Startup seeks full-time coder to put on no-pay lockdownThere's so many reasons to run away from this as-yet-unknown Portland startup's "gigs" ad on Craigslist. The founders say their app was written "I think [in] C#." They're "so disruptive" that they've "already been approached by TechCrunch" — without a product release yet. And for the right full-time programmer, they'll give you a nice room, Wi-Fi, and food. Stock? You can find as many sheets of that as you like in the bathroom. "No drugs or alcoholics!" Good god, how else are you supposed to blow off this sweatshop steam? The full ad continues:
ROOM AND BOARD AS PAYMENT FOR A FULL TIME RUBY(?) CODER (NE OFF SANDY Reply to: gigs-832919343@craigslist.org [?] Date: 2008-09-08, 1:56PM PDT We are looking for an excellent developer who can work on extending the capabilities of our alpha demo. It was written in ROR, flash, red5 and I think C# You may decide that there is a better, more robust way to code this application. Once we get our alpha demo to the stage where we can launch the product we will qualify for funding. We have already been approached by TechCrunch to be one of their TechCrunch50 companies but we aren't ready to launch yet so we couldn't do it. They are going to do a publicity piece about us as we are so disruptive. We need your expertise. We need someone who is analytical and can do an architectural study and then write code. Detailed specifications have been written. We will provide a nice room, wireless access, food, utilities all in exchange for a workaholic (like we are) who can get it done. No drugs or alcoholics. Must be clean and sober. We will do a background to check for a criminal history. Your ability to stay here will be based on the work you produce. If interested, please send a resume and cover letter for consideration. We hope to hear from you. * Location: NE OFF SANDY * it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests * Compensation: no pay PostingID: 832919343
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