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OKpanda
OVERVIEW
Address
Tokyo, Japan
Website
http://www.okpanda.com/
Industry
E-Learning
# of Employees
11 to 50 employees
COMPANY DETAILS
Who are we?

OKpanda crafts innovative digital products for learning English. We use our social and gaming backgrounds (73 Million users on Facebook and iOS) to help people learn in novel ways, delivering superior curricula, smart games and context awareness to achieve amazing outcomes.


What do we do?

OKpanda is a venture funded English learning platform that includes instant messaging, live voice, and digital curricula. In the same way Uber allows anybody with a car to be a Limo service, we allow any qualified English teacher to build their own English classroom.

We target the $20 billion English learning space in Asia, 90% of whose revenues still go to brick and mortar language schools. Our focus is Japan, a huge market with horrible learning outcomes where we provide convenient and effective live online instruction and digital learning tools.

The founders are serial entrepreneurs and all code. We have experience scaling applications and services to tens of millions of users with as many as 1500 requests per second on relational and non-relational systems. We move fast, build, iterate and ship constantly. In December 2013 we released our first product on Japan’s Apple App Store, achieved the #1 position in the education category and brought in 300K+ installs in only 12 wee


JOB LISTINGS
  • Other・Tokyo, Japan
    Full Time
    Engineering・Tokyo, Japan・Full Time
    Languages
    Englishbusiness
    Description

    THE AWESOME STUFF YOU WILL WORK ON

    • To grow big, OKpanda will engage thousands of teachers and serve millions of users. Your leadership will involve deep coding and architectural implementation of major components of students’ web experiences as well as systems to guarantee teaching quality and autonomy, reporting systems and robustness.This is a critical role requiring big-picture strategic thinking, exceptional technical skill, product sensitivity and team building savvy. This role includes technology selection, hiring and managing members of the technical team and promises great autonomy and huge impact in defining foundational company culture.
    • You will have all the resources you need to conquer the challenges above. In turn, you will bring the hustle, tenacity and creativity to build the plan and execute on it.

    SOME SPECIFICS

    • Interview, assess and onboard engineering hires. Define technology standards and technologies used for major projects
    • Write beautiful, responsive web code for our main web service. We are currently working with html/css/JS, Node.js + mysql.
    • Implement systems to make good teachers great.
    • Run code reviews with colleagues and provide technological mentorship to new hires.
    • If experienced in mobile, write beautiful, robust code for our mobile products.
    • Lead development of architecture, backend and dashboards for analytics and reporting.
    • Lead development of control dashboards that empower teachers and help them run their English business
    Requirements
    • Demonstrated success managing teams of 3-10 engineers
    • Demonstrated success growing engineering teams
    • Experience building delightful, popular consumer-facing products on web or mobile
    • Experience with the Agile workflow and versioning systems (2+ years)
    • Demonstrated success in system architecture to handle high load
    • Versatility in creating great software that served thousands to millions of users and solved varied challenges (e.g. millions of analytics events, high fidelity messaging etc..)
    • 5+ years of demonstrated top notch work product delivered in web programming
    • B.Sc. in Computer Science or related field
    • Preferred: 1+ years of building live, complex products with Node.js.
    • Bonus: 2+ years success building solid native mobile products in iOS, Android, LAMP
    • Bonus: EFL teaching experience and/or East asian language skills
    Benefits
    • Report directly to the CEO and work with brilliant, international, friendly people
    • Enjoy competitive compensation, free healthy food at the office, health insurance, free gym membership and a great equity package.
    • Participate directly in all areas of software development, from data and system architecture to analytics, front end and back end, web and mobile.
    • Use the right technology for the job; push the envelope on new languages and tools
    • Learn about user growth directly from the OKpanda founders, who have scaled more than 10 different products to millions of users each on Facebook, iOS and MySpace.
    • Be constantly challenged both operationally and intellectually.
    • We are pushing the envelope on how learning happens and want you to have a seat at the table.
    • Do something meaningful: For our students we offer a cheaper, more effective way to master a life changing skill and build new friendships. For our teachers, who are largely stay at home moms in the Philippines, we offer lucrative employment with real impact.
  • Other・Tokyo, Japan
    Full Time
    Engineering・Tokyo, Japan・Full Time
    Languages
    Englishbusiness
    Description

    THE AWESOME STUFF YOU WILL WORK ON

    • To grow big, OKpanda will engage over ten thousand independent contractors as teachers and serve millions of users. You will be in charge of implementing the major components of students’ web experiences as well as systems to guarantee teaching quality and autonomy. This is a pivotal role requiring very sophisticated thinking about user experience, quality assurance systems, reporting systems and robustness.
    • As a core technology team member, this means you will have ownership and autonomy as well as have the opportunity to touch everything code related.

