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FundingLess than 250K USD
Employees1
SalaryShhhh...
FulltimeNo
TelecommuteNegotiable
IndustryMobile, Travel, E-commerce, Entertainment, Social Networking
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Cofounder/business partner - travel and lifestyle mobile app startup

at My Fave Places in New York, NY   —   Jul 01, 2014   |  
Overview
Seeking a cofounder/business partner/s for a very cool travel, lifestyle, media and entertainment mobile app and web startup. My Fave Places (MFP) at a minimum does exactly what the name says, it allows users to record their favorite places. It has additional social follower function, beautiful design and other great stuff planned, that makes it quite sexy to users and has significant growth and profit potential. MVP app launch in approx. 12 weeks. www.myfaveplaces.com (beta site).
Depending on the skill-sets of the candidate there is flexibility in the role. It’s all about the fit, flair, smarts and can-do attitude. If there’s a great person with solid experience and go-getter attitude, the role will be crafted around you. Pre-release of the app is all under control. Additionally you do not presently commit to be full-time and can continue to work at an existing job, but once the service is fully launched, the job responsibilities and time commitment to My Fave Places will naturally grow. By then you wouldn't want to work anywhere else anyway.
Responsibilities
Where My Fave Places is needing an extra pair of hands (or two) is in three areas:
1. Finance
2. Sales/ Digital marketing
3. Technology.
Specifically, if you are a finance-oriented person, the short-term focus is:
Forecasting, modelling, raising investment/financing.
Med term:
Financial management of business; compile annual operating budget, quarterly forecasts and monthly projections. Directing budget guidelines and overseeing the budget/forecast preparation process to ensure timeliness, completeness and accuracy; Maintain financial performance with operating and financial metrics, analyzing results and trends; Prepare monthly financial reports of revenue and expenses; Compiles and analyzes results and presents statements to management and investors; Build out a (virtual) back-office function.
For the marketing/digital strategist, the short-term focus is:
Strategy and refinement of initial social media and web campaigns; Tactical solutions and analytics to drive app purchases
Med term:
Drive the sales/marketing strategy, including social for mobile/ web; Build the brand, particularly in social media and be able to turn followers into buyers; Develop strategic partnerships with brands, bloggers in the travel, lifestyle, fashion & entertainment media; online content, curating online user driven content; newsletters; analytics and management/investor reporting; Be able to identify and integrate PR opportunities.
For the technically oriented, the short-term focus is:
Web site development & support; App: iOS (Obj. C) & Android (Java)
Medium-term focus:
Turning My Fave Places vision into a roadmap and technical reality; managing backend server hosting (AWS), customer and content databases, OS, framework and language app development, web dev & programming and product design responsibilities; Source or develop smart technical solutions; Work with finance to build/buy payments processing; with marketing effectively co-ordinate online and app initiatives
Experience
Min. 6 – 36+ years’ work experience. Don’t really mind. Just be good, be flexible, dynamic and reliable.
Typical backgrounds:
1) Finance person:
A qualified CFO/COO/CA who knows how to plan, forecast and analyze; build a solid auditable business; when to take a calculated risk and present well to potential investors.
2) Marketing digital strategist:
Have a proven track record in online delivery from either media, entertainment, retail, travel or corporate communications group of a dynamic firm. Must be able to evidence leadership and execution in previously run social media campaigns, knows analytics and may even secretly love engineering.
3) Tech:
You will be either senior technical/CTO experienced; or a technical project manager; of a gifted up tech star with displays maturity (and results). You must be able to connect web and mobile app technology.
Finally integrity, tenacity and quality are key. Strategy is great but back it up with smart execution and tangible results. Because of your experience and creativity, you know how to do great things with little fuss.
Skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Entrepreneurial, experience with startups or business development is preferred.
You must have some experience in business development/sales, or start-ups, managing an operational area or have delivered a demonstrable number of successful projects. You must be cross-skilled, resourceful and results driven.
Selected key elements of the work (technology development, sales/marketing, accounting) are presently outsourced to specialists; and the cofounder/partner will manage these relationships where related to their expertise. At the same time, you must be able to provide strategy, scope requirements and personally deliver hands-on work product where more efficient to do in-house and avoid unnecessary costs. You build relationships with partners and vendors, not burn them and have a good reputation in the market.
Passionate about delivering a product that our customers will love and want to share with their friends.
Whatever your background, you must enjoy technology, media, travel, restaurants, bars, music, events and living life. You will know when to be a ‘Jack or a Jill of all trades’ /aka an all-rounder and a team player. Persistence pays. You just get the job done. With cool, capable confidence.
Education
University qualified preferred, but not a show stopper (except if applying in a financial management capacity).
1) Finance person:
• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, Economics or related field.

2) Marketing digital strategist:
• Have a proven track record in online delivery from either media, entertainment, retail, travel or corporate communications group of a dynamic firm. Must be able to evidence leadership and execution in previously run social media campaigns, knows analytics and may even secretly love engineering.
3) Tech whiz
• BS/MS in Computer Science/similar discipline or experience to replace a degree.

Finally integrity, tenacity and quality are key. Strategy is great but back it up with smart execution and tangible results. Because of your experience and creativity, you know how to do great things with little fuss.
Compensation
Let’s be upfront, there is no salary initially and it’s expected that successful co-founder/s will make a small contribution to the business, more as a sign of commitment to the business. Co-founder's equity. Salary after sufficient external funding is secured or sufficient cash flow is attained.
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