We have big plans for the web, and we are looking for a front-end developer who can help make them real, by joining our team or with a bit of contracting.
This is the current reality here at Topology HQ: we know a lot about iOS, about running our compute servers, about ML, and —almost certainly— we know more than anyone else on Earth about the engineering involved in the fitting and one-off manufacturing of a perfectly fitting custom pair of glasses.
But hey, you know what's not on that list? THE WEB. And would you know, it turns out it's kind of a big deal!
We recently rolled out a major new redesign and rebuild of our homepage (thanks to @vasarhelyia diving into JS head-first). The site now includes rudimentary interactive content to help educate customers about the problems people have with badly-fitting glasses and how our glasses solve those problems.
But we're planning to add a lot more soon:
All of this requires front-end development done right, and all of us in engineering are looking forward to meeting someone who can move this work forward and teach us to do it too.
Is this you? If you're a front-end develor, this would be an opportunity for you to join a team of experienced and influential engineers who are deeply interested in and appreciative of the knowledge that you bring which they lack. You'll be helping to build a website that is critical to our business, and you can set the direction for fundamental decisions of what stack we use. There will be an ongoing opportunity to work on rich, interactive content online. And we don't believe in narrow silos, so there'd be plenty of opportunity to learn about iOS, about devops, and about ML, if you so chose.
If you're interested please reach out to @alexisgallagher on Twitter.
Our app shows a pretty face to the world. But the heavy lifting happens on the backend. We are looking for a backend developer who can help maintain, operate, and enhance our key systems.
We develop and operate our own ML computer vision stack. This is a complex application, built from Python and C++ and a multitude of external dependencies. It needs to be reliable in operation, scalable under load, and easy to enhance as our models evolve. Would you like to define and build a modern pipeline for agile development and deployment of machine learning models? That’s us.
We’re also a high-touch e-commerce application. We communicate with customers and take transaction, from the app and from the web. And we’re a physical manufacturing company, so fulfilling an order is not just setting a flag on an account database. We coordinate between the customer and production over multiple steps until final delivery. Currently we do a surprising amount of this with third-party services, but as we enrich our system we are moving functionality in house.
What does this entail?
Is some of this familiar to you, and others parts of this interesting? Perfect! In short, this is an opportunity to define and build the key infrastructure for a modern, machine learning and e-commerce startup. If you're curious, please reach out to @alexisgallagher on Twitter.
Graphics are extremely important to us. We are always striving to improve them. This is natural: we need to convey the appearance and physical quality of our product to our customers through computer graphics alone. This imposes a much higher quality requirement than is needed for other apps, like most games. (How many other multi-hundred dollar fashion purchases do you make, based mainly on a rendering?)
But our deployment profile creates a rare opportunity here. Because we are rendering a single object, glasses, and rendering it on a predefined set of very capable hardware profiles (the high-end iOS devices), we are able to write our code tailored to the world's best mobile GPUs and exploit approaches to rendering that would not be viable elsewhere.
If you want to explore the frontier of photorealistic rendering on iOS, in augmented reality, we are the rare business that has a profound need for you to do this. We are currently in the process of moving to physically-based rendering models, and are actively exploring path tracing renderers. We currently make heavy use of SceneKit and custom Metal shaders.
You do not need to be a graphics expert. If you have a keen interest and solid grounding in graphics, let's say hi! If your background is a mix of graphics and iOS, or graphics and webdev, or ML and graphics, please say hi! We are looking for human beings not pigeons to put into pigeonholes.
So if this appeals to you, please reach out to Alexis on Twitter! We'd love to hear from you, for a contract or full-time role, or just to say hi.
A dedicated iOS developer. You will reach out because you want to work on something that is not just another table view!
Here you'll join a picked team of other experts building an unusual app -- an app that pushes the limits of the iPhone's capabilities, that enjoys a true business imperative to be beautifully designed, and that will be one of the coolest apps on your phone.You have previously been a leading team contributor, or built apps solo. You know Swift (or are eager to learn it after a decade of Objective-C). Maybe you have lectured or written books on iOS. You can get the job done in bash, Python, JS, or whatever comes up. You've probably also experimented with Haskell, Clojure, F#, or Ocaml. But you dream in Cocoa Touch.
You know your Auto Layout from your springs and struts, your MVC from your MVVM, but most of all you also know the basis for your own judgments.You are excited about new tech and about old tech, about tech that works, and about finding the intersection between them all.If this is you, we want to meet you!
In short, iOS is critical to Topology. Our app does a lot right now, but we've got a lot still to do! The video above dates from the very ancient past (a year ago?). Check the App Store to see where we are now. These days, you will also be working with delightful @vasarhelyia and @gregheo!
We are hiring for both permanent full-time and short-term contract roles.
Reach out to Alexis on Twitter. P.S. Extra nice if you also have special interest or expertise in computer graphics, augmented reality, machine learning, or ecommerce.
