Being first is nice, but being right is essential. This is the lesson learned by many who have first-mover advantage, when a late-comer arrives and ruins their party! For example, the first automotive assembly line may have been established by Ransom Olds of Oldsmobile, but it was Henry Ford who became famous for it when he improved the process and brought down the cost of production. Think tablet computing, and you don’t immediately think of HP Compaq’s tablet from 2003. It took Apple’s rethinking the category for it to take off with the iPad.
When we launched BlueVia, we hoped we might be able to rethink the business of telco APIs, basing it on the idea that telcos thrive when they support developers to exploit their networks. We had a new model and we needed a passionate advocate. And the guy who has done an amazing job in launching BlueVia and selling the concept to the developer community is James Parton. For the many of you who have met James at the countless events he has attended in the past few years, you’ll share my view that he’s played a pivotal role in getting us to where we are today. So it’s a bittersweet moment today, as we bid James goodbye, and begin the search for his successor.
James is moving on to a face a new challenge. He has helped breathe life into BlueVia in a way few could. He’s told our story so well that everyone, from industry analysts to the 10,000 developers who’ve signed up to the BlueVia platform, believes in it. And he’s created a smooth-running, creative machine that is beginning to turn out fantastic apps by the dozen. Thanks James for all your effort. You have been a star within BlueVia and also as a supporter of the wider app developer community. We all wish you good luck in your new challenge!
The beginning of Act 2
Today, we’re looking for someone with the drive and ambition to take BlueVia, that smooth-running machine, and our community of developers to the next level. We want to find the person who can help BlueVia become a mature API platform that is built for developers and helps to deliver commercial success to those inventing the apps that appeal to Telefonica’s 260m customers worldwide. We think it’s the best job in the world – could it be the perfect role for you?
If you love APIs, are passionate about marketing and have the ability to tell a story so well people can’t help but want to share it, you could be the perfect person to take the baton from James and find a way to drive value from the huge assests of Telefonica for the developer community.
- More than 5 years experience in marketing mobile apps and web services
- An English speaker or bilingual in English and Spanish
- Someone with great connections in the developer community
- The ability to see the developer opportunities in all platforms: mobile or web, native or html5, proprietary or open
- Demonstrable knowledge or experience working in the mobile industry (or a good argument why this is irrelevant)
- Well-connected in the applications and mobile market
- Experience leading international teams in a results-oriented environment
- Someone who can explain to a six year old why native vs web apps is a non-issue
We do not want:
- Someone who gets a little breathless about Siri
- A fast-paced environment
- The opportunity of International travel
- An awesome team who may challenge you (sometimes publicly, but never without a good reason)
- Once in a while being rewarded in the traditional way for simply doing a great job
If you or someone you know wants more details about (probably) the best job in the world, you can apply here.
José Valles, Head of BlueVia