Posted by Willy Franzen on February 1, 2011. Jobs updated daily.
The other day I came across a video from a guy who built a remote control tri-copter strapped with fireworks to hunt hydrogen balloons. I love geeky projects like that—I just wish that I knew how to replicate them. Luckily, there’s a site built for exactly that (though they don’t have the exact how to video that I’m looking for). It’s called Instructables, and they offer a place “where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.” The company got its start at the MIT Media Lab, but has since moved to San Francisco, CA. Instructables covers a range of topics that includes Food, Health, Living, Outside, Play, Solar, Technology, and Workshop, which means that they have a place for basically any kind of how to.
Whether you want to share your expertise or learn from others, Instructables is the place to do it. You can learn how to make delicious cinnamon rolls or teach people how to make their own thongs (I’m not kidding). Maybe you want to build an awesome paper airplane or a retro phone charging station—either way Instructables can show you how. Not only do they have an amazing breadth of content, but it’s deep, useful content too. That’s probably why Instructables gets so much traffic. If you take a look at their media kit, you’ll get a rundown of what their audience looks like on paper and how they’ve leveraged this audience to work with some top quality advertisers. The only complaint that I have about Instructables is that they have a ton of ads—some of which are kind of scammy looking. But they also have some content built out of partnerships that is relevant and useful. Overall, it looks like Instructables is doing an excellent job of monetizing their massive trove of content (they also offer a premium membership), which is probably why they’re hiring. Right now they’re looking for an Online Editor and Sales Managers in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco. The jobs look pretty cool, so maybe you should make an instuctable on how to get a job at Instructables.
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