The Wild and Wacky Startup World

Boxes of Equipment
Boxes of Equipment
Originally uploaded by fredngo.

What a wild and wacky week. This has been the craziest week yet for Standout Jobs.

We’ve recently hired our first Ruby Guru, who started this week, and we will be bringing another Ruby Guru on board very soon. We welcomed Marc-André into our temporary offices, which turns out to be the vacant former NITI R&D centre. (Thanks Avery.)

The bootup sequence of a new office is incredibly long, even when it’s only a temporary space. We had to put in an order for an internet connection, and was informed we would have to wait all day Wednesday for the installer. We’ve also had to buy some basic office furniture and a few new machines… At least the NITI guys left us a few tables!

Without an internet connection, the office is basically useless, but since we’re receiving deliveries of furnitures and equipment, we’ve pretty much had to station someone at the office during all the daytime working hours. Marc-André and I have been tag-teaming on this… at least there is cleaning and furniture building to do while waiting!

So the Bell sales guy told me that the technician would come on Wednesday, but nobody showed up. Apparently the technical guys have a different agenda: when I called them at the end of Wednesday, they told me a technician would come on Friday instead.

Marc-André Cournoyer
Marc-André Cournoyer
Originally uploaded by fredngo.

This week we’ve also brought on a sysadmin, Mohannad, and just in time too. As we’ve started to gain buzz and visitors, we’ve also started to attract the hacking underworld of the net… and Mohannad has been fighting them off. He also dealt with a nasty server problem that forced us to hard-reboot the server several times this week.

In the meantime we’ve published a few more video job ads. Check’em out!

It’s already Friday, and Ben and I are stuck in meetings all day… So it’s up to Marc-André to hold down the fort and wait for the Bell guy… Thanks Marc! ;-)

Next Monday our second Ruby Guru will be joining us, and it promises to be another exciting week. Stay tuned for the next episode of The Wild and Wacky Startup World!

  1. Glad to hear it Fred.

    I’ll have to come crash your place sometime when you’re better set up!

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