East bay, remote, sf, silicon valley
< 10 employees
< 10 engineers
$2m - $5m funding
Pre-series a

Humen is a AI-driven synthetic media company. The team comes from Google, Facebook, Apple, and UC Berkeley AI research. Our tech demo ( has been featured by WSJ, The New Yorker, ABC, Vice, and more. We are democratizing such technology to build the future of personalized entertainment. Our product ( was launched in Q1 2020, and reached #3 overall in the U.S. on iOS.

Active Roles

Why join us?

  • You'll work with top talents with no egos. Our team comes from Google, Facebook, Apple, and UC Berkeley AI research. All of us have been leaders in these respective organizations. We are all still extremely hands-on and contribute individually.

  • Our tech demo has been viewed 800K+ times ( and was featured by WSJ, The New Yorker, ABC, Vice, and more. Our product ( was launched in Q1 2020, and reached #3 overall in the U.S. on iOS despite the product still in early phase of the development.

  • We're backed by top investors. They are founders with billion dollar exits, operators with extensive experience in consumer viral products, and backers of some of the world's largest social media platforms.

  • We welcome people with entrepreneurial ambition. Let us know what you want to do after your tour of duty at Humen. We can even help you start your next company.

  • You'll have the opportunity to be part of the most exciting technology in the world right now (Deep Learning) and contribute to the most cutting-edge part of it (Generative adversarial networks).

  • Unlike many other AI startups, we're working on a product that's fun (e.g. video entertainment) and can launch to million of consumers right now. We are democratizing the world's most powerful technology TODAY.

Engineering at Humen

Engineering team and processes

We are a team of 6 engineers right now. There's no structure. We do feature releases few times a week and move quickly.

Technical Challenges

1) Deep Learning and its generative variants are progressing rapidly. We strive to establish ourselves as the industry leader in synthetic media, which pushes our ML team to be constantly innovating.

2) Training and deploying large-scale ML models on the cloud is very expensive. How do we utilize resources efficiently will have tremendous impact to our bottomline.

3) We deeply care about user privacy and take great responsibility in preventing potential misuse of our product. How to design and implement a privacy-driven mobile app without compromising the user experience is a unique challenge for us.

4) User interaction - Our application is very different from a normal video creation app. All video apps in the world are very deterministic and at least semi-real-time (ranging from Adobe Premiere to Snapchat). AI is slower and less deterministic. How to onboard users is also different. Obviously, there's a lot of knowledge we can draw on from the UX of other classical applications. But can we find technical solutions so that we can improve the user experience?

Projects you might work on
  • Manage / architect / implement our AWS-based backend system. e.g. setup a fleet of machines that would efficiently choose the ideal instance types depending on the compute requirement. For example, we're open to using frameworks such as Kubernetes. But should we at our stage? You can help us decide.

  • Implement backend features to support our next generation AI-powered synthetic media capability. We will need to meet to discuss this. There's a lot of exciting work here :-)

Tech stack
Google Cloud
iOS DevelopmentOS

Working at Humen

We are all hands-on and no ego. Our CEO codes, our business guy codes, our engineers write even better code.

Perks & benefits
  • Generous Vacation

    We don't have fake unlimited vacations. People have actually taken vacation already at our company :-)

  • Free Food

    Free lunch provided

  • Flexible Hours

    Some of our people have family as well. We always welcome people to take time off (range from days to hours) for whatever reason.

  • 401(k) Contribution

    Help us decide this :-)

  • Health Insurance

    Help us decide this :-)

  • Work from Home

    We're based in San Francisco. If you're far away (e.g. San Jose / Berkeley) we can consider other arrangements (e.g. 2/5 days remote).

  • Relocation

    Help us decide this :-)

  • Other

    Every employee gets high-resolution rendering of yourself by Deep Learning.

Our Team by the Numbers

External Links

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