VP of Product
San Francisco, CA
We’re looking for an experienced product leader to join our team. As our VP of Product, you will have the opportunity to build the product team and play a key role in decisions that will impact our product strategy.
At any given time there are three to six initiatives underway. In this role, you’ll be overseeing these initiatives and helping to allocate resources. As initiatives move from user research to projecting potential impact to prototyping & testing and ultimately to implementation and on-going analysis—you’ll keep your eyes on all the parts, keep things moving along, asking questions to ensure we’ve thought things through, deciding when to go deeper on an initiative or cut it in favor of something more promising.
After ramping up on our product cycle (back-to-school season, ramp-up, sales season, and summer prep) and understanding our product roadmap, you’ll be ready to hire your first dedicated product manager to own a large chunk of this and expand our product capacity.
Do you have experience managing and building a strong product team?
Do you have a technical background that allows you to talk through an implementation strategy with an engineer and help figure out how to downscope version 1 of a feature so we get it out the door sooner?
Are you deeply analytical and someone who informs your intuition about how a product works by pulling statistics, monitoring metrics, and devising clever A/B tests that could validate assumptions?
This is an opportunity to help fix science education for the next generation. In this role you’ll report to our CEO, Keith Schacht. You’ll work closely with him and our design team and growth team—we are very collaborative in our product strategy and devising product improvements. Our Head of Growth joined us from Palantir, our Head of Design joined us from Google, and our founder ran products at Facebook. We’re bringing a deep product skillset to solve fundamental problems in education and ensure we bring a better science education to 25 million kids.
We are headquartered in San Francisco and this position is based in our office.
Package & Perks
If you’re looking for the basics:
$4M in funding from leading education investors (and we’re already profitable)
Equity in a high-growth company
401K, health care, vacation
Customers who love us
…but the real perks of working at Mystery.org are the quality of the people on your team and the problem we’re solving. Those things are what bring us to work every day.
We started Mystery.org to create better explanations for every question children have about the world. We began with the 150 most common science questions that children ask teachers. We call this collection Mystery Science. Last year, more than 4 million children used Mystery Science in 50% of U.S. elementary schools. In an industry that is plagued by long sales cycles and high barriers to entry, we’ve sold thousands of schools without a single sales person. We’re backed by a great group of investors including Y Combinator, Learn Capital, and Reach Capital.
We’re now moving on to all the other questions children have that they’ll never learn in school. In the last 18 months we received over 500,000 questions from children eager for better explanations of the world. Now we’re creating video explanations for every question. You can think of this like a visual Wikipedia for kids.
Our goal is to create a generation of better thinkers. We think this is the most important problem to solve in the world today.
Meet The Team
On your first day at Mystery.org, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and The Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with.
We are a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.
If you’re an experienced leader with deep experience helping build products and want to be an early member of our Product Team, let’s talk.