Brad Feld

Tag: Jobs

There are two positions that I find difficult to fill in Boulder in the various companies we are investors in. The first is a real product manager (PM).  We’ve got a bunch of great ones in Boulder, but there appears to be 100% employment for them and I don’t poach from myself as that seems counterproductive.  The other difficult person to find is a UX design guru.

Now, there are a number of strong web design and development firms in Boulder, such as our friends at Slice of Lime, and we use them regularly throughout our portfolio.  They are also plenty of strong UI developers.  However, in some companies we really need a full time UX person, especially those that are software dev heavy.  We’ve managed to solve this in most cases, but it’s hard and the pool of gurus is small.

So, I’m looking for one UX person that can also handle the UI development who is off the charts that wants to move to Boulder.  I’ve got a well funded company with an awesome technical team for you to join that is working on some really interesting and difficult stuff.  It’s going to market in Q4 with a unique product that has the potential to really shake up a particular segment.  I’m not looking for a UI person that thinks he can do UX; rather I’m looking for an amazing UX person who specialized in web services and is comfortable crossing over the UI development.

If you are this person, email me right now.

I get a lot of inbound resumes from folks looking to relocate to Boulder.  I also get a lot of requests from local CEOs for candidates for various positions.  I do my best at connecting folks, but I’m sure plenty of connections slip through the cracks.

So – David Cohen of TechStars (who has the same thing happening to him all the time) and I have created a new private email list for CEOs of Boulder-based companies.  We have started to email qualified inbound resumes to this list.  By qualified, I mean that it’s a real inquiry, rather than a generic “resume spam email” which is the only email I get that I won’t respond to.

If you are a CEO of a Boulder-based company and want to be added to this list, just email me.  Alternatively, if you are interested in relocating to Boulder and want to get exposure to the local CEOs, just email me.

Did someone recently say email was dead?  Whatever.

More jobs – this time in San Francisco.  We recently invested in Triggit – my partner Seth blogged about our investment and the rise of real time bidding platforms and we put up a post about Triggit on the Foundry Group blog.

Triggit is one of a group of recently emerging companies called demand side platforms (DSP) that provide technology to advertisers enabling them to buy display media across millions of websites.   Triggit specializes in using a technology called real time bidding where they bid on and run the ads you see in real time as you move across the web.  In the milliseconds that it takes your browser to request a new website, Triggit is looking at your ad impression for its customers and determining how much you are worth, what ad to serve, submitting a bid and tracking the results.   Even more interestingly they do this billions of times a day around the world.

Needless to say the technology sitting inside Triggit is what engineers would call a nice hard problem.  How do you build and operate a system that makes complex decisions in less then 50 milliseconds with a global QPS soon to be measured in the hundreds of thousands?   If you are the sort of engineer that gets excited by this type of scale and latency then Triggit is hiring. They are looking for engineers with experience building large-scale, distributed systems in C / C++, data guys and gals familiar with the Hadoop eco-system and a Rails programmer. Bonus points if there are copies of W. Richard Stevens books under your pillow. If this sounds interesting you can apply to or visit Triggit’s website to learn more.

The Feld job board has one for you today.  If you are a sys admin and live in the Boulder area, StillSecure is interested in talking to you.  The spec is below – if you fit it and are interested, please email Rhonda Grosz.

StillSecure, a network security software and services company is looking for a Systems Administrator for their Superior, CO office. We are looking for self-motivated, talented individuals who enjoy working in a fast paced environment. This individual will be responsible for managing, maintaining the IT infrastructure of the company and has at least 4 years of experience. He/she should be proficient in Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Windows Desktop and Server operating systems. Networking, Linux and Mac OS experience is a plus.

Jason and I were at an Oblong board meeting last week and spent the entire day at the company. It’s grown a lot over the past few months and it was fun to spend time with a number of folks we hadn’t met before. The first Oblong baby was born while we were all eating lunch which resulted in lots of good cheer, karma, and the revelation from another member of the Oblong team that his wife recently found out that she was pregnant.

But the best part was playing with a bunch of the new cool shit that Oblong is working on. It’s one thing to look at what Oblong is building (as in the TED Video below); it’s a whole different experience to actually get your hands on it. Fortunately they are driving hard toward that and we expect a Q3 product release that will start bringing Oblong’s g-speak spatial operating environment to the masses.

In the mean time, if you are interested in a job helping reinvent the graphical user interface at one of the most creative and technologically challenging startup that I’ve had the pleasure of working with, Oblong is hiring. They are specifically looking for a senior programming team lead, an application programmer, a javascript / html stud or studette, and a QA lead, but if you are excellent at what you do on the software development side, I’m sure they’d love to talk to you. You can email me or send a note to

If you are a senior Java developer anywhere in the US and are interested in moving to Boulder, I’d like to hear from you

There was a nice article in Bloomberg Businessweek last week about Why Boulder Is America’s Best Town for Startups.  With the combination of the new startup activity over the past few years combined with the rapid growth of a number of medium sized companies and renewed hiring from some of the outposts of major tech companies based here, we’ve clearly entered another cycle in Boulder where talent is tight and demand for senior folks is once again at a high point. 

