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Android Developer

at Scribd (San Francisco, CA, USA) Full Time Monday, October 25th, 2010

Job Description:

About Scribd:

Scribd is world’s largest social reading and publishing company, with over 60 million readers every month. We’ve made it easy to share and discover entertaining, informative and original written content across the web and mobile devices. Our vision is to liberate the written word, to connect people with the information and ideas that matter most to them.

Scribd is a small, San Francisco based company, backed by some of the top investors in the world, including Charles River Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, the Kinsey Hills group, Paul Graham’s Y Combinator, and several well-known angel investors.

It’s an exceptional time at Scribd. We’ve converted our tens of millions of uploaded documents to native HTML5 Web pages — a game-changing decision tremendously well received and reported in both the technology and publishing communities. In fact, we secured a cover story in Publishers Weekly related to HTML5 and the future of publishing. We were a launch partner at Facebook’s F8, and our social platform has continued to grow with the success of Readcast and Facebook Instant Personalization. And most exciting, the World Economic Forum announced it’s list of Technology Pioneers for 2011 and Scribd has been selected as one of the most innovative technology start-ups from around the world!

Our office is a beautiful open space with abundant natural light in San Francisco’s SOMA district. Our team is talented, passionate, motivated and fun. You’ll often find us holding group brainstorming sessions, eating together as a team, playing winner-take-all ping-pong and pool, and celebrating our successes along the way. We offer competitive salaries, generous equity stakes, great benefits, flexible work hours, catered lunches and dinners, and a stocked kitchen.


Love your smartphone? Have little or no experience building mobile applications, but want to learn? Like Java and want to learn Android, the sexiest Java technology on the block? You may have just found the perfect opportunity.

Scribd is already one of the largest applications on the web, and now we are making an aggressive push into mobile. We believe that existing mobile reading experiences do not take full advantage of the power of the new smartphones, and that we can do a better job. With our library of over 150 million articles, our mobile apps will give consumers access to more written content than any other app currently available.

We are building out a terrific mobile team with experience in both iPhone and Android platforms to create these applications. However, we are supplementing the team with a limited number of engineers who have a strong general computer science background but are not yet expert mobile developers. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to get into mobile app development.


We are looking for people with a strong engineering background who enjoy building high quality products used by millions. Because Android is based on Java, a strong understanding of Java development is required. A good product sense, an understanding of the mobile app ecosystem, and strong personal initiative are essential.


Mobile development using Android/Java. Design, architect, implement, and QA Scribd’s new mobile apps. Work creatively to solve challenging problems.


* 1+ years work experience as a software engineer

* Computer Science degree or equivalent experience

* Understanding of scalability, systems engineering, and algorithms

* Strong knowledge of Java

* Prior knowledge of Android is a plus, but not required

* Good product sense and design sense

This position reports to the Director of Engineering.

Availability: Full-time.

Location: You are preferably located near San Francisco, CA. Relocation assistance is designed on a per-case basis. In short, we’ll be creative to get you here.

How to apply:

Please send your email cover letter and resume with the subject “Your name – Android Developer” to [email protected].