jobs @ hello
At Hello Network, Inc. our goal is to create a fun social experience where users discover and connect to others who share their real-life passions. We're a funded start-up in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto and are having a great time building our beta product in semi-stealth mode.

All positions at Hello Network, Inc. require solid communication skills in written and verbal English. We are looking for candidates who have the ability to work both independently and within a team, and are a great fit within the company culture.

Hello Network, Inc. provides competitive salaries as well as equity in an early-stage start-up with top-tier benefits and a flexible and casual work environment.
To apply, please email your current resume to: jobs@hello
Include your full name, email, phone number, and the position(s) that interests you.

Openings

Mobile Product Manager  

We are focused on creating the very best experience for our users and don't believe "because that's how other apps do it" is a winning argument. We like simple, intuitive, and beautiful interfaces that never result in user confusion or frustration.

You know visual design, interaction design, and experience design and keep yourself current on best practices and standards. You like being involved in the product creation process all the way from early brainstorms to tweaking pixels before launch. You have held a significant role in the design of at least two mobile applications and have three years of industry experience under your belt.

You will work closely with our product managers, mobile designers, and engineers to develop and iterate our products. You will be approached consistently by people asking for your opinion or thoughts on an idea and you will act as the user-advocate during the development process, subjecting early-stage designs to usability testing or expert review, and offering implementation suggestions from a user-centered perspective.

Mobile UX/Product Designer  

We don't want to be just another app that people use briefly and then forget they've installed. We want to be fun/sexy/cool and have our users eager to get their friends to join. We anticipate our users and co-workers to all have ideas about what features should be included next, revised, or removed.

You know how to organize all these ideas, determine the true gems, and get the right people on-board to make them happen. You keep up with the trends on the web and know what's making it big and what's fading away. You like to get your hands dirty with mock-ups and prototypes and you can let something go if it's just not working out. You have had at least three years of industry experience in software product management working on the development of phone and tablet products and are familiar with all the common technologies and tools.

You will work closely with our product designers, mobile developers, and engineers to develop and iterate our products. You will drop by people's desks to pitch them concepts and pick their brains. You will use the product constantly and file bugs and suggestions in addition to helping to triage issues filed by others.

Mobile Application Developer  

We know our users are always on the go, and we are strongly committed to creating a beautiful and fun product that is intuitive, efficient, and rock-solid. We're initially focusing on iOS phone and tablet, but will quickly move into Android versions.

You love building mobile applications and know that phone and tablet aren't used in the same way. You prefer to quickly prototype functionality (and don't mind making several different versions) so you can incorporate design and user feedback to deliver the perfect product. You work at a fast pace, but believe that testing is essential to a product's success. Whether you are more interested in navigation or control elements, animation and graphics, core data or client/server sync, you have worked across the entire mobile stack. You have a Computer Science degree and have implemented at least two amazing mobile applications.

You will work closely with ux designers, product managers and other mobile engineers and deliver an app that delights and amazes its users. You will expand your skills and interests by tackling a variety of tasks across the product and eventually find a niche where you can be the go-to person.

Web/Front-End Software Engineer  

Even though mobile is a huge part of the web, we know people still pull up a browser on their laptop when they want to multi-task or post a larger contribution. We are a mobile-first company, but we don't want to lose out on a potential audience of folks waiting for class to start, chilling in the coffee shop, or just surfing the net.

You build websites that look great regardless of the screen size and you know how to design APIs to make the client more efficient. You are interested in learning new technologies and are familiar with lots of different websites and features. You have a high attention to detail and can't sleep at night if there are warnings in the console. You have a Computer Science degree, are adept at HTML5/CSS and JavaScript, and have been building complex and beautiful web applications for at least three years.

You will work with our product designers, mobile engineers, and backend engineers to create a distinct web version of our mobile offerings. You will initially work to duplicate the core functionality available on mobile, but will soon start building features that are more suited to uses with a keyboard/screen and more time.

