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We are thrilled to announce that we just closed $500,000 in funding from a handful of angel investors including Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook and the chief online organizer for Obama's 2008 campaign. Ramin Bastani orchestrated this first round of funding. He is a good friend and the founder of Qpid.me, a brilliant mobile health startup dedicated to stopping the spread of STDs.
With all that money in the bank, Jesse and I just doubled the size of our team! Adriel Hampton will be our chief organizer, and Jacob Green will be our super smart math and engineering wizard. They both officially start next week.
Adriel previously worked in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office and is well known in the Gov 2.0 community for his Gov 2.0 Radio show, the SF Tech Dems, and all kinds of conferences and meetups. He drew national attention with his social media fueled campaign for Congress in 2009 and was actually the first candidate to ever use NationBuilder, an early incarnation back when I was still imagining how this might one day work. He brings a unique breadth of experience, passion, and personality to this critical role. I know you will all enjoy working with him. Read more from Adriel.
Jacob is from MIT and comes from a background writing code for cryptography software and high volume ad servers. He will be working on our backend infrastructure and crunching the analytics to make your dashboard even more addictive.
As you probably noticed, NationBuilder along with many sites on the internet, including Reddit, Quora, Foursquare, and others, were down all day long yesterday. Many sites are still down 26 hours later (we were down for about 12). This has been a trending topic on Twitter, and has been picked up by many news outlets, including the BBC.
The layman's explanation is that Armageddon happened in Amazon's cloud. Applications running in the cloud are designed to handle failure, but what was unique about yesterday is that all of the redundancy they have in place got wiped out simultaneously as well due to an Amazon data technology called EBS.
We use a service called Heroku, which manages the NationBuilder code and all your databases on top of Amazon's cloud. They have been handling the recovery for us (and tens of thousands of their other customers). We pay them to deal with all the intricacies of running the app, redundancy, recovery, backups, etc. It's great because they are the smartest and most experienced people in the world for that, and in fact there was zero data loss as a result, and Heroku has a strong history in that regard.
If NationBuilder is down, we will post updates to our Twitter feed. You can also see the status from our providers directly. Heroku tends to be a bit faster to acknowledge problems on its status site, but it can still take a few minutes. Amazon frequently takes a bit longer to acknowledge problems on its status site.
We are exceedingly sorry about this, particularly to our customers who have elections in the next few weeks. We'll be extending everyone's plans (and free trials) by a week, it's the least we can do.
Needless to say, keeping our nation infrastructure healthy is the #1 most important thing.
UPDATE 4/25: We found our person, we will announce who it is soon. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to apply.
We are looking for an experienced organizer to help grow our community of nation builders. The primary qualities we are looking for in this critical third member of our team are:
- You are an excellent writer and communicator across all media: emails, tweets, speeches, video.
- You are happiest when interacting with people, and people love being around you.
- Active in social media. If you don't tweet, this isn't for you.
- A distinctive, genuine, personality.
- Technically savvy, but you don't have to code or do HTML.
- Enjoy working from home with flexible hours, but lots of them.
- You should be as comfortable emailing customers as you are speaking at conferences.
- You are ready to take on the establishment.
You will be working with lots of political campaigns and non-profits, but this is a startup. We are funded, and the job includes stock options and health care benefits.
To apply, send an email to the email address you see in the footer of the page. It should include:
- Show us why we should interview you in 140 characters or less. (like a tweet, but you don't have to actually tweet it)
- Your Twitter account name
- If you are currently ghost-tweeting for an organizational account, let us know that too.
That's it, we don't want your resume, where you went to school, or anything like that. And we don't care how many followers you have, this is about your style, personality, and ability to communicate.