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Company Name:
New York, New York
United States
Job Type:
Position type:
Full Time
Android, iOS
Experience Level:
Not Applicable
Bachelor's Degree

Lead Software Programmer

At Tiggly, we have a love for kids' play, their curiosity, and their love of discovery and learning.  Want to change the way preschoolers learn and play?  You should join our small growing team!  Do you know someone who is perfect for the job?  We are offering a $1000 reward for a successful referral.  Submit resumes or suggest a candidate by e-mailing Azi:  azi@tiggly.com.

About the Role

Tiggly is seeking to hire a lead software engineer– a programmer who wants to be at the cutting edge of interactive play and has a vision for developing digital apps that interact with physical toys in an engaging and seamless way. You need to be passionate about children’s play, learning, and entertainment, and you need to be willing to put the same amount of energy and dedication into Tiggly that our founding team does. We’re a small team so you will immediately take on a leadership role within the start-up and play a crucial role in the development and growth of the company. You will report directly to our Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer.

Specific responsibilities include

  • Take the lead on the development of digital games and apps interacting with physical toys
  • Help generate new game ideas, interactions, and game patterns with the design team
  • Collaborate with the artists on the team in designing lively interactive apps 
  • Recruit a team to execute on your vision
  • Direct internal and external programmers
  • Participate actively in product management


  • Solid background in iOS development and familiarity with Android platforms
  • Expertise in interaction design, game, and physics engine
  • Expertise in integrating interactive animation as part of the code
  • Attention to details and strong problem solving skills
  • Experience in game industry is a plus
  • Experience in back-end data collection and analytics is a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree or greater in Computer Science or related field

Top of the market salary, benefits, and equity stake

About Tiggly

At Tiggly, we are on a mission to build the premier digital destination for early childhood play and learning. We’re designing learning toys that interact with our playful apps to help kids grow in the most engaging way possible. We place high value on children’s thought and the learning involved in their play and the magic that happens in the integration of physical and digital play. Our first product, Tiggly Shapes (a set of 4 geometric shapes that interact with four available apps in the App Store), launched last October. You can see them on shelves at the Apple retail store closest to you, as well as at many other specialty toy stores around the country. Shapes are just the beginning— we have several new physical and digital products under development, and we need a visionary yet execution-focused lead engineer to be the guiding force behind our mobile apps’ interactive design. We are based in NYC and our office is located in the WeWork Fulton Center.

Get the whole Tiggly story here – http://www.tiggly.com

Tiggly Team

Our team brings together a diverse set of backgrounds that include education, consulting, finance, media, and marketing. Amongst our team and advisors we have experience at Nickelodeon, PBS, Disney, Sesame Street, McKinsey, and Goldman Sachs. The start-up developed out of an entrepreneurship competition at Harvard Business School, in which our idea was voted #1 out of 150 by HBS alumni from the investor and startup communities. Our founding team includes:

  • Phyl Georgiou, Founder & CEO: MBA, Harvard Business School (’13), ex-McKinsey
  • Bart Clareman, Co-Founder & COO: MBA, Harvard Business School (’13), ex-Goldman Sachs
  • Azadeh (Azi) Jamalian, Co-Founder & CLO: PhD, Columbia University; Masters in instructional technology
  • Paul Zdanowicz, Creative Director; former lead designer on the Umizoomi Project for Nickelodeon

Contact us

Want more information? Email Azi: azi@tiggly.com

Want to apply? Email Azi with your resume and include 2-3 paragraphs on why you’re excited about the opportunity. Convince us you’re the right person for the position, and we’ll convince you Tiggly is the right place for you to be!