In50hrs – The Idea-to-Prototype Event

In50hrs is an interesting concept, where ideas meet doer to build something in a short time – a weekend.

In50hrs is The Idea-To-Prototype Event. Entrepreneurs (or Idea Smiths), Developers and Product Designers come together to work on audacious ideas and build working prototypes (MVP) over a Weekend.

In50hrs

In50hrs have few chapters happening across major Indian cities –

  • Bangalore: Nov 23-25, 2012
  • Pune: Dec 14-16, 2012
  • Chennai: Jan 11-13, 2013

I registered for the Bangalore Chapter. I have few ideas and I’ll also be doing the design part – HTML, CSS, Graphics. I can also write codes and be part of the development and help design the product in direct co-ordination with a developer.

If you’re a developer or a student who have good programming skill and have registered for In50hrs, Bangalore, I’d welcome you to contact me to see how we can work together. Do check out my personal page to see if I’m cool enough to be your partner.

Do visit the In50hrs Facebook Group.

Jobs and Hiring – You’re doing it all wrong

My daughter pulled me out of bed to a lazy Sunday morning and we found one of her small fish dead. Well, she’s been frantically waving her ‘magic’ wand to bring it back to life. She even telephoned the ‘fish doctor’ asking for help. At last, we agreed to let go of the fish and is being currently coffined in a freezer.

That was the part of the sad family story. I’m not in a good mood today.

Dying Fish
A dying fish.

On the part of the Online World, I was browsing through Hackerstreet, I stumbled upon few Job Postings (Designers, RubyonRails) and I’m rather amused by the plight of the hiring and recruiting realm of Internet Companies. So, here is my personal opinion about the state of the Companies trying to hire ‘ninjas’, ‘gurus’, ‘hackers’, ‘kick-ass’ designers, developers and janitors.

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How to Hire a Great Web Designer

Garry Tan, designer-in-residence for YCombinator, shares some insights on how to hire Great Web Designers for your Startup/Company.

For startups on the Web, design is often a fundamental differentiator. It’s important to have a design leader in the company as early as possible—and he should be given say over schedules, deadlines and product strategy.

The one thing that really stood is how non-technical or non-designer managers should deal with designers. “There’s a reason why people should be managed by people who have done the work before—they have a clear way to evaluate talent and performance. My advice would be to ask a friend or colleague whom you trust to evaluate the output and determine if it comes to fairly qualitative measures of aesthetics, fitting your brand, etc.”

So, even if you got a good designer and a talented one, the one interacting with him or her have not clue of the design trends or at-least a common sense of what’s happening around the Internet, it will totally be counter-productive and harm the company brand and reputation.

The article is a good read — How to Hire a Great Web Designer, With YCombinator’s Garry Tan. And if you’re looking on enlisting at the directory of Designers mentioned in the article — Y Combinator Designer Directory.

Choose a web developer carefully

A team of dedicated Developers
A Team of Dedicated Developers (source : Flickr)

If you were to poll a hundred serious business owners on the street and ask them if a website was a crucial part of starting a business, at least ninety would probably say it is. Yet, if you polled the same hundred people and asked what resources they put into their website, you would probably be shocked with the results.

If you think that your website is one of the most important elements to making your business successful, you should put some time and money into it. First of all, you need to be honest with yourself about your own web development skills. If your skills won’t cut it and you don’t have the time to learn, hire someone else. Period. You wouldn’t try to rebuild the engine to your car if you didn’t know how to change your oil? Why risk short circuiting your online image with a poorly designed website?

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FreshAIRApps

James Whittaker‘s FreshAIRApps is not just a website that showcase some of the best and popular Adobe AIR Applications but also provides the community with AIR updates, tutorials and other resources.

The Showcase is the main attraction at FreshAIRApps. It gives a review of an AIR app and allows users to provide opinions in the comments and rate the apps. Users/Visitors can also submit an AIR app for reviewing.

