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Zimride: Silicon Valley Startup scouting for Zim talent

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ZimrideIt’s not everyday that a startup based in Silicon Valley; the home of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and just about every significant technology platform-eagerly looks to hire local talent. Well this is not just any startup, its Zimride! According to Logan Green; the startup’s co-founder and CEO, they are currently seeking to hire talent from around the world and Zimbabweans would be a great addition to the team…

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The following opportunities have arisen:

Front-end Engineer

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About You
You are the fastest front-end developer that you know. You can bring a page to life using clean semantic html, beautiful CSS3, and plenty of tricked out jQuery — and get it to validate (mostly). You enjoy working with a small tight-knit development team, sometimes burning the midnight oil to get a project deployed on a tight deadline. You learn quickly and can easily adapt to a wide variety of programming challenges. You are as comfortable writing object-oriented Javascript as you are getting something to display correctly in IE6.

Your Responsibilities

  • Build a rock solid UI, that is clean, fast, and accessible
  • Write lots of object-oriented Javascript, mostly using jQuery
  • Bring hi-res mockups to life, striving for pixel-perfect matching, while using an economy of assets (i.e. use css with as few images as possible)
  • Build beautiful pages with CSS3 that degrade gracefully in older browsers
  • Create HTML emails that hold up across email clients

You Must Have

  • Experience with Object-oriented Jacascript, jQuery, CSS, semantic HTML
  • A basic sense for design and user experience
  • Ability to thrive in a startup environment

Bonus Points For

  • Familiarity with PHP, the Smarty template engine, or MySQL
  • Mobile (Android or iPhone) front-end coding experience
  • Experience working with the Facebook Platform and Google Maps APIs
  • Previous work experience with a consumer Internet company
  • Contributions to open source projects
  • Passion for sustainability and/or transportation

Along with your application please include sample code from a recent project. For extra credit tell us how you would refactor the front-end of zimride.com or zimride.com/p.

 

Software Engineer
About You
You love nothing more than developing web applications and writing clean and efficient code. You have a mind for both product and user experience, have great communication skills, and enjoy working with a tight-knit development team. You are a generalist who learns quickly and on the fly and who can easily adapt to a wide variety of programming challenges. You are as comfortable optimizing a MySQL query as you are getting CSS to work in IE6. You either have experience with or are excited to learn all parts of our stack: PHP, Smarty templates, MySQL, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Google Maps API, and Facebook Platform.

Your Responsibilities

  • Design and implement features that help improve the Zimride user experience
  • Optimize code for speed and reliability
  • Brainstorm ideas with the team and help shape the product roadmap

You Must Have

  • B.S., M.S., or PhD. in Computer Science or equivalent
  • Experience with, or ability to quickly learn, object-oriented PHP programming
  • Experience working with relational databases
  • Great oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a startup environment

Bonus Points For

  • Experience with MySQL query optimization
  • Experience working with the Facebook Platform and Google Maps API
  • Experience with mobile development
  • Previous work with social networks
  • Contributions to open source projects
  • Passion for sustainability and/or transportation

Programming Challenge (Optional)

Calculate the detour distance between two different rides. Given four lattitude / longitude pairs, where driver one is traveling from point A to point B and driver two is traveling from point C to point D, write a function (in your language of choice) to calculate the shorter of the detour distances the drivers would need to take to pick-up and drop-off the other driver.


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5 thoughts on “Zimride: Silicon Valley Startup scouting for Zim talent

  1. This is awesome….thats what Zimbabwean Companies are lacking…application of knowledge when they build these systems….i dont remember any time i have really used any algorithm on any system that i have implemented..this is insipiring

  2. They got the idea for Zimride when they wr in Zimbabwe at the height of our economic problems.

  3. @Gilbert,
    @8ec6966bc194b9567e6fe66be7d5d5de:disqus Great observation, and it it says much about inspiration and innovation.

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