Hyper

An avatar social network for iOS.

Lead Backend Engineer at Hyper

Location
California Preferred / Remote OK / Remote
Job Type
Full-time
Experience
6+ years
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Aaron Ng
Aaron Ng
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About the role

Hyper

About Us

Hyper is an avatar social network for iOS. We allow anyone with a modern iOS device to build an avatar and go live to the internet with the push of a button. "Real" avatar live-streamers spend $10,000+ on elaborate motion capture setups to go live– we can do most of this right from a modern phone's sensors and computer vision.

What's our progress?

We presented an earlier version of our product at W21, we're currently previewing a private version of our platform to content creators. We launch this new version in about a week. The client is built with Swift, UIKit, and a touch of SwiftUI. The backend is a combination of Django Rest Framework for REST, and a few SaaS providers for realtime data.

Why now?

There's a number of exciting trends coming together on the internet:

  • Avatars have existed for decades, but are finally going mainstream: A Gucci purse recently sold on Roblox for $7,000, and Fortnite skins are pulling in billions of dollars annually.
  • Pseudonymity is going mainstream: from Crypto founders with hidden identities to Twitter personalities, more and more people are building communities and even companies that aren't tied to their real identity. They want new ways to communicate in real-time. We think avatars will be the way that's done.
  • Avatar live-streamers (also called Vtubers) are exploding as a content format! Netflix recently created their own avatar live-streamer, and there's an explosion of them all across Twitch and YouTube, usually produced by well-funded agencies. In fact, in October 2020 8/10 of the top YouTube "SuperChat" earners were avatar live-streamers.

Company Culture

Our team is global, with some of us in California, and others in Japan, South Korea, and parts of Europe.

Everyone at our company is interested in either internet culture, DAOs, and social apps, or interactive media like anime, comics, and games. We want people that are excited about avatars and familiar with their potential as an expression format.

Role & Responsibility

Right now our backend stack is Django Rest Framework (Python) + Postgres for the REST side, and we use a variety of platforms for the realtime stack.

As the backend lead, you'll be responsible for deciding on the technology we use for our services, roadmapping and architecting the technical foundation of Hyper's backend services, building features, and maintaining our platform. You'll also be responsible for managing development of the product with other teammates.

  • Define and build the technical foundation for Hyper's services, experiences, and features.
  • Be responsible for the server deployment and release process.
  • Be responsible for maintaining performant, reusable, and reliable code.
  • Design clean APIs for consumption by our clients.
  • Iterate quickly and contribute to the product roadmap to help us find product market fit.

What we look for.

  • You should be experienced in architecting backend services and building / designing API's for clients.
  • You should be experienced in deploying, maintaining, and improving backend services.
  • You should have experience with REST, Websockets, GraphQL, Protobufs and a variety of protocols.
  • Ideally you've used Django Rest Framework and know Python well.
  • Ideally you're in California-- we'll have to work together closely to iterate fast. But really, you can be anywhere if the fit is right. You should include your resume, but we don't care too much about that.

Stuff you should include:

  • Your Github & LinkedIn
  • A portfolio of open-source projects, or of live projects you've built.
  • What's something you've worked on that you're most proud of?
  • What's your preferred form of interactive media? Movies? Games? Anime?

Why you should join Hyper

Hyper is an avatar social network for iOS. We allow anyone with a modern iOS device to build an avatar and go live to the internet with the push of a button. "Real" avatar live-streamers spend $10,000+ on elaborate motion capture setups to go live– we can do most of this right from a modern phone's sensors and computer vision.