May 7, 2012

We Break Every Rule of Tech Startups

  • We each work in any country we want (We’re in Canada, Ghana, US, Israel, one of us lives on a farm, and one of us is about to backpack around southeast Asia with their laptop)
  • We each work any hours we want (we can’t see each other and don’t really care)
  • We take the money we save on office rent and use it to fly to Canada to surf and hack on a beach, Norway to kayak and hack with partner startups, San Fran to… you get the idea.
  • We went through 2 startup accelerators. That’s like being the tallest kids in third grade.
  • We offer unlimited vacation.
  • We have paying customers (not just our moms)
  • We have the world’s greatest privacy policy because we don’t ask users for their email or to create passwords (while still being extremely data-driven)
  • Our team page make us sound like assclowns but we still managed to raise an angel round to pay your salary

And yet, we’ve survived it this far and are looking for more to join us.

We want you to work at Ecquire and get your own baseball card. However, this is not for all personalities. Make sure you know what you’re getting into first.


Working Hard at Ecquire

Working in Tofino, Canada


What Technologies Do You Play With?

We make javascript and Chrome do things they were never intended to do.

Want buzzwords? We have all of them: CoffeeScript, Backbone, Node, Chrome APIs, and lots and lots and lots of well-structured AJAX.

You don’t have to know these coming in. All we care about is that you know how the internet works and have a love/hate relationship with javascript.

Okay, I Still Want My Own Baseball Card

Great. We don’t care about your resume or stackoverflow points or your github. We’ll pay you to do some quick freelance project that will go into production. This way you can decide if you really want to work with us, and vice versa. We move fast so any job offer would come quickly after. Either way you just made some money.

Email tal at ecquire dot com

We mostly care about your personality and if you fit our culture, so instead of a resume tell us in 2-3 sentences what your baseball card bio would say (and what sports team of course)

Thanks. I just emailed you guys. What’s a typical day like?

You just got back from surfing because the waves were beautiful today and starting work late. But no one notices or cares because they easily trust you and know you get your work done anyways. You boil some Turkish coffee.

Your morning’s email contains three email messages:

The first email is from a SalesForce product manager in San Francisco who wants us to be the “headline startup” for their new payment technology. You start reading the docs and figure out if it makes sense for us to participate. You see Paul is pulling a late night in Vancouver, so you gchat him to get his thoughts.

The second email is from Ben who noticed Chrome just released a new webRequest API and wants to brainstorm about how this can help our customers and perhaps hack out a demo.

The weather is nice so you decide to spend a few hours later co-working at the Hub TLV (or whatever your local coworking space is), where Ecquire pays for your membership. Usually you work wherever you feel like it. Last week you went to your family’s farm and worked on the porch. (The rest of your team members are in San Francisco, Vancouver, Tel Aviv, Philadelphia…you could be in Ulaanbaatar or Quito)

The third email is from a paying customer. She thanks you for quickly fixing an issue she had because she uses Ecquire every single day and can’t imagine life before it. Like all the customers you’ve helped around the world, you can sense they are in love with our company because they know we give a damn.

But that’s it. You don’t have to manage a lot of emails because we use Flow to collaborate cleanly and asynchronously anywhere we are in the world. You love Flow because it lets you spend more time being creative instead of mucking around in your inbox. You open Flow and see the next task you assigned yourself to work on is implementing a PDF parser in the browser.

Your coffee is still piping hot. You take a sip, put on your headphones, and the fun begins.


What people say about Ecquire

Ecquire rocks my socks. -Sarah
I have fallen in love with your product and I think I’ll be a subscriber for a long time coming. I can’t live without it! -Tomasz
We can’t remember how we did business before @Ecquire – Placeling
My life gets better with every new version of your software. -Mike
“Get. a. real. job. One where I understand what you do. Love, Mom” – Paul’s Mom
You guys…..such funny nut punchers. -Leonard
Has saved me at least a bazillion hours so far. – Collin
You guys rock at turning feedback into features. I love it. Shazaam! – Lindsay
too stoked to see how our team can use this! thx for building it!! -ipsheeta
This is pretty badass! -Evan Schwartz
Pretty slick stuff. Way to address the pain point. – Ben
You guys kick ass! Literally the best tool I have used to keep me humming since Evernote!
Clever as hell – Ryan
Happy to pay for a good service :) -Dave

You guys are funny! Thank you for making the demo, website, and install so enjoyable. – Wendy
“CRM needs to be reinvented.  Love what you are doing.” – Dan
“Awesome job! Thanks for making this app.” – Richie
“Impressive how simple this is.” – Warren
“Ecquire thus far has been pretty dang sweet I do have to say.” – Patrick



Interested? Email me at tal at



One Comment on “We Break Every Rule of Tech Startups

May 8, 2012 at 6:04 am

Hire me instead. I can’t imagine what you need done, but whatever it is I’m versatile enough to do it. Also, it’ll add Roller Derby to your supported sports metaphors.

You have a great product and a great approach. Are you really a Buckeye?



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