- 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.