How we work

Our team is a combination of young and naive people with lots of ideas, and people who have experienced the pitfalls that come with startup projects and software development. We are an impatient bunch, so we try to release new features as soon as they are done, even if everything is not polished. We love simplicity and since we have really high demands for the services we use ourselves, we aim to make appear.in as friction-free as possible.

Are there any vacancies at appear.in?

At the moment we are not hiring, however – we'd love to build our network and invite you to become part of ours. That way, you'll be the first to know when there are any openings. Simply follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Linkedin to stay updated 😀  

We love that you are interesten in appear.in and want to work with us! Even though there are no vacancies right now, we are open for discussing internships or master thesis work. Write us an e-mail and tell us a bit about yourself and why you are interested in working with us: jobs@appear.in

What's the appear.in philosophy?

Since the only constant thing in the (Internet) world is change, we believe that launching a product is merely the beginning of a process where the product is adapted to users ever-changing needs and behavior. We’re heavily inspired by the Lean Startup philosophy of prototyping a minimum viable product to test and iterate on, though we generally don’t believe in rigid philosophies or methods and pick the elements that work for us.

We try really hard to keep a high iteration speed, and push new features out to our users as soon as they’re ready. Our CEO Ingrid is a devout fan of the YAGNI principle, which is an abbreviation to help you remember these words every time you think your customers need a full and complete feature handling all possible corner cases: You Aren’t Gonna Need It! The consequence of this is that we usually release a new feature with just the bare minimum of functionality and design. We also prioritize based on impact; which feature will mean the most to the most amount of users? And we do actually listen to all the feedback that we get on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and email. 

We have found that design is best done in iterations, starting out with discussing the high-level idea and getting all complications on the table, before exploring different directions. Then we prototype something and test it on real users, which usually leads to a revised concept and hopefully a simplification of the feature/process. Then we start prototyping it in code, to understand how it will actually look and feel and what kind of animations/transitions/interactions we need. When we’ve found something that works, we’ll polish it and make it pretty. This may well happen after the feature has been deployed in production, as we’re not afraid of changing things even after they’ve been released.

We think the best way to market our product is to make something that users love and give them reasons to tell their friends about it. Visit our blog to read more about what life as a part of the appear.in team is like :D

Having fun

Since we spend around half of our time awake at work, we think it’s important to work with awesome people you love to be around and have fun while working. Since we have a remote culture, and our team is permanently spread accross three countries and two continents (and sometimes more!) we think it's super important to get together for social activites both over appear.in and IRL.

For instance, Every Friday we concquer the timezones and meet for "Friday-Friyay" get-together on appear.in, where we share things like awkward stories from our first jobs or what our favorite YouTube video is. Twice or more a year we gather for appear.in offsites where the whole team gathers at a remote location to both work and have fun together as a group. So far we have hiked the highest mountain in Norway and checked the 3G connection there, learned how to snow kite at Finse, climbed in- and outside and so much more! Let's say we are the type of team that won't say no to a new challenge!

 

What we look for

Passion, baby! – We believe that life is better when you work with something that you’re really passionate about. So we look for that spark in someone’s eye that tells us that they will almost cry when our server goes down or when someone tweets a picture of their very cute kids in ninja costume talking to their grandmother over appear.in.

Quality of user experience – We care about quality, we don’t care about perfectionism. appear.in has become what it is today because we have released features when we were still embarrased about how ugly they looked. Still, we are in this for the long run, and we don’t want to get stuck with crappy code so we try to take the time to go back and fix up things.

Curiosity – Since we work with cutting-edge web technologies, there are always new tools, frameworks and libraries to check out and learn. So ideally you have an experimental mindset and are interested in following the latest trends in the development/design community.

Vision – Since there already exists thousands of video communication services in the world, we are not interested in copying stuff that already exists (though we’re not averse to getting inspired by stuff that works well). We want people who are able to look at the future, see the potential for how things COULD BE and come up with ideas for things that haven’t been done before.