Job at edgeio: Product Manager – edgeio.com

edgeio is growing and we are looking for smart, flexible, and passionate people to join our team. If you are interested in one of our current openings, please send your resume and title of the position you are applying for to jobs@edgeio.com.

We are looking for an experienced product manager to join our small, but growing team. You will be responsible for designing and managing the edgeio.com website, our search engine user interface, and many of our commerce tools. These components are the face of edgeio, drive a significant portion of our revenue, and are critical to the success of the company. For this position we are looking for someone with a real passion for building commerce websites, especially those with very large catalogs.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years of technical online product management experience
  • Expert in online usability and information architecture
  • Proven product management experience with an online storefront
  • Ability to recruit and work effectively with outsourced designers
  • Ability to manage product through entire life-cycle

Recommended Skills and Experience:

  • Background in search engine user interface design
  • Background in software development

edgeio offers competitive salaries, stock options, and 100% paid benefits for you and your family. If you are interested in one of our current openings, please send your resume and title of the position you are applying for to jobs@edgeio.com. Also, check out this and other job listings at http://www.edgeio.com/view/jobs/.

Craig talks edgeio

I was listening to Craig Newmark on Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz’s “For Immediate Release” earlier in the week and was pleased to hear Neville ask Craig about edgeio. Here is Craig’s response: MP3

After listening I decided to record my response to Craig’s response – here it is : MP3

I sent this to Neville so maybe he will include it in his show.

Let us know what your opinions are.

There is a lot happening here at edgeio, I will post news soon.

edgeio Anounces Support for osCommerce

Earlier this week, Andrew Yasinsky implemented a plug-in for osCommerce that allows online stores to easily publish their listings to edgeio, Google Base, and Froogle. osCommerce is an Open Source based commerce system used by over 9,000 stores around the world and we have already seen a few of those stores submit listings to edgeio. We hope that this will be the first of many plug-ins and integration tools that make it easy for anyone, from an individual to a large business, to submit data to edgeio.

Job Openings at edgeio

edgeio is always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team; however, there are two openings which have risen to the top of our priority list. If these sound like a good match for you, please email us at jobs@edgeio.com.

Ruby Engineer

We are looking for an experienced Ruby engineer to join our small, but growing team. You should have some professional experience in Ruby along with a strong background in one or more of the following: C++, Java, and PHP. Experience building large web based applications with MySQL, PHP, XSL and CSS is a plus.

Operations Engineer

We are looking for an experienced operations engineer to join our small, but growing team. You should have experience managing large web services running on a LAMP platform and a strong background in MySQL tuning. Responsibilities will include managing MySQL instances, developing monitoring and test applications and provisioning new equipment.

If you think your skill set is a match for either position and are interested in join a small fast paced team where everyone contributes on multiple levels, please let us know. We’re at jobs@edgeio.com.

GData and Open Standards

Last week Google introduced GData to “provide a simple standard protocol for reading and writing data on the web”. Based on ATOM 1.0 and RSS 2.0, this represents a significant step for Google towards adopting standard protocols that may one day open more of their applications to 3rd party development. At edgeio, we believe transparent access to data is a fundamental principle for all modern web applications to follow, especially when those applications republish content from 3rd parties.

We are especially interested in how GData will change the way people publish large datasets to Google Base. Since launching in February, edgeio has resisted numerous requests to support one of the many proprietary CSV file formats commonly used to transfer online commerce data. We firmly believe that the future is in standardized transport formats like RSS and Google’s move is a strong indication that others agree.

While we applaud Google’s move towards RSS, like Richard MacManus, we wonder why Google has not embraced semantic formats already developed by the Internet standard community. The GData specification, introduces us to the Google namespace and elements that handle contacts, location, events, etc. Yet these are already described by hCard, hCalendar, and various RDF elements like geo . In fact, Google may have taken a step backwards by defining things like gd:postalAddress which have no structure compared to existing formats. The Google approach works when you have a comprehensive geo coder and the necessary maintenance, but where does that leave smaller development organizations?

At edgeio we hope to see open standards prevail for both data transport and semantics. Like most modern web services, we rely heavily on RSS and ATOM for data acquisition and distribution. In future releases of edgeio we will be introducing more extensive support for microformats and, of course, encouraging the development of new formats like hListing.

Open data and web 2.0

Bob Wyman has a post in repsonse to an earlier Techdirt comment at Rob Hof’s blog regarding the key differences between edgeio and Craigslist. I have to say Bob, great post, I strongly agree. Although I still want to make clear – CraigsList is not our enemy or our target. But we do want to be a catalyst for open data, published for free, and shared for free. Thanks for the post.

New edgeio features to be launched tonight

Later tonight we will be releasing a new version of the edgeio web site. It has a number of new features that we are really excited about. The new site should go live sometime after midnight Pacific time.

1. The ability to post an item for sale directly onto the edgeio web site. No blog needed. When you do this for the first time you will be asked to choose a login and password. On subsequent visits you will be able to post instantly. This is in effect giving you a listings blog hosted by edgeio. In the future we want to consistently add features to this blog platform. Some we already know about (the ability to skin your blog for example). Others we want to hear from you about. feedback@edgeio.com is the place to send product feature requests.

2. The ability to add posts from your blog to edgeio without tagging your posts in advance. To accomplish this simply put your URL in edgeio’s home page and click “get listings”. We will retrieve all recent posts from your blog and you can select which ones to add to edgeio.

3. Tagclouds for cities and for items. Click on the number of cities on the edgeio home page to see the most popular cities on edgeio. After 2 weeks we have around 1200 cities with listings. This grows by about 300 cities a week. We expect to be at 10,000 cities this year. To see category clouds just click on the “more” at the end of each category list on the home page.

4. Advice for power users about how to automate edgeio listings via their RSS feed. We decribe the “edgeio control language” or ECL. This is a means of using tags to tell edgeio a lot about your listing and helps ensure it is listed in the correct cities, and for the correct categories. Over time ECL will evolve into a rich control language for power listers. This is a link from the top of the new edgeio home page.
Rob Hof has written a piece on the new features. We will add more links here as they are published.

Other links:

Read/Write Web

SomeWhat Frank

Mashable