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Montreal's Sexiest Geeks of 2007

Wow! This is an absolute riot. I’ve been nominated by the Montreal Gazette as one of Montreal’s Sexiest Geeks of 2007!

The competition is pretty stiff, including my good friend Casey McKinnon who has included me in the fun that is Galacticast, and the admittedly uber-sexy Jade Raymond.

Still, I’m for certain the alpha-geek on the roster, since I’m probably the only person who codes on that list!

(OK, OK, Jade is a coder too: she has a Bachlor’s degree in Computer Science from McGill. But she probably doesn’t code anymore these days since she’s now a “game producer”. ;-) )

So vote for me! I’ll reduce taxes! ;-)

Fred at the Standout Jobs Office

Actually I’m just in today’s Gazette, on the front page of the business section. Not quite as viral as an Apple Commercial but close. ;-)

The subject is online recruiting (of course), specifically recruiting using social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and online classifieds like Craigslist.

Montreal entrepreneur Fred Ngo, co-founder and chief technical officer of Standout Jobs, doesn’t profess the same enthusiasm for Facebook, preferring LinkedIn, a social network made for professional contacts.

But for his hiring needs, the free classified site Craigslist has proven much more effective.

“We put up a job ad on Craigslist and got applications within an hour. We have several resumés now,” Ngo said.

He’s still waiting for someone to respond to the ad he placed on Facebook, but he’s not ready to disavow it just yet. He still sees the benefit of announcing a job though his network of friends in a way that’s easy to pass on.

“Your friends know someone who knows someone who’s looking for a job,” he said.

And going directly to a candidate addresses a major shortcoming of job boards like Craigslist and Monster.com: The most skilled people are usually not looking for work. They’re already hired somewhere.

“And for the candidate, it feels better when someone reaches out to you rather than through some ad,” he said.

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As I mentioned before, our intrepid tech reporter friend Roberto Rocha, of The Montreal Gazette, has started a blog covering the Montreal Tech Scene. TechnoCité is a great initiative, and a step in the right direction for “old media”. Everybody who is interested in the Montreal Tech Scene should head over and subscribe to the TechnoCité RSS feed!

If I may be so bold as to make a couple of suggestions, they would be:

  1. A way shorter URL. technocite.ca, for example, seems to be available.
  2. Remove the login requirement to comment. This chasm is just too wide to cross even for tech bloggers who would otherwise be happy to comment!

Roberto assures me that they are working on those issues, so that is a happy thing. I am sure there is a lot of bureaucratic red tape to cut through on his part to fix these issues so let’s all send Roberto an equal amount of our entrepreneurial red-tape-cutting energy! ;-)