Where the WORLD'S football community is Your Football Pal!
Work at PlayPal
PlayPal is building THE biggest football community for Asia and beyond. It started with the mission to help enthusiasts - too busy to play or who found it hard to find other players - to enjoy the game more, with anyone. The desire to create an innovative and unique football experience for the man-on-the-street motivates the team.
PlayPal’s flagship offering is the PlayPal Football mobile app, released on iOS and Android platforms. Being the world’s first community-powered football app, it allows users to make pals, organise games, form teams, challenge and rate one another. More than that, it is a social network enabler for user-generated content to drive the football chatter in a vibrant community.
Co-founded by three passionate friends, Shaun, Vincent and Patrick, PlayPal's wish is to see more bonds forged through “The Beautiful Game” every single day. Log in now and make your next Football Pal!
What's the story of your company?
It started with us three co-founders, all passionate about football and friends since secondary school. In our working adult lives, we have found it increasingly hard to gather our football buddies for a simple game. Then came the idea of creating a platform for football-lovers to easily connect and find games or fellow players to play together. From that initial idea, we have developed a whole online community, where each user - having an unique player profile - can be a football star in their own right.
We are now looking to expand our programming/designing and marketing team. We welcome individuals who are as excited as us for football world domination!
What would you say is the best part of working for your company?
Just being part of a exciting journey, unlike working in the corporate world. It would be great if our team members were also passionate about football and understand the game, then it would be truly a work-play environment.
We encourage initiative and creativity. No idea is too crazy! Your valuable input contributes to a great product and as much as possible, we want our team to feel ownership of what we are building together.
What's the culture and work environment like?
We value every member of the team. We welcome good ideas, constructive feedback and are always looking to improve on the things we do.
If you have any burning issues, don't be worried about raising them, we are all for an interactive, fun environment and open communication.
What's your company's focus for the next 6-12 months?
We are focused on improving our PlayPal football app to achieve product-market fit, in the next 3-6 months. At the same time, we will be working on crafting and integrating a revenue-generating system into our app.
We are looking to penetrate the football-playing market locally from now till the end of 2015, achieving 100,000 app users.
What's the vision of your startup?
We want to be the biggest football online community in the world, where every one who plays the game and has a smartphone will be on PlayPal. PlayPal will be a vibrant community which is self-sustaining on users' participation and self-generated content. PlayPal will stay engaging, fun and relevant.
Eventually, it will become a credible platform for young and budding players to showcase themselves and get discovered by the professionals.
What do interns gain out of working at Playpal?
No matter what role you're joining as, you will immediately feel yourself as an important part of our fast-growing, young and energetic start-up. There is tremendous satisfaction to be gained from knowing that you can turn your passion into work which will bring enormous value to the football community and become the cornerstones of our subsequent success. Not to mention, there might even be chances for you to interact with the who's who of football! :)
What is the tech stack used at PlayPal?
PlayPal is a native mobile app currently available on iOS and Android platforms.
On the front-end, both uses native iOS(objective-c) and Android(Java) code as the base, structured in MVC architectural pattern.
On the backend, PHP/mySQL is chosen for familiarity, and because its many open source libraries and documentation make for fast deployment.
We deploy on Amazon AWS - app servers on EC2, database on RDS, and storage on S3.
Are you looking for fresh grads or experienced staff for tech roles?
In PlayPal, we do not differentiate between fresh grads or experienced staff for tech roles. However, experience does count!
A fresh grad or even an undergrad can have extensive experience in the mobile platform due to their own passion and interest. Therefore, in our job ads, we do not include having a degree as a requirement.
Ultimately we seek passionate developers who strive to bring their skills, as well as our product to the top-most level. All while having fun. :)