Lead Android Engineer - Trala
Trala is building software that teaches anyone how to play the violin through tutorial videos and signal processing that listens to users play their real violins and gives instant feedback on every mistake. This is crazy-hard and requires us to solve new problems in signal processing, app design, user psychology, and education. When we first started out, a signal processing professor told us: “I’m not sure the signal processing you’ll need to develop is even possible.”
Over 2 years, we have organically grown Trala to 150,000 downloads, a worldwide userbase, and support from some of the most famous violinists in the world. Our users are ages 7 to 70 and live in rural Montana, Syria, tiny Pacific islands, Hong Kong, and of course, Chicago. They’re not businesses or governments, they’re people. They’ve dreamt of learning violin for years and we’re fulfilling those dreams. They say things like: “I had never progressed this far no matter what I did. I just want to say thank you. You made my dream come true”
Lead Android Engineer. You will be building the first version of the Trala Android app from scratch. You will make the decisions that keep us light and flexible. You will be ultimately responsible for a high-performance, beautiful, and bug free app. You will also help build the Android team and then lead it. If that level of responsibility excites you, you might be a fit.
What we’re looking for:
- 3+ years’ experience building Android apps. You’ve either been a lead developer or are ready to take that leap.
- Strong opinions on the right way to build software. We’ll expect to hear them from day 1.
- Passion for the details: a search experience taking an extra 50ms keeps you up at night.
- No music knowledge necessary. (Well, maybe a little. If you’ve never heard any music ever this might not work out.)
What you’ll get from us in return:
- Opportunity to architect and build the app from scratch.
- Ability to deeply impact thousands of people all across the world. These are dreams you’ll be fulfilling. Not “leveraged data monetization” or whatever the fuck value Facebook claims to provide these days.
- Access to a wealth of in-house knowledge on building product, user psychology, signal processing, marketing, and growth.
- Opportunity to contribute to other parts of the business that interests you. All our product, growth, and marketing meetings are open to everyone.
- Sam: CEO. Violinist and engineer. Mastermind behind Trala’s musical pedagogy. Uses words like ‘pedagogy’.
- Vish: CTO. Engineer and engineer. Winner of 4 national hackathons. Has eaten a Death Sandwich and survived.
- Chen: Head of UI/UX. Fashionable, like all good visual designers. Looking at her designs is like getting winked at by your celebrity crush.
- Josh: Senior software engineer. Was on a submarine for 10 years. They finally let him off but occasionally we see a periscope out of the corner of our eye and he ducks under a table. Currently rebuilding the Hagia Sophia with napkins.
- Jon: Software engineer. Jazz piano player of 16 years but he might be lying about that. Picks up new instruments like Josh picks up napkins.
- Jennifer: Head of growth. Started and sold a startup back in the day. Said it was “easy”.
- Geoff: Pro violinist. In four bands. Or five. It’s hard to keep track.
- Rachael: Pro violinist. Probably played at that white-tie gala we weren’t invited to.
- Llama: Where the fuck did the llama come from? Why does it keep staring at me? Play it cool.
- You: Shrouded in mystery (for now).
- Trala is a temple of learning. Make mistakes, iterate quickly, and grow faster than you would anywhere else.
- Trala is a family. Never eat lunch alone and if the mob comes looking for you we will hide you in the ceiling.
- Trala is funded by amazing people like the LinkedIn and Duolingo CEOs. These folks are leaders in growth and app monetization and are our mentors. They can be your mentors, too.
- You’ll be paid very well, have free medical/dental/vision, and get to work in a beautiful, music-filled office in downtown Chicago.
- Check out our CEO's pitch to a room full of investors here.