We’re Happy Scribe, a 100% bootstrapped startup based in Barcelona, working on one of the fundamental problems of this decade: speech-to-text technology.
After conducting thousands of user interviews in our first year, we understood that the common approach to this market was broken. Most companies focus on how they provide their service rather than what users really need. We found that users’ key concerns were about what they would do with their transcription, the workflow behind the text file (Journalists, Researchers and Video-Editors all use it in different ways).
We decided to build something different: a multilingual and frictionless platform for transcription and subtitles through our machine-generated and human-made services. Our goal is to build a platform that standardises and productises the way people interact with transcripts and subtitles while seamlessly integrating our users’ workflows.
Started in 2017, Happy Scribe has been used by +1M users, transcribing +60 years in audio and video content. We’re tiny at the moment (just 9 people), growing fast and profitable and we’re building the team thoughtfully and with a lot of care.
Our data engine
The biggest open dataset in our field is Common Voice, a product of years of work from Mozilla. We believe to have the most powerful data engine (Users and transcribers label transcripts by proofreading their transcripts and subtitles) for ASR. As of today, our dataset is 100x bigger than Mozilla’s, and we’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible.
Autonomous driving will be solved by a car company (Tesla), not by a fancy research lab. ASR will be solved by a transcription company. We aim to be this company. 👋
About the role
For decades transcription at scale has been almost impossible, now with the advancement of ASR technology we are on the verge of having computers that understand speech better than humans. Today, almost all the infrastructure is in place but we’ll need remarkable engineering to pull it off. This is where we need your help.
What will be your mission as an Engineer at Happy Scribe?
This might be for you if…
Who do we look for?
Happy Scribe is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applications from all people and all walks of life.
We’re excited about people who are already experts in their fields as well as people who are not yet specialised but show high potential. By “high potential” we mean people who have demonstrated the ability to ramp up quickly in a new domain and produce results. We are not credential-driven—rather, we want to understand your unique background and what you can contribute to our team.
Why join now?
💰 Competitive salary and equity.
💻 The hardware that you need to be most productive.
✨ Beautiful office in Gràcia, one of the the best areas in Barcelona and much more than just a place to work. We like to see them alive 24/7, filled by friends and creative activities. Want to organise a community event, a breakfast with other designers, developers, etc.? The place is yours. Office pool included.
✈️ Team Retreats — So far we’ve been to Paris, Mallorca, the Pyrenees, Aran Islands, Dublin and Sweden…
🏖️ Flexible vacation time.
🍽️ Some fancy dinners.
📚 1 book/mo + e-learning platforms of your choice — we truly want you to learn.
🕊️ Happy Scribe is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applications from all people and all walks of life — variety is the spice of life!
🇬🇧 English-only speaking environment.
🚚 Relocation help — we’ll help with your relocation costs and getting set up in Barcelona.