Back-End Developer at SpokenLayer

New York City · Full Time
Work with SpokenLayer and you'll be surrounded by a close-knit team of smart, accomplished people who value cooperation and communication. We're looking for people who have a passion for audio, storytelling, and changing the media landscape. Read More
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Job Description

Who Are You?

You’re a back-end developer who is enthusiastic about audio, whether that's podcasts or talk radio. You're a hacker with intellectual curiosity, but you know how to build reliable systems that get the job done.

You value dependability more than novelty, but you’re willing to experiment with new tools and frameworks on smaller projects because you like to stay current. You’re strong technically, of course, but you also understand people. Most of all, you understand how to align engineering objectives with business goals.


As the sole full-time back-end developer on a small team, you'll work with product leads, systems architect, and outside contractors to manage, and improve the company's Content Management System, which manages audio files from scripts through voicing, distribution, and subsequent analytics and reporting. You'll build and deploy new tools but keep a hand in operations as needed to keep systems running smoothly.

Technical Skills and Experience Required
— Minimum 3 years of experience delivering stable back-end systems code
— Two years of PHP experience (or enough related experience to convince us you can work on PHP systems without breaking things :-)
— Other experience using a variety of modern web and backend technologies, including, Node.js, Python, OpsWorks, and Chef
— Strong database management skills (Postgres or MySQL)
— Comfort with a range of AWS systems including CloudFront, EC2, Elastic Beanstalk, and S3
— BS or MS in Computer Science or related field (or evidence that you were too smart to go to college)
— Excellent communications skills; able to discuss code deliverables and process with other members of team, including non-technical audiences

Technology Stack

Currently, core services are written in Python, PHP, and Ruby on Rails. Most apps run on AWS. Among the AWS tools and services we use: CloudFront, DynamoDB, Elastic Beanstalk, EC2, Lambda, OpsWorks, RDS, Redshift, and S3. Some of the other tools and services we use: Chef, Git, Grunt, Codeship.io, New Relic, Heroku, SemaphoreCI, and Fastly. But we’re not dogmatic about which tools we use, and we hope you aren’t either.

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What We're Building

SpokenLayer is the leader in voice content on Amazon Alexa, Google Home/Assistant, and soon, Apple's Siri.

Companies like Gannett, McClatchy, Hearst, Medium, The Guardian, Politico, Slate, Gizmodo Media Group, The Intercept, and many more work with SpokenLayer to get effective and profitable audio experiences on every major platform.

"You guys are Magic" ~ Greg Veis, Editor Huffington Post Highline
CEO Will Mayo, presenting at Brandathon 2016 which SpokenLayer Won!
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Will Mayo
Founder of @SpokenLayer . Engineer (Intel &Goldman Co-ops). Teacher (Johns Hopkins). Musician. @Lehigh University MS Computer Engineering + Ergonomics '10
Joshua Auerbach
COO at SpokenLayer. Previously CFO and now Venture Partner @Betaworks. Husband. Father of two.
Jeremy Mims
Strategy at @SpokenLayer, Founder at @OwnLocal YC (W10), Y Combinator Founder (Summer 2008), Advisor Daily Nutmeg
Neal Shyam
Product @SpokenLayer . Hacker of all things Alexa / Python / Flask
Patrick McCarthy
Chief of Staff and Head of Finance @SpokenLayer, Strategic Advisor @25K Startups , formerly M&A and private equity analyst in financial services and media.
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SpokenLayer Investors

Brett deMarrais
Detroit VC. Michigan Grad.
Corey Ford
Managing Partner, Matter. Accelerating media entrepreneurs. Kauffman Fellow. Built Runway at Innovation Endeavors. Stanford d.school & MBA. FRONTLINE. UNC.
Rick Webb
Investor, Writer, Co-Founder, COO of @The Barbarian Group (sold to Cheil/Samsung). Economist. Alaskan.
Thomas Wisniewski
Early stage investor and start-up advisor. Co-manager of RosePaul Investments, a family office.
Jonathon Triest
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