Note: Most of the content of this post was initially published on BostInnovation.com except for the pieces that are not appropriate for BostInnovation.com audience. See Boston’s Hidden Gem: Website Performance Companies.
Over the last few weeks, two articles stirred up a lot of conversations around an identity crisis here in Boston: “The Road to Awesome” from Scott Kirsner and “Dear Boston: Stop Outsourcing The News” from Galen Moore. Both articles (essentially) discuss how Boston needs to be cool like Silicon Valley and create more consumer tech companies. read more…
Yottaa is looking for a Head of Engineering.
To apply, please send an email to coach at yottaa.com with the job’s title as the subject line. Tell us what your favorite color is, what make you really proud when running an engineering team, and, oh yeah, please include your resume too. Bonus points if you have a blog or twitter handle. Check out the details below.
Starting immediately, Yottaa is looking for a Web Architect for our Boston office.
Web development, Ajax coding, web architect, ruby hacking, however you want to say it, you love to build amazing web apps! If you get fired up writing web applications that perform wonderfully across browsers, operating systems, languages and devices and your resulting maintainable code looks like well-documented poetry, then we want to talk to you.
Are you a marketing guru? Yottaa is looking for a motivated individual with passion for web technology and community engagement to join the team as the company’s marketing leader.
Yottaa provides cloud services to help web site owners analyze, monitor and optimize their web performance. Yottaa is a well-funded startup, with offices located in Boston and Beijing. We are focused on building a world-class company, and we do so by drinking lots of coffee (ok, drinking coffee alone isn’t enough).
New York Times has a great article today “To Create Jobs, Nurture Startups”. The article points out some important facts and also problems related to the government policy:
Start-ups are where the job-creation action really occurs.
Research published last month by three economists has found that once the age of the businesses is taken into account, “size plays virtually no role,” says John C. Haltiwanger, a co-author of the study and an economist at the University of Maryland. “start-ups are where the job-creation action really occurs.”
I love Foursquare.
It’s as simple as that honestly – I love it. I have been an active Foursquare user for quite a while. Certainly not an early adopter, but during the last many months, I have experienced quite a bit. From Boston to Washington DC, San Francisco to Tokyo and NYC to Beijing – I have been busy checking into places every chance I get and am amazed at the number of people and venues that Foursquare is tracking.
For instance, I’ve earned and lost Mayorships for several locations, but have had a great experience. As I travel quite a bit to Beijing for Yottaa, I’ve checked into numerous places in China. For some time I was Mayor of Mao LiveHouse in Beijing, which was a great night club that has since shut down. Even months after closing, I remained Mayor! Luckily that was one achievement for which I didn’t have to keep fighting.
Currently I have 11 friends, received 11 badges, and am still Mayor of Yottaa HQ in Cambridge. The wonderful @forjared has either given up challenging me for the title or given up on Foursquare altogether.
What is Yottaa?
Two words: UX (User Experience) and cloudInno (Cloud Innovation)
Yottaa is focused on building a better user experience through innovative cloud solutions – we want to make Internet User Experience ‘yottaarific’ and we are doing so by innovating at the forefront of cloud computing.
Interested in running one of the largest computing infrastructures on earth?
With hundreds of thousands of servers, Yottaa has a highly distributed cloud infrastructure spanning across many data centers in many geographic locations globally. Yottaa is looking for a Director of Operations to help set up and run such an infrastructure.
What are the unique characteristics of entrepreneurs? It is a subject that I think about from time to time. Over the years, I identified a few patterns and I use such patterns in judging whether someone can be an entrepreneur or not.
Here are the patterns that I identified and use:
- Strong will power: Someone who is persistent in his/her pursuit and won’t give up easily, whatever the pursuit might be. It is not entirely accidental that a lot of entrepreneurs are avid long distance runners because long distance running like marathon is more about having a strong mind than anything else.
- Relentlessly resourceful: Someone who is able to figure out how to make things happen against all the odds. Someone who would try from many different angles and perspectives in order to achieve a goal and take failed attempts as input for finding better ways.
- Passion. Starting a new business is hard, and you’d better love it for what it is. Having the passion for solving a particular problem and being compelled by the vision of how better the world would be if the business succeeds are the key reasons that one would get up every morning and fight against all the odds to make it happen.
- Intelligence. Someone who is highly intelligent. Intelligence is the basic foundation upon which everything else is built. Passion without intelligence is called romance. And it is a good idea to stay away from those with strong will power but without the smarts.