Senior Product Manager at Kapwing
San Francisco, CA, US
Kapwing empowers digital storytellers and entertainers.  It’s an online image and video platform that people make, edit, and collaborate on multimedia projects at work. We’re helping modern creators express themselves, tell bite-sized stories, and design in the “4th dimension” (content with a timeline). Our vision is to become the go-to multimedia editor for teams to collaborate and meet demands for content quantity without sacrificing quality.
 
With remote work, remote learning, an economic downturn and the rise of social media as a political advocacy channel, video and media entrepreneurship have never been more relevant for the world. Join a company that's democratizing creative tools and inventing the future stack of video creation. We value velocity, growth, and impact, plus a strong community of coworkers who support each other and collaborate.
 
We’re also a Series A startup founded by two X-Googlers/Harvard/Stanford and backed by CRV, Kleiner Perkins and other top VCs. We've grown to millions of monthly-active creators through purely organic channels. Read more about Kapwing in TechCrunch.
 
We're looking for our first product manager to partner closely with us on growing and improving Kapwing's Studio, a modern multimedia creative suite.
 
Both of Kapwing's founders are product managers, and to this point we've managed and defined product ourselves. Now, we're looking for someone incredibly creative, experience-focused, and prolific who wants to own product within a fast growing company and an ambiguous environment. This full-time position starts in August 2020 reporting to the CEO at Kapwing HQ in San Francisco.
 

Responsibilities

    • Evangelize vision for product with the team. Communicate about releases, milestones, and velocity.
    • Define product requirements and designs for new features. Define expected behavior for bugs.
    • Rigorously prioritize new features according to impact on growth and retention. Work with CEO to set product goals and roadmap upcoming features.
    • Drive daily standups and track projects through to launch
    • Manage releases, ensuring that products are polished and work well in production
    • Talk to customers and work closely with support to get feedback about needs, features, and requirements.
    • Own our project management workflow, identifying process bottlenecks and obstacles. Clean up and clarify Stories to accelerate engineering velocity.

Requirements

    • 2-8 years as a product manager for a software product
    • Interest and passion for digital media (video, photos, or GIFs), music, and social media
    • Strong UX and design skills. Loves delightful, polished experiences.
    • Strong writer and communicator. Can quickly write up documentation, roadmaps, presentations, and PRDs.
    • Decisive. Can make decisions quickly and defend their reasoning. Looks for data and analytics to make decisions when needed.
    • Creative: Comes up with many potential solutions for a problem.
    • [Preferred] Experience as a PM for a web-based SaaS product
    • [Preferred] Experience and/or degree in software engineering: Can review code, write automated tests, and dig deeply into new commits
    • [Preferred] Active personal social media accounts
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, and we tackle tough engineering problems related to scaling video processing in the cloud. We order lunch together, go on offsites, and do a regular happy hour on Fridays.
 
Also, Kapwing pays full-time salaries and offers competitive health benefits. We value diversity across all dimensions and keep reasonable hours. Kapwing is based full-time in San Francisco.
 
Our hiring process
Our technical process is a short, behavioral interview about your past experiences, a sample of work project designed to take less than one day of work, two hours of interviews, and a lunch with our whole team. We value engineering excellence, product insight, eagerness for growth/impact, and the communication skills and empathy to collaborate well with a tight-knit team.
 
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.