Hive is a venture backed (Series A) B2B productivity platform that drives companies to work forward. Their productivity platform powers the fast pace at companies like Starbucks, Uber, IBM, and Netflix, and they are passionate about changing how people work and communicate. Having been hailed as one of CNBC’s top 100 startups to watch and raising over $15m in funding from top investors including Comcast Ventures, Hive is poised to crack the workplace productivity market. Hive was founded by John Furneaux and Eric Typaldos in 2015 and is based in New York, USA.
Hive provides teams with centralized project management, real-time chat, actionable email, resource management, analytics and integrations to power it all. Hive sets itself apart from competitors in the market because of the central premise that the current landscape of collaboration tools force experts into data entry to keep their team on the same page. With Hive’s ability to capacitively take in tasks, teams have know what they’re meant to do on any given day without having to constantly manually enter/update tasks. This level of automation saves teams at Pinterest, Starbucks and Uber thousands of hours on an ongoing basis.
Hive has tripled in growth since Summer 2019 and we want you to understand why.
We’re cracking the code to cross-functional team workflow
3.5 years young
$15m + in funding from Comcast Ventures, Vocap Investment Partners, Tribeca Venture Partners, Rembrandt Venture Partners
Top rated enterprise collaboration tool on G2 crowd and Capterra
Uber, Pinterest, Starbucks, Google and over 1000 more companies using
We offer project management, chat, meetings/notes, email, resource management, time tracking/sheets, analytics, integrations
With a tripling in growth since the Summer, it’s safe to say that Hive’s team structure is in an awkward adolescence. We’re looking for the right people to help us maximize the raw talent and potential on the current engineering team to flourish into a world-class engineering organization. The VP of Engineering will report to CTO.
The engineering team has added 8 members since Fall and splitting the team from a flat structure into objective-driven Pods, we’re at a point where we need to focus on operational excellence and scalable engineering processes. From a team of just 4 engineers, no product managers, and no designers, we successfully scaled our real-time application to over 60,000 users and are excited to see what we can do with a fully fleshed out team.
The product roadmap for the year ahead is where we’re taking potentially game-changing bets on new product features – things that will set Hive even further ahead of the competition. The upcoming roadmap includes NLP analysis of emails to automatically surface actionable items, anonymous user capabilities, and real-time multi-editor functionality on Hive Notes with calendar hook-ins. Outside of a 2020 focus on exciting new product roadmap items, Hive is in the process of shifting architecture away from Meteor js and towards Facebook-powered GraphQL, one of the most exciting new technologies on the scene. A shift like this is always a fun challenge, especially for an application with global usage and expectations of sub-second real-time interactions for users. This transition will be supplemented with further maturity of the SDLC process using tools like Jest, Enzyme, and Storybook for a standardized component library. Past that, we’re establishing even faster deployment cycles by taking advantage of serverless technology for lightning fast 3rd party integrations.
Many of the goals for the engineering organization have been defined, we’re now just looking for somebody capable of executing on the processes to achieve them. The VP Engineering will hold team leads accountable for executing on these plans, specifically:
*Net negative bugs: Adapt process to chip away at tech debt and solve more issues than we create
*Tripled velocity: Velocity needs to scale with the significant team size increase. The VP Engineering will focus on high-leverage process changes to help achieve operational excellence.
*Predictable estimations: No consistent process for measuring and estimating units of work. At its worst, this can lead to miscommunication and missed deadlines.
*QA and testing approach: Functional scope of Hive is too big for all manual QA. Our E2E test suite is built out well at the core, but we need to set out a plan on growing the test suite/approach.
*App performance SLA: APM measured, error tooling is in place, now we need to hold team leads accountable to meet enterprise-level SLAs.
*Error budget: VP Engineering will define a formal process for error budgeting in production.
*New Architecture rollout: We have a clear path to an exciting future architecture. VP Engineering will execute a plan so we are transitioned by a set date with clearly defined technical + business outcomes.
*Career growth management: Hive has an informal engineering ladder in place. VP Engineering will be responsible for helping formalize career growth, individual goals and 1:1s for team leads.
*Off-shore process streamlining: Hive works with an off-shore team that acts as an extension of the core engineering team. The off-shore engineers are just as passionate about Hive as those on-shore, however there are optimizations to managing off-shore which can have massive payoff for Hive.
Current/future team setup:
Currently, the engineering organization consists of 5 engineering pods: Architecture, Core, Innovation, Apps, and Mobile. Each team has a tech lead who handles day-to-day planning and execution on the pod – the VP Engineering would be managing these tech leads directly. Each pod consists of at least 3 engineers with a balanced mix of ~1 senior, mid and junior engineer per pod. Past that, Hive has a QA/SDET team of 4 who help act as business analysts, testers, and automated test writers.
In the coming year, we anticipate this structure to grow out further with roles focused on leading Security and Devops. The VP Engineering will interact with these new teams adjacently, but will mostly focus on pod operations and growth.
*Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science
*Defined and run processes for: SDLC, error budgeting, performance SLAs, test-driven development, sprint management
*Experience moving from generalized frameworks to specialized architecture
*Strong experience leading or building upon a test driven development culture (CI/CD, DevOps)
*Managed career growth for teams of 15+
*Been accountable for engineering organization goal setting and attainment
*Experience leading teams at organizations experiencing hyper-growth (Series A and beyond)
*5+ years as team lead at 100+ person start-ups
*Defined career ladder, deployment strategy, best practices, on-call support, and internal documentation of infrastructure
*Strong applied technical background parlayed into engineering leadership
*Proven player-coach for engineers
Web app: Meteor, React, Nodejs, Mongodb, Redis, GraphQL, Websockets
Mobile: React Native, Apollo
Infrastructure (AWS): ELB, S3, Cloudfront, Cloudwatch, Lambda
Tooling: Selenium Webdriver, Webpack, CircleCI, Storybook, Sentry, Papertrail, Segment
Compensation & Benefits:
Competitive base salary
Objective bonus incentives
Education and conference reimbursement
Dog Friendly office
Office with amazing views
Hive honey (annual bonus where we encourage employees to spend on personal hobbies/endeavors)