    SOME SPECIFICS

    • Write beautiful, responsive web code for our main web service. We are currently working with html/css/JS, Node.js + mysql.
    • Implement systems to make good teachers great.
    • Lead development of architecture, backend and dashboards for analytics and reporting.
    • Create parsing and analysis systems to evaluate textual/voice data from live lessons.
    • Build out control dashboards that empower teachers and help them run their English business
    • Build out backend architectures to support our 420,000 (and growing) mobile user-base
    • Build assessment tools to analyze voice conversations and identify who talked what % of the time (teacher vs. student/s)
    Requirements
    • Experience building delightful, popular consumer-facing products on web or mobile
    • Experience with the Agile workflow and versioning systems (2+ years)
    • 4+ years of demonstrated top notch work product delivered in web programming
    • Versatility in creating great software that served thousands to millions of users and solved varied challenges (e.g. millions of analytics events, high fidelity messaging etc..)
    • B.Sc. in Computer Science or related field
    • Preferred: 1+ years of building live, complex products with Node.js.
    • Bonus: 2+ years success building solid native mobile products in iOS, Android, LAMP
    • Bonus: EFL teaching experience and/or East asian language skills
    Benefits
    • Report to the Head of Engineering and work with brilliant, international, friendly people
    • Enjoy competitive compensation, free healthy food at the office, health insurance, free gym membership and a great equity package.
    • Participate directly in all areas of software development, from data and system architecture to analytics, front end and back end, web and mobile.
    • Use the right technology for the job; push the envelope on new languages and tools
    • Learn about user growth directly from the OKpanda founders, who have scaled more than 10 different products to millions of users each on Facebook, iOS and MySpace.
    • Be constantly challenged both operationally and intellectually. We are pushing the envelope on how learning happens and want you to have a seat at the table.
    • Do something meaningful: For our students we offer a cheaper, more effective way to master a life changing skill and build new friendships.
    • For our teachers, who are largely stay at home moms in the Philippines, we offer lucrative employment with real impact.
  • Other・Tokyo, Japan
    Full Time
    E-Learning・Tokyo, Japan・Full Time
    Languages
    Englishbusiness
    Description

    THE AWESOME STUFF YOU WILL WORK ON

    As we grow, OKpanda will engage thousands of independent contractors as teachers and serve millions of users. You will be in charge of implementing the major components of students’ iOS experiences as well as systems to guarantee lesson quality. This is a pivotal role requiring very sophisticated thinking about user experience, quality assurance systems, reporting systems and robustness. As a core technology team member, this means you will have ownership and autonomy as well as have the opportunity to touch everything code related.

    AS AN iOS ENGINEER AT OKpanda YOU WILL

    • Write beautiful, responsive code for our native iOS applications.
    • Work with our designers to deliver a beautiful, intuitive interface for our iOS apps.
    • Build out control dashboards that empower teachers and help them run their English business.
    • Build out backend architectures to support our 650,000 (and growing) mobile user-base.
    • Unit-test code for robustness, including edge cases, usability, and general reliability.
    • Troubleshoot, optimize and performance tune the apps for best in class user experience

    WHILE WORKING AT OKpanda YOU WILL

    • Report to the Head of Engineering and work with brilliant, international, friendly people
    • Participate directly in all areas of software development, from data and system architecture to analytics, front end and back end, web and mobile.
    • Use the right technology for the job; push the envelope on new languages and tools
    • Learn about user growth directly from the OKpanda founders, who have scaled more than 10 different products to millions of users each on Facebook, iOS and MySpace.
    • Be constantly challenged both operationally and intellectually. We are pushing the envelope on how learning happens and want you to have a seat at the table.
    • Do something meaningful: For our students we offer a cheaper, more effective way to master a life changing skill and build new friendships. For our teachers, who are largely stay at home moms in the Philippines, we offer lucrative employment with real impact.
    Requirements
    • Experience building delightful, popular consumer-facing products on mobile
    • Experience with the Agile workflow and versioning systems (2+ years) 4+ years of demonstrated top notch work product delivered in native iOS programming
    • Full stack: You are comfortable building a back end server side for your iOS client to deliver an end-to-end result.
    • You have already gone through WWDC iOS 8 videos and have a lot to say.
    • Versatility in creating great software that served thousands to millions of users and solved varied challenges (e.g. millions of analytics events, high fidelity messaging etc..)
    • B.Sc. in Computer Science or related field
    • Bonus: EFL teaching experience and/or East asian language skills
    Benefits
    • Report to the Head of Engineering and work with brilliant, international, friendly people
    • Enjoy competitive compensation, free healthy food at the office, health insurance, free gym membership and a great equity package.
    • Participate directly in all areas of software development, from data and system architecture to analytics, front end and back end, web and mobile.
    • Use the right technology for the job; push the envelope on new languages and tools
    • Learn about user growth directly from the OKpanda founders, who have scaled more than 10 different products to millions of users each on Facebook, iOS and MySpace.
    • Be constantly challenged both operationally and intellectually. We are pushing the envelope on how learning happens and want you to have a seat at the table.
    • Do something meaningful: For our students we offer a cheaper, more effective way to master a life changing skill and build new friendships.
    • For our teachers, who are largely stay at home moms in the Philippines, we offer lucrative employment with real impact.
  • Other・Tokyo, Japan
    Full Time
    Marketing・Tokyo, Japan・Full Time
    Languages
    Englishbusiness
    Description

