I'm unemployed, not having luck finding a job. I'm not a people person and I always mess up interviews. Also when you freelance for many years its difficult.
I'm not really materialistic and I would like to help out a startup. Why should I volunteer to write opensource when I can really have my work put into massive action! I am pretty good with Linux, .net, Jquery and PHP. Not saying I'm the worlds best but if I'm told what to do I get it done in reasonable time. I'm currently spending hours learning Rails, Ive written a few threaded webcrawler/scraper apps in pure Ruby. Ideally I would like to do something real world in Rails, but I'm fine with something I have more expertise in.
I write objective code with unit tests and developed some interesting frameworks. My code is fast, optimized and I'm not afraid of any SQL, Regex, etc.
I've developed some services on my own but I need a bit of direction to succeed, that is why I don't do it on my own. I also don't care for the business side of things. I do some stuff on my own but I'm jumping from thing to thing and never get a solid project done. I'm desperate for guidance on good idea. I have no trouble with an NDA.
Is there a site place or place that you can submit your credentials to volunteer? I've sent my resume into a few startups offering to volunteer and I was never taken seriously. One was in SF and was very interested but I looked at the rents and can't afford to live there. He said I can sleep in the office and get freebie food but I really don't want to move cross country there. I wanted to telecommute but they wanted someone onsite.
P.S. Maybe I should reword it a bit, down the line I would want some sort of equity share, but initially I would consider doing it free if it was something challenging and I could venture into a new skill area. I guess I described the ultimate "NetSlave" situaton, there was actually a book by that title.