10/30/14

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It’s Not as Terrifying as You Think

Our very own Nate Houghteling wrote a field guide in Mashable on how to collaborate with top online talent and influencers.

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10/27/14

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NOW HIRING: Designer

Portal A is an award-winning creative studio with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles that develops, produces, and distributes video built for the web.

Our team is looking to add a full-time Designer based in our San Francisco office to lead all design and art direction for Portal A.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide art direction for creative executions for a wide range of media
  • Partner cross-functionally with creative, production, and strategy teams to execute and bring to life a creative vision through design
  • Develop and design a wide variety of presentations, decks, creative pitches, etc.
  • Design and sketch storyboards and concept art for use in production
  • Build campaign-specific materials – microsites, custom YouTube channels, thumbnails, social media imagery, logos and collateral, etc.
  • Design graphics, logos, backgrounds, titles, and misc. design elements to be animated for use throughout specific video projects
  • Develop design templates and style guidelines for various production, creative, and company documents

Skills & Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of professional design experience
  • An understanding of (and passion for) design, composition, and typography
  • Advanced proficiency in programs like Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, and Illustrator
  • A fluency with Google Docs, Powerpoint, Keynote, etc.
  • The ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and work on a variety of dynamic projects at once
  • Experience creating content for digital channels like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook
  • A passion for video specifically, and some basic experience with production
  • Willingness to work on a collaborative team in a startup environment

A few of the benefits of working at Portal A:

  • A fun, collaborative, youthful, and autonomous work environment
  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • A generous group health care, vision, and dental plan
  • A new Macbook Air and various other Mac products along the way
  • Paid and flexible vacation policy
  • Flexible work from home policy
  • A casual work environment
  • Office always stacked with drinks and snacks
  • Weekly lunches catered each Friday on the company
  • Matching charitable donations at year-end
  • Fun days and outings (baseball games, concerts, volunteer days, etc.)
  • Portal A swag (backpacks, hoodies, water bottles, etc.)

Our team is fun, full of creativity, characterized by optimism, curiosity, and a desire to innovate. Our office environment is flexible, youthful, focused, and hard-working.

How to Apply:

Email jobs@portal-a.com with your resume, work samples, references, and a few sentences on why you’d be interested in working with us. Please include “SF DESIGNER” in the subject line of your email.

Portal A is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for our open positions.

 

10/27/14

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NOW HIRING: Business Manager

Portal A is an award-winning creative studio with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles that develops, produces, and distributes video built for the web.

Our team is looking to add a full-time Business Manager based in our San Francisco office to oversee business operations strategy and manage business administration, financial, and legal operations.

Responsibilities:

  • Map out general business administration, tax, and financial strategy
  • Oversee company financial statements and cashflow
  • Manage various forms of insurance and insurance certificates
  • Collaborate with bookkeepers and accountants
  • Track accounts receivable and payable
  • Track and manage monthly fixed expenses
  • Manage all invoicing and outbound Statements of Work
  • HR support and management
  • Budgeting, financial tracking, financial projections
  • Health care & benefits management
  • Credit card reconciling and tracking
  • Misc. forms, surveys, requirements, insurance, etc.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of financial management and business operational experience
  • Fluency with Quickbooks and other financial management software
  • Experience working with professional service professionals in law, accounting, bookkeeping, insurance, etc.
  • Experience with Human Resources management
  • Excellent writing, communication, and project management, organizational skills
  • Detail-oriented to the extreme
  • Willingness to work on a collaborative team in a startup environment

A few of the benefits of working at Portal A:

  • A fun, collaborative, youthful, and autonomous work environment
  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • A generous group health care, vision, and dental plan
  • A new Macbook Air and various other Mac products along the way.
  • Paid and flexible vacation policy
  • Flexible work from home policy
  • A casual work environment
  • Office always stacked with drinks and snacks
  • Weekly lunches catered each Friday on the company
  • Matching charitable donations at year-end
  • Fun days and outings (baseball games, concerts, volunteer days, etc.)
  • Portal A swag (backpacks, hoodies, water bottles, etc.)

Our team is fun, full of creativity, characterized by optimism, curiosity, and a desire to innovate. Our office environment is flexible, youthful, focused, and hard-working.

How to Apply:

Email jobs@portal-a.com with your resume, references, and a few sentences on why you’d be interested in working with us. Please include “SF BUSINESS MANAGER” in the subject line of your email.

Portal A is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for our open positions.

 

10/27/14

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NOW HIRING: Associate Producer/ Office Manager

Portal A is an award-winning creative studio with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles that develops, produces, and distributes video built for the web.

Our team is looking to add a full-time Associate Producer/Office Manager based in our Los Angeles office to manage various components of our production process and oversee general office administrative responsibilities.

