Our mission is to enrich lives by fostering meaningful relationships through quality, real-world interactions.


We are the makers of Raya, a 4.6 star iOS application that is building community for a new generation and that came out of beta when we were featured at Vanity Fair's New Establishment summit in 2018. While much has been written1 about our mysterious membership community hailing from LA and with communities all around the world, it hasn't been until now that we have been growing out team and sharing our vision.

You can use Raya to enrich your life in the following ways no matter what stage of life you are in:

Raya has an emphasis on real world interactions. The team has been working on software to connect people our entire lives (Raya's team includes the 3rd designer at Facebook, the product manager who launched the Like button, the founder of Flipagram, and the founder of Yello). It is our dream to use what we've learned to get all of us off of our phones and into the real world, exploring our bucket list through people who meaningfully inspire and challenge us as we walk through this thing called life.


Why Join Us?


Engineering at Raya

Engineering Team and Processes

We have a client (iOS) team of 3 rockstar engineers, each with 2+ years of iOS experience and a server team of 2 rockstar server engineers, each with over 5 years of experience.

We use github to ensure quality code reviews. Engineers are responsible for Q/A of their code, working with one of the company's two product managers.

For the client team, we have two week sprints on a two week release cadence. We have continuous integration with a staging environment that has duplicated production data. Our project is mostly swift, but there is some legacy Objective C code. For the server, we code primary in node.js and use Kanban to manage the prioritization queue.

Technical Challenges and Projects

Efficient caching and suggestion of members to connect with other members

Our product has a real-time location component that sends millions of data points a day, in real time, because members give us permission to send us data points even when they are not using the app. We need to efficiently store and utilize this data to build features that connect people based on places they've visited and when they are in the same place.

Our product has an admissions algorithm that suggests candidates that would be likely to connect, message and interact with members in a positive manner. This algorithm can take in a lot of direct data points, secondary data points, and the wisdom of the crowd in order to present a suggestion of admittance to the system.

Our product has a recommendations algorithm that suggests who should meet whom based on profile characteristics (text, data, video), preference indications, location, and previous engagement on the app and it needs to do this well, and quickly.

Tech Stack

Open Positions


Working at Raya

When you walk in the office, you'll hear Bob Dylan playing lightly in one side and a lego roller coaster set on the other side. You'll hear light, excited chatter coming from the product rooms and maybe even someone on a ripstick zinging by. There are only two meeting rooms, but over 5 couch areas so we really spread out. The environment is warm and open. Team members work in 4x4 standing or regular desk pods and there is a ton of collaboration, unless your headphones are on! We are very transparent and the best ideas win and we are ok asking tough questions and debating product. We value energy givers, reliability, product thinkers and people who are here because the mission of connecting people in the real world excites them.

Generous Vacation and Travel Support

Responsbile generous vacation and $1,000 Travel Stipend: we believe our team members should be cultured so we offer $1,000 towards international travel, ever year, in addition to unlimited vacation days - just make sure someone can cover your work by talking to your manager.

Free Food

Grubhub/Postmates $25 a Day: everyday you can pick from a new nearby restaurant (we cycle them according to people's favorites) and custom pick what you want delivered to work. Want 2 meals? Order it! If you want to order more, you can go beyond the $25 budget and get more food.

Pets

We have two small dogs in the office, Lani and Chocho!

Company Retreats

Every quarter we go to a new place as a company. Past trips: Ojai, Las Vegas, San Diego.

Beautiful Art Deco Office

Our art deco building is inspired by the stories of our members, many of them who hail from the creative arts. The office is decorated like a beautiful warm living room with brass and rich fabrics. There is a lot of space as we have a full floor that opens from the elevator and and outdoor deck.

Workshops/Conferences

We love learning and helping you learn! Just ask!

Health Insurance

Yup!

Team Activities

Poker nights! Escape rooms! Comedy shows. We sample the in-person programs and events we help facilitate.

Transportation

Free valet!

Relocation

We offer a $5,000 relocation bonus.

Rigs

Generous monitor and laptop policy! We invest in your setup (e.g. top monitors and audiophile quality headphone).


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