Teaching 37M students to read with live-stream actors
Litnerd Engineering Org Overview.
Eng topology chart: https://www.figma.com/file/6rFlomXiaKyE4pVQ9O7Qod/engineering-topology
Litnerd’s mission is to inspire young people to fall in love with reading. We provide programs for students and teachers that make reading (and learning in general) fun. We do this by bringing books to life by reenacting our books as if you are watching your favorite TV show. 1 in 8 children in America grow up without learning how to read. 41% of 4th grade students are reading at a grade 1 level. In other words, we are failing nearly half of our nation’s students before they ever graduate elementary school. Furthermore, decline in literacy and reading proficiency increases amongst Title 1 schools socio-economically disadvantaged communities. By joining our team, you will be part of our mission to change that!
Litnerd is a contracted vendor with the largest education district in America. Our program is part of in-classroom education and designated school reading time. We have been growing aggressively at 60% MoM and have served over 30,000 students across schools.
As a member of the Engineering team, you'll be at the center of product innovation, empowering the next generation of readers. We embrace software design best practices, taking code quality and web standards seriously. Litnerd runs a modern, fully-typed stack using technologies like Typescript, React, Node.js, Postgres, Redis, and GraphQL.
What you’ll do: Build and improve on user-facing products such as our Book Reader, Live Interaction, and other classroom management tools Build reliable backend services that power our web application and mobile apps Create admin tools to help us scale managing processes and workflows, including onboarding schools and scheduling live sessions Integrate with cloud services/APIs (Zoom, Auth0) Ensure a low-friction experience for our users
Build and maintain platform features such as: Engineering infrastructure (databases, servers, data pipelines) to keep up with our growing userbase CI/CD pipelines to ensure product development moves at a rapid pace Automate and scale notifications, such as email and SMS
What we’re looking for: Experience with React, Node.JS, NestJS, Typescript (or other typed languages) Experience building, testing, and deploying web applications in production environments Understanding of systems-level programs (bash, git) Experience with functional programming, domain-driven design A passion for thoughtful engineering, thorough testing, and a deep sense of ownership over products and code shipped Self-starters who excel in a fast-paced startup environment
Front-end Understanding of modern browser features (web workers, local storage) Understanding of web best practices including accessibility Experience testing code via unit tests and integration tests, both locally and in CI/CD environments
Backend Understanding of relational databases (Postgres) and migrations in production environments Understanding of in-memory and document-based data stores, e.g. Redis, DynamoDB Experience building and scaling low latency APIs
Platform / Dev-ops
Experience with monitoring and logging in production applications Experience with serverless concepts, FaaS, k8s Experience developing and maintaining data processing pipelines
Data / BI
Data modeling experience with relational and non-relational databases Work with stakeholders to create analytics charts, dashboards Collect and process analytics data from web properties Deep understanding of SQL, Python Experience developing and maintaining data processing pipelines
Litnerd is a Netflix-show style online reading program that brings K-5 books to life by streaming live actors in the classroom.
Litnerd provides a cohort-based online Reading program that brings K-5 curriculum to life by blending the creator economy to traditional education. Litnerd will teach the 37 Million elementary school students in America through story-telling. Today schools spend approx. $20 Billion on reading and supplemental education programs. Yet 42% of their students still cannot read by 4th grade. In other words, we are failing nearly half of our nation’s students before they ever graduate elementary school. Furthermore, decline in literacy and reading proficiency increases amongst Title 1 schools socio-economically disadvantaged communities. By joining our team, you will be part of our mission to change that!
TRACTION: Launched in January, Litnerd is a contracted vendor with the New York City Department of Education. We are currently serving over 14,000 students and growing revenue at 60% MoM.
INSPIRATION: Just as Lin-Manuel Miranda took a history book (the story of Alexander Hamilton) and brought it to life through art and theatre ('Hamilton the Musical' is now EduHam – a history teaching program in public schools across the nation), so too will Litnerd teach students with that same inspiration of bringing subjects to life.