Ideal for Parents
We made Precious for parents who, like me (Chris), are overwhelmed by their digital memories.
You don’t have to have children of your own in order to work with us, but for any parent out there who is wondering how to balance your career in tech and your new or growing family, this might be the place. Every company wants to hire people who are also users of their product, and for us, that’s parents! Our company was founded by two brothers (Chris and Daniel), and we prioritize family in all parts of our lives.
It should go without saying that we provide healthcare for all employees as well as their dependents and family members. We support maternity and paternity leave, and don’t keep track of vacations or PTO (don’t worry, we do take time off ourselves evidenced by Daniel’s 2-week trip to Patagonia this year!).
Bonded by Love for Product
We want to make families healthier, happier, and stronger.
We’ve borrowed this mission statement from Sesame Street (who also happens to be one of our investors). Moms and dads take dozens of photos of their kids every day. Their phones and cloud storage accounts get so flooded with photos, but they can’t find the time or stand the thought of deleting any of their precious moments in time. As a result, they hoard photos with no real plan to use or even share them. With Precious, a digital journal is automatically created for you which you can then easily share with family. It allows grandparents that live far away to watch their grandchildren grow up, and gives parents the ability to reflect on parenthood without any work. Family means a lot to us, so it’s easy for us to love our own product too. (If you’re curious, check out the app for yourself. We’d love to hear what you think!)
Looking at the back end, we also have a deep interest in computer vision and artificial intelligence. We use AI to help parents manage their photo libraries: facial detection identifies photos of kids and finds the best ones, discarding those that are blurry or poor quality. We also consider age and gender to differentiate between siblings (if a family has more than one child). In addition to our love for our product and end users, we’re also excited to be facing technically challenging problems every day.
We test product ideas by doing quick mocks and shipping MVPs.
We’ve been product-driven from the very beginning. When we started, we’d create visual designs, go to Dolores Park in San Francisco, and interview potential customers (aka moms who are playing at the park). Now, we build and ship things, and use A/B testing (with Taplytics) to gauge conversion and retention. Our product roadmap is defined by our metrics and talking to users.
We operate on 1- or 2-week cycles. For example, for one week we’ll focus on making changes that will improve retention. The following week, while we wait for data to come in from usage of the retention-related features, we'll ship something, with a focus on growth-hacking. The third week, we’ll be able to see data from our retention experiments and decide to keep iterating or move to the next item on the list.
All in all, our guiding principle is to build great products that customers will love and pay for. We don’t want our users to become our product, which is why we’ll never show targeted ads or sell your data to third parties. While we are already profitable, we are also well-funded by Collaborative Fund, Sesame Street, FundersClub, Locus Ventures, and Y Combinator.
Committed to Personal Growth
We’re all about “wearing many hats,” which leads to both personal and professional development.
Whenever we need to uplevel our knowledge, skills, and abilities, we leverage outside experts and consultants. When we first started in 2015, ML were getting more accurate and AI was becoming more accessible to developers. We weren't experts ourselves, so we hired one as a consultant to help us ramp up our timeline. Together, Daniel and the consultant built face identification models (matching faces) that work on adult faces. Our models perform as well as the ones in leading academic research papers. Now we’re working to train the model to perform face identification on baby faces - a unique challenge!
Joining Precious is an especially good opportunity for any developer that wants to apply their current skill set while also learning about computer vision.
Wears Many Hats
We are looking for people who aren’t just comfortable wearing many hats, they prefer it.
If you haven’t worked at an early stage startup before, we hope you’ll take the time to fully understand what comes with it. There’s less structure. We don’t have a multi-month roadmap. We want you to help us drive, fill gaps, and make important decisions. You should want to create and build out Precious on your own, not because someone else is expecting you to. In addition to the many responsibilities you’ll juggle, you should also be aware of how influential our next hires will be. Whoever we next bring onto our team will define the future of our company’s culture and product. Hopefully, they’ll also care deeply about how they shape both.
Eats Lunch Together
We realize we started out as two brothers just grabbing lunch together every day, but it’s a ritual we’ll always keep no matter how big our team is.
We always want to find time to take a break, step away from what we’re focusing in, and touch base with one another. Sometimes it’s about work, and sometimes it’s not. Either way, it’s important to us on principle that teams enjoy the time they spend with their peers and make it a priority to catch up over food. We’re currently moving to a bigger office space, but we like to leave the office, get a scene change, and buy lunch somewhere each day.
Normal working hours are roughly between 10am and 5pm, and we like it that way.
Chris’ general rule is that, outside of normal working hours, he doesn’t work when his kids are awake. That might mean doing some work at home after the kids’ bedtime, but what it really means is that you work hard at work and then you’re 100% present everywhere else. We ourselves never want to spend weeknights or weekends at the office, and we certainly don’t want anyone on our team to either. We’ll be with our friends and family, and you should be too.
We aren’t hiring managers. We want individual contributors.
You should expect to have freedom in every direction when you join us. If you have ambitions to found a company of your own someday, working at Precious as one of the first employees is a great stepping stone. You should want to ship fast (think days and maybe weeks, never months) and be eager for results. Like a founder, you’ll also need to have breadth. You can be an expert in one or two domains, but you also need to be excited and interested in broadening your skill set. For example, an iOS tech specialist with a growth mindset and interest in dabbling in computer vision. (By the way, if that describes you, you should absolutely reach out to us!)