We believe that video will continue to play a leading role in the future of work and presentations will become asynchronous video deliverables. However, presentation is a difficult, anxiety-inducing, and imperfect experience. Users go through multiple takes (3-4 on average), make countless errors, and end up compromising on imperfections by shipping a product they wish was better. They are hungry for feedback on how to improve their presentation. Rhetoric makes it easy to record high quality presentations via collaborative/AI-based feedback and intelligent editing.
🤖 AI / NLP
We are a seed-stage startup backed by top investors in Silicon Valley: Floodgate, Bloomberg Beta, A*, Liquid-2, and . We raised a pre-seed in late September and have moved fast with some amazing contractors to build the MVP product and validate the use case with customers. We are still early and excited to bring together a founding team to take us to the Series A.
Rhetoric Talks are a series of curated presentations by the experts in the field. Powered by the platform, Talks bring stories, analyses, and ideas to life - all presented by the author, on-demand, and available for free. The Rhetoric team is looking to bring on an expert presentation designer with experience working with Fortune 500 companies and/or large marketing agencies (Publicis, Omnicom, etc.). As a contract designer, you will work closely with leaders and executives across technology, design, climate, and more to bring together visuals stories of their keynote Talks. You can think of these as mini-conference keynotes or TED Talks.
We are looking for a badass presentation designer to lead design for our Rhetoric Talks initative. As our first in-house presentation design hire, you will take ownership of the Rhetoric Talks design workstream and bring visual stories to life. Presentations will be relatively minimal with simple brand guidelines. We expect to create 25-30 presentations per month over the next three months.
Background: 5+ years of experience designing visual stories for Fortune 500 companies, top conferences, or top marketing/advertising agencies.
Speed: You deeply value quality, but understand when to make tradeoffs in order to bring a presentation to market faster. We plan on testing different Talks quickly, so we cannot spend too much time on any one presentation.
Proficiency: Expert in Figma, Powerpoint, or Keynote
Team: Prioritizes an inclusive and diverse culture. Evaluates team needs and hires accordingly. You are open to project managing 1-2 remote contractors if necessary.
We value transparency and guarantee to move the interview process along as quickly as possible. Here is what it will look like:
We’ll schedule a deep dive call (45 minutes). We’d love to hear about your background, what excites you, and what you are looking for in your next role.
If we are mutually excited, we’ll schedule an in-person meeting (we’ll come to you) and some additional intro meetings with the rest of our team / investors.
Culture is extremely important to me. We will operate off the following values:
Personal growth & learning
Rhetoric aims to seamlessly facilitate self-improvement and growth for our customers. We strive towards an environment which frees people to act and build towards this vision. This means getting better at what you do. Learning happens from each other, and we’re all better off when we teach what we know.
Lead with a clear vision, a realistic roadmap, and desire to invent. We need to imagine the future to create, and explain why it’s important to achieve it. Our actions should work towards this purpose.
A clear vision inspires the roadmap. The real work is in execution towards building the innovations we can imagine. Make purposeful decisions backed with evidence and logic. Talk to customers. Close the deal. Measure behaviors and systems.
Love the challenge
Put in the hours. This is coupled to focus: put in the hours on the right things. Remember that time only exists if you do not spend time on the wrong things.
The reason tech companies dominate markets is through creating unfair advantages with technology. Technology isn’t the answer to every problem, but fear of working on something hard should never block an idea.
Be tough on ideas, not people. Honesty drives efficiency.