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Aug 31 2010


Come to Relevance and Be Excellent

Earlier, we posted that we were seeking some new PMs for the Relevance team. At that time, I mentioned that we were always looking for great technical folk as well. I think that deserves its own post.

Our team is growing pretty fast. Our combination of technology platforms and deep devotion to the people side of software is resonating really well with our customers and we want to encourage and enable that growth. So what are we looking for? I'm glad you asked.

Are you excellent at Ruby and/or Clojure? Can you work sitting next to somebody who is at least as smart as you, pairing on solutions to wicked problems? Do you want to work on open source or community projects 20% of the time? Can you jump back and forth between small apps for early-stage startups and giant systems for Fortune 100 companies? How good are you at ping pong? Can you demonstrate a history of having an impact on the projects you contribute to? Do you practice TDD and have strong opinions about testing frameworks (we have an ongoing war over Cucumber here, and we need more combatants)? Have you read Cryptonomicon, Daemon or The Black Swan? Do you like to speak at conferences or write awesome blog posts about cool technology? Are you comfortable getting direct feedback about your work? How many of the founders of GitHub can you name?

If you found yourself in the questions above, we want to talk with you. We're looking for full-time or contract technologists. We especially want people who can work in our Durham office, or who live in DC. Come be part of something growing, special and fun.

Drop us a line at

Aug 16 2010


Hot Company Seeks Conductors for Serious Relationship

Come to Relevance and help our team build awesome software solutions for our partners. We are currently hiring for several Project Manager positions as part of our growing team. We aren’t looking simply for Scrum Masters, or (definitely not) Microsoft Project experts, or even 30 years of management experience. We are looking for people who can enable a team to accomplish great things and provide a bridge between our team and our partners, making sure our communication channels are as broadband as possible and that the details are taken care of.

You don’t have to be an expert programmer to tackle this position; you do have to understand the practices of agile software development and be able to relate to deeply technical people and domain experts and everyone in between. Your job will be to ensure that our partners’ priorities are reflected in the work we do, every day. You will be responsible for being where the buck stops on the quality of our work, and for ensuring the highest value output of the development process.

If this sounds like you, get in touch with us at We suggest having read through how we work beforehand. We’re looking for people who live in or are willing to relocate to the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. (Our home office is in Durham.) Barring that, we’re also exploring having people in and around Washington D.C., or who are willing to be in our Durham office 50% of the time.

Apr 02 2009


Seeking Two Ruby on Rails Experts for a Client

CollectiveX is Hiring, and we are Helping

One of our first Ruby on Rails clients, CollectiveX, is looking to hire two Ruby/Rails experts in the Washington DC area. CollectiveX is an established, funded startup providing a collaboration platform for companies and groups. You can read more about their platform and success at VentureBeat and TechCrunch.

We are handling the screening and interview process for these candidates. Both positions require developers who have built big apps in Rails before with established, active user communities. The full job descriptions are below. If you think you would be a good fit for either position, please email us a resume at Tell us why you would be a good fit, what big apps you've worked on, and what open source you have contributed to. Expect to be interviewed as if you were you interviewing for a full time Relevance position, which includes a full day of pairing at our North Carolina office if you pass the initial screenings.

Two Rubyists Needed: Director of Software Engineering and Senior Rails Developer

Our team wants you if you are a passionate, motivated technical leader and Ruby developer ready to take things to the next level. You should have exceptional communications skills including experience working with executives, engineers and users. You must also know consumer web products and have a knack for improving existing web products.

In the Director role, we will look to you to prioritize and lead software development based on business objectives and evolving user needs. You must be an experienced lead developer or development manager with experience working in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment that demands focus and grace under pressure.

In the Developer role, you will collaborate with the technical team to develop software and applications to support the CollectiveX back-end technology.

These are hands-on roles for someone who wants a leadership role while remaining deeply technical day in and day out. The existing application is a mature Rails code with a large active user base. It needs technical leaders who can act decisively and quickly to learn the current code base, handle any critical business features or defects, all while planning and implementing future releases.

CollectiveX is a profitable startup building a platform that sits at the intersection of online groups and listservs (Yahoo! Groups), collaboration software (MS Sharepoint) and social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook). Our core application has been live and growing in users since 2006. We pay great salaries (plus stock options), are led by a CEO who has founded previous successful startups, and have an established team and proven business model.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain and monitor the production environment; troubleshoot and resolve issues
  • Leading software teams for key projects, product development, testing and implementation
  • Work with executive, marketing, design and engineering team members to define and prioritize new products and features and then lead the way in feature development
  • Ensure the timely launch of features
  • Coordinate code reviews with our development partner and team members
  • Develop feature enhancements internally, including analysis, design, programming, QA, deployment, and support, in an iterative, pragmatic manner
  • Translate product vision into technical reality


  • At least 8 years progressive development experience. 4 most recent in some sort of lead developer role (i.e. tech lead, chief architect, senior developer)
  • A proven track record of implementing high-performance, high-traffic, high-availability, and highly-scalable systems for a consumer website
  • Experience in a 24x7 e-commerce environment, including payment systems
  • Advanced expertise in all things Ruby and Ruby on Rails - experience in releasing and/or maintaining open source code, deploying large applications, memcache, working/starling, and TDD/BDD are welcome
  • Solid experience in the following skill areas: HTML, CSS, JavaScript (plus related frameworks), MySQL
  • Experience building RESTful web services APIs for developers and integrating third-party web service APIs
  • Extensive experience performance tuning web applications in a Linux environment
  • Experience in C, Perl, Java, and other languages a plus
  • Experience with project management tools and/or bug tracking tools
  • Energized by the opportunities and challenges of a start-up

Please Do Not Apply If

  • Your largest web application was 5000 lines in Rails (or equivalent sizes in Java, Python, etc)
  • You have never needed to use memcache (or similar tools) to scale an app
  • Your only real world experience with Ruby or Rails includes demo apps and side projects


  • We are located in the Baltimore-DC area
  • We want candidates who can be on-site and in our office, though we are very open to partial telecommuting once you are established
  • Email with the role you are best suited for, and why you would rock at it.

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