I asked for a job:
.. and all I got was a t-shirt!
Note: I failed epically and didn't deserve the job. No hard feelings, though - this led to some awesome opportunities! Also, I love this shirt and wear it all the time. Super comfortable. Props to Airbnb.
Due to overwhelming response, we’ve run out of our entire stock of tee-shirts! With future challenges we’ll be offering a reward for the first group of people who respond.
So, did anyone get a shirt or just the first few people?
I can answer that. We changed the policy to allowing remote team members as long as they are primarily contributing to open source projects.
The problem with being remote is how much you lose in communication when working on a project. You don't have that problem with open source projects. The design mocks, discussions, etc. on Github are the same as anything someone in the office would see.
Also ... it just got to the point where it was stupid not to hire remear (Ben).
I've been working from home for many years and, work-wise, it was really not that different communicating with the team vs if we all were sitting in one room.
It is just the personal feel that is different. Things like you miss some side-jokes, which might not be that fun without personal presence; Hanging around after work; etc...
This was circa 2005, so as you can imagine the tools weren't quite as well developed as they are today. This meant that everyone had to make sure they communicated extra well. Rule of the road was that you were available on IM same time as office hours, you announced coming and going with an email to a shared distro list, etc. No rocket science.
He would help with technical integration, redirect to support, etc. I was very appreciative - it also allowed me to see how much he cared about fostering the community :)
- Built a relationship with Balanced over time by engaging on IRC
- Did some free work for them developing iOS and Android libraries.
- Open sourced the work. Balanced team knew what I could do.
- Really got to know the team and they liked me a lot.
- Asked for T-shirt.
- Got a job.
On a side note, "They used Github issues to not only track problems, but also to openly design features and prioritize them for implementation."
I do this all the time.
Sounds like a certain company occasionally known as "The Beast of Redmond."
Here's a stand-alone vanity page he built to showcase his balanced-ios SDK: http://balanced-ios.unfiniti.com/
Any hiring companies out there who work in the open and the company chat is a public IRC - advertise at us! :)
 well done Balanced, this was a good advert too.
I like the title. It's mysterious and makes me want to know more.