I’m looking for technical co-founder with Django experience to work with me on the Teen Events [http://www.teenevents.co.uk] web app build and the development of the business in return for equity. This will likely start as an unpaid part time role and progress into a full time paid role plus equity. Significant progress has been made already. Join me?
Me. I’m a 30-year old Londoner who has spent most of his life working on products for young people including maximumpop.co.uk, my social media agency We Are Jolly, and consulting for startups and agencies on marketing to young people. I like beer, karaoke and creating great stuff. I’m smart, driven and occasionally a bit outspoken. I know project management, product management, marketing, the audience, the music industry, copywriting and the startup scene. I’m blogging the progress so far, see http://www.olivermeakings.com
THE TECHNICAL CHALLENGE
The high level technical challenge is to source, aggregate, format and structure 100s of millions of ‘event’ listings found across the web – with an event being a gig, signing, TV or radio appearance or performance, a single, album or merchandise release, a fan event or anything else that a fanatic might want to be informed about. The idea of this should excite you.
For the user there are 3 core elements to the value proposition – broadly: event discovery and following, event and content alerts, and the related-content experience.
To create a brilliant, useful and loved product used by millions, whilst having a lot of fun.
Though there is the option of bootstrapping, my ambition is to apply for a London or mainland Europe-based accelerator or seed funding from a VC in the next few months. This will most likely require living in London or moving to Europe for at least six months, allowing us to grow the business whilst working side-by-side.
PROGRESS SO FAR
MVP launched and assumptions validated:
- 5,300 pre-registrations
- 6,000 visits first week
- 22 user ideas submitted
- 350 events listed
- 1936 event follows
- Established relationships with music industry.
- Very early conversations with VCs.
- Existing environment in maximumpop.co.uk – 200,000 visitors a month.
Deploy, deploy, deploy
Continue to rapidly grow user base
Formalise industry relationships
Seek seed funding or place in accelerator
Self motivated, familiar or eager to learn about (and be part of) start up culture, risk taker, hard worker, passionate and affable will all be important qualities. Being a great coder with a desire to create great things, more so. You’ll be the sort of person who likes to give things a go, thinks ‘why not?’ and enjoys a challenge – especially when it’s solving a real problem and users are lining up to use it. Age and experience less important than ability, passion and a desire to create… stuff.
THE SKILL SET
The site is currently built in Django and Backbone.Js
Ideally you’re an experienced Django developer with full stack knowledge
Familiarity with deploying to AWS or other similar hosting
Integrations / APIs mailchimp / Sendgrid / bit.ly / Twitter
Front-end HTML/CSS skills useful
You should enjoy creating consumer products for large audiences
An understanding of aggregating large volumes of data will be useful
Most important, smart, hard working and ready to learn
Want to meet for a quick chat and a coffee on me? Drop me a line on Twitter @helloitsolly or email ollymeakings AT gmail.com.
Job type: Freelance
Remote working possible: no
Level of experience required:
This job is located in London, England, United Kingdom
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