Of course, if you are living in Boulder or Denver and aren’t happy with your current job, feel free to reach out to me.  But I’m also game to talk to people that are interested in relocating to what I think is the best small city in America.

I love my morning reading routine.  Most mornings during the week – between 5am and 6:30am – I sit at my computer, catch up on email, read the stuff in my daily folder, go through my RSS feeds, and generally explore whatever I can on the web.  Some is systematic (my daily folder, my RSS feeds), some is more random (Techmeme, Hacker News), and some comes from places that I couldn’t tell you how I got to.

Today’s amazing story was from The Tech, MIT’s newspaper (currently in Volume 130).  The article is Opinion: The story BCG offered me $16,000 not to tell and is a great story from Keith Yost, an MIT grad, about his relatively short experience working at BCG in Dubai as a management consultant.

It’s a story that will be familiar to anyone who started working at a management consulting firm straight out of school.  Or an investment bank.  Or a law firm (out of law school).  Or an accounting firm.  Or any number of other “professional services firm.”  It’s especially relevant for anyone who got an A+ education and was at the top of their class, which seems to correlate with the type of people that management consulting firms are interested in hiring.

When I was at MIT, I never really contemplated getting a job working for anyone.  I started a few companies while I was in school, the first two of which failed but the third (Feld Technologies) took hold.  During my senior year, I was also finishing up my first year of business school at Sloan so for the hell of it I went to a few recruiting dinners, mostly to see what they were like.  I vividly remember one for McKinsey at L’Espalier when it was in its old location on Gloucester Street.  This would have been 1987 when L’Espalier was the best ticket for a fancy meal in Boston (I think I’d been once) so there was plenty of buildup.  The evening was one part delightful (the meal was awesome) and one part “turn a power drill on, place it between my eyes, and put me out of my misery” as the senior consultants and partners from McKinsey took the room through a presentation using overhead slides (this was before the age of Powerpoint) talking about the firm, the firm’s history, the firm’s importance in the universe, and a bunch of other things I forgot within 15 seconds of leaving dinner.

Over the years I’ve had plenty of opportunities to work with other large management consulting firms on various projects.  While I found the style and tempo to vary, Keith’s article rang true to me, especially when I talk to some of my ex-investment banking friends who didn’t make it through year three of their “advanced copy machine operation and presentation wrangling” skills.

If you are early on in your career in a professional services firm, you’ll benefit from reading Keith’s article and thinking about the story of “Find Me A Rock.”  If you are a manager or a partner, you’ve probably already found a rock, but it’d be worth your time to read this story also and ponder what you are doing on a daily basis.  Think of it as having something healthy for breakfast instead of the usual Cocoa Puffs.

Standing Cloud, one of the Boulder-based companies we seed funded last year, is hiring a Java Developer.  They are a provider of software and services that facilitate deployment and management of application software, using on-demand cloud servers from providers such as Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Cloud, GoGrid, and others. 

The role is to build, maintain, and support client code that interacts with third party cloud services and virtualization APIs.  You’ll be deep in the weeds with the various emerging cloud services and part of a young team of eight other people.

If you are interested, send a resume to

2008 was a fantastic year for entrepreneurship in Boulder.  While the VC firm I’m part of (Foundry Group) invests nationally, the partners have made a deliberate decision to live and work in Boulder.  As a result, we believe it is our responsibility to participate actively in Boulder’s entrepreneurial community.  I’ve been living here since 1995 and have seen and helped Boulder evolve into a serious entrepreneurial hub, as written about by my friend Ben Casnocha in his article Start-Up Town in The American Magazine.

There are many people that are now engaged in the Boulder entrepreneurial community in a wide variety of ways.  I believe that entrepreneurship and innovation are the fundamental drivers of long term economic growth in the United States and have dedicated my work life to this area.  Even thought no one really knows what the 2009 holds for us, I’m hopeful that the entrepreneurial energy and momentum that has been generated in Boulder over the past few years will continue strongly in 2009.

To get us started, Andrew Hyde put up two posts that are relevant to all Boulder-based software and Internet entrepreneurs.  The first is HackSpace at TechStarsOn January 15th at 5pm, the TechStars space (the Bunker) will be opened up for anyone to come hang out and hack together.  If you know where the Bunker is, just show up.  If you need more info, drop Andrew an email at andrew {at}

Also up on the Boulder is for Startups site, Andrew has a post titled Boulder Jobs.  If you are a company in Boulder that is hiring, drop Andrew a note (andrew {at}  If you are looking for a job, drop him a note also.  Look for a steady evolution of a local job site that builds off of the very successful Boulder Job Fair event a few months ago.