Posted by Willy Franzen on September 16, 2008. Jobs updated daily.
Last week we featured FitBit, a company that was recently announced at the TechCrunch50. This week we’re looking at another startup that was announced at the conference. It’s called GoodGuide, and it’s aiming to be “the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental and social impacts of products and companies.” GoodGuide is pretty easy to use – you can input a product name to see all of the details of the product’s world impact, or you can look at a class of products to find the “goodest.” For instance you can look up Fantastik All Purpose Cleaner with Bleach specifically or you can just look at the ranking for household cleaners. It’s a great concept. They’re also apparently going to offer an iPhone application so that you can look up products as you shop for them in the grocery store; although, GoodGuide would probably prefer that you buy them online through their affiliate links.
GoodGuide considers themselves a “for-benefit” company, which we understand to mean “we want to make money, but we want to do it with a social conscience” (our words, not theirs). We’re not exactly sure about their revenue model, but we’d imagine that it’s based on affiliate programs. When you read a review, it presents the option to buy the product on Amazon. They get a small cut of the sale, and they hopefully become rich while making the world a better place. This is just our take on a possible revenue model, we don’t know if that’s what will truly drive their business, but there are others who agree that GoodGuide’s product is “naturally monetizable.” That’s a good thing to know if you’re going to consider working at GoodGuide.
GoodGuide’s Jobs page doesn’t have a lot of information, but it does have specific listings of positions that they’re hiring for. These include VP of Engineering, Business Development, Developer, Systems Engineer, Release Project/Program Manager, Director of Content, Researcher, Health Scientist. It’s hard to tell which of these jobs would be appropriate for a new college grad, but we’ll go out on a limb and say that VP of Engineering, Release Project/Program Manager, and Director of Content are in no way entry level. The other jobs certainly have potential. You can apply by sending a cover letter and a resume in word or pdf format to email@example.com. GoodGuide is another startup that makes it impossible to find a physical address on their website, but we were able to determine that they’re based in San Francisco, CA (big surprise, another startup in Northern California).
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