer driven with no journalists or former race car drivers telling you what minivan or sedan you should purchase. Instead, users find real people sharing their opinions and experiences. We have partnered with a top social website to deliver this new way of car shopping and are funded by one of the largest media companies in the world. Thankfully, our partners allow (and encourage) us to remain financially independent, unpolitical, and fast-moving… a true start up.

Our small team is made up of an experienced group of humble, efficient, and hyper-passionate individuals who are veterans of the automotive industry and social media space. We are proud of our ego-less culture, one that promotes team thinking, not individual accolades. If you’re interested in helping prove that social media and car buying go hand in hand, social networks serve a bigger purpose than keeping up with one’s day, and a small team can outdo the work of an army – then we may have a seat waiting for you.

Honk is developing a platform of distributed applications and a destination website that will engage consumers’ existing social networks. To be clear, we are not building yet another community or social network. Many of our social applications will reside on our partners’ sites with the intent to drive users to honk.com for a richer experience, including unique content, interaction, and transaction-oriented tools. We will continue to expand our product over the next twelve months. In addition to deep knowledge of Ruby on Rails and Agile / Test-Driven Development precepts, we hope you have a thorough understanding / are comfortable with:

  • Amazon S3/SQS/EC2
  • CSS/Javascript/JQuery
  • Thin/NGinx/Mongrel
  • RSpec/Webrat/Selenium
  • CSV and XML data feed integration

Previous experience working in online automotive or social media is desired, but definitely not required. Honk is currently located in San Francisco with some ties to Los Angeles. Our ideal candidates should reside in one of these two major metro areas, although we are open to “off site” developers who have the right skills and background.

Please send inquiries to Bruce Krysiak, CTO: techjobs@honk.simplicant.com

EkoVenture

Booming start-up seeks talented and dedicated RoR engineers

About the firm:

ekoVenture has created an OpenTable-like platform for travel experiences and day activities. Think sailing, trekking, kayaking, safari, cycling, wine tasting, culinary trips, cultural trips, voluntourism, eco travel, and more. Already, more than 450 tour suppliers use this platform and have entered 10,000 trips that serve over 160 countries, all which are live to travelers via ekoVenture.com. Trips are available directly to consumers via ekoVenture.com or through distribution partners. v2.0 of ekoVenture is taking our already robust trip platform and adding a layer of innovative social features (which cannot be discussed here).

Our mission is to take the cool travel experiences that are available, and make them accessible to the average traveler. Right now, more than $30 billion is being transacted on trips in our market and we will grow this number by providing greater access to reputable tour suppliers around the world.

Our company is well funded by reputable venture groups, superstar angels, and the world’s most famous and successful entrepreneurs (familiar names).

Although a lot of companies talk about agile software development, we actually implement it (hard-core agile and extreme programming), with pair programming, test-driven development, aggressive refactoring, weekly releases, etc. Whether you already have first-hand experience with agile or are interested in learning agile through our immersive agile boot camp, then ekoVenture is certainly for you!

We practice lean start-up methodologies and our team members are smart, enthusiastic, creative, and obsessed with making a start-up company into household name! This will involve a lot of effort and focus, but thankfully there is delicious late-night Vietnamese food right across the street from our hip offices in Jackson Square. We are making it happen and need incredible engineers to join our already talented team.

About you:

  • Well versed in RoR with a minimum of one year experience;
  • Self-motivated and takes initiative;
  • Loves a place where he/she can make an impact;
  • Extraordinary communication skills;
  • Innovative & creative;
  • Up on the latest trends & plug ins;
  • Enjoys regular tech networking and staying informed;

As a Ruby on Rails developer, you will do the following:

  • Work with product managers, UI designers, QA engineers and other developers to design, implement, document, and test multi-tiered, web-based applications;
  • Work on all layers of our web application, from front-end CSS and server side coding to database development;
  • Troubleshoot and resolve complicated and business-critical technical issues related to function, performance and security;
  • Integrate with third-party web services and data sources;
  • Implement automated tests;
  • Build tools to automate repetitive tasks.

Qualifications:

  • BS/CS or equivalent experience;
  • Experience engineering for high-volume, transaction-oriented, consumer-facing web sites;
  • Rails 2, MySQL 5, CSS, MacOS X, and Linux or OpenSolaris (preferred);
  • JavaScript;
  • Git;
  • Experience with testing frameworks from rspec and Cucumber to Selenium and JsUnit;
  • SQL

We offer:

  • Great compensation negotiable based upon experience
  • Full benefits, two weeks paid time off, and 401K
  • Attractive employee stock option plan (we want you to share in our success)

Cool perks, such as:

  • Company iPhones, mobile service, and 3G Internet connection on laptop
  • Required sabbatical time (in addition to paid time off)
  • Free vacations anywhere in the world through our suppliers’s complementary employee programs
  • Discounted/reimbursed health club memberships at the city’s best facilities
  • Regular company-sponsored local outings such as climbing, sailing, hiking and more

Please send inquiries to jobs@ekoventure.com

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