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Make multimedia with fast, accessible, collaborative tools

Frontend Developer and Designer

$100 - 150k Estimated
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Kapwing empowers digital storytellers and entertainers. It’s an online image and video platform that helps creators make and share modern media from the browser. Kapwing enables teams to work together and produce higher-quality visual content faster with collaborative simple tools.

We’re a seed-stage startup backed by top tier investors including Kleiner Perkins, Shasta, and ZhenFund. We raised $1.7m in July 2018 and have tripled in size (usage, MRR) since then. We’re growing our team (right now, 6 FTE). Read more about Kapwing in TechCrunch.

ROLE
We’re looking to hire a lead frontend web developer with a strong design sense to join Kapwing and help build a modern video creation platform. This role will be about 20% product design, 80% frontend engineer.
- Design, build, and launch new canvas-based tools for content creators (React+Redux, Javascript, React Native, Konva)
- Come up with and develop fun press stunts, games, studies, and art projects to bring new creative professionals to Kapwing
- Improve Kapwing’s brand, website, and landing pages
- Design support across engineering functions for more cohesive UX
- Help out across functions (marketing, customer support, etc)

This position is a full-time role reporting to the CEO at the Kapwing HQ in San Francisco.

Who we’re looking for:
- An experienced and scrappy engineer who loves the magic of javascript and building websites/webapps
- Passion for product design: You can craft beautiful layouts, minimal UI, and delightful web experiences
- Results-oriented: Strategist who focuses on outcomes
- Entrepreneurial: Excited about joining a small, high-growth team and contributing across all areas of the company
- No ego: There’s a lot we wish we could do but don’t have time for. Must have the ability to put the product’s needs first.
- [Preferred] An artist who loves photography, video, art, music, or entertainment. Even better if you have an agency or creative professional background.

CULTURE
We’re an engineering-heavy team, all interested in learning the latest web technologies and applying them to video, photography, and social media content. Founded by two product managers, Kapwing has a strong design and UX orientation when building new products.

Team Kapwing is scrappy and creative, and we love launching random things for fun. Everyone does a bit of everything, from operations to supporting our customers. We love the creators who use our product and embrace pop culture, design, music, and media trends. We order lunch together, play card games (Coup) every day, go on spontaneous offsites, and have happy hour on Fridays.

Also, Kapwing pays full-time salaries and offers health benefits. We value diversity across all dimensions and keep reasonable hours. Kapwing is based full-time in San Francisco.

HIRING PROCESS
We don’t believe in whiteboarding algorithmic questions. Our technical process is a short, behavioral interview about your engineering experiences, and then we typically like to set up a small contract project that we will complete in tandem. We will pay you for your time, and in the end, these projects get launched to production. Our rotate video feature is an example project completed in the past.

FOUNDERS
Julia Enthoven and Eric Lu previously worked together as product managers on the Image Search team at Google. The company was founded in 2017, and bootstrapped to over $100k ARR before raising money mostly through Product Hunt launches, a popular blog on entrepreneurship, and a mastery of SEO.

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