Mason America

Seattle
26 - 50 Employees
11 - 25 Engineers
$10M - $25M Funding
Series A

At Mason we build software and services to help companies deploy their very own fleet of purpose-built Android-compatible devices. We're like AWS or Azure but for mobile infrastructure — think Mobile Infrastructure As A Service. We are tackling problems such as building an infinitely customizable Android-based OS, zero-touch provisioning of massive fleets of devices, and a cloud-based platform to provide deployment and management of devices at scale. Our tech spans the gamut from Android OS customization, apps, CLI tools, backend services, devops, web dashboards, automation and optimal sourcing of hardware through our network of manufacturers. By licensing our platform, companies never have to worry about hardware again.

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Active Roles
Why join us?
  • Already profitable, closed Series A Aug 2019, and growing

  • Autonomy, ownership of work, and creative thinking are valued

  • Variety of tech to dabble in: Android OS/systems, Android apps, CI/CD pipelines in production, Python CLI, Node.js/Golang services deployed via K8s, AWS-based stack, containerization initiatives, devops challenges, React frontend, etc.

  • Building infrastructure that helps companies launch products that literally save lives (heart rate monitors, etc)


Engineering at Mason America
Engineering team and processes

Engineering process: We use a lightweight Kanban-style process and release frequently (OS updates, front end, and services). Independent components rev out of band as needed, and we're working towards the dream of continuous deployment.

Standards: We use standards where they make sense. We write one-pagers for significant features or changes, have them peer-reviewed, and own testing, implementation, peer code review, and deployment.

Teamwork and fun: Engineers are encouraged to learn and experiment with new technologies, and teach others. We demo our work regularly at the all-company meeting Show and tell. We hold quarterly hackathons and encourage everyone to get their hands dirty — at least a couple of our current roadmap items are straight from one such event!

Technical Challenges

Our product is mobile infrastructure-as-a-service. Consequently, from services to storage infrastructure to logistics to Android-compatible devices to firmware engineering our projects involve a variety of interesting and challenging work. A lot of our focus is around automation. Below is a selection of some of the fun challenges we work on (many are yet to be built!).

Mason OS and Core Apps: * Management and unification of multiple OS source trees and integrating our core feature set across all of them * Integration of a build pipeline in our production workflow * On device apps/services for remote control, log retrieval, push notifications, secure data storage, certificates, etc.

Developer (customer) productivity: * Command line interface to a variety of platform functionality * Automated generation of documentation of hundreds of feature points within a large, evolving source tree * Zero touch provisioning — automation of the registration and customer-specific setup of devices at scale (e.g. turn on a device and watch it automatically transform into a custom bar code scanner device)

Backend, Devops and Scaling: * Firmware and app update services to handle a projected half a million devices over the next 2-3 years * Services to handle metrics, analytics, license management, audit events, etc. * Migration to containerization of all of our backend services

Frontend: * ReactJS dashboard to list and map large numbers of devices * Searching, tagging, drag and drop deployment support of devices * Device fulfilment dynamic charting * Tracking and visualizing live devices in the field

Come build, influence, innovate and grow with us!

Projects you might work on
  • Controller: This is one of our core product offerings. We build OS services, apps, back end services, web dashboards, command line tools and scale infrastructure to support firmware and application updates over the air for a projected half million devices over the next couple of years. It is also about enabling customers to have complete control and visibility into their device fleets out in the field via a full-featured API and features such as remote control, optional device geo-tracking, device log extraction, audit logs, and a variety of others!

  • Creator: This is a future-looking product that is all about speeding up the process of designing a custom device and accessories without dealing with manual/inefficient processes.

  • Commerce: This is a future-looking product which is around speeding up and automating the whole device ordering, fulfillment and logistics part of our business. Imagine clicking a few buttons and ordering scores of devices to add to your fleet and managing their lifecycle from ordering, shipment tracking, and delivery all the way through RMA, support and device upgrades.

Tech stack
Node.js
Amazon AWS
Android
Javascript
Git
Terraform
Ansible
AOSP
React
Java
Go
Kubernetes

Working at Mason America

We value our people foremost and we strive to adhere to our core values of being empathetic, dependable, respectful, curious, skeptical but optimistic, honest, resourceful and collaborative. We believe that the right people can make all the difference. Mason employees have tremendous amounts of autonomy and receive lots of encouragement to step out of their comfort zones. We encourage everyone to continue learning and teach others.

Free Food

We do weekly teamwide lunch every Monday during our companywide meeting, as well as occasional one-off team lunches to celebrate wins or just because. We also have Costco trains to stock our pantry, and are piloting a companywide grocery/coffee card!

Pet Friendly

We are dog-friendly and allow your BFFFs (Best Furry Friends Forever) to join you at work

Workshops/Conferences

We have a conference budget for employee self-development, and encourage attendees to share with the team when they return

Health Insurance

We provide full medical, vision and dental coverage for each employee, and 50% for their dependents

Team Activities

We organize quarterly offsites (past events have included knife making classes and culture day at a local rented AirBnB). We also love playing Bananagrams and board games!

Company Retreats
Transportation

We are about to offer Orca cards or a parking subsidy for our new office in downtown Seattle.

Gym/Fitness

$100 reimbursement for gym or other healthy activity credit

Generous Vacation

Minimum of 2 weeks paid. Take what you need above that.

Beautiful Office

We're in the Darth Vader building in the Belltown area!


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