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What we care about

We love books, and we love authors. We believe authors deserve better from their publishers. To rethink what a technology-driven publisher can offer, we’ve brought together a team of leaders from traditional publishing and the technology industry, alongside engineers, data scientists, and creative people who care about the written word. We all work side by side in a collaborative, energetic, and creative environment. The result: a better team, better ideas, and a better world for authors.

Author-Obsession

Everything we do is built on delighting authors. All of us listen to what authors need with great care, and work daily to earn their trust and help them reach more readers.

Simplicity

Authors want to focus on writing the best books they can, not on figuring out the elaborate quirks of the publishing industry. Our products cut through the complexity, then get out of the way.

Transparency

We trust each other and share as much information as possible, so everyone is empowered to do the right thing — for authors, for the company, and for each other.

Teamwork

We’re not about hierarchy. We’re about doing the best work. No egos or politics; we always raise the bar and help each other get even better.

Who we are

Our products reflect our culture. We make it easy for anyone, from a bestseller to a first-time author, to publish their books and make them stand out. In the same way, our company is structured so that the best ideas win no matter what their source, and so that anyone, no matter their role or level of experience, can make a good idea happen.

Jeffrey Yozwiak

Product

Christina Bryza

Marketing

Allison Horton

Marketing

Jake Mack

Engineer

Shawn Jonnet

Engineer

Josh Brody

Business

Ling Ling Lu

Publishing

Rob Guttman

Engineer

Elissa Bernstein

Author Happiness

Ben Zhuk

Product

Amanuel Tewolde

Engineer

Jason Joseph

Engineer

Marc Schwartz

Engineer

Koa Ostrem

Publishing

Our Investors

Why work here?

We love our people. We know that we can only create something great if each of us really cares about changing the world of books, and feels happy and fulfilled at work.

A passion for books

We pay for all the books you could want

Personally connect with authors at all stages of their careers

We love to read, and talk about great books and films

A great work environment

Flexible hours & work arrangements

The best equipment and tools to help you do things right

Stumptown coffee, Strand tea, and a full fridge with drinks and snacks

Customizable workspaces

We all have fun together

Solid benefits

Very competitive salaries

No limits on vacation time

Full health coverage and all the other benefits you’ve come to expect from a funded startup ;)

We invest in you: we’ll pay for your classes and additional learning

  • Allison Horton

    Marketing

    How do you feel about where Vook is heading?

    The publishing industry is changing before our eyes. At Vook, we're in the position to shape its future and make it better for authors.

    What I love about working here is that, every day, I feel the opportunity to leave a positive impact on an industry I love.

    What’s our work environment like?

    All of us have complete autonomy to lead our own projects, and it’s good to feel that level of ownership. But I also love that we regularly meet as a team to present our work.

    Getting input from colleagues in other fields makes for better products, and the best ideas and insights often come from unexpected people.

  • Jason Joseph

    Engineer

    What's it like to work here?

    Challenging, rewarding and fun. Making authors’ lives better means solving a lot of problems that don't have clear answers, and figuring them out with the whole team has been amazing. More than anything, it’s awesome to work on a team with a great sense of humor. Work can get stressful, but having a team that knows how to have a great time while wading through the trenches makes the journey really fun.

    What project are you most proud of?

    Building our massive system of collecting data about books has been the most fun I have ever had as a programmer. At times it has been frustrating and confusing because we have never worked on a problem of this scale before. At the same time, that’s what has made it so awesome.

  • Alexis Cassola

    Title Marketing

    What's it like to work here?

    Working at Vook means being challenged – in a great way. Everyone has encouraged me to actively participate in the larger goals of the company, and to take my own initiative to contribute ideas.

    This is my first full-time job out of college, so I never expected this level of involvement in the bigger picture. It’s been a huge personal motivator for me to feel that what I do means a lot.

    What excites you most about Vook’s future?

    Vook is never stagnant, and there is always something new around the corner. This is what excites me about working here – we're constantly progressing to help create and develop the future of books.

    When we have our company demos I'm always fascinated to see how much progress the team has made, even in just a couple weeks.

  • Jeffrey Yozwiak

    Product

    What's it like to work here?

    Challenging. The problems I'm working through have never been solved! After this, I’d never want to work at company where I ‘dial it in’.

    I love learning, and Vook gives me the opportunity to do so every day. It comes down to the team for me. We joke, we see movies, we nerd out about books — all while building kick-ass products for authors.

    What's your favorite Vook story?

    When I first moved to NYC, Matt wrote me a long email filled with apartment hunting tips and documents to prepare. And it worked: I got the perfect apartment. Three years later, when I moved from that apartment to Chelsea, Josh was the one who came over on a Sunday evening to help me move.

    It's good to know my team has my back.

Job openings

Business & Operations - New York

Business Development

Vook believes in a better way to publish. We’re using technology and data to rethink the $100b book industry, empowering authors to publish faster, market smarter, and keep creative and financial control of their work. In the role of business development, you’ll help shape the future of books and publishing by overseeing content partnerships, distribution relationships, and other strategic projects.

Vook powers the book publishing programs of some of the world’s largest media companies, brands, and content creators, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fast Company. And more are on the way: you’ll identify, pitch, negotiate, and manage partnerships with media companies, magazines, agencies, celebrities, musicians, and other artists and content creators.

You’ll also oversee distribution deals and operating partnerships with online book retailers such as Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Google, and evaluate new distribution and marketing opportunities for our books, authors, and partners.

Reporting directly to the CEO, you’ll help evaluate financing, investment, and strategic partnership opportunities, and support the executive team on streamlining the business operations of a fast-growing, venture-backed start-up.

If you’re intimately familiar with the media and entertainment landscape, are comfortable building relationships across creative, marketing, and business functions, and are a passionate believer in the future of books, we want to hear from you

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Product - New York

Product Manager

We believe in a better way to publish. We’re using technology and data to rethink the $100 billion book industry, empowering authors to publish faster, market smarter, and keep creative and financial control of their work.

As Product Manager, you’ll help shape the future of books and publishing by working directly with Josh (CEO), Ben (head of product), and Rob (CTO) to produce exceptional tools that put authors and books at the center. You’ll develop a singular experience that reimagines publishing for the digital future. You’ll automate processes that publishers do manually and at great expense, drive data research that benefits authors everywhere, and improve our internal workflows and organizational design.

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