[Baypiggies] [RECRUITER] Finding work - Company: Keas (S.F.) - updated info

Elan elan.martinez at gmail.com
Sat Jun 6 08:30:58 CEST 2009

I wanted to pass this quick update to anyone who may be interested in this
company---> The recruiter contact listed Ricky Fiel is no longer with the
company.  If anyone is interested in inquiring about possible openings in
the engineering team, I would suggest you direct any questions to the
contact listed on the website, or, go to Linkedin and network/connect with a
current employee.

Also just as an fyi, Ricky is a solid recruiter who has maintained a good
relationship with each company he has worked (and both python embracing
environments, Rearden Commerce, Keas).  He too may be able to assist you
with any inquiries at either company.  He can be contacted by email at:
ricky.p.fiel at gmail.com.


On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 1:21 AM, Elan <elan.martinez at gmail.com> wrote:

> Company: Keas, (www.keas.com)
> Location: HQ in Downtown S.F.  (1st St. btw Mission and Market)
> Keas is an early stage consumer health start-up that is still in
> "stealth"/has not publicly launched.  They do have a private beta out.  The
> company was founded by Adam Bosworth and George Kassabgi in 2008.  George is
> a longtime entrepreneur and (among other accomplishments) was a key person
> over at BEA.  Adam is the engineering pioneer who authored XML and (among
> other accomplishments) developed Google Calendar and MS Access. Most
> recently Adam built Google <http://www.google.com/> Health before leaving
> to start Keas.  Candidates who are selected by Keas for interview will be
> asked to sign an NDA after which more about the company will be divulged.
> For now one can gleen some info about Keas on Keas.com and Adam's blog:
> http://adambosworth.net/2007/12/22/talking-about-keas/
> Technologies used include Python with a Zope framework (Zope may have since
> been replaced with Django or TurboGears/Pylons in the past few months but I
> can't confirm this right now) , and in an agile (scrum) test-driven
> iterative environment.  AJAX, mySQL, memcached, etc.
> The Opportunity: In brief, engineers will be building a health 2.0 consumer
> facing website, and designing software solutions for hard infomatics and
> data analysis problems.  The company is always on the lookout for
> experienced individual contributors who have deep experience with Java or
> Python, have solid problem solving skills and who like to learn new
> technologies and pick up new programming languages quickly.  Smart,
> "young-ish"/or young at heart, entrepreneurial co-workers, who tend to have
> strong C.S. fundamentals, and solid work experience building high volume,
> high transaction, highly available consumer web applications.  Very
> accessible hands on leadership.
> Interviews: A three step process.  Recruiter screening, Manager phone
> technical screening, On-site interviews.  You may also be asked to provide
> code samples. They have a very rigorous on-site interview process (which is
> long - all day) that Adam imported from Google (which I'm not knowledgeable
> about.) It's an all day affair, long and comprehensive.  If you are invited
> to interview and can't commit to a full day of interviews you can always
> break it up into two days.
> Compensation: Competitive salaries and in the middle to upper range
> compared to other startups and still offering good equity on top of salary.
> Be clear from the beginning whether you value more salary or more equity.
> They do not like to go back and forth on offers.  This company is very fair
> when it comes to compensation.
> Contacts: I cannot give out contact info of hiring managers or founders.
> There is a competent in-house recruiter, you can find his info on linkedin,
> his name is Ricky Fiel.  Ricky is diligent and responsive but does not have
> a great deal of experience and so may not be the best assesor of technical
> skill and talent and will most likely rely heavily on a his managers for
> resume feedback.   His email is: ricky.fiel at keas.com.  If you would like
> his phone number, ask me in an email.
> (note: if you are interested in this company and would like to ask
> questions I'm happy to chat and provide as much info and help as I can.  I
> am also happy to make a direct introduction to the founders if that is your
> preference vs. connecting with the in-house recruiter as your first point of
> contact.)
> ***** wow I may have gone overboard with the details here....  my next
> posting will not be quite as long.... the next company from me will be
> posted sometime on Thursday*****
> On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 9:09 PM, Shannon -jj Behrens <jjinux at gmail.com>wrote:
>> On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 6:44 PM, Elan <elan.martinez at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Excellent jj (mr. moderator)!  I think this can work.
>> >
>> > BTW, to be clear I want to encourage EVERYONE to contribute and not just
>> > recruiters, especially since my guess is that most fee-based recruiters
>> > (definitely not all) will be reluctant to contribute if they are not
>> getting
>> > a fee or if they feel paranoid about other recruiters "stealing" leads
>> or
>> > contacts.  My comment to those recruiters... if you have a strong client
>> > relationship there's no reason to worry, and remember you do not have to
>> > include any clients you are currently working with.  If everyone chips
>> in to
>> > do what they can we will all benefit in the long run.
>> >
>> > So jj and everyone else, I would love to start this all off immediately
>> but
>> > I'm going to wait to post my leads until tonight.  I have a couple of
>> > stealth co's in S.F. that I would like to list, but need to confirm that
>> > they are still actively hiring python engineers, who I can list as
>> > preferred contacts and also how much I can divulge about the companies.
>> I
>> > also have a couple fo non-stealth co's based in S.F. that I will post
>> but
>> > need to confirm the same info.  Please, to those who may post before me,
>> do
>> > the best you can to provide current and relevant information to the job
>> > seekers in this community.
>> I'll second that.  Here's my hint to the recruiters of the world.  I
>> don't really care who the VCs are or where the CEO went to college.
>> Sure, I might want to know those things eventually, but first I want
>> to know:
>> a) What technologies does the company use?
>> b) Where are they located?
>> c) Can they afford to pay me a decent salary?
>> d) What positions are they hiring for?
>> After knowing those things, I'll want to know:
>> e) Is this a sweatshop?
>> f) How does the company develop software (fast and dirty?  agile?
>>  clueless?)?
>> My $0.02,
>> -jj
>> --
>> In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things
>> with great love. -- Mother Teresa
>> http://jjinux.blogspot.com/
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