Hello All, Are you interested in using your Ruby/Rails knowledge to create a *killer* application and just maybe make some money out of it, too? Noumenaut Studios is looking for a uniquely talented Ruby developer to help us to develop a content management system for Skribe, our forthcoming high-end blogging application (being developed using Rails and Flash). There are three of us, including the award-winning Irish web designer, Matt Hutchinson, and we're looking to add a fourth. If you're interested, you can read about our goals in our project charter below. We're looking for natural talent. Matt could turn a collection of tin cans into high art. (Don't believe me? Write me and I'll prove it to you. ;-) ) We're looking for the same on the Ruby/Rails front. If you have that natural talent and want to build an application that people will *use*, if you care about more than writing code, but making our world a better one, and if you believe that software means not just choreographing the switching of logic gates but the unleashing of the creative inspiration (and desperation) of the human soul, maybe--maybe--you're the one. Write or call and let's talk. Thanks! Steve Jovanovic Director of Engineering Noumenaut Studios firstname.lastname@example.org (608) 225-2073 OBJECTIVE The purpose of this project is to create the first release of what is intended to become a revolutionary, market-defining blogging application. The aim of the first release consists of both business and technical objectives. Business 1. Launch Skribe 1.0 no later than 1 Jul 2006. 2. Pilot Release 1 to a community of up to 100 users for six months after launch, providing 95% uptime; 3. Provide free accounts; 4. Minimize dependence on commercial software to reduce expenditures; 5. Grow a loyal user community from which to solicit ideas for subsequent releases. 6. Evaluate the market potential at the end of the pilot period to assess the economic viability of launching a business to generate profit and sustain future development work. Technical 1. Create a front end with the best usability and aesthetics of any blogging application on the market; 2. Create a supporting back end content management system (CMS) to store and deliver content, including audio (podcasting), video, text, and possibly other formats. ANALYSIS The blogging market is enjoying exponential growth. As the population grows, the market is expected to expand even further. Existing blogging applications are primitive, relying on HTML and the mainstream form-based request-response model for submitting and delivering content. The usability of these products is generally poor. Some work well, but at the expense of a rich feature set and pleasing aesthetics. Others deliver a plethora of unnecessary features, creating confusion and user failure by making setup, administration, and usage difficult. Some try to be all things to all people, combining elements of online dating, music, and social networking sites so that the purpose is lost, which can lead to rapid user attrition. All existing applications suffer from a weakness in allowing users to find the information that they're looking for, be it a person or particular blog. Many applications are highly insecure, which threatens the integrity of user data and user privacy. There appears to be a market for a high-end blogging application that transcends the traditional form-based model, provides unparalleled usability, unprecedented aesthetics, and offers extensive searching capabilities, security, and anonymity, if desired. No high-end applications exist that don't belabor users with unnecessary complexity, thus lowering the probability that the users will succeed in creating a blog that they will use. INTENT Our intent is to fill that gap and create a profitable business thereby.
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