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Who we are

Pop Up Archive (, is an early-stage media startup that makes sound searchable. is a full-text search and intelligence API for podcasts. It's the most comprehensive source of data about podcasts and radio in the English language. Our goal is to help audio distributors and podcast apps bring better search, discovery, and sharing experiences to audiences.

Our current customers range from major podcast players like NPR to large institutional audio collections like the New York Public Library, with lots of media companies, archives, and journalists in between. We’ve worked with audio from NASA, Rosa Parks, Oliver Sacks, Buster Keaton, Muhammad Ali, Gloria Steinem, Barnum and Bailey Circus, Ray Bradbury, and other miscellaneous geniuses and eccentrics. Our website,, has more information about who we are and what we do.

Our investors include Bloomberg, the Knight Foundation, and 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley accelerator founded by PayPal and Google alums, and we’ve also been funded through federal grants with PRX, WGBH, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Currently hiring:

You have experience in back end development (experience working with audio/media management is a bonus). You are passionate about technology, media, learning and data wrangling. You LOVE Amazon Web Services. You are able to get your hands dirty with implementation and scaling. You are excited to power a constantly growing index of podcasts, transcripts, and data about audio. You are comfortable working closely with other engineers on a small team. Your car might have an XKCD bumper sticker right next to “I heard it on NPR.”

Some examples of what you'll be digging into:

  • Continuous processing and transcription of thousands of hours of audio around the clock
  • Integration of updates and improvements to audio processing capabilities
  • Planning and implementation for storing and serving audio data through the API
  • Monitoring the health of Amazon EC2 instances and other services
  • Managing user identity and permissions in the cloud
  • Scaling and managing resource consumption

We offer competitive compensation and equity. Contact Bailey Smith ( the subject “Pop Up Archive Ops Engineer Resume.” Please include the following:

  • Your resume
  • Your Github handle
  • A cover letter (as the body of your email)
  • The name of your favorite podcast and/or the most interesting thing you’ve heard on the radio lately

Equal opportunity employment

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.