Start: as soon as possible
Chatterbug is building the internet’s most effective system to learn languages, and we’re now looking to develop a new kind of learning experience in Virtual Reality. We are searching for a technical team lead who can help us hire and lead a team of developers and designers who will create a new way to learn a foreign language.
We believe that virtual reality and specifically the new generation of stand alone units provide the opportunity to learn a new language in an immersive spatial context that has never been possible before.
You will work with our extensive and experienced team of curriculum developers and educators to design and develop immersive experiences that help students acquire and retain vocabulary and grammar more intuitively and efficiently than previously possible.
You will also work with our technical team to integrate the virtual application with our mobile and web applications.
You have wide-reaching experience in building virtual reality applications and hiring great people to build them with you. You know how to iterate quickly, test with real users and ship fast. You have a depth of knowledge of what works and doesn't tend to work in VR and can creatively work with other teams to build amazing experiences.
You have full stack knowledge of the VR pipeline, including software development, asset design, game design and ops. You've probably built and shipped something by yourself, but are better with a great team and you know how to hire them. You're excited to build and define a new VR team focused on a new and amazing challenge.
You’re an active learner whose passions may include learning languages. (If you know a language other than English please tell us!)
Although we are a small team, we have a big product. We are an experienced team with backgrounds at GitHub and other major tech companies with funding from top investors in Silicon Valley and Europe. Our team works extremely reasonable hours and we have a strong commitment to work-life balance.
Beyond language learning, we’re on a bigger mission to help make lots of jobs for people who only need one skill: how to speak their native language. We currently teach German, Spanish and French to English speakers, as well as English to Spanish speakers. We have an international team and an international product, and we’re proud of it.
Curious about how the company operates? Here’s a quick overview:
Work/life balance matters. We work a full day then go home, and please set up your Do Not Disturb. That Slack message can wait, can’t it? We think so too.
Remote flexibility. Our largest office is in Berlin with ~24 people, but our team is encouraged to travel and work from home when needed. Because of the vast time zone spread (9 hours now!), we focus on asynchronous communication when possible, via Slack and Basecamp.
Face time brings us together. Since we’re split up over the world, we put a lot of value on our weekly in-video “Chattermeet” all-hands meetings. We share what’s happening in the company, our product, our curriculum, and occasionally some tidbits about our lives too.
Learning first. We have monthly breakfast meetings at our Berlin office to teach about our systems and we encourage our employees to network and be continual learners at professional events.
Pitch us. Ideas for our company and our product can come from all levels or layers of the organization—you just need to write it up or propose it!
A leading role in shaping a brand new and exciting part of the company
We’ll pay for you to learn a language - either with us or take a class, on us. You can also elect a friend or family member to learn with us for free, too
26 days paid holiday
Regular fun events, team dinners and an annual company summit abroad
A lovely, apartment style office in the heart of Berlin (with free fruit!)
Click the Apply for this Job button! If you have a resume, please feel free to upload it, but we're more interested in why you think Chatterbug might be a good fit for you and what you've done before. The cover letter is your chance to shine! Don't forget to list any relevant links (portfolio, links to side projects, etc). We look forward to hearing from you!
Have led a small team building cool things in VR
Experience working with Unity or Unreal development engines
Self-motivated, inventive and ability to take initiative building a complex project from the ground up
Live in or are willing to relocate to Berlin and can work in the EU