Kevin Gibson Founder
Kevin spent time working in Silicon Valley and Australia before returning home to the UK in 2006, determined to start a successful technology based business in his hometown of Bristol.
His other business interests include a privately held commercial property company and Ebooks.com Ltd — an Australia based world leader in digital book technology, where he is a leading shareholder and Chairman. Kevin sits on the Board of Hanzo Archives, a web archiving and e-discovery company, as well as Business Fitness, a provider of systems and services to the Australian accounting industry.
Jon Ellis Co-Founder & CEO
Jon joined Jiva in 2007 after a career at Lloyds Banking Group plc, where he undertook a series of executive roles, most notably heading the finance department for the bank’s nationwide network of 2,000 high street branches.
Jon brings a wealth of commercial, operational and strategic experience to the business. He manages the commercial lean start-up processes in the business, from customer discovery to formal offer development, launch and on-going management.
Theo Cushion Developer
Theo is a graduate in Electronic Engineering from Southampton University. Whilst at Southampton Theo started working on embedded platforms for Philips Semiconductors where he became interested in developing interactive television. He discovered Ruby on Rails when building web applications for Krystal Hosting and found the convention over configuration a breath of fresh air.
He was attracted to Jiva by the company’s commitment to explore and develop the internet’s potential to promote education and social interaction.
We are hiring!
GBP 30-50k p.a plus share options
Jiva is an established web technology firm based in the centre of Bristol, which has secured substantial angel investment and has a clear Business Plan and path to profitability. Our main focus is Tutorhub, an innovative online tutoring platform built on HTML5 technology. We are big users and supporters of open source. Tutorhub is powered by Ruby on Rails, XMPP and WebRTC .
We are looking for people who are smart (or clever as we Brits say) and get things done. We want to hear from people who are very good at what they do, are quietly confident in their abilities and are comfortable communicating with experts and laymen alike. We operate in a low-ego environment, so no prima donnas.
Who are we looking for?
We are particularly keen to find a couple of top notch developers. We are not big on job titles and we are keen to find people who straddle disciplines and can be an effective part of our team.
We would value the following skills and experience:
– Experience with agile development processes such as Scrum, particularly agile testing.
– We expect you to have been involved in the development of multiple ‘production’ Rails web apps. Ideally ones using realtime technology. You get extra kudos for demonstrable contribution to an existing open source project, or starting one.
In short you know your stuff.
Interested? Contact jon at jivatechnology dot com
What is Jiva?
At Jiva we build social web applications and have a passion for great engineering .
The challenge was to build a company that is creative and practical, but above all, useful. We believe that creative ideas are good but making them work is a whole lot better (and harder).
Engineering may have played ugly sister to design for a long time now, but you need both if you want to go to the ball.
We have a number of products on the go and have a particular interest in education.