I just wanted to take the time to introduce myself to all of Simply Hired’s customers. I am going to be heading up the Community Development area for Simply Hired, a role that I am familiar with having done it for PayPal for four years under the name of "PayPalDamon". I would like to invite you to interact with us, as well as with other community members, at http://forum.simplyhired.com/.
My experience with various internet communities has told me that you, our customers, have a great deal to say about how a business should operate. We here at Simply Hired will take your requests very seriously, and we will do all we can to build features and products (based on your feedback) that make your search for a new job easier. While we are at the beginning phase of bringing content to the community area, the coming months should see more content directed at giving you resources to further help you with your job search.
As a way of thanking members that go to the forums, I would like to offer *FREE* Simply Hired t-shirts to the first 20 people that post in the forums. I will contact you for your name, size, and shipping address after your post.
Thank you for using Simply Hired. I hope to see you in our forums as much as possible.
This morning we got an email from a user in Germany who had read that Simply Hired was named one of Time Magazine's 50 Coolest Websites 2005. not a bad way to start the day, right?
Then this afternoon i got a call from my wife that the Neville Brothers were in town for a gig. The guys were nice enough to leave us a couple of tickets & backstage passes to the 'after party' (fyi: Saya used to play backup keyboards for the Nevilles from '97 to '99). We didn't have a babysitter on such short notice, so we decided to bring the kid along for his first live concert. I'm still not sure what the hell an 'after party' is, but i definitely know i felt a lot cooler wearing one of those stickers.
Last but not least, i got to snap a shameless marketing photo of Charles Neville with one of our new Simply Hired t-shirts ('less crap, more jobs'). we're going to start giving out a few t-shirts at upcoming events -- so if you want one send us a note along with a good knock-knock joke; if you make us smile maybe we'll send you a free t-shirt.
In addition to the big 3 gorillas of search, more than 2 dozen search engine startups will be speaking, including our own founder & CEO Gautam Godhwani. Panels will be moderated by analysts from Jupiter, Forrester, and Classified Intelligence, as well as an irascible tech pundit. I'm co-chairing the event, along with Jeff Clavier of SoftTechVC.
For the money-minded, there will be a panel on "Investing in Vertical Search" comprised of several notable Silicon Valley VCs. We've heard rumors they will be randomly throwing out thousand dollar bills & signing 7-figure checks for promising new ventures, so if you need funding for your own startup it's definitely the place to be.
btw, SDForum is a terrific Silicon Valley non-profit group that sponsors monthly meetings & user groups on technology & entrepreneurship. i've been a volunteer and organizer for SDForum for over 10 years, and they do a great job putting together hundreds of geek events like this one every year. If you live in Silicon Valley and aren't already a member, I encourage you to signup and 'geek back' to your local community.