Finding a Job to No Longer Suck as Work for Pie Disrupts Developer Hiring
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Online developer community startup Work for Pie today declared the death of the traditional hiring process for software developers, launching company profile pages to help talented developers find their dream jobs. A participant in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012, Work for Pie enables developers to showcase their skills, receive an objective comparative ranking score, and ultimately connect with projects and employers that best fit their abilities and interests.
Based in Memphis, Tenn., Work for Pie’s growing, diverse community currently boasts several thousand members. The Work for Pie score assigned to each member is based on contributions to open source projects and the larger development community. With the launch of company profile pages, Work for Pie brings to life its founders’ unique vision for turning the tables on software developer hiring.
“Companies no longer hire developers. Developers hire companies. Work for Pie helps developers connect with the projects, cultures – the opportunities – that meet their total needs and expectations,” said Cliff McKinney, Work for Pie CEO. “Work for Pie is a workaround for job boards, external recruiters, and other business as usual hiring steps. It’s all about two-way transparency between the candidate and the company.”
While developers on Work for Pie share their work, showing off actual code, companies are challenged to present an honest, clear, and appealing view of job opportunities, as well as the workplace setting, management style, and even the office decor.
“Work For Pie connects people like me with great employers who value individual strengths and experiences over resume bullet points. Providing a backstage glimpse at how the employers get work done helps ensure a solid cultural fit as well,” said Work for Pie member Daniel Pritchett, software developer at Coroutine.
“Work for Pie is building a great platform for us to tell our story effectively, which will help us attract the right kind of people to our team,” said JD Graffam, owner, Simple Focus, a digital design and development firm.
Work for Pie was founded in 2011, and shortly afterward was invited to participate in the inaugural Seed Hatchery Cohort, a Memphis-based mentor driven startup accelerator. Following the cohort, Work for Pie secured a seed round investment led by Nashville-based Solidus Company with participation from Memphis-based a>m ventures. Co-founders Cliff McKinney and Brad Montgomery are significantly involved in the vibrant Memphis tech scene; both have founded local meet-ups and serve as mentors to other area startups.
About Work for Pie
Work for Pie is a community for software developers and a platform for company discovery. In May of 2011, the company released its first product, an alternative resume that puts significant emphasis on open source contributions (via Github and Bitbucket) and participation in developer communities such as Stack Overflow and Hacker News. A key feature is the Work for Pie Score, a measure of meaningful participation in these communities. In September 2012, the company launched company profiles, its solution to the broken developer hiring process. The company was founded by Cliff McKinney (CEO) and Brad Montgomery (CTO), two friends who happen to share the same birthday and love of beards. The company is proudly based in Memphis, Tenn.
TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 (http://techcrunch.com/events/disrupt-sf-2012/) is TechCrunch’s sixth annual conference in San Francisco. The format combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company launches. During morning executive discussions, technology-driven disruptions in many industries will be debated. Afternoons are reserved for the Startup Battlefield, where 30 new companies will launch for the first time on stage, selected to present from more than 1,000 applications received from around the world. The winning company will receive a $50,000 grand prize and the Disrupt Cup at the conclusion of the conference. The conference is Sept. 10-12, 2012, at The Concourse at San Francisco Design Center located at 635 8th St. (at Brannan) in San Francisco’s downtown SOMA district.
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