This blog post is somewhat long, but I feel it asks an important question.
Should developers get a stake in the company that they helped create?
We are a good crew, me and David. He is the consummate professional, I am the kinda crazy guy with ideas (not that David doesn’t – he does, I am just more flexible [goofy] in identifying and communicating them).
We both were horrified by what the search engines and other platforms expected from a business owner, and we both had some great concepts of how to simplify the process a business owner must go through to replace the old (paper yellow pages) with the new (a balanced set of entries on the web that allowed the business to be shown in local results of places like Google and Yahoo). We both recognized the need to improve and simplify the process of a small business owner must take to be listed effectively on the web.
We will soon unveil some new things about GetListed that are quite simply, amazing.
Getlisted.org will soon be providing some impressive and logical things that are centered upon the business owner, rather than one platform or another platform. David and I have discussed for over a year how to solve some of the basic problems a small business owner faces. We have created some great solutions, which we will announce soon.
None of these solutions would be possible with out our development leader.
Long story short, we want every business on earth to understand the importance of online listings. We want small business owners not to get screwed or be made to pay ridiculous amounts of money for things that should be free, or damn near free. We also wanted to create a way for a business owner to submit their business information once, and have that one time commitment of the business owner to count for something by having their correct and current business info displayed across all platforms, where ever they may be found. We wanted it to be free or very economical. We wanted to show that the new “yellow pages” was the internet, and show that the internet is not only often more effective, but also often cheaper than print media choices.
Some of the next announcements from GetListed.org will show how we have identified, and solved, many of the basic problems that face a small business owner (or hospitals, police stations. or humane societies).
Until then, I just want to highlight a third person in the GetListed.org equation.
He is our developer lead.
In my several years on the internet, I have only overtly highlighted one particular person (Lisa Barone) for their individual merit.
Today I am going to highlight another person, he is our development lead.
He has successfully taken the dreams of David Mihm and I and made them reality. I wouldn’t mention him or waste your time is he was nothing less than a miracle worker. This is not just a “hire this person” post. Trust me. I don’t want you to hire him. I want him all to myself.
But I do want to highlight an issue that I have, it is my rather strong opinion that people who bring value to a project should be justly rewarded. I do not like that developers are seen as a “one time expense” or a contracted person.
The reason that Daid Mihm is a great ying to my yang is because he is so incredibly professional.
I am not professional. I get crazy, see solutions and then draw them up. I seek ways to implement my solutions, I do not give a rats ass about professionalism. I care about solving problems. I see things a bit un-bussiness like.
Yet I want to highlight ur development lead not only as an incredible developer (which he is, you would drool if you knew his full development history), but as a pleasant and incredibly important part of our team.
I want to highlight the importance of developers here. I want to crush the all too common assumption that developers are some sort of “hire by project” person.
A good developer can make or break a project, and an extraordinary developer can literally change the entire reality of what can or can not be accomplished.
Ours is one such developer. He is now, and to every extent that I can make possible, will always be part of GetListed.org.
He has not only over come every technical barrier we (me and David) have faced, but he has also extended our knowledge of what is possible.
I am the CEO of GetListed.org and I can tell you, he will always be part of GetListed.org if I have a say so.
Which brings me to an interesting question. As regular readers of SEOish know, I do not often present questions, or ask opinions. But I hope to hear opinions on this…
Should developers get a stake in the company they are essentially creating?
My answer is yes, but I want to know what others think.
I see it as a common sense thing, but I have been surprised by some opinions I have heard (even from developers) about this issue.
I see it like this. You have a goal, but perhaps limited ability to reach that goal. Yet you move on. As you jump the hurdles, you find people along the way who can help. You and these people collectively combine your strengths and weaknesses and head towards that goal. If someone has joined my team, then they are part of the team. Period.
This means they should have the benefits.
I do not like what I see out there, where developers are being paid “x” amount of dollars and then forgotten.
It seems stupid to me.
I would recommend sharing the wealth with your developers, every one of them. I am simple in my ways and thoughts, and perhaps this isn’t the wisest thing, but to my gut, it is the wisest thing.
I am extremely fortunate that I have David Mihm as a partner, as many of you know, I am an utter failure when talking about prices or details. I just don’t care. I care about solving problems, and if the person who is solving the lions share of the problems is a developer, then why the hell should they not receive the benefits?
Back to our Development lead now.
He has indeed solved the lions share of our difficulties and he will absolutely receive an on going, recurring, and lifetime long reward for it. I also want to highlight that he is one of the most professional people I have dealt with and his capacity to solve problems is amazing. His website would not wow you. It is in text, and simple, but his abilities are anything but simple. I can not recommend you to this person enough (and again, just to be clear, I do not want to recommend him since I want him all for myself). I want him with me ten years from now, and I want to pay him, a [gasp] developer, equity in our company.
Am I dumb for this? I don’t think so, but how often do we think our decisions are dumb?
If you have read this whole post, thank you. I appreciate it and know this is a longer post than normal.
Should developers be a “pay per project” deal or be shareholders of a company’s future?
Let me know what you think. I am genuinely interested in what your opinion is here.