Seam (S20)
API for IoT Devices

Senior UI/UX Designer

$130k - $180k0.50% - 1.50%

San Francisco
Full-time
3+ years
About Seam

Build the API for the physical world

We build a REST API + gateway to let software developers connect to IoT devices and control them. For example, using our API developers can unlock doors, change temperature, read energy meters, and much more! You can see our API documentation here.

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Customers use us for all sorts of use cases, such as programming door access to an Airbnb, monitoring temperature in storage facilities, or detect water leaks in homes and automatically create maintenance tickets.

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Who We Are

Our team’s experience ranges from Nest, Github, to Sonder. We scaled server infrastructure at the scale of tens of millions of users and directly deployed IoT devices across thousands of locations on multiple continents.

We tend to prefer strongly typed languages, enjoy reading about obscure protocols or the infrastructure underpinnings our world. In fact, we ❤️ learning new things in general, and provide an annual stipend for education, conference travel, books...etc.

We're backed by deep-tech investors like Root Ventures, YC, Tuesday Capital...etc, and are advised by the amazing Bunnie Huang (Hacking the XBox) and Jonathan Beri (WeWork, Nest)

Who We're Looking For

Building an API to IoT devices isn't easy:

  1. First, it requires a bit of hardware to bridge some IoT protocols devices to HTTP (e.g. zigbee, zwave, bacnet...etc).
  2. Second, creating a unified interface to a zoo of devices isn't trivial.
  3. Third, many IoT devices live in a fundamentally asynchronous world making interfacing with them tricky.

Ideally, You like these sort of tough technical challenges and can travel up and down an unusually deep technical stack.

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About the role

NOTICE: apply here or email us [email protected]. Either works :)

Senior UI/UX Designer

You may ask yourself, "does an API company really need a UI/UX person?" 🤔

To this, we offer a resounding YES!!

First, Ludwig Pettersson (Stripe's first designer) had an enormous impact on Stripe's product direction and making developers fall in love with its ease of use via clear documentation, clean dashboards...etc.

Second, note that our company's mission is, "to create a programmatic interface to the physical world." Today this interface takes the form of an API, but we very much intend to lower the accessibility bar of Seam by building higher-level abstractions to this API to enable all sorts of businesses to use Seam! Producing a tool that correctly generalizes affordances to a zoo of devices will be an exceptionally difficult UX task.

Third, we think life is too short to work on things we can't proudly show to our friends & families :)

Who We're Looking For

First, we like system thinkers. We're not hiring to whip up a coat of fresh paint on our products. We want to work with you to think through our products, the brand and context around them, the journey our users experience, and how this all fits together into a schema/systems that delivers a consistent experience across a wide range of touchpoints (API docs, dashboards, native apps...etc).

Second, we are a very technical company and we'd prefer it if you are able to jump into some frontend code. We obviously don't expect you to know the inner workings of operating systems, but we also wouldn't mind it if you get comfortable with our stack's general principles, why IoT is hard, and find ways to express this to our customers.

Technology

Frontend: react/node + react-native

Backend: Ruby/Grape/Node/Typescript on AWS

Gateway/Hub: typed Python / Docker (application layers)

Firmware/OS: Custom Linux Distro + various drivers in C

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