About the role
We believe there are too many barriers that prevent companies from harnessing the power of computer vision. Our goal is to make it incredibly easy (and fun) to build computer vision models and integrate them into your software.
Roboflow is building tools and infrastructure to help our users detect or classify objects in images and video, essentially giving their software the ability to see. This is an opportunity to help us shape and define how millions of developers (and billions of users) experience this technology for the first time.
Who We Need
We just recently released several new features for annotation, collaboration, and deployment, along with a completely revamped interface. Roboflow has become a complete end-to-end solution for building and deploying computer vision models. We need a designer to help us iterate on our current offerings, while also designing the exciting new ideas we have in store.
You will work with our small, cross-functional core team to shape problems into solutions. We do not yet have any dedicated managers — we all, including the founders, play an operational role and we are looking to add another doer, not a strategizer or delegator.
No prior experience with machine learning or computer vision is required (we have experts on our team that are more than willing to be tech mentors as you ramp up) but you should have an insatiable curiosity and willingness to regularly tackle new challenges.
What You’ll Do
- Collect insights from our users, along with our sales and support teams, to identify the highest leverage problems to solve
- Collaborate closely with our development team to prioritize, architect, and implement solutions that will provide the greatest impact to the overall user experience
- Strategize and define the long-term vision for the entire product experience
- Produce wireframes, mock-ups, and UI component designs for development
- Develop design workflows, processes, and documentation that will help scale our design practice as our team continues to grow
- Identify computer vision knowledge gaps in our user base and find ways to incorporate more educational context throughout the interface
- Take often loosely defined problems and explore various ways to tackle them
- Own the overall visual style and personality of our software interface
As a part of a small team, you may be asked to fill in design gaps until we can hire additional designers.
- Update our marketing website
- Create graphics for marketing and sales collateral (slides, blog posts, website, etc.)
- Format branding assets for external requests
Who You Are
- A seasoned designer with experience working on digital product and/or software teams
- A strategic thinker who can outline product roadmaps and architect how features will come together seamlessly
- A quick learner with an interest in computer vision, machine learning, and tech. Prior computer vision knowledge is not required and we can teach you the fundamentals
- An analytical mind who loves to solve complex problems in a variety of industries and companies
- A collaborative coordinator who can work on multiple projects with different individuals to get them released quickly
- An enthusiastic creator who is willing to dive in, get their hands dirty, and experiment with new things
- A user advocate who will speak up if something will affect the user’s experience
- A flexible personality who is okay releasing things that aren’t quite perfect
Note: If you’re interested but don’t meet 100% of the criteria, we encourage you to apply anyway.
Why you should join Roboflow
We’re on a mission to remove barriers that prevent developers from building their own computer vision applications. Roboflow streamlines the process of labeling, training, and deploying a computer vision model.
Computer vision is going to transform every industry. We’re already seeing this play out in fields like transportation (self driving cars), agriculture (drone spraying), and medicine (early stage cancer detection). But these superpowers shouldn’t be locked up in the handful of giant technology companies that can afford to hire teams of machine learning PhDs.
Roboflow enables any developer to use computer vision without being a machine learning expert. Our product is the key missing infrastructure that allows developers turn raw images into a useful model — replacing a sprawling list of one-off utils everyone previously had to reinvent and enabling our users to have working models in hours, not weeks.
For example, Sarah Hinkley from Barn Owl Drones uses vision to identify weeds from crops in drone images so her customers can use fewer herbicides and grow more. She’s one of our over 20,000 users working on problems we couldn’t even imagine when we got started!
Today, Roboflow has eight full-time team members spread across the United States. Their roles range from machine learning to sales. We also have a high school software development intern, and a part-time employee researching our new signups. Kelo, Amanda’s dog, is the best at frisbee among us.
We’re united in our common goals to create high quality products and place our users first. Since we’re a small upstart, that means building things really quickly and fixing bugs right away. As with any rapidly scaling startup, we hope to build a team that is both versatile and adaptable. This role has tremendous potential for growth. As such, we believe that coachability and enthusiasm are more important than experience or qualifications. If you’re excited about this opportunity, we want to hear from you.
We strongly encourage applicants from backgrounds that are traditionally under-represented in tech to apply – especially those who identify as Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian and/or LGBTQ+. People who identify as part of these groups have also been under-represented at Roboflow, but intentionally recruiting a team with unique backgrounds is one of several ways we are working to add more distinct viewpoints to our company.
Roboflow went from zero to over 20,000 users in 2020 and our customers are requesting features and product enhancements faster than we can provide them.
We’re starting to build out our engineering, marketing, and sales teams. As an integral part of our core team, all roles will inevitably involve wearing a lot of hats; we’re specifically looking for people excited about learning new things and filling gaps where needed. And most importantly, we’re looking for people who ship.
Check out our Careers page for more info on the company, how we work together, and how we’re building strong culture and camaraderie in a post-COVID world.
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