Author Archives: Daryl Hatton

Needed: experienced Java / Web Developer

From one of our current team – “For me, one of the best things about working here is the fact that everyone has the opportunity to have a big impact on what we’re building and on the success of the company. Plus every day we get to work on things that are new territory both from a personal point of view, and I think from an industry point of view too.”

Do you BURP?

  • Believe in agile principles
  • Understand social networking
  • Realize that results are important
  • Prefer flat hierarchies

If so, is this you?

  • Experienced software developer who likes to build code that touches many people in a very positive way – global solutions co-developed with PayPal
  • BSc Computer Science or BCIT Software Diploma
  • 2+ years work experience related to our areas of interest i.e. can’t just be fresh out of school
  • Multi-year experience in developing Web 2.0 Internet applications using Java, HTML and JavaScript
  • JBoss application server, Seam, Hibernate and MySQL experience a bonus
  • HTML 5 (video, canvas, data store) experience a big bonus
  • Flex/Flash experience a bonus
  • Candidate must be very engaged in social media: Facebook, etc.
  • Will join an existing small, high performance team using Agile processes
  • Must enjoy a fast-paced, dynamic environment and have the ability to prioritize and plan work activities to reach deadlines
  • Salary will scale depending on what else you bring to the table
  • Compensation includes stock options in high growth social commerce startup
  • Gastown offices – great atmosphere – lots of laughter – flexible work hours

If our requirements are a fit for your experience and desired work environment, please send you resume and cover letter to careers@connectionpoint.ca

Please note this is a new position for our growing company and we are ready to fill the position immediately.

Daryl’s interview on x.com – the PayPal Developer Network

I  spent a very pleasant long weekend Monday sitting on my deck, enjoying the cool breeze and talking on the phone with Travis Robertson. Travis interviews PayPal X developers who, in the opinion of the PayPal development team, are doing “cool stuff” with their APIs.

PayPal X Logo

We rambled on for quite a while talking about our new release of FundRazr and how it changes the way social media fundraising is done. We didn’t stick to just that topic though and covered lots of other interesting territory.

Check it out at https://www.x.com/docs/DOC-2432.

Fantastic coverage from TechVibes

We are very fortunate – on Monday, Knowlton Thomas of TechVibes.com made an excellent post about FundRazr and our relationship with PayPal and Facebook. We are very appreciative of the support Knowlton and Rob Lews have provided us and appreciate their interest in what we do.

For those we didn’t notice, there were links in Knowlton’s article to the pages on PayPal.com that highlight what we do. Check them out here.

Help Us Win A Contest!

We have entered a PayPal Developer’s Contest. First prize is $50,000 cash and $50,000 credit from PayPal. As you know, startups can ALWAYS use money like this and we need your help to get it.

To win, we need you to vote for our demo in the contest before 11:59 PM Friday night, March 5th. Sounds easy, right? It is.

You need to have a PayPal account to participate. If you don’t have one, click here and you can set one up. Pick Personal. It is fast, easy and free.

Once you have your PayPal account, click here or on the screen shot below to be taken to the contest. The first screen will look like this:

Click on the VOTE NOW link to start. You will be prompted to login to PayPal. Honest, this won’t take very long…

Enter your account name and password and then click Log In. If this is your first visit to the PayPal Developers Network, they will automatically redirect your browser to a screen like this.

Please enter a screen name (usually in the format firstname.lastname), check the Java and Social networking boxes and click Submit. You will then be directed to the contest page (finally!) shown below.

Please enter our contest entry number D1039 in the search box in the top right corner and click Search.

You will see our video demo (entry) into the contest on a screen like this:

Please click on the Vote button in the top left corner and you are done!

Except, of course, if you really want to watch the video. If so, click on the Play icon in the middle of the screen.

Please send us your feedback on our (very short – we were only allowed 2 minutes) demo. We’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for your help!

We picked a great time to start a business

Rob Lewis recently wrote a TechVibes article on the dismal state of venture capital investment in Canada. It seems that the VC investment model is under severe pressure and many tech businesses can no longer enjoy the benefits of VCs doling out easy money to their startup.

We don’t see this as a huge threat and, in fact, believe it is an opportunity.

Frankly, VCs made some stupid, follow-the-leader investments in the late 1990s. If one invested in a certain type of Internet application, a bunch of others jumped right in with similar (but not visionary) companies in the hopes of being a “fast follower”. For the most part, this didn’t work very well for the companies involved and killed off the VC’s investment.

However, it did do a good job of confusing some markets for a while making it all that much harder for the original visionary startup to execute their plan.

If a bunch of VC money has dried up, the “fast follower” group is less likely to get funded as there is only so much money to go round. This makes life easier for the visionary who will likely get funded regardless – that is what strong entrepreneurs make happen. We are entering another growth stage of innovation in web applications – that is what recessions initiate. That means new market opportunities are emerging – and that is what entrepreneurs love to see.

We are visionary. We’ll get funded. We’ll ride this next wave with skill and create fantastic value for our shareholders.

I like the idea of not having to fight off a bunch of fast-followers with VC money to burn.

It makes our job easier.

Facebook – the blob that eats up your time online

There are many who are trying to start a backlash against Facebook by claiming they no longer use it very much i.e. that the fad is over.

Fortunately for us, charts like the one below (supplied by Silicon Alley Insider) show this is not the case.

Courtesy Silicon Alley Insider

Time spent on Facebook continues to grow. This makes sense given the types of activities that people participate in on Facebook e.g. sharing information with friends. As the list of friends grows, the network effect kicks in and the system becomes more and more valuable to the user.

We believe bringing the value of FundRazr into people’s lives through their interest in Facebook is a great strategy for growing our business.

A funny thing happened on the way to the market…

We had a funny thing happen at work this afternoon.gauge

Daniel finished one of the social “noise amplification” features of our new (unreleased) product. The purpose of the feature is to allow a person making a donation to share what they’re doing with their social network, hopefully inspiring feedback, dialog and perhaps triggering other donations.

Daniel made a test donation and put out a test message to his social network.  The idea was to delete the message immediately afterwards to avoid it circulating through his network. No sooner had we high-fived to celebrate the success of the test when we noticed that some one had “liked” his donation/message within 60 seconds of the post. It took just another few seconds for someone else to make a comment.

Daniel quickly deleted the message but the damage had been done. The message kept coming back from the grave as more and more people commented on it. Finally, Daniel added a note that it was just a test message and the activity died down (after a few humorous comments from his friends).

We have a theory that messages about donations have the potential to “go viral” in a limited way within a small community. While this isn’t “proof”, it is certainly encouraging me that we are on the right track!