    As Japan Marketing, Growth Hacker you will:

    • Create great experiments to drive traffic to our services using Facebook Ads, Google and other common resources
    • Create effective copy, landing pages and more, collaborating with our design teamImplement suites for A/B testing and analytics to shed light on growth performance
    • Define and implement dashboards for reporting on growth
    • Survey the market to identify positioning and demographic targeting opportunities
    • Develop strategies to improve our conversion funnels
    • Participate in the definition of our overall product strategy

    KPIS FROM OUR ROADMAP

    • Reduce the cost of getting a user to start our free trial by 30% in the first 6 months.
    • Define and oversee the development of our dashboards, tracking systems and process for data driven evaluation of growth efforts.
    • Identify core demographics that represent low hanging fruit and define the most effective growth channels for the next 6 months
    Requirements
    • 3+ years demonstrated success in defining and overseeing the execution of top notch growth and marketing strategies for web or mobile products using a heavily data driven approach
    • Native Japanese speaker
    • Fluent in English for business communication ##Preferred:
    • Background in user experience, psychology, language learning
    • Some technical background: e.g. web/mobile programming skill in LAMP, Node, Ruby, Objective-C, Java or equivalent
    • Demonstrated success building a successful product for the Japanese market
    • Great copywriting ability
    • EFL teaching experience
    Benefits
    • Report directly to the CEO and work with brilliant, international, friendly people
    • Work full time at our conveniently located Manhattan or Tokyo office.
    • Enjoy competitive compensation, free healthy food at the office, health insurance, free gym membership and a great equity package.
    • Have a hardware budget and work Agile using SCRUM and other best-practices.
    • Learn about user growth directly from the OKpanda founders, who have scaled more than 10 different products to millions of users each on Facebook, iOS and MySpace.
    • Be constantly challenged both operationally and intellectually. We are pushing the envelope on how learning happens and want you to have a seat at the table.
    • Do something meaningful: For our students we offer a cheaper, more effective way to master a life changing skill and build new friendships.
    • For our teachers, who are largely stay at home moms in the Philippines, we offer lucrative employment with real impact.
  • Other・Tokyo, Japan
    Full Time
    Business Development・Tokyo, Japan・Full Time
    Languages
    Englishbusiness
    Description

    THE AWESOME STUFF YOU WILL WORK ON

    • To grow big, OKpanda will engage thousands of independent contractors as teachers and serve millions of users. You will be in charge of creating the systems to guarantee both quality and teacher autonomy, a pivotal role requiring very sophisticated thinking about quality assurance systems, training, reporting systems and protocols.
    • We will give you all the resources you need to conquer this challenge. In turn, you will bring the hustle, tenacity and creativity to build the plan and execute on it.

    SOME SPECIFICS

    • Define protocols and systems for teacher review and assessment, substitution, absence, and catastrophe planning (internet, electricity failure, etc.)
    • Define and oversee customer service systems and community management.
    • Define and develop training systems such that new teachers can be onboarded with minimal management intervention
    • Define and oversee the overall package to keep teacher motivation high and allow hiring
    • Think about teacher and user psychology to devise improved motivation structures
    • Lead the development of admin and analytics systems for chat/voice quality assurance
    • Develop strategies to improve our conversion funnel and student onboarding
    • Create business models for live teaching, including load planning (students/teacher/hour)

    KPIS FROM OUR ROADMAP

    • Ensure that 98% of lessons are initiated by teachers within 2 minutes of their defined start time.
    • Have a review and ratings system that allows us to intelligently segment the quality of teachers' performance in terms of customer satisfaction within 1 month of work start. This should be accurate enough that we would feel comfortable ceasing work with the bottom 10%-20% of teachers from the platform.
    • A new teacher should be ready to start accepting students in a completely self guided way, within 24 hours of accepting our offer, including administrative functions and training protocols (without human management intervention).
    • Create a teacher package and incentivization model to attract 300 teachers in 6 months
    Requirements
    • 3+ years demonstrated success in designing and overseeing the execution of top notch web or mobile products for business operations
    • BONUS: Background in user experience, psychology, language learning
    • BONUS: Demonstrated success building a successful product for the Japanese market
    • BONUS: EFL teaching experience, East asian language skills
    Benefits
    • Report directly to the CEO and work with brilliant, international, friendly people
    • Work full time at our conveniently located Manhattan or Tokyo office.
    • Enjoy competitive compensation, free healthy food at the office, health insurance, free gym membership and a great equity package.
    • Have a hardware budget and work Agile using SCRUM and other best-practices.
    • Learn about user growth directly from the OKpanda founders, who have scaled more than 10 different products to millions of users each on Facebook, iOS and MySpace.
    • Be constantly challenged both operationally and intellectually. We are pushing the envelope on how learning happens and want you to have a seat at the table.
    • Do something meaningful: For our students we offer a cheaper, more effective way to master a life changing skill and build new friendships. For our teachers, who are largely stay at home moms in the Philippines, we offer lucrative employment with real impact.