Frontend Specialist at Kapwing
San Francisco, CA, US
Kapwing empowers digital storytellers and entertainers.  It’s an online image and video platform that helps creators make and share media from the browser. We’re helping modern creators express themselves, tell bite-sized stories, and design in the “4th dimension” (content with a timeline).
 
We’re also a seed-stage startup founded by two X-Googlers/Harvard/Stanford and backed by Kleiner Perkins and other top VCs. We raised $1.7m in July 2018 and have grown 5x in size (usage, MRR) since then. We’re growing our team (right now, 7 FTE) before raising our Series A this spring. Read more about Kapwing in TechCrunch.
 
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.
 
This position is a full-time role reporting to the CTO at the Kapwing HQ in San Francisco.

Responsibilities

    • Design, build, and launch new canvas-based tools for content creators (React+Redux, Javascript, React Native, Konva)
    • Lead front-end best practices and infrastructure projects to ensure clean, quick development
    • Contribute to user growth with press stunts, games, studies, and art projects
    • 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)

Requirements

    • 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.
Our 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 (check out Cartoonify!). 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 do a regular 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.
 
Our hiring process
We don’t believe in whiteboarding algorithmic questions. Our interview process is a short, behavioral interview about your engineering experiences, and then we typically like to set up a small project that we will complete in tandem. Once the project is complete, we’ll review it together and schedule an onsite interview to talk about architecture and technical design. Based on feedback from your project and onsite, we'll make a hiring decision.
 
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 SEO.