The following advice on finding Ruby Developers for your startup was provided by Chad Arimura, founder of Iron.io. Founded in 2010 and headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., Iron.io is a private company backed by many leading cloud investors including Baseline Ventures, Ignition Partners, Cloud Capital Partners and Jonathan Siegel (founder of RightScale). For more information, please visit www.iron.io.
I am developing a health-related web app with a small team and I’m wondering if you have any advice of how to find (ruby) programmers. This is a part-time equity position and we have several key aspects of the business already in place (bank partner with robust API, law firm, UI designer, market research). Is there a venue to target programmers who want to be courted to join early stage teams?
That’s a tough one because it’s a competitive market for finding developers, particularly Ruby developers here in the bay area.
I would recommend the following:
- Consider remote or relocation hires
- Consider a paid position (this is a tough one because equity-only is less common these days – especially for talented developers)
- Sponsor an event with pizza or beer and you can have 2-3 minutes to stand up and talk about your startup (we run the SF Rails Group)
- Try and get your developers to find developers. The best pitch comes from developers / CTO’s, not recruiters.
- Be aggressive about networking in person but don’t sound spammy or infomercially
- Environment and technical challenge are important to developers. Stress the technologies, challenges, experience, and environment over the promise of “gold at the end of the rainbow”
Hope this helps!