Topology is reinventing eyewear for a diverse world. We are all different: our faces range in shape and size, we each have our own quirky asymmetries, our nose bridges range from low to high… the list goes on. Stock eyewear is produced for one generic face, so it doesn’t really fit anyone. We’re combining an augmented reality iOS app, machine learning and state-of-the-art hardware to manufacture custom-fit eyewear right here in San Francisco.
We launched our v1.0 in the App Store in July and are have been shipping to customers for 15 months (doing in-person sales at events and pop-ups before the app store). We’re well-funded, with a commitment for more if needed, and we’ve received great interest in taking the product globally as soon as we reach profitability in the US.
We’re looking for a UX Lead to work from the beginning to the end of the design process, from user research, concept development, and prototyping, to creating high fidelity mockups and working with developers. We’re looking for someone who is equally passionate about detailed iterations on micro-interactions as they are in using human-centered design approaches to tackle big, directional questions.
Topology is a small startup on its way to something much bigger with a meaningful mission, where you’d work closely with a product, engineering and marketing team who’ve come from some of the biggest names in technology (Apple, Instagram, Prezi, FitStar), precision manufacturing (Guidant, Boston Scientific), and Digital Marketing and Brand Development (AKQA, Abercrombie & Fitch, PacSun). The team is already doing great things, but we still have our best work in front of us. You will be central to shaping our product.
A strong portfolio that demonstrates systems thinking is required. Experience with products requiring a fair amount of customer education is a big plus.
Act as a leader within the design team, collaborating with others to make the whole team better. You will help to define and create good process. You have a good sense of what methodology or approach to use when, as well as when and how to involve other teams. You will have a strong voice in shaping the product roadmap, so we’re not looking for someone as comfortable writing design briefs as exploring and executing against them.
You will work through design problems from beginning to end, translating research insights into ideas that form new products and features, then designing the workflows to realize them. Own the success or failure of your design work and initiate workshops, reviews and design sprints to improve work. Because we are still at the early stages of the business, key to this role is the ability to shift modes between “Done is better than perfect,” and “Do it right or not all” and the experience to know which mode to be in.
We are well-treated bunch with great benefits.
We are looking for a Communications and PR Strategist to help shape messaging and achieve strategically valuable press and media coverage this highly innovative and disruptive product. The ambition of this company and this particular role is large: we’re competing with traditional eyewear offerings in an entirely new and different way, which means we want to reframe the conversation about how and why we purchase premium eyewear.
We are seeking a world-class designer and visual storyteller to work across all aspects of our digital marketing mix. From concepting the earliest creative ideas, to crafting a hard-working ecommerce experience, you’ll be making something truly great, with a meaningful impact for thousands of people, all while doing the best work of your career.An exceptionally exciting and rewarding opportunity in Fashion Tech - this is the chance to help build the next iconic global brand, and be a foundational member of the team that has created the first meaningful eyewear innovation in hundreds of years.
You want to create great work that makes a dent in the universe. Work that contributes to helping real people, that defines the future of an industry and creates a legacy to be proud of.You delight in being an advocate for what you do, and will love being the trailblazer for marketing design in an often scientific company.Above all, you are your own you. And you are excited to add your own personality and style to our existing culture, not just to fit into it.
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We are seeking a superstar motion graphics designer with video editing experience, to create mixed media storytelling across many touch points, including paid social, website content and in-app.
About your talentsYou have a broad skill set in all areas of motion graphics and video editing, enabling you to create amazing video with autonomy.You have excellent portfolio evidence of a variety of styles such as 2D or 3D animation, stop motion, screen capture and live video.Ideally, you could work with our in-house product designers and engineers to manipulate and animate 3D CAD models into video narratives.You are adept at common video editing tools such as Premier, After Effects etc. You love the concepting phase of a brief, and excel at jamming collaboratively with other team members on nascent ideas.Your work naturally conveys a premium aesthetic.You have a personal passion for fashion and style and often reflect this in your work.You know how to create work that performs in different digital channels, especially social media, mobile web and in-app.You are comfortable working with performance marketers to rework and re-edit work as needed to discover extra conversion and success.
You have plenty of experience working directly within a multi-disciplinary marketing team.You’ve worked both with and without the guidance of a creative director.You’ve experienced and loved working in an nascent, growing team with great potential but not everything figured out yet. You even thrive when there is a bit of chaos and uncertainty.You have plenty of experience presenting your work to senior, non-creative and non-marketing people, and you actually relish a bit of probing and challenging of your rationale.You've been doing this at a very high standard for about 3 years or more.
You want to create great work that makes a dent in the universe. Work that contributes to helping real people, that defines the future of an industry and creates a legacy to be proud of.You delight in being an advocate for what you do, and will love being the trailblazer for creative film in an often scientific company.Above all, you are your own you. And you are excited to add your own personality and style to our existing culture, not just to fit into it.
Apply now via Angel List