After leaving FreeWheel and playing hide-and-seek with bears in Glacier National Park for a week, I’d joined two ex-FreeWheelers (Nick and Max) to co-found a startup called Flux.
Flux aims to help enterprise better understand talents and internal needs, to increase internal mobility. Our own stories led to this idea. I changed jobs six times across three departments in FreeWheel. Each time I switch a position, it’s not only a good challenge and growth opportunity for myself but also a great benefit for the FreeWheel. By keeping experienced talents around and motivating them with new positions, companies minimize attrition cost and maximize productivities.
We’re starting the company in a truly distributed fashion. Nick/Max are in California, and I’m in NYC. I understand the importance of face time, so we’ll get together often, and I also believe modern technology has advanced to the point that people can collaborate seamlessly online. And I’m looking forward to the life of coding a few hours at home and going to a gym on my schedule. After all, engineers all wear headphones when they work in an open office, don’t they?
We plan to hire a few engineers at the beginning. If you’re interested, check out our open positions and drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or feel free to message me. I’m happy to share more information.
FreeWheel is my first job, and I have been working here for almost 3 years. Before joining here, I did internships at five other companies, including huge ones such as IBM and Bosch as well as small start-ups. Experiences with various companies told me I should work in a good start-up, and FreeWheel is the one. From my individual experiences at FreeWheel, I would like to state a few advantages to work here:
Fresh challenges. I started my job in the UI group without any Ruby on Rails experience. After two years I was transited to the Video Integrations group to work on ActionScript and Flash, another totally new field for me. Recently, I began a rotation program to work as a Sales Engineer, flying between New York and Beijing to help build a bridge and exchange knowledge. As a Sales Engineer, I have more direct communication with clients, which is precious practice for me.
Real and fast. When I worked in a big research lab of a huge company, I found my project probably would go to nowhere after six to twelve months. But at FreeWheel, the codes you’re writing today will sometimes be released several days later to satisfy eager clients, and will be running on some of the biggest video sites in US. This is totally thrilling.
Working closely with US people. Why do Silicon Valley and so many great companies exist in the US? In my opinion, a very root reason is the nature of the American culture and entrepreneurial spirit. By working with US people, we can learn from them about this.
Nice environment. Besides boosting and showing your own personal value, our company is also a very nice and flexible place to work. We’re in very good business district. Our office is nice. Food is awesome. And you can find lots of friends to play with. (For board game, contact me please…)
Yesterday some young students came to our office for a written test. It’s somewhat unbelievable that I’ve worked for one whole year :) Watching their young faces and imagine some of them will join us made me excited.
Frankly speaking, the written test of our company is…grrr… pretty tough. They are not that nice to fresh guys/gals, lol. Hope the test can pick really excellent ppl out.
On my way to company this morning, I’ve some crazy ideas in my mind. If I had the power to arrange an interview in MY way, I would show an XBox 360 and a good game (like GoW2) to the candidate, then ask him to play 10 minutes from the beginning. So I can observe how fast s/he can learn something unfamiliar, how s/he dealt with difficulties, how fast and accurate s/he can response, and how s/he behaved under impression. Sounds a perfect interview way, right? haha
What if the guy/girl had played the game before? That would make the test too easy for him/her, however that’s still fine to me, I love gamers :D