About Big Ideas Group

Address

The Bureaux Observatory, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock

Company Size

1-15
Summary

We have big ideas about how things ought to work. We believe smart business is the engine of progress. We worship enterprise, talent & technology. We aren’t venture capitalists, we are adventurous entrepreneurs.

There are 15 companies within Big Ideas Group and our Cape Town office is currently shared by developers working across 3 of these:

  • Samewave: who are developing business management software to revolutionise how people & teams work together.
  • Littlebird: hand-picked products and events for families in London
  • Dashly: is a smarter comparison engine for UK mortgages

As such there's a diverse group of highly talented people who always enjoy swapping advice and expertise. We have a relaxed and friendly work environment. We place a strong emphasis on staff welfare and autonomy. We don't like to micro manage or monitor, instead we prefer to collectively set and agree our goals, then work together to achieve them with each team member taking responsibility for getting their stuff done. Each company maintains a start-up mentality so we do have deadlines and need to work hard to achieve them, although we always try to keep any pressure healthy. Our approach and workflow is based on agile development, Scrum, test-driven development, and continuous integration concepts.

We have a fairly straightforward hiring process:

1) 1st Interview After an initial introductory phone call, this interview is generally face-to-face at our offices in Cape Town. It's a simple discussion format focused on work experience, personality, culture and general suitability for the role and usually takes about an hour.

2) 2nd interview If successful, we progress to a 2nd interview. This interview is face-to-face at our offices in Cape Town and may include a video conference with some of the team in London. The first 30 minutes is a chance to meet the whole team with a casual roundtable discussion format focused on technical knowledge, understanding and experience. The remaining 60 minutes is then a technical pairing session with a lead developer to work through an example code problem. Normally 1.5-2 hours long.

We aim to complete this process as quickly as possible, ideally within 2-3 days.

Perks
Remote working
Medical aid plan
No dress code
Free snacks and drinks
Local coffee allowance
Free lunch on Fridays
Regular social activities
Flexible working hours
Tech Stack

Application and Data

Amazon s3
Amazon S3
Amazon ec2
Amazon EC2
Angularjs
AngularJS
Postgresql
PostgreSQL
Java script
Javascript
Python
Python
Mysql
MySQL
Php
PHP
Html5
HTML5
Go
Go
Google app engine
Google App Engine
Nginx
nginx

DevOps

Ansible
Ansible
Git
Git
Docker
Docker
New relic
New Relic
Npm
npm
Bitbucket
Bitbucket
Kubernetes
Kubernetes

Utilities

Google analytics
Google Analytics
Mixpanel
Mixpanel

Business Tools

Slack
Slack
Mailchimp
MailChimp
Zendesk
Zendesk
Jira
JIRA
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The office
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The Woodstock Exchange

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