SPUG: SPUG (Re-)Introduction / Job Posting
kevin-spug at fink.com
Fri May 6 11:19:45 PDT 2005
I'd like to introduce (or re-introduce) myself and WhitePages.com to the
SPUG community. As some of you may recall, I was first involved in SPUG
back in the mid-to-late '90s while I was at N2H2. We hosted the SPUG
meetings in the Bank of California building and I had a fair number of
SPUG members on my Dev team there. I haven't been involved much in SPUG
since 2001 or so - I went off to work in the Java world for a bit. I've
been working at WhitePages.com for 2 1/2 years now (as SVP Engineering /
CTO - same role as at N2H2) and am just now "coming up for air"
sufficiently to start to come back to the community.
WhitePages.com is a great company and we're growing rapidly, so I thought
I'd give everyone a bit of information about what we're doing and how we
go about doing it, in the hopes of interesting you and/or your friends in
The functionality behind the www.whitepages.com website has existed since
about 1997, but didn't turn into a real business until about 2000. We are
privately held and have been profitable since inception, so we have no
debt (either in terms of money or influence by outside investors or VCs).
We have grown rapidly over the past several years - roughly doubling in
size, revenue, and profits each year. We currently have about 70
employees, and are looking to grow to around 100 by the end of 2005 - we
have somewhere in the vicinity of 20 open positions right now.
We are primarily an Open Source shop, although we are definitely more
concerned with finding the right tool for the job than "religion". We
primarily develop in Perl, which runs within mod_perl on Apache on Linux,
with backend databases on Oracle, MySQL, and PostgreSQL (all on Linux).
Our middleware generates XML and we transform that with XSLT for our
websites. We also consume a fair bit of XML, primarily from data feeds
that we subscribe to.
Our profitability and growth rate coupled with our small size and flexible
technology attitude provide a solid foundation for an excellent corporate
culture. We're nimble and responsive (for example, we release code every
week) without the "everpresent fear of impending doom" that often
accompanies a young company. We pride ourselves on open communication and
universal recognition - we have all-staff meetings every week where a lot
of detail about what each group is doing is shared, and we work hard to
make sure that everyone knows what we're all working on and why, as well
as what has been accomplished.
We have a great team now, with some names you just might recognize, and
would like to continue to grow that team. Our full list of open positions
is listed on our corporate website:
On the technology side, we have positions open in both Quality Assurance
(including a Quality Assurance Manager, where we're looking for someone
with Perl knowledge in addition to QA and Management experience) and
Development (with a variety of positions open, all involving a great deal
We're located in downtown Seattle (16th floor of the Rainier Tower) and
are looking for full-time, permanent, on-site employees only. (We will let
you go home on every third Thursday to shower... :-)
SVP Engineering / CTO
kfink at whitepages.com
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