At Volley our mission is to make voice-controlled games and entertainment ubiquitous.
Why? We believe that voice-controlled entertainment will be superior in many ways to traditional games and television. It will be more accessible, more social, more intuitive, and more fulfilling.
This may be a familiar scene to you: It’s 6 p.m. on Friday night. You look up and realize that every member of your household, even Grandma, is sitting in the same room, staring silently into a glowing smartphone screen instead of talking to one another.
You might not realize it, but a better option is probably already close-at-hand in your home. Nearly 50% of American households own a smart speaker or smart display, but most people aren't yet aware of the breadth of applications available for these devices.
Voice-controlled devices can do so much more than set timers or recite the weather. In fact, they are the platform on which you and your family can find the most intuitive gaming and entertainment experiences ever created, made by the insanely talented and creative people at Volley.
Voice-controlled entertainment can bring families together in person and can effortlessly connect loved ones across the world. A voice-controlled Song Quiz can remind us of our favorite songs from the 80s and be the catalyst for sharing beloved music with younger generations. A voice-controlled Bedtime Story can make putting the kids to sleep painless for once.
Voice is the first technology that really adapts to us as humans, instead of the other way around. At Volley we believe voice-control unlocks magical new entertainment possibilities that just weren't possible beforehand, and we can't wait to bring them to you.
As a Co-Founder of Volley, I think often about our culture and how the way we work helps us to achieve our goals and work toward our mission. At Volley we have a simple framework to think about our cultural values: the ABCs of Volley. The ABCs of Volley are Ambition, Business, and Creativity.
<turn-rose>Ambition<turn-rose> — We're on the cusp of an entertainment revolution, enabled by voice technologies. By 2030, we expect there will be 50 billion voice-controlled devices in the world. These could include mobile phones, smart speakers, smart displays, voice-controlled televisions, cars with a native voice assistant, AirPods-style wireless headphones, and even AR glasses. Volley aims to be the premier provider of entertainment for this emerging device ecosystem that will be 10x larger than mobile. The scale is mind-boggling and we need ambitious, tenacious people to keep us focused on the big picture.
<turn-blue>Business<turn-blue> — At Volley making money isn't just an afterthought or a necessary evil. It is fuel that helps us tackle big challenges and pursue our most exciting ideas. We're proud to be an early stage consumer startup that isn't putting off the hard work of growing revenue and building a sustainable business until some far-off future date. Making money ensures we're listening to our customers and offering them a valuable service day after day. Everyone at Volley is always on the lookout for opportunities to grow our business and impact our bottom line.
<turn-orange>Creativity<turn-orange> — Our best ideas often come from unexpected places. We love hearing novel, creative ideas and we ensure that we act on the best ones. We try to brainstorm 100 possible solutions to a problem instead of stopping at 10. Many good ideas sound bad or outlandish at first, so we try hard to imagine how a novel idea could work, instead of how it could fail. We look for game changing innovations that could move the needle dramatically for our business, our customers, and our industry—and then we do everything we can to follow through on our big bets. At Volley everyone is a creator, and in fact you’ll find many of your colleagues are quietly talented artists, makers, musicians, authors, poets, and actors.
Volley has adopted a hybrid model of working that combines the best aspects of in-person office culture with the key benefits of being able to work from home.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays are "meeting days" where you're expected to be present in the office for any meetings you happen to have scheduled. If you don't have any meetings that require you to be in the office, you're welcome to work from anywhere you like!
Thursdays are "no meeting days" and we expect most people to work from home, but the office will be open for anyone who prefers that environment.
Our office is located right in the center of the vibrant Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. Right outside of our office you’ll find parks, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and even an outdoor gym.
Our day-to-day work runs on Slack. The work day usually kicks off around 10 a.m. and wraps up at 6 p.m. We aim to make after hours emails and Slack messages the rare exception, rather than the rule. We also have several active, fun channels to join, including #pets, #gaming, #food, #music, and #plants.
We host happy hours in the office twice a month on Fridays, after Show & Tell. Show & Tell offers team members a chance to show off a new product or feature and get feedback from colleagues. Other storied traditions include our 48 hour hackathons and our annual Volley overnight retreats to beautiful destinations like Sonoma and Santa Cruz.
If this sounds like fun and rewarding work—and I promise it is—I encourage you to apply to one of our many open roles. We’re growing fast and we’d love to hear from you!