Negotiating Startup Job Offers


Negotiating compensation may not be most people’s idea of a good time, but it doesn’t have to be a painful experience either. As a recruiter at recruitment agencies both big (Robert Half, Kforce) and small (VonChurch), I helped countless people negotiate with their prospective employers.

Purposefully Architecting your SASS

Glass Balcony: Hey internet giants, you're no longer startups, get some customer service

As someone who has had his Paypal account frozen and Adsense account disabled for no reason, I heartily concur.


It’s easy to make big money when you get to keep all the profits. That’s how most american IT behemoths work, but it’s time to put an end to it. It’s a well known fact that companies like Google or Paypal, among the world’s most important companies for online vendors don’t offer regular support….

Mighty Spring: How to Properly Conduct an Interview


Bad interviews result in nothing but missed opportunities and tons of wasted time. Too often candidate visits are unstructured, rushed, or poorly organized.

Effective interviewing can be a tremendous advantage for growing companies in today’s competitive talent market.

Unfortunately, many…

When I argue a call, and then check the rulebook and realize I was wrong

Mighty Spring: Recruiting Incentives, Part 2

Recruiters are shady


Recently on the Mighty Blog, we’ve been discussing the role that incentives play in recruiting interactions. Today we’re going to talk about behaviors companies are incentivised to engage in due to the structure of the pay-for-placement recruiting model.

There are two main company behaviors…

Dear Honda,

I just read about your new Honda Fit EV, and let me tell you as a happy ‘09 Fit owner, this sounds amazing. However, the major barrier for me (and I would assume other people as well) to buying this car (or any other EV for that matter, money aside) is the combination of low range per charge and large time investment required to re-charge a depleted battery. Seventy-six miles on one charge and three hours to charge it? Yeah, this is great for city driving only, but if I want to take a trip somewhere I need to get a gas car.

That gave me an idea. The main reason people will continue buying gasoline-powered cars is because for a few minutes and some money, they can completely replenish their vehicle’s range. What if you could duplicate this experience with EVs?

My background is in web development, so I’m very hip to the notion of standards. What if you and the other major car manufacturers got together and came up with some sort of standard? Say, a casing standard or power standard, or I don’t know, I’m not a mechanical engineer, but some standard where every EV, regardless of manufacturer, could pull into a “gas” station, pay the station some variable amount of money (say, whatever electricity costs them at the moment to fully charge a battery plus some profit percentage), and have them pop the depleted battery out and replace it with a fully- or partially-charged one.

The network for this already exists. Every gas station could potentially buy (or you could lease to them), say, 10 batteries to swap into a needy vehicle. Since fully-charged batteries wouldn’t always be available, a user could just pay for however much the battery is recharged. Since most people would be charging their vehicles at home anyways, a gas station wouldn’t have to perform this service more than a few times a day, but they could still make money off of it.

This has other benefits as well. Instead of trying to always increase the range of a vehicle based on battery size, you can start to focus more on making it more battery-efficient. Also, if you wanted to, you could sell extra batteries to consumers so that they could carry one in their car to pop in and out themselves for longer trips!

I understand that this is not actually that novel of an idea. People have been doing this for decades with AAs and AAAs etc. The size, output, connectors, shapes, etc of these batteries are all based on an accepted standard adhered to by all product and battery manufacturers. Sure, it would take you out of the battery business, but you’re not really in the battery business to begin with, and think of the industry you would help create. It would relieve you of paying for R & D on making better batteries because someone else would be doing it for a profit, and all you can do is benefit from it.

If this became a reality, you would see an enormous adoption of EVs because range would become a non-issue. People would still be charging at home, but if they wanted to take longer trips, long recharge times would no longer be a barrier. I know that right now the battery technology just isn’t there to make it small enough for this to be possible, but you should definitely consider this for future iterations of EVs.

And you would also get repeat business from me ;)

Love, Jason

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