We've already launched one successful product - www.WorldViewClock.com - and are preparing to launch our second!
Storytellr's freemium business model will monetise from day one - providing free to use tools and services with premium tools at a cost. Plus we take a small percentage from each film stream or download. Our mission is to nurture Storytellr as a creative melting pot to unlock new ways to make, share and experience film like never before.
We are a team of two - one Business/UXer and one Developer, seeking another Co-Founder Developer to join the team and complete the prototype for testing and release. Must have good knowledge of HD Video 1080p, HTML5 Video Players - Silverlight or Flash, Smooth streaming, HTTP Live streaming, Facebook Apps, and preferably with front-end graphics design skills.
Many tech tools have popped up to help people self publish, self distribute, crowd fund, self promote, and sell their stuff - however nothing addresses how to create a good strategy or actionable plan that pulls everything else together and makes it work intelligently. Creative people often excel in their craft, but suck at the business side of things. Hunchproof is working to provide a solution for them.
Hunchproof is an early stage startup following Lean methodology, and going through the Founder Institute accelerator program. The concept has gone through 3 iterations, changing and refining based on ongoing customer interviews and market research, and I’m conducting further interviews prior to determining the feature set of the Minimum Viable Product (MPV). The first MPV will not necessarily include coding, it may involve paper prototyping, or face-to-face service, or nuts and bolts use of existing platforms - seeking cheap fast learning.
I would like to begin 'talking' to potential co-founders so we can get a good sense of compatibility. I am not in a hurry to get a Tech Co-Founder on immediately as I can continue to validate the concept as much as possible without coding - equally the earlier that a partnership occurs the more that a Co-Founder can contribute to and influence the core concept - either way it begins by building relationships.
Yeah I have an idea I’m working on (and am putting it through the Founder Institute accelerator right now), but in true Lean fashion I’m flexible and pragmatic – if we have a good match I don’t care whether it’s your idea, my idea, or a new idea we work on. Any idea is likely to change as we gain validated learning through research, customer interviews, development, and testing – so commitment to the path forward is more important than commitment to the ‘idea’ as it currently exists.
Your role: Tech Co-Founder (preferably Ruby on Rails hacker).
Desired Skills & Experience (or equivalent)
MediaHound is simplifying the entertainment media landscape for consumers and content distributors by building a platform that facilitates intuitive discovery, simplified sharing, algorithmically driven recommendations, and user-curated actionable media playlists.
The MediaHound team is technically savvy, exceptionally capable, has a proven track-record of success and maintains strategic relationships with members of both the entertainment and venture industries. The culture of the company is driven and tenacious, but not to the detriment of moral; the start-up game is a marathon comprised of strategic sprints. When we’re not heads-down or in meetings, we’re at the white board, cooking up the next big thing.
We’re looking for someone with specific experience with the development of complex data architecture and ideally Machine Learning to come on as our technical cofounder. The current system has been built using Python on the Django framework and with a PostgreSQL Db. There are several immediate tasks, but the primary is the design and implementation of a SQL + NoSQL data layer essentially for the sake of system optimization and the improvement of use-metric tracking for the sake of more accurate recommendations (Discovery).
Our goal is to find someone with the same passion to solve the online entertainment fragmentation problem, capable of embracing the current vision for MediaHound, and augmenting our roadmap with a new technical perspective, culminating in a new shared vision. We’d love to find someone who has worked with Big Data across a horizontally scalable system, ideally dealing with the entertainment industry. That said we’re seasoned enough to know that if you don’t have the specific experience we’re looking for but have a sincere interest in the objective and have illustrated the capacity to rapidly learn, implement, and improve autonomously, specific experience is unnecessary. We’d prefer to have someone come on fulltime and that they work out of our Culver City office, but we’re flexible.
We are seed funded and have the capacity to pay, though likely not as well as your current position. As a cofounder, the position does come with a healthy equity share. As with all start-ups, there are no guarantees and there is considerable risk. Of course success is a game changer in the space and results in sizable returns. We like to think the deck is loaded in our favor.
If interested, please send us a link to your LinkedIn profile, your GitHub repository (if applicable), and your resume if it’s up to date OR a list of links to notable projects we can take a look at. We will respond to everyone regardless of our decision.
Looking for something to watch, read or listen to? RecThing is here to help you.
We believe most recommendation engines out there are pretty terrible. They all work on the broken notion that peoples tastes can be averaged out to form an objective map of connections between entertainment. But we all know this wrong, peoples tastes differ enormously.
Instead of trying to suggest new entertainment directly from what you currently like, as other recommendation engines do, RecThing is all about connecting you with similarly minded individuals. You will then receive recommendations from this network of likeminded individuals, which we believe will be far superior to those generated by some dumb robot.