Charity might just be broken. Make no mistake, without it we would have been lost - but at best it's providing symptomatic relief to our countries problems. Charities (what we call Causes) are being hammered. They're completely reliant on donor funding. They're fragmented - often doing amazing work independent of each other. They're under the wrong kind of pressure.
We need to improve on this concept of charity. We need to make the social sector work better than it is.
We think the gap lies in the social entrepreneurship space. The intersection between pure capitalism and pure charity. Where incentives can drive performance. Where we have access to risk capital to solve problems.
We also think the gap lies in applying the SCALE of technology to the problem. Where simple, relevant connections can connect the right resources to the right Causes. Where 100k little actions can make a big overall difference.
Why we need Developers Developers Developers (can't believe Sweaty Ballmer said that)
We're a tech company at heart. We need to stop outsourcing our core IP.
We're looking for a Senior .NET C# Dev to transition us away from our long term (and friendly) outsource partner and build a team internally to drive this product forward.
You'll be building and iterating the biggest tech platform the South African social sector has seen. We're trying to do social involvement, employee volunteering and other good things at SERIOUS SCALE. We've got a white label product that allows huge corporates to plug into our ecosystem and tailor-make their employee volunteering experiences. All these operate off real-time central databases, allowing to keep our fingers on the pulse of social activity in the country.
You know what's cool about this? Everytime we get a conversion, that's something awesome happening out there in the world. A connection between a person and a Cause and some meaning being generated, some lives being changed. That's so much better than selling razors or clothes or random daily deals!
Our process for finding awesome folk
Virtual chat, shoot the breeze, check if you dream what we dream and ogle at some of the cool stuff you've done.
First round interviews.
Final round interviews with our Chairman and the whole team (we're a small, tight unit - and only people who get a majority vote from the team are allowed to join the family).
We have a big social tech dream... Here's some more context:
Here's the post I wrote prior to taking over forgood. If that Dan Palotta video resonates with you - read on, if not, kthxbye: http://www.andyhadfield.com/2014/07/what-pisses-me-off-about-ngo-sector.html
Here's us at "launch": http://www.andyhadfield.com/2015/02/forgood-startup-with-social-conscience.html
Here's us with a business model: http://www.andyhadfield.com/2016/03/volunteering-is-good-for-business.html
Here's us answering some deeper questions about our philosophy: http://www.andyhadfield.com/2016/01/interview-forgood-social-giving-site.html
That should give you some insight.
Andy. CEO. forgood.