How to Get Hired by a Startup

I spent the last week visiting my girlfriend back at RPI, and I took the opportunity to spend some time with one of the most awesome groups on campus: the Rensselaer Center for Open Source (RCOS). RPI can be a pretty desolate place for finding interesting people, but RCOS is a veritable treasure trove of awesome software developers. John BrittonAlex Gaynor are probably the most well-known RCOS alumni, but plenty of other awesome hackers have gone on from RCOS into all kinds of different companies.

Since we’re hiring at 2bkco, I figured I’d share some advice with these guys (and gals) about how to best position themselves to land a job at a place like 2bkco. Just doing RCOS is a great start, but you’ve got to do a little more than that if you want to stand out. I put together a 15-minute talk, and I think it went over pretty well. Whether or not they take my advice, RCOSers are bound to do well.