We need a growth hacker

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Photo by Ariari

Jetpac's been a success, with a flood of five star ratings on the App Store, great reviews, and most importantly users are spending a long time on the product! We know people love it, so now we're gearing up to take it to the next level, getting the app into more people's hands.

This is so important to us that the next key member of our team will be a growth hacker. Funnily enough, we'd already drawn up the job description but were struggling for a title when we came across Andrew Chen's article. I know several of the people on his list, and we've been inspired by the success of their approaches, so his description seems perfect for what we need.

We're looking for an existing expert growth hacker or someone with the aptitude for it. You'll get to join a funded team of successful entrepreneurs early enough to make a big difference, and have a big stake in our success. If you're interested email me at growthhacker@jetpac.com, and please send this on to anyone you know who might be keen.

Five short links

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Picture by Fred Seibert

I've got Eurosong fever, Ted – I can't describe how much I love this data analysis, big thanks to Anthony Goldbloom for pointing me to it. It's both a wonderful example of the insights you can obtain into the real world from surprising data sets, and an excuse to enjoy the delights of Ruslana and Verka Seduchka.

Setun – An experimental computer from Russian in the 60's, built on ternary logic instead of binary (here's a Wikipedia summary). It's not that long ago that we were arguing over things that we take for granted now, I wonder if we'll have to revisit those assumptions as we keep innovating?

Green Marl – On the subject of revisiting assumptions, MapReduce isn't the only way to run distributed algorithms, and I've been trying to wrap my head around projects like this graph analysis framework from the Stanford Pervasive Parallel Computing team.

The role of intuition in business – Metrics are like a compass leading you to a local maximum, the human part of all our jobs is knowing when to make a big leap to get to a whole new surface.

Cassandra compression is like getting more servers for free! – I'm itching to try this on our cluster, once I upgrade to a newer Cassandra version.