Scribd: iOS Developer – Build the future of mobile reading apps!

Posted by | September 3, 2011 | Web Professional Jobs Blog

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Location: San Francisco, Ca

URL: http://www.scribd.com

The Job
Love your iPhone? Just getting started building iPhone applications, but want to learn? You may have just found a perfect opportunity.
Scribd is already one of the largest applications on the web, and now we are making an aggressive push into mobile. Just recently we launched our first mobile application, Float Reader, to tremendous industry acclaim. Float is more than just an app, though; it is a digital reading service that aims to bring all of your favorite reading sources into one platform. We’re combining news articles, blog posts, books, and more into one integrated reading experience that works across all devices.
We’ve already got a top-notch iOS team staffed with some industry heavyweights, but we’ve got a ton of work ahead of us and are aggressively expanding. We are supplementing the team with a limited number of engineers who have a strong general computer science background but are not yet expert iOS developers. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to get into mobile app development.
If you haven’t tried Float Reader yet, we encourage you to check out these articles about us and then download the app from the iPhone app store and try it yourself.
About Scribd
Scribd is a YCombinator startup based in San Francisco. Our vision is to build the future of publishing, and we’re already one of the top 100 sites on the web with over 90 million monthly visitors. We’ve won lots of awards and raised 20M along the way, but the journey is only 1% finished, and we’re looking for talented technologists of all kinds to take Scribd to the next level.
There is a lot of deep technology operating behind the scenes at Scribd. We have scaled the world’s second largest ruby on rails site, invented the first HTML5 document reader, and done original work on textual analysis. Scribd is a very engineering-driven company: as an engineer here you will have a lot of responsibility to choose the projects you work on and to define the way they get built. And because we have a large userbase and deploy new code daily, your work will likely be used by millions of people on your first week. 
Scribd has a unique company culture that combines a laid-back atmosphere (we have company go-karts and an office zipline) with a total focus on doing great engineering – the best way to experience it is really to read through our jobs page and watch our infamous go-kart racing video. For more info on our technology, check out our tech blog and this article about our break-through HTML5 technology
Recently we launched our first mobile application, called Float, for web and iOS. Float is more than just an app, though; it is a digital reading service that aims to bring all of your favorite reading sources into one platform. We’re combining news articles, blog posts, books, and more into one integrated reading experience that works across all devices. For more info, check out some of the great coverage we’ve had about Float, or try it out yourself at float.com
The Ideal Profile
We are looking for people with a strong engineering background who enjoy building high quality products used by millions. Because Objective C is based on C, a strong understanding of C/C++ development and memory management are important. A good product sense, an understanding of the mobile app ecosystem, and strong personal initiative are essential.

Responsibilities
Mobile development on iOS. Design, architect, implement, and QA Scribd’s new mobile apps. Work creatively to solve challenging problems.

Qualifications
Work experience as a software engineer working on an interesting project
Computer Science degree or equivalent experience
Understanding of scalability, systems engineering, and algorithms
Strong knowledge of C/C++
Understanding of memory management
Prior knowledge of Objective C, Mac development, or iOS development is a plus but not required
Great product sense and design sense
Projects you’ve worked on that you can point to to illustrate how you build software
This is a full-time role in San Francisco, CA.
If you don’t live in the SF Bay Area, see our page about benefits and relocation for more info about moving out here.

To apply: Please send your cover letter and resume with the subject "Your name — iOS Developer — via 37signals" to jobs@scribd.com

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