Lolly (Skippit Inc.)
Lolly is a video-centric platform that also allows users who would otherwise fall through the cracks on Tinder et al win. On Lolly, users create and consume content in an infinite feed of short form videos.
With help from: the ex-CEO of Apple, ex-CMO of Sequoia Capital, CBO of Snapchat, co-founder of WIRED, SV Angel, co-founder of SoFi, and more.
Why join us?
We are backed by some of the greatest investors in Silicon Valley. To list a few: the ex-CMO of Sequoia Capital and Stanford Business School, CBO of Snapchat, co-founder of WIRED, SV Angel, co-founder of SoFi, and more.
Combined, these investors have written some of the first checks in: Facebook, Airbnb, Dropbox, Square, Pinterest, Stripe, and more. SV Angel alone has written more early checks into unicorns than any other firm in the world.
More on our investors here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelsandler/2021/01/15/meet-lolly-the-new-gen-z-dating-app-combining-tiktok-and-tinder/?sh=75ac9ce52f89
Our team is incredible. We seek to nucleate people who are several standard deviations from the mean in their respective categories and place the highest premium on innate passion and drive when hiring talent.
Co-founder and CEO, Marc Baghadjian, sold his first company at 18, after which he bought his mom her first BMW. Marc was previously an Olympic Circuit fencer for Lebanon and beat the 53rd highest ranked fencer in the world.
Co-founder and President, Sacha Schermerhorn, did 8 years in neuroscience and co-discovered a new protein in Alzheimer's disease. His first publication was the 95th percentile most read from the entire year. His second publication is being published in Nature Neuroscience. He was accepted into the remote accelerator Pioneer (<1% acceptance rate and backed by Marc Andreessen, Patrick Collison, etc.) twice.
Our Active Director (hands-on advisor/investor), John Pleasants, is the former President of IAC (parent company of Match Group), former CEO of Ticketmaster, former COO of EA, former Co-President of Disney Interactive, and many others. John was also the first investor in Peloton.
At Lolly, you will have unparalleled access to leading technology.
We have access to two exclusive SDKs as part of our partnership programs. We are the only early-stage company with access to both of these powerful technologies, one of which is part of a nascent program not yet announced from a leading social app.
Even in our very spartan early beta with a small number of users, our product is very sticky. D28 retention is >28% and avg. daily engagement per user is >6min.
Engineering at Lolly (Skippit Inc.)
Our engineers work on a weekly sprint cadence. The sprints are laid out each week in a curated Notion by our Founding PM, Alyssa Goldberg (product/design at Tesla, Facebook, Samsung, Mattel, and more).
Current composition of team is Senior iOS Engineer leading two other iOS Developers (both abroad and in the process of obtaining documentation to move to the US). Seeking a domestic replacement to serve as Senior iOS Engineer and lead current and future engineers.
Given that we are an early-stage startup, the problem space is constantly evolving.
Currently, our main technical challenges involve scalability and optimization. We are in the process of integrating the video.io SDK which will give us a no-latency feed (faster loading than TikTok's).
In the near future, we will start building our recommender system. Lolly is a video-first platform and the resulting data for user engagement are incredibly high dimensional. There are many exciting avenues here for engineers with particular interest in algorithms, analysis, and ML.
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