About Names & Faces


1st Floor, Dean Street Arcade, Newlands, Cape Town

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About Names & Faces

At Names & Faces we create tools to help organisations build fast, beautiful directories of their people, for their people. These tools help people orient themselves, build better relationships and encourage more real life interactions. What we’ve built is not a new social network — the world knows we don’t need another one of those — and it’s not a new communication tool. It’s the simplest, fastest and most useful people directory ever developed.

We believe knowing people’s names is a foundational element in building healthy social fabric in organisations. When we don’t know the names of the people in our companies we are less likely to initiate conversations with them, less likely to include them in our discussions and less likely to ask them for help. This unconscious bias impacts negatively on employee engagement, company culture and productivity.

Our product offering consists of various projects, most of which use technologies like Node.js, PostgreSQL, React, React Native and Python. We like to explore using new and interesting technologies and methodologies such as Serverless Computing. We don't like to reinvent the wheel and use services like Intercom, Mandrill, Mixpanel, Bugsnag, Marvel, Microsoft Cognitive Services, Slack and others.

We obsess about user experience and recently transitioned the development of our mobile app from native to React Native. We believe our app in its current form is arguably one of the best React Native executions in the world. Check out our demo on the App Store or Google Play Store to see it in action.

We’re based in Cape Town, South Africa. We’ve worked with a small but growing number of clients both locally and internationally including Ogilvy & Mather, JUMO, Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures (UK), Universal Music, Mediclinic, AMV BBDO (UK), Hilton College, Mandela Washington Fellowship (USA), King James, wiGroup, CHE Proximity (Australia) and Singita.

About our hiring process

Our hiring process starts with an in person meet-and-greet interview, most likely in a nearby coffee shop. We'd like to get a sense of who you are, what makes you tick and want to give you the opportunity to get to know more about us. We'll tell you more about the company and we can explore whether or mission resonates with you. The next step is a practical test that we'll ask you to complete in your own time and return by a given deadline. Finally, we set up a problem-solving session with you and the team you'll be working with to assess communication, strategic thinking, and collaborative spark. This gives all of us a chance to see how we work together.

About Paul Galatis (Founder & CEO) & Richard Arscott (Partner)

Paul Galatis is an entrepreneur in the technology space. Along with his two partners, he's spent the past eight years building South Africa's most highly awarded e-commerce company, Yuppiechef.com. In 2013, having grown the business to a team of 65 people, Paul sold a piece of his stake in Yuppiechef to a US venture fund and stepped into a non-exec role and in 2015 started Names & Faces.

Richard Arscott has been in advertising for the past 20 years. He was MD of AMV BBDO, the UK's biggest advertising agency, until December 2016 when he resigned to join the Names & Faces team as Head of the Foreign Office. Richard is based in London.

No dress code
Great coffee spots and restaurants nearby
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