Full Stack Software Engineer at Flixed @ VanHack - San Francisco, CA

Job Overview

6 days ago

Full Stack Software Engineer at Flixed

VanHack - San Francisco, CA

Must-have skills

Databases
2 Year(s)
Git
2 Year(s)

Nice-to-have skills

Node.js
2 Year(s)
2 Year(s)
C#
2 Year(s)
2 Year(s)

Language required

English

The problem we're trying to solve

In the U.S. alone, media and entertainment companies are investing $120B on original content *every year.* With over 200+ streaming services globally, this boom in original content has also been accompanied by market fragmentation and more difficulty in understanding what you should watch, and where you can watch that content.

How we’re currently solving the problem

Flixed produces content to target search terms like “How to Watch [TV Show/Movie/Live Sports Event].” A large percentage of our content production is currently programmatic. This means that we use a combination of data and code to create content pages at scale. Here’s an example of a programmatically generated page: https://flixed.io/us/en/channels/espn. When a user arrives on one of these pages and purchases a streaming subscription, we receive a commission.

Why we’re hiring a full stack engineer

We find ourselves in need of improving our infrastructure to meet the need of our data customers, millions of visitors, and developers internally. Today we’re tackling multiple problems from building data normalization pipelines and publishing content with the help of AI to crafting compelling and engaging UIs. We hope that you’ll join us in facing these challenges and realizing the opportunities on the other side.

The people and environment

The culture you’ll be working in

  • We prioritize deep work and minimize meetings. For more details about this particular element of Flixed culture, please read this blog post: https://www.notion.so/c9db864851844004bcd9e760753fe7e4.
  • We believe balance fosters creativity. In other words, we believe that the best-performing people are happy, well rested, and well taken care of! You won’t be pinged at odd hours of the night or weekends.
  • For a more detailed breakdown of our culture, check out our Guiding Principles document: https://www.notion.so/ad54974e23bd4b3b9aec26fb64bd583c!

What you’ll be doing here

Own: what you’ll be responsible for.

  • Build the data ingestion pipeline: Our data ingestion pipeline has 3 stages - Collection, Normalization, and Delivery. You’ll be responsible for building this pipeline and keeping it healthy to minimize interruptions for end users.
  • Ship product features: You’ll work with the team to build new product features per our roadmap such as international expansion, and our own developer site.
  • Support customers while they onboard: While we have a dedicated public wiki and API documentation, customers sometimes reach out with additional feature requests or to report bugs. You’ll work with them to identify pain points and ensure our product is the best it can be!

Assist: what you’ll collaborate on with others.

  • Product decisions: Work with product managers, engineers, and designers to shape not only the consumer product, but (eventually) our B2B API product, as well as our content experience. ## ‍ Your 12-month roadmap

1 month

  • Get to know the team: We’re hoping to do our second-ever company retreat in July of 2022, so if you join before then we’d love to meet you in person. Before that, you’ll also have plenty of time to meet all of your colleagues and get settled virtually.
  • Build context: You’ll get to know the Data team team, as well as the workflows we currently use. You’ll learn about the history of our business, how we generate revenue, and our plan to serve the most comprehensive streaming service data worldwide.
  • Bootcamp: You’ll go through a month-long bootcamp course to learn about the Data pipeline and technical details to excel at your job.

3 months

  • Build Data Collectors: After getting up to speed on people and processes, you’ll onboard the codebase by writing a few data collectors. This will give you a good idea of how the first stage of the Data pipeline works.
  • Review PRs: At this stage, you’ll start reviewing team PRs for data collectors. You’ll help debug and improve collectors before deploying them to production.
  • Support Customers: You have enough context to work with customers directly. You’ll respond to emails and debug issues they face. You’ll also help shape the team roadmap based on customer requests.

6 months

  • Scope Projects: At this point you’ll have a good understanding of the Flixed Data business and will scope and break down larger projects into practical milestones.
  • Set Company Milestones: You’ll influence company direction by setting high level data team milestones which will involve the efforts of multiple people on our team.
  • Mentor and Coach: You’ll also help onboard new engineers onto the team as a bootcamp lead, and mentor existing engineers grow their technical skills.

12 months and beyond

  • Grow the data team: Over the long-term you will help the team recruit and hire additional engineers.
  • Data Team Roadmapping: With a full view of the streaming landscape, you’ll identify growth areas for our product and break them down into smaller projects for the team to work on.

The people you’ll be working with

  • Thenuka - Thenuka is the founder and CEO at Flixed. Prior to Flixed, he was Chief of Staff to the COO at Pango, a consumer cybersecurity company that was backed by Accel and 8VC. Thenuka also enjoys learning Chinese , interviewing people who have charted unconventional life paths, and writing at thenuka.io.
  • Ashok - Ashok is a tech lead at Flixed who not only helps guide our engineering efforts, but also builds and runs our company operating system. How we plan, execute and review as team in addition to how we build strong bonds together, Ashok is always thinking about culture. Outside of work Ashok is a DJ and podcast host. Learn more about him here: https://about.me/ashokraju.
  • Kelsey - Kelsey is a content strategist based in Minneapolis. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, and has spent her career writing and editing content about marketing, education, emergency preparedness, science, cannabis, and entertainment. She now works full time as the content marketing lead for Flixed. When she’s not at her computer, Kelsey can usually be found working in her garden or walking her two dogs in the park.
  • Alex - Alex runs product and operations. Prior to joining Flixed, Alex was a product manager at Dropbox working on growth and incubating a new product. Outside of Flixed Alex enjoys growing profitable microsites and side projects. Currently he’s creating a cohort-based course for strategic filmmaking.
  • Bea - Bea is a Frontend Engineer at Flixed, working on programatically generating pages in order to scale and output articles efficiently. Outside of Flixed, Bea enjoys drinking coffee, traveling, and interior designing. Currently, she is creating a grants platform to make federal and provincial grants accessible to all.
  • Gabriel - Gabriel is a full stack engineer at Flixed, where he steers the company’s ReactJS endeavors. Sometimes coding, always singing. You can find some of his projects at gabrieluribe.me.

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