Product Manager (x1)
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Product Manager (x1)

Product Manager

🕥  Full-time position + permanent contract
  • We are hiring our first product manager, joining Olivier’s team
  • It’s a permanent position
📍  Paris 10 preferred, open to Remote (CET +/- 2h)

We will prioritise people that can visit Paris easily since we do quite a lot of guerrilla testing in the streets of the city.

But we have a flexible remote policy (aka. whatever works for you is okay). We just follow a few rules 👇

  • We have offices in Paris 10 (France) & Medellín (Colombia). You can be permanently based there if you wish, but it’s completely optional.
  • You can work from home, whatever your country* We just ask you to be on the same timezone than your department (+/- 2H) for your permanent location (designers → Medellín timezone, developers → Paris). But you can work from elsewhere from time to time, unless your job is impacted.
  • You can travel to the HQs anytime you want or invest in your home setup. We got you covered with a confortable allowance.
💰  55-65k€ + meaningful equity, ✓ Top 10% earner verified by Figures
  • Equity: we offer meaningful stocks (BSPCE) to all our employees. No promise, but this could clearly exceed your salary income giving it the time.
  • Salary: 55 to 65k€ depending on your impact. You will be in the top 10% earner of the market despite joining such an early company. Note: all our salaries are based on Paris, wherever you live & verified through figures.hr because we pledge for a fair & transparent market.
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Why is this role awesome?

Work on a category defining product, between social and gaming, adding hundreds of users every week. Joining us is the best way to:

  • Be part of a true product-centric company. This is it. You’ll get to spot a true unicorn 🦄. Everything we do is to create the best product. Ever. We love our craft & follow these building principles.
  • We can promise that you will never do useless stuff nor bad personas 👇
    https://twitter.com/i_anic/status/1465722897524269070
  • Tackle exciting new challenges like creating a product from scratch (pre-PMF), shaping new features to balance a 10x better utility with fun, getting to know deeply gen-z users & foster social mechanics that improve inner-groups communication.
  • Be very early & have an impact on the app, the user experience, the users, and the company. Surrounded by the 🐐 goat (= amazing design/engineering/product teams) & shipping at the speed of light ⚡ (= more learning).
  • Bring virtual worlds to everyday people & make communication more alive. No need to be a gamer, just passionate about cracking these problems. More on our vision in
    Work at uKu
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Meet your future manager

... and how talkative he is... but good news: you can either read or speed him up ;)

You will blossom if...

  • Experienced - you are an experienced Product Manager (+2-5y or have an extra-ordinary track record), have a strong product sense, love talking to users and a keen eye for details. Aka: there is not a week without one of your teammates asking for your take.
  • Growth mindset - you are passionate, curious and analytical. You are quick to identify potential issues and come up with a better plan. You leverage your creativity to find original and pragmatic solutions. Aka: you read, try, experiment & always find new smart solutions to problems
  • Low ego, high impact - you are never satisfied with status quo, you fight for the best ideas to win but you know how to operate in a team, even disagree & commit when necessary. You are reliable, accountable and help the whole team win. Aka: you have an impact both at the individual & team level, people fight to have you with them
  • Excellent communicator - you are able to speak and write English fluently, summarise and present your ideas clearly, you know when to ask for help or give feedbacks. Aka: you never heard yet someone telling you “I don’t understand what you mean”
  • Shared values - you want to join an international and diverse team because you know that talent does not depend on the place you are born in. Half the team is Colombian, the other half is French. What brings us together is the drive to create a category defining product bringing people closer to each other. Aka: you thrive at the contact of diverse & passionate people

Who are looking for?

We don’t care about your degrees or location, we are looking for the best people around here. Here is a few things we will seek:

  • We are looking for a Product Manager with prior experience (+2-5y)
  • Experience shaping bets (defining the why, the problem & opportunity, the success metric, and the hard choices - what should not be done at the moment despite being good ideas)
  • Experience collaborating with Designers & Engineers towards solutions, balancing out creativity, pragmatism & polish. Reminder: we are a product that needs a strong core experience to win its market, we love polishing (the right things).
  • Good knowledge of delivery methods (Scrum, Scrumban, Kanban, Shape-Up) & an open-mind on the topic. At uku, we see our method like a product: we implement the minimal artefacts that solve our current problems
  • Fantastic ability to understand users: we are huge believers in discovery practices. We want someone who knows how to ask good questions, use virtuous silence & observe them thoroughly to find the right opportunities.
  • Great analytical mind & used to work with tools like Segment, June or Amplitude.
  • Fluent english: written and spoken
  • Bonus points:
    • You are passionate about communication & social
    • You have prior experience working on games or mobile apps
    • You have already worked for gen-z users
    • You love talking to users (you can’t never have enough)
    • You love using Notion (our entire company is in it)

FAQ

👩‍💻 Product stuff

⚙️  What is the current stack & tools?

