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You’re driving home from college to spend a night with your family before you head to the airport the next morning to go on your final Spring Break with 11 of your closest friends. You’re behind schedule because you waited 45 minutes for some kid that you said you’d give a ride because he lives in the same town as you, only to get a call from him saying he left yesterday and didn’t need a ride anymore. It started snowing about 15 minutes into your drive, and you’ve been going 45 MPH on the highway the whole time. It’s dark and you’re gripping the steering wheel so tight that your fingers are numb. You see road flares ahead and can see that a snow plow has been hit by a tractor-trailer. The highway is closed, and you have no idea how you’re going to figure out how to get home on back roads. Luckily you have a Dash Express. It tells you that the detour that everyone else is taking is also backed up because of an accident, and it gives you two other alternate routes to get back on the highway past the closure. It also tells you that the coffee shop coming up on your right isn’t worth stopping for because there’s a better one a mile down the road. Maybe you will make it home tonight after all.
By combining location data from global positioning satellite with information retrieved from the Internet over a cellular network, Dash has put together one hell of a GPS product. It is a bit pricey, and Dash is likely to see significant competition from other GPS manufacturers as well as cell phone makers (like a GPS-enabled iPhone, for example), but we think they’re working to solve some pretty interesting problems. We’re all about companies that solve new problems, because they’re always in need of new talent. Dash is no exception. They do have an entry-level or two; however, some of their more interesting jobs require post-graduate degrees and/or significant work experience. Clearly, it takes a lot of engineering know-how to implement the functionality that the Dash Express has.
We found Dash’s job openings quite fascinating, as they tell the story of where Dash is moving as a company. The only job opening that appears to be purely entry-level is as a Web Application Engineer. Prior work experience isn’t necessary, but you’ll need excellent coding skills to get hired. You better have a project that you’ve worked on to show them what you’re made of. The other job that Dash is offering that is kind of, sort of, entry-level is as a Computer Software Engineer, Applications. They want someone with a Master’s Degree for this position, and we’re not sure if they’d be flexible on that. Once again, coding prowess is a must.
What we really liked about Dash were some of their jobs that require previous work experience – they have titles like Vehicular Traffic Data Analyst and Mapping Data Architect. It also looks like they’re starting to build out their marketing team with mid-level professionals. Maybe some entry-level marketing jobs will pop up on their site soon. Or you could try e-mailing Dash about an unlisted position at email@example.com. They say that they’re open to such inquiries on their careers page.
Note: On April 25th we revisited entry-level jobs at Dash.
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