FreshAIRApps is perhaps the first of its kind to concentrate totally on Adobe AIR. It might just prove to be a great resource site for the Adobe AIR developer and designer community.

You might just like to be part of our Team!

Oinam TeamEarly morning of April 8, 2006 our team set out on a 2 day Team Picnic to Splendour Country, a resort on the outskirts of Pune, India. Ealier, we did our new trainee introduction to the team with a Movie and Bowling session. It may be a small endeavor on our part but we have been pushing our work/play culture to be more in the lines of not just a working office environment but like a college/university campus where people love to hang out, chill and work in the due process. Our Work/Play Environment Motto have always been People First and our work ethics What’s Next.

Why People First?

This is rather my own axiom that if the people involved with the team are good, progressing ahead and are well informed, then the team on the whole progresses ahead. We do not groom our company/team to be good so that the people in it can benefit but we groom our people so that the company/team can benefit in return. Every individual in our team is thus very important; individual growth is our primary goal. If that primary goal is achieved the others falls well in their rightful place automagically.

So, why not join our team?

Technology
If you good in Technology – be it in Flash/ActionScript, Flex, Flash Remoting, Flash Media Server, Red5, ColdFusion, PHP, .NET, Designs/Visualization, XHTML/CSS – Web Standards, Technical Copy Writing, Project Management; we are eager to talk to you and discuss how we can push your technical skills forward and grow together. We’re extremely confident that you will never regret joining our team.

Games
We love people good with games too. Come and challenge amongst the team with Counter Strike, Need for Speed and other games.

Gadgets
Some of us are real gadgets freaks and our daily work includes working with the same. So, be willing to be part of the team that work on applications for the likes of iPods, Video iPods, PSPs, Set-top-Boxes, Flashlite/J2ME – Mobile Phones and much more.

Perks
We have heard rumous that our pay/perks are sometimes much higher than some of the best companies in India and we surpass similar designations’ pay/perks of these companies easily. Well, a typical scenario of a good developer in our team shoot up to over 300% pay hike in 3 to 5 months have become normal for the team now. If you are interested in some bulleted list, then beside the free snacks, lunch package, medical/dental, leaves, we have others like

  • Personal Laptops within 6-12 months
  • Mobile Phone Bills paid by us
  • Sabbatical – starting with a fully paid air fare, lodging, food within India with the completion of 12 months employment (think what would be after completion of 2 years and 3 years)

How to join us?

  • If you are interested, look at Oinam Jobs and apply accordingly.
  • Mail directly to jobs [at] oinam.com with your CV, demos, sample links, source code fragments, classes, packages.
  • Contact us with Job Applications.

Feel free to apply even if your skillset do not fit the current requirements as we always have something to do to enhance technology, prototype and push its envelope way beyond what it can endure. We’re a team that is willing to give the likes of Flash a scare with what we can do.

Not to really rub it in, but we have lots of fun all the time while we work. Well, learnt those tricks from the like of Macromedia and from what we heard/learnt of Google work culture. It is just that, we love to copy successful entities and follow their good ideas even though we start that from the small/minimal implementation of the same on an even small, closely knitted form.

I would even consider just listening to Freeman Murray talk about technology and startups is worth the effort of being in our team, or perhaps just watch the video of Bill Lee about India from Som.

Note
Our team is in India, so please do not apply if you are not in India or not willing to relocate to India.

Advanced Flash Developers needed

The market of today needs more Advanced Flash Developers. Very recently I had witnessed two unpalatable cases where two companies have shifted to another technology just because there are not good Advanced Flash Developers ready to take on such projects, work. Well, there are not enough Flash Developers at all. The companies then just dump Flash and went in for other alternatives. They are the typical RIA that we termed it and I was unable to provide them any developers capable of doing the same. Many of my friends who are fanstastic developers are already filled up to the brim with projects. We had recently laugh at the idea if we could be given an additional 12 hrs to the normal 24 we have.

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