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Greywing (YC W21) Is Hiring to build a new interface for shipping

Hacker News - Mon Apr 12 01:24

Work directly with the CEO and CTO to build a better UI for maritime operations from scratch.

You will have the opportunity to design and build the interface primitives that lay the foundation for maritime software for the next ten years. This is the right job if you like building things that have never existed before, are excited by new challenges and understand that products live and die on the user experience.

If successful, you will help decide the future of Greywing, as well as lay the roadmap for all future development of the interface. You will be aided in making key decisions about the stack, development process and guiding principles.

Some of the things we've done so far:

  • Build an easy to use routing engine for vessels
  • Design intelligence software to compress hundreds of points of information (flights, agencies, fuel, restrictions) into quick decisions.

For an illustrative example, check out https://grey-wing.com.

As an example of what you will be working on, here are two key ongoing projects:

  1. Design a light interface based on mapbox that allows a ship manager to have instant situational awareness of over 100 vessels within two clicks.
  2. Develop an omnibox (Cmd+K) that enables easy navigation of the platform, and to perform context-sensitive actions.

To understand what drives us, a good place to start is the Greywing Product Manifesto, which outlines our guiding principles and development strategy for the platform.

Who are we?

Greywing is a maritime intelligence tool that enables ship managers to conduct operations and save thousands of dollars by providing actionable insight into the decisions they make. Simply put, we process hundreds of thousands of points of information about a vessel to tell them where it should go and what it should do.

We are backed by the people at Y Combinator, Instacart and Flexport. We work with the world's largest ship managers and operators to make the global shipping network more efficient while protecting the people who make sure our world runs smoothly.

In the past year, we've conducted charter flight operations for vessels calling at Singapore, helped evacuate wounded crew that would not have been possible otherwise, and saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in wasted fuel and resources.

For a deeper technical overview of our software, you can read our Hacker News Launch.

For the insatiably curious, you may find more information on our blog or our CTO's Writing.

Why we need you

Mapping software for customer use was clunky and borderline unusable until Google Maps. While it was full of innovations on the backend - from AJAX to tiling - the interface was what made it an overnight success. The same can be said of Uber, where completing a flow from opening the app to getting in a car required barely any movement of your finger while holding your phone. The right interface primitives are often domain-dependent and can have a greater impact than the underlying technology.

Maritime software is still in its infancy. Do a quick Google and you'll see that interfaces look like they were designed on FrontPage in 2008 - and this is the state across the ecosystem. Decisions that govern millions of dollars in cargo and hundreds of thousands of tons of iron and steel are made through excel sheets, email, and pencil and paper. We have a rare opportunity to lay down how maritime will interact digitally for the next decade, if we get this right.

The Team

Our CEO is a former Royal Marine Commando that has built a business in maritime from nothing to 4 million in turnover.

Our CTO has published multiple papers across technology, from Formal verification in cryptocurrencies, human-computer interaction, embedded glucose monitoring to baseline optimization in chemistry and physics. He has also built software and hardware serving hundreds of thousands of users across southeast Asia, in fintech, insurtech, robotics, for companies like National Geographic, Ethereum, and SGX.

Our Stack

Backend: NodeJS, Express, Postgres, Redis

Frontend: PlainJS, Bootstrap (migrating to React or Vue)

Details

Full time role, fully remote if outside Singapore. Payment and salaries are compatible with Gitlab's compensation calculator, with competitive equity.

How to apply

If you're interested, please reach out to [email protected] with a short Loom video answering the following questions (or any you'd like):

  1. What should we know about you? Background, capabilities, what you think your strengths are.
  2. What interests you about us?
  3. Tell us a little about the most memorable project you've worked on. What were the hardest parts? What were the best moments?

Greywing is a digital platform that tracks ships and optimises everything that gets on or off.

We connect hundreds of public and private data sources - like satellite tracking, crew and fuel reports, GDS, and port restrictions - to provide immediately actionable intelligence on vessel operations.

Our efforts are currently focused on making crew changes cheaper and faster, and in making sure the thousands of men and women who keep our economies functional get home safely to their loved ones.

We work with two of the largest ship operators globally to digitize their operations. They give us the real life experience to automate their businesses and our vision is to deploy the same techniques to the long tail, creating a single operational platform for shipping.