Meet Some of the Mahalo Guides

After spending some more time with Mahalo I started to take a look at a few of the Guides. Who are these people? Jason is pretty well known for hiring the right people (and they must like him because they jump from company to company with him) so who did he choose for this project? From what I’ve seen its mostly college graduates and what looks like "everyday people". Seems appropriate to have a good mix of both and so far they’ve already created some pretty comprehensive pages. I’m actually having some trouble recommending links just because what I would to include is already there.

So lets meet a few of them:

Jason Calacanis

Title:
Founder and CEO (Big Kahuna)
Guides Created:
0! (Maybe to remain impartial or he is just too damn busy)
Web Site:
www.calacanis.com
Notes:
"Entrepreneur in Action" (does anyone else get an image of a super hero when you see this title?) of Web Logs Inc. and Netscape fame. Hates SEO, Spam, Pay-Per-Post and wants to put the human back into search. Remember even Yahoo was started as a manually edited directory and they didn’t do so bad.

 

Rupak (Rupak Ginn)

Title:
Guide
Guides Created:
216
Web Site:
www.rupak.com
Notes:
Actor and Harvard grad who has created pages for Bob Marley and Cigars.

 

Nicole Gustas

Title:
Lieutenant Commander Data (Unofficial)
Guides Created:
194
Web Site:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2226542/
Notes:
Another Harvard grad who enjoys encyclopedias and the plague.

 

C.K (C.K. Sample III)

Title:
Managing Editor
Guides Created:
72
Web Site:
www.sampletheweb.com
Notes:
Author and Blogger who worked with Jason at Weblogs Inc., AOL and now Mahalo.

 

Ray Manukay

Title:
Guide
Guides Created:
344
Web Site:
rayslucky13.blogspot.com/
Notes:
Father and self proclaimed sports nut. Prior to Mahalo Ray was a manager at Laser Blazer an independent DVD store.

 

Andrew Kaufman

Title:
Guide
Guides Created:
196
Web Site:
http://www.myspace.com/mybandisthegreatest
Notes:
A native Californian, mosaic artist and audiophile who went straight from college to odd jobs.

Its interesting (to me only I’m sure) to know who is behind web startups other than the founders and VC’s. Since a bulk of the work is done by these peoples it’s great to be able to drill down and learn a little more information about them. On Wikipedia you can also do this to an extent, but as smart as some of theirs users are they just aren’t that interesting. On another similar web site About.com you can also do this however they seem to employee a little too much of the "house wife expert" demographic. I want to know what people like myself have to say, which is probably why I spent waaaaay too much time reading blogs.

** Update

CK posts a great and comprehensive history of his career the last few years here. He also closes on just how enjoyable it is to work at Mahalo and his passion for the product. Nicole also emailed in singing very load praises for the Mahalo "Factory" environment. So much so she had to add a disclaimer that she does not work for HR there, she is just *that* happy with the opportunity to work there. Sounds like lots of creative freedom and coloration going on at Mahalo which ultimately produce the best product.

Dang, you guys make even me (who enjoys a very comfy stay at home job) want to try to put my resume in for a shot. However I soon remember that the OC to Santa Monica rush hour communicate would quickly turn any passion into complete rage! Anyone who has driven in LA surely knows what I mean…

 

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3 Responses to Meet Some of the Mahalo Guides

  1. I’m pleased that you noticed me – and my plague fascination!

    Here’s a confirmed link for me:
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2226542/

  2. Thanks for the update Nicole! If any other guides come across this and want to add anything please leave a comment.

    That plague page is very well done btw!

  3. *Update

    I’m not a part time guide as part of the Mahalo Greenhouse project.

    My first SeRP was added today:

    http://www.mahalo.com/Volkswagen_Eos