We are building a mobile application (starting with iPhone) called PingmeGram. PingmeGram offers users a way to get notified in real-time of important messages that they care about from companies or people they are interested in. You decide which topics to subscribe to (weather alerts, traffic jams, product discounts, tickets to events, job postings, etc), and how you want to get notified for each (e.g. you may want to get notified via email on some topics or via SMS on others).
This app will be most useful to people who feel lost in a blizzard of information coming from a variety of sources, and that feel they get their information from too many sources. So the target audience is people with very busy lives that have a lot on their mind, but do not want to miss the really important stuff.
The end-goal is to enter the fast-growing mobile advertising market, set to grow from $1bn to $11bn in 4 years, as companies shift more of their ad spend to mobile
The startup is in prototype phase - we have a working iPhone version that is being tested before launch to the App store.
Just to give you a sense of my background: I currently work as a project manager consultant for McKinsey & Co (3 years), I have an MBA from Wharton, and an engineering degree from Cornell University. Previously, I worked 3 years as a software developer, so I have a good mix of business and technology background
We need an innovative self-starter who can devote himself or herself to leading the technical development of the solution, in exchange for a significant equity stake - he or she will be a primary partner and co-founder, and work very closely with me (I will be 100% dedicated to the startup at the end of August)
The CTO will help define the technical development strategy, and will be responsible for managing technical resources as needed to execute on this strategy
The CTO will be responsible for all technical aspects of the business: including UI/UX, code development, and integrations
An ideal candidate must be an experienced technical architect who enjoys working in a startup environment. He/she must understand the business drivers, and must be able to build a technical solution that aligns to business needs. He/she should have high integrity, have a high degree of common sense, possess advanced analytic and strategic interpretation, and have sound judgment. The ideal individual will possess proven communication and leadership skills. Ideally, the candidate will have a strong background developing for iOS, web (PHP / MySQL), and experience leading technical development for successful startups.
Web services (REST)
College degree preferred - unless you are the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg =)
Primarily equity, but open to negotiation