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Employer: Epic! 

Summary

  • Location: 702 Marshall St. Suite 280, Redwood City, Ca 94063 ( ~5 min from Caltrain)
  • Stage: Series C ($21.4M) (DO NOT PUT IN WRITING: close to break even profitability) 
  • Founded: 2014
  • Investors: 500 startups, Menlo Ventures, Morado Ventures, Webb Investments
  • Notable Founders: 
    • Suren Markosian - founder of several successful technology startups
    • Kevin Donahue - former YouTube, Google and Disney executive
  • Company Size: 35
  • Engineering Size: 10 (plan to double in ~ 6 months)
  • Tech Stack: Angular, PHP, MySQL, iOS, Android
  • Visa: Transfers OK
  • Remote: on a case-by-case basis
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  • Additional Information:
    • ompany culture/values: open, transparent, fun, trust-based, friendly and flat reporting structure
    • Perks: unmetered vacation, close to caltrain, stocked kitchen, in-office bar with a collection of exotic alcoholic drinks (Example: north korean deer antler liquor), fun company events, full exposure to the business and constant ability to learn

Company Overview

Epic! is the leading digital library for kids 12 & Under allowing them to instantly access 25,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more; millions of kids who read over 30 million books each month! This great content comes from 250 leading providers such as HarperCollins, Macmillan, Sesame Street, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Encyclopedia Britannica. 

Epic! is used in over 87% of U.S. elementary schools and is a Top Grossing App in Apple's App Store in two categories (#2 in "Kids" and #3 in "Education"). Some of their content includes Ramona, Peter Rabbit, Fancy Nancy, Batman, Warriors, The Chronicles of Narnia, Nat Geo Kids, Sesame Street, Big Nate and many more. 

Kids on Epic! are encouraged to explore their interests and learn in a fun, safe, and engaging environment that includes fiction and non-fiction titles, “read to me” books, learning videos and teacher-created quizzes and reading lists. 

For all roles:

  • Targeting very strong Junior to Mid level candidates with 1 - 7 years of work experience.  The current team has more senior people so they need less experienced team members too
  • For Degree, CS is still prefered but bootcamp with strong experience and/or 4 year degree
  • Positive Signals:
    • Side project
    • Prior startup experience
  • Will not interview:
    • Job Hoppers
    • Candidates without any open source technology experience (Example: J2EE or .Net is not good)

Position 1: Mobile

What you need:

  • Native iOS or Android prior experience
  • Consumer facing application experience
    • Not a fit for candidate with enterprise experience
  • 2+ years in Native Mobile development with examples in the app store

Position 2: Frontend Engineer

What you need:

  • Angular or other related  Javascript framework experience (react, ember, vue, backbone, jquery, javascript)
  • Consumer facing SaaS/product experience
    • Not a fit for candidate with enterprise experience
  • 2+ years experience as a Frontend engineer

Position 3: Backend Engineer

What you need:

  • PHP or other backend language experience (python, ruby, java)
  • MySQL
  • Consumer facing SaaS/product experience
    • Not a fit for candidate with enterprise experience
  • 2+ years experience as a Backend engineer

Position 4: Fullstack Engineer

What you need:

  • PHP or other backend language experience (python, ruby, java)
  • Angular or other related  Javascript Framework experience
  • MySQL
  • Consumer facing SaaS/product experience
    • Not a fit for candidate with enterprise experience
  • 2+ years experience as a Fullstack engineer

Position 5: Head of Product

What you need:

  • Consumer facing SaaS/product experience
    • Not a fit for candidate with enterprise experience
  • Needs to be hands-on
  • Mid to Senior level, 4+years experience as a Head of Product
  • A rockstar consumer product person.
  • Ideally with experience at a larger consumer company like netflix, spotify, ebay, google,etc.
  • Will run product, interact with engineers and execute on company product strategy

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