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Bankruptcy

My friends, please let it be known that today, I am declaring Email Bankruptcy.

I first heard about this concept when Lawrence Lessig declared email bankruptcy in 2004. Fast forward to today, and I find myself in a similar predicament… As of this writing, I have more than 900 unread emails, and I do not have enough hours in a day to process all my incoming emails and my backlog… and so, I’ve junked my entire backlog of emails.

I am very sorry, but if you’ve sent me an email and never gotten a response back, chances are I never actually even had a chance to read it and a reply is not forthcoming. If it is very important, please resend it to me again and I should be in a better position to respond.

A Fresh Start

As Standout Jobs heads into its next stage of development, it becomes very important for me to have a clear plate and a clear mind. This also applies to Cat’s Corner, which is moving to a new location as of Friday August 1st.

Taking this drastic step will give me the fresh start that I need.

It remains to be seen whether I will be successful. I could easily spend all my working hours reading and writing email. But if I did that I wouldn’t be able to get any real work done; which, for a techie, requires long hours of concentration without distraction. So the logical conclusion is that any overflow email will continue to accumulate until I have to declare email bankruptcy again.

Email by its nature has its limits. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. If I could get away with it, I wouldn’t use email at all!

How to Contact Me

Again, my apologies if you’ve emailed me and never gotten a response. But now, knowing my non-preference for email, let me give you the secret to contacting me and actually getting a response… If you’d like to contact me, please try the following channels first:

  • Phone
  • Instant Messenger: I’m on Skype, MSN, gTalk, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, and ICQ. (Protip: Use Adium to not go crazy with multiple chat clients)

And if you still absolutely must send email, please send them to the appropriate application-specific email addresses for a higher rate of response:

  • Standout Jobs Stuff: fred at standoutjobs dot com
  • Cat’s Corner Stuff: fred at catscorner dot ca
  • Social Life Stuff: Facebook messaging (Be warned that I will ignore anything business-y on Facebook.)
  • Anything else: fredngo at gmail dot com
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DEMO Button

I’m here in Sunny California, at the beautiful Marriott Desert Springs Resort where the DEMO conference is being held this year. Yup, Standout Jobs was selected to present at DEMO!

It’s been a long journey for Standout Jobs, and this week marks a major milestone–Standout Jobs has launched our first product, Reception, at DEMO 08. We waited till exactly 7am EST on Monday January 28th, which is when the embargo is lifted according to DEMO rules, to launch the product. The reception (pun intended) has been amazing, we were covered by TechCrunch, GigaOM and Mashable, among the major news sites, as well as local sites such as A frog in the valley, I never nu, Web1979, MontrealTechWatch, TechCFO, Mikel.org, Guillaume Thoreau, and Quebec Valley.

(If you’re interested in all the details, you can of course consult the
Standout Jobs Blog.)

Most of my readers probably also read the likes of my cofounders Ben Yoskovitz and Austin Hill, so all this news is no surprise to you… But I do want to remind you that we will be presenting at 12:44PM EST LIVE on the web at demo.com, and this is where you’ll be able to finally see just exactly why I’ve been so reclusive over the last year! ;-) But to be completely serious for a second, we’d love to have your virtual moral support.

I’d like to also give big props to the Standout Jobs A-Team that made this happen–In alphabetical order:

Thank you for your hard work everyone. We’ll celebrate when I get back!

Standout Jobs is hiring again! This time, in addition to Ruby Gurus, we’re also accepting applications for mid-level Ruby Devotees.

To give you a better feel for working with us, our resident Ruby Guru, Marc-André Cournoyer, wrote a great blog post detailing a day in the life of a Standout Jobs hacker. A must-read before you apply!

And no, we didn’t make a video this time around :) but we did put together a nice collage of our photos and people… Check it out!

Standout Jobs Collage

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.

Click through to read the whole article.

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!