Tech Stack & Tools

  • Front: Unity3d 2021.2, Unity Game Service running URP, Photon, React
  • Back: NodeJS, postgreSQL, Redis, Elastic
  • Unity Game Service: Cloud Build, Cloud Diagnostics, CCD
  • Multiplayer & Network: Photon PUN
  • Audio: Agora

Product tools

  • Knowledge mgmt: Notion
  • Design: Figma
  • Analytics: Segment, June, Amplitude
  • No-code: Automate.io, Zapier, Typeform, Notion

📱  Which platforms are you targeting?
  • Priority: iOS, Android, WebGL
  • Later: Desktop (Windows, Mac)
  • Maybe: Console?

🤔 How do we work on product?

We think of Product Managers as investors & follow these

. I talked about my philosophy when I was VP Product here (in French).

  • Your fund is the team’s time. You should be sure to invest the right amount of time in the right opportunity, at all times.
  • You have more ideas to invest in, than time available. You invest according to our objectives & you fight to respect time allowances.
  • You know that every decision is a bet, it may work (but most probably it won’t). You always start small & improve ideas based on actual results.

👶  What stage is the product at?
  • We assembled in July 21 to try a few ideas, prototype and learn during the summer.
  • We pitched our vision to some of the best investors in the world and raised our pre-seed in Oct-Nov 21.
  • Since Nov 21, we are busy building the alpha of uKu and testing w/ users on a weekly basis. We are now a team of +10 passionate builders. Adding hundreds of users on the alpha of the app every month (👋 Tiktok and our 2K+ Discord community)

(As of the 28th of September 22)

🖖 How do we work?

🕵️  How do we interview people?

We are huge believers that these processes work both ways. We organise several steps for you to get to know us, the way we work, our values and expectations. And the other way around. Come as you are, with your questions and challenges. This process may vary a little depending on the specifics of a job...

  • Deep dive interview - 50 min call to deep dive on your role, past experiences, personality, wishes, and what resonates with you in our product. Usually happen with the future manager & 1 other team member.
  • Technical interview - 50 min call to deep dive on the test you received and completed. Reminder: there is no perfect answer, we are mainly interested in how you think & how proactive you are.
  • Founders call - 15 to 30 min call to meet the founders, get to know more about the vision and culture.

How long does it take?

  • After receiving you application, we will take the time to review it and get back to you within 5 working days.
  • Between the first call and last step, we usually take up to 2 weeks. It may take longer depending on external factors but we will always try to say it upfront. As a matter a fact, we are a startup, time is our enemy and we try to move fast.
🤩 What do we look for in teammates?
  • Diverse: you should know that we are a diverse team (and we cherish it). Half the team is Colombian, the other half is French. Our natives languages are Spanish & French but we speak English between us.
  • Dedicated: we are on the mission of inventing a new category, between social and game, to create a sense of belonging. We have a bold vision and will prioritise ambitious, autonomous and passionate people.
  • Growing: we value candidates with a growth mindset, low ego and fighting respectfully for the best ideas to win. Being accountable and proactive is a requirement.
  • Product-driven: you will feel at home if you obsess about users’ needs, outstanding design & experiences, and best in class execution. We created a product driven company.
👩‍💻 How do we build products?

Focus & Speed are our superpowers!

  • We have a bold vision but to get there, we need to test with users every week until we find our product-market-fit.
  • We form ideas following our
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    Product Principles
    , this is the focus part.
  • We ship code following our
    🏛️
    Tech Principles
    , this is the high-speed part.
💰  Have you raised money?

Yes! But we are not announcing specifics yet.

We are lucky to have some of the best investors in social involved in our mission, from France to the US. We raised our pre-seed in Nov 21 and busy building the team & the alpha since then.

📍 Where do we work?

We have a flexible remote policy (aka. whatever works for you is okay). We just follow a few rules 👇

  • We have an office in Paris 10 (France). You can be permanently based there if you wish, but it’s completely optional.
  • You can work from home, whatever your country* We just ask you to be on the same timezone than your department (+/- 2H) for your permanent location. But you can work from elsewhere whenever you wish, unless your job is impacted.
  • You can travel to the HQs anytime you want or invest in your home setup. We got you covered with a confortable allowance.
😎 What are the perks & benefits?

Our focus with perks & benefits is to offer everything teammates need to do their best, healthiest work and keep developing their craft.

  • 🏡  Work Remotely: very flexible remote policy (see above “Where do we work?”)
  • 💰 Competitive package: we offer Parisian salaries & meaningful equity whatever the place you live in.
  • 🏖️ Vacation: 10 days off, in addition of the 25 French days.
  • 🤒 Free Health Insurance: modern health insurance (Alan in France & other providers elsewhere via Deel). Flexible sick leave & parental leave.
  • 💻 Home office setup: a dedicated budget for remote setup and the latest hardware.
  • 💬 Free English Classes: if needed, we offer free classes for you to feel confortable and able to voice your ideas.

Wtf is uKu?

- learn more about our mission

- promise, we’re cool people ;)

- it’s sooooo LIT!

uKu © 2022 — Made between Paris & Medellin — Built with Notion & Super