Upverter is Hiring!

We’re a small, early-stage company with an alpha product that’s going to disrupt an enormous market. We have just raised our seed round in the valley and are moving back to Toronto to get back to work. The founders are from UWaterloo and are very technical, driven, and entrepreneurial. We’re looking for a like-minded hacker to start to grow our team.

Requirements

  • Experience building web applications using Python, Javascript, HTML, CSS
  • Experience with version control systems (git)
  • Solid understanding of Linux
  • Solid testing methodologies and willingness to write comprehensive tests before release

Bonus points for

  • Extensive Javascript experience outside of JQuery or Prototype
  • Experience with No-SQL databases
  • Experience with tornado, flask, and nginx
  • Agile/scrum driven development
  • Shinny players

We are impressed by

  • Contributions to open source projects
  • Links to things you’ve build
  • Experience at a small company

And here are some projects we’ll be working on

  • Our collaborative, real-time, in-browser design tools
  • Our backend operational transform coordination master
  • Github for circuits

Perks

  • Large equity stake.
  • Be employee #4
  • Startup experience without moving to the valley
  • Learn how to build and run a startup

To Apply

Please send a resume to jobs@upverter.com and tell us why you’re interested.

Toronto Mini Maker Faire

Upverter is gonna be there, so you should be too!

Check it out.

It’s at the Evergreen Brickworks May 7-8th. As Torontonians we are super excited to have our own little maker faire. It looks like the talent and the creativity going into this years display of projects and gidgits (widgits + gadgets) is going to be absolutely phenomenal – and Upverter is gonna be there showing off our software! So come check it out, design a circuit, get a t-shit, and support your local makers!

Upverter Launches Closed Alpha

Upverter Launches Closed Alpha

Guess What?!?! Upverter just went Alpha! Boo Yeah! What an epic battle that was! I think we are all so tired that celebration beers was really just celebration neck of the bottle, followed by SLEEP. haha. But we made it. Were a bit late. Alright maybe a bit more than a bit. But we have a product now, we have users, we have something! Albeit maybe not the most useful something – but that usefulness is mere days compared to the 7 month journey to where we are today.

I have started emailing around alpha keys. So if I told you you were in the Alpha list expect to get one from me over the next week. We are staggering people in so we don’t overload anything right off the bat. And because the user sign-up experience is a good one for us to optimize (its a big portion of the 15 seconds between finding our website and starting to design electronics).

For our Alpha Users

I want to say thanks to our Alpha users in advance. Thanks for the emails, the support calls, the breaking, all of it! You are helping us build the next generation of design tools. Together we are going to change the world for hackers, makers and electrical engineers, and OSHW is going to blossom as a result.

About the Beta

Our Alpha is very closed and friendly. Think of it as 100 of our closest friends telling us what not to wear. Our Beta on the other hand is going to be when we really start to shine. We hope by the time we launch beta the Upverter editor is actually useful! We want people to start building things, start sharing and collaborating on projects. Hopefully embed-ability is also enabled so people can post their designs on their blogs, hack-a-day, etc.

The whole reason for having the Alpha is so that we launch a Beta that people love to use. It still wont be perfect or complete, and it will still be missing features, but it should do the subset of electronic design that hobbyists need the most.

March 2011 Update

March 2011 Update

So my ma calls me the other day and tells me its -27C at home (Toronto, Canada). And right after cringing and being thankful we aren’t up there right now. We got to thinking, isn’t it supposed to be spring!?!? Like snow melting, flowers growing, spring break = spring? We don’t really know if its spring or not because the weather never changes much here from day to day (Mountain View, California). But we are pretty sure that one one of the things we learned in grade 3 was that girls punch you when they like you, but also that March = spring, and spring = new and fresh (not -27C!). So in the interest of spring, of new, fresh, and exciting, we figured it was about time we sent around another email!

The first big piece of news is that we have finally got users! About a week ago we launched our closed Alpha, which is super exciting for us. To be finally working with our users building the tools they want and need, and to have this incredible base to build on top of is just awesome. We are working tirelessly to add every feature requested, respond to every email, and get the tool to the point where its useful and not just super cool. And I must say we are so grateful for all the incredible feedback! Thanks again to our Alpha users – we really do appreciate it!

So in the interest of setting ourselves up for a lot of sleepless nights ;), I thought I would layout the next big milestone for us. We want to go public as soon as possible. We want to scale, and grow and provide value to as many users as we can. But right now the tool isn’t ready. The following are the tasks and improvements that we are working on right now, and the features that we think once we have, we will be able to open up to a much wider audience. We will probably call this our Beta.


  • Attribute labels

    : This one is a pretty trivial issue. It should be done in an hour or so ;), but without it, its pretty hard to do anything useful!

  • Part editor / Symbol editor / Attribute editor

    : This feature will allow people to start contributing content to the system. You will actually be able to get in there and create the parts the library is missing.

  • Export Netlist / PDF

    : We think this is pretty important to people, and we think its going to be pretty fast to churn out. It might not be super complete early on, but this feature will allow you to add Upverter to your workflow.

  • Public Embed-able Viewer

    : We think this is one of the secrets to getting a ton of people interested in what we are doing. This feature would allow users to add a schematic to their blog, or instructables posting.

  • Import Eagle / Altium Files

    : We are scared of this one. We have no idea how much work its going to be. But as our most requested feature we are working to add it in as soon as possible.

And thats really it for the update! We are continuing to invite people everyday to join the tools and give us feedback and so far the response continues to  be incredible, people really are dying to have better tools! We are here in Mountain View hacking away for another month, and we are enjoying our time, learning lots, and meeting tons of incredible people. It really is a very powerful startup scene down here, and we are so grateful to get to participate in that. Oh, and if you haven’t yet gotten an Alpha key, and you want one, send me an email and we will get you in there right away! Cheers, The Upverters

February 2011 Update

February 2011 Update

February Sucks!!! All of this sitting inside with no new electronics to hack on, or cool web apps to play with… But wait! Whats this I hear Upverter is now (almost) in Alpha?!?! Haha. Thats right! February is going to become officially awesome (or at least less sucky)!

So I just thought I would post a quick update on whats new around the Upverter ‘offices’ in the month of February. And first off we are loving it down here in the Bay Area, albeit missing home sweet home (except for the cold and snow). Last fall we apparently impressed someone enough that they flew us down for a couple months of intense startup training – and its going great! We’ve met so many cool new friends and colleagues. Its awesome.

A very big part of the program is release early and often, and its keeping us true to our original intentions of releasing something (anything!) and working with the community to build the tools they actually would want to use. Expect us to break things occasionally (sorry) but know that its just us trying to add functionality. But please still tell us when stuff stops working, or what features you need, or that you love/hate what were building. Any and all feedback is welcome and appreciated!

In other news we are starting to look for a permanent home. We are Canadian boys tried and true so its going to be somewhere in Canada for sure, leaving us with just a couple picks. It will probably end up being downtown Toronto but Montreal was also suggested as an option, and who doesn’t like Montreal?!?! haha. Any suggestions are welcome! We also accept couches, cheap rent, and empty basements… just so you know…