Podcast Video | Posted by Phil Leigh on January 31, 2008
Summary: If you would like to learn how to quickly engage a qualified outsider for custom computer programming and webmaster services, this interview is for you.
Our guest today is Ian Ippolito who is the CEO of Exhedrea Solutions, (d/b/a Rent-a-Coder.com). His company provides an online marketplace where software programmers can sell their services like guild workers to buyers who need custom programming. Basically, it is an eBay for programming and webmaster services. Keeping my website up-to-date with the technical capabilities of WordPress is a challenge because I am not a programmer. Not only is the open-source platform constantly enabling new features, but like all businesses I have to keep an eye on competitors and adopt innovations that are moving the industry forward. Moreover, it’s hard for webmasters to stay up-do-date themselves if they are overwhelmed by existing projects as is often the case at both big and small companies.
Websites like Rent-a-Coder offer managers a way to find the programming skills we need for new projects in the “spot market” — on demand. About two-thirds of the Rent-a-Coder programmers are outside the United States. That means that they can often be hired at rates lower than domestic workers. Also, since many are fluent in English, IP Telephony makes it inexpensive to communicate with them in real-time to define project parameters.
Phil’s Take. Over time, skilled programmers may choose to become guild workers as opposed to employees. They could use websites like Rent-a-Coder to locate the projects that are best suited to their skills and to select among the contractors those willing to pay the most. Thus, Rent-a-Coder and its competitors may well be launching an industry that can profoundly change the way skilled software workers earn a living …as guild members instead of employees.