Category Archives: Team

David Tea(m) Time with Jean Hannah Edelstein

It’s Friday again, that means it is time for our weekly employee interview series that we have dubbed “Tea(m) Time”! Today, help us welcome Jean Edelstein to our team in Berlin!

Hear our new copywriter speak about why she applied to SoundCloud, how easy her relocation to Berlin was and what she is most excited about in her new role!

Specifics: Jean, originally from upstate New York, has lived abroad since she was 18, copywriter.

Favorite places: London and Montreal.

Favorite sounds: The sound after a large snowfall.

Relocation: It was easy! The SoundCloud People Ops team help tremendously!

Passions: Writing — Creative writing & journalism. Yoga, throwing dinner parties, riding bikes.

Why she applied to SoundCloud: To have the opportunity to shape the language that SoundCloud uses.

Here are some of Jean’s favorite sounds:

Listening to my friend Brie’s tracks is how I first got to know SoundCloud. It’s been amazing seeing her grow as a musician (she’s a singer-songwriter who plays a mean ukulele) on the ‘Cloud. This is my favourite of hers – and will ring true to anyone who’s ever had the distasteful experience of riding a London night bus.

Granta, the magazine of new writing, is essential reading, and the Granta podcast is essential listening. This is a great episode featuring the Welsh novelist Cynan Jones, reading from his work and chatting about badgers (and other things).

My sister’s brother-in-law (does that make him my brother-in-law once removed?) Gavin is a jazz musician. Here’s my favourite of his sounds!

If you want to join Jean in Berlin or SF and get your own Tea(m) Time, check out our job openings here!

David Tea(m) Time with Marcus Schaefer

It is Friday again, that means it is time for our weekly employee interview series that we have dubbed “Tea(m) Time”! Today, help us welcome Marcus Schaefer to our team in Berlin!

On a windy Thursday afternoon in Berlin, Marcus and I took a walk around Mitte and he told me about his passions, what he loves about Berlin and much more!

Specifics:  Marcus Schaefer, screen designer, German

Favorite sounds: Coffee sounds!

Nomad: Marcus has lived in NYC, Berlin, Sydney

Why Berlin is amazing: Growing tech scene, central location in Europe (easy to travel to other spots)

Passions: Design, aesthetics, typography, surfing, bike riding, tinkering, making, building, music

Here are some of his favorite sounds:

You can follow Marcus on the Internetz here: http://soundcloud.com/raketentim

If you want to join Marcus in Berlin or SF and get your own Tea(m) Time, check out our job openings here!

David WE Hack

This weekend, we celebrated the inaugural company-wide hack weekend called WE Hack (Weekend Hack).

The aim of WE Hack was to spend a Friday and Saturday outside of the office to bond as a team and to learn. Listen to Hannes, who explains how WE Hack came to be:

We kicked off Friday morning with everyone pitching their hack ideas and getting their team in shape, here’s an audio snapshot with a selection of teams explaining what they’re building.

Here’s a selection of 20 hacks that were built during the weekend:

  1. Toybox: a toddler’s toy built on Arduino and Raspberry Pi able to play back custom SoundCloud sounds in reaction to the physical world.
  2. Never Ending Story (We Hack 2012 winner): the age-old kid’s game: start a story and pass it on. You just hear the last part and you create the next one. Hacking content!
  3. Soundifyificationizer: turns text into music by mapping groups of characters to MIDI notes for melody and drums.
  4. H.O.V.A: “We build a “HOVA” hovercraft and it is hovering badass! Here’s our blog
  5. StreadCloud: memefy our Chief Architect Sean Tradway. Includes voting and is powered by Redis & Clojure
  6. Ruly: R U Lost Yet gives your friends and map with audio-powered step-by-step directions
  7. Graphiz: a visualization of connections on SoundCloud
  8. Deutsch Dienstag: an English-German phrasebook. Click an English sentence to hear the German translation
  9. BunnyStall: revive the NabazTag! Take the NabaztagHackKit and build custom Applications for u Bunny!
  10. SoundCal: allows users to add SoundCloud tracks to a calendar via the artwork widget
  11. Foodbaby: a website that let’s you collect your favorite recipes via an “Eat Later” bookmarklet. Once you cooked the meal you can connect the recipe to an Instagram photo of the dish.
  12. Desmond: we ported the Android SoundCloud app to Google’s new experimental media streaming device, the Nexus Q.
  13. Day In Sound: a day in the life of a SoundClouder in 2015
  14. SoundChain: a Chinese whispers like app where you record a sound and send it to someone to continue and eventually make into a chain of sounds.
  15. TweetSpeak: allows you to speak your own tweets. Pick your best tweet, record it, and post it to Twitter.
  16. Wedoc: we documented the weekend by creating audio interviews and montages and by building wehack.sc.
  17. Lunchbox: a mobile app enabling SoundCloud staffers to meet for lunch
  18. Message In A Bottle: short message broadcasting with anonymous replies. Think of anonymous twitter.
  19. The Passion Project: gathering stories of individuals sharing their passion with the world
  20. Screen Printing Workshop: we learned how to screen print our own We Hack tshirts (thanks to our friends at Etsy Labs in Berlin!)

Visit wehack.sc to relive the weekend in reverse chronological order and see our Facebook Page for more photos of the event.

Want to be part of next year’s WE Hack: we’re hiring and you should totally join our team http://soundcloud.com/jobs

Special thanks to Betahaus for providing the We Hack location and to Prinzessinnengarten for hosting us for after-hack drinks.

Extra special thanks to the team responsible for making WE Hack a reality: Hannes, Mathilde, Tim, Nick, Lisa, Matthias, Thom and Alex.