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I Believe in Gittip

July 12, 2012, 4:49 pm

I’m leaving my job, to find a living on Gittip.

For the past two years I’ve been a software developer at YouGov, an international company that runs high-end internet surveys. They do statistically rigorous market research for big brands and opinion polling for political scientists. To anyone looking to work remotely writing Python, I absolutely recommend them. It’s been a great gig. Email me your resume and I’ll pass it along.

In some ways, the fact that life was so good at YouGov has made it all the more clear that I need to leave. I couldn’t imagine simply getting a different job, because YouGov has been a fantastic job. The nagging frustration I’ve felt is with “job” itself as a form of work. I don’t want to not work. I’m not lazy. And I refuse to accept that I have to hit a capitalist home run before I can “do what I really want.” I want everyone to be free to do what they really want, right now, because I believe that what everyone really wants is to make the world better. Can we unlock the passion? Can we have the stability of corporate jobs, and the freedom of self-direction? That’s what Gittip is about for me.

Today I released a feature where Gittip users can specify a personal funding goal. Mine is $2,000.00 per week, and I hope to reach it by this time next year.

Click here if you’d like to be part of my story.

In the mean time, I will be looking for about 50 hours a month of contract work to stay afloat, available starting August 15. Please get in touch if you know of any opportunities.