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Founding Team, Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

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Founding Team, Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
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Something made you click on this job post. Whether you're unemployed, unhappy in your current role, or just looking for a new challenge, this job description is for you.

We’re here to help!

But first, a little about us.

About HappyHour
HappyHour is an upcoming travel platform that helps people live happier lives through shared experiences. We're passionate about affecting social change, and we want to enrich the travel experience, helping people to live happier lives by achieving their dream of exploring the world. As we're an early stage startup, you'll get the opportunity to gain a greater depth of experience and learning than any corporate job could provide. Your work will lay the foundation for what could one day be a large corporation. At HappyHour you won't be a cog in the machine. You'll be building the machine.

HappyHour is a Next Canada Accelerated Venture. We've spent the last 6 months doing market research, customer discovery interviews, and prototyping to build a travel technology company we know is going to be big.

Currently we are a team of 13, passionate about travel.

Prior to HappyHour, our CEO grew NiceJob, a B2B software (SaaS) company to 23 full time employees with nearly than $3 million in annual recurring revenue, which was recognized as one of the top 2 startups in BC in the 2019 New Ventures BC competition (won $60,000), and was listed on the Ready to Rocket list of fastest growing tech companies in BC. This was all done without any investors. Prior to that he ran an event marketing company with teams across 12 Canadian cities.

When you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, normally you don’t ask what seat, you just get on. But here at HappyHour, we look for incredible talent at every level, hiring people who are looking for careers, not jobs. Innovation is our blood, and we’re redefining what it means to grow and market a business. We’re building a world where social media encourages social interaction offline, not online.

Need more convincing? Learn more about careers at HappyHour here: https://www.hellohappyhour.ca/careers

Want your seat? Read on below.

The Role. The Goal.
It’s very simple. We want someone who will focus on implementation of our product strategy, and building our MVP. You’ll be involved in product strategy, and will help build our engineering team.

That’s it. If you can figure out how to do that for HappyHour, we don’t care how you accomplish it.

That said, we did title this role what we did for a reason. We’re looking for someone who thinks they can do the following well; things we know or believe can help us accomplish the above goal.

Job Summary
Keep in mind, these are entirely subject to change based on where you get the most results. It’s a startup. You have to be adaptable and we’re open to that. Here goes:

  • Help build our engineering team
  • Hold the engineering team accountable, and be the steady force in the organization
  • Work with the CEO to implement our product strategy
  • Design our system architecture and build our MVP
  • Manage research and development of the organization
  • Implement technological strategy that aligns with the company’s business needs
  • Lead our engineering team through the development of our product
  • Execute new feature ideas
  • Create an innovative yet simple technological strategy
  • Create organizational clarity, communication, and consistency
  • Drive results, force resolution, and ensure focus, team unity, prioritization and follow-through
  • Help to remove obstacles and barriers

You’ll need to be eager and ready to work hard. We’re moving fast, and that means doing a lot more in less time. Still, work-life balance is important so you won’t be taking on more than is reasonable to accomplish within normal working hours.

Who you’ll be working with?
Check out the other members of the team at our website!

The Culture
🎉 We’re fun. We’re friendly. What more could you ask for. ;)
😍 You’ll get to help people, and people will help you. We all genuinely care and are passionate about helping other people more than just ourselves.
🏆 You’ll be recognized and respected.
🌎 We’re proud to have a diverse team, with an equal gender split on the executive team.
🎓 Strong employee development (mentorship) with others from top universities in a culture of humility.
👑 Hierarchy Schmhierarchy. We let you be your own boss here, we’re just here to keep you on track and give direction.

Read our 15 page culture code here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gadFcFo79JWtVyI7n1FMj4wYePfzirAvZ1_kS7d2WnQ/edit

Compensation
Salary: To start we won’t take salary, as we’ll want to preserve cash until we raise our seed round. It's fine to be part time during this period, as we'll be immedietely looking to raise our seed round post-hire. We’ll likely pay $60,000 to start when we can, then raise our salaries once we get our Series A.

Ownership: Until then, and thereafter, the main compensation is equity in the company. You will be a full partner and major shareholder. Like all startups, equity will be subject to standard vesting periods.

Role Requirements
There’s no cookie cutter model of the perfect applicant, so anyone can apply.
As long as you think you have either the necessary skills, or the ability to learn them very quickly to do this role, you’re good. We care about your ability to execute, not your experience - though it certainly can be an indicator.

That said, if this role is local, you must be legally allowed to work in Canada, with the intent of staying local to Vancouver for the long term.

Additionally, the ideal candidate is probably…

  • Extremely reliable, and highly communicative, but concise
  • Hyper ambitious
  • Loves travelling
  • Someone who understands the big picture of things, has macro-thinking capabilities, but can more easily (and is better at) focussing on the more technical aspects of product development
  • Strong emotional intelligence, but someone who makes decisions primarily using logic not feel
  • Someone whose brain works more like a NoSQL database, than a SQL database.
  • Someone who is organized, meets deadlines, and ensures team members do the same.
  • Highly open to experience, and is someone who is both comfortable with and skilled at navigating ambiguity
  • Someone who can overcome challenges, and prioritize strategically
  • Someone who is very observant and aware of what is going on at all times
  • Very humble, without a fragile ego. Can take and give feedback well and often.
  • Someone who is passionate about the mission and energized by the work we are doing
  • Someone with a related engineering or science degree, or relevant experience in software development.

And probably has these technical proficiencies…

  • Someone with a related engineering or science degree, or relevant experience in software development.
  • Full-stack development
  • System architecture (especially micro-services or event-driven architecture)
  • Pushing to code production
  • Any cloud platform experience (AWS, GCP, Azure)
  • React.js
  • Node.js - or a lot of experience in a similar language like Python or GoLang
  • Testing Driven Design

Other experience we'd love to see...

  • Google Cloud / Firebase
  • GraphQL
  • React Native
  • Machine learning

Proudly an Equal Opportunities Employer
At HappyHour, we don’t just accept diversity — we celebrate it, we encourage it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community.

  1. We are committed to fostering belonging through a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  2. We do not discriminate against any race, gender, religious affiliation, ethnicity or any other demographic - instead, we celebrate diversity.
  3. We don't ask or pay people based on what they used to make. We pay people what they're worth. To resolve this, we benchmark positions against industry rates and then beat them to attract and retain the best talent.
  4. Lastly, we hire for culture add, not culture fit so that we can gain unique skills, viewpoints, and ultimately innovation.

What are you waiting for, apply now - all we need is your resume!

Have flexible work

Working remotely from home in your PJ's is fine with us. We just care about results.

Reach your potential

You'll learn and grow with others from top universities to build the future.

Have fun. be supported.

We do fun things as a team, and focus on helping people over profit.

Be recognized & respected

We hate hierarchies and bureaucracy. You will be will be important from day one.

HappyHour at a glance

Exciting experiences, hidden deals, rousing relationships. Coming soon

HappyHour focuses on Online Travel, Technology, Travel, and Travel & Tourism. Their company has offices in Vancouver. They have a small team that's between 11-50 employees.

You can view their website at https://www.hellohappyhour.ca/ or find them on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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