FreshBooks – Agile Web Development Manager

FreshBooks is a company that really believes in great customer service. We want our product to reflect that by shipping frequently, staying bug-free, and building exactly what our customers want and need.

The magic of web development is that you can do a lot with a few dedicated developers and designers. Do you really know how to do more with less? Have you been in the trenches? Have you learned first hand how to invest in your development team to keep delivering the highest quality code? Are you a proven manager who has led a team of web developers and is looking to step into an important leadership role here at FreshBooks?

You will:

Be a leader and manager of our product and our development team. You will work together with other business groups to drive product enhancements and new products to help grow the FreshBooks service and online community. You will be unafraid to ask the tough questions of both other managers as well as product developers. You know how to get the most out of people and have a keen sense of “what counts” when it comes to product and business decisions.

We need you to have:

  • Real-life experience developing web applications in the trenches
  • A strong desire to build a development team and optimize their performance
  • Technology, product, and market vision.
  • Zeal for agile development
  • Experience listening to users, translating their needs to the business owners, and helping the developers build the right thing.
  • A developer’s heart
  • An ability to teach, mentor, coach other people in the Tao of Development

How to apply

If you are a proven web development manager who is ready to lead the FreshBooks product into the future, and you’d like to work with a great team in our bright Toronto office, get your resume and cover letter in to us at careers@freshbooks.com today!

CaseCampToronto7 + StartupCampToronto2

Eli has announced CaseCampToronto7 (or check out the Facebook event). It’s happening the same day as StartupCampToronto2, so you’ll just have to self segment, Social Media Mavens versus Entrepreneurs. Though, it looks like both events are going to be homeruns!

What: CaseCampToronto7
CaseCamp is a free social media participant-driven conference. Fantastic networking in the bar followed by four 15 minute case-studies. At this camp the case studies will be: 1. The TD Canada Trust Facebook Story Sue McVey, VP Marketing Planning, TD Canada Trust 2. Canada’s Boxing Day Hub, 2007 at RedFlagDeals.com Derek Szeto, Founder of RFD.com 3. Story2Oh!, Evolving TV Storytelling to Social Networks Jill Golick, Executive Producer 4. Radiothon Diaries, Harnessing YouTube for the Hospital for Sick Children
When: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Where: CiRCA
126 John Street
Toronto, Ontario M4V 2E3   Canada

StartupCampToronto2 is happening at The Canadian Innovation Exchange conference. Jevon summarizes my feelings nicely about the role of conferences the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX). Whether this is a beauty contest (or not), it’s been an interesting conversation about the perceived value to both entrepreneurs and venture capitalists about having companies pay to present. There has been a lot of changes made by the team at CIX in response to feedback on blogs and Twitter.

What: StartupCampToronto2
StartupCamp Toronto is an evening focused on helping Toronto’s early stage startups move to the next stage by putting them in the spotlight, and then by giving them pragmatic and un-filtered feedback on their business.
When: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: The Carlu
444 Yonge Street (College Park & Yonge Street) www thecarlu com
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2H4

The list of 20 presenting companies at CIX includes:

Discovery08

theblackswan OCE is hosting it’s Discovery conference again. I’m looking forward to hearing Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. The rest of the schedule looks entertaining and includes Michael Raynor, author of The Strategy Paradox: Why committing to success leads to failure (and what to do about it) and The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth.

List on the Discovery08 web is:

New for 2008: Experience Discovery like never before. Test your pitch on venture capitalists and other business experts. Participate in exciting team challenges that pit your innovation skills against real-world problems. Take advantage of our expanded networking environment. See and hear what’s hot in Ontario’s critical sectors like Cleantech, Energy, Life Sciences, Digital Media and Manufacturing. And connect with some of the world’s best selling authors and pundits at keynote sessions.

The one thing I’m finding strange these days is the number of people mostly from government that are talking about an “innovation sector” and pitting your “innovation skills against real-world problems”. What the hell is the innovation sector? Aren’t companies typically innovative in the previously mentioned sectors (Cleantech, Energy, Life Sciences, Digital Media and Manufacturing)?

What is innovation? Dictionary.com has 6 definitions including “something new or different introduced; the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods”. I just confused by the marketing speak used by the OCE team in promoting Discovery08. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised when I read the gibberish on the Ministry of Research & Innovation web site:

Places that invest in innovation, that stroke the creativity of people, that market their ideas most effectively will become the home to the most rewarding jobs, to the strongest economies and to the best quality of life. We want Ontario to be that place where innovation is inevitable.

While government involvement in my life is a series of tradeoffs, it’s great to know that at a provincial level there is support for the creation and commercialization of new technologies and business models. MRI supports MaRS, OCE and other organizations that support entrepreneurs, researchers and students with awareness, funding and policy.

What: Discovery08
How do you ride a curve that is yet to emerge? Or prepare for risks that have no name? Or create the next big thing when nothing is certain? Find out at OCE’s Discovery 2008, Canada’s premiere innovation and commercialization event. Be inspired, challenged and emboldened by influential thought leaders, daring visionaries, and over 1,500 delegates from every aspect of the innovation sector.
When: Monday, May 12, 2008 5:00 PM to Tuesday, May 13, 2008 4:00 PM
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

255 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2W6 Canada