May, 2008

Congrats Big Sissie

Mon May 26, 2008 10:37:52 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, a little about life

A telegram just arrived. My sister is getting married.

Congratulations Jason and Kirsten.

Starbucks Might Be A Drug

Wed May 7, 2008 6:01:14 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General

They say one of the goals for marketing and sales peoples is to proclaim and sell a product to the point of addiction. Apple has this with cult-like fanboys. For me this is beer or Junior Mints. Although, I do know when to stop drinking beer.

Starbucks may not be in its glory days for customers, sales, margins, or share price. They do have abilityto keep people addicted. Starbucks Gossip has informed me some people are so attached to their coffee, they think every store is a drive through. Yes that is right, some moron drove into a store.

LinkedIn Wants You

Wed May 7, 2008 5:50:22 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, General, Payroll, a little about life

Well, actually, I think they want me and/or 500 other people…

I got a surprising email yesterday from one of the project managers at LinkedIn. For those of you who do not know what LinkedIn is, think social networking web app for professionals; it’s Facebook plus Monster. LinkedIn apparently is hiring and needs to develop a whole new aspect of their site and decided the best way to market for this job was to email their users with project manager and software development experience on their profile. It is pretty nice when you have 21 million users to choose from.

Although I was flattered to receive my first bulk job offer, I am going to have to pass.

Here is the email if anybody is interested in moving to Mountain View:

Hi Dustin,

I’m a Product Manager at LinkedIn and I just came across your profile. I think you’d be a great fit for one of our new engineering teams (details below).

We’re located in Mountain View, California–about 30 miles south of San Francisco–and relocation assistance is available.

You’d work in a small team (which you’d help build) with a few other great engineers (who you’d help hire) to solve interesting problems and create important products.

I’ve attached some more details about the position below, but if you’re interested, please email me (reply with) a copy of your resume and I’ll get the ball rolling. And if you have any friends or former colleagues that might be interested, feel free to forward this email to them.



Be challenged at LinkedIn:
We’re looking for superb software engineers of all levels to start a new team that will build some of the most innovative products at LinkedIn.

This is a unique opportunity to help define and build a new engineering team within a mid-sized (280 employees), globally-recognized, energetic, ambitious, and profitable pre-IPO startup. Since this is a new team, you’ll play an integral role in hiring (choosing) the people you’ll be working with.

Currently, there’s no easy way to find the best PR firms in San Francisco or the top nonprofits in Boston. Information like this is extremely valuable, but not something you can just Google. We’re building a system that leverages our network of 21 million professionals to help users identify the best products, businesses, and employers.

LinkedIn is also in a unique position to influence how businesses reach 21 million global professionals. In addition to contextual and behavioral targeting, LinkedIn’s profile-targeted advertising products provide a new degree of relevance, which delivers significant value to both our users and our advertisers. We’re working on the next generation of our profile-targeting advertising platform.

Why work at LinkedIn?

* Challenging work that matters
* LinkedIn is actually useful. Every day, people use LinkedIn to hire, find contacts, stay in touch, and manage their professional brand.
* Weekly releases mean your code will help someone find their dream job or former colleague right away
* “We tackle world-class engineering problems (of scale, performance, and security) with innovative architectural solutions” — Ruslan Belkin, Director of Engineering.

Rapidly growing business

* 21 million interconnected, elite professionals (that’s more people than live in Sweden)
* 1 million new users every month (that’s like Fiji or Rhode Island)
* Profitable in 2007 ($75M-$100M expected in 2008)


* Pre-IPO stock options
* 18 vacation days per year plus 8 company holidays
* Free catered lunches every day and a fully stocked kitchen
* Shuttles from San Francisco and CalTrain
* Onsite Gym
* Beautiful Mac workstations with 23″ monitors
* Great colleagues to play Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Four Square with.


We’re looking for smart software engineers who get things done:

* A B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science or equivalent
* A demonstrated habit of producing beautiful code (Java preferred) to solve complex problems
* We have openings at all levels, including engineer, senior engineer, principal/lead engineer, and management (to director level). To be competitive for a management position, you should have managed a team of engineers who wrote beautiful code to solve complex problems.
* Excitement about creating a product from the ground up with a team that you help build
* Background in online advertising, auction/pricing theory, predictive models, and analytics-driven solutions a plus

I just noticed there is a declaimer at the bottom to ‘unsubscribe’ to future job offers like this. Well, gosh, you mean I have a choice.

Walking The Line – For A Man

Sun May 4, 2008 9:54:33 am by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, Fun, General, a little about life

I was on my way home last night after another wild and crazy night on the town, when low and behold, I was pulled over by a cop. I was on a pretty good streak from the last time I was pulled over since it has never happened before. Yes, this was my first time, and I think I did it pretty well; I might be talented.

Turns out, I was following too close which I did not need a cop to tell me I do that. I always have. After a chat about the one second for every 10 mph rule, he noticed the stamp on my wrist, marking me as a clear potential target for a night in jail.

He did the whole, ‘Sir, have you been drinking?’ thing.
‘Well, just Yoohoo, officers. You see there is this great Yoohoo bar downtown and…’

Yes, I was drinking, but NO I was not drunk or close to it. There is a clear distinction. I know my limit folks and would not pass it.

I had the privilege of following his finger back and forth, walking the white line on the street, and saying the alphabet (thank God it was not backwards – I have never been able to do that). Also, I do not think he appreciated it when I told him it was my first time and to be gentle. Yep, a little sarcasm to keep the night going.

All and all, it was a good experience. My favorite part was when he informed me that if I had left one hour early or had one more drink, I would have been over the limit. Well, duh. That is why I did not leave one hour earlier or have one more drink.