Back-End Software Engineer  

We realize that a really cool and awesome app is totally worthless if the backend doesn't do its job (like air-conditioning, users don't notice until it stops working). Our backend engineers strive to create a server-side infrastructure that is simple to understand, easy to extend, efficient in operation, and straightforward to test and debug.

You thrive on model objects, abstraction layers, and asynchronous threads and know that no feedback often means success. You care about functionality and performance, and can walk the line between getting something working quickly vs. making it elegant and robust. You know that polishing the last 10% is very important, and you do a little dance when you shave milliseconds off a call. Whether your primary love is in business logic, search/query, i18n/l10n, integrations, or batching - you can do it all -- and you'll probably be asked to. You have a Computer Science degree and have been developing production software for at least three years. Ideally you are familiar with Java 8 and have experience with MySQL.

You'll be part of our engineering team and will fill your plate with tasks from our todo list. You'll initially be learning how the system works and dabbling in a bit of everything, but eventually you'll be asked to specialize and take ownership of a portion of the stack. You won't be expected to implement everything, but will drive the population of task lists and oversee code contributions to your area.

Gamification Engineer  

We know that users love to get recognition for what they do and see how they are doing compared to others. A major piece of the hello vision is a fully integrated reputation system across the entire product that gives people a carrot to keep exploring and gives us a stick to wield against those who behave badly.

You may not play every game, earn every achievement, or complete every quest - but you know exactly how to make a game engaging for the newbie and yet still interesting for the veteran. You can balance with the best of them and know how to thwart the grinders and punish the trolls. You are constantly looking for what needs to be tweaked and deep-diving into the data makes your day. You have a Computer Science degree and have spent at least three years in the computer gaming industry working on the design and implementation of game mechanics.

You will work closely with our ux designers, product managers, and engineering team to incorporate gaming elements throughout the product to keep the product fun and engaging. You will monitor the running system to assess any changes that need to be made and create dashboards as needed to visualize the data.

Software Quality and Testing Engineer  

We know you only get one chance to make a first impression, and to entice and hold users on hello we know it better be a great one. We'll be releasing updates weekly to fix bugs or add new features and need to ensure that the product is always getting better.

You know that developers prefer adding a new feature to polishing existing ones and may sometimes cut corners. You are detail-oriented and love to try out every feature a product has to see how it works -- and when it doesn't. You don't just follow the main use cases and find obvious problems, you are a kung-fu master who combines a keen sense of what developers likely skipped over with an uncanny insight into how real users behave. You have a Computer Science degree and/or have spent at least three years in industry doing software testing and creating great infrastructure to help tests do more and run faster.

You will work closely with our designers, developers, and product managers to get to know the features being built into each release. You will review analytics and triage bug reports to determine problems and priorities. You don't mind being the bad-cop when people's test coverage is slipping and you aren't afraid to stand firm when you know quality isn't at the desired level.

Productivity and Systems Engineer  

We're a start-up. That means we have a wish-list of configuration and infrastructure tasks and that every hour of time is precious -- both developer time and server up-time. We know our systems needs are going to change monthly because we're constantly trying to refine and streamline our development process and our deployment/monitoring toolbox.

You aren't just a systems administrator or a certified IT professional -- you're a magician. You overhear what people are complaining about and you make their problems vanish. You see into the future and fix potential bottlenecks before they happen. When everyone else is in a panic, you calmly turn all the little blinking lights back to green. You have the maturity to appreciate the burden that knowing root passwords entails. You have the skills to debug both systems and software to assess whether a bug is critical or annoying. You have years of industry experience in managing systems, setting up development environments, building internal web-apps and tools and ideally have walked the tech start-up road before.

You will work with our engineers to help setup networks, essential services, linux/mac desktops, mac laptops, and dashboards -- and make sure you aren't the only one who knows how things work. You will be the gatekeeper for launch/deployment, be on-call when our product goes into beta/launch, and will help to design escalation and rollback policies.


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