8 Nov 2011

Full-Time Web Developer

Top Hat MonocleToronto, Ontario, Canada

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Job Description

Top Hat Monocle provides software tools to make teaching more interactive and engaging.

If you’ve ever been to university then you’ve experienced first hand the problem that we’re trying to solve. Most lectures consist of 50 minutes of listening to someone read the texbook to you. What our software does is give teachers the tools to use the technology that’s already in their classrooms (cell phones, smart phones, laptops etc.) to make the classroom experience great.

You will be working on our flagship classroom interaction software. We are still a small team so you will wear many hats and get to touch everything from the front-end, to the back-end and database code. We follow the “Facebook approach” of giving developers complete ownership of features.

Your work will touch tens of thousands of paying customers, and you will get to ship code on a weekly basis (assuming it passes our automated testing suite.)

Compensation is $60-80k/year + generous stock options.

Some other cool things about working at Top Hat Monocle:

1. Every 5th week is hack-week where developers get to spend a week working on pet projects.

2. Free snacks and drinks, and free company breakfast in the mornings

3. Call of Duty at lunch


There are three key things that we look for:

1. You need to be very smart and able to learn quickly.

2. You need to have at least a few years of web development experience (through work or personal projects.)

3. You need to be able to architect robust, maintainable systems, not just hack together code for one-off projects.

Ideally you should have experience with Python on Django and JavaScript on the client side. Experience with Node.js is also an asset.

That being said we know that a good developer can pick up a new language and framework in a few months, so don’t worry about not knowing Python if you’ve only worked with PHP in the past, as long as you’re smart and willing to learn.

About Top Hat Monocle

We are a shiny new startup in the education space. We provide a tool that teachers use to make class more engaging for students, using things like live polls, interactive demonstrations and discussion tools. Students can participate in class using pretty much any device they happen to have, like their cell phones, smart phones or laptops.

If you’ve ever been in a university classroom then you know how useful a tool like this would be, and how you wish you had something like this when you were in school.

We’re growing fast, we have a real business model and we’re profitable. Our tools are used by tens of thousands of paying customers all over the world.

We’re looking for brilliant developers to join our (already brilliant) team. We’re still fairly small and so we’re able to offer meaningful amounts of equity to people that come aboard.

How to Apply

Please email your application to careers@tophatmonocle.com

Job Categories: Engineering. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: django, javascript, php, and python. Salary: 60,000 - 80,000.

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