Cre8Buzz Is Creating An Opportunity For An Up And Coming Rails Developer
One of my favorite people that I’ve had the pleasure of working with is Jim Keenan from Cre8Buzz. Jim, his wife, and their business partners had the dream of creating a social network that was driven by user generated content. In a way, they succeeded. Over time time their labor resulted in the birth of Cre8Buzz, now sporting a community of over 4000 enthusiastic, generous and supportive members.
Jim and his Cre8Buzz family started Cre8Buzz on a shoestring two years ago, as so many social networks are born these days. They ran into behind the scenes problems, and started looking to their members for help. The BuzzBoard was born a few months ago, and I ‘met’ Jim and the crew for the first time after being a user since the early days of the Buzz.
I watched them struggle through each growing pain, knowing that part of their problem was not having the cash flow you need to ramp up development quickly in this rapid paced social networking climate. I started to help them learn to use media like Seesmic and Twitter to get the word out about Cre8Buzz and get people excited about it in its second year of existence.
Interest is growing, and the user base continues to use the site as a great resource for user generated content, but Jim and the Cre8Buzz family no longer have the resources to continue trying to get their baby past this hump and into the next level of existence. What to do?
They have agonized over solutions to the problem, not wanting to just walk away from something they worked so hard on and that was continuing to grow in spite of its rocky start. The people who made Cre8Buzz just don’t want to abandon it like some unwanted child, and they don’t really want to sell it to someone who doesn’t understand what they have built. Then they hit upon an innovative idea.
Why not use Cre8Buzz and it’s user base as a head start to help a young coder?
I fell in love with Jim’s idea instantly, and offered to help him get the word out. Here is what is on the table:
One two year old network built on Rails. A healthy user base of 4000+ members who are very enthusiastic about the site and who have high hope for its future. A site framework that is about 90% complete as is, or that can be tweaked by the right developer. A healthy number of topic-based channels (Moms, Seniors, Dads, Television buffs, Writers, Sports, Music, etc) under the umbrella of which users put up original content. All of the tools used by the users: blogs, forums, profiles, photos, videos, music, podcasts, and more.
What Cre8Buzz wants in return for giving you this site: a percentage of the profit if you make it work. Nothing if you don’t.
This is an unprecedented chance at a working social network. If you know a Rails developer who would like the chance to make it their own and make it grow, please contact Cre8Buzz CEO Jim Keenan via Twitter, or contact me here in the comments and I’ll make sure he gets the message. Please feel free to forward this to developers you may know.