[Israel.pm] Fwd: [JOB] Startup Idea: Any Takers?

Shlomi Fish shlomif at iglu.org.il
Tue Jun 24 06:04:05 PDT 2008


I'm forwarding a message I sent to Linux-IL. I didn't mention it in the 
original message, but I'm planning to make extensive use of Perl, CPAN (and 
possibly Parrot) and related technologies in the start-up. 

Anyway, contact me if you're interested.

Regards,

	Shlomi Fish

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Subject: [JOB] Startup Idea: Any Takers?
Date: Tuesday 24 June 2008
From: Shlomi Fish <shlomif at iglu.org.il>
To: "Israeli Linux Mailing list" <linux-il at cs.huji.ac.il>

Hi all!

As you may well-known I've been job hopping, and could not really persist in a 
job for a long time. While this may be a problem with me, I've also realised 
this: being a FOSS worker, a prolific writer and essayist and someone who is 
very interested in software management, I've become very picky as a tech 
worker, and can detect many problems in workplaces, that people who are less 
knowledgable wouldn't know. 

I've become tired of finding a good and clueful workplace in Israel, which is 
why I've been playing with the idea of starting my own startup.

See:
 
http://www.shlomifish.org/philosophy/computers/software-management/perfect-workplace/

For what I believe are the good conditions in a startup. And see:

http://www.shlomifish.org/random-tweakers/about/

for the vision of the new company. Note: not only are we going to use 
open-source software, but we're also going to be an ISV doing active 
development of open-source software. So if you dreamed of getting paid to 
work on FOSS for a living, read it.

But I need a partner. Someone I can trust and will be able to offload some of 
the work of management, etc. Starting a startup on one's own is known to be 
not such a good idea (according to Paul Graham, Joel on Software and others), 
and I tend to agree.

I'd like to start seeking VC funding (although still need time to relax.), but 
I want to meet some prospective partners and discuss it with them. Any coffee 
shop in the Tel Aviv area would be good, but make sure you've read my links.

If we succeed you'll have:

1. Fame. (Well, also peer repute, etc.).

2. Fortune.

3. Pride of working on useful FOSS and some code to show for.

4. Anything that #1-#3 can get you.

If we don't you'll have:

1. Experience of working as startup founders. (which makes one a more 
attractive employer).

2. Some useful FOSS code to show for.

3. Some money you've saved from the job, and various perks. (We're going to 
offer competitive pay and excellent[1] conditions).

4. Fun memories of working.

So it's a win-win situation.

Please let me know by email or IM/Cellphone if you're interested:

http://www.shlomifish.org/me/contact-me/

Regards,

	Shlomi Fish

[1] - and by excellent conditions I also mean a hospitable environment with 
sane working hours, friendly and supporting people, good software management, 
software engineering and code craftmanship, and everything else that many 
people miss when talking about "Excellent conditions" like a competitve 
salaray, or a company car, etc.

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