Apptimize -- rationalist startup hiring engineers

by nancyhua2 min read12th Jan 20159 comments


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Apptimize is a 2-year old startup closely connected with the rationalist community, one of the first founded by CFAR alumni.  We make “lean” possible for mobile apps -- our software lets mobile developers update or A/B test their apps in minutes, without submitting to the App Store. Our customers include big companies such as Nook and Ebay, as well as Top 10 apps such as Flipagram. When companies evaluate our product against competitors, they’ve chosen us every time.

We work incredibly hard, and we’re striving to build the strongest engineering team in the Bay Area. If you’re a good developer, we have a lot to offer.


  • Our team of 14 includes 7 MIT alumni, 3 ex-Googlers, 1 Wharton MBA, 1 CMU CS alum, 1 Stanford alum, 2 MIT Masters, 1 MIT Ph. D. candidate, and 1 “20 Under 20” Thiel Fellow. Our CEO was also just named to the Forbes “30 Under 30

  • David Salamon, Anna Salamon’s brother, built much of our early product

  • Our CEO is Nancy Hua, while our Android lead is "20 under 20" Thiel Fellow James Koppel. They met after James spoke at the Singularity Summit

  • HP:MoR is required reading for the entire company

  • We evaluate candidates on curiosity even before evaluating them technically

  • Seriously, our team is badass. Just look

Self Improvement

  • You will have huge autonomy and ownership over your part of the product. You can set up new infrastructure and tools, expense business products and services, and even subcontract some of your tasks if you think it's a good idea

  • You will learn to be a more goal-driven agent, and understand the impact of everything you do on the rest of the business

  • Access to our library of over 50 books and audiobooks, and the freedom to purchase more

  • Everyone shares insights they’ve had every week

  • Self-improvement is so important to us that we only hire people committed to it. When we say that it’s a company value, we mean it

The Job

  • Our mobile engineers dive into the dark, undocumented corners of iOS and Android, while our backend crunches data from billions of requests per day

  • Engineers get giant monitors, a top-of-the-line MacBook pro, and we’ll pay for whatever else is needed to get the job done

  • We don’t demand prior experience, but we do demand the fearlessness to jump outside your comfort zone and job description. That said, our website uses AngularJS, jQuery, and nginx, while our backend uses AWS, Java (the good parts), and PostgreSQL

  • We don’t have gratuitous perks, but we have what counts: Free snacks and catered meals, an excellent health and dental plan, and free membership to a gym across the street

  • Seriously, working here is awesome. As one engineer puts it, “we’re like a family bent on taking over the world”

If you’re interested, send some Bayesian evidence that you’re a good match to


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Just wanted to jump in here and say that Nancy, Jeremy, and the whole team are both exceptionally rational, and exceptionally capable. In my ~10 years of programming professionally, Apptimize is easily the best working environment I've experienced.

Absolutely worth checking out.

I like the bit about curiosity. Have you looked at all into other factors like grit? :P

you'd be a good contributor to our debates on company values

What about absorbency and electrical conductivity?

Mandatory reading of any kind is super weird and off putting to me.

Good luck to you guys, I hope you make a ton of money!

That sounds like a premature conclusion/hypothesis.

Yep. The first thing we do is have a conversation where we look for the 6 company values. Another of them is "commitment," which includes both ownership and grit.

I think that markets really really undervalue rationality. Kudos to you for (presumably) giving it the recognition it deserves and reaching out on Less Wrong.

And I think that it's awesome that HPMOR is required reading. Personally, I'd make the core sequences required reading.

Does Java (the good parts) refer to the O'Reilly book with the same name? Or is it some proper subset of the language like what Crockford describes for Javascript?

It's more like the Crockford book -- a set of best practices. We use a fairly functional style without a lot of moving parts that makes Java very pleasant to work with. You will not find a SingletonFactoryObserverBridge at this company.