Responsibilities:

  • Hiring and managing production crew
  • Casting and managing relationships with talent
  • Drafting and monitoring production budgets and schedules
  • Booking locations, permits, travel, and insurance
  • Managing client relationships and project timelines
  • Working hand-in-hand with Executive Producer, Production Supervisor, and firm principals to ensure a finished product that is high quality, on time, and under budget
  • Overseeing general office administration

Skills & Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years of video production experience
  • Detail-oriented to the extreme
  • Able to multi-task and manage a variety of projects and clients at once
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Willingness to work long hours in a startup environment
  • A network of freelancers — directors, editors, line producers, music composers, etc. — in place is a plus
  • Experience with on-location filming and production
  • Familiarity with production equipment and editing/finishing software

A few of the benefits of working at Portal A:

  • A fun, collaborative, youthful, and autonomous work environment
  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • A generous group health care, vision, and dental plan
  • A new Macbook Air and various other Mac products along the way.
  • Paid and flexible vacation policy
  • Flexible work from home policy
  • A casual work environment
  • Office always stacked with drinks and snacks
  • Weekly lunches catered each Friday on the company
  • Matching charitable donations at year-end
  • Fun days and outings (baseball games, concerts, volunteer days, etc.)
  • Portal A swag (backpacks, hoodies, water bottles, etc.)

Our team is talented, full of creativity, optimism, and the desire to innovate. Our office environment is flexible, energetic, open, and hard-working.

How to Apply:

Email jobs@portal-a.com with your resume, work samples, references, and a few sentences on why you’d be interested in working with us. Please include “LA ASSOCIATE PRODUCER” in the subject line of your email.

Portal A is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for our open positions.

10/02/14

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MyBook: The Next Big Innovation in Tech?

This week we wrap up a big campaign for One City, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting civic philanthropy among San Francisco community.

Our video featured a Bay Area dream team of MC Hammer, Mayor Ed Lee, 49ers legend Joe Montana, Biz Stone founder of Twitter, and Harrison Barnes of the Warriors poking fun at all the hype that happens around a tech launch. 

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It attracted over 20 major press hits, including:

Wired: Top Tech Investors Skewer Startup Culture—For a Good Cause
http://www.wired.com/2014/09/ron-conway-biz-stone/

TechCrunch: This Political Video About Tech And SF’s Schools Is Too Depressingly Real

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/30/circle-the-schools-2/

CNET: VC Ron Conway’s ‘One City’ enlists techies, celebs to help schools
http://www.cnet.com/news/vc-ron-conways-one-city-enlists-techies-celebs-to-help-schools/

Stream Daily: Portal A spoofs tech mania to save San Francisco

http://streamdaily.tv/2014/10/01/portal-a-spoofs-tech-mania-to-save-san-francisco/

TIME: This Video Captures Everything Wrong With Overblown Tech Hype

https://time.com/3450160/apple-watch-iphone-mybook/

USA Today: Biz Stone’s MyBook promotes tech industry giving back

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/09/29/one-city-sfciti-circle-of-schools-biz-stone-ron-conway-harrison-barnes-joe-montana/16451085/

San Francisco Chronicle: One City’s aim: Soften effects of S.F. gentrification

http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/One-City-s-aim-Soften-effects-of-S-F-5789352.php

New York Daily News: Video spoofs hype over technology devices to promote San Francisco charity

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/video-spoofs-hype-technology-devices-article-1.1958261

CNBC: Tech laughs at itself in video touting volunteerism

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102042672#

Business Insider: Silicon Valley Heavy Hitters Mock Over-Hyped Startups To Promote Ron Conway’s Latest Project, ‘One City’

http://www.businessinsider.com/ron-conway-launches-one-city-with-mybook-video-2014-9

Re/code: Tech Outreach Video Has the Most SF Cast List Ever

http://recode.net/2014/09/29/mayors-tech-outreach-video-has-the-most-sf-cast-list-ever/

City A.M: Is MyBook tech’s next big thing?

http://www.cityam.com/1412090666/whats-mybook-next-big-thing-according-video-skewering-tech-hype-and-silicon-valley

A Funny Video About The Tech Industry Finally Giving Back to San Francisco

http://brokeassstuart.com/blog/2014/09/30/a-funny-video-about-the-tech-industry-finally-giving-back-to-san-francisco/

SF Weekly: “One City” Treats Social Service as Product Launch

http://www.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2014/09/30/one-city-treats-social-service-as-product-launch

ValleyWag: Tech’s Push to Help Schools Looks Like a Campaign Ad For Ed Lee

http://valleywag.gawker.com/techs-push-to-help-schools-looks-like-a-campaign-ad-for-1640826698

Daily Dot: MC Hammer and Biz Stone Video is a Perfect Spoof of Tech Product Hype

http://www.dailydot.com/technology/mybook-spoof-video-mc-hammer/

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