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The Return of Andrew’s Job List

A couple of years back, I tried a little experiment, and setup a simple newsletter list designed to connect good people to good jobs.

The idea was driven by the fact that I always seemed to have a steady volume of the two (good people and good jobs) flowing through me as a connection point - and an email list seemed like a good way to make connections more efficiently.

Like a lot of things, it languished as I got busy, and ultimately stopped.

But over the past few weeks, there has been a noticeable uptick in both candidates and companies that have reached out to me asking for connections. So I want to bring the list back.

Here’s how it works.

If you’re a person, looking for a job, sign up here.

Even if you’re not looking, feel free to sign up anyways. I promise that your presence on the list, is always held in confidence. Like any other email list, your role is passive, and you can just sit back and view the jobs that come to you in each installment of the newsletter. If you’re interested in something that you see, reach out to me (I’ll never come to you unsolicited), and if it’s a fit, I’ll help make the connection.

If you’re someone that has a role (or roles) you’re looking to fill, send me an email with a link to the job description at firstname dot lastname at Gmail, and I will include it in the next newsletter.

At most, I’ll send to this list once per week or less. 

Here’s where I get to play God.

I’m not looking to be the next Monster.com here, so this isn’t about volume. It’s about connecting people that I know and people that I can vouch for, with good jobs at good companies to which I have some connection.

It works based on my reputation and my judgement, so I am going to really leverage the latter to preserve the former. Meaning, if you sign up to the list, and I don’t really know you, I may not really be able to make any meaningful connections if and when you’re interested in something.

Here’s the link again to the list.

Good luck, and see ya’ll out there.

Responsible Cycling In Boston

I wrote up the following about two years ago, and in the wake of this week’s events, thought it was appropriate to bring back out.

To be perfectly clear, this post is not directly about Christopher Weigl, who by all accounts seems to have been a responsible and good guy, who was in a tragic accident. What it is about, is the larger discussion that this event has re-ignited around the safety of cyclists in a busy city like Boston.

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Originally Posted On 5/28/2010

I live in Boston, and am both a driver and a biker. And depending on which set of wheels I am behind at the time, I am known to curse out each camp equally for their respective idiotic behavior. But I do understand that as an idiot driver, I am in a position to do far more harm to a biker than an idiot biker may do to me and my 2,000 pound car. And as such, I try to be hyper-aware of the city bikers as I drive around in my SUV.

The recent addition of the bike lanes on Commonwealth Ave, and other main streets around the city, is fantastic. They force motorists to respect the space and rights of the cyclists, and I think it just makes things generally safer for everyone. And if you read the papers, watch the news, or just generally talk to anyone with an opinion and a bike these days, you hear lots of chatter about how bikers in Boston are finally getting some respect and some protection from the awful and law-flouting local drivers.

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But if bikers want to really get some respect and protection, there is a trade-off here. There is something the bikers need to start doing in return. These lanes , bike-boxes, and signage are there to provide rules that will give you (as cyclists) clearly outlined rights, and keep you safe from being steamrolled by mini-vans. So bikers of Boston, in return, it’s time to start following the rules of the road. No more picking and choosing pedestrian rules or vehicle rules based on which suits you better in that moment. No more buzzing through red lights, throwing the middle finger at everyone, and no more weaving in and out of traffic like a bozo, causing everyone to freak out for fear of giving you the fender up the backside that you technically sort of deserve.

It’s a give and take bikers. If you want to be treated like an equal part of the traffic ecosystem, and if you want rights and protections, you too need to step up and set the example of how cars and cyclists can function together safely.

Free IKEA Idea For McCann/Ogilvy

My agency doesn’t have the IKEA account. From what I can tell, McCann has some and maybe Ogilvy has some too. So here’s a freebie idea. If you think it stinks, well…you get what you pay for.

If you live in a major metropolitan area like New York, Boston, or San Francisco, where land is at a premium and apartments are already tiny and expensive, then you can’t swing a FLÄRDFULL or a FYRKANTIG without seeing a news story on this micro-apartment trend.

Here are a few links to get you caught up.

Not only are these apartments in areas that are dominated by the IKEA customer (young, somewhat stylish, and mostly broke urbanites), but the very idea of them immediately makes one think of the little home-scapes that IKEA actually sets up in their very stores. The entire IKEA showroom is nothing but (micro) life-sized dioramas of awesome apartments, filled to the brim with ÖDMJUKS and SMÖRBOLLS.

Hell, people have even tried to live in the stores themselves.

So the idea is simple. 

IKEA should buy the naming rights to one of these developments, much like a brand buys naming rights to a stadium. So for instance the South Boston development might be called “IKEA Place Harborside Apartments” (I’m not a copywriter, but you get the idea).

And of course, all of the kitchens, and other more permanent fixtures in the units, would naturally be from IKEA.

And to ratchet this up a notch, all residents of the development would have some sort of membership card that would provide them with a 15% discount on all IKEA purchase while they were residents.

Seems like it works to me. The developers get the project subsidized (with private money) and IKEA gets brilliant and ongoing exposure to their precise target market, by providing actual intrinsic value to the residents.

So when this actually happens, all I ask is that maybe there is a little fountain outside of the building, that has a plaque commemorating this post.

Boston’s Collective Weight-Loss

City to launch website to track residents’ weight loss

The Boston Public Health Commission will launch a citywide campaign this spring, inviting residents to log in to a website where they can record their starting weight and their goals and track their progress, executive director Barbara Ferrer said in an interview. The website will include a database of places people can go to exercise.