Snip

San Francisco
< 10 Employees
< 10 Engineers
$2M - $5M Funding
Pre-Series A

Snip is a new type of news platform, decentralized and powered by the community. On Snip, anyone can write a short news story about any topic and be rewarded for creating awesome snippets. The stories are presented to users in a personalized news feed, powered by open-source algorithms.

At the heart of the platform is SnipCoin, a new token on the Ethereum blockchain: Advertisers pay with SnipCoin to buy ad space, readers can tip writers with it or pay for premium services like ad-free Snip & personalized audio podcast. The revenue goes to the writers. The more services people buy, the more writers earn, a virtuous cycle which constantly improves the platform.

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Why join us?
  • Building a product with the potential to fix the news industry, a major problem with no solution in sight.

    How?

    Subscription news services (e.g. New York Times, Wall Street Journal) are by definition limited only to a small fraction of readers. On the other hand, free content based on advertising tends to be low quality and politically biased. We're building a platform which presents high-quality unbiased news on many topics, encouraging discussions and debates between users. The platform is politically neutral, allowing for it to reach a truly diverse group of people. Being a tech platform and not an old school news company allows us to scale rapidly and eventually cover any news topic.

  • Raised $4.86 in a token sale (ICO), an exciting process which inserted us deep inside the blockchain industry.

  • Reached 30,000 users and 1,400 paying subscribers, allowing for real product feedback and evolutionary development. We're now looking to scale to millions of users.


Engineering at Snip
Engineering team and processes

We are currently 2 co-founders, looking to hire our first employee. Our engineering process is very agile, with product launches every several days. The first non-founder employee in the company will have an outsized impact on product, culture, and engineering.

Technical Challenges

Engineers at Snip will be exposed to a large number of technologies and will be required to constantly be learning and adapting to new technologies. It's rare for a software engineer to gain experience in various cutting edge technologies in one position, ranging from Serverless Web Development to Machine Learning.

Projects you might work on
  • Building backend code which applies ML to find the most interesting content in the world, to later be given to writers who create short snippets.

  • Applying ML to build a personalization algorithm which tailors the best content to each user.

  • Building a website which allows writers to create news content easily with a wide variety of information, augmented with news stories, relevant tweets, Wikipedia articles, etc

  • Building an iOS app which gives presents the content to users in an easy and convenient way

Tech stack
AWS
PostgreSQL
Bootstrap
Blockchain
Docker
Swift
Django
Python

Working at Snip

We value honesty as a way of constantly growing and improving, and mutual respect as a complementary value. We're focused on technology as a tool to create great products that people love.

Maternal/Paternal Leave
401(k) Contribution
Beautiful Office
Flexible Hours
Generous Vacation

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