CTO, Captain of Technology

at Launchpilots in China: Shanghai

About Launchpilots
Launchpilots is a marketplace connecting university students and brands through campus event sponsorships. Our mission is to provide students with the resources and opportunities to pursue their passions by providing a mutually empowering platform for students and brands to engage with each other. We just graduated from China Accelerator 2013, with brands like Red Bull and Oreo as our customers, and are supported by leading pro bono service providers like Thomson Reuters Foundation.

CTO, Captain of Technology
The CTO role is a challenging position requiring a combination of technical skills, operational expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and of course, passion for helping students! This role is based in Shanghai.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Excited about building a marketplace product for students and global brands
  • Curious and hands-on, likes to understand problems and solve with technology
  • Able to identify and build simple and measurable solutions to problems
  • Keen to identify inefficient processes, gets a kick out of streamlining manual/offline processes through technology
  • Data-driven, believes in measuring and validating new product ideas/features
  • Keen to talk to users, collect feedback and iterate product constantly
  • Entrepreneurial, imaginative, solution-driven and able to handle uncertainty
  • Experienced in full stack web development, from DB backend management to frontend design with HTML/CSS/JavaScript. Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, and Bootstrap experience a plus

You will be in charge of…
Product Development – 50%

  • Execute Product Roadmap through hands-on development (first web, then mobile)
  • Iterate and adapt Roadmap based on evolving business needs
  • Integrate third-party platforms (web/mobile) to improve user experience
  • Manage and communicate development progress with core team

Technology Strategy – 30%

  • Provide long-term technology vision, including architecting for scale and performance measurement
  • Design, manage and validate Product Roadmap, integrating feedback from users, CSO and CBO
  • Work with CSO and CBO to develop streamlined processes for students and brands
  • Ensure customer service, support, and feature (e.g. sponsorship) requests are incorporated into the development process

Technology Leadership – 10%

  • Build and manage an awesome, like-minded tech team

Company Leadership – 10%

  • We’re building an awesome product and company together. The core leadership team (CSO, CTO, CBO) will be working very closely together to formulate business strategy, develop product ideas, establish success metrics and building a vibrant company culture.

Your qualifications include…

  • BS or MS in Computer Science or 5+ years of software development experience
  • Experience leading/building development teams
  • Experience developing marketplaces or online-to-offline products
  • Experience streamlining offline/manual processes through web/mobile technology
  • Held a leadership position at a youth or university organization(s) OR
  • Worked in an advertising agency
  • Professional proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English

Major bonus points if you have…

  • Been a startup co-founder
  • Experience building a product for student, brands and/or agencies
  • Skills in UI/UX design
  • Experience in mobile development, especially Android
  • Familiarity with Agile development technologies, processes, and tools

Final Note:
We are not looking for an employee. We are looking for a founding team member who wants to build and lead this organization together. Together, we will develop our strategy, build our product and empower students and brands across China, Asia, and the world.

Email us at careers@launchpilots.com to discuss further about this role.

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Published on 23-09-2013
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