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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 The Bold Italic and Honk, San Francisco-based clients of Pivotal Labs currently looking for developers. The full job postings follow.

The Bold Italic is an online collection of stories uncovered by the city’s most passionate citizens. We’ve spent the last 6 months in San Francisco discovering what people want to know about their city. We found that people are looking for an insider’s backstory – the story behind the story. We see a great opportunity to connect citizens to merchants in a way that celebrates and supports the city’s culture. A 100% Ruby on Rails web project developed exclusively by Pivotal Labs over the last 3 months, The Bold Italic also stems from a collaborative effort between Gannett’s Design and Innovation group and IDEO. We are looking for a smart, creative, analytical, visionary web developer to join our San Francisco based team on contract for the next 3 months.

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.

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.

The Bold Italic

The Bold Italic is a start-up offering funded by Gannett, Co. Inc the owner of USA Today, over 80 local newspapers, and 23 local television stations. The site takes a new, fresh approach to providing San Francisco with local news and information through rich visual design and new storytelling methods. A 100% Ruby on Rails web project developed exclusively by Pivotal Labs over the last 3 months, The Bold Italic also stems from a collaborative effort between Gannett’s Design and Innovation group and IDEO.

We are looking for a web developer to work full-time, on contract for the next 3 months, in San Francisco. The right person for the job will have the following attributes:

Talent: We are looking for a smart, creative, analytical, visionary web developer to join our San Francisco based team.

Experience: A college degree required and a demonstrable experience as a web developer. You should have deep experience working on Ruby on Rails, JQuery, CSS and Agile Methodologies, and be able to deliver high-quality results. Experience with Test Driven Development (TDD) is a must.

Personality: We adhere to human centered design thinking in all that we do. You should enjoy creating offerings that delight consumers and aim to meet their needs first. We’re a small group accustomed to playing whatever roles necessary to make things work. Hopefully, you thrive in a start-up environment that requires teamwork, flexibility, enthusiasm, and a proactive attitude.

Responsibilities: You will be the first in-house developer for The Bold Italic! As the first technical hire, you will be responsible for working independently to build new site features, provide technical expertise, as well as maintain the site on a daily basis. We like what we’ve learned from Pivotal and intend to use Pivotal Tracker to plan out site development.

Timing: You should be able to start immediately.

What is The Bold Italic? The Bold Italic is an online collection of stories uncovered by the city’s most passionate citizens. We’ve spent the last 6 months in San Francisco discovering what people want to know about their city. We found that people are looking for an insider’s backstory – the story behind the story. We also found that commerce is the glue that binds together culture and community. We see a great opportunity to connect citizens to merchants in a way that celebrates and supports the city’s culture. Ultimately, we believe that through The Bold Italic, San Franciscans will become better locals through the sharing and uncovering of distinctive, offbeat local experiences.

The Bold is releasing its Beta version in mid-October!

If you’re interested, submit your resume to work@thebolditalic.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

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