Open position at strv
Head of STRV Labs
- Work schedule
- Rohanské nábř. 23, 186 00 Praha 8-Karlín, Česko
We are looking for someone with a proven track record of building digital products, especially mobile. A person who is able to leverage the power of our strong team of product managers, designers, engineers, and testers to create STRV-made products that will conquer the tech market.
That’s a big statement, we know. To clarify what we mean and why we need you, we’d like to start by explaining the history of STRV’s internal projects. (Feel free to scroll down to the classic bullet points.)
At STRV, we’ve been focusing on building kick-ass digital products since 2004. Throughout the years, we’ve managed to do some great work for clients like the co-founders of Tinder including Sean Rad, the founder of Bonobos Andy Dunn, who exited his startup to Walmart, the NBA legend Carmelo Anthony and skill coach Alex Bazzell as well as some corporate giants like Microsoft, Autodesk and hundreds of others. But while delivering great service to our clients and expanding our team and service offering, we’ve also been investing a lot of time into our own products as well as the occasional investments.
Admittedly, we haven’t (yet) had a refined strategy in place when it comes to these internal projects—and yet we’ve managed to spin off a number of companies and invest in some promising startups.
During the past decade and a half, we launched and exited a pre-Tinder era dating application, The Game, to a publicly-traded company Spark Networks. We run a portfolio of our own award-winning LGBTQ+ dating applications—Surge and Zoe—and continue to operate ColorMe and Dot to Dot, a successful duo of mobile games. We’ve invested in Live Penalty, a unique soccer project backed by a bunch of Forbes 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs. Other projects we’ve built include the streaming recommendation app Flikflix that caught the eye of Apple, the Prague-based food delivery service Ordr—which we’ve also sold—and many others that are yet to be launched or that never fully peaked. We’ve had some ideas that fell short. And that’s about to change.
At this moment, STRV is an undeniably big company with a relatively stable client portfolio. We now have sufficient resources to invest in building products we’ll be proud to call our own. But to do so requires processes to be a bit more organized, so we can increase the success rate of the projects into which so many of us will be putting our hearts and hopes.
…And that is why we are looking for someone to assume this key role in shaping the future of STRV. Someone who will help put a strategy in place when it comes to executing our own ideas. We have the skills, the ideas, and the resources to make it happen. What we need is you — to help us coordinate this whirlwind of opportunity, select the right ideas and bring valuable new products to life.
Management of STRV’s portfolio, products, and investments
Setting up strategy with and supporting STRV portfolio project leaders
Ownership of the STRV investment budget and shaping the investment strategy
Collaborating with the STRV events team in organizing hackathons and brainstorming sessions, to bring the full team and community together in coming up with ideas
Preparation of incentivization plans for our team and partners
Market research, analysis, and identification of new opportunities and gaps in the market
Setting up business plans, project goals, and product specifications along with STRV’s product team
Collaboration with our product, design, and engineering teams to execute initiatives
Coordinating marketing and launch activities of new products
Coordinating the setting up of new entities in cases of proven traction, and building their project teams
Continuous monitoring and reporting on all projects and investments
Who we are looking for:
Proven experience with building and scaling tech products from the ground up, ex-founder or CxO executive is a plus
A creative mind with an entrepreneurial mindset and a passion for startups
An enthusiast for digital technologies and mobile applications
A person who can craft a high-level strategy as well as get his/her hands dirty while enjoying getting the work done
Excellent presentational, organizational, and communication skills
Fluent English speaker