Why RebelHold kicks Ass!

Well, I have been a bit busy lately and it seems like I have a thousand things that I want to work on.  If I can only find the energy and the time to do so…..

So, this is about why Rebelhold totally kicks ass!  A couple of weeks ago I was made partner!!  How is that for advancement opportunity?  Do I miss my old corporate America job?  Fuck NO!

So here I am now a co-owner in a company owned and operated by its employees.  I know that I have ranted before about the awesome opportunity that RebelHold has given me.  I had the desire to become a Rails programmer but who hires anybody these days with no college or experience?  McDonalds, that’s who.

RebelHold will soon be a major name in the Rails web development community.  I want RebelHold to be the premium place for Ruby and Rails developers.  We are a collective of developers that encourage people to learn Ruby and Rails and we also believe it is our job to assist in the learning process.  We are building a community of programmers and designers and continuously improving ourselves with in house training and classes.  We have recently made the decision that Fridays are to be set aside for just that purpose.  Who can go to work with us?  Pretty much anybody that has a strong desire to be the best.  You will have to prove yourself to us that you have the desire and willpower to become one of us. We freely support our apprenticeship program and encourage all of those interested.  We are currently expanding our knowledge base to include IOS development as well.  We have members in several states now and are always interested in new talent.  In @m3talsmith’s own words:

“We believe that through working under such equal conditions, both to us and our clients, and through such revolutionary processes as being honest with each others skill sets, teaching each other, growing in a community that seeks the most quality out of everything that we do, that we will create great software.

Some of the tools we use to hone this process include frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails, methodologies, like Agile Development and Scrum, elastic data stores, MongoDB being our favorite, and cloud servers like Heroku. Other steps include lots of travel, a reasonable week of around 30 hours per week, and lots of pair programming; as well as constant experimentation and open source contributions.

We are also looking for ways to build passive income in order to put us on sound financial footing outside of client work. Some of the passive income ideas include equity in clients, software services, and applications brought to markets such as mobile marketplaces.”

That is why RebelHold kicks ass and why I do not miss the corporate world!

Are you prepared to Rebel?

We ARE RebelHold.

3 comments on “Why RebelHold kicks Ass!

  1. I enjoyed reading your post, which I found through a search for “employee owned ruby on rails shop”. I explored that idea some time ago (http://www.particlewave.com/2009/11/01/employee-owned-software-company/), but never really pursued it. Cool ideas are cool, but having clients to pay the bills so one can work on cool ideas is cooler.

    I’m working on one of those “passive income” projects you’re talking about in Rails, but it’s slow going while holding down a full time job as a legacy Windows C/C++/C# etc. programmer. So I’d be interested in exchanging ideas etc to see if I can make a contribution. I’m getting tired of the test-never approach of my current day job and am looking for an opportunity.

    Also enjoyed your comments on the difficulty of getting started in a programming career. I fought that battle in the early 90s.

    Will follow on Twitter. Hope to get to talk to you soon.

    • John,
      It really is something that @m3talsmith created here. The idea of a work collective and collaborative working is really awesome to be a part of. It is hard to make the time to work on client stuff in addition to in house projects. We were doing fun Fridays but I had some catching up to do on my current project. Planning on doing that again. Fridays are supposed to be for learning and in house projects which we need to do diligently.

      As for the test-never approach, I never heard of testing when I was using Python. I see now though, that testing in Python is becoming more common.


  2. Bob, thanks for the kind reply. It definitely sounds like an exciting shop to work in.

    I introduced JUnit to a shop I was working in back in my Java days and found it very useful. I also had (am having) the pleasure at my current day job of doing a database driver in .NET that started out the right way — in NUnit. It was very gratifying today to be fixing a bug that those tests easily uncovered, even while another manager who doesn’t get it was arguing that we should hack-and-ship as usual. That really got me motivated to put feelers out — software’s too much fun not to be taken seriously. 🙂

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