Applied AI Engineer

San Francisco


Build and polish our AI engines

✍🏻 About daydream

daydream is a platform that automates programmatic SEO, end-to-end.

The platform helps businesses identify search patterns, creates content at scale, and automatically improves that content.

We've raised >$2M from leading investors like Basis Set Ventures, WndrCo, SOMA Capital and current and former Heads of Growth/Product Growth at companies like Notion, Airtable, Webflow and Dropbox. We're on a high-growth trajectory and we're looking for people who want to join us on the journey to building a billion-dollar company.

Our team previously worked together at Flixed, a startup we bootstrapped to $2M+ in revenue almost purely on the back of programmatic SEO.

🔧 The problem we're trying to solve

Heads of Growth love programmatic SEO. It’s the secret growth playbook used by companies like Zapier, Canva, to acquire millions of visitors. The problem is, building a pSEO engine currently requires work from SEO analysts, content marketers, software engineers, data scientists and others. As a result, it’s logistically complicated and expensive. You can hire specialized agencies, but they cost $50K+ per month.

🧑‍💻 How we're solving this problem

daydream is building a SaaS platform that automates every piece of building a programmatic SEO engine. Everything from identifying search queries, to producing 90th percentile quality content at scale, all the way to automatically updating that content.

🪴 Why we're hiring

Demand for daydream is growing fast as our ARR has already doubled since the inception of our company, all before launching a generally available product. This is exciting, but it also means we need to hire to build product faster and meet the demand. We’re looking for senior engineers that are excited to work with LLMs to serve one of the biggest markets in the world.

👋🏻 The people and environment

Here are three key elements of our culture:

Push the pace

  • No sandbagging allowed! Everyone at daydream is expected to proactively identify when a particular goal can be met faster, and to push for acceleration.

  • A real example of how this value has been applied — we initially thought we would hit a certain revenue milestone within 1 year. We realized we can do it in half the time, so we shortened our timeline to hit that goal to 5 months instead.

Build something you’re proud of

  • Speed of execution is important, but only if it’s in service of delivering a delightful experience to the customer. We want you to look back at what you’ve built at daydream and feel a deep sense of satisfaction.

  • A real example of how this value has been applied — In the past, we’ve prioritized “wowing” the customer at each release of daydream, even at the earliest phases. Speed is no excuse for delivering a poor experience.

Five star customer service only

  • The bar for customer service at daydream is always exceeding the customer’s expectations. It is not “meeting” the customer’s expectations.

  • A real example of how this value has been applied — We’ve had situations where the customer is unintentionally moving slower than is possible with their SEO strategy. In these situations, we’ve proactively encouraged the customer to move faster.

🤝 The people you’ll be working with

Thenuka (CEO): Thenuka was previously the founder and CEO at Flixed, which he bootstrapped to $2M+ in revenue almost exclusively using programmatic SEO. Prior to that he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Hustle Fund and Chief of Staff to the COO at Pango, a cybersecurity company with $100M+ in annual revenue.

Shravan (CTO): Shravan was previously an Engineering Lead at Flixed. Before that, Shravan worked as a Software Engineer at Facebook for three years, where he worked on mass-scale web scraping for Facebooks’ Jobs product, and Meta Reality Labs.

Wesley (Chief of Staff): Wesley previously spearheaded growth initiatives at Hustle Fund’s Angel Squad, and before that, worked at Montage Partners. Additionally, he ran his own consulting business focusing on audience growth.

👷🏻‍♀️ What You’ll Be Doing Here

Ownership areas:

  • Building the daydream Content Editor Service: As our engineering team is only a few people, we’ll look to you to architect the Content Editor Service (CES), taking into account considerations like performance, maintainability, security, scalability. The CES is our core AI module that generates, improves, and reviews content for customers.

  • Content Quality and Reliability: You’ll be responsible for maintaining a high quality bar for the content we produce. Work closely with our editorial team throughout the engineering cycle to ensure the CES is reliable. We want to move fast, but not at the cost of quality.

  • Working with customers: An important part of this role is to engage with customers, gather feedback and understand their specific needs. You’ll need to translate this feedback into actionable technical requirements and improvements, ensuring that the app continually evolves in alignment with user needs.

1 month:

  • Build context: You’ll get to know Thenuka, Shravan, Wesley and the rest of the team as you work on the Content Editor Service. It’s currently built using Semantic Kernel and OpenAI.

  • Learn the product: We believe that it’s important for everyone on the team to understand our product well. So, soon after you join, you’ll work with Wesley to create and deliver content to a real customer. This will help you understand the technology we have and share your ideas!

  • Commit your first code: You’ll start by building scoped-out features to get your feet wet in our codebase. The first few projects will be modifications to existing systems, and gradually ease in to more exploratory work. Within 1 month you’ll have committed your first few features and bug fixes.

3 months:

  • Research exploratory ideas: As you learnt the ropes, you’ve implemented features that have been scoped out by our team. With the context you’ve gained on the product, help research our more exploratory ideas. Data can help guide decisions, but instinct is important too.

  • Implement CES changes independently: With the context you’ve gained, build out small-medium features independently. Of course, the team will support you if you need it.

  • Scope out new ideas for features: We have a long list of features we’d like to build, and we’re sure you’ll bring more. Work with the team to identify the most impactful projects to work on, then execute on them side-by-side with our engineering team!

6-9 months:

  • Support new hires: As a fast growing company, we will likely expand our team further in 6-9 months. You'll help onboard new hires to our codebase and support them while they ramp up. can help guide decisions, but instinct is important too.

🏦 Compensation

The compensation for this role is $150K - $200K base salary with generous equity in daydream.

© 2024 daydream Labs, Inc. All rights reserved.

© 2024 daydream Labs, Inc. All rights reserved.

© 2024 daydream Labs, Inc. All rights reserved.