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About Tout

Over here at Tout, we’re building a communications platform that helps sales and business development professionals communicate faster and close more deals. You may or may not care about salespeople, but you'll love the type of innovative things we're doing to email and phone systems to help them communicate effectively.

Similarly to how Fedex revolutionized snail mail, and Cisco revolutionized the business phone, we're looking to bring the same level of tracking, analytics and management to business messaging. How? Not by creating some pie in the sky platform that no one will use today, but first, by integrating into existing email platforms to add value and then by slowly building out  and evolve into the communications client of the future.

Tout is funded by some of the most prominent angels in Silicon Valley, has solid enterprise customers, revenues and an amazing user community. Join us.

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Designed and Built in San Francisco

Our tight knit team of Engineers and Happiness Officers are based in San Francisco (SOMA) and we want to talk to individuals from all levels and backgrounds. Whether you're still in college but looking for a better way to learn how to build product or you're an experienced engineer stuck at a boring once-startup, we want to meet with you and see if we are a good match.

Interesting Ratios

Over here at Tout, we're integrated into more platforms than we have engineers; we have more computer screens than we have employees; and, nothing pleases us more than to write a clever algorithm or tool to do a job better than to hire a human being to run a repetitive process. Hacking together APIs and new technologies to solve real world problems whether it be for our customers or our own business is at our core and we love figuring out ways to use technology to get massive amounts of leverage.

What We're Looking For

We're actively looking to expand our engineering team. Both full time and internship positions are available for engineers that aren't afraid to work on both Frontend and Backend and isn't scared to get their hands dirty every now and then with some DevOps.

Are You a Good Fit?

The ideal person for this role is someone that is looking for an adventure with a get-it-done-always-be-hustling attitude. In this role, you shouldn't be afraid to try new tools and libraries, but you should always have an eye toward shipping product, delighting customers and be able to make the right tradeoffs necessary to achieve that goal. The compensation package consists of a generous mix of base salary and stock options and is highly dependent on your abilities and what you want to optimize for (money now vs money later).

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Our Principles Behind Building Products

We are a principles driven company. We believe a focus on principles is fantastic because not only does it yield a great product and a business but it also expands the state of the art of our craft. The core principles that drive our decisions are a work in progress, malleable and constantly debated. Below are a few of them.

Solve for patterns, not for instances
We talk to customers. We get to understand their problems, how they do their jobs and even how they use our product. Throughout the course of these conversations, we always strive to find patterns instead of instances. Patterns are powerful because they help you identify the root of an issue. By focusing on patterns, we believe we build products that are not only innovative but also fundamentally shifts how people communicate and do their jobs.

Always ask, What is the Goal and What are you Optimizing for?
As human beings, we love to do. We love thinking of possibilities, and we love executing. Unfortunately, while this comes naturally, this is not necessarily the recipe for successful products and businesses. We belive that to be successful it is always important to have a crystal clear vision of why we are doing things, what our goals are, and what factors (out of the many possibilities) we are optimizing for. Our process isn't perfect, in fact, we're still learning new ways to do this better every day, but it is certainly a start.

Look for leverage, but always invest in your core
When Tout was originally built, by using common services in the cloud (leverage) we were able to build out a prototype in a weekend and we had our first paying customers within 24 hours of launching. There are plenty of ways to get leverage when building products these days, whether it is a Gem, a Plugin, a Library or a hosted service that promises to abstract away a key piece of complicated infrastructure. We're always looking for leverage when building our products so we can prove our theories faster -- but we always keep an eye to make sure that we're not too dependent on others when it comes to our Core.

Know your core
We don't want to be a jack of all trades and masters of none. So, we believe it is important to be frank upfront about the things that we want to excel and specialize in and the things we'd rather pay the experts to do. Based on our core, we make key decisions on how to hire, who to hire, how to build our product, which features to build and which services to leverage.

Technologies and Frameworks We Use

  • Java
  • Node.js
  • Ruby
  • Javascript
  • Coffeescript
  • .NET for our Outlook Plugin
  • Objective/C for our iPhone App
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Backbone.js
  • Twitter Storm
  • Chef
  • Redis/Resque
  • CouchDB
  • Memcached
  • ElasticSearch

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