Volley

11 - 25 Employees
< 10 Engineers
$5M - $10M Funding
Series A

Volley develops voice-controlled games and lifestyle apps for Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

We've created several of the top games for smart speakers, including: — Song Quiz - a name-that-tune music trivia game (and the #1 game on Alexa and Google) — Yes Sire - a choose-your-own-adventure medieval RPG — Popcorn Tycoon - the first ever audio-only idle game

We've also created several of the top lifestyle apps for smart speakers, including: — Volley FM - your own personalized, interactive morning radio station — Bedtime Stories - an app to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer with classic fairy tales, nature stories, poems, and more

Volley just closed its Series A funding round and is a graduate of Y Combinator.

We believe that voice-controlled entertainment will expand from smart speakers to phones, TVs, and cars, and we aim to be the leading entertainment company on all voice-controlled devices.

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Active Roles
Why join us?
  • We're the #1 developer of voice-controlled games and entertainment products for Amazon Alexa and Google Home

  • We have millions of monthly active users across our apps and we're rapidly growing both users and revenue each month

  • We're backed by Y Combinator and just raised our Series A funding round from some of the best investors in the world


Engineering at Volley
Engineering team and processes

Development cycles at Volley last for two weeks. At the beginning of the two-week cycle (on Monday mornings) we meet with everyone in the company to collaboratively set goals for the upcoming cycle. On the following Monday, we do a shorter full-team meeting in order to assess our progress and reevaluate our priorities for the final stretch. Other than these two meetings, we primarily work independently. Each piece of our infrastructure is owned by a lead engineer who gets to decide on a testing and deployment cadence that works best for them.

Technical Challenges

Voice-controlled software is an exciting emerging field of engineering that brings with it new challenges. We are continually inventing new approaches to conversation-based gaming. It is a real challenge to design great voice-based user interfaces and user experiences for smart-speakers which cannot display visual information. A related challenge is to ensure our games have a conversational quality to them that make it natural for people to engage the game with their voice. We strive to be the best at recognizing the true intent behind user voice commands and handle these commands in a natural way.

Projects you might work on
  • New voice-controlled RPG game for Alexa/Google Home

  • Mobile app in React Native that enables interactive podcasts and stories, controlled by user's voice

  • NLP system to improve pop music title and artist recognition

Tech stack
Node.js
AWS
AWS Lambda
DynamoDB
React Native
iOS Development
Swift
Android
TypeScript
JavaScript

Working at Volley

We are looking for smart, eager people with an enthusiastic attitude. We care more about having a learning mindset than a specific skillset, and more about shipping quickly than architectural perfection. We work hard but don't take ourselves too seriously.

Free Food

Lunch in the office is free.

Health Insurance

We provide health and dental insurance.

Maternal/Paternal Leave
Generous Vacation

We offer 3 weeks paid vacation.

Beautiful Office

We have an old-school brick and wood office, located in SF's Nob Hill/bordering on financial district

Team Activities

Weekly university in which someone teaches the team something new, as well as happy hour on Friday, in addition to holiday-themed interactive events

Transportation

We offer a commute stipend

Company Retreats

We organize overnight retreats twice a year

401(k) Contribution

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