Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Entrepreneur, User Experience/Interaction designer to join an MIT Start-up


Recently funded, we are a small young group and are expanding our team ahead of the product launch planned for this year. We are looking for a top-notch, user experience designer to complement our current design capabilities.

In addition to a base cash salary, compensation will include an equity portion.


Location: Boston/flexible


We recently raised a round of funding, built a basic version of the product starting from a prototype, and are now looking to bring on board a person on the design team ahead of public launch, expected later this year. This is an exciting time for our business, so if you are looking to make a ton of impact working with a small team, we want to hear from you.

The founding team includes :

1. An MIT PhD, Sloan MBA, Worked with Mckinsey, Lehman
2. An EECS grad from Cornell, An I-Banker from UBS
3. An MIT EECS grad, with experience, passion building online systems


We are building an internet startup (Web 2.0 type), in financial services. The offering is a first of its kind, meaningful interactive platform, clearly differentiated through implementation of unique information structuring and design principles applied to financial information (patent pending)

Over the last year, the team has converted what was a mere idea to a product where the “aha” jumps out. The present go-to-market stage is an exciting time for us, and we are looking to launch the platform in a few months.

People in our close group of mentors and advisers call it as taking a 'Big swing at a large space' : The unique platform, executed right in the marketplace, will be disruptive to the I-Banking business. We expect to redefine at the fundamental level, how individuals, both institutional and retail, access and use business news/information, and how corporations raise capital from public.


If you want to be an internet entrepreneur / or want to do it again, this is a dream job.

Prior to launch, as we collect more data, we expect to make significant improvements to the current design and interaction, in addition to designing and incorporating large chunks of new features for the site. The product presents a unique design challenge arising out of rich set of interactions desired between social networking features, and a complex set of structured financial content, while maintaining simplicity of interface. As such interest and comfort in understanding and designing social networking features, while working with complex content structure, will be a plus. In addition, following characteristics will be great assets:

1. Solid track record for user experience and Interaction design

2. Comfort/ passion for working through complex information architectures and abstracting into a powerful UI

3. Experience, deep interest in working through user personas, use cases to design and brainstorm powerful UIs

In addition, the incoming member will be engaged with all parts of the venture, including marketing, content, monetization strategy. The role will evolve quickly as the business grows, with significant flexibility and opportunity to assume different positions.

This is a great opportunity for someone who would be excited about joining a business that could be worth a few billion dollars in the 5 year time-frame.

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