Monthly Archives: March 2011

Auto-Reply: Here is To Managers and Their Institutionalized Ineptitude

I’ve been getting a lot of out-of-office auto-replies lately, and I’ve been struck by their conventional blandness and lack of inspiration.  The full potential of an OOO message as a source of original, thought-provoking, and unexpected commentary remains largely unexplored.. until now, that is.

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Calling all hackers: Let’s team up for our fated greatness

Dear all,

I am looking for collaborators, co-creators, madman-in-arms, and partners-in-crime to join me on my quest for making the Web a better place. How? Why by building web apps.

Why should we be building web apps together:

  1. To have fun. That’s actually the secret sauce to all of this. If you are not having enough fun, and are intellectually curious and technically inclined, this should fit the bill very well. The idea is to make this experience personally and collectively fulfilling.
  2. To make something beautiful and useful for the masses. Beauty and fun go hand in hand. Americans believe that anything fun is intrinsically good. French believe that anything beautiful is intrinsically good. Where do those two cultures collide? Exactly, in building web apps. (Just for the record, I am not French.)
  3. To learn something new. Teachers say learning is key, and they are definitely onto something. You will face new technologies, push bits around, beat them into submission, and emerge victorious. Did I mention fun?

Why work with me?

  1. I have actionable ideas that I can no longer bear letting just sit there. And I have a decidedly elitist Moleskine full of neat little project blurbs. You will be the first judge for these. I have no qualms about letting ideas out. In fact, I’ll just give you what I have if you simply drop me a line.
  2. I know what it takes, and I’ve done it before. I am not entirely naive. I’ve built LinkPeelr; I’ve worked on JustLiked (never launched), and I am currently working on Turn-O-Phrase (online and quietly waiting for some finishing touches). You can get to work on these too.
  3. I am easy-going. I don’t have many hang ups. I hate petty grievances, and I am low key when it comes to asserting my point of view. I guess what I am saying, I am OK if you end up in the driver’s seat as long as you possess integrity and respect people you work with (me++).

Some rules (of course there are rules, you didn’t think there wouldn’t be any?):

  1. Everything that we start will be 50/50. If it ever turns into anything, we will be equal partners. But don’t kid yourself, the chances of this happening are effectively 0. We’ll cross that bridge if (not when) we get to it.
  2. You must contribute at least 10 hours every week. The more the better, but if I can’t match contribution I will feel guilty, and that’s going to sour the relationship. Trust me on this.
  3. Chances are we will have incompatible skill sets, working hours, etc. The idea is not to coerce the other party into your philosophy but to educate and to compromise. I will do the same for my part.
  4. You must be in and engaged. The only thing worse than having no collaborator is to have a collaborator who is not into it, or who starts showing a half-hearted effort. You need to be self-motivated too. I will stop short of trying to resuscitate your motivation.

That’s all, folks. If there are no takers, this message will self-destruct to save me the sheer embarrassment. Or not.

Feel free to contact me at ilya[dot]bagrak@gmail[dot]com or on Skype at ibagrak.