Adam Doppelt is one of Seattle’s more accomplished entrepreneurs, having previously co-founded Urbanspoon before moving on to his latest startup, the online vacation rental service Dwellable.
Doppelt has bootstrapped Dwellable with help from a small team, so you can imagine his surprise this week when a recruiter friend passed on a résumé from an individual who claimed to have created — yep, you guessed it Dwellable.
Our reaction: WTF?
Doppelt was shocked when he saw the résumé, calling it a “complete and utter fabrication.”
“I’ve never met this person or heard of them in any way prior to yesterday,” says Doppelt, who credited the recruiter for actually following up on the “candidate.”
“The candidate claims to have written several other iPhone apps too. Prolific,” Doppelt says sarcastically. “The best part was how he also fabricated Dwellable QA and graphic design teams. If only.”
But the story doesn’t end there. Instead of just letting this lie float around the Internet, Doppelt posted the altered resume to his Facebook page and asked his followers for suggestions on how to “prank” the unfortunate fella. Doppelt writes:
This guy claims to have written the Dwellable iOS app, and his resume goes into nauseating detail on the app and technology involved. That’s strange, because I clearly remember spending three feverish months building it myself.
Some hilarious suggestions are coming in for ways to prank the candidate, including Haiku Deck CEO Adam Tratt who suggests that Doppelt should interview the candidate “for a CTO role at a company that doesn’t exist.”
Natasha Black notes that the lie is “beyond the pale” and points out the irony of the candidate’s falsification: “You know what is awesome? That you did it in three feverish months, and he claimed to